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Marlowe (L’orange & Solemn Brigham)

Posted on: December 15th, 2020 by Marcus No Comments

L’Orange & Solemn Brigham are Marlowe – “An artist afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.”

Marlowe is a collaborative alt-rap project from North Carolina-based hip-hop producer L’Orange and rapper Solemn Brigham. Their unique blend of quick-fire vocals and dusty breakbeats is most well-known on tracks such as ‘Lost Arts’ and ‘Tales From The East’.

The project came together in 2018 with the intent of marrying Brigham’s lyrics concerning social commentary, police brutality, and poverty with L’Orange’s thudding beats and crackling vinyl samples to achieve a new, refreshing take on hip-hop in modern times. Their debut collaboration Marlowe, chosen as Lauren Laverne‘s BBC 6 Music Album of the Year

Homeboy Sandman

Posted on: December 15th, 2020 by Marcus No Comments

Homeboy Sandman is one of the freshest talents in hip-hop who smashed a sold-out Cargo back in March. Sandman’s musical journey began after dropping out of Law School after three years to pursue a career in rap, so you can see why his perspective might be a little different from your typical rapper. A voice against fraudulent politicians, relationship miscues, and the inevitable haters hating because he was “down to skip a meal or two” Sandman’s lyrical style has been described by some as slow and deliberate, like a pro hitting key spots on a dart board.

Sandman’s latest EP “All That I Hold Dear” is yet another homerun for the homeboy. As incisive as ever, stream-of-consciousness rhymes shade in the complexities of any given theme. Sandman rides the beat like a champ with his usual lyrical prowess, with artful, hysterical, disobedient hip-hop that you can dance to. “Can’t nobody rhyme like me and I get respect from all walks of life on this planet. Rich to poor, this color to that, because I show love for real, and I’m not scared. Peace” – Sandman, we cannot wait to see you back in London.

Lowkey

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Lowkey is widely regarded as one of UK hip hop’s finest, his socially conscious approach sets him apart from his contemporaries. After a hiatus which saw the hip hop artist take time off to focus on studies and activism, he has returned to a different world politically and a country in a state of flux. He uses his new album to shine a light on the inner workings of global power structures, multi nationals and their relationships with governments.

Slum Village

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Chances are, if you are anywhere near the Detroit music scene, you’ve heard of the influential hip hop trio that makes up Slum Village. The group was founded in the early 90’s by 3 childhood friends: Baatin, T3, rapper and producer J Dilla, who all grew up together in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, MI. After leaving Pershing High School, the trio began to forge a path into the Detroit underground hip hop scene and quickly found themselves steadily gaining popularity, where they originally went by the name Ssenepod.

In 1991 the group changed their name to Slum Village recording their first album “Vol. 1”, in Dilla’s basement and RJ Rice Studios, it was critically acclaimed in the Detroit underground scene, later finding its way into the hands of A Tribe Called Quest’s own Q-Tip, who played it for some of hip hop’s elite, such as Busta Rhymes, Questlove, and D’angelo.

Slum Village landed their first record deal in 1998 with Barak/AM records. Due to label politics, the group was forced to release their album “Best Kept Secret” under the alias J-88. Their now classic record, “Fantastic, Vol. 2” was not officially released until 2000 through Barak Records, dubbed an immediate classic from fans and industry tastemakers. This album featured an A list line up including Busta Rhymes, Common, D’angelo, Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Kurupt, and Q-Tip who passed the torch to Slum Village on the record “Hold Tight”.

In 2001, J Dilla made the decision to leave the group to pursue his solo career, but still hung around helping Young RJ with production. Baatin and T3 started work on their next album “Trinity” through Barak/Capital Records, featuring Elzhi on 6 of the tracks. This album would feature their first commercial single “Tainted” which ft an unknown Dwele, also “Disco” the remix produced by Timberland.

In 2002, “Dirty District”, a compilation of songs by Detroit rappers largely produced by T3 and Young RJ, was released.

2004 album, “Detroit Deli” (A Taste of Detroit). The album included the hit single, “Selfish”, produced by Kanye West and featuring John Legend.

2005, the release of “Prequel to a Classic”, a mix tape, with production from Young RJ and Black Milk.

In 2009, Slum, started production on their next album, “Villa Manifesto”.

In 2010, the album “Villa Manifesto” was released under Ne’astra/Koch Records, featuring the late Baatin. By that time Elzhi had decided to move on and focus on pursuing his own solo career.

2011/12 Slum Village new mixtape “Dirty Slums Vol. 1 & Vol. 2”, presented by DJ Mick Boogie, featuring artist such as Rapper Big Pooh, De La Soul, Focus, Skyzoo, Phonte, and Phife, having over 100,000 + downloads.

2012 releasing “Evolution” on vinyl and CD.

2013/14 “B-Sides and Vintage, were released.

Their new release “YES” is slated for release this summer, produced by J Dilla a.k.a. Jay Dee, and Young RJ.

Slum Village continues their journey with an invigorated energy as T3 holds down the legacy with Grammy nominated producer Young RJ.

Touring National and Internationally with rave reviews.

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