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You need to know about Hoodie Allen

News

3rd February 2016

Hoodie Allen is proof that hard work makes a career. While I could leave you with that bold statement, his journey so far is too interesting to pass up on. From successful mixtapes (worth mentioning are Pep Rally and Leap Year), Hoodie started making waves, quite literally. The good old word of mouth rumored this dude to be three things in particularly: 1) Able to put on a tight show. 2) Actually knows his craft. And last but not least, 3) he is immensely polite and grateful to his fans in person and online. Kindness gets you somewhere, and Steven aka Hoodie Allen has shown it works if you mean it.

The buzz kept getting bigger in 2012 when his first EP All American (listen to ‘No Faith In Brooklyn’) debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200. This was when people started asking the question, when is he going to sign with a big label? We are writing 2016 and that is still an unanswered question, and I do not think it will happen anytime soon. It was followed up by another mixtape Crew Cuts, and in 2014, he released his debut album People Keep Talking which featured Ed Sheeran on ‘All About It’ topping charts like iTunes. Oh, and he then proceeded to be part of Fall Out Boy’s tour Boys of Zummer.

Still an independent hip hop artist, he released his second album Happy Camper in January, which despite being available free, also topped many iTunes charts as well as hitting number one on the Billboard independent album list. He has toured harder than most. The UK, Europe and North America and Australia. The new album will to no one’s surprise be combined with a new major tour in the US.

The repetitive fact here is, that Hoodie Allen is all about the “show it don’t tell it”. The once Google-employed Steven is honing his craft, creating a buzz and repeating it, and if you do it enough times it gets you somewhere. Most artists would at this stage of their career have signed with a major label and given some of their responsibilities away, but there is not a creative angle where Mr. Allen has not been involved. And that shows.

Let Hoodie show you what he is capable of at a gig, and I promise you, will remember it as one of the best concerts of your life.

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Someone Mashed Up Drake with Florence and the Machine…And It’s Awesome

R&B/Hip-Hop, Uncategorised, Videos

20th August 2015

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a huge fan of Drake. I’d be going even further by saying I don’t worship Florence + the Machine. However, as much as I love both of them, bringing them together musically should be something that doesn’t work. At all.

Hip-hop and harps are two things that vary so greatly, they should probably never be combined. However when you take Florence’s killer track ‘Delilah’ and pair it with Drake’s nail in Meek Mill’s coffin, ‘Back to Back’ it shouldn’t be anything worth listening to.

Man, sometimes I love being wrong.

flo and drakeThis is the perfect mash-up, a nice flow and dynamic between two polar opposite songs.

Back in 2011, Florence and the Machine covered Drake’s “Take Care,” giving it an ethereal twist that we all needed in our lives. On another occasion, she joined him onstage to perform “Fireworks.”

Maybe this will be the evidence these artists need, to realize they’re destined to collaborate in the future.

Here’s to hoping this isn’t the last track we hear from Flo and Drizzy.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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Review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ed Sheeran // Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)

Events, News, Pop

14th August 2015

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have re-emerged with their new single “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)”. It’s a sweet tribute about *shocker* growing up; a touching open-penned letter to his daughter.

It’s cute, but not special. Ed Sheeran’s vocals on the chorus is what makes the song worth a listen. My eyes started to glaze over after he rapped “wear a helmet don’t be stupid” “camp, fall in love, and dance” because it started to feel like a clichéd teen movie. I’m sure everyone else will fall in love with this song. It’s nice, but it’s not something I would ever buy, or go out of my way to download. The only part that sets itself apart is Ed Sheeran’s jazzy chorus, complete with horns and a choir. Macklemore should stick to what he does best; anthemic raps like the ones that thrusted him into the spotlight and won him Grammys. That is the kind of music I want to hear more of. If I wanted a song like this, I’d listen to a different artist. But none the less, the world will be watching as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis poise themselves for a comeback of Thriftshop-esque proportions.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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Opinion: Loan Le // IsaiahG

Editors Choice, R&B/Hip-Hop

9th August 2015

I rarely listen to Indie Rap anymore. I’ve become bored with the generic trap beats, unimaginative rhyme structures & catchy pop hooks in the blatantly desperate attempts at a radio hit that seems to be the general sound of Indie Rap today.

