Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Happy Holidays/ New Year!



MERRY CHRISTMAS/KWANZAA/HANUKKAH and Happy Holidays! Yeah it's a bit late I know.
So we are coming to the end of 2010, which has been an Interesting year especially for Hip-Hop, we had Souls OF Mischief come back to Hip-Hop with a new album we had Hired Gun bring out a really exciting Project and album - Skillz To Take Brazil EP and had Hip-Hop change and evolve more and more. I hope Hip-Hop continues to change and evolve in 2011 and I hope that all my readers out there, stay with the HipHopInformant to see what exciting things happen.
Now this is kind of a Happy Holidays/New Year's message so remember to stay safe, have fun, remember those less fortunate and also have a great New Year and, thanks for supporting the HipHopInformant.

Peace.



Termanology and Statik Selektah Remix - Christmas In Boston.



HipHopInformant - Let's do it REAL BIG in 2011 peace.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

French Connection: French Hip-Hop : La Fouine




WHAT'S GOOD HIP-HOP HEADS!!! I've been checking out some French Hip-Hop and France has a big Hip-Hop scene with many artist and thought I would share some of their stuff with you.
I've picked out a few artists that I've been following and want all my readers to tell me what they think.
Will also be posting a new Interview on here soon so stay tuned for that!



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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Nothing better than the Original!






Accept it. True rapping has not been in the forefront of contemporary Hip-Hop music in years. Check the charts. The hits rely on popular cameos, unique heavily synthesized vocals, crazy dance moves, or gimmicky storylines. New Hip Hop sensation KM the Original could not have arrived at a better time. KM is embarking on a journey that will forever change the course of lives. His unique style and various characters coupled with his lyrical prowess have made him a likely individual of promise on the hip-hop soul scene. His debut single "So Fly" reminds the masses that feel-good rapping or living the lavish life, I should say, palatable lyrics, and a driving, head-knocking track is the simplest way to create something timeless that is easily distinguished from the disposable.

HipHopInformant: How long have you been involved with Hip-Hop and how did you get into it?

KM: I have been involved with hip-hop for about 5 plus years. I developed an interest for it because when I was younger my two older brothers would play it all the time.

HipHopInformant: How would you describe you’re sound to people who haven’t heard you’re music before?

KM: Refreshing. Think Chris Brown meets Kanye. I love r & b so much I incorporate it into everything I do.

HipHopInformant: Any Influences?

KM: Kanye West, T.I., Jay Z, Lil Wayne! Too many to name!

HipHopInformant: Best place you’ve performed and why.

KM: University of Illinois! They just show me so much love.

HipHopInformant: How has “I Just Got My License” been in regards to rotation on the radio?

KM: It has gotten about 30 bds spins to date that I know of, I haven’t checked lately though.

HipHopInformant: When are you going to come to the UK? (I’m definitely seeing the show!)

KM: If I know any promoters or could get in contact with some I will definitely come! I have always wanted to come to the U.K..

HipHopInformant: If you weren’t involved in Hip-Hop what else would you do?

KM: Probably be dead.

HipHopInformant: What’s new with KM?

KM: Working on this new Mixtape (tentatively titled “Trip 2 The Chi: Part 2”)

HipHopInformant: Can you give me your top 5 Hip-Hop artists and why you chose them?

KM: 1) Jay-Z 2) Kanye West 3) T.I. 4) Lil Wayne 5) drake

HipHopInformant: What do you think of Hip-Hop today?

KM: It is bigger than it’s ever been. I believe it has transcended and is a multi-billion dollar industry, its crazy.

HipHopInformant: Hip-Hop keeps changing, what do you think the future for Hip-Hop is?

KM: No one knows. I just think everything is going digital and eventually physical albums will not exist and everything will be digital.

HipHopInformant: "Cherry Red Lipgloss" has been on rotation around facebook have you had a good response with that?

KM: Yes, I actually have had a really good response from that song and it has gotten me more fans! Im just happy to be actively be building a following and a fan base.

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

KM: Um. No not really. Maybe that will change though. I haven’t really heard anything underground that was just so exciting that I wanted to be a part of it. I am very open for collaborations though, just as long as it makes sense.

HipHopInformant: When are you coming to the UK to do a show? (Specifically London)

KM: As soon as I get booked for a show out there! Hook me up! Im ready for London!

HipHopInformant: Can I get free tickets and a VIP Backstage Pass? Lol

KM: Sure! It’s the least I can do for this wonderful interview! No problem!

HipHopInformant: What do you think of the site?

KM: Its nice that your giving independent artists a platform to promote themselves! Thank you on behalf of the underground community!

HipHopInformant: What does the future hold for KM?

KM: Great things! Only time will tell!

Thank You!

- @kmthaoriginal


Monday, 4 October 2010

Black Star Power 3: Trifecta - Natureboy Rowe!






What's good Hip-Hop heads! So, I got hit with this promo from my fam, Natureboy Rowe for his latest project. It was out yesterday (October 3rd) and is full of sharp lyrics, quick delivery and excellent production.

The album is called Black Star Power 3: Trifecta and it's the fourth in the Black Star Power series. It features many artists that Mr Rowe has worked with before such as HCG Music artist, TXLoc who features on "Cut4U" and "Not Bout Swag" .

The Back Star Power series has been running for quite some time now and now has four projects out : Black Star Power, Rowedultery : Sex n Seduction, Black Star Power 2: Making Of A Superstar and Black Star Power 3: Trifecta.

The Tracklist for Black Star Power 3 : Trifecta is as follows:
  1. October 3rd (New Beginning)
  2. Not Bout Swag ft. TXLoc
  3. Lotta Dough
  4. Sunday Music
  5. Cut4U (Chop It Up) ft. TXLoc
  6. Starship
  7. Trinity
  8. Galactic High (TXLoc)
You can download the album here:

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?qr3pg6rb957cx55


Make sure you check out http://BStheEpic.tumblr.com for news, info and additional music from Natureboy Rowe.

Look out for a review of Black Star Power 3: Trifecta on britishiphop.co.uk

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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

HipHopInformant Clothing Inc Promo Video!




What's good people! It's been a while been mad busy but It's all going to be worth it when you see what I have lined up for my Hip-Hop heads!

So, a month ago, I made a promo video to show people the HipHopInformant Clothing Line but, for some reason I didn't put it up so, here it is enjoy and if you want to buy any shirts or make any inquiries then, hit up the Gmail or comment below!

Peace.


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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

"Where In The World Is Gun?"





What's good Hip-Hop Heads?! So, Hired Gun has just released a new album called "Where In The World Is gun?" this album is dope, and you'll see a review of it up shortly. It's also FREE!!! (see how we just drop off some dopeness for free?) So, download it, pump it in the Car, at the Gym or wherever then pass the link on to friends, family, professors, doctors, personal trainers just pass it on to everyone and enjoy!

This is what Hired Gun had to say about the Project: " In support of our Skillz To Take Brazil we'll be hitting Europe next month! Over the past couple of years it has really been about the global hip-hop community and especially for me seeing the culture in new languages, styles and expressions. I've been blessed to work with DJ's, artists, and emcees from all over Europe, Africa and South America and finally I can share some of that with you."

"The first in the "Hits and Pieces" series, please listen to, Download and share this great piece of music! More to come!"

This compilation is a small collection of tracks, that the Hired Gun has collaborated with international producers on over the past two years. Through his travels, he's hooked up with producers from Russia, France, the Czech Republic, England and Italy. Please download and enjoy.
  • The Dark Keys and J Anthem produced by J Guru (UK)
  • Truth Positive and Penmanship produced by Jaest (Judgematic, USSR)
  • Ponder for a moment produced by A.J (USA)
  • Musical puzzle freestyle and The Show produced by Zajazza (FR)
  • We R Machines produced by Phillip TBC (CZ)
  • Diaspora Freestyle produced by Benny Beats (USA)
  • You produced by DJ Nio (IT)
Download "Where In The World is Gun?" Here: http://freshroots.bandcamp.com/album/where-in-the-world-is-gun?p

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Friday, 27 August 2010

Hip-Hop Evolution or Devolution?






