New ‘Effortless’ from Ray Vendetta and Greater Good (ALBUM REVIEW)

Ray Vendetta &  Greater Good drop their highly anticipated album 'Effortless'

Ray Vendetta & Greater Good drop their highly anticipated album ‘Effortless’

Yo my peoples Ray Vendetta and Greater Goods new album ‘Effortless‘ has just landed. That’s right undergrounders we’ve been hyping this album since London Underground first heard about it. This jont is a first of a trilogy of albums set to release from Ray Vendetta this year. Trust Ray Vendetta always brings the goods when it come to bars and wordplay. While a sick wordsmith from the Triple Darkness camp and also sick contributor to ill UK group OBBA SUPA. Ray is no slouch when it comes to dropping tight music. Check his previous projects: Who is Daddy Long Love, Guess whose coming to Dinner, Dirty Drama & Ray Vendetta- Dramatic Vendettas, Seven Swordz of Light. Plus countless features with groups around the UK. Dude is a serious veteran of the game and should not be slept on by anyone into hip hop and emcees who can run a mic effortlessly (pardon the pun).

Now even though this isn’t a Triple Darkness release I can tell you its mad quality and defo a must grab for ya collection. Those familiar to Ray Vendettas work ethic and prolific writing know that this is set to be another jewel dropped from the lab. Bumping this I would say Greater Goods beats are on a chill kick back vibe with matching lyrical diversions to set you free from ya troubles of the day. One to kick back and smoke one too or throw a drink back. If that’s your sort of thing. Even those on a sober tip just ready for some deep tunes… here your key to your escape from the mundane. Honestly I’m feeling this joint and I am glad to bring the news straight from the underground to you. ‘Effortless‘ has a sort of rainy day vibe to it. For example you ever listen to dope music in a car and it raining?  Ever have a time where  it seemed the rain fall, window wipers, and scattering pedestrians are moving in synchronicity with the tune your rocking. Thats is the atmosphere I get from this album.  A straight organic feel with no unnatural flavors. If ya get me. Truly ‘Effortless‘ is the proper title for this. Seriously effortless rhyming over soulful beats.

Effortless track list.

Effortless track list.

Make sure you check the guest list on this ‘Effortless‘ as well. Featuring the talents of : Allstar Stackz, Saab, K-Zorro, Tesla’s Ghost, Stinkin Slumrock, Joey Menza, Black Chronical, Kalel, Flowteks, Proper Lyrics,Venomspitter, Bad FX & Vague. Truly an all star line up on this. So make sure you go and pick up this joint ‘Effortless‘ from Ray Vendetta & Greater Good. Truly another quality album and an essential for any head trying to expand the collection with dope tunes. Get to know and go and support that.

Watch Broken Ladders New video from Ray VendettaGreater Good featuring Saab off of ‘Effortless

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Here is the official press release off of Bandcamp for the ‘Effortless‘ album

“The Effortless EP was written in 5 days and is a collection of songs expertly crafted by Ray Vendetta that gives an insight into his thoughts on his past present and future, as well as displaying his immaculate rhyme skills and technique. With songs reflecting on adolescence, relationships, trials, tribulations, and coming of age, the Effortless EP is the first of 3 projects from Ray that will be released before the end of 2014.
Stay tuned for more fire.”


‘Effortless’ is the first of a trilogy of albums set to release this year from Ray Vendetta.

Defo keep ya ears and eye sockets locked onto London Underground for more dope hip hop!!!


‘For My Enjoyment Only’ New album by Reckless

reckless for my enjoyment

New album by Reckless out now!! Free download below

From the city of Nottingham comes upcoming emcee Reckless’s new release ‘For My Enjoyment Only‘. Trust me people this album is nice. Reckless has been out for a minute and his new release ‘For My Enjoyment Only‘ is coming off the heels of his album ‘Elevate‘ with fellow emcee Casacas. Yea Reckless ain’t just some boring new jack. Dudes been grinding for a bit and already has spit with some of the dopest around to touch a mic. On hs last album ‘Elevate‘ He spit with the likes of Bizarre of D12, Klashnekoff, Copywrite and Blaq Poet just to name a few.

