Speech Debelle returns to the fray with the third single from her critically-acclaimed second album, Freedom Of Speech. One of the standout tracks from the album, "Live For The Message" was produced by Kwes and features a softly-spoken but defiant vocal from Speech in which she outlines why it's more important to be heard saying the right thing than to be heard - a message not just for the contemporary rap community but for a world obsessed with form over content.
Joining Speech for an epic refix are some of the cream of the UK hip hop community - Akala, DELS, Genesis Elijah, Jaja Soze, CONFUCIUS MC, Aks, Rain Freedom and Kasha Rae, as well as longtime collaborator Realism. Each of the artists takes the opportunity to deliver a message, making a kind of collage which gels their voices into a whole. Self Taught, meanwhile, hardens the beat a little and gives it a bit more hip hop snap.
Speech rose to fame with one of the most inspirational debut albums of the last few years, the Mercury Music Prize winning Speech Therapy, and her forthright and outspoken personality has endeared her to a worldwide audience. Aside from her musically compelling albums, her haunting lyrics feature on Bonobo’s ‘Sun Will Rise,’ (from Ninja Tune’s 20th anniversary XX boxset). She also hints at a playful relationship with the mainstream in her track “Spinnin',” which was adapted by Tinchy Stryder to become the first Olympic song of 2012. After a busy year in which Speech has released an album, toured all over Europe and fronted an acclaimed documentary on homelessness for the BBC, what better way could there to round things off than with a reminder of what a compelling presence the "Queen of UK Rap" (Clash) can be.
UK Runnings Presents F.L.I.P 'So Far So Good Vol. 1' (Hosted by Tricksta)
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UK Runnings present F.L.I.P - 'So Far So Good Vol. 1' to celebrate the launch of FlipLifeTV.com. The mix is a collection of collaborations from previous F.L.I.P solo projects and is the first installment of it's kind being released in the build up to the official F.L.I.P debut.
Kid Called Quest is getting ready to release his first solo album Put Your Head Phones On. The title of the album has a deeper meaning than most would anticipate. It is a call to experience the music on your own terms, to ignore the endless cycle of hype and gossip that consumes most young artist’s careers. Quest humbly states, "Listen to it for yourself and judge the album on your own thoughts." So go grab your headphones and get ready to enjoy the ride.
Moet had another one of their legendary Moet Rose Lounges in Miami recently and I was chosen to provide the soundtrack for the night. We were honoring T.I. for his new album and the taping of the finale of his reality show. This mix was recorded LIVE (no editing dawg!) at the Bâoli restaurant and features everything from trap to future bass to classic samples and R&B bangers.
Atlanta production collectives, SMKA & The Flush, have once again partnered with the legendary Stankonia Studios to produce Stankonia Sessions: A3C Edition 2012 presented by TrillHD. Stankonia Sessions was launched in 2011 during the A3C Hip-Hop Festival and has become a creative outlet and essential stop for A3C artists.
Little Brother Syndrome, Varyus Waise's debut project name is inspired by two distinct themes close to his heart. The album is about his ambition to grow as an artist, seeing himself as a “newbie.” He wanted to make sure he gave the listener a real album, unlike many fly by night artist who litter the internet with countless half bake ideas and disposable songs. Little Brother Syndrome was worked on for over two years, displaying a rare craftsmanship within its beats and rhymes. Also the title speaks on the people he hopes to affect with his music his music, those young lives he captures in his songs. “You can't earn trust, without honesty. So I felt like sharing my story … People can understand better what I'm trying to do.”