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“The Key” – New Music Video from Grand Opus – Out Now!

“The Key” is the fresh new music video by Grand Opus(Joc Scholar & Centric)!
Check it out here:

if you’d like to get your own copy of the track, this is where to look:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TheKeyITUNES
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/TheKeyGP
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TheKeyAMZ

For more information check out:
https://www.facebook.com/grandopus

Peace! ~dhh

Sammy Warm Hands - "Famous Last Words"

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

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:

Sammy Warm Hands : Bandcamp Facebook Instagram
K.I. Design : Facebook Twitter Instagram


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“Natural Order” – New Album from The Four Owls; Thoughts + “Think Twice” Prod. DJ Premier – Music Video – Out Now!

UK hiphop outfit, The Four Owls have a new album out called “Natural Order”!
Get your copy here:

My thoughts: “If you’re looking for some really refreshing, down to earth good hiphop I cannot recommend this album enough! This one if just filled to the brim with beats and flows to keep your head nodding for day’s on end.. well for me anyway. Not to mention features from Smellington Piff, Jam Baxter, Sammy B-side and Dirty Dike making for a really incredible album… and then there’s the track “Think Twice” produced by the one an only DJ Premier!! What a track! everything just works perfectly on this one and throughout the album really… Go get your self a copy”!!

To get you into the swing of things, this is the video for “Think Twice”!!
check it out:

If you prefer physical copies or other means of getting your hands on the album, this is where to look:
BUY ‘NATURAL ORDER’ ON CD: http://bit.ly/1vZs8zZ
BUY ‘NATURAL ORDER’ ON LIMITED EDITION VINYL: http://bit.ly/1Am2M6L
BUY ‘NATURAL ORDER’ ON iTUNES: http://bit.ly/1J20klF

For more information and to stay in touch with The Four Owls, check out:
The Four Owls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFourOwls
The Four Owls on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/TheFourOwls
The Four Owls on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheFourOwls


High Focus Website: http://www.high-focus.com

Enjoy! ~dhh

Canibal Ox - Blade of Ronin

“Cannibal Ox – Blade Of The Ronin” Review by Apocolypse

Ok… So for this review I’ve chosen to critique the highly anticipated new Cannibal Ox album, “Blade Of The Ronin”. This rap duo consists of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, both artists members of The Atoms Family (Refer to my previous review on “Alaska – Alkast”), and before I get into it, I would just like to point out how as an avid underground head, for these three artists from such a juggernaut of a group to release new material so close together is like getting to see the Hayley’s comet of Underground Hip Hop.

After all the years and rumours since Cannibal Ox’s first studio release “Cold Vein” (voted one of the best rap albums for the decade of 2000-2010), I can honestly say I was excited to give this album a listen. The album was dropped on 3 March 2015 by IGC Records and iHipHop Distribution, with one track produced by Black Milk and the rest produced by Bill Cosmiq. I must be honest, I was a little disheartened when I realized El-p wasn’t involved with any of the production on this one.

I pushed play and so the journey began. It’s been so long since I’ve heard this duo that it was almost like catching up with an old friend. Vast Aire and Vordul Mega seem as hungry as they were in 2001 and I’m pleased to say they haven’t compromised their style to try and appeal to the newer generation of Hip Hop listeners, albeit 14 years since their last album. My initial perception of the album was apprehensive but as the beats went on, I found myself boppin my head, one,two…one,two… like a soldier marching in to battle, Bill Cosmiq had some really big shoes to fill and he did it admirably.

The story line of the album compliments the direction of the music, and the more I listened to the album the more I appreciated it. From your old school golden era 80’s/90’s boom bap, to trippy space synths, it’s almost as if their style was more applicable now more than ever. Featuring the likes of Double A.B on “Opposite of Desolate”,  Artifacts and U-God on “Blade: The Art of Ox”, Elzhi on “Carnivorous”, Space, Swave Sevah & Elohem Star on “Thunder In July”, Irealz and Bill Cosmic on “Sabertooth”, the man MF Doom on “Iron Rose” and last but not least Quantum on “Vision”. Each feature added their own unique style and flavour to round off a dope album.My favorite track on the album has to go to two of the tracks, each of them dope for their own reasons, I’d have to say “Psalm 82″ and “Thunder In July”.  I rate this album 3/5 Punchlines.

The return of the Cannibal Ox was never going to live up to their first album, but I don’t think they were trying to make another “Cold Vein”, this was more an exhibition to show how timeless their music really is. They quelled or the naysayers and satisfied the long last craving for their fans. If you REALLY do hip hop, then you got to get this album. Let’s hope their next album won’t take so long to release, I fear I might be outta the cool zone by then.

Mr. A

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“Greeny Jungle” – New Music Video from Gabriel Teodros & SoulChef ft. Shakiah – Out Now!