Trust with his new album ‘For My Enjoyment Only‘ you can expect more of the same.  This time hes got Chino Xl, Gutta, Verses, Verb T, Deps, Genesis Elijah, Cappo, Marvin Brown, Dotz, and C- Mone. Yea people thats right thats just the features on this album and they don’t disappoint. Reckless holds his own among these titans of UK hip hop and brings forth more ill bars over soulfull beats.  This is a well crafted album that doesn’t fail to get heads ringing and feet tapping. Make sure you don’t sleep on this release and let it pass you by. Plus the production on here is also lock step with the quality of the emcees on the album.  Productions credits include: Vherbal, Oskar Mike, Gene Serpent, Caskade Dirtywordsmith, First Blood, Pete Cannon, Inspecta Morze, and Lantz. With sick cuts by DJ Jabbathakut!! Yea just check this epic track list people

for my enjoyment only

I defo enjoyed stumbling onto this little gem of hip hop from Reckless. London Underground recommends you snatch up ‘For My Enjoyment Only‘ as a free download in the link below. This is an album full of bangas plus watch this space for more info on UK underground hip hop!!!

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Green Eyed Monster (Produced by Inspecta Morze) – Reckless feat Cappo, 1st Blood and Dotz.


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‘The Beatles’ video drops. Valiant ft Phoenix Da IceFire & Ray Vendetta

Beetles video just landed

Beetles video just landed

Sup people.  As promised ‘The Beatles‘ video by Valiant ft Phoenix Da IceFire and Ray Vendetta just landed. You know London Underground had to post this. Standard! Filmed by Abbey Road you can see how this whole shoot came together in the following link.

New Beatles Video shoot

Yea make sure to grab yall neck braces for this head nodder family. Visuals by dope team Global Faction. Mixed down by musical mad scientist Chemo. So sit back and enjoy the new fire!!!

Watch ‘The Beatles‘ video here

Flowtecs debut album ‘The Iron Chancellor’ Out Now+Album review

The Iron Chancellor out now!!

The Iron Chancellor out now!! Artwork by Rings of Saturn

Yo peoples dope underground news from the basement. Today the new debut album ‘The Iron Chancellor‘ was sent over to me for review. It is a joint project from Flowtecs and ill beatsmith, Bad company. Trust it is an honor to bring good news of sick upcoming artists. Flowtecs and Bad Company are two you need to watch. Be on the look out for ‘The Iron Chancellor‘ by Flowtecs which is available for free download here

  The Iron Chancellor‘ free download available here

Flowtec and Ray Vendetta. Make sure you check all their tunes.

Flowtec and Ray Vendetta. Make sure you check all their tunes.

Here is a bit of background on Flowtecs if ya now just checking him. While Flowtecs new joint, ‘The Iron Chancellor ‘ is his debut. I’ve been following him for time now. Hailing from North London hes featured with many dope artists in the UK and is heavily featured on the dope album ‘#TeamGuavara: An Ensemble’ by K Zorro (Also a sick album yall should pick up) Available for free download here.

Cop  ‘#TeamGuavara: An Ensemble ‘ by K Zorro (Heavily featuring Flowtecs)

Flowtecs started out his music career as a producer. Though he hung around a lot of emcees. He was withdrawn and introverted type personality. Two years back when some of his production equipment broke. He gave the mic a shot for his first time. Attacking the music differently. This time from the emcee angle. Being around his friends who were also emcees gave him the basic idea of spitting. Now with this knowledge he was inspired by what he could do on a mic. Plus he could break out of his shell and realize the goals he wanted. Leading him on his musical quest ever since.

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  Flowtecs has worked with many notable emcees from UK. Notably: Solar Black aka Phoenix Da IceFire, Cyrus Malachi, Ray Vendetta, K Zorro, Strive, Venom Spitter. Just to name a few. Flowtecs is not the type to rest on his laurels. He writes bars everyday and is constantly creating music. I would say Flowtec as an emcee has many strengths. Not only is he prolific as a writer and always grinding. As Guru of Gangstar once said  in reference to what you need in this game to succeed “You got to have voice. Flowtec defo is on point with his. “Hes got a nasally, grimy vocal tone. Somewhere along the lines of a cross between a raspy B-Real of Cypress Hill and or a gravelly voiced version of Leaf Dog. Not in imitation of style but in some similarity in tone. Flowtecs still stands out vocally from the aforementioned artists. With the exception of some minor similarities, Flowtecs has his own style. His bars are tightly woven with breath control. Perfect timing with his delivery. Hes not locked into one way of rhyming and is comfortable with punchlines as well as serious topics. Flowtecs is the type of emcee that continues to grow in leaps and bounds as an artist. As is evident in his work I think we’ll see a lot more of Flowtecs in the future.

Bad Company solo comin soon. Bad Company is chillin on the Triple Darkness Reanimation set.

Bad Company solo comin soon. Bad Company is chillin on the Triple Darkness Reanimation set.

Bad Company is also a name you need to know. Right from Islington, in North London. Bad Company brings the fire with his beats. Hes been on his beat grind for six years. Working with many artists and is the now apart of UK super crew Triple Darkness. He met Flowtec through his friendship with fellow artist K Zorro.  Listened to Flowtecs work on Soundcloud and the rest was history. Be ready people cause Bad Company is in the final stages of his first solo ep. Bad Company says it will be different from what people are use too. So watch this space for more info on that!!

Album Review

Okay so first off the ‘The Iron Chancellor‘ is Flowtecs 8 track album debut. It features all production by Bad Company. Its mixed down by one of the best to ever do it ‘Chemo‘.  With cuts by Sam Zircon (Get to know Sam as well). From the start of  ‘The Iron Chancellor‘ you can tell off the bat this is a nicely mixed and well put together album. No vocals drowning out the beat. Or no vocals lost in the beat. The quality of the mix down is apparent instantly and stays consistent through out the release.  Flowtecs sounds right at home flowing over Bad Company production effortlessly from tune to tune. Bad Company sends the listener on a head nodding journey. With a nice mix of production that seamlessly is interwoven into a powerful offering of hip hop for any beat nut. Old timey samples give this album a life of its own with or without vocals. Luckily for us Flowtecs blesses the listeners ears with bars that paint picture in you mind. Bringing the ingredients needed to make up a  solid album. The feel of the music on this is realistic tales of life and struggle and coping with these struggles as we are living within it. In the track ‘Dust Cold‘  It emphasizes us trying to navigate through a city thats attempting to drag us down into it.  Racing against time to achieve our success while we still can. Fighting both the clock and our fears at once. Its a struggle but we must traverse it regardless. The beat on ‘Dust Cold‘ is an understated soothing piano/keyboard sample over  boom bap drums.The Track ‘False allegations‘ calls out over hyped artists pulling stunts and other various fakers of life we must deal with in our day to day path.The beat is horns keyboards and tinny piano on ‘False allegations‘ matches the punchlines perfect Flowtecs put his emotions lyrically on his sleeve in the ‘The Iron Chancellor‘. Blending his verses perfectly into Bad Company symphonic compositions to cause the audience to visualize his lines as if a paint brush painted them. If your looking for fun party music with grab a beer and smoke a spliff. Then stay away from ‘The Iron Chancellor The subject matter here is much darker and deeper and mature then that. While having its moments it not a depressing album. Quite introspective in many parts. Reflecting on the pain and everyday struggle while also warning of the snakes and hazards of our tenuous lives. Overall though its a nice debut from Flowtecs and Bad Company. A solid 8 track release for any fan of hip hop who like it raw and straight to the point bars. Beats are defo sick and you will not be disappointed with any of them. ‘The Iron Chancellor‘ is a must cop if you fall into the categories mentioned above.