That being said, I was on RapGenius the other day referencing lyrics from Jay Z’s American Gangster album during a heated debate with a friend over the top Jay Z albums of all time (I’ve got American Gangster sitting at #2 right after Reasonable doubt, if you disagree I bet my next MusicDash paycheck I’ll prove you wrong).

I digress, while on RapGenius I somehow stumbled upon the lyrics for an Indie Rap artist by the name of IsaiahG. Just based upon the lyrics alone I found myself wandering over to his Soundcloud to hear what the actual song sounded like and to my surprise I found myself even more amazed.

Needless to say I became an immediate fan. The sound, the imagery of the lyrics, the delivery of his flows. The last time I heard an Indie Rap Artist with a sound this unique and raw talent such as this, they went on to become one of the highest selling rap artists of my generation shortly after crossing over into mainstream.

IsaiahG hails from Chicago and you can hear that in his music. He embodies the socially conscious lyricism that we’ve grown accustomed to hearing from Kanye West, Common, Lupe Fiasco and many other of the great Rap artists who all got their start in Chicago.

IsaiahG’s latest single, ‘Loan Le’ is a great example of what makes his sound so different.  You hear his unique flows and unorthodox deliveries over chill disco-future instrumentals and he raps lines like:

‘Even though my actions are affirmative/It seem like my name never matched with a superlative’

‘Then we get in the both, while we spitting the truth about all the bull I’m alliterate to/I’m admitting it boo, dope is hidden in you, and a bunch of other stuff I don’t have synonyms to’

the combination of this creates a sound that make’s IsaiahG refreshingly different from other Indie Rap artists in his class.

IsaiahG clearly has a long way to go before he’s mentioned in conversation with the Drake’s the Kendrick Lamar’s, and the J.Cole’s in Rap, but with a little luck and a lot of grind I sense big things in this young artists future.

Check out IsaiahG’s latest single ‘Loan Le’ here.

Article by Jeff Moore 

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Album Review: Krept and Konan // The Long Way Home

R&B/Hip-Hop

16th July 2015

The duo had heads turning after their cover of Jay Z and Kanye West’s Otis racked up 5 million views after five days of being uploaded on youtube, even after this they still struggled to get signed. Now, after being signed to Virgin Records UK and Def Jam Records US they have released their debut label album ‘The Long Way Home’ and has rumbled the world of rap hip-hop and grime.

First of all, you have to appreciate the amount of attention there has been on these two since their ridiculously popular cover of Otis, and then their top 20 positon in the UK album chart of their self-released EP ‘Young Kingz’. People have been anticipating this album for years now and it has had support from artists such as Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and numerous members of BBK, not to mention countless other musicians from the scene before and after its release on the 6th of July. In a genre usually filled with rivalry and hate, it is truly inspiring to see so many people coming together to support the duo, who really deserve all the attention and respect they are getting.

The album has a perfect imbalance of club bangers and zoners (songs to zone out to). The bangers on the album appropriately feature artists such as Rick Ross, who appears on the track ‘Certified’, as well as Jeremih who appears on the leading track of the album ‘Freak of the week’. There is also a killer verse from notorious stoner Wiz Khalifa on the track ‘Do it for the Gang’.  Not to forget the feature from Grime heavyweight Skepta, who appears on the second part of the track ‘F.W.T.S/ active’. Whether you’re in the club raving or your car bopping, when listening to these tracks you’ll find it really hard not to get hyped.

But the distinctive feature of the album is, I believe, the ability to zone out completely when listening to it and the way this is executed; by way of an ambient, echoic, mellow beat. Over these beats there is usually softly sung choruses then slowly rapped verses from both krept and konan. The song content always mirrors the beat; every zoner on the album causes you to feel something- to have some sort of emotional response and you immediately want to go back and listen for a second time, something rare in hip hop albums. There is the song ‘Roses’  featuring Emile Sande, which is about someone close to the Duo who died of cancer- a delicate subject which some people can relate to. Ed Sheeran appears on the track ‘Dream’ singing the chorus, a track where the difficulties of the lives of young people lives and the effects of fame on family are spoken about.

There are also a lot of songs about relations with women, in which the lyrical ability of the two really shines here, there is a lot of symbolism used, for example, ‘you left an earring on the table/ I know you did that on purpose’ taken from the song ‘wait up for me’.Krept and Konan really allow you to hear and understand the intimacy of the situations and relations they have experienced with women; once again, this adds to the relatability of the record.

Although the album is Reminiscent of Drakes ‘Take care’ and there are American features, the album is brilliantly British, something which is vital to the success of the album. Cleverly released during the time there is being a lot of attention paid to UK Rap and Grime from artists such as Kanye West and Drake, Its ludicrously London sound is what is something listeners overseas are currently enjoying, and as the grime and rap scene rapidly grows in popularity in the UK, the two are going to be bigger than they ever imagined all because they’ve worked hard, stayed true to themselves and kept it British, and you can really hear and feel this in their new record.

The Long Way Home has a sick selection of club bangers and songs to chill and relax to, with multiple mellow beats, persistent powerful punchlines and deep, drifting lyrics. I feel like the duo should be renamed Krept and Zonenan…I highly recommend a listen if you’re new to the UK Rap scene and even if you’re already involved- there is no way you can regret it. Be part of Krept and Konans well deserved way to the top, as this record will be the one that renders them as icons.

Article By Kane Edmonds

 

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Review: Charlie Puth x Wale // Marvin Gaye Remix

Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, News, R&B/Hip-Hop, Singer/Songwriter

2nd July 2015

There’s just something about old school Motown songs that make you feel good when you listen to them, you know? Word to Berry Gordy.

Charlie Puth’s latest single ‘Marvin Gaye’ takes a stab at reimagining the Motown sound and with rapper Wale deciding to hop on the remix, the single has the potential to become a genre transcending crossover hit. With Puth’s collaboration with Wiz Khalifa ‘See you again’ still sitting at the top of the Hot 100, can this single reach the same level of success?

Listen to the remix below:

Memorable bars: ‘I go verse for verse with top emcees/when it come’s to girls, they ain’t out my league. I’m like Mr. Marvin pullin’ up to that party/Singin’ Mercy, Mercielago, me’

Article by Jeff Moore

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Review: Lil Dicky // $ave Dat Money

Editors Choice, Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop

27th June 2015

Don’t get me wrong, I love songs about the lavish life just as much as the next hip hop fan, but let’s be honest; how many of us listeners only see millions when we look at our bank account?

Comedian/Rapper/Writer Lil Dicky brings a refreshingly new vibe to the rap game. His average joe mentality mixed with his witty humor is more relatable to the every day man (including myself) than most of the stereotypical content of rap songs today.

The fact that Dicky’s new single ‘$ave Dat Money’ is a banger with the potential to be “the summer anthem for 2015″ is astounding to me.  A rap anthem about saving money. Let that marinate.

Even with a catchy hook from up and comer Fetty Wap and a well crafted satirical verse from Rich Homie Quan, Lil Dicky still manages to steal the show on ‘$ave Dat Money’. It’s clear Dicky is starting to not just be seen as the parody rapper making viral youtube videos anymore. The man can REALLY rap people.

Take a listen yourself here.

Memorable lyrics: ‘Free sandwiches/homie; two stamps away. Book flight December/but I leave in May. Drugs are generic/but still work the same. I get login’s for Netflix from my cousin Greg.’

Article by Jeff Moore

 

 

 

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