Cyrus Malachi burst onto the Uk hip hop scene with his crew - Triple Darkness, releasing their 2008 debut album 'Anathema', now in April 2011, after numerous group and guest apperances Malachi will release his debut album "Ancient Future" via No Cure Records. The album will set a new standard for lyricism in the UK.
"I have always been fascinated with language and words at different stages in my life, I have really immersed myself in literature" says Cyrus who promises "Ancient Future" to be a breathtaking album with intricate, emotive and thought provoking lyrics. Production comes from Diplimat, 7th Dan, Beat Butcha, Endemic, Chemo & more.
"The album is an epic twenty track opus. It features Ruste Juxx, Bronze Nazareth, Kevlaar 7, Killa Sha, Darkim Be Allah, M9, Kyza, Iron Braydz & more. The title “Ancient Future” encapsulates everything I’m about" Malachi represents the essence, skill & respect for the art form, and above all, genuine love for this powerful music.
Ancient Future will hit stores worldwide in early April.
"The Bay Area has been home to one of the best hip-hop scenes in the country for quite a while now and one group that's played a large part in that scene's growth is Oakland's Zion I. The duo of DJ AmpLive and Zumbi have been building things in the Bay since 1997, and last year released the critically acclaimed album Atomic Clock. Atomic Clock made my RapReviews year end top ten list, and this week I caught up with both AmpLive and Zumbi to get the story behind the album, as well as how going the indie route has changed over the years, and what they like about both the underground and mainstream hip-hop scenes."
"Quick, who is currently recording for Rap-A-Lot Records? Devin? Z-Ro? Trae? Scarface? Not to my knowledge. With the exception of Bun B, the label's stars, all major southern rap artists, all jumped ship. The drought of signees coincides with the label's 25th anniversary. Or maybe vice versa, as it may very well be lack of active personel that inspires the efforts to generate revenue with variously themed retrospectives. "Crazy & Psychotic Volume I" hopes to highlight the label's merits in exploring the dark hallways in rap's psyche. Rap had perhaps always been a cathartic medium, but in Rap-A-Lot madness found an asylum that encouraged its inmates to confront their inner demons. The poster boy for Rap-A-Lot as rap music's psycho ward is Ganksta NIP, who, (pretty much wrongly) credited as Gangsta NIP, makes two appearances here. Both "Slaughter House" ("Slaughterhouse") and "Murder After Midnight" ("Murda After Midnite") are off his third album, being favored over early works like "Psycho" or "Psychic Thoughts.""
"The "Experience" kicks off with "Someday Son" which focuses on the things we all do to pass and in most cases, waste time in life while we could be pursing dreams and all that good stuff. You know, the usual stuff...working, drinking, Facebook and the like. "Back To Front" features a head-nod inducing beat with drums, pipes, a few bells for flavor, among other instruments and some nimble linguistics from BVA. Another notable point on this track is that here we have the first of a few mentions of possibly retiring the top hat and mustache that he proudly rocks because no one seems to take him seriously when he's "looking like a twat," as he puts it. The title track certainly has a psychedelic feel to it, and I'm not sure if it's the hypnotic guitar or the frantic drums that is the main culprit here. In any case, Baron Von Alias matches the beat with some rapid-fire lyrics of his own, making the cut one of the definite standouts. "Magic In The Air" is certainly on the more mellow side of things as we find BVA posing the question "Can you feel it now?" The "it" being something "more than love." By comparison, "Fortress" is much darker both in its lyrical content and its production. Baron compares the home to a fortress and likens the ills of society to that of a modern day Holocaust. "
Convicts :: Convicts :: Rap-A-Lot Records ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series ** as reviewed by Matt Jost
"The average rap fan knows what it's like to have to defend rap music. Whether your tastes are questioned directly or you happen to walk in on a discussion, you're liable to deal with everything from serious concerns to outright slander. Personally I have stopped defending rap and everything that goes with it. Occasionally rap needs to be explained, and if properly asked, I try my best to explain it. But defend it or even defend myself for listening to it? I flat out refuse to enter any such argument, simply because I find the ignorance that demands me to defend it more annoying than any ignorance I might encounter within rap. That being said, I'm fully aware that rap often winds up needing justification, and that sometimes acquittal and absolution are hard to come by. Some rap is hard to excuse, even when it can be explained. The Convicts album is a case of rap crossing a certain line to the effect that any defense strategy becomes pointless. Nevertheless it has its share of supporters, some of who choose to put it on a particular pedestal. "