Check the Track list of  ‘The Iron Chancellor

Back Cover of Iron Chancellor ft Flowtec and Badcompany

Back Cover of Iron Chancellor ft Flowtec and Badcompany


2.shoot 2 kill

3.false allegations

4.humble beginnings

5.dust cloud

6.death paints a picture





Download the new  ‘The Iron Chancellor‘ here

If you wanna contact Flowtec

Soundcloud page

If you wanna contact Bad Company

Soundcloud page


New Omerta album review ‘Knowledge Quest The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1

Brand new part 1 of the Upcoming Trilogy of albums from Omerta. Knowledge Quest-The Ugly Struggle Volume. Check the article and the sick videos. Watch this space for more developments from Omerta

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" I was reading a lot preparing to start an album. I wanted it to be my journey through life music and book." ” I was reading a lot preparing to start an album. I wanted it to be my journey through life music and book.” Omerta

Sup my undergrounders!! Got some new heat out of the UK hip hop scene, for y’all to peep with your ear holes. Just got the advance copy of the new album Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1by Omerta. The album is the first part of a planned trilogy of albums from Omertawhich will all be made available for free downloading. It has been heavily inspired by Omerta’s life journey and also off of the Robert Anton Wilson book series the ‘Cosmic Trigger Trilogy. If your new to Omerta here’s his story. He began in the battle scene but felt drained and never liked it. So he began doing shows and building up his reputation as an emcee for a bit. Until…

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New Omerta album review ‘Knowledge Quest The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1

" I was reading a lot preparing to start an album. I wanted it to be my journey through life music and book."

” I was reading a lot preparing to start an album. I wanted it to be my journey through life music and book.” Omerta

Sup my undergrounders!! Got some new heat out of the UK hip hop scene, for y’all to peep with your ear holes. Just got the advance copy of the new album Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1 by Omerta. The album is the first part of a planned trilogy of albums from Omerta which will all be made available for free downloading. It has been heavily inspired by Omerta’s life journey and also off of the Robert Anton Wilson book series the ‘Cosmic Trigger Trilogy. If your new to Omerta here’s his story. He began in the battle scene but felt drained and never liked it. So he began doing shows and building up his reputation as an emcee for a bit. Until finally he decided to buckle down and focus on creating his album. Hes spent many year in studios. He soon discovered his deep love of performing shows and penning bars brought him great satisfaction. Once he shifted his focus on his album his creativity could be properly channeled. Here in Omertas own words are what led up to Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1

“The knowledge quest is my mate Joe Bruce’s concept. He fed me some documentaries and shit while I was reading a lot preparing to start an album. I wanted it to be my journey through life music and book. The album is the last 10 years of my life as well as a lot of ideas theory’s and shit that I pondered on. The line between reality and fantasy gets crossed a few times and some theory’s in there are flawed possibly. But that’s what I come across in my quest for knowledge! I will be doing another two albums and they will all be free downloads. Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1 is called that because the struggle in this album was ugly and  still is ugly. It’s ain’t glamorous with a pretty ending but who’s life is when you’re broke.”


Album Review

  The album Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1 immediately dives into a metaphysical vibe. With songs and skits which subject matter dives into many deep topics. From societies humanity being lost to scientific advancements in a ever quickening modern world. From the hierarchical governments covertly being manipulated by secret societies. Using sci-ops and false information to control the masses to create a fascist type regime. Somewhat invisible to the majority of society. From astral plane traveling to finding spiritiual knowledge of ourselves. These are some of the themes you will hear in this release. Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1 takes the listener on a journey where the very spiritual essence of man struggles to find answers while trying to navigate in our quest for self improvement. Facing these pitfalls with just our wits to guide us on our path to achieve enlightenment in a world filled with darkness.

