‘Private Moments In Public’ Fresh new album by Genesis Elijah out now. ( Plus Review)

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  Good news Hip Hop heads! The new release from Genesis Elijah just landed. ‘Private Moments in Public‘ the latest full length album from adept, long time London, emcee Genesis Elijah is finally out!  Trust me people it was worth the long wait,  Even though his last full length album was in 2005 (‘Deh Pon Road’ ). Not to say hes a slouch as hes put out at least nine solo projects since 2005 (plus various features with many of UK’s finest, always holding his own. You can believe Genesis Elijah has never been one to rest on his laurels. (See link below for previous projects and releases)

Previous projects from Genesis Elijah

  For those that are new to him. I would describe his bars as heartfelt, honest, reflective, introspective, pure in their very straightforward essence. . His passion for music is high and easily felt by fans looking for credible verses and skilled wordplay.  For longtime Genesis Elijah fans I would say in my estimation that as an emcee he has grown in leaps and bounds. in both lyrical maturity and life time experience. While some of his earlier offerings and style dealt often with street tales and road narratives they still always were often lined with conscious messages and morales. Always challenging his listeners to think.

Igenesis-elijah-covert seems to me his newer songs and his latest album ‘Private Moments in Public‘ are much more in tune with the everyday struggles most of us deal with daily. From the pitfalls and blessings of ambition, love and appreciation of family, to pressing on past setbacks and still seeking to improve oneself. These themes and more can be found in the sonic quality displayed aptly from Private Moments in Public This album is blessed with beautiful production throughout. The Beats are sick and blend nicely. never overshadowing the emcees spotlight. A perfect blend for ears questing for satisfying head nodders and three dimensional verses. Production credits include vetran beatsmiths Pastor Dutchie, Hirolla, Anabolic Beats, Lindow and Wicker. Also peep the sick posse cut ‘Underground King‘ featuring dope UK all stars Fallacy, Joker Starr, S. Kalibre, Rob Kelly, Reveal, Theme, Cappo, Ramson Badbonez, Iron Braydz (Produced by Pastor Dutchie) Then check out the Fathers Day Video below

    In summation I would say that this is a MUST purchase to anyone searching for deepness in their hip hop. While a bit of a style change from some of his earlier work. I’d say with respect to his previous music (which I also rate highly), this is a nice change of pace for the better. An exhibition in the growth of a real emcee communicating his life and times through sincere lyrics..This is a quality album throughout. Crafted painfully to perfection Private Moments in Public’‘ is a gem for any music collection and will be genuinely felt by most lovers of conscious hip hop.

Cop ‘Private moments in Public‘ below

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PhybaOptikz drops new heat with ‘Tales of Danger EP’

A sick concept album laced with ill beats and thematic rhymes. Make sure you cop this.

A sick concept album laced with ill beats and thematic rhymes. Make sure you cop this.

Wa gwan undergrounders. Been a minute since the last post. But trust it was well worth it. I Just got a nice banger from PhybaOptikz off of the Crate Divizion Label. With over 14 years experience in the game.PhybaOptikz started off in production and picked up the mic in the last 9 years and has been rhyming ever since. This time he comes fresh with the bars on ‘Tales of Danger EP‘ This 9 track ep is entirely produced a dope pair of ill producers: Vic Grimes and Giallo Point.

 

Conceptually as this album starts off it has a real James Bond esque 60’s spy film/crime saga vibe to it throughout. With lots of samples taken from films of that era woven seamlessly through out the beats. Production on this is filthy nice and takes the listener on a fantastic journey. Beats glide nicely over various different, twangy guitar and moody horns, as well as upbeat trumpets and grungy organs. Including tasty servings of various percussion instruments that add to the flavor of  these tunes and blend the musical aura nicely through out track to track. The skits in this sonic outing seem to also seem to add to the grimy crime film saga sensation.

 

Rhymes seem on point in delivery and subject matter. Weaving tales of espionage, danger and conflict. Verses by PhybaOptikz seem to greatly add to the overall thesis of the album. This is a sick concept album laced with ill beats and thematic rhymes. While overall a short joint in duration ‘Tales of Danger EP‘ makes ups for this with quality tunes within each song. Bringing a well made nice ep to you for your listening pleasure. Try and keep yours eyes peeled to this blog for more info on heavy emcee PhybaOptikz , and ill producers Vic Grimes, and Giallo Point. Plus all your UK hip hop needs. Make sure you go over to Bandcamp and pick up your own copy ‘Tales of Danger EP’ from PhybaOptikz

Download ‘Tales of Danger EP’ from bandcamp click here

Peep the tracklist below.

Tales of Danger out now!!

Tales of Danger out now!!

Spotlight on Notts emcee Can-B (New album ‘Don’t Sleep’ review)

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Yo underground hip hop lovers I’ve got a sick emcee/ radio host to tell you about. From the city that brought you such skilled hip hop greats as ‘The P Brothers, Cappo, Endemic, Joe Buhdha, Stylee Cee, Scorzayzee, and C-mone’.  Straight out of this talented backdrop that is Nottingham, enters dope emcee  Can B. If your new to Can B let me tell you hes no slouch and has been spitting since his school days. The 28 year old up and comer was one third of the group Ill Citizen which released some limited edition joints and also a notably phat digital album release called ‘Pandemic. Ill Citizen played many gigs from 2004 till now but the members have begun to go their own path working on solo projects.

