Once again, we bring you that mammoth monthly roundup of the internet’s finest hip hop goings on. Be it bars or beats, rugged cyphers or polished tracks, here lies everything you shouldn’t be missing, everything you expected, everything you needed and more. Hip Hop can never die.
Fredfades & Ivan Ave- Honey Dip
Taken from the Breathe EP on King Underground (pre order here), this one features one third of The Oslo SP Ensemble, beatmaker Fredfades’, mellow beat teaming up with the poetic lyricism of Norwegian MC Ivan Ave for a track you’re bound to feel.
Parallax- Walking On
The homie Parallax isn’t just ill with the words, but is also a dab hand on the production. His latest tune Walking On sees him doing both as well as tying the whole lot together on mastering duties, bringing that classic boom bap flavour. Watch out for the Depth Perception EP coming soon.
Fliptrix- Exclusive Bars
It’s no secret that South London lyricist, High Focus founder and general Hip Hop behemoth Fliptrix is ill with it. Hist latest video to hit Youtube proves that perfectly with 3 minutes of straight bars where technical multis merge with the imagery of a perfectionist over Nas’s I Gave You Power instrumental. His new album Polyhymnia, produced by Molotov, drops later this year.
Back once again after what sees like too long in hidning, Hip Hop crew LDZ are back once again with skippy, feel good flows and a bass heavy beat for another straight viber that sums up why they get so much love in this game. Grab the free download here.
Triple Darkness- Reanimation
Steppin’ to the jam like the UK’s Wu Tang, Triple Darkness once again bring that raw, gritty, and yet simultaneously scholarly, sound to your speakers. Masters of vocabulary, some of the nicest technical flows and gutteral styles hit a shadow soaked beat that can’t be beaten.
Isaiah Rashad- Soliloquy
A fresh style we can’t help but get on with, Isaiah Rashad’s latest tune to drop juxtaposes jazzy funk with new age bass weight/synthwork and tongue twisting, wheel it up, lyricism. The only complaint is that this needs to be longer.
C Aye Monk – Heart Of Glass
An MC from the Manchester camp we’ve only just caught up with, C Aye Monk lives up to the quality reputation his city’s been building of late. An incredibly laid back style, the clanging snare and chilled melodies are an ideal compliment for his smooth vocals.
Pete Cannon & Dr. Syntax- Do What We Wanna Do (Ft. Jehst & Del the Funky Homosapien)
Lifted from their forthcoming Killer Combo album due for release in March, Pete Cannon & Dr. Syntax’s latest track features the rhyming talents of UK boss Jehst as well as the vocal expertise of US MC Del the Funky Homosapien, who provides a quality hook while letting the UK cats take the verses, a style of feature that really works here. Good to see Pete Cannon still keeping it real despite some of the big time tunes you may have seen his production credits on of late.
Minamus & iNDEX- Beats & Bars
With his Peter Profit EP on route, iNDEX teams up on this one with a fellow Bristolian, beatboxer Minamus, for a straight cypher. On that essence of Hip Hop tip, both bring it hard as per.
BVA- This Love is Love
Arriving on February 14th, BVA’s debut solo album Be Very Aware looks set to bring that classic Hip Hop with it, dropping through High Focus. Lifted from that, this one’s a true representation of the genre we love. Pre-order the full album here.
Lydian Collective – Loops by Laszlo (Live Studio Session)
Ok so it’s not really Hip Hop, but this ones for the jazz cats, producers and beat makers who will no doubt be able to relate. Taken from Laszlo’s soon to be released Turning Tide EP, the Lydian Collective band smash through a sublime slice of modern funk.
Cracker Jon- Turn it Off
Cracker Jon’s one of those Uk Hip Hop enigmas, keeping it low key while popping up here and there with a mind blowing style that’s as unique as it is dope. Over a dark, vibey Leaf Dog beat, he goes in on this one. They’ve got an EP together dropping soon so keep the peepers peeled for that.
Seymour & Cheech- Sigh Chief
Another group of Manny heads, Seymour and Cheech (of The Bluntskins) hit the silky pianos of a Misc Jockey beat in this funky, casual track with a live cypher video to boot.
Terrence Orlando- Never Felt the Pain
A deep one, a new name to us Terrence Orlando speaks from the heart on this one, putting a smooth flow over a classic sample and tight drums for a nice atmosphere.
Culture Vultures- Fucking Wing It
The title track to their latest project (grab the free download here), young crew Culture Vocals bring a hard, head banger of a boom bap beat on this one.