The tone of the verses are often quite melancholy and address these issues. In my opinion trying to challenge the audience to become aware of the imperceptible spiritual laws and entities around us. Whilst bettering our own path in life and changing the world surrounding us to realize such spiritual growth.  The beats on here are quite unique and coalesce nicely with the verses. This is not a typical boom bap style album. Its loaded with tribal drums, tinny piano, eerie vocal samples, dreary violin samples and thought provoking skits.

I enjoyed this album a lot but depending on the genre of hip hop your into, some may not like it or understand its real potential and genius. Its not for fans who are looking for pop sounding records or typical 90’s style boom bap based hip hop. For me this is what makes Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1 album stand out amongst so many other releases. Its a thought provoking album filled with many talented emcees and producers. London Underground recommends that if your looking for some innovative music that challenges your intellect yet satisfies your ears at the same time. Look no further. Be sure to get your free download of  Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1   when that lands. Check the track list below to see the heavy lineup that came together in the crafting of this album.

Back cover of Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1

Back cover of Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1

1)Knowledge Quest Intro
2)The Wayfarers ft Teach Em & Iron Braydz
3)Master Coo ft Menace Mendoza, Joey Menza & Gordo Templi
4)Explosive Hands
5)Cosmic Trigger ft Robert Anton Wilson
6)Knowledge Quest Intermission
7)Journey To The Darkside Ft Menace Mendoza
8)Elysium ft Ekyro, Nomad, A4
9)Cold ft Ekyro
11)Park Bench Destiny
12)Cat Shuffler ft Nomad
13)Ninth Gate ft Nomad & Menace Mendoza
14)Violin Underworld
15)Acid Showers ft Cyrus Malachi, Ray Vendetta and Tesla’s Ghost
16)Knowledge Quest Outro


Check out the latest videos below from Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1



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Anik of Dark Circle drops new album! ‘CRYPTOCHROME!’

CRYPTOCHROME coverCheck it out my peoples got some new fire coming straight out of the underground. This time  from Anik of the epic group Dark Circle!! Anik’s new highly anticipated album is called ‘Cryptochrome‘ and  from the tunes I’ve heard, is not only sound lyrically but stretches the boundaries of hip hop. With crisp drum and unique heterogeneous sounding electronic beats. This is not your run of the mill, unimaginative, Xerox copy stuff that has been pumped out as much recently as the preceding years. Cryptochrome seeks in its own right to counter that type of music thats been muddling up both mainstream and underground scenes. Sonically speaking  ‘Cryptochrome’ seems to reach further and achieve more than a typical boom bap or horror core ilk typical album. It’s a bit experimental yet familiar. Anik’s verses seem to feel right at ease along with this electronica fueled sound scape. Trust. This ‘Cryptochrome’ album is for those seeking to broaden their musical horizons in hip hop. While at the same time causing the conscious listener to feel right at home with Anik’s on point bars and delivery. The new Pleasant View track comes back with a fresh new sound and crazy eclectic drums over an understated beat laced with horns. First check out the deep lyrics to Pleasant View. Then peep the new video of it off of ‘Cryptochrome

Pleasant View Lyrics

yeh we came here for the pleasant view, incarnate into the residue,
open up the dust like step into limelight better do right by the higher me,
we don’t chase the light we radiate, in my element is where you’ll be finding me,
take it like flux, flow tidally, til it is my time to go, finalize finally,
eye on effin everything, soaking up entirely,
heaven in my present state, nothing that i try to be,
resin burn, resonate, retrograde, summon up the fire,
we spit from the very depths we are..
whole heart soul, never ever less,
rising from the underneath, bubble up, effervesce,
lightning come, thunder speak, every step is very blessed..

elevate, levitate, level up, lever-like,
lift up literally, luminous meteorite,
fly by leisurely, let it be redefined..
we’re easy viewing from a higher plane..

step through thick snow, trudge ‘long muddy path,
never-ending now is like never still, doesn’t last,
spying out the eyes that are one of us,
everyday journey types, we seek all sorts,
deeply immersedin this, full force,
read the synchronicities, thriving at all cost,
very damn alive, this is all plus,
everything internalized, nothing left untouched,
nothing left unseen.. not a damn scene that is not dreamed,
whether from very deep sleep like we’re concussed,
or dragged out, fetched from the underground depths
of the bottomless sea that is sprawled out beneath of our conscious,
arise like convex, realign like we’re compass,
sublime just like sunset intertwine with the long-lost,
reach out for the space that is in between,
light like indigo, fly like easily lifting with one touch,
accomplish all quest, energize from the one source..


