JD Interview #UKHIPHOP #Exclusive @JustifiedMusik @ParkStreetPR

JD

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you’ve released so far and other interesting stuff you think our readers would like to know!
I’m JD, I’m a Hip Hop artist from Derby I’ve been in the game for a few years now. I’ve put out a few mix tapes over the years across Nottingham and Derby, working on many projects across the East Midlands for a variety of good causes. I was schooled by a childhood on the streets of Derby and my catalogue is my escape from the road life.

So how long have you been making music and what or who got you into music?
That’s a tricky question. I’ve been writing since I was about 8 in some shape or form, but I didn’t pick the mic up til 10 years ago age 15. I guess I needed to voice my frustrations about the hand life delt me. Don’t get me wrong I know plenty of people in worse situations. However, the racism I suffered in my area along with the mistreatment from the law and school teachers sent me down a dark path. Then, as many of us do, I discovered 2pac. This woke my ass up early and it was on from there.

What was the first record you ever brought?
I couldn’t tell you to be truthful, but the 1st Hip Hop record I purchased was “me against the world”

So why do you rap and what’s your main motivation and inspiration?
Like I said earlier, childhood wasn’t easy for me. It left me with many unanswered questions. As I got older I answered many of those questions when I came to grips with the injustices we as the people face in society. I rap to change these issues and make this world a better place for the next generation. Call me a hippy haha but fa real this shit means a lot to me so it’s blessed.

How would you briefly describe your latest release to a first time listener?
The Truth! The blueprint for societie’s Transformation. With features from legends like Stic man of Dead Prez and Genesis Elijah. This is what the mainstream don’t want. But fuck them. The album is up for free download or name your price. All proceeds will be donated to a charity that feeds and shelters the homeless.

If someone reading this had not heard of you before and only had time to listen to one track of yours which track would you play them and why?
This is a hard question to answer ’cause each track on the album gives a different side to me and all are true. So I wouldn’t want to be judged as an artist from any of them. Play the whole album start to finish and you’ll know who I am.

If you weren’t involved in the music industry what do you reckon you’d be doing instead?
Well… I’ve done that yes-man factory line shit and it ain’t for me. I currently work as a youthworker/Hip-Hop music tutor for Baby J (Baby People) and Global Education where we use Hip Hop to engage with the yutes on how to become an artist and address social issues. I can’t see myself doing anything else.

Do you think the recession will displace bling-era rappers in favour of more well-rounded ones in the mainstream?
No. I hate to say that too. The mainstream pushes that bull shit bling bling shot crack and kill each other and buy the newest sweat shop goodies. And always will because of consumerism. I hope I’m wrong but hey, regardless the underground don’t stop pushing that real talk.

What’s your take and views on Hip-Hop at the moment?
Hip hop, and I mean truth music, voice of the voiceless, positive, empowering Hip hop never died you just gotta know where to look. But as far as the mainstream. . That shit died long ago. I don’t watch that.

What’s been your favourite Hip-Hop release of the year so far?
Genesis Elijah – private moments in public

Success is a very broad word nowadays and it means different things to different people, but what’s your definition of success?
Positive change in the streets. Less oppression in general and more real Hip Hop truth music supporters. If I can pay for a mortgage comfortably, even better.

Do you have a website, if not what’s your other website links?
https://jdrap.bandcamp.com/album/the-transformation
https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=748201795235168
Twitter @JustifiedMusik

Before you go tell us something really interesting or funny about yourself that no one knows or might not know!
hahaha I once got dry mouth on stage in front of 5000 + struggled to spit my verse, then got a reload and had to repeat it. Looking back at the video I looked like I was off my head. My mouth was doing some madness trying not to be stuck. Still smashed it though. Of course.

Interview by Scott Patterson

Dirty & Nasty from Houston Exclusive Interview

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Dirty & Nasty

Houston, Texas has created some of the rap games biggest stars as well as a selection of well respected artists who seem to have a longer career than some. From Geto Boys, DJ Screw & S.U.C, UGK aka Bun B and Pimp C (RIP) to more underground acts such as K-Rino, Klondike Kat. S.U.C, and KB Da Kidnappa, to more well known names such as Z-Ro, Lil Flip, Devin The Dude, Trae, Slim Thug and Chamillionaire, Houston is one seriously talented place. Now we get chance to hook up with Dirty & Nasty, a duo that look set to do damage and like all those other names rep H-Town. Big up to Tricksta at Park Street PR for hooking up this interview.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you’ve released so far and other interesting stuff you think our readers would like to know!

DIRTY: We are Dirty & Nasty, a rap duo out of Houston, TX in USA. We met at the University of St. Thomas, and while there, we began doing music together ever since. It’s going on seven (7) years now, so we have been at it for a minute. Interesting fact: The way we met was over a baseball cap that I (Dirty) was wearing, an Oakland A’s (a Major League Baseball team) cap to be exact. It sparked the initial conversation.

So long have you been making music and what or who got you into music?

NASTY: I have been creating music since 2004-2005, but I got into music in 1999. Really into hip hop culture in general. I was initially drawn in by the graffiti world, then breakdancing, and after that DJing. Rap was the last thing I wanted to do or thought I could do but I started doing it just to be able to say I had tried all aspects of the culture. The rapping stuck.

DIRTY: I have always been around music from as long as I can remember. Church music, singing in the choir with my mother and my other family members was a big part of my childhood. Also, my uncle was a DJ as well, so he would always have not only the latest records that he would play at parties, but he would also play things that were from the golden era of rap and even before. He was the first person that I KNEW that had every record for every song that would come on television. It wasn’t until I got older that I began to make music, maybe around 6th grade or so. I would make “radio mixtapes” (or Start/Stop mixtapes as they are sometimes called), and I would learn the music and began writing alternative lyrics over the beats as best that I could. Long story short, I dropped rap in 1999 and got back to it in 2007, after I linked up with Nasty to begin the group.

What was the first record you ever brought?

NASTY: Beastie Boys -Hello Nasty (in cassette form)

DIRTY: I would have to say that the first record that I can remember buying for myself was “Are You Still Down?? Remember Me.” By 2PAC. Also in cassette form.

So why do you rap and what’s your main motivation and inspiration?

NASTY: I rap as a creative outlet or release. I’m inspired by people. Their hopes, dreams, aspirations, disappointments, trails, tribulations, experiences, conversations, etc. everything I’ve ever written has been inspired by a conversation with somebody.

DIRTY: Oh you didn’t know? It’s to get these girls! (laughs) Just kidding. I rap because it is fun and it allows me to have a creative release. I feel the same way about writing music on guitar, but LATELY, rap has been my main outlet and I am not mad about it. It gives me an opportunity to affect change, in a form of expression that is readily accessible through its sheer popularity in mainstream society. I tend to be inspired by books I read, films I watch, and very much like my partner, conversations that I have with friends and family, and even complete strangers. Experiences in my own life make for great songs as well.

How would you briefly describe your latest release to a first time listener?

NASTY: Intense. No holds barred. Pissed off. Righteous indignation. A 4 alarm wake up call. A return to consciousness.

DIRTY: Something that is on the mind of every working class person that is pissed off with their current situation. Period.

If someone reading this had not heard of you before and only had time to listen to one track of yours which track would you play them and why?

NASTY: “Down by Law” is the song that best captures what we bring sonically both live and in the studio. It encapsulates the fire and energy we bring and the rhythmic elements we put into tracks.

DIRTY: Definitely, “Down By Law” is a great track for people to listen to because it represents a _____________ in our career. We feel that we have always made great music, but in this stage of our creative process, we are making awesome music. We are curating dopeness, as our fellow rapper, Killer Mike of Run The Jewels would say.

If you weren’t involved in the music industry what do you reckon you’d be doing instead?

NASTY: Taxes or sports writing.

DIRTY: I would either be a full-time actor, a streetwear boutique owner, or an educator at the collegiate level.

Do you think the recession will displace bling-era rappers in favour of more well-rounded ones in the mainstream?

NASTY: I think “bling” rappers have already been replaced, but not with more “conscious” rapper but with more “trippy/get high/fashionista” rappers. But the truth is more rhyme based Emcees have already replaced the “bling” rappers in a way thanks to the blogs and festival circuits. Kids now and days have many alternative to the radio that we didn’t have as teens due to the internet and streaming. There are two different worlds: radio and indie. The indies have really learned how to make profits and viable careers for their artists without compromising integrity. The radio/label model is a decaying dinosaur but it is tradition and standard so people still look to radio for validation equivalent to a college student graduating and getting a “good job” with a “reputable” company with benefits, 2 weeks’ vacation, and a pension. “Good jobs” are few and far between now, so the entrepreneurial spirit is rewarded in today’s economy in all sectors.

DIRTY: Bling is out. Fashionista Hooliganism is in. I never understood how a person can swear they are selling dope and shooting people, but swear that they are putting in work in the studio at all hours of the night. That is humanly impossible. Better yet, I can’t understand the exponential in-flux of all these man-children that are in the industry, those are, people who are walking around with LOTS of money but NO DIRECTION. In the States, Black people have a term for it: cooning. I am not saying that cooning didn’t exist during the golden age of hip-hop; however, there, most certainly was a balance of the diametrically opposed ends of “conscious rap” and “gangster rap”. I guess what attracted me to rap so much was the fact that I could listen to 2Pac, who, to me, was the embodiment of those “opposing ends” of rap music.

What’s your take and views on Hip-Hop at the moment?

NASTY: Speaking from an American perspective, I dig a lot of it or at least the energy of it and there are a lot of dope lyrical artists out there, but a lot of it is nonsense too. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good nonsensical song to party to but when the airwaves perpetuate that one party and bullshit segment of hip hop is all of hip hop that is a problem. Also, the plight of minorities in the States in relation to the Police, education, and employment is outta control and for mainstream stars to remain silent while their fans, family, and friends are targets of police aggression in their old neighborhoods or victims of a misguided education system is bullshit. Whatever happened to Hip Hop being the Black CNN? All these rappers throw up this hood and that hood and this click and that click, but when it comes time to stand up for their hood, they are nowhere to be found. There needs to be a balance and whether they like it or not, rappers have become representatives of the community, so if you’re a joke how are the powers that be to take the rest of us seriously? This is a culture in every sense of that word and the representatives of our culture suck right now. Real talk. They’ve gotta do better.

DIRTY: I think that Nasty has said everything; however, allow me to say that this goes back to one of my other answers about the displacement of “bling rappers”, there was a time where we had balance. I think that the pendulum is swinging back toward lyrical content and poise on the mic, if not within the mainstream, definitely within the underground sector. I would like to think that the mainstream is trying to align itself with the underground, like it is in many other ways (like fashion, slang, etc.), but the harsh reality is that we have to continue to press forward, even if that synchronicity never happens. Part of me wishes that it did, because that would mean more artists with substance would get a shot at having a BIG BUDGET, but part of me also wishes that the two sides (mainstream and underground) never meet, due to one tainting the other. And, yeah, whatever happened to Hip Hop being the Black CNN? (laughs)

What’s been your favourite Hip-Hop release of the year so far?

NASTY: Run the Jewels 2. Say what you REALLY wanna say rappers. Big KRIT and all of the Black Hippy releases get honorable mentions too.

DIRTY: I think Run The Jewels 2 wins by default. There hasn’t been anything else that was released in the mainstream of note this year, aside from PURPLE & GOLD, a remix project that we dropped with our friend and comrade, Purple Bastard, on June 27th. By the way, shoutout to OG Point Blank, a South Park Coalition / Screwed Up Click member & Houston Rap Legend, for gracing us with his presence all over that project.

Success is a very broad word nowadays and it means different things to different people, but what’s your definition of success?

NASTY: The Dave Chappelle definition of success, which is, “If I can make what a school teacher makes per year doing hip hop, then I have succeeded”. Also making memorable music and making good memories doing music.

DIRTY: Dang! Nasty took my answer. That Chappelle quote from his interview on “Inside The Actor’s Studio” is GOLD! Success to me is knowing that all of the hard work, time and dedication that we put into this pays off in the end, whether that is positive recognition from our idols, financial gain, traveling to places, or a combination of all three.

Do you have a website, if not what’s your other website links?

NASTY: http://www.dirtyknowsnasty.com

Before you go tell us something really interesting or funny about yourself that no one knows or might not know!

NASTY: We don’t ever write our verses together so my first time hearing his verse is always in the studio. We on a topic and go our separate ways to write and it always comes together eerily sometimes. We have a song on our upcoming EP called Kurt Cobain and it was basically a song without concept and without a name, just free verse. We both ended up mentioning Kurt Cobain in our verses so that’s what the song ended up being called. That sort of thing happens a lot with us.

DIRTY: He is correct: we haven’t written our verses together ever. A thing about myself is that I own about 200+ baseball caps. Ironically, the cap that we had our conversation over in the beginning is no longer in that number (it got very old and smelly) (laughs).

Much respects and thanks to Dirty & Nasty… much love for taking the time to do this interview!

Scott Patterson

Sketchamus (UK Rapper) Interview @ParkStreetPR @Sketchamus

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Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you’ve released so far and other interesting stuff you think our readers would like to know!

I’m Sketchamus, a rapper from Winchester, I’m also part of a rap duo called 2LostSouls. I’ve released 3 or 4 mixtapes over the last few years, my latest release being Scrumpy Rap.

So long have you been making music and what or who got you into music?

I’ve always loved music. I started writing lyrics when I was about 15 when I was heavily into Drum & Bass. I’ve been into music from day one, but I’d say that it was the D&B emcee’s and DJ’s that I listened to at the time that really pushed me to start writing lyrics.

What was the first record you ever brought?

Thats a tough one. I think it was ‘Coolio – C You When You Get There’ when I was about 10 years old.

So why do you rap and what’s your main motivation and inspiration?

The main reason I rap is purely because I love writing and I love music. The feeling you get from creating something orginal from scratch is very rewarding. I find inspiration from varios things in life from music to films to general life experiences.

How would you briefly describe your latest release to a first time listener?

Scrumpy Rap is sort of like the journey / progression of the muscian I am today, some tracks go deep into certain subjects whereas some are full on bravado, I’ve worked with several genres so hopefully there’s something in there for everyone.

If someone reading this had not heard of you before and only had time to listen to one track of yours which track would you play them and why?

Either ‘House Of Mystery’ or ‘Wake Up!’ as I think these are good examples of the kind of subjects I like to write about and give you a little insight into my personality / mindstate etc.

If you weren’t involved in the music industry what do you reckon you’d be doing instead?

Something art related as I love drawing as much as I like writing music.

Do you think the recession will displace bling-era rappers in favour of more well-rounded ones in the mainstream?

I think rappers covered in bling will always be highlighted in the mainstream as thats what sells, and the stuff that sells is the stuff record labels will keep releasing. I think well rounded rappers will remain more underground, but to me thats a good thing, I think if you end up in the mainstream you’ll have a lot of fans that listen to your music just because its popular to do so rather than having a deeper connection with it.

What’s your take and views on Hip-Hop at the moment?

I’m really happy with it at the moment, I know a lot of people like to get all technical and political, but to me as long there are artists making hip hop music that I like then I’m happy. I’ve also seen so many lesser known artists getting the recognition they deserve which is really good.

What’s been your favourite Hip-Hop release of the year so far?

Either ‘CunninLynguists – Strange Journey Volume 3’ or ‘K-Rino – Deprogrammed’

Success is a very broad word nowadays and it means different things to different people, but what’s your definition of success?

If you’re happy then you’re succeeding.

Do you have a website, if not what’s your other website links?

Don’t have a proper website but here are my music and social media sites;

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mc-sketchamus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sketchamus

BandCamp: https://sketchamus.bandcamp.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/sketchamus1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dan.s.walker.5

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Sketchamus

Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/sketchamus

Before you go tell us something really interesting or funny about yourself that no one knows or might not know!

I always struggle with questions like these, I’m quite a gamer geek with an almost unhealthy obsession with the Forza Motorsport racing game series.

Interview by Scott Patterson

Exclusive Interview with @Marvelcoin #Interview @ParkStreetPR

Marvelcoin Mumbles

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you’ve released so far and other interesting stuff you think our readers would like to know!
I go by the name “Marvelcoin Mumbles’ hip hop’s rapper/accountant, BlackShark Entrepreneur, Member of the G.O.D movement, Kemetic Consultant and spiritual director. Today I would I like to invite the readers to go check out my my ‘Money Flow Mixtape’

So long have you been making music and what or who got you into music?
I’ve been making music since I was about 14. Before Hip Hop I wasn’t even into music to be honest. My brother and a few friends from school got me into hip hop. It was when I heard the Fugees album ‘The Score’ is when my journey enjoying music begins.

What was the first record you ever brought?
It was Wu-tang Killa Bees ‘The Swarm’

So why do you rap and what’s your main motivation and inspiration?
Why do I Rap? I use rap as a positive outlet to express myself, vent, voice my opinion, get my message across in rhyming art form/poetry and to generally entertain myself, I always try to end on a positive vibe. I know the music I like so I make music to mirror the music I usually listen to. My motivation comes from the message I want to get across you could say i’m very opinionated so the music I make is to deliver my out take on things. I’m inspired when I hear a good beats or good lyrics. My own ideas or a again a message I want to get across. I’m also inspired by the nature of hip hop and it’s original purpose of peace, love unity and having fun.

How would you briefly describe your latest release to a first time listener?
The Money Flow Mixtape.. I would say its a nice blend of creative intelligence and fun.

If someone reading this had not heard of you before and only had time to listen to one track of yours which track would you play them and why?
I would send them to ‘I Do it for Hip Hop’ because it touches on my internal battle on why I shouldn’t stop making music and pursue a accounting career.

If you weren’t involved in the music industry what do you reckon you’d be doing instead?
lol I would definitely be pursuing a career in accounting!

Do you think the recession will displace bling-era rappers in favour of more well-rounded ones in the mainstream?
I hope so, because bling-era rappers mainly talk about bling all day. I love bling to but there’s more to life than bling bling.

What’s your take and views on Hip-Hop at the moment?
I think Hip Hop has been perverted. It’s mainly low vibration music in the mainstream at the moment. If we’re using the definition of Hip Hop that I use which is ‘Higher Infinite Power Healing Our People’ i’m sorry but I look at our people and I don’t see much healing instead I see more destruction.

What’s been your favourite Hip-Hop release of the year so far?
Besides my ‘Money Flow Mixtape’ it has to be “Champs” from G.O.D it’s on repeat Harrd!!

Success is a very broad word nowadays and it means different things to different people, but what’s your definition of success?
I have to quote Earl Nightingale on this one. He said “Success is progressively realising a worthy ideal”, It’s the mother who is raising her children because she wanted to raise her children. It’s the Car Wash man who opens his car wash after all the planning and bugs he had to overcome to make it happen. It’s that feeling that your life is increasing.

Do you have a website, if not what’s your other website links?
http://www.Marvelcoin.com for the all the latest news regarding Marvelcoin Mumbles and a direct download link to the money flow mix tape.

Twitter: @marvelcoin
https://soundcloud.com/marvelcoin

http://www.blacksharksworldwide.com
http://www.kemeticconsulting.com

Before you go tell us something really interesting or funny about yourself that no one knows or might not know!
Ok well I have a theory that the best flowers in hip hop are Gemini’s and i’m a Gemini. Other great Gemini’s as you should know are 2pac, Biggie, Ice Cube, Kanye West, Andre 3000, Lauren hill and Havoc from Mobb Deep. From the UK I believe K Koke and Lowkey are Gemini’s check their flow.. it’s on another level. What do you think? haha!

Interview by Scott Patterson

Trademark Blud #Interview @TrademarkBlud @ParkStreetPR

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Scott Patterson grabs rapper Trademark Blud to do this exclusive interview for us…

Okay lets start at the beginning, When did you start rapping?
I’ve been rapping since I was a little kid, but i didn’t attempt to write a song or improve my skills for some years. I just used to freestyle with my friends at the time hanging around the streets for fun. That was directly influenced by hip hop being my favourite music to listen to. I think I was around 17 years old when I wrote my first song. The more I saw in the world the more wanted to rap about these things. Self-development, self-awareness, freedom and unity were always a big part of my thoughts growing up so hip hop music and myself were always destined to be connected.

Who would you credit as your influences?
Wu Tang have and probably always will be my main influence. I grew up on their music and have listened to all sorts of different hip hop and no matter what, I fail to find a collective of emcees that keep it as real as Wu. Nowadays u get rappers with cheap gimmicks or rappers that say ridiculous things to get noticed. Wu tang kept it 100 and just laid out the essence of true hip hop and also made a world changing comparison of martial arts and Rap. I’m very ignorant when it comes to people saying this rappers the best in the world or the king of New York etc. because when I hear them, most of them aren’t touching Wu back when they 1st dropped or now. Another big influence is my older brother Kopywrite who produces, dj’s and raps. He introduced me to most of the hip hop I listen to and the music industry in general, he gave me the first part of my stage name trademark and has helped me to develop as a rapper over the years.

What would you say is your biggest tune to date?
I would say Lyrics are weapons produced by DJ Buzzword, although it hasn’t had any BBC radio play as some of my other tunes have due to it not being suitable ha-ha. This is because after 2 years of battle rapping a lot of people were putting me in the box of a battle rapper. And as we see with some of the other leagues in the UK most of these battle rappers are pathetic when it comes to making songs. Lyrics are weapons hopefully showed a lot of my newer followers that I can spit with the best in the UK. After all I’ve been rapping a lot longer than I’ve been battling.

Your new mixtape is out now, ‘Tricks of the Trade’. What would you say are the standout tracks?
Music is an art form, compiled of expression and understanding, therefore I feel a stand out track would apply to the listener more than it would to me. With Tricks of the Trade I tried to follow the title and put a vast mixture of subjects and styles across. I myself love heavy hip hop bangers so from a listener’s point of view I would say tracks like cant stop, lyrics are weapons and cornered. But from an artist’s perspective I would choose B.L.U.D which talks about making the most out of life and tracks like Fragile which talks about the death of God’s presence in the hearts of humans. There’s too many to mention really. Every track has a meaning and a place on the mixtape and I feel every track will speak to each individual in a different way. Stephen Lawrence and Swordless Samurai also mean a lot to me personally.

Do you have music videos off the mixtape and are you planning to do any more?
Yes there are two videos currently out, Lyrics Are Weapons and Forever and a Day. I’m so happy with so many tunes off this mixtape I’m actually planning to shoot at least 8 more videos. I’m currently looking into this and hopefully will be shooting for the track recently played on BBC radio Sugar Rush.

There’s a few quality UK guests on the album, tell us more about who features and who produced tracks.
I’m so blessed to be surrounded by real talent. It took a few years to get a unit like this together but now we’re all pushing in the same direction big things are really happening. I’ll start with the Vocals. Jay S one of the best singers I have ever had the pleasure of hearing EVER ! and also a childhood friend, Plain and simple & Jae Sosa both two of the top UK rappers I don’t care what u think u know or who’s in what chart. Lordy another local friend that has mad skills he is still yet to show the world. LATE and absolute legend in my eyes I was already bumping his music before I met him.

Intuitive is my lil brother from another mother who is basically taking his hometown by storm at the moment and setting levels for hip hop in his area. conscious route is such a clever rapper the verse he laid down for me on this mixtape is amazing, we will be doing some more work again in the future I might even roll up to Scotland where he’s at to cut a tape with him. Shakezpeare is a monster with it he reps the midz in a big way that’s why I’ve always liked his stuff because so do i. We will keep making bangers to break your neck to no doubt. Jayde yellow is a great singer from my hometown I spotted her on a local media channel and eventually we did a track together. The producers.

Illyah to me is like a UK Jdillah my bredrin from brum city. it’s mad because I don’t realise how long love known this guy, we used to chat on MySpace put it that way ha-ha. Tazman is a polish producer who send me beats all the time, and no lie I have never received a beat off him that isn’t a banger the guys consistency is amazing. dj mainframe is another childhood friend he also owns fresh midz clothing we been on the scene together for years now and we got each other’s back 4real he’s been making me sick beats from day . dj buzzword another amazing local producer who I was listening to before I met him I think he has probably spent that much on vinyl in charity shops he’s single handedly cured bad backs in England and Wales alone.

Mr Re I met through battling on Don’t Flop out of all the weird people I couldn’t really relate to in that league he is most definitely a real guy who has hip hop and realism in his soul he was top 8 champion in don’t flop and also jumpoff champion, so the guy got bars as well as producer skills. krylon funk is a local producer of every music under the sun, his main stuff is dnb but as u can see he’s dope with hip hop beats as well. DJ Lineton is another childhood friend if we weren’t making music together we were making trouble ha-ha. That’s my bredrin right there he’s been killing the house scene for a while now dj-ing all over the country, he can produce anything u ask for. Embra beats is someone who I want to work with more in the future his beats have that real professional industry sound and it was a pleasure to have him on the mixtape.

SK another lad I’ve known since I was a nipper, he used to mc to dnb back in the day and his production skills have taken his music worldwide. DJK2 is a local guy who I haven’t known that long but damn I wish I knew him a few years ago because he makes beats that could make a whack rappers sound sick ha-ha. Squareone is also local he djs as well, and we have made quite a few nice tunes together he is very talented and I will always work with him. Jynxstarr is from brum I’ve been working with him around tracks and battles for a few years now a real genuine guy who isn’t afraid to jump on the stage and battle, he produces sick grime and hip hop. Sparda also produced a track on there as well as mixing most of the mixtape as I recorded most of it in his studio, Sparda is a good mate of mine and we have been putting it down together for a few years now, he battles, raps, produces, edits video and photos, he’s killing it.

That’s a big list I know but I couldn’t miss anyone out as each link in the tricks of the trade chain is as important as the next. That being said last but not least Tricksta is really responsible for this mixtape being the way it is. He suggested the idea of doing a UK Runnings mixtape he helped put it together, he got all the tracks sounding sweet and I really couldn’t have done this without him so biggup to u my big brother Tricksta..

Where’s the best place to cop the mixtape?
Bandcamp is the best place, U will also see a section to order a physical copy of the tape. Failing that come to one of my battles/ shows and I should have some copies. And for the other rappers reading this interview your mom also may have a copy ( battle rap talk ).

What does the future hold for you?
More music, more battles, more videos, more visiting battle rappers moms for dinner. Seriously though if you listen to the mixtape you will see I talk about existence and life quite a lot. So to me just being alive is a blessing, enjoying every day doing what we love with the people we love that’s a perfect future for me. I guess I’m just one of those people god put on the earth to tell other people how to have a good time. Another thing I hope for the future is the expansion and development of UK Hip Hop as a whole movement and not just in the capital. The west midlands hip hop scene has been overlooked for years and if it wasn’t for people like Tricksta, LATE, Moreish Delta etc., then we wouldn’t even have a foot in the door. So above all, even myself is the survival and growth of REAL UK Hip Hop. Peace!

You can grab his mixtape from the link below….

UK Runnings Presents Trademark Blud ‘Tricks Of The Trade’ (Hosted by Tricksta)
Download/Stream links:
http://www.trademarkblud.bandcamp.com

Connect with Trademark Blud:
http://www.twitter.com/trademarkblud
http://www.facebook.com/trademarkblud
http://www.trademarkblud.bandcamp.com
http://www.youtube.com/Trademarkblud
http://www.instagram.com/trademarkblud
http://www.reverbnation.com/trademarkblud

FILFY Interview @filfy1 @parkstreetpr

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Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you have released so far and other interesting stuff you think our readers would like to know!
Firstly id like to thank everyone here at Hip Hop mafia for taking the time to conduct this interview and also all my fans and supporters for showing me love and support. For those of you that dont know who i am my names Filfy and I’m a lyricist from london, UK. Back in march of 2012 i released my debut Hip Hop video “Taking Liberties”, the beat was produced by Manage (Caxton press) and the video was filmed and edited by Globalfaction. The track focused on our civil liberties here in the UK and how we are being stripped of our basic rights and freedoms on a daily basis. Upon releasing the video i received a lot of positive feedback and support and a lot of people were asking me where they could find more of my music, thats when i decided it was time to get back in the lab and put an album together. My 12 track debut album “Filfology” was released November 17 2013 and has a mixture of beats from funky get down james brown, to head banging Hip Hop. For everyone that has been following me via various social media sites i have been releasing free downloadable content through soundcloud and reverbnation so make sure you check that out. Regarding future plans i will be teaming up with Globalfaction again in the very near future to shoot and release videos for tracks from my album as well as some collab projects I’ve been putting together with some of your favorite UK artists.

So how long have you been making music and what or who got you into music?
Ever since i was a young boy music has been a passion of mine and like many kids born in the 80’s i was a big fan of michael jackson and left streaks in the carpet in front of the tv trying to do the moonwalk. By the time i was 13 i had a wide taste in music and would listen to pop, soul, swing, blues, funk, electro, hip hop as well as many other genres of music. I remember one day after coming home from school i went into my room and put the radio on and proceeded to flick through the stations when i came across an underground pirate radio station called kool fm that was playing something new to me called “Jungle”, I remember being amazed at how the mc’s were flowing so fast to the music and coming with that raw underground energy, i decided from then that i was going to start writing my own material, even though i haven’t performed to Jungle for many years now that is how i started writing my own material and its been one big lyrical journey ever since.

What was the first record you ever brought?
If i remember correctly the first record i ever brought was “Snow – Informer”.

So why do you rap and whats your main motivation and inspiration?
From 1999- 2006 i was heavily involved in the UK Garage scene until i decided that i needed to take a step back from music and partying every weekend to focus on other things that were going on in my life, at that point i still had a lot of growing to do mentally and was destined for a path of self destruction if something didn’t change (that is another story). In the 6 years between then and the release of my debut Hip Hop video Taking Liberties i had grown mentally and through years of research had started to develop a new understanding of the world around me and felt it was time to get back on to the scene and share what i had learnt. After attending a few Hip Hop open mics, i soon realised Hip Hop would be the best way to get my message out there as most other genres i had previously been involved in were more focused on flow and delivery and the listeners would just start willin out to whatever you were saying as long as it was rhythmical, with Hip Hop it seemed people were more focused on the lyrical content and wanted to know what you had to say. The transition from Garage to Hip Hop was an easy one for me as in the last years of my garage carrer i had been writing mostly all of my lyricks over Hip Hop beats and by this point had listened to Hip Hop music for many many years.

How would you briefly describe your latest release to a first time listener?
Insightful.

If someone reading this had not heard of you before and only had time to listen to one track of yours which track would you play them and why?
It would have to be “Taking Liberties”, reason being we are living in a time not only here in the UK but all around the globe where people are having their rights, freedoms and liberties ripped away from them and i feel that people have to recognise this and take a stand to defend their basic rights.

If you weren’t involved in the music industry what do you recon you’d be doing instead?
It’s hard to imagine what i would do without music, even through the the 6 years that i stepped away from music i was writing lyricks, its what i do and who i am.

Do you think the recession will displace bling-era rappers in favour of more well-rounded ones in the mainstream?
My personal opinion that i know is shared by many is that we live in hard times where people are struggling to feed themselves and their famillies, meanwhile you have a plethora of artists that are being pushed by the mainstream to perpetuate this illusion that owning material objects and having expensive cars and jewellry defines who you are in life and how successful you are as a person, which couldn’t be further from the truth. So to answer the question, YES, i believe the attitude towards these artists are changing and people would rather hear something meaningful than someone boasting about things that the average person cant afford.

Whats your take and views on Hip Hop at the moment?
I think that the Hip Hop scene in the UK is healthy and strong and has a lot to say.

Whats been your favourite Hip Hop release of the year so far?
We have only just stepped into 2014 and already there has been multiple releases that have had me head nodding so to pick one would be difficult, a lot of rappers/lyricists in the uk are bringing their a game at the moment so the bar is constantly rising.

Success is a very broad word nowadays and it means different things to different people, but whats your definition of success?
To me being successfull is to achieve the goals and targets that you set out for yourself.

Do you have a website, if not what’s your other website links?
At the moment you can catch me online @

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/filfy.music
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/filfy1
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/filfy1
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/filfy

Before you go tell us something really interesting or funny about yourself that no one knows or might not know?
When i was twelve years old i broke both my arms in two places on friday the 13th.

 

MOBB RYDER Exclusive #Interview @mobb_ryder @parkstreetpr

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6PM today UK rapper MOBB RYDER drops his much anticapted mixtape relase ‘The Blockumentary’ so we grabbed five minutes of his time for this exclusive interview.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you’ve released so far and other interesting stuff you think our readers would like to know!

‘The Blockumentary’ is actually my eighth mix cd that I released and it drops at 6pm today (4th July 2014)! I have released ‘London City Stories’ back in 2009 followed by ‘LDN… Streets Of Grime’ which was a joint project with Jim Flex that dropped at the start of 2010. I then released ‘Writers Block’ late 2010 which got a mention of NME as a shock artist of 2010 before releasing Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the ‘Mightier Than The Sword’ collection from 2011 to 2012. Today I drop ‘The Blockumentary’ which is my most personal mixtape to date. I hope people enjoy it.

So long have you been making music and what or who got you into music?

I’ve always loved music of all genres and found a talent for writing lyrics when I used to make songs about the teachers in school and get the whole class to sing although started really taking music seriously when I was 16 and starting really getting into Drum & Bass and the MC’ing side of it

What was the first record you ever brought?

Michael Jackson ‘Bad’

So why do you rap and what’s your main motivation and inspiration?

My main motivation is life in general the highs the lows the struggles and triumphs most definitely my environment and I write rhymes same way someone might write in a diary I’m just telling my story.

How would you briefly describe your latest release to a first time listener?

As a picture of modern society nothing fabricated or watered down you haven’t got to come from an estate to relate this is the things we all go through everyday I’m just painting a picture of my surroundings and the reality’s around me.

If someone reading this had not heard of you before and only had time to listen to one track of yours which track would you play them and why?

The Otherside with Shox The Rebel because I’m very honest in the track every line is straight from the left of the chest and I feel you can get to know me through the words its soul music in the form of hip-hop.

If you weren’t involved in the music industry what do you reckon you’d be doing instead?

God only knows lol music took me away from certain situations in my life if it wasn’t for that it could be a very different path for me.

Do you think the recession will displace bling-era rappers in favour of more well-rounded ones in the mainstream?

I think for a lot of people the recession didn’t change a lot, a lot of people was struggling before it same way they still are after it I personally think that ignorant rap can be something people like to listen to for image or just because they like the idea of that lifestyle but reality rap is something that everyone can relate to something to put headphones on and just sink into the track.

What’s your take and views on Hip-Hop at the moment?

I love Hip-Hop and always will its changed a lot of the years but there’s always them few artists that come through and make all the difference whether they be veterans or a fresh talent and the music in general is timeless I still listen to hip-hop from the 80s and its still relevant to this day.

What’s been your favourite Hip-Hop release of the year so far?

I don’t know if I’ve got a favourite I enjoyed Ghetts Rebel with a cause I thought that was unique and showed off his creativeness.

Success is a very broad word nowadays and it means different things to different people, but what’s your definition of success?

To see your dreams with your eyes open

Do you have a website, if not what’s your other website links?

I have mobbryder.bandcamp.com for my mix tapes but here is all my links

http://www.twitter.com/mobb_ryder
http://www.facebook.com/mobb.ryder
http://www.mobbryder.bandcamp.com

Before you go tell us something really interesting or funny about yourself that no one knows or might not know!

One time when I had next to no food in the flat I found some pasta and a jar of marmite mixed the two together and booooom I have a new favourite recipe if you don’t try it you won’t never know it’s the next hype I’m telling you lol

Interview by Scott Patterson