01 - Allow That (Produced by Deadman Walkn) 02 - Get Better (Produced by Deadman Walkn) 03 - Real Grafters (Produced by Deadman Walkn) 04 - Sometimes I Wonder (Produced by Deadman Walkn) 05 - Work (Produced by June 25th)
For those of you who don't know about Northwest London emcee AC you really do need to get switched on to this incredibly dedicated and passionate artist. This new five track EP from AC is the official prelude to his brand new album 'Keep It Together' which is currently just getting the finishing touches and is due out soon. It sees AC team up with producer Deadman Walkn who gives up four brilliant beats and who has worked with the likes of Genesis Elijah, Wordsmiff, Terra Slim. The last track 'Work' is produced by June 25th, another talented UK producer who recently smashed up the underground with his 'Produced By June' mixtape. AC has also enlisted the help of Mr Drastick & Kinetik from Grand Central who go hard on the remix of 'Real Grafters'. AC's music has essence and soul with depth.
AC has been putting it down for years and is well known for selling 40,000 copies of his critically acclaimed CD's 'Human trash' and 'Youthanasia' on the streets, with no major backing, promotion or distribution. He recently impressed the Hip-Hop fraternity with his 'New Day EP' with Hip-hop legend & producer Jabbathakut which featured Hip-Hop veteran Genesis Elijah and legendary rap hustler D21 of Blackmobb. AC has also shared stages with US acts such as Common, The Outlawz, Capone'n'Noreaga, UK acts such as Skinnyman & Klashnekoff, Grime acts such as Sway & Chipmunk and R'n'B acts such as Estelle, Jay Sean and Marques Houston, as well Asian music stars Panjabi MC & Rishi Rich Project and drum'n'bass DJ's such as BBC Radio One's Grooverider & Fabio, Andy C and many more...
Support for AC is in abundance too with his previous music videos getting play of MTV Base, Channel U/AKA, Passion TV, Brit Asia TV and many more, as well getting radio spins from the likes of Tim Westwood, Zane Lowe, Shortee Blitz, Ras Kwame, Bobby Friction, Nihal, Semtex as well as features and reviews in the likes of Hip-Hop Connection, One Week To Live, DJ Magazine, Mixmag and many more. AC has also worked with BBC Blast, teaching children and teenagers stage performance & rapping, as well as appearing rapping on the movie extras of the Noel Clarke's acclaimed UK film 'Kidulthood'. AC's music combines humour, social commentary and robust beats delivered with a message of positivity to the youth. AC has now expanded his brand with the 'Achilles Charrington Range', an exclusive clothing line that includes jackets and T-Shirts, as well as starting an acting career. AC really is a talented entertainer and performer.
"There's going to be some unavoidable confusion from the jump when I explain to you the reader that there are THREE different versions of "Lyrical Law." In an effort to offer the most choices to his dedicated fans (or perhaps more cynically to make the most profit off them) you could order either a one disc "Lyrical Law" that only came in a CD sleeve, a two disc "Lyrical Law" in a jewel case with bonus tracks and remixes, or a DELUXE three disc edition which 'Bis recorded back in 1993 when he was part of a group called The Heralds of Extreme Metaphors a/k/a THEM. With apologies to the die-hard Canibus fans out there, I don't have the patience for three whole discs in one sitting, and I'm not sure I can feign enthusiasm for an album Germaine recorded when he was still a teenager. Perhaps on another day at another time, I'll give it a shot. The first disc is common to all three versions of "Lyrical Law," so our review today will focus on this volume. The producers on this CD are The Architect, DJ Kru and DJ Immortal. 'Bis has two reoccurring themes on this album - one of which is discarded after a few songs and the other which remains for almost the entire CD. The first is The Iron Sheik, a man born Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri in Iran who excelled as an amateur wrestler early in his life. He was lured into the world of pro wrestling in the U.S. in the 1970's, then rose to fame in the 1980's as a villainously cartoonish bad guy (heel) foil for good guy (babyface) wrestlers like Hulk Hogan. With the passing of time and consumption of too much wine, Sheik found renewed fame in the 2000's for his vitriolic expletive filled tirades against wrestlers he faced in the 1980's. These often came with threats to "humble" his enemies which were curiously homosexual, even though most of his slurs were homophobic."
"It's interesting that we are kicking off "UK Hip Hop Month" on this site with "Transition" – the second album from 20 year old rapper Chipmunk – as, out of all the works we shall be reviewing over the next few weeks, this is by far the "most American" by quite some distance. The UK release was all the way back in April, with it touching down in the US mid-July, and it fits in perfectly with the current sounds on Stateside radio. As for Chipmunk, his debut ("I Am Chipmunk") was a runaway chart monster with four big singles, going platinum in the process and a blueprint for success that has been carbon-copied by British labels ever since. Fortunately, he's (wisely) decided not to rehash the winning formula, instead opting to rewrite the rules from the ground up. Great news for us; bad news for his label. Whereas "I Am Chipmunk" was extremely poppy, with radio friendly hooks and teenybopper moments aplenty – understandable, given his age – his sophomore effort is different in every single respect. Recorded almost exclusively in the States, we find him collaborating with the American producer H-Money. Given that H-Money executive produced "Transition" and also laces ten out thirteen beats, this is almost a throwback to the 1980's – where the DJ produces and the MC spits."
Fellow writer Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania has declared September to be another "UK Month" for RapReviews.com, so there's no better time to check in with British producer Configa again. Last time Con took us "Pac to the Essence" and accomplished what few producers have been able to do - mix old Shakur in a new way at least as interesting as their original versions. That put him on my radar for future releases, and the latest of these is his "Calm Before the Storm Mixtape." Configa intentionally chose to feature both American and global emcees on this release, and likewise eschewed "name" guests to rap on his beats - that's for a future solo project. In the meantime Configa is focusing all of his effort on the next generation, bringing up a slew of rappers you never knew before now like John Graham on "I Want You." Hopefully those words jump off the page as you're reading, because Graham's flow definitely caught me off guard. The Configa conga drums and "ayyyy, ya ya yahhhh" sung harmony in the background of the vocals are dope enough to head nod yet meticulously balanced against John's excellent oratorical delivery."
"I downloaded "Greneberg" as penitence for sleeping on two of the better-reviewed albums of 2010: Roc Marciano's "Marcberg," and Gangrene's "Gutter Water." Roc Marciano is a former Flipmode member whose self-produced album of street anthems received praise from critics. "Gutter Water" was a collaboration between producers Oh No and the Alchemist that also got its share of praise. Neither managed to find their way onto my stereo, although I had intended on buying both of them. When I saw they were collaborating as Greneberg, I took it as an opportunity to see what I was missing out on. The album starts off with the Roc Marciano-produced "Mamma Told Me," with Roc flossing over blaring horns and keys. Roc is both street and lyrical, rapping in short couplets with lines like "you ain't tough/hang it up like a Basquiat." The comparison that comes to mind for Roc is a more gutter Jay-Z. Roc has the same casual braggadocio, effortless flow, and quick puns and one-liners as Jay, but is more steeped in street life. Jay-Z has learned to put that life behind him; Roc, not so much."
Impact All Stars :: Java Java Java Java :: 17th North Parade/VP Records as reviewed by Patrick Taylor
"1973's "Java Java Java Java" is not only one of the first dub albums ever released, it also marks one of the foundations of the birth of hip-hop. As I wrote about in my review of Scientists' "Best Dub Album in the World," instrumental dub tracks were what Jamaican DJs toasted over. When Jamaican immigrant DJ Kool Herc started playing records for parties in the South Bronx in the seventies, he brought that tradition of rocking the mic over instrumental tracks. Not that "Java Java Java Java" is the most obvious ancestor of hip-hop. It is basically instrumental versions of reggae tracks recorded at Randy's Studio, engineered by Errol Thompson and Clive Chin. Being one of the first, it doesn't have many of the studio tricks that became hallmarks of the genre in later years. Much of the revered dub albums of the late seventies and early eighties all offered radical reimaginings of the base track. The same can't be said here. It's all fairly straightforward, without many bells and whistles. The producers use snippets of the vocals, peel everything back to just bass and drums, and slowly filter back in the guitar and keyboards."
"The late 1980s and early '90s were an optimistic time for rap music from the United Kingdom as a number of singles and albums uncovered a burgeoning hip-hop scene (although largely concentrating in London). One of those records was M.C. Mell'O's "Thoughts Released (Revelation I)" from 1990. The Battersea-born-and-bred son of Jamaican parents cut his teeth as a member of various dance crews but soon developed the urge to express himself through the medium of rap. Even as he emerged from a collective that he didn't hesitate to shout out (D.E.T.T. Inc.), cooperated closely with beatmaker Sparki and DJ Pogo and came up alongside ragga-influenced rappers, pop rap acts, and hardcore hip-hop posses, he arose as a classic solo MC with a highly distinct style and dominant demeanor on the mic. His first appearances showed him as a talented early hip-hop adapter, initially anxious to live up to his name, later more energetic. The artistic passion was still present on the debut album, but it was enhanced by a conscious and mature frame of mind. In fact, the vinyl release was divided into a Side For The Physically Stable and a Side For The Mentally Stable. The former, side A, contained five songs helmed by a hungry and determined mic fiend."
"If you're getting deja vu right now, don't blame The Matrix. We originally reviewed "A World With No Skies" back in January 2011, right at the moment the long-delayed album seemed to be on the precipice of getting released. Suburban Noize sent us a shrinkwrapped promo copy straight off the production line, with only a notch cut out of the side to denote it was for review only, and online retailers were taking pre-orders to ship "as soon as the product is available." We found the album to be well worth the wait and gave it 8 out of 10 overall. Unfortunately for all of those people who pre-ordered the album, the ship dates came and went, and most orders were canceled. A few lucky people from Slaine's fan club got the original version of "A World With No Skies" in the mail, and most of the rest of the public was S.O.L. Blame whatever you want on the fact an album that got all the way to the manufacturing stage didn't get released to the masses, but the usual suspects are sample clearances and other labels objecting to guest appearances. To my surprise the SubNoize fam sent us a SECOND copy of the album, appropriately dubbed "2.0," baring a sticker on the cover letting us know this was the "F.Y.E. exclusive deluxe 2CD edition featuring 5 bonus tracks." Despite the obvious similarities in the cover art, it was clear this edition of "A World With No Skies 2.0" with a whole new disc worth of songs needed to be reviewed."
