7 October 2012
27 September 2012
“Jesus, bad waves of paranoia, madness, fear and loathing - intolerable vibrations in this place. Get out. The weasels were closing in. I could smell the ugly brutes.”
Review by Suave Debonair
When asked to review the new Jehst produced YNR project I was excited, as Jehsts' previous project ‘The Dragon of an Ordinary Family’ has been on heavy rotation in my headphones since it dropped.
On ‘Kingdom of Fear’ although Jehst chips in with rhymes on a few tracks he leaves the lions share to YNRs unnamed lyricists that he describes as “a severely disturbed individual”. Now I have a pretty safe idea who this dude is but I’m gonna leave you lot to work it out yourselves.
What you need to know is, this project is something a little different - both in its concept and execution. The album itself takes inspiration from the widely revered author Hunter S Thompson's book ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’. An account of a drug fuelled escapade in America's most sin filled city, cinematically portrayed in 1998 with Jonny Depp taking the role of Thompson.
“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”
With help from his YNR brethren, Jehst manages to paint out the most banging of desert acid trip soundscapes, moving shakily between uppers and downers in a sun blistered form, staying true to its inspiration. The bars are all on a level as high as a hit of pure adrenaline, dragging the listener kicking and screaming through casino doors and cackling as you stumble off the turntable carousel in a dumb stupor. All emcees that make an appearance here bring their 'A' game and the fact that this was all done in the space of around 2 weeks makes it more remarkable!
All in all ‘Kingdom of Fear’ shows a great amount of creativity, and further cements YNR's reputation as a leading force in the British hip hop spectrum. It’s also a great salute to Hunter S Thompson - a man that lived fast and had his ashes sent skyward in a fire work!
Go cop ‘Kingdom of Fear’ on it’s release on October 15th
More info: WWW.YNR-PRODUCTIONS.CO.UK
26 September 2012
Paul J Nelson better known as Phoenix Da Icefire is a deep lyrical hip hop artist from East London, and is one part of the well respected group Triple Darkness. His debut album 'The Quantum Leap' features Ruste Juxx, Keith Murray, Klashnekoff, Kyza and more, with production from Chemo and Beat Butcha.
What were the main inspirations for producing and writing for the album Quantum Leap?
Originally the album was going to be called 'Right Timing' because of an incident which happened which made me view time in a different way, for that split moment in time everything was in sync... the music matched the actions of the muted TV and with the conversation I was having all at once and I had never seen that before, it changed my perception of time and life itself thus the concept of the album was born. I then began looking at quantum mechanics and saw the natural growth of the album as a kind of portal to another time as the tracks were so far from each other in the same universe/album... I then re-named it “The Quantum Leap” for that reason.
The cover of the album means many things. It’s me sacralising myself and my time for my city and the love of true hip hop. It is also an oxymoron because the very thing that has set me free in the scene (as this is my first album) is the same thing that has caged me, because making real hip hop puts you in a box I feel and is unattractive to the mainstream heads.
Why did you decide to bring the likes of Keith Murray and Klashnekoff on the track together?
It was something that a lot of people didn’t think I could do, so I decided to pull it off making it a rare jewel on the album.
'The Point of No Return' Ft. Keith Murray & Klashnekoff
Did you always have the passionate drive towards music from a young age? If so how did you channel that in your early projects/ventures?
I first channelled my energy into Triple Darkness’s first release “Anathema” and having no product out there of my own made me want to push that particular sound only they brought in the UK scene at the time.
Were there any childhood influences or role models you could count on, as moulding the person you have become today?
My dad was the best representation of what a strong man should be. My mum/living Goddess taught me how to survive with almost nothing. Minister Rebel & Dr Malachi taught my about ancient Africa which I feel was and still is very important.
What advice would you give your teenage self, and young adults who want to break and succeed in this industry?
Make sure you love the art form you intend to use, discover your own love and signature and use your imagination - don’t be caged behind the bars you write.
How would you describe your style of hip hop to a to someone deciding whether to buy your album?
I’m telling you something you don’t know in a way you’ve never heard the story told. The album is an original concept that has never been done before and five years worth of pain, suffering and craft has gone into it. This album is the closest friend and diary I have never consciously kept.
Phoenix Da Icefire's debut album "The Quantum Leap" is available to buy now from
Interview by Katie Allen and Nick BlatantlyBlunt
Online Editing by Nick BlatantlyBlunt
25 September 2012
Mic Righteous returns back to SBTV after filming his first Warm Up Session in 2010, two years later, he's still going in hard as ever!!! Not many emcees can bring this much emotion and lyricism so salutes to the young Kent rapper! Check this short interview and freestyle vid I grabbed with him last year...
Rap and actor Gambit Ace will release 'Stay Strong', the lead single from his mixtape 'The Livewire' dropping this Friday! In tribute and based on Amy Winehouse's 'Love is a Losing Game', he delivers credible yet simple lyrics; which many on first listen would immediately be able to easily relate with. His clarity in delivery and lyrics helps makes this an easily pallitable track!
Furthermore one can tell it's extremely personal, about his hard graft of relationships in life; so included there are evidently written meaningful messages behind this track. Indeed it touches and tugs at even the hardest of heartstrings, while the legacy of dear Ms. Winehouse deeply resonating throughout.
Review by Katie Allen.
Following the release of 'Coming Along' the first of 6 EP's leading to his album, Birmingham's SP, an artist we've been supporting a long time has hooked up with previous collaborator and well respected dubstep producer Funtcase (Circus Records) to produce this grimy banger available to buy from iTunes now. Set to some dark visuals look out for more treats for the eyes and ears in the lead up to the new EP More Imagination, which drops within the next month. @SpzAbout @Funtcaseuk
23 September 2012
Easily one of the most real UK hip hop artists at the moment, repping Leeds - just listen and discover what it means to be considered up there with the best. Dope guest MCs and producers like JME and Pete Cannon!