Category Archives: hip-hop/rap

Scene and Heard –  CCLX : Strapaholics –  Amb1shn (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Strapaholics arrives at a very poignant time for America, a time when discussion around gun laws is more heated and divided than ever, but then music has always been good at starting conversations. Sadly conversations at this level rarely get … Continue reading

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Fake Nigga –  Hot Dizzy (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Hip-Hop and therefore the rap that it spawned has always had a strong sense of loyalty. Commerciality may now be more of a driving force for the music being made on those tough streets but it never lost its sense … Continue reading

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3 Candles x Biggest Christmas = Bull’s Asshole – Lil Hemwoid (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Damn! Where even to start? I’ve spent years tweaking the most insightful comments out of the strangest music, making sense of warped artistic thought processes, from dream pop to electro-clash punk, folk odysseys to progressive meanderings. Even within the cutting … Continue reading

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Vince Carter! – Papi Ver$ace – Prod. by BeatStars (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Not every piece of music has to start revolutions, similarly not every track has to merely re-invent the wheel, and between the cutting edge and the tried and tested you find Papi Ver$ace’s Vince Carter!, a blend of old-school, slow … Continue reading

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Incubus – Xeus  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The term urban music is, like pretty much every journalistic label, too general, too vague, too broad to be of any real use when it comes to discussing music and New York City artist Xeus is the perfect example of … Continue reading

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Caterpillar Chronicles – John “Adidam” Littlejohn (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It isn’t very often that new genres present themselves and if they do they normally don’t stand up to too much scrutiny, usually being akin to genre-spliced musical Frankenstein’s Monster, a revolutionary idea on paper but with an end result … Continue reading

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Panic Room EP – Chris Ellenwood (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’ve had a run of acts come my way of late that fall into the broad hip-hop/rap spectrum and who claim to be really pushing the boundaries of what the genre can be as we move forward into a new … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CCXI : 211 – Jay Ax

The move from Brooklyn to Staten Island doesn’t seem to have blunted the edge that typifies Jay Ax’s music. On the contrary 211 is loaded with all the grim reality of street culture and gangster moves and it is the … Continue reading

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The Shadow Cabal of the 8 Oligarchs – Hefe Heetroc (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The mysterious and mercurial Hefe Heetroc is an interesting proposition. The music sits somewhere beyond conventional rap, past the point where glitchy electro starts to unravel into something more like the death throes of a misfiring super computer or half … Continue reading

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Life on Mars – The Black Astronaut (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Well, that’s a new one on me. Hip-hop has always had something to say, at its most basic it is boastful and self-aggrandising, at it’s most clever it is observational and socially aware, but listening to Land of The Lost … Continue reading

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