Pleasant View Video off of Cryptochrome


Also check out the new ‘Angel Shit’ video off of Cryptochrome

Also check out the new ‘Rhinosaurus’ video off of Cryptochrome



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If your somehow are unfamiliar with Anik here’s some background to get you up to speed. Trust this is an artist whose done a lot of dope music over the years. Here’s his story in Anik’s own words:

" We released our first 12″ on Defcon records “The Perfectionist /Paradoxes” in 2000 "- Anik

” We released our first 12″ on Defcon records “Perfactionist/Paradoxes” in 2000 “- Anik

DC started in 94 when Hoycke, the other mc, Son, one of the 2 producers and I were at school together in north Germany, skateboarding etc. our main inspiration at the time was the Britcore movement which was very much alive in that part of the world, and we started putting on shows in our hometown to be able to play. this became a tradition over a number of years and we even had people like Mystro, Harry love, and Loop Troop gracing the events, as well as other well-known German Britcore groups of the time. I moved to London for art school in 97 where I met the second producer Pats, and Hoycke soon followed, and we became frequent performers in the London underground scene. we released our first 12″ on Defcon Records (with whom we are now working again) “perfectionist/paradoxes” in 2000 (Hoycke was in Germany at the time and only I was on the record.) in the meantime Hoycke had hooked up with DJs Hysteria and Twizzart in Hamburg, and they joined the team, along with Congolese rapper Blaise (RIP). We sent two demos, one from London produced by Pats, and another from Hamburg produced by Son, to dj Vadim, and he signed us on the spot, and we released our album ‘Civilians‘ on his label Jazz Fudge in 2003. It featured London heavyweights Mystro and Skinnyman, whom we had got to know, and a 12″ single of the album (bleak midwinter/pirates) featured Swedish legends Loop Troop. we played shows extensively in the UK and Europe, and one in NYC with Foreign Beggars, whose first album we featured on a few times. (I had got to know pavan of FB at school in the UK) after the release of our first album, musical interests started dissipating, and the second project ‘The Grey Niklz ep‘ (2004) was pretty much a solo project of mine and son’s, with features by Pats and Hoycke, and scratches by son, Hysteria and Twizzart. it was released on the net only, and as far as I know got a lot of downloads. growing tired of London and the hip hop scene as a whole, I moved to Reykjavík, Iceland in 2005 and played around with experimental Lofi folk rap recordings on tape decks and whatever I could get my hands on. in 2009 I started recording my first rap tunes again, and in 2011 Cryptochrome was formed. Dark Circle also featured on releases by Iron Bridge, Disorda, Natty and Dwella, as well as the UK hip hop documentary ‘Pioneers’” –Anik (The Pioneers documentary can be viewed below)

So there you have it. Quite a lot work has and will continue to come together as Anik progresses down his solo path. But Dark Circle fans don’t despair as there is a new reunion in the works. Much to the joy of many heads whom have been patiently waiting for this moment. Don’t forget to get you paws on the latest ill drop by Anik-‘ Cryptochrome’ out now for ya listening pleasure. Check the links below for you copy!!!!.




Habit and DJ Severe drop a new album ‘Empire Building’ (Album Review)

Empire Building EP from Habitat and DJ Severe out now!!

Empire Building EP from Habitat and DJ Severe out now!!

