AUDIO: Iron Braydz featuring Prince Po’s “Millennium”

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UK hip-hop fans will have to embrace the inevitable: Iron Braydz back and he’s going to mess up some minds. “Millennium” is how he’ll do it, and with Prince Po helping out, you know it means business. More business will bs shared when his Verbal sWARdz EP hits the Earth on the 14th of April.

VIDEO: Prince Po’s “The Message”

In honor of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Prince Po has created “The Message”, which borrows nicely from the 1982 original but establishes a modern tale to tell, which may make some say “the song remains the same”. Unlike the original video, Prince Po is not arrested and put into a police car.

Prince Po has teamed up with Oh No for an album due out in November on Wandering Worx.

REVIEW: Kid Tsunami’s “The Chase”

 photo KidTsunami_cover_zps76d0983c.jpg In terms of coming up with an all-star album of rappers, Kid Tsunami’s The Chase (HeadBop) has to be one of the best, although the hip-hop elite might tell you “but wait: these are old school rappers.” As if that’s a bad thing.

The premise of The Chase is that all of the guests on the album are rappers from the 80’s and 90’s, so this is meant to have that old school feel, not only by those who are rhyming, but in the way the instrumentals are made, from well known and worn samples to the productions, where sometimes the horn samples may not be in the same key as the rest of the song. As for those rappers, check out the roster here: Sean Price, Masta Ace, O.C., Prince Po, Bahamadia, AG, Kool G. Rap, Buckshot, Chubb Rock, Pharoahe Monche, Jeru The Damaja, Percee P, El Da Sensei, Craig G., Yesh, J-Live, Thirstin Howl The 3rd, and Sadat X, all delivering fine lines and verses. The one who completely takes the entire album away is the one and only KRS-One, who talks about being in hip-hop for a long time, where hip-hop is from and where it’s going, and why people will still pay for a ticket to hear him speak over funky music. Rap music today may not be where it’s at, but when it comes to KRS-One, it is where it’s at and always will be. When Craig G. makes references to Australia in “Worldwide Connex”, he is referring to Kid Tsunami’s home base in the city of Perth, Western Australia. While most of the MC’s on this album are of American origin, there was a time when hearing their music truly felt worldwide. A small part of me wishes that some of these guys would have rhymed over different styled beats, but I think it would have given the album a bit of an imbalance. Not that Kool G. Rap couldn’t do it, we all remember his verses in UNKLE’s “Guns Blazing (Drums Of Death (Part 1)”, but I think The Chase captures not only a vibe, but a time in history, when going for the paper chase was something you did while making an emphasis to create good music. If the sole hunger is money, the music will suffer, at least to me. Kid Tsunami pulls it off quite well.

SOME STUFFS: Producer One-Take show why this year is a battle of “Man vs. Machine”

If you have not heard of the name One-Take, it’s alright, you don’t have to know every artist that creates music out there. But upon hearing this track, you’re going to want to keep him not far from your mind. He has been doing songs for awhile and with the creation of his Brooklyn Bourne label, he will be taking things to another level and is starting out with a brand new song called “Man Vs. Machine”, featuring Prince Po, UG, and Animosity. The song was released today (January 3, 2012) and you can stream and listen with the Soundcloud player below (or if not shown, click here). If you like it, you can purchase it through Amazon below. ONE-TAKE (feat. Prince Po, UG & Animosity) – “Man Vs. Machine” by Diamond Media 360

REVIEW: Various Artists’ “URBNET – Underground Hip-Hop Volume 07”

Photobucket At the moment the mainstream used hip-hop music for its selfish benefit, it was when one half of the music stunted its own growth. The other half went to college, decided to experiment, try new substances, smell new smells, explore culinary delights, and went out of its way to show that entering new school meant truly opening the new book of knowledge. URBNET‘s brand new compilation, Underground Hip-Hop Vol. 07 is a perfect example of the energies of MC, DJ’s, and producers who may have the energy of youth but are ready to take on the mic as adults to show and prove.

The artists here are not the sole example of what underground hip-hop is about, but merely a slice of some of the best that is out there today. There’s incredible work here from D-Sisive, Moka Only, Declaim, Rel!g!on (whose “Classical Musical” is an optimistic view of how this music will one day be discussed in high regard in 2000 years, with Ras Kass, Torae, and Planet Asia offering their testimonies), Emay, Noah23 & Krem, Animal Nation, and many more.

If there’s one stand-out verse, it has to be that found in Pigeon Hole‘s “Loop Tape”, which will definitely bring back memories for those who will listen to this album and understand exactly what they’re trying to do:

“I grew on the classics, The Chronic‘s, Illmatic‘s
36 Chambers, even Ill & Al Skratch shit
back when we used to laugh how ugly Craig Mack is
when Del still did acid and Hiero was massive
Southernplayalistic Outkast Cadillac shit
Something for my Walkman, I could sing along and rap with
Doggystyle was a favorite
Even though mom and dad probably just hated me for playing it
Sayin’ shit like “G’z up, ho’s down”
And biyaach, we would watch Rap City soul out
Don’t front, don’t front, you know I gotcha opin
I would read The Source for all the verses they were quotin’
When Stakes were High and 5 mics with no lie
Scarface had the diary and Bushwick had no eye
Shimmy Shimmy Ya, Shimmy yeah, shimmy yay
Used to love H.E.R., still do, just in a different way

Get this.