Hip-Hop is a strange genre of music. It continues to change over the years and develop; some styles stick and some get mixed and turned into a completely different style of music. Some of these new styles work but some just don’t.

Now in my opinion (this is solely my opinion so don’t put me on blast for saying this), Hip-Hop has taken a turn for the worse. This bothers me as a solid believer and advocate in bringing Hip-Hop back to the days where artists sounded different, producers made exclusive beats, lyrics were penned with accuracy and meant something and Hip-Hop meant something to the listener and left an impact.

What I hear on the radio now is the same generic stuff, the same electronic/dance induced beats, the same auto-tuned lyrics. This is not Hip-Hop the way I remember it.

Now, people may think I’m being a snob but I’m not. I won’t put you on blast for liking 50 cent or Lil Wayne or other commercial artists but after a while hearing about the same thing over and over in their songs you have to think to yourself ; “is this all I want to hear?”

Hip-Hop will evolve and will continue to present new styles, which is what I love and I admire the fact that artists are trying something new and trying to break down boundaries by trying to mix in dance music with Hip-Hop or autotune it but, somewhere along the line the listener is going to think, “I don’t want to hear about this guy’s money or cars anymore and I don’t want to listen to this track that sounds exactly the same as the other artist’s before”.

Hip-Hop needs to change and artists that have a big grasp on the market need to set an example.

Just ponder this article and think about it.

Peace.

Click on the screenshot to read the article on britishhiphop.co.uk.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Sha Stimuli - Knocks Me Off My Feet ft. Stevie Wonder!






What's good Hip-Hop heads! I havent been around much after I said that I would right? My bad on the posting front I promise you some new exclusive Interviews soon I hope so just bear with me and once everything's sorted, You will be the first to know!

So as I was on youtube just checking some things, I came across this video. Now Me and Sha did an Interview on britishhiphop.co.uk that you can check here:

http://www.britishhiphop.co.uk/features/interviews/sha_stimuli.html
and I was just checking out his mixtape "Hotter Than July" which is a tribute to one of the most talented artists around Mr Stevie Wonder and I just thought to myself how true the lyrics were and how many people could relate to this track, even if you're single.
And apart from the lyrics. the way the sample of "Knocks Me Off My Feet" is wonderfully mastered and mixed into the track.

Just thought I would share it with all of you people reading my thoughts, reviews, Interviews and features on Hip-Hop and also for just taking the time out to chill with the HipHopInformant so site back, enjoy and I hope you like this joint.

Peace.

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Monday, 9 August 2010

"Skillz To Take Brazil" Album review!




What's good Hip-Hop heads! Sorry for the lack of updates I've been mad busy trying to get some huge projects together so stay tuned for them. Here's a review I did for britishhiphop.co.uk hope you all enjoy it and bag yourselves a copy of the album it's D.O.P.E! Click the pic to get onto the site to read the review in full!

Peace.


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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

WE ARE HIP-HOP!





What's good Hip-Hop heads! So I was on youtube and I saw Joell Ortiz' Hip-Hop video you remember that? Anyway I thought I'd share it with you as this track is just hot and I hope, we get more of this in the future and less Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci and the whole auto-tuned sounding family of rappers.

Keep Real Hip-Hop Alive!

Friday, 18 June 2010

Jasiri X Exclusive!




What's good Hip-Hop heads! I've been busy, really busy so my apologies for the lack of content and updates but here is one I was working on earlier!
Jasiri X has been making waves on youtube with episodes of his show "This Week with Jasiri". These epsidoes tackle political and thought provoking issues that challenge the audience to think about how something is being said and how we as people can make a change.
Often controversial, Jasiri has continued to present issues that make you think. This is evident in his music which not only has a stong message but has a good beat. This coupled with Jasiri's ability to rhyme, make the music both thought provoking and enjoyable.
So, I present to all you Hip-Hop heads - Jasiri X

Enjoy...

