FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – BANDANA

Five years ago Atlanta rapper Freddie Gibbs and Oxnard producer Madlib released ‘Piñata‘ and it was low key the album of 2014.  Only a handful of people would attest to it, but it was.  The duo oft hinted that a follow-up was on the cards, but there appeared to be no rush.  Gibbs in particular…

JELANI BLACKMAN – BRIXTON

“I always hated talking about my personal life in music,” explains Jelani Blackman.  “It made me feel too exposed and vulnerable so I just wrote things that kind of related to me but nothing specific. Starting to get better at sharing cos I realise you just have to be honest with yourself.”  To that end,…

STORMZY – CROWN

“My second single ‘Crown’ drops at midnight,’ Stormzy told us on Thursday. “I’ve been struggling to find words to describe how much this song means to me… struggling to explain exactly why I felt the need to say what I’ve said on the record… and can’t quite summarise the journey of emotions the song takes…

SKEPTA – IGNORANCE IS BLISS

Skepta’s fifth studio album and the follow-up to his May 2016’s ‘Konnichiwa’ is here. ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ features fellow UK rappers J Hus, Lancey Foux, and Nafe Smallz, as well as a selection of Skeppy’s Boy Better Know cohorts.  Originally titled ‘SkLEVEL’ [which Skepta has since dubbed a ‘2018 pattern,’ ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ features singles…

LOVE SAVES THE DAY 2019

Love Saves The Day took over Eastville Park for an eighth time this year, bringing a diverse range of music to Bristol.  Some welcome Saturday sunshine saw temperatures soar as South London producer Ross From Friends brought his set to life with live instrumentation having recently signed to Flying Lotus imprint Brainfeeder.  The Paradiso stage…

SKINNY MALONE – JIGGY NINJA SKINNY

Skinny Malone recently dropped ‘Jiggy Ninja Skinny,’ the first taste of an upcoming EP.  A couple of weeks later he’s back with a video for the statement track courtesy of Director Faceless Villain, which sees the Hackney MC move from vignette to vignette at a pace that matches the cut’s breakneck pace.  Stream below via…

FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – CRIME PAYS

Ahead of their hotly anticipated, second collaborative album ‘Bandana’ [June 28], Freddie Gibbs & Madlibe release ‘Crime Pays.’  The track comes along with a Nick Walker-directed visual inspired by 1970s Blaxploitation Westerns, which sees Freddie Gibbs running things on a remote zebra farm.  Yes, you read that correctly; Gangsta Gibbs switches bricks for livestock, and…