Saturday, 31 October 2009

Round 1, Fight!

Shouts to AB0181 (get subscribing to his Youtube channel) for the sterling camera and editing work, if you missed Louis Den Beat Cypher 07 you missed what was for me the best one yet, proving that alot of the under the radar cats are bringing serious heat that should be worrying the bigger names

Round 1 (Apatight, Naive, Dock Mini & Knox Brown)

Round 2 (Apatight, Naive, Dock Mini & Knox Brown)

Brucie Bonus - Open Beats with S-type and Jaisu

Last Night Changed It All

Great having a catch up with English, Beard, Sammy, Lewis, Percy and Cola. Percy's set ended with a monster freestyle with English and Beard on top 4 bar pass form, heres a few pics



Beard and English



Percy and English

Friday, 30 October 2009

Filth at The Rainbow TONIGHT!

Yep Percy Filth, one of Brums best beatmakers will be doing a set at Heducation tonight, with Redbeard, English and some other special guests in tow so if hip-hops your thing you need to get down there, facebook info here and if you need to do a bit of homework on Percy have a gander below. Roy Roast Beef and Revo will be holding it down keeping it funky in the bar, hopefully see you down there

Elbow Grease Snippets BUY HERE

Electronic Music from Elbow Grease EP BUY HERE

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Phonics Blaps @ LDBC 7

S-type got his mobile phone out while Mr Phonics got to play some beats in the open beat round at last weeks Louis Den, Jon's got beats for days, Half Past Calm 2 is ready to drop and if you missed it you can still grab CRAZYILLMADROWDY feat Sonnyjim and myself on the cuts, shouts to Kos!

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Sha Stimuli My Soul To Keep Out Today

Sha Stimuli's album My Soul To Keep drops today, Jaisu and Beat Butcha both have tracks on it along with Just Blaze and M-Phazes. Congrats gents and go support that real ish by clicking here

Monday, 26 October 2009

Louis Den Pictures

A few pictures from Louis Den on Thursday night, all the producers were so on point. Massive thanks to all the people who traveled long distances for it, unheard of for a mid week hip-hop night! (Too many people to name but you know who you are!) Enjoy the pics and if you missed it, it was definitely the best one yet, next live night will be December...
L-R Apatight, Naive, Dockmini and Knox Brown

Rtillery performing

Apatight and Naive
Jimmy Raygun (The rest of Tactical Thinking were stuck on the motorway)
Crowd hypeness
Air keyboard with AB0181 and Jon Phonics
Soweto Kinch

AB0181 also put together a brief history of Louis Den

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Louis Den Beat Cypher 07 Thurs 22nd Oct

Tomorrows Louis Den Beat Cypher time again with another sick line up of producers and emcees, kicking off at 9 and going on til late make sure you get there early to sign up for the Bucks Fizz Beat Battle or open beats (and bring them on CD not your mobile phone, memory stick or any other device Quartz). All the event info can be found HERE, see you there

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Main Ingredient 19-10-09 w/ Rhyme Traveller & Peaks

Rhyme Traveller

Massive thanks to Rhyme Traveller and Peaks for last nights show, technical difficulties meant one of the mics kept cutting out and it had to be recorded at mine so felt abit like my old pirate days (big shout to Robin for the equipment usage as we couldn't have done the show without him!) A few tracks need adding to the play list, I'll fill in the blanks once I've had a chance to listen back to the show, RT also vocal-ed the only unrecorded Solid N Mind track 20 years after the beat was made so make sure you listen all the way to the end. As usual not enough time so hopefully get him back on the show soon.

Happy listening


Main Ingredient Radio Show
Mon Nights 12-2am New Style Radio,
98.7FM (West Midlands) / Sensei FM
w/ Rhyme Traveller and Peaks

Endemic & Cappo feat Scorzayzee, Cyrus Malachi, Lee Ramsay & Iron Braydz - Eagles (No Cure)

Tactical Thinking - Main Ingredient Special (EXCLUSIVE)
Foreign Beggars feat Guilty Simpson - Prove It (Dented)

Foreign Beggars feat Guilty Simpson - Prove It Pete Canon Remix (EXCLUSIVE)

Apathy feat Phonte - True Love (Demigodz Ent)
MCM - Been So Many Places (Headcount)

Solid N Mind - Centre Stage (Liberty Grooves)

Guttersnypes - Who Fell (Liberty Grooves)

DJ Peaks

Karisma - Cut It Out


John Robinson - ???
Kev Brown feat Grap Luva - Strugglas Theme (Up Above)

Peaks - Louis Den Beat Exclusive


Havoc - We Ain't Playin (Promo)

Guilty Simpson & Oh No - My Time To Shine (Stones Throw)

Endemic & Cappo - Crumbs (No Cure)

Sean Price - Figure Four (Duck Down)

Cormega - Make It Clear

Dynas - Crown Royal (BBE)

DJ Spinna - New York (High Water)

Obba Supa feat John Robinson - Midnight Madness Evil Ed Remix (HHV)

Random Axe - Top Rank (Duck Down)

Rhyme Traveller Freestyle

Skyzoo - Popularity (Promo)

Rhyme Traveller
Marley Marl - Marley Marl Scratch (NIA)

Byron Davies & The Fresh Crew - My Hands Are Quicker Than The Human Eye (???)
Ultramagnetic MC's - Ease Back (Next Plateau)
DJ Cue Tips & MC Dashy D - Control (BPM)

Peaks selection

El Da Sensei - ??? (Fat Beats)

J-Live - ??? (Seven Heads)

Maspyke ???



Solid N Mind - Battle Tip Rhyme (EXCLUSIVE)

RT recording "Battle Tip Rhyme"

Peaks with the Solid N Mind Centre Stage 12" and RT

Friday, 16 October 2009

DJ Buddy Diamond Exchange Mixtape

More musical treats to make your friday go faster, this time DJ Buddy mixes up four tracks from the Diamond District album In The Ruff and a bunch of solo material from each of the group members, click the pic or here to get your download on and you can buy the tracks I Mean Business and Who I Be.

Have a great weekend

45 Live

I used to love them, then went through a period of preferring 12"s (do I have to pause that on a hip-hop blog?) and then back to getting as many hip-hop 7"s as I could so what can I say about this besides I need one in my life! The track list alone is enough to make any b-boy drool. In stores 1st December so in plenty of time for Christmas if anyone is feeling (very) generous! Going to be interesting to see how the tracks are ordered and if the 7"s have any sort of inner sleeves...

Eminem, Black Thought and Jazzy Jeff, Hip-Hop Honors Rocking Bells

Jeff's still too good, check the end of the clip. This is from the 2009 Hip-Hop Honors Show

Monday, 12 October 2009

Trippin' at the Disco

Dope new vid for the latest PUTS single (well worth picking up for the dope DJ Day remix and dub remix, the 12"s pretty limited though so be quick) looking forward to the album now

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee

Yep I know I wouldn't usually do a post on a film but this ones an exception. My better half booked tickets for an advance screening at The Electric (oldest cinema in the UK!) with Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine doing a Q&A after (unfortunately no Scorz), sounds like the film business is just as shady as the music business, Q(-tip) record industry rule number 4080 I don't want to spoil the film but it will hopefully be on at a local cinema near you now (released 09-10-09) and I'm giving it the two thumbs up (pause), too many rofl moments so don't snooze! It's a strange mix of improvised comedy and part reality. It's on till Thursday 15th Oct.

Scorz links up with the P Brothers for one of his most infamous tunes (made the Daily Telegraph!)

Cappo and Scorz murder this, make sure to grab the Cappo Codex EP for the incredible The Looniest too (Cappo's back on the radio with Endemic on the 9th Nov to launch the Needle Drop Record)
Word is Scorz is officially out of retirement and signed a new deal which is great news, now get down to your local cinema, it's better than any other film out at the moment and may be the best film this year

Friday, 9 October 2009

Akil Live tonight at Heducation, The Rainbow, Digbeth

Akil who was a member of Jurassic 5 will be performing at Heducation tonight (Fri 9th Oct). Get tickets HERE and some of the offers (inc free taxis) only £5 in

DRINKS OFFERS: Bottles from £2; Vodka & Mixer £2; Shots from £1

FREE TAXI TO THE VENUE !!! (within 4 miles of venue & from Selly Oak, for parties of 4, after 11pm. Call
0121 773 0999. Ask driver for receipt & you will receive refund on door.)
£5 - door / tickets

9 - 4am @ The Rainbow (Pub & Courtyard), Adderely Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0LD (10 mins walk from Bull Ring)

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Gryme Tyme!

So you love hip-hop? But you don't feel that it's quite the same as it used to be? Here's what you've been missing. The Freestyle Professors consists of Branesparker and Giff (previously Geo of Geo & Ricochet). The first thing that hits you is how raw the album is (this is a good thing) with sparse production and some dope flows. Production is mostly handled by Branesparker, the Freestyle Professors have also used the talents of DITC's Show(biz), Buckwild, Diamond D and Lord Finesse with Diamond's beat the best thing I can remember him doing since "The Great Diamond D", Shows contribution is a dope raw drum loop with not much else, but it stands out and makes me wish other rappers would chose this type of beat over his more recent sounding productions. Minnesota and 12 Finger Dans contributions are highlights too but it's Branesparkers own production that really shines here.

Theres a few guests and it's great to hear Stanley Grimes again (pka Page the Handgrenade) after wondering what happened to him after his appearance on Check Me Out Baby Pah from Finesse's amazing Crates To The Files (is the first 2lp pressing a boot or semi-legit?) Akbar appearing on two tracks was also a pleasant suprise.
Lyrical content is varied from battle raps to more conscious subject matter. I haven't listened to one album this much in years so that should be recommendation enough to go get a copy.


I was meant to do a post on the great Confuse A Few 12" (below next to the equally dope Vintage EP) and took that pic back in April so I've been slacking. This also contains the non album tracks "We Won't Stop" and "Grit Dat Grime" as well as the Confuse a Few", "We Won't Stop" and "Jump On It" instrumentals. Jump On It has the most heavily distorted bass line I've heard in years. If your interested in buying any of the Freestyle Professors material CLICK HERE, or visit them on myspace here.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Grand Master Roc Raida Benefit Gig TONIGHT @ The Vibe Bar

Anyone who can reach please do, info from the facebook events page

Grand Master Roc Raida: 1972 - 2009
Hosted by
Tha En4cers (UK) in association with Vibe Bar


PAY FOR PLAY:- Everyone can step up to take a turn to spin on the dex for a donation that will go towards the fund.

Leave your respects: - this is his official myspace page where you can find more information.

ONLY £5 on the door

DJ’S, to name a few:

Other DJ’s are too numerous to list. Attend to find out.

Join the community in remembering Grand Master Roc Raida.

Anthony "Grand Master Roc Raida" Williams was born in Harlem, New York on May 17th, 1972. He passed away on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 survived by his wife and 3 children. Join us in celebrating a DJ Legend by showing us your support.

“On a DJ level Roc Raida brought a lot to DJ’s lives with his skill and he did the same as a good friend to all that knew him. May he live on through us all.” Tha En4cers

"As one of the Godfathers of Hip Hop, it is a tremendous loss to the DJ community. I give my condolences to his family." - Grandmaster Flash

Peace all!

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Very Dutty Mans

New Chopps Derby video to brighten up your weekend, you'll notice it's tagged as Grime, I've got a special post lined up about that very thing so check back tomorrow...

Thursday, 1 October 2009

MI 28-09-09 MIKEY D Live

It was an honour and pleasure to have Mikey D and Pritt on the show ahead of tonights show at the Hare and Hounds (Kings Heath), he's still got it and has stories for days (as well as being one of the most humble rappers I've met) a true unsung hero, during the show he talks about winning the New Music Seminar Battle, working with Paul C, Large Professor, Main Source, LL Cool J, Rahzel, MC Serch, park Jams and much more, get your download on and peep the science...

Main Ingredient Radio Show
Mon Nights 12-2am New Style Radio,
98.7FM (West Midlands) / Sensei FM
w/ Mikey D, Pritt and Peaks

Mr Magic Radio Show Freestyle 1986 (Shouts to Oxygen!)
Large Professor feat Mikey D - Pump Ya Fist (Gold Dust Media)
Main Source - Merrick Blvd (Wild Pitch)
Mikey D & The LA Posse - Takin No Shorts (Micsic Recordings)
Solid N Mind - Centre Stage (Liberty Grooves)
Freestyle Professors - New York Swagger Remix (Freestyle Records)
DJ Spinna feat Sputnik Brown - Elemental (High Water Music)
O.C. - Let It Slide (Wild Pitch)
Big L - 8 Iz Enuff (Columbia)
Mikey D - Dawn (Micsic)
Mikey D - Comin' In The House (Sleepin' Bag)
Mikey D - I Get Rough (Public Records)
Mikey D - Kill That Bass (Micsic Recordings)
Mikey D Freestyle
Kuda - My Girl (Exclusive)
??? Peaks selection I'm not sure what it is!
De La Soul - Supa Emcee (Tommy Boy)
Main Source - Bootlegging (DWG)
Mikey D - The Chosen One (Exclusive)
Soundsci - King Of The Beats (Exclusive)
Cappo & Endemic - Crumbs (No Cure)