Simplicity at its finest, from the key led instrumental to the visuals for his new release; Incisive presents a thought-provoking piece with no fancy façade to cloud your view. The black backdrop and colour scheme, alongside the camera moves and focus, emphasises the meaning of the lyrics with simple clarity. Renowned for his ‘cool as ice’ flow, Mind Games exemplifies Incisive’s intricate yet punchy rapping technique, complemented with a powerful, soulful hook courtesy of the talented Rukhsana Merrise.
Following the death of their lead singer, Danny Wilder, in October of last year, SBTV‘s Ash Houghton sat down with KINGS OF THE CITY for a number of interviews. The result of these conversations is The Danny Wilder Saga, an 11-minute mini doc telling the band and Danny’s story…
The documentary is accompanied by a Kick Starter campaign aiming to raise £10,000 to release the band’s final project.
No longer is Rap music confined to the streets of New York or the stages of Los Angeles. Rap music and Hip-Hop culture have captivated the globe and for proof one needs to look no further than the Swedish born, Rebstar. New single Safe Safe serves as the first single from Rebstar’s upcoming debut album Girls Like Nicole…
The younger brother of Royce Da 5’9” has been making waves in hip-hop for a while, and now his debut drop has finally arrived. With a distinctive soundscape and complete lyrical self-assurance, Kid Vishis’sTiming Is Everything delivers a powerful sucker-punch…
The long build up to his debut has paid off; Timing Is Everything’s self-assured presentation belies the fact that this is Vishis’ first solo album. It is remarkably well-organized. Vishis introduces himself on the title-track with easeful swagger. Each track feels clearly defined: Big Brothers sees Vishis paying homage to sibling solidarity. Talk Behind My Back offers a jarring message of warning to defamers. Look At All My Sh!t is a self-aware critique of social media posturing within hip-hop: ‘trying so hard to convince your fans,/ trying to make yourself a n***a on Instagram,’ Vishis raps sardonically. The album’s organization creates a sense of building lyrical tension and aggression that climaxes in the stand-out final track, Coward. Royce joins Vishis on this muscular sign-off, with other rappers being instructed: ‘don’t try to stop the apocalypse with your umbrella.’
Vishis builds lyrical dexterity throughout, clearly placing himself in a well-respected Detroit rap tradition. The Juice unleashes his lyrical capabilities with an attack on competitors: ‘I can’t embellish the negligence of your intelligence…’, he spits with astonishing ease. Increasingly, the tracks showcase his talent with lyrics and flow. Birds Eye View is a shining example of flow versatility. In Yo Face offers a rapid-fire style more reminiscent of grime than traditional rap. By the time we reach Coward, more and more lyrical talent has been unveiled with an overarching control that signifies the thoughtfulness of the album’s co-ordination. ‘Doctors said I’d be still born,/ But I was still born with lil’ horns’, Vishis puns.
If the album’s lyrical showmanship weren’t enough, Timing Is Everything is distinctively produced. The tracks are busy, making this feel like an overall high-energy drop. At times, old-school Hip-Hop sounds appear; at times there is an avant-garde edge. Nemesis-produced, In Yo Face, ladles on the mechanical groanings and the frenetic snare beats, whilst Chase Moore mixes raw drums beats with syncopated orchestral stabs and gentle guitar riffs on Message To The MCs.
Kid Vishis’ debut proves that it was worth the wait – this is a truly innovative drop which simultaneously nods to a sound Hip-Hop heritage.
RELEASE DATE – 22nd July 2014
LABEL – Seven 13 Entertainment
1) T.I.E. Timing Is Everything Intro (Produced by Nick Zervos)
2) Message To The Mc’s (Produced by Mr Porter)
3) Look At All My Sh!t (Produced by Chase Moore)
4) Beautiful Day (Produced by Chase Moore)
5) Big Brothers (Produced by Chase Moore)
6) Talk Behind My Back (Produced by Chase Moore)
7) The Juice (Produced by Mr Porter)
In Yo Face (Produced by Nemisis)
9) Heaven (Produced by Nemisis)
10) Birds Eye View (Produced by Chase Moore)
11) Coward (featuring Royce da 5’9”) (Produced by Chase Moore)
SBTV’s Kamilla caught up with North London rapper Coops, ahead of the release of his latest Lost Soul mix-tape, we spoke about musical style, supporting Nas, the UK hip-hop scene and being a Lost Soul… (more…)
Coops has received an exciting reception of late thanks to his two recent releases, ‘Chillin’ and ‘Blessings’. Through the releases, Coops has created a real buzz of anticipation for his ‘Lost Soul’ mix-tape with Hip-Hop’s key players all turning their heads to hear what all of the noise is about. Vibe Magazine premiered the ‘Blessings’ video to it’s half a million Twitter followers and both tracks have had a huge wave of support coming in from the UK Hip-Hop gatekeepers such as BBC Radio’s Charlie Sloth, Kiss FM’s Shortee Blitz and Capital Xtra’s Ras Kwame.
The mix-tape demonstrates the lyrical genius of the 23-year-old and his ability to draw the listener in to every word. His deep and mindful views on his subject matter set on the backdrop of the intricately produced and very musical productions make for a collection of tracks that will give you some real food for thought.
With the majority of the Lost Soul mixtape being produced by Hip-Hop producer, Talos, it is evident that the pair have a real musical understanding of each other resulting in the creation of a fresh, yet deep rooted sound.
Released this week (2nd June) via his own website, the ‘Lost Soul’ mix-tape is a collection of tracks which represent a number of different meanings and emotions, as the title implies.
“Lost Soul is a reflection of my generation, both musically and spiritually – I’m trying to bring back some of that soul that music had when I was growing up.”
North London artist Coops has been a busy man of late, after bursting back on to the scene with Chillin, his latest offering sees him team up with rapper Rexx for an honest and gritty track entitled Blessings…
In the slick monochrome visuals we see Coops’ world upside down and sideways, giving us a snapshot of what’s to come from his Lost Soul EP out next month.
South Central rapper Krondon has been a busy man, whilst finishing up on the final leg of Dom Kennedy’s European Tour he’s found time to team up with California-producer Bobby (aka 321), for a smooth, mellow track — perfect for a chilled summers night…