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…

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…

BEAST COAST – ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

There was a time [2014, to be precise] when it felt like the most fresh and exciting Hip Hop music was coming out of New York again.  The Odd Future bubble had begun to burst, and three New York collectives were beginning to put out their respectively different takes on a classic sound; Flatbush Zombies,…

INJURY RESERVE – INJURY RESERVE

Phoenix, Arizona trio unleash their self-titled debut album; a boisterous 13 track collection featuring the lines of Aminé, JPEGMAFIA, Rico Nasty, Cakes da Killa, Freddie Gibbs and DRAM, as well as the singles ‘Jailbreak The Tesla‘ and ‘Koruna & Lime‘. As hip-hop outsiders with no homegrown scene, Injury Reserve started out playing at local house…