HipHopInformant: How did you get involved with Hip-Hop and how long have you been involved with it?

Jasiri X: I got involved cause I friend of mine started producing and asked me to write a rhyme I’ve been writing and performing since the mid to late 90s.

HipHopInformant: Where are you from and does that influence the way you rhyme?

Jasiri X: I’m originally from Chicago but I’ve been in Pittsburgh for most of my life. I think it has some influence because I’ve been more drawn to the East Coast as far as my favourite artists.

HipHopInformant: Can you explain your sound to people that haven’t heard your music before?

Jasiri X: I would call it Intelligent music, definitely raw Hip-Hop production. The opposite of this watered down BS that they call rap these days.

HipHopInformant: How did the name Jasiri X come about?

Jasiri X: Jasiri is my given birth name it’s Swahili and means brave warrior. The X comes from me becoming a member of the Nation of Islam.

HipHopInformant: What is your definition of REAL Hip-Hop?

Jasiri X: Original music made from the heart, the soundtrack of the revolution.

HipHopInformant: Tell me about LYRICS Inc.

Jasiri X: I began to work with younger artists about what Hip-Hop really is and it evolved to me teaching adults about the true power and tremendous influence of Hip-Hop and actually getting paid to do it. You can’t beat that.

HipHopInformant: Are there any artists who influence you and your music?

Jasiri X: Of course Public Enemy, KRS, Rakim, Nas, Bob Marley, Tupac, Biggie, Stevie Wonder, Price, Wu-Tang, Michael Jackson, really too many to name.

HipHopInformant: Can you give me a run-down of your top 5 artists dead or alive and why you chose each one.

Jasiri X: 1) KRS-his versatility as an artist and ability to rap about any subject plus move the crowd.

2) Rakim-pure lyricism no one else has done it like him.

3) Nas-his ability to walk the fine line between street and conscious music and being great at both plus some of the illest song concepts ever.

4) Lauryn Hill-her ability to transcend the limited titles the industry tried to put on her. She went from female rapper to elite MC to one of the best artists of our generation.

5) Tupac-no one could connect to their audience emotionally better than Tupac. He believed it so we believed it.

HipHopInformant: Tell me about your youtube show “This week with Jasiri X”. What is the show about?

Jasiri X: I wanted to create a concept where I could show case my skills as an MC by doing a song a week but at the same time raise the consciousness of the listener, so I decide to rhyme about the news of the week. Now it’s evolved into a serious lesion in media literacy and how the media frame certain news to effect how the audience sees it. The last season (Season 3) we took the series to another level as far as the video production and we plan to go even further in Season 4.

HipHopInformant: What are your views on the Hip-Hop industry at this moment?

Jasiri X: It’s the best of times and the worst of times. On one hand it’s so wide open and artist like myself with no record company affiliation can be played all over the country and make an impact online. At the same time what’s considered “mainstream” is at an all time low in terms of originality and creativity.

HipHopInformant: Is there one place that you love to perform more than anywhere else and why?

Jasiri X: Not really I’ll rock any where to any size audience. I just love being able to connect to my audience live and in person.

HipHopInformant: Will we be seeing you in London anytime soon?

Jasiri X: Book me and I will come! Ha ha hopefully soon I have an album dropping around August so maybe you’ll see me soon.

HipHopInformant: Finally, what does the future hold for Jasiri X?

Jasiri X: The video for the song “Just a Minstrel” off of my album American History X drops tomorrow June 9. Season 4 of This Week With Jasiri X is coming at the end of June and my new album The Ascension produced by Rel!g!on is dropping in August on Wandering Worx Entertainment.

Catch Jasiri X on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/jasiri_x

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/jasirix