Monthly Archives: June 2013
Thirty minute documentary released exclusively to Revolt TV named after Wale’s latest album The Gifted.
Whilst listening to J. Cole’s Born Sinner, yet again, one track still remains a stand out for personal reasons “Forbidden Fruit”.
The track had everything to admire about it, J. Cole incorporated some of his lines on the track and pairing up with one of my favourite rappers at this time Kendrick Lamar gave insight into what could be yet to come once the two leaders of the new school finally combine to construct their eagerly anticipated collaboration album. But more importantly Forbidden Fruit recaptured the work of a great once again that is Q-Tip who also sampled Ronnie Foster’s Mystic Brew on the iconic “Electric Relaxation.
One of the more underrated artists in the hip hop game for most part of two decades, Q-Tip has done it all without being spoken of in the same breath as the likes of let’s say Kanye West or Dr. Dre before him.
Contributing to some of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, Nas in 1994 welcomed the assistance and creative mind of The Abstract on one of his better tracks off of “Illmatic” when Q-Tip produced “One Love”. And little did many know that the Queens legend also put the finest touches on Mobb Deep’s “Temperatures Rising” taken off their widely acclaimed sophmore album “The Infamous”.
The former A Tribe Called Quest star has always however been thought of highly by underground hip hop heads. When thinking of the late great J Dilla aka Jay Dee the name Q-Tip will always cross your mind as the pair established a great working relationship.
His jazzy style accompanied by his distinctive rhyming pattern made every collaboration with Jay Dee sound like an instant classic, take for instance “Breathe and Stop” taken off of Kamaal’s first solo release “Amplified”.
Ok not explicitly underrated, Q-Tip has often been identified as one of the greatest rapper/producers of all time by critics in the game. John Bush of Allmusic also gave him the title of greatest rapper/producer in hip hop history, illustrating that Q-Tip’s work may have not entirely gone in vein.
Simply put ask most authentic rappers of their favourite producer of all time and you can guarantee Q-Tip will be thought of amongst that elite group, after all he was one of the pioneers that contributed towards revolutionising hip hop in the early and late 90’s thus influencing and paving the way for modern day greats like Kanye West to carry on pursuing their careers as a rapper/producer.
They say we as fans are never truly able to celebrate the arts and craft of a hard worker whilst they’re still alive, so maybe this short but sweet tribute could go a long way to reaffirming Q-Tip’s prominence in the world of hip hop.
Reece Ravalier (@ReeceRav)
The house scene has remerged and has caused a stir amongst the club scene for a hot minute now. The recurring deep sounds of household names, no pun intended, Julio Bashmore, Jamie Jones and Maceo Plex have kept lovers of house cutting the most elite shapes for most part of over a year or so.
In the UK recently deep house music has regained its mainstream popularity through the emergence of Disclosure, a duo consisting of brothers Guy and Howards Lawrence. Most of their released tracks have surged up the charts, thus attracting new fans of the deep house sound.
Similar to the sound of Disclosure however is the underground grooves of Dutch duo Detroit Swindle. Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, may not have the public credentials of Disclosure but they do know a thing or two about producing house music.
Their style influenced by Motown-soul, funk, jazz and hip hop allows them to differentiate themselves from your more original house sounds thus solidifying themselves as one of the most distinctive deep house acts on the underground scene.
Reece Ravalier (@ReeceRav)
We got some of the Top UK underground artists to touch on the topic.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these videos are those of the artist(s) featured, and do not represent the views of Rap-Up UK.
In this Interview with Montreality, the RZA speaks about:
– The type of student he was at school (0:18)
– Jobs he had as a teenager growing up (1:19)
– His 1st big paycheck (3:48)
– His favorite cartoon character (4:33)
– His favorite videogame (5:28)
– What he thinks he were in a previous lifetime (6:09)
– His final (solo) studio album – The Cure (7:29)
– The Wu-Tang reunion album – A Better Tomorrow (8:37)
– Good times with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, ODB hologram (10:30)
– The “Bobby Digital” saga, plans to release amateur movie (13:08)
– Who Hip-Hop belongs to (13:58)
– His message to the youth (15:09)
In part 4 of the interview, Frank Alexander talks about Tupac’s legacy, the hologram, being the first one to call him the “Black Elvis”, The Chronic putting him on to Rap music, seeing Pac in the news all the time before he worked for him, talks about Tupac’s love for fighting & much more!
R.I.P. Frank Alexander
Ever since Wale’s debut album he’s been seeking redemption for the burial he received from the seeming underdog J. Cole on his own song Beautiful Bliss. He’s had other opportunities but none more significant than June 25th; the day both would release their albums. This was the ultimate showdown Wale would have wanted to bounce back mentally and to determine who was the bigger artist.