Welcome back fellow undergrounders!! Got some new flavor for your ears to savor. Just got our hooks on the new joint by Habitat and DJ Severe. Empire Building. This is a fresh ten track installment from the fellas at Boom Bap Professionals. And as their name suggests the do bring the Boom Bap and bring it proper.  There is a wealth of talent backing this label and if your into Boom Bap, big beats, dope mix downs, and wordplay, then get to know the Boom Bap Professionals.Boom bap professionals Click the link below to see the massive catalog or sonic goodies from the Boom Bap Professionals‘ team.


Click here for Boom Bap Professionals catalog

Habitat is one third of the sick Midlands crew Heavy Links.( With Donnie Proppa & MC / Producer El Tel The Dopeness )Make sure you check out and  then cop their albums. Get to know!

Click here to cop Heavy Links catalog


Album Review

Anyways lets take a look at BBP’s latest release ‘Empire Building‘ this time with sick duo Habitat and DJ Severe. Battle Veteran of the ‘DMC’s ‘ DJ Severe handles all production on the album and trust this joint hits hard from the get go. Bringing with it a plethora of insane DJ breaks by Severe. Hip hop has and is seriously lacking DJ’s of any kind these days. Well Trust Empire Building shatters that trend here. The listener can easily get lost in the breaks and reminisce about the times when DJ’s were just as much as contributors as emcees and producers. Severe make great hooks with his blessed butchering and the cuts never seem tired or out of place through out Empire Building .

All production on Empire Building masterfully crafted by DJ Severe

All production on Empire Building masterfully crafted by DJ Severe

The vibe on the beats is soulful yet uplifting. As I listened to the album I found a lot of head nodding happening. Combined with a solid mix-down (no overly loud vocals or tinny beats). Nice piano loops, heavy sounds, stringed instruments from acoustic to electric blended to perfection, hard hitting drums with flutes, guitar laced beats over keyboards, and samples of choir voices singing sum up a robust offering of traditional hip hop done right. No off beats on this that will make you cringe.  Emcee duties are handled aptly by Habitat. Inspired heavily by 90’s East Coast hip hop, he spits with complex rhymes schemes and is original with his verses. For example some artists rhyme with a predictable flow that can easily be forecasted, where the listener can surmise what rhyme they are going to say next. When Habitat grabs the mic he spits with a diverse vocabulary that will leave you craving his next lines and wondering whats next. Taking you on a verbose lyrical journey. Which I think most heads will be glad to be on.  Habitat brings the wordplay and combines it with a nice array of conscious verses over sick loops, crisp beats, heavy drums and vicious cuts by DJ Severe.

Habitat proves his skills are heavy on Empire Building

Habitat proves his skills are heavy on Empire Building

While mostly a solo outing for Habitat to show off his lyrical skills there are two tracks on here with features. Hip hop veterans Oliver Sudden and Luca Brazi bring the fire on the tune ‘Early Bird‘ Also some nice verses on the track ‘Polyrythmic‘ with special guests Mnsr Frites, Archetype, El Tel The Dopeness & Chrome. Habitat’s verses shows his skills can carry this album on their own. Yet on these features he ups his game when teaming up with these emcees. Overall this will be a nice addition to any hip hop aficionados collection. I’m looking forward to see more from this Habitat and DJ Severe team up hopefully in the future. London Underground suggest you pick this up if you’re a fan of boom bap and skilled wordplay then pick up  ‘Empire Building‘ Check out the new single off of ‘Empire Building

Habitat & DJ Severe – ‘Valhalla Rhyming’ (Empire Building LP)Video


Check out the track list

Overall this will be a nice addition to any hip hop aficionados collection.

Overall this will be a nice addition to any hip hop aficionados collection.

Make sure you support dope artists and pick up ‘Empire Building‘ on Vinyl or CD  and check out the many different available packages when you cop this album.

1.) Vinyl £11.99

2.) CD £4.99

3.) Vinyl and CD bundle £14.99

4.) Vinyl and Empire black tee bundle £24.99

5.) CD and Empire tee bundle £17.99 GBP

6.) Vinyl and Boom Bap Professionals varsity hoodie £37.99

Big up your music collection and your wardrobe!! Just click the link below

Click here Empire Building