If you missed the Nialler9 Minimum Maximum gig with Le Galaxie, GodKnows + MynameisJohn and Planet Parade a couple of weeks ago, here’s further salt in the wound by way of a Paradoxical Recordings video of the Limerick rappers with Murli  doing their standout track ‘Standard’. Things got seriously heated up after this. Photo by http://www.photographicmemory.ie

Posted on October 9th, 2014

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Over the weekend, I got acquainted with some new Irish music at Hard Working Class Heroes, one of which, Hare Squead, I’d only heard in name but went on to interview and then see live. I was impressed by what I heard, the Blanchardstown / Tallaght trio had a full band, backing singers and a… Read more »

Posted on October 6th, 2014

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Lagos-born but Dublin-reared, rapper Simi Crowns‘ debut song ‘Pressure’ walks an admirable line between pop-orientated hooks and aspirational rap. It’s a track that could equally be at home on daytime radio and late-night parties. Radio has indeed been playing the track with the likes of Dan Hegarty, BBC Across The Line, Today FM’s The Mix… Read more »

Posted on September 25th, 2014

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Kendrick Lamar is back with a new single ‘i’ with production from Rahki. The song is built on a sample of the Isley Brothers’ ‘Who’s That Lady’, which is familiar to me and thousands of others as a sample in Beastie Boys’ ‘B-Boy Bouillabaisse’ from Paul’s Boutique, a classic. The soul-flip means that the song… Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

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The forthcoming album partnerships of old rap dog Doom and new rap cat Bishop Nehru has yielded two teasers of the project, ‘Darkness (HBU)’ and ‘Om’. The album is coming out next Friday October 3rd on Lex and today there are two more tracks to listen to. ‘Caskets’ kicks off with a classic DOOM flow… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

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Chance The Rapper is a versatile talent. He sits outside rap’s porch painting a world that has more colour, passion and emotion than most. It’s almost hyper-real. On last year’s guest verse on SZA’s ‘Child’s Play’ he illuminated the track with Popeye references and a tightly structured flow that ends in a wistful singsong “But… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2014

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El-P and Killer Mike tease their hefty hip-hop followup album RTJ2 with ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’, a bass-booming track which rather than utilising vinyl cutups and effects features the voice artist Michael Winslow doing it for them. These guys are just the best at making pure rap tracks. The track is a free download… Read more »

Posted on September 15th, 2014

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After giving us a tantalising 100 second snippet, El-P and Killer Mike have dropped the full version of ‘Blockbuster Night Part 1’ from their second album RTJ2 as Run The Jewels. It’s out at the end of October on Mass Appeal and will feature guests Zach De La Rocha and Travis Barker. ‘Blockbuster Night Part… Read more »

Posted on August 21st, 2014

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Stevie Grainger has been a long time Cork music compatriat as a DJ, radio host, producer, collector and general good man for encouragement for the younger folk. Stevie has now turned his hand to label business, with his Soul Jamz label releasing the first of his own music featuring singer Christiana Underwood and co-production from… Read more »

Posted on July 30th, 2014

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Between ‘They Come In Gold’ and ‘CAKE’ from Shabazz Palaces‘ forthcoming Lese Majesty album, the pair have given us some futuristic boom bap to trail the release. Track two, ‘Forerunner Foray’, part of the first of seven suites on the album, is more reliant on atmosphere and production as synth notes ping in the distance,… Read more »

Posted on July 15th, 2014

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The video for ‘Headstrong’, the first single from Lethal Dialect’s third album 1988 out in September has landed. A simple video featuring footage of LD’s recent gig in The Grand Social along with some street-shot footage (and a brief studio appearance). It was shot by Adam Browne and Tara Morgan and directed by Lethal Dialect…. Read more »

Posted on July 10th, 2014

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New York rapper Bishop Nehru is a 17 year-old who recently signed to Mass Appeal Records. Since last August, news of Nehru’s album with DOOM was touted for a release on Lex Records but knowing the supervillain’s form, I lot of us weren’t holding our breath. But DOOM is a big fan of Nehru and… Read more »

Posted on July 8th, 2014

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On a skit on the forthcoming 1988 Lethal Dialect x JackKnifeJ album, during a skit called ‘The Shark interlude’, Paulie aka Lethal Dialect is berated by a man for his lack of radio singles on the album. LD responds by saying he wrote an album that just happened to be more accessible, citing ‘Headstrong’ as… Read more »

Posted on June 25th, 2014

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After their impressive EP of bass-heavy hip-hop last year in collaboration with Graeme S, Limerick-based producer MynameisjOhn and the Shannon-based rapper God Knows got together to make an album. As they describe it, “a Zimbabwean Christian and an Irish pagan sit down with a pot of tea” with the expressed interest of changing the game…. Read more »

Posted on June 5th, 2014

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Toronto jazz hop live band trio Badbadnotgood have been known to play live with rappers, most notably with Tyler, The Creator. Here they team up with two of the best in the biz -Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown, for a limited edition single on Lex Records. The single is available to preorder on 10″ vinyl… Read more »

Posted on May 29th, 2014

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