Cop Ill Citizen album ‘Pandemic’

 

 

Repping Nottingham City

Repping Nottingham City

Can B has just dropped his new album called Don’t Sleep‘. Flows are heavy and wordplay high level on this release. Notts is well represented here trust people. Check out Can B’s new tune ‘Home Truth’ off of ‘Don’t Sleep‘ featuring Bru-C. Make sure you get to know Can B and cop yourself the free download of Don’t Sleep‘. After you peep the fresh new track ‘Home Truth’ below.

Listen to ‘Home Truth’ tune

 

 

Album Review ‘Don’t Sleep

Ok here we go into the new album ‘Don’t Sleep‘ This record just released and London Underground was fortunate to get to review this. First off this album has heavy production and an eclectic aura to the feel of it. Beats consist of everything off of the sonic spectrum. The listener can expect to hear many different production styles. From electronic Lo Fi, symphonic loops over crispy drums, reggae esque samples, creepy piano over eerie vocals and buzzing, upbeat uplifting pulsating sounds , Jazzy dance riddims, sick beat boxing(from Motormouf), Heavy bass with whining horns over heavy drums, grimy organs, a birdsong chopped and served nice, Spacey keyboards ect… These beats are all over the place. All having their own sound, yet seemingly blending effortlessly together. Meant to be played very loudly in your residential area. Check the production credits, features, and track list on this:

track list dont sleep

 

Can B comes out rhyming with fierceness and tenacity on ‘Don’t Sleep‘. He seems right at home rhyming over a diverse collection of of beats and differing tempos. He reps Notts nicely on ‘Bed of Nails‘ alongside the Grand Imperial Cappo. He excels dropping a introspective verses on ‘Rough‘ with TomG. ‘Don’t Sleep‘ comes in banging, unapologetic to fans of the same old same carbon copy kind of rap going about a lot these days.  No cookie cutter verses or Kinko copied styles. His verses work well over the sonic varying styles of production. Very entertaining to the brain and ears alike.  Even over beat box with Motormouf, Can B is right at home.  ‘Don’t Sleep‘ is a nice grab for any head looking for some new heat. With new fire beats. In the years to come we can expect Can B to continue to improve on his musical journey as an artist. Plus continue to drop bangers. Nottingham is always big in the UK scene and Can B still finds a way to distinguish himself properly from amidst of this skilled pantheon of artists. Overall a nice release full of banging eclectic beats and a solid group of verses to take you on your journey. London Underground would recommends you pick up the free download to ‘Don’t Sleep‘ and enjoy the album.

Download the new album ‘Don’t Sleep‘ right here for free

 

Watch video Cold introductions with dope beat by Beat by Zetia

 

 

 Spotlight on Can B and NG64 connection

 Make sure you lock into Can B’s and K-Deuce’s as they host NG64‘s show 11 till 1 every third Thursday of the month.

Make sure you lock into Can B’s and K-Deuce’s as they host NG64‘s show 11 till 1 every third Thursday of the month.

Two years back Can B went on to join NG64. NG64 is a group of artists and producers that promote loads of Nottingham emcees. Filming 64 bar segments on camera on their Youtube channel. NG64 has morphed into its current incarnation which is managed by Robert Freeman consisting of two emcees and three producers. Things are beginning to blow up for NG64. So watch that Youtube channel and keep posted. Since 2013 when Can B joined NG64 hes been on his solo grind. Together they dropped Can B’s first solo ep ‘Octopus’

 

CopOctopushere

 

Octopus‘ was NG64′s first release as a platform for artists. Since then Can B has built up quite of resume supporting such dope UK talented act as Rodney P, Homeboy Sandman, Jon Wayne and Chester P. Trust Can B is not just a dope spitter.

Can B is also one half of the NG64′s monthly takeover on Rogue Fm Radio show with K-Deuce. With a Early Bird doing a segment  on MPC for 15 to 20 minutes for almost a year now.

Watch Radio show highlights video

Each month NG64 showcases a new theme. Such as New New York special, Dirty South Special,UK special and more to come. Last April was Thug Life.  in May NG64 dropped a Lyricist special There’s a mix of tracks from different artists that Can B and K-Deuce consider lyricists. With special guests stopping by to talk about their new releases. Plus spit some fire over exclusive beats from ill producer Anex. Its the only radio show that does streams live video with multiple cameras handled by Robert Freeman. Make sure you lock into Can B’s and KDeuce’s as they host NG64‘s show 11 till 1 every third Thursday of the month.

Can B is also one halve or the NG64′s monthly takeover on Rogue Fm Radio show with K-Deuce

Can B is also one halve or the NG64′s monthly takeover on Rogue Fm Radio show with K-Deuce

Thanks for checking this post and keep yours eyes set and locked to this London Underground for more dope underground UK hip hop.

 

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

Cop this fire for a mere £5 GBP.

 

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.”

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‘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!!!

 

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

1.intro

2.shoot 2 kill

3.false allegations

4.humble beginnings

5.dust cloud

6.death paints a picture

7.Raw94

8.outro

 

 

Download the new  ‘The Iron Chancellor‘ here

If you wanna contact Flowtec

realtecs@live.co.uk

Soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/flowtecs

If you wanna contact Bad Company

https://www.facebook.com/XBadCompany

Soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/x-bad-company

 

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
10)Necropolis
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

NECROPOLISOMERTA & NOMAD

ACID SHOWERSOMERTA FT. CYRUS MALACHI, RAY VENDETTA & TESLA’S GHOST

Watch this site for more UK hip hop info and also for the release date of Knowledge Quest ‘The Ugly Struggle’ volume 1  from Omerta

To contact Omerta Check the links below

On Twitter @omertaguevara

On Facebook https://m.facebook.com/DSOTMOFFICIAL

 

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

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