“Sammy Warm Hands – Famous Last Words” review by Apocolypse

Sammy Warm Hands - "Famous Last Words"

So check it out… I had the privilege of getting Sam Wartenbee aka Sammy Warm Hands (SWH) new – “Famous Last Words” album ahead of its release to review it, damn I love what I do…

“Famous Last Words” is the final album of a trilogy, with “Bears Repeating” & “Freewriters” being its predecessors. It drops on the 7 April, distributed on CD by Sammy’s the one and only Crushkill Recordings and cassette by Flossless Audio. The album will be released in conjunction with his first book, by the same name, which chronicles his 17 years of recording history.

First off, I checked out his latest music video on Youtube (Anti – Fun), from the get go, the beat caught me and the melodic keys insisted I take note and get involved. The music video is no Paramount Pictures production, but accompanied with the beat and lyrics, the intention is clear, music as it stands is as generic as the cardboard boxes that are used for packaging. In my mind Sammy Warm Hands is making a bold statement, not to criticize other artists work, but to challenge the majorities conventional thinking of what Hip Hop is and the current perception of how “rappers” should portray themselves and their music. He is a prime example of being the change he wants to see by making the music that inspires him, the reason for his passion.

Ok… Time to tuck in. The first track, albeit the title track “Famous Last Words” aka Nobody Gives A Fuck, sets the tone for the album. The rolling double bass accompanied with the classic boom-bap snare kick combination and a soulful brass sample immediately creates an aura of too cool for school (someone pass me my Wayferer’s because he just went blues brothers on this shit). His soulful lyrics and smooth on-point flow take to life with each beat, as he moves through different elements flawlessly. The style of songs range from sing-a-long hype type of tracks to a live recording, conceptual songs, sociopolitical and story-telling, giving the album a nice well-rounded balance. Sammy’s ability pour out his emotions is just another way his music challenges the mainstream way of thinking because as far as traditional emceeing goes, there is this preconceived notion that emotion is weakness and an overall gangsta no…no, but to the contrary, he harnesses his vulnerability and utilizes it as his greatest strength, it allows the listener to relate personally and lets us peak into his mind and soul as well as feel his heart through his art.

The album features the likes of ThatKidCry – “Before doors open”, Rabbi Hanan Sills – “Ferguson Freewrites”, Vazkez – “Midnight” and Man Danno – “Dan Sammo”, if I had to choose my favorite feature, it’ll probably go to Man Danno, he had the most unique sound and style which was very refreshing. Each accompanying artist adds their own unique flavor to this gourmet Hip Hop dish, I can just picture it now, Master Chef Hip Hop edition hosted by Raekwon and he says, “Mayn, these other artists best protect their neck cuz your method man is bringing the CREAM, dolla dolla bill ya’ll, Warm Hands aint nuthin to f@#k wit.”

Ok… Enough random cut away’s, back to the music. All the beats were composed by K.I. Design, where the simplicity is the key to emphasizing the mood and unlocking the Fort Knoxx of thoughts the lyrics provoke. All in all, K.I. Designs beats and SWH rhymes and production amalgamate into a beautiful artwork.

I can’t choose a favorite track, the list of tracks that didn’t take top spot is shorter, but here goes, “Famous Last Words”, “Midnight” ft. Vazkez, “Dan Sammo” ft. Man Danno, “Anti-fun” and “Vacant Eyes”, after listening to the album countless times I couldn’t choose between them, each one has their own unique sound and feel and are gems in their own right. In my opinion, the biggest flaw in the album is the last track which is a live recording of his submission for R.A. the Rugged Man’s Definition Of A Rap flow competition. To me it just comes across as cliche and cheesy. I like the live element but it’s almost as if SWH copped out by putting it on the track-list, the quality he offers is above sleezy competitions, don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing his entry, I just feel like everything prior was ALL him which was dope!dope!!DOPE!!!! And to put it on the album (let alone the last track of the trilogy), I’m left with a feeling that SWH sold himself short for what could be seen as a gimmick (nobodies perfect right?)

That said, it’s still one hell of a dope album that has a lot to offer, whether you the conscious type or just someone who enjoys good music. I give this album a rating of 3/5 punchlines and I highly recommend it to any indie Hip Hop head who has a love for the craft, especially if your flavor is along the lines of Atmosphere, Blueprint and Sage Francis. My “…Last Words” are, Sammy… I give you a Warm round of applause and I got to Hands it to you (see what I did there), this is the type of Hip Hop that I love to listen too and that inspires me as an artist. RESPECT!!!

Looking forward to your next drop.

Get your copy here:

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Mr. A

For more information check out:

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K.I. Design : Facebook Twitter Instagram


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“Lord Of The Light (Sun Riddim)” – New Music Video from Onoe Caponoe (Prod. Chemo) – Out Now!

Official video for the brand new Onoe Caponoe single -‘Lord Of The Light (Sun Riddim)’ lifted from his new album ‘Voices From Planet Catelle’ entirely produced by Chemo!!

The album features Jehst and is out now on High Focus Records on CD, digital & limited edition vinyl…. get your copy here:
ORDER THE CD: http://bit.ly/16TLpxV
ORDER THE LIMITED EDITION VINYL: http://bit.ly/1CXGG8N
ORDER ALBUM ON iTUNES: http://bit.ly/1w2rQYS
BUY ‘LORD OF THE LIGHT’ SINGLE ON iTUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lor…

For more information this is where to look:
Website: http://www.high-focus.com
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/HighFocusTV
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HighFocus
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HighFocusUK
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/highfocusrec…

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Silent Flight” – New Official Music Video from The Four Owls – Out Now!

The Four Owls ‘Silent Flight’ is the first single to be lifted from their new album ‘Natural Order’! Check it:

“The single also contains another track ‘Old Earth’ and instrumentals for both. The album is produced by Leaf Dog with guest production from DJ Premier and features Dirty Dike, Jam Baxter & Smellington Piff. Released 12th February 2015 on High Focus Records and is available to pre order on CD & limited edition vinyl now @ http://www.high-focus.com “

The Four Owls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFourOwls

Website: http://www.high-focus.com
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/HighFocusTV
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HighFocus
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HighFocusUK
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/highfocusrec…

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Space Bitches” New Official Music Video from Onoe Caponoe (Prod. Chemo) – Out Now!!

Official video for the brand new Onoe Caponoe single -‘Space Bitches’ lifted from his new album ‘Voices From Planet Catelle’ entirely produced by Chemo. The album features Jehst and will be released on the 28th January 2015 on High Focus Records on CD, digital & limited edition vinyl.

ORDER THE CD: http://bit.ly/16TLpxV
ORDER THE LIMITED EDITION VINYL: http://bit.ly/1CXGG8N
BUY ‘SPACE BITCHES’ SINGLE ON iTUNES: http://bit.ly/1tlZT40


Onoe Caponoe on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ONOEFUNK
Onoe Caponoe on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ONOECAPONOE169
Onoe Caponoe on Instagram: http://instagram.com/catporn169


Website: http://www.high-focus.com
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/HighFocusTV
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HighFocus
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HighFocusUK
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/highfocusrec…

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Gray Duck” – New Official Music Video from Doomtree – Out Now!

Pre-order the album ALL HANDS on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/allhands
Deluxe CD/Vinyl Pre-order: http://store.doomtree.net

Peace! ~dhh

“SIGN ME UP” – New Animated Music Video from ECID – Out Now!!

Ecid - Sign Me Up

Ecid recently dropped this fresh new music video for his track “Sign Me Up”!
Check it out here:

It’s lifted from his all new album “Pheromone Heavy” due out 3/3/2015 and there are even some really cool and exclusive pre-order packs available here:
http://tinyurl.com/o4wrg9m

Get an immediate DL of Sign Me Up when you pre-order digitally on Bandcamp:

For more information and to stay up to date with ECID, check out:
https://ecidlovesyou.com
http://facebook.com/ECIDfitb
Twitter: @ECIDfitb
Instagram: @ecidlikeacidwithane

Enjoy! ~dhh

Leash – Brand New Official Music Video from Jam Baxter (Prod. Chemo) – Out Now!!!

Jam Baxter - Leash

Hot off the fresh!! The Official video for the brand new Jam Baxter single -‘Leash’ lifted from his forth coming album ‘…So We Ate Them Whole’ entirely produced by Chemo!!!
Check it out here:

The album is due for release on the 1st December 2014 on High Focus Records & features Dirty Dike, Jareth & DJ Sammy B-Side!! It’s also available for pre-order in various formats via the following spaces:
PRE-ORDER THE CD:
http://bit.ly/1wCuY0J
PRE-ORDER THE LIMITED EDITION VINYL:
http://bit.ly/1wEQYHm
PRE-ORDER ON ITUNES:
http://bit.ly/1DvcEba

You can also purchase the ‘LEASH’ SINGLE ON iTUNES here:
http://bit.ly/1tCUPWo

For more info about Jam Baxter and High Focus Records, this is where to look:
http://www.high-focus.com
http://www.twitter.com/HighFocusUK
http://www.facebook.com/HighFocus

Peace! ~dhh

“Jonathan” – Brand New Music Video from Hail Mary Mallon + “Bestiary” – New Album Pre-Orders Available Now!

Hail Mary Malon - Besatriey

Hot off the fresh… Check out this astounding new music video from Hail Mary Mallon for their brand new track “Jonathan”!!!

Best part is it’s lifted from their brand new album “Bestiary”  due to drop on 11 November and you can Pre-Order your copy in various formats here:
Pre-order “Bestiary” on iTunes: http://bit.ly/iTunesBestiary
Pre-order “Bestiary” on CD/Vinyl: http://bit.ly/Bestiary
Subscribe for more: http://bit.ly/RhymesayersYT

“Our video for ‘Jonathan’ was shot on location in an Arcade, the Forest, the Desert, the Sky, and the Ocean. It is the best video you will ever see for our song ‘Jonathan'” – Hail Mary Mallon #Bestiary

To Stay in touch, check out:
http://twitter.com/aesoprockwins
http://twitter.com/rob_sonic
http://twitter.com/rhymesayers

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Condemnation” – MISTAFIRE ft. ZICO & JAGO – Official Music Video Out Now!

Mistafire - condemnation

Hope the week is going good so far and it only get better…
Mistafire recently dropped this slick music video for his track “CONDEMNATION” Ft. ZICO, JAGO & PAPA B of ONLYJOE! Check it out here:

This track is lifted from the forthcoming LP “Condemnation” due out soon on Durkle Disco 18 August and now available for Pre-order here:

“Formerly one half of acclaimed Bristol hip hop collective Se Fire, Mistafire is back with an energetic yet heartfelt solo show, and a bag of sub-heavy new material to showcase”.

Really looking forward to this one!

For more information on Mistafire, check out:
http://www.durkledisco.co.uk/mistafire/

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Vultures” – Fliptrix’ Brand New Official Music Video Prod. by Molotov – Out Now!!

Fliptrix - Vultures

Check out this brand new and & extremely fresh music video for Fliptrix’ track “Vultures”!!!

The track is lifted from his highly anticipated 5th solo album ‘Polyhymnia’ produced entirely by Molotov. The album is due to be released on 08/10/2014 and features The Four Owls, Chester P & Rag N Bone Man!!! I really can’t wait to hear it…

Order ‘Vultures’ single on iTunes: http://bit.ly/1uedeHa
Pre Order ‘Polyhymnia’ on CD: http://bit.ly/WVS9qe
Pre Order ‘Polyhymnia’ on limited edition vinyl: http://bit.ly/1kytYc1
Pre Order album on iTunes: http://bit.ly/1qKN1Oh

*NOTE* The ‘Vultures’ single is available for download on iTunes and comes with two exclusive B-sides that are not available on the upcoming album.

For more information on Fliptrix and this release, check out:
http://www.high-focus.com
twitter.com/HighFocusUK
Facebook.com/HighFocus
twitter.com/bearpitmedia
facebook.com/bearpitmedia

Enjoy! ~dhh