New Official Music Video from Gabriel Teodros & SoulChef ft. Shakiah for their track “Greeny Jungle”!!

Watch it here:

Lifted from their 2014 album Evidence Of Things Not Seen available here:

For more infomation you can check out the following spaces:
gabrielteodros.com
soulchefmusic.com

Peace! ~dhh

Astronautalis - The Very UFAOEAMM

“The Very Unfortunate Affairs Of Mary & Earl” – New EP by Astronautalis – Out Now!

New EP from Astronautalis called “The Very Unfortunate Affairs Of Mary & Earl”!
Check it out here:

“FROM THE VAULTS V2: “The Very Unfortunate Affairs of Mary & Earl”
The story of this album starts back in the 1560’s when a young man named James Hepburn met a young woman named Mary Stuart. What followed this meeting was a tumultuous love affair of epic proportions. Starting with an explosion, and a murder, which lead to a kidnapping, and a wedding, then an imprisonment, a prison break, and a race across the sea to mount an army for war. Which then lead to ANOTHER imprisonment, in another country, for another crime, and all of it ending in suicide and heartbreak. The ingenue of this tragic love story? Mary Queen of Scots. And her star-crossed lover, James Hepburn, was the Lord High Admiral of Scotland, the 4th Earl Bothwell, and one of my earliest ancestors. / James Hepburn is a divisive figure in European history, a devout Scottish patriot, a notorious womanizer, a possible practitioner of black magic, and, depending on who you ask, either Mary’s kidnapper OR her one true love. This album, written and recorded in my bedroom in Jacksonville Beach, FL, released on only vinyl in Germany, after “The Mighty Ocean…” was my first exploration into the realm of historical fiction, an important experiment leading up to “Pomegranate” and, in my opinion, one of the best records i have ever made. / If you would like to know more about this insane piece of history, i encourage you to check this out: www.lordbothwell.co.uk/bothwellindex.html ” ~ via the album page

For more information etc. you can check out:
astronautalis.com
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Caravan” – New Official Music Video from Jam Baxter – Out Now!

All new official music video from Jam Baxter for his track ‘Caravan’!!!
Check it out:

lifted from his new album ‘…so we ate them whole’ entirely produced by Chemo.
The album features Dirty Dike, Jareth & DJ Sammy B-Side and is OUT NOW on High Focus Records on CD, digital & limited edition double vinyl here:
CD: http://bit.ly/1wCuY0J
LIMITED EDITION VINYL: http://bit.ly/1wEQYHm
ITUNES: http://bit.ly/1DvcEba

For more information and to stay in touch, check out:
Jam Baxter on Facebook : http://on.fb.me/1txqQBH
Jam Baxter on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ActualJamBaxter
Jam Baxter on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/Jammothy


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…

Peace! ~dhh

Graves33 - Survive EP

“SURVIVE” – All New EP by Graves33 – Out Now!

Brand new EP from Seatle hiphop artist Graves33!!
Get your copy here:

“All of the beats on this EP were produced, recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Graves 33 in Seattle, WA”.

For more information and to stay in touch, this is where to look:
Facebook
Twitter
Graves33.com

Enjoy! ~dhh

Onboard Balloon - Meloriate

“Meliorate” – New Album from Onboard Balloon – Out Now!

Colorado hiphop artist Onboard Balloon have a new album out!!
Get your copy right here:

“Onboard Balloon’s second project on Arcadiac Records and fifteenth full-length album, “Meliorate” is yet another captivating journey through the mind of Colorado native, Lee Willis. Elaboration on his one-of-a-kind style, “Meliorate” offers more memorable lyrics than ever and the oh-so-gritty, synth-driven instrumentals that we’d expect from Onboard Balloon. Relax and enjoy”.

For more infoirmation and to keep up to date, check out:
onboardballoon.com
http://arcadiacrecords.com/onboardballoon
https://www.facebook.com/onboardballoon

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Drive North” – New Official Music Video from deM atlaS – Out Now!

New Music video from Rhymesayers artist deM atlaS for his track “Drive North”!
Check it out:

Get your LIMITED, EXCLUSIVE physical copy of DWNR NOW via Fifth Element and get a digital copy of the EP instantly. PLUS each EP has a unique hand drawn cover art by deM atlaS himself. The Physical copy also includes an exclusive three button pack and sticker.

Physical | Fifth Element: http://bit.ly/DWNRFE
Digital | iTunes: http://bit.ly/DemDWNR
Stream | Spotify: http://bit.ly/DWNRsp

For more infomation and to stay in touch you can check out:
https://twitter.com/dematlas
https://facebook.com/dematlas
https://instagram.com/dematlas
https://rhymesayers.com/dematlas

Enjoy! ~dhh