""Underground Overstood" is a new hip-hop compilation from Alchemetric LLC, not to be confused with the legendary producer bearing a similar name. In fact having pored over the liner notes and one-sheet for this album, there's not a single track produced by Alchemist on the shit, which to this critic is a real shame. There are few better ways to get underground hip-hop overstood than by pairing a hot beat Alan Maman made with some hungry rapper looking to get paid. Alchemetric professes a ten year history of promoting and booking hip-hop shows in New York City's finest venues, which built up the relationships that ultimately allowed this compilation to be made. It should be noted that "Underground Overstood" is actually a pretty hefty project, coming with both a CD and a DVD featuring interviews and live performances. For this review we're only able to do justice to the audio portion of the project, but in theory there's enough reason to buy it for the DVD alone. Aside from our own dope weekly hip-hop interviews, you can hardly find a better compilation of underground rappers speaking their minds: PackFM, Poison Pen, A-Alikes and Oktober Zero among others. The audio portion is even more of a who's who of independent rap's top talent: Edo.G, C-Rayz Walz, Pumpkinhead, Breez Evahflowin and The Artifacts just to name a few."
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #140 is called The One Four Oh Edition. Sorry I don't have a more clever title this week, but the good music should make up for it! Enjoy new tracks from Big Meridox, Rapper Big Pooh, !llmind, Tek, Royce Da 5'9" and more! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed so you never miss a new episode.
How do you take your Crackers, Young America? I like mine with a little bit of F#cking cheese! Check out Baige O'Bannon flip over The Throne as he takes on the MILF population overseas with the penultimate, expletive laden fire-bomb for your pallet, "Crackers in Paris."
"F*@!, F*@!, F*@!, B!tch, B!tch, B!tch!"
"Excuse my French" just took on a whole new meaning!!
(Off the upcoming mixtape "A Prequel To Some Cool Shit")
Video: Myka 9 - "I Must Cross (Immigration Reform)"
Courtesy Matt B.
Myka 9 is a founding member of one of the West Coast's most-influential and creative groups, Freestyle Fellowship, (which also includes Aceyalone, P.E.A.C.E., Self Jupiter and J Sumbi) and the group is still a very instrumental figure in the LA Hip-Hop community. Known for his rapid cadences and incorporating singing into his melodic jazz infused sound, Myka is one of the West Coast's most stylistically advanced rappers and he has had an indelible impact on the underground hip-hop scene; Myka even ghost wrote two tracks on N.W.A.'s 1987 debut album N.W.A. And The Posse) and freestyling as an art form.
Myka's imprints on Freestyle Fellowship and the artists they would later influence is evident as Myka's "7th Seal” from Freestyle Fellowship's debut, To Whom It May Concern, (1991) has been dissected and combed over by fans, artists and critics alike for years in an attempt to crack the code and help shaped the next generation of West Coast emcees and sound that would emerge shortly thereafter (Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde etc). Released in 1993, Freestyle Fellowship's second LP, Innercity Griots, is a landmark of LA Hip-Hop and genuinely considered one of the best Hip-Hop LP's of the 90's; and the group's videos for "Inner City Boundaries" and "Hot Potato" from Innercity Griots took their sound and movement worldwide.
Though Freestyle Fellowship has been on a decade long-hiatus (primarily due to the four- year incarceration of Self Jupiter) the Fellowship have reunited and will be releasing a new LP, The Promise, on Decon Records this fall.
Yet, before the Freestyle Fellowship reunion project surfaces, Myka 9 will release his fifth solo-LP, Mykology, on 10-3-2011 and it's full of the meticulous and intelligent rhymes that Myka has become so revered for. Mykology's lead-single, "I Must Cross," finds Myka poignantly dissecting the often-debated immigration crisis from a human rights perspective.
The Artwork for Mykology was created by Mear One, a Los Angeles-based artist, commonly known as the 'Michelangelo' of graffiti. As a graphic designer, Mear One has designed apparel for Conart, Kaotic, as well as his own Reform brand. Mear One has done album covers for artists like Non Phixion, Freestyle Fellowship, Alien Nation, Limp Bizkit, Busdriver and Daddy Kev. In 2004, Mear One joined artists Shepard Fairey and Robbie Conal to create a series of "anti-war, anti-Bush" posters for a street art campaign called "Be the Revolution" for the art collective Post Gen.
Video: Statik Selektah - Backstage Preview of "Play the Game"
Courtesy Matt B.
While backstage, Freddie Gibbs decides to spit his verse off "Play the Game" a track with Big K.R.I.T. featured on Statik Selektah's upcoming album Population Control coming out October 25th on Showoff Records / Duck Down Music Inc.