Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Had Enuff?

With his infectious sounds and his track, "Had Enuff" being featured on the Sunday Times Indie Collection CD Mr Jones is taking the music world by storm!

With a blend of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Indie and a voice that sound hard and smooth he knows what he's doing! Check out this EXCLUSIVE Interview only on HipHopInformant!

HipHopInformant: How long have you been involved in the music industry?

Aynzli Jones: Got signed summer last year, but i've been doin my ting since a lil yute! Work for one of the biggest management agency in JA, they look after Bounty Killa, Barrington Levy, Elephant and a whole load of others, so I was around them all day as kid, big influence.

HipHopInformant: How did you get involved with music?

Aynzli Jones: I grew up in Jamaica, u don’t really have a choice but to get involved with music, its part of the culture, jus depends how involved u get.

HipHopInformant: Where are you from?

Aynzli Jones: Born in Hammersmith, from a baby grew up in
Kingston Jamaica.

HipHopInformant: What would you describe your genre of music as?

Aynzli Jones: I never do, leave dat for someone else.

HipHopInformant: Your track “Had Enuff” was featured in the Sunday Times, Indie collection CD how does that feel?

Aynzli Jones: Yeah was good exposure for me. wuz cool!!

HipHopInformant: Where did the idea for the track “Had Enuff” come from?

Aynzli Jones: The song started as a freestyle and grew in to a song, usually how it happens!! the chorus is a sample from the freestyle.

HipHopInformant: Does your music have a message? If so, what is that message?

Aynzli Jones: Theres many different messages in there but the basic message would probably be "be yaself cuz no one else can!!"

HipHopInformant: Are there any artists that influence you?

Aynzli Jones: So many different artist influence me. Andre 3000, Sizzla, Lil
Wayne, Buju Banton, Jay-Z, Lauren Hill etc etc list goes on.

HipHopInformant: How do you feel about the Hip-Hop industry in the

Aynzli Jones: I feels it coming along, theres a lot of great mc's but the majors labels dont seem to push that sh#t properly! Shame but change gone come.

HipHopInformant: Your track “Lonely Man” has a very Reggaeish feel to it, It’s a change are your songs going to be more reggae influenced.

Aynzli Jones: Its not a change for me at all, its jus a different side to this ting, not really interest in pigeon holding myself to dis dat or whatever, whatever sounds good sounds good to me ya zimmi!!

HipHopInformant: What does the future hold for Aynzli Jones?

Aynzli Jones: Who knows! hope sky the limit. got lots of show all over
England coming up and i'm doin David Letterman & Carson Daily in May with Moby and more and more recording!!!

Thursday, 24 April 2008

The UK's bringing Hip-Hop back!

The streets gave birth to hip hop, and the streets are where it lives. But the corporate world stole rap. Now Akala’s stealing it back.

Over the last two years Kingslee ‘Akala’ Daley, 24, has emerged from London’s hip hop underground as one of the leaders of a new British artistic renaissance. In 2006 Akala won the Best Hip Hop MOBO award for his debut album ‘It’s Not A Rumour’. Since then Akala has rocked live spots on Radio 1 and warmed up for artists as diverse as Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera and Richard Ashcroft. At the same time he has tirelessly taken his acclaimed live show not only across the country, but as far a field as Nigeria and Vietnam where he performed the first ever Hip-Hop show in the country’s history at the behest of the British Council. In October 2007 he released his follow-up album "Freedom Lasso" and is getting ready to release the next single off the album "Comedy Tragedy History" in the spring.

Kingslee Daley chose the name 'Akala', a Buddhist moniker that means 'immovable', yet Akala the artist/MC/entrepreneur is anything but: he is a mutable, restless hip-hop polymath born under the sign of Sagittarius who has rolled through school (straight As at GCSE), the sports scene (he played for West Ham and Wimbledon) and the fast-food trade (he ran an Ayia Napa jerk joint), all before he turned 20. Recently he has focused his energies onto the business of hip hop, producing his own videos, distributing white labels, mixtapes and founding his Illa State label, the logo of which is a Union Jack in the black, gold and green of the Jamaican flag. This colour scheme couldn’t be more appropriate: in the Jamaican original, gold represents natural beauty and wealth; green signifies resources and hope; black denotes hardships endured.

HipHopInformant: How long have you been involved in Hip-Hop?

Akala: Since I was about seven when I first started imitating MC's that I liked and adding my own little flavour to their songs.

HipHopInformant: What made you get involved with Hip-Hop?

Akala: I was attracted by the rhythm and power of the words of real hip-hop and that inspired me to write my own thoughts and lyrics.

HipHopInformant: Are there any artists that influence you?

Akala: Yeah tons from Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye to Wu Tang and Public Enemy to Radiohead and Prodigy I just love real music.

HipHopInformant: the track “Comedy Tragedy History” is an amazing piece of work how did you get the idea for that track?

Akala: I was challenged by DJ Alex Twin B to fit 27 Shakespeare plays in a freestyle which I did and that became the first two verses of the song I then wrote two more verses containing the Bards most famous quotes.

HipHopInformant: I’m amazed by the way that you rap its something new and fresh how would you explain the way that you rhyme?

Akala: Honesty. Everything I say I just try to be as honest as I can at that particular moment.

HipHopInformant: What are your views about Hip-Hop in the
UK at this moment?

Akala: There are a lot of talented artists here but there is as ever just not enough coherence and unity within the scene.

HipHopInformant: What do you feel the most enjoyable thing about performing is?

Akala: Sharing the energy with the fans.

HipHopInformant: Does your music have a message?

Akala: My music just has my thoughts and feeling on the world around me and if people find a message in that then great.

HipHopInformant: How did the name Akala come about and does it have a meaning?

Akala: It is a Buddhist term meaning "Immovable."

HipHopInformant: How did it feel to be featured on Channel 4?

Akala: I was pleased as it's always hard for independent artists like me to get features on mainstream TV so it was great.

HipHopInformant: What does the future hold for Akala?

Akala: More shows, Vol2 of "The War Mixtape" coming later this year and probably a third album in '09.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Hitting the Jackpot!

"Now I'm heavy in the game, call me Cecil Fielder/the late Kirby Puckett, fam I'm after duckets/wanted a career putting basketballs into a bucket/didn't grow to be 6 ft 6, so I said f**k it!"

These are the lyrics from unsigned Chicago emcee Lottery, the latest to come out of the "City of Wind." Growing up Derrick Martin Hardy, Lottery was raised by parents that made sure that he was around music 24/7. "Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and other greats were always being played in my home," says the Chi-Town rapper. "While my friends were going to D-Nice and Digital Underground concerts, my mom was taking me to see Stevie Wonder."

Lottery eventually was inspired to write once he heard Kris Kross, and figured that if they can do it, so can he. Then with childhood friend
Eugene "Aftershock" Shuford pushing him, 11 year-old Lottery began to record. Trips back and forth from his parents' home on Michigan Ave to Princeton Park began to really pay off because it was there that Lottery gained his skill for writing.

By the time Lottery entered high School at famed Simeon Vocational, a school that has produced star athletes from Nick Anderson to Derrick Rose, and most recently artist such as Shady Records artist Ca$his, G.O.O.D. Music artist GLC and Courtney Vantrease of the R&B group One Chance. It was there that Lottery lettered in two-sports, being a member of the Football and Track & Field teams. Upon graduation, Lottery went on to
Jackson State University. There Lottery would see an artist that would inspire him to get serious about Music again. "Seeing David Banner at every mall, social gathering, barbershop, and sporting event pushing his music, inspired me to write again."

After two years at JSU, Lottery dropped out of school. Lottery would resurface, but this time at
Chicago State University, where his department chair was non-other than the late Dr. Donda West. Dr. West's son, Kanye West had just started out with his rap career, but already had numerous producer credits under his belt. Kanye would give Lottery the best advice that he ever received. "Don't be afraid to fly!" By the time Kanye's debut album "The College Dropout" hit stores; Lottery did something else that his idol did. Lottery dropped out of Chicago State University. After a trip to New York City for the inaugural National Political Hip Hop Convention, Lottery came back to Chicago and enrolled at Columbia College Chicago., an arts school, where he was introduced to the recording of music.

HipHopInformant: How long have you been involved in Hip-Hop?

Lottery: As a fan since 1988. I grew up BDP, MC Lyte, D-Nice and others, but what influenced me to pick up a pen was when I heard Totally Krossed Out and I was like "Damn, they my age, so I know i can do this too." Then when I heard The Chronic, I basically had the mentality that either I'mma be in the NBA or in the music industry.

HipHopInformant: How did you get involved in Hip-Hop?

Lottery: The one event that happened to where I felt like I was contributing something was when i got on the bus to get people to register to vote. We went everywhere from Michigan to Ohio to Pittsburgh, to Harlem and finally Newark. We were a part of the first annual HipHop Political Convention. I was heavily motivated after that because i was on the bus with nothing but other Hip-Hop artist such as FIC, The C.O.R.E., Neo, Mastermind, Rock City, and other hungry artist. That was the first time that I ever hit a stage and actually rocked it in a city other than my own.

HipHopInformant: Where are you from and does where you're from influence your music?

Lottery: I'm from the South Side of Chicago. I lived on 91st and Michigan Ave, but was raised on 95th. I hooped there, macked chicks there, ate there, and went to school there. It influences my music heavily because there, cats are looking for a hope. When Nookie (Dallas Mavericks player Juwan Howard) was drafted, everyone was happy on 95th because he was our hope, same as Corleone (Boston Celtics player Tony Allen) when he entered the league. I also went to Simeon Career Academy so I got that winners mentality. My football coach Reggie Evans once cursed me out on the sidelines for saying that we will not lose this game. He told me later on that winners don't even have that word in their vocabulary. It stuck with me. Having all that behind me, it fuels my desire to be the best. in my rhymes I will always shout out those places becuase they made me who i am today.

HipHopInformant: Where did the name Lottery come from?

Lottery: I use to always tell cats, "whoever signs me is going to hit the jackpot," and with chicks I would ask "who wants to hit the Lottery?" The name stuck lol.

HipHopInformant: Are there any artists that influence you and who would you like to work with?

Lottery: Its crazy. I get influenced off of everyone from Marvin Gaye to Portishead, but what really motivates or influences me is when people that I knew get on. They inspire me. When One Chance first came out I was motivated to see Courtney make it, because I saw him on his grind at Simeon or Ca$his doing his thing with Shady because I've seen his work ethic, or The Cool Kids having labels chasing after them, because I remember when they were doing shows at Columbia, or David Banner killing it down south after all the grinding I saw him doing when I was at Jackson State. Even seeing what Derrick Rose did in the NCAA tournament had me motivated to write, just because he's from Simeon. As far as work with, thats an easy answer, Kanye West.

HipHopInformant: You said that the best Hip-Hop album of all time is A Tribe Called Quest's- Midnight Marauders. Why do you think this is the best Hip-Hop album?

Lottery: I never have to skip when I put that album in. When I first heard the tape in my cousin Toine's car up in Saginaw, MI. I was in love with that album. I played it so much, that my cousin would get mad and throw on Big Mike, and hide the tape and act like he forgot it at home when we would get in the car. The rhymes and beats were parallel and I have been hardpressed to find another album like it. Illmatic is very close though.

HipHopInformant: What is the most enjoyable thing about performing to you?

Lottery: Being able to see how people respond to you. I actually look at faces and see how they feel about what I am bringing to the table. I also enjoy being able to showcase my creativity because I live for the spotlight. The best feeling in the world is when people know your lyrics and spit them back at you.

HipHopInformant: I always ask what artists think of the Hip-Hop industry, what are your views on the industry?

Lottery: I feel like the industry is changing, but for the better. Change wont show right now, because the digital age is new, but I listen to all these new cats that are coming into the game that are tired of not eating and they are really bringing it. HipHop is starting to feel new and fresh again, because every artist is searching for new ideas. HipHop was never dead, its just that the people who feel that way were not looking at all these new emcees that are finna come into the game that have no cameras on them.

HipHopInformant: Does your music have a message? If so, what is that message?

Lottery: My music overall is for that person who is tired of people telling him what he should do, or how he should do it! I've had people honestly ask me, "Oh you're serious about this rap thing." It only fuels me and you can hear that in songs like "Can't Tell Me S***" I will never tell another man/woman to give up on what he wants to do with his life!

HipHopInformant: Are there any underground artists that you would like to work with?

Lottery: No particular order, but Vanysh, Ill Legit, Nick Campbell, Pro2je, Slot-A, Bullet, Add-2, Gerald Walker, Doe Boy, Haz Solo, Chicago Ro, Big Wiz, Verse, Dr
unken Monkeee, Severe, Starsky, Neo, KM, Brock St. James, Ike Luv, anyone from Flyy City or League Entertainment, TEO, Ill Subliminal, Miltone, Young Blaze, Q, that enough names lol.

HipHopInformant: Finally what does the future hold for Lottery?

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Pray For Me (Suicide Note) REKS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Check out the new Video From REKS, Its call Pray For Me(Suicide note) Produced by Statik Selektah the Showoff! Also, if you havent checked out the interview that HipHopInformant did with him then check that out too and tell us what you think!

-HipHopInformant-From the Streets to your Laptop!

Friday, 4 April 2008

Download the Non-Fiction EP for FREE NOW!

Download the Non-Fiction EP for FREE by clicking on the album cover below or visit the link:

Also, Check out the interview with the artist himself! ONLY ON...HipHopInformant- From the streets to your Laptop!