The collision of two Norwich based lyrical giants DPF (Son Records) and Reds (Chronic Redeye) has produced some of the most exciting hip hop to come from the flatlands of the East in recent times. With a style owing as much to dancehall reggae as it does 90s hip hop, the duo have shown their versatility with a string of EPs and mixtape appearances that range from the dark and melancholic 'Soul Sellers EP' to the summer cheekiness of 'Your Mum Loves Reggae.' Their work has led to performances on the same bill as legends such as Souls of Mischief, RA the Rugged Man, Task Force, Klashnekoff , Rodney P, Black Twang and Phi Life Cypher to name a few.
This latest offering is another display of the explosive outcome when DPF's incredible flow and effortless delivery combine with the gritty wordplay and deep imagery from Reds - A slice of hardcore hip hop packed full of quotable bars that bangs from front to back. This full length release cements the name Soldjasoulz as true underground representatives and shows once again why both emcees have achieved critical acclaim in their own right, with DPF's 2008 solo album reaching the HHC list of top releases for that year and the same publication calling Reds ''the real deal.''
Guest productions on 'Soulz of the Storm' come courtesy of the one and only Tricksta as well as long time collaborator DJ I.C from the Hoodlem camp, however the bulk of production this time round is handled by Reds. His return to the boards sees him serving up his own brand of deliberately stripped down, yet infectious riddims based around hypnotic synths that set the tone perfectly for the lyricists to do their thing. Underground U.S legend Main Flow even shows up to bless a Reds production with a killer verse for the banger 'Night Breed,' a testament to the grind these cats are on. Soldjasoulz are running things in their own lane with a unique style, bags of talent and a healthy amount of cynicism for pop rap industry fakers. This is some heavyweight music, don't sleep...
01. Storm Warning (prod. Tricksta)
02. Body Bag (prod. Tricksta)
03. Night Breed feat. Main Flow (prod. Reds)
04. Control Tower (prod. Reds)
05. Wappen (prod. Reds)
06. Cutblood (prod. Reds)
07. Rezerekshun (prod. Reds)
08. Big Kahunas (prod. Reds)
09. Paige (prod. Reds)
10. Oddbox feat. J.Karma (prod. Tricksta)
11. Know ya Roots feat. Franko Fraize (prod. I.C)
12. Ghost Pepper feat. Franko Fraize (prod I.C)
13. Late Night Raw (prod. I.C)
O'Grime drops their new video "JUICE" from their upcoming LP "FUR COATS AND UZIS." Directed by Giancarlo Loffredo, this video captures an escapade of sexual eeriness that transcends perfectly into O'Grime's neo gothic trap sounds. From what O'Grime told me, the director did the video first before hearing the song, and just had his nightmares transform in a creepy sexual reality.
Video: "Monsters" - The Scribes Present: Ill Literature
Courtesy The Scribes.
The Scribes Present Ill Literature" was released on October 7th on CD/Digital download alongside the music video for the single track "Monsters", and has already received critical acclaim from BBC Introducing and been named "Album Of The Month" on Riviera FM.
In the world of opera, a libretto is the blueprint, a written text that anchors the performance. In the same vein, The Black Opera’s upcoming album Libretto: Of King Legend will prove to anchor the sound and message of The Black Opera. Libretto: of King Legend is a detailed tale, told from the perspectives of both the incredible King and his loyal statesmen.
As an aperitif to The Black Opera’s upcoming album “Libretto: Of King Legend”, MMG is offering the first leak from the project: “Balcony.” A deep, warbling bass line and 80’s coke cinema synths (courtesy of producer Astronote) grace the tracks sonic backdrop. The mysterious vocalists with “black hoodies on no matter what the forecast” fill the pocket nicely with the double entendres and charisma that has garnered them a faithful following.
Libretto is the third and final installment of the three part introduction: THE BLACK OP: ERA I. Libretto creates a musical umbrella which encompasses the [r]evolutionary theme of their first installment Overture and the charismatic spirit of their second installment EnterMission., all while delving into the mind, heart and bloodline of The Black Opera.
Whether the low-end or the lyrics draw you in, The Black Opera is ready to introduce its newest installment: Libretto: Of King Legend. Available from Mello Music Group October 30th.
A few weeks ago, bored at work, I found myself creepily doodling Justin Bieber's name for an instagram [@dsisive] pic I thought would be funny. I outlined the bubble letters and added hearts and balloons. Sprinkled it with a TLA and snapped away. Once uploaded, and impressed with my inner 13 year old girl, I decided to take my bubble letter game to the people. Via Facebook, I offered my listeners a bubble lettered version of their names, in exchange for their email addresses. Before I knew it, I was working on 433 names. I'm still finishing them, actually. I will finish them. Promise.
Amongst the 'thank you' replies from my satisfied customers, I received an interesting email. I won't include the name, but here's the message, copy and pasted from the original...
"I didn't think you would really do this and thought it was a joke. You must really love your fans or be really really bored. Do you ever listen to Mac Miller? You two would be good on a song.
You should really try to not put so much blasphemy in your songs. Your rapping is better when you don't do it. It isn't good for later on and I asked my grandmother to pray for you once and she did. I hope it helps. I don't think you should be scared but you should prepare to be safe because it's never too late.
When is the new Jonestown coming out? My girlfriend told me to ask you if 1974 is a real story?
Thanks alot for the name."
This email stayed with me. No offense to its author, but it's definitely... interesting. It resonated with me. It made me nervous. It was just as confused and confusing as I am. I'm fully aware of my content and what I put out. I stand by the choices I make, even though I may not agree with them over time. This person wants me to tone down the 'blasphemy', but wants Jonestown. This person wants me to prepare for the afterlife. This person wants me to work with Mac Miller. This person isn't sure if 1974, an innocent song about my father's dislike for Frank Sinatra [featured on the first Jonestown], is fictitious or not. This person asked her grandmother to pray for me, yet, this person wants Jonestown. This is not the first email I've received of this tone, but it is the most confusing.
To answer, Jonestown 3.The Dream Is Over, will be released on Sunday.November.18th [ http://www.iwasthedreamer.com ]. The 34th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre. To put it bluntly, this will be the end. I've been hinting at it for a while, and it's only right I make it concrete. It's the end of the Jonestown series, as well as the end of the D-Sisive chapter I started 5 years ago.
In 2007, and inspired by Warren Zevon's final months, I ran full speed. Making up for lost time by releasing as much music as possible, as fast as I could. I was/am afraid of dying and not doing what I should have while alive. I tried speaking with as many people as I could, and met a lot of amazing personalities. It's incredible what recording words and sounds can bring you. I also feel like I've double-lapped that lost time.
This isn't a Master-P-Retirement publicity stunt. I'm not retiring. I'm just exploring. Finding new roads to walk. I just feel like I need to find that dirty dish again. The plates I was washing when I wrote Brian Wilson. I need to plant a garden. I need to learn Macedonian. I need to learn how to cook. I need to watch Boardwalk Empire. I need to visit Paris. I need to work on my novel at Starbucks. I need to learn how to play the accordion. I need to sharpen my bubble letter skills.