"The Human Drum Machine. The Grand Daddy of House. The Greatest Funkateer They Never Did Hear. Tony Cook has a lot of titles for a man who I only got to know before writing this review, and you the reader haven't even had the luxury of hearing "Back to Reality" first. Perhaps before we all get back to "Back" we should back our way up into some biographical info. Cook got his start as a drummer for James Brown in the late 1970's, which was not as lucrative a gig as one might first believe given J.B.'s popularity was suffering at the time due to the rise of disco. As a result the Atlanta native Cook took on multiple gigs supporting everyone from Etta James to Taj Mahal, traveling back and forth between Britain and the United States, all while trying to launch an independent musical career in his own right. In the middle of the 80's Cook put out his biggest single as an artist, "On the Floor (Rock-It)" featuring The Party People. To listen to it today is a throwback to old school hip-hop. I don't mean "old school" the way kids today call Wu-Tang Clan "old school" because they were born in 1992. I mean TRUE old school - Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, The Treacherous Three, Funky Four +1 More, Sugarhill Gang, et cetera. "
DJ I-Dee :: DJ's Have Feelings Too... But Can't Rap :: Isito Music as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Those who know the name DJ I-Dee are familiar with his turntablist skills and/or his gamer tendencies. Occasionally he gets to combine the two together in tracks like "The Right." The bad news is that the companies who make video games got hip to the fact their sounds were getting jacked, and it's now as hard to clear a sample from Sony Music as it is to clear one from a Sony PlayStation classic. As a result some of DJ I-Dee's most fun songs end up being YouTube clips and bootleg MP3 offerings, but since he's still getting work as a disc jockey it's not hurting his career. In fact he was able to drop a debut album named "Solitude" in 2008 showing off both his production skills and wizardry on the wheels of steel. In the two years since his debut album two well known deejays passed away within a month of each other in 2009 - the immortal Roc Raida and crossover turntablist DJ AM. One of the songs on DJ I-Dee's new album pays tribute to both - "Off the Decks" - and the entire album itself is dedicated to Raida. Despite this somber note these are not the "Feelings" that I-Dee was referring to in the title of his new album. "
"Essman's "Esspionage Vol. 1" is an album full of pleasant surprises. If that seems more like the conclusion of the review than the opening to you, feel free to skip ahead and check the scores. The major downside of that is that you'll be missing out on what exactly those pleasant surprises are, not to mention a little background info on why you should care about Essman. Essman's resume dates at least as far back as the 2002 Slum Village album "Trinity (Past, Present and Future)" when he produced tracks under the name Shelton 'Ess' Rivers - a hook up that came in part on talent and in part on his friendship with SV member Baatin. He made the most of that exposure and got work with D12, including scoring some classics for the grossly underexposed Proof solo album "Searching for Jerry Garcia," a year before the talented emcee met his untimely demise. Essman has continued to work with top talents in and outside of the Detroit area over the years, including landing a major gig to score the soundtrack for the Sticky Fingaz' movie "A Day in the Life." To put it succinctly, saying Essman is putting in work in hip-hop is an understatement. He's consistently grinding to get that paper. "
"Quick, who is both the first white rapper and the first Jewish rapper to be affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan? The answer is none other than Remedy, who first joined the squad of "killa beez" on a 1998 compilation CD. Since then, Remedy, who grew up in Staten Island, has started his own label and released several of his own albums, as well as albums from other Wu-Tang affiliates. Now Remedy is back with his latest mixtape, "It All Comes Down to This," which features an interesting collection of freestyles, new songs, and previously unreleased tracks, only one of which is over three minutes long. One can pick out the Wu-Tang influences right from the beginning, as Remedy spits about hustling, life in the ghetto, and the state of the hip-hop game over beats full of soul samples, orchestral strings and brass instruments, and kung-fu movie dialogue. Unfortunately, the mixtape stumbles when it comes to lyrical content -- Remedy's verses are at times repetitive and clichéd – and delivers a handful of solid tracks surrounded by a number of songs that could use a little more polish. "
