This week, ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’, the debut album by New York hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, turned 20 years old. Surfacing at a pivotal moment for the genre, the album marked a step-change in the sound of east coast rap for much of the next decade.
There’s a very special venue in east London, holding a unique event every month that is a must attend for all the hip-hop heads out there.
West London MC, Incisive, is making a bit of a wave right now
Originating from Toronto, duo Zeds Dead used to spend hours making old-school hip hop beats in their parent’s garage. Ten years on from their first album Fresh Beets, they have replaced hip-hop with bass-heavy sounds.
Meet Lyrically Challenged, a group of artists with a twist, who are on a particular mission.
The Canadian dubstep producer and DJ has remixed tracks for artists including Wu-Tang Clan, Coldplay, MGMT and Lil Wayne, as well as earning a loyal fan base who can’t get enough of his industrial spin on bass music and hectic live performances.
Very few Hip Hop artists have mastered the fine art of consistently delivering, while remaining on top. Rapper Cormega is one such artist and I met with him earlier this week while he was in London at Tribe 7 Studios to hear about his forthcoming album entitled Mega Philosophy produced by the Large Professor.
While it may not (yet) be regarded as one of hip-hop’s landmark years in the same way 1988 or 1994 now are, there is a sense as 2012 draws to a close that it’s been one of the genre’s strongest seasons for some time.
There aren’t too many names in today’s electronic biosphere that can top bills with any of their aliases that they choose to call upon. Yet, when not being Machinedrum or linking up with Praveen to form Sepalcure, Travis Stewart takes on a number of provocative alter egos to spread his musical virtuosity. We caught up to chat hip-hop nostalgia, the woes of learning German and singing in the shower.
Although I focus mainly on electronic music, my musical tastes vary and live performances are a favourite of mine, particularly from exciting new talent. A couple of years ago Kings Of The City caught my ear – I saw them perform a few lives shows and was impressed by their set up – they are a large group comprised rappers and live instrumentalists. Full of energy they left an impression on me and, just recently, I had the chance to interview them about their story so far…
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