However Cole had a different idea, taking it a step further to push his album release date a week ahead to go head-to-head with Kanye West on the 18th. At this point in his career I think this is fitting, he’s at a stage where it can only propel him to that upper echelon of superstardom as a rapper that he so desires.
Funniest thing though is that the only winner on this day will be Jay-Z – founder of Roc-A-Fella and Roc Nation, Ye and Cole’s respective labels.
But with Cole’s promotional move where does it leave MMG’s Wale?
Releasing on June 25th made sense for two rappers affiliated to record label Roc Nation, J. Cole signed and Wale a managed artist, as this is the 17 year anniversary of the founders debut album Reasonable Doubt.
I remember hearing Drake’s lyric on No New Friends “Ever since YouTube n*ggas been calling me the leader of the new school” and it made me think what makes a rapper a Leader Of The New School. As the Hip-Hop monarchy currently stands; Jay-Z, Nas and Kanye West have to be the three kings. And if they are the kings; Drake, J. Cole and Wale have to be the closest to the throne. They’re leading the new school in the same fashion the three before them did it.
Who else would be included in the conversation of Leaders Of The New School along with Drake, J. Cole and Wale? Kendrick Lamar is currently solidifying his position with his impact, in my opinion Wiz Khalifa definitely deserves his dues along with Big K.R.I.T.
If Hip-Hop is based off of three categories Creativity, Originality and Lyricism – they all share those qualities. All can spit effortlessly and always strive to outdo themselves with their releases (mixtapes, features and albums). I can appreciate them all bringing the technique back to the art of Rap.
Like Jay-Z, Drake always leads with trends, he has major commercial appeal and branches out into more avenues other than just Hip-Hop. Drake is the biggest star of the moment and he happily embraces it from Instagram to Twitter. He also began his career acting in Degrassi as Wheelchair Jimmy so it’s not hard for him to have that mainstream appeal. The only thing I’m not sure of is if Drake’s record label OVO can have the same impact Rocafella had in its heyday.
Then like Nas, J. Cole is the lyricist that has the ability to keep you listening and wanting more with his storytelling. One thing that can sell him short of having that crossover appeal though could be his ear for beat selection. In my opinion this is similar to Nas in the past. I’m not saying J. Cole can’t produce a good song because he has ‘Comeback Season’ and ‘HiiiPoWeR’ in his locker but he could incorporate an assortment of producers on his own albums not just himself.
The Kanye/Wale comparisons aren’t as easy to conjure as the others. But what they do have in common is being the underdog or outsider. Their ability to be daring enough to think outside the box keeps you on the edge of your seat not knowing what to expect next. They both have the witty wordplay that listeners love but then audiences see them as arrogant with their high opinions of themselves – often referring to themselves as gifted or geniuses.
It’s always healthy to have competition and we as fans love it. Plus with the emergence of Kendrick Lamar and his Top Dawg team Hip-Hop is in safe hands.
Lakeem Greaves (@iamLAKZ)
One of the biggest Hip-Hop showdowns for a while between Kanye West’s Yeezus, J. Cole’s Born Sinner and Mac Miller’s Watching Moves With The Sound Off brought brought out less than I expected in album sale. Although this marks Kanye’s sixth number 1 album moving 327k units that’s much less than I would have expected for him from previous experience.
It has been revealed Cole was only 30,000 units behind with aproximately 297k and Mac Miller had 101k. Cole should be the most pleased out of the three even though he came in at number 2 it was an epic day for one of the self-proclaimed ‘new legends’.
Check the J. Cole and DJ Drama interview below for their initial expectations.
But with 33 seconds left, Miami was only up by two, and James bounced the ball on the blazing Heat logo at midcourt. He pulled up from 20 feet, easy as an August afternoon at St. V, with the same result. “I know it wasn’t the magnitude of MJ hitting that shot in ’98, but I definitely thought about him,” James said. “It was an MJ moment.” He paused as a turn of phrase came to mind. “It was an LJ moment.”
All that hate LeBron received last season clearly took its toll on his hairline. Stress is real, it must feel like a great load off his shoulders to win back-to-bac championships.
It’s been a busy last few days for rapper 2Pac, R.I.P., first it was announced that he would receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame now it’s reported there is a Broadway musical in the works.
“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur, is aiming to premiere on Broadway in this 2013-2014 season. Featuring the music of Tupac and a book by Todd Kreidler, the non-biographical rap musical will be directed by Kenny Leon (Fences, Stick Fly).
“Tupac was a prophet and I want everyone to see that,” Leon told Broadway.com. “[Holler If Ya Hear Me] is a present day musical using all of Tupac’s music, but Tupac is not a character in the musical.”
Set in the present day in the Midwest, Holler If Ya Hear Me depicts the challenges faced by two childhood friends and their families, influenced by the music and life of Shakur. Lead producers on the project reportedly include the late rapper’s mother Afeni Shakur, Eric L. Gold, Chunsoo Shin and Jessica Green.