"Silversmiths is a collaboration between Fort Wayne, Indiana rapper Sankofa and San Luis Obispo, California rapper JOHN?DOE. I've been a fan of Sankofa for a few years, and I've heard of but not heard the un-Google-able JOHN?DOE. "The Algol Paradox" is the first of three albums recorded by the duo. The album name references an astronomical phenomenon involving the paradoxical growth of binary stars in the Algol system. and they describe the work as "Like the Beastie Boys and 2 Live Crew watching Monty Python at a hookah bar." I'm not sure I see the Beasties or 2 Live Crew comparison, but "Algol Paradox" is definitely the sound of two friends having fun with the music they are making. The two rappers make a conscious decision to approach hip-hop with a humor. "Mr. Zogg's Curios and Pawn Shop" starts with an intro of Mr. Zogg describing a box of angry raps, and Sankofa and Doe proceed to spit said angry raps, making fun of the whole concept. "We the three far from wise men checking your anger," raps Doe. "We so wrong, and yet you listen to the whole fucking song." "
"Some movies become influential far beyond their initial release. Over 25 years after the release of Brian De Palma's "Scarface," nearly every part of the movie has found its way into pop culture in general and hip-hop music specifically. Rappers sample from the dialogue, imitate Al Pacino's signature way of speaking as the lead character, loop background and transitional music from the film for beats, and even the film's sound effects have become DJ scratches. In another 10 years "The Usual Suspects" may have reached similarly legendary status, as Kevin Spacey's portrayal of Roger 'Verbal' Kint continues to influence the worlds of pop and hip-hop. Much like Houston rapper Brad Jordan chose the name Scarface to give an appropriate air of menace to his rap tales, Emmet Flores chose Sozay to reference the seminal performance of Spacey, who in the film's denouement was revealed to be the near mythical gangster Keyser Soze everyone in law enforcement had been looking for. "
"One of my favorite records this year was Gonjasufi's trippy "A Sufi and a Killer," which combined hip-hop and acid rock. It got me interested in exploring more psychedelic music, and the second reissue by Zambian acid rock band WITCH seemed like a good place to start. WITCH were a Zam Rock band active in the mid-Seventies, when the troubled Republic of Zambia saw a thriving rock scene that included Musi-O-Tunya, Amanaz, and Peace. Their records were originally released on a small label, and had been out of print and incredibly rare for decades. In 2007, Stones Throw general manager and Now Again Records owner Egon came across a Myspace page by Zam Rock pioneer Rikki Ililonga. Egon and Ililonga began corresponding, which led to Ililonga getting Egon in touch with WITCH vocalist Emmanuel Jaguri Chanda. Chanda was more than happy to see his records in print again, and the result was a reissue of WITCH's "Introduction" and "Lazy Bones!!" "Lazy Bones!!" doesn't get off to a promising start. The sound quality isn't great. The record seems to be mastered from a scratchy vinyl copy, and the sound is muddy and full of imperfections. Lead track "Black Tears" is a clumsy, lumbering song. "
It's time for another dope edition of Hip-Hop Shop! Episode #107 is titled Bumpin' Funky Video Game Beats #2! We did it before and now we're doing it again with tracks from Random, MC Lars, Mikey Maybe and Del among others! Be sure to follow @angrymarks to keep up on new episodes of Hip-Hop Shop and remember you can always send your feedback, podsafe (RIAA free) music, advertising requests and all feedback to email@example.com. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!
* Random - Mega Ran Does Dragon Warrior * MC Lars f/ Beefy, Random - Reaping Beauty (Bayonetta) * Mikey Maybe - New Area Unlocked: Century Park * Random f/ Ilyas (Tanya Morgan) - Hero Muzik * Smif-N-Wessun f/ Mr. Cheeks - Super Brooklyn Bros. * Del the Funky Homosapein f/ Khaos Unique - Proto Culture * Random - Priceless (Doc Tanaka Remix)
Ghetto The Plug returns today with a new joint self titled about himself - and he's recruited trap star Blood Raw to tell his story about being "the plug." "Dopish" the mixtape hosted by DJ Bobby Black coming soon.
