Monthly Archives: February 2012

THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS feat. AFRIKA BAMBATAA, CHARLIE FUNK & KING KAMONZI: Battle Parts 1 & 2(2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
With Battle, German outfit The Mighty Mocambos drop the bomb on anyone who’s been faking the funk lately and doubly ensure victory by enlisting a man who knows a thing or two about rap battles – Afrika Bambataa and his mates King Kamonzi and Charlie Funk. It’s a heavy funk and old school hip-hop twin assault! Good god – that’s not a battle it’s a massacre! Full-on, hands
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BROTHER ALI: The Bite Marked Heart EP + ‘Shine On’ video (2012) – Free download

Just in time for Valentine’s day, Rhymesayers rapper Brother Ali comes through with The Bite Marked Heart EP complete with the Nikki Jean-featuring paean to love-at-first-sight Shine On. The video alone (see below) is worth a look just to check out Ali’s chat-up technique. There he is on his Jack Jones in a restaurant when in walks lone beauty. Any normal bloke would be checking her ass out from behind the menu but not Ali. Oh no
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WILL C: Adieu Or Die (2012) – Free download LP + video

Last heard of raiding his dad’s vinyl collection for 2009’s epic samplefest Evil In The Mirror, Bostonian rapper/producer Will C is back with Adieu Or Die and it looks like he’s once again managed to get the keys to the study with a single purpose in mind. This time around, it seems, he was just after the old man’s Beach Boys collection. Now, it’s a well-known piece of musical history that towards the end of the nineteen-sixties two of the
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WBBL: Ghetto Funk presents WBBL EP (2012)

Name yourself after one of the defining characteristics of your chosen genre’s sound and then drop four tracks that not only encapsulate your chosen genre’s sound but give an odds on chance of said genre gatecrashing the charts? You’ll be WBBL then – Ghetto Funk’s new boy with four of the poppiest nuggets they’ve yet released and man most-likely-to finally get the ghetto funk sound
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COCKNEY NUTJOB: Woo Hah!! Remix (2012) Free download

Cockney Nutjob does a fine job of a ghetto funking-up Busta Rhymes’ debut solo single from all the way back in ’96. Curious how the memory works – I always remembered the original as being quite full-on but when I listened to it after hearing this it had all the impact of being smacked in the face with cotton wool. Perhaps it was the video with Rhymes’ face – well – all up in your face – that gave it an illusory impression of lairyness. No need
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MORLACK: Will Not Be Cool (2012) – Free download

Will Not Be Cool? What will not be cool? Nowadays it’s bankers bonuses, when I was at school it was flared trousers but neither of those is what Morlack is on about. Nope his rework of Tower Of Power’s seventies cut-with-environmental bent There’s Only So Much Oil In The Ground is all about – well – the fact that fossil fuels are running out. It’s a message that humanity seems quite content to ignore and given Tower Of Power’s quite egregious
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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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DISCO CAKES present JFB feat. Mr Dero: The Fizzy Bubla EP (2012)

Cold weather getting you down? Need a party? Man if that’s you and you’re the sort of person who likes great big farty ghetto funk bass you’ll shit your insides out with excitement when you hear this. The latest Disco Cakes EP proffers three massive party tunes from Brighton scratch deejay/producer JFB which party breaks connoisseurs will be only too happy to snatch up. Each is based around uptempo hip-hop breaks with funk/soul/hip-hop
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PULPFUSION: Goodbye To Humanity EP (2012)

Now – admittedly – I was aware of this at least a fortnight ago now but since I’ve been harbouring biohazard-strength flu germs for the last week or so and since everyone I live with was a walking biohazard the week before that you’ll maybe excuse the delay in posting. Frankly, the sentiment Goodbye To Humanity pretty much captured my prevailing mood last week. There’s no way I could
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