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STEP BROTHERS (ALCHEMIST & EVIDENCE): Lord Steppington (2014)

Lord Steppington is the long-threatened album drop on Rhymesayers from the Step Brothers team of sometime Whooligan, Alchemist and sometime Dilated person, Evidence. The fourteen tracker features a veritable family gathering of underground hip-hop guests (Domo Genesis, Styles P, Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, Fashawn, Rakaa Iriscience, Blu and Oh No) which verges on the
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STEP BROTHERS (Alchemist & Evidence): Step Masters (2013) + video

Alchemist and Evidence are Step Brothers and the video to slo-mo-stoner-scratch-rap cut Step Masters (off their debut forthcoming Rhymesayers LP release Lord Steppington, due January) finds them giving free reign to their ‘sibling’ rivalry in a series of competitions. Evidence is the man, it seems, when it comes to such tasks as speed-chugging beer, bowling strikes, Jenga, scoring baskets
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DEM ATLAS: Charle Brwn EP (2013) Free download

In these days of declining sales in recorded music, with myriad ways of circumnavigating actually paying for digital music (editing a music blog for example) and the rise of the internet leading to a proliferation of rappers making and marketing their own music, record companies like Rhymesayers need to really hear something in an aspiring artist’s music. In the case of Dem Atlas that seems to be
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BROTHER ALI: Mourning In America (2012)

Rhymesayers’ finest, Brother Ali, delivers a track here that is profoundly unsympathetic towards the ethos of the NRA, US government foreign policy and violence-bent firearms-bearing individuals everywhere. God knows how you’re supposed to defend your ill-gotten foreign commercial interests, protect yourself against all those thieving immigrants or massacre your teachers
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AESOP ROCK: Zero Dark Thirty (2012) video + free download

Formerly on Def Jux, Aesop Rock used to release slightly menacing underground future-hop with impenetrable rhymes. He disappeared about five years ago and suddenly re-surfaced earlier this month (now on Rhymesayers) with Zero Dark Thirty – a slightly menacing slice of undergound future-hop with impenetrable rhymes. And here’s the video. In it we find our man huddled on the
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BROTHER ALI: UK Tour (2012)

He recently dropped the wicked little Jake One-produced Writer’s Block video and now there’s more good news regarding Rhymesayers best export, rapper Brother Ali, who’s back in the UK in May with a five date tour. The good news doesn’t end there though. Ali will be touring to promote his upcoming LP Mourning In America, Dreaming In Color and that whole package is exclusively produced by…Jake One. Ali and Jake One together
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I SELF DEVINE: ‘Up Aboves’ video + The Upliftment Struggle (2012) – free download

I always get a bit nervous when Rhymesayers send me stuff in case it’s any more tedious emo hip-hop with rock pretensions. You know you’re safe with Brother Ali as he’s never going to pull that kind of shit but anyone else (especially if I haven’t heard of them, like rapper I Self Devine) is guilty until proven otherwise. Step forward then, I Self Devine, I find thee innocent of all charges. I wouldn’t
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BROTHER ALI: Writer’s Block (prod. Jake One) (2012) video + free download

We’ve all been there – no matter how hard you strain, nothing comes out. Yep – writer’s block is a bastard. Thankfully, the jewel in the Rhymesayers label’s crown, Brother Ali managed to gain relief by the ingenious means of writing about the fact that he couldn’t think of anything to write about. And it wouldn’t be the first time in hip-hop that this solution to lyrical constipation has
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RHYMESAYERS: London Tour Stories video (2011)

In which various artists on the 2011 Carhartt/ Rhymesayers tour relate why they love the Big Smoke. Or not. Slug found the bacon undercooked, Budo informs us that he’s half English and like everyone this side of the Atlantic he already drinks tea with pinkie raised and salutes the Queen while Evidence hates Heathrow but thinks the weed is pretty good. Thus it is Brother Ali alone, who
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EVIDENCE: ‘You’ (prod. DJ Premier) (2011) video

Hot on the tail of the Fashawn featuring Same Folks comes another video from Dilated Peoples emcee/ producer Evidence. You (for such is the track’s name) features a Premo beat that DJ Premier himself premiered on his radio show last week. Try saying that when you’re pissed. Actually for a Premo beat it’s a dead ringer for a Platform/ Expansion Team-era Dilated beat. Which is nice
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