There’s been a huge controversy going on about UK Drill, a subgenre of rap that originated in Chicago before making its way to London, characterized by a particular tempo and aggressive lyrics. Politicians and Police drew links between the genre and rising knife crime in England’s capital. At least 30 videos have been removed from YouTube, a West London group got banned from making music without prior police permission and, most recently, artists Skengdo and AM were handed suspended prison sentences for performing one of their songs on stage.
South London’s Krept and Konan have hit out against critics of the Drill music scene in their new track and accompanying short film, saying moves to ban it can push performers back to a life of crime.
Watch the thought-provoking video – directed by Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation signee Rapman, who shot to mainstream fame with his smash-hit YouTube trilogy “Shiro’s Story” – below:
Now this is the perfect soundtrack for your summer!
Germany’s super-producer Shuko (who’s worked with artists like Rakim, Talib Kweli, Tyga and T-Pain, just to name a few) has joined forces with fellow producer The Breed to bring you “Dippin'”, a homage to the 90’s West Coast sound.
10 instrumental bangers + the first single featuring Gangsta Rap legends King Tee and MC Eiht.
Without a doubt, Curren$y is one of the hardest working artists in hip-hop, once again dropping quality projects back to back.
After teaming up with Freddie Gibbs & the Alchemist for the end of last year’s “Fetti”and his potna in (c)rhyme Wiz Khalifa for “2009” earlier this year, Spitta reconnects with fellow workaholics LNDN DRGS (Jay Worthy & Sean House) for the laid back “Umbrella Symphony” EP.
And as if that wasn’t enough, he drops another fire collabo project for the East Coast heads with yet another hard working craftsman by the name of DJ Statik Selektah (who also just recently released a phenomenal LP with Bun B called “TrillStatik”). The 10-track album features Jadakiss, YBN Cordae, Jim Jones, and Termanology.
Stream and/or download both projects for free below:
The rapper turned podcaster (check out N.O.R.E‘s “Drink Champs” show on YouTube!) is returning to his roots with his latest effort and pays homage to his humble beginnings in the apartment complex of Lefrak City, Queens where he was born and raised.
BattleCat protege Amplified has (quietly) released his beautiful debut album, “Authenticity”. It’s essentially G-Funk music par excellence. Real music. 13 mostly instrumental songs. Fine-tuned and sprinkled with a couple of West Coast big dogs on a hook or a verse: Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Kokane, Butch Cassidy, Mykestro, Focus…, Mr. Porter. So go ahead and stream this amazing body of work below. To top it all off, you can listen to and/or download the “leftover” EP, “Almost Authenticity”, (for free) as well: