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…

ELIJAH – SLITHER

North London’s Elijah might be a new face on the scene, but his debut cut ‘Slither’ has an understated slap that fills us with confidence that he’s going places this year.  “It’s an ode to all the fake people around me at that time,” explains Elijah.  “There was a lot of snakey behaviour about, hence…

WILEY – DON’T BREAD ME

Last week, Wiley responded to Skepta’s recent diss track ‘Wish You Were Here’ with one entitled ‘Don’t Bread Me,’ which has today landed on streaming services.  This particular incarnation of beef heated up after Skepta featured on Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Money Right,’ to which Wiley objected based on his long-standing beef with Dizzee following a stabbing…

ALCATRZ – MEMOIRS OF AN ITALIAN NEGRO

We spoke to Alcatrz about his new EP in an exclusive interview last Summer, which is now out via Digital Pop Records.  It’s been a real work in progress for the London-based rapper and producer: “Scrapped it once, scrapped it twice.  Recorded, re-recorded and finally picked 5 songs out of the 45 I made.”  Largely, the…

IAMDDB – WOKEUPTOFLEXX

Manchester’s IAMDDB releases new single ‘Wokeuptoflexxx [WUTF],’ which comes from her fifth EP ‘SWERVVVVV.5’ [February 22]. Produced by Drae Da Skimask, ‘WUTF’ is characteristically smooth and sleek; all piano refrains and skittering hi-hats belying some fairly confrontational statements from DDB: “Fuck ’em all / I’mma win and win ’til I burst / Fuck it, coming…

ACTION BRONSON – WHITE BRONCO

‘White Bronco’ is Action Bronson’s fourth studio album, and the first he’s released independently since 2011’s ‘Well Done’.  It’s 11 brand new tracks from Bronsolino, including A$AP Rocky collab ‘Swerve On Em’ and the album’s title track and lead single ‘White Bronco‘.  As well as Rocky, Bam Bam also recruits Yung Mehico and Fuck That’s…

COOPS – LIFE IN THE FLESH

“‘Life In The Flesh’ is a conceptual album primarily focused on the cycle of life, death & reincarnation of the spirit/soul,” says Coops.  “Everything that happens in the middle is what makes us who we are. All of our decisions and choices shape and mould our futures in this life and possibly even the next.…