Chilly Gonzales, the notorious (and always brilliant) producer/rapper/world-class pianist is already on a roll in 2011. Fresh off his stint as Peaches’ cohort on her Peaches Christ Superstar tour, Dr. Gonz revealed details for his upcoming single, You Can Dance, available March 1st via Canadian tastemaker label Arts & Crafts. Included on the You Can Dance single is Gemini Club’s remix of the track, which RCRD LBL premiered today- head over there for the free download!
We also unleashed the video for "You Can Dance" last week, which is already approaching 250,000 views (if you've seen it, you know why!). The single, available digitally, features several remixes, including a stellar cut from nineteen-year old blog sensation Robotaki. Other remixes come courtesy of Shadow Dancer, Max Tundra, Edwin Van Cleef, Cosmonaut Grechko and Popular Computer.
Gonzales is also known as a super-producer of sorts, working with a wide array of artists. Best known for his production work with Feist (whose album The Reminder earned him a Grammy nomination), Peaches and Jamie Lidell, he has more recently worked with Marina & the Diamonds and Tiga...not to mention older collaborations with Bjork and Daft Punk.
His single “Never Stop” was recently chosen by Apple to soundtrack the latest iPad commercial, broadcasting Chilly’s magic to millions of homes across the globe.
Third Degree AKA 3rddy Baby is 1/3rd of New England's hottest up and coming super group "DCFAM".
Hailing from the gritty streets of “East Ville,” 3rd is the kind of undeniable artist that the game has been missing. As he continues to grow he will surely be known for his fearless style that mixes an aggressive and flamboyant flow, with powerful punchlines and wordplay, with his signature melodic and infectious hooks.
Fueled by tremendous levels of adversity throughout his life, 3rd Degree has already made a tidal wave splash on the local hip-hop scene in the Greater Boston Area and plans to only elevate that in the future.
3rddy Baby has decided to release a pair of remixes in order to continue to build the buzz after the release of his single "I'm On Fire".
MP3: The Regiment prod. by Apollo Brown - "Battle Cry"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2010
DOWNLOAD THE NEW BUZZ SINGLE, "BATTLE CRY" PRODUCED BY APOLLO BROWN, FROM THE REGIMENT'S UPCOMING HiPNOTT RECORDS RELEASE, PANIC BUTTON
Fresh off their recent signing with HiPNOTT Records, Detroit hip hop duo The Regiment are ready to start 2011 off with a BANG! Teaming up with one of last year's hottest producers, Apollo Brown, The Regiment gives us a taste of what's to come with their buzz single "Battle Cry". Fans of the Detroit hip hop sound from artists such as Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, and Royce Da 5'9" will embrace The Regiment as if they've been listening to them for years.
Look for their new mixtape, Back To Lyrics, dropping February 9th at KevinNottingham.com. Their album, Panic Button, will be released this summer on HiPNOTT Records. For more information, check their artist page at HiPNOTTRecords.com.
Modern day hip hop has become a battleground where false messiahs of materialism have often gained the upper hand, but MCs OSI and IseQold of the Regiment are the positive force for change in music. OSI had originally formed the Regiment as a vehicle to showcase his skills along with those of his partner C. Reid. Based in Detroit, they had done several shows locally before being selected to be part of the Rawkus 50, a compilation selected by Rawkus Records that represented a who’s who of today’s hottest emerging Hip Hop artists. The project was a success and the Regiment stood alongside some of the best upcoming hip hop in the nation. And while that would’ve been enough for some, OSI wanted more.
After the departure of Reid, OSI connected with IseQold, another Detroit MC who also shared a desire to make music that could speak to more than the materialistic. The battle for the soul of hip hop has been ongoing, but rather than simply watch and complain, OSI and Ise redefined the Regiment as something more than just two men. A regiment is comprised of a number of people fighting for a common cause, and when the cause is something as vast as hip hop itself, there’s no way two individuals alone can get the job done.
OSI and IseQold now lead the Regiment, a collective of fans and music lovers who want more from their music and are willing to join the battle. Dealing with the everyday struggles of trying to make it in a sometimes brutal world, the Regiment leaves the gold plated fantasies to others. Taking cues from artists diverse as KRS-1 and J-Dilla, the Regiment lyrically mixes the uplifting as well as the painfully truthful with production that hankers back to the days when hip hop wasn’t a dirty word, when people of all ages could listen and enjoy musical truth.