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Cabra native Paulie Allwright has been one of the shining examples of Irish rap for a few years now. Through his first two albums under the LD series and his mentorship of those around him, Allwright has lead the way for others to follow. On his third album 1988, he raises the stakes for albums… Read more »

Posted on October 24th, 2014

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El-P and Killer Mike are joined by former Rage Against The Machine singer Zack de la Rocha on the brilliantly-titled ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)’. De La Rocha provides the voice of attitude on the typically bumping track from the pair. The track is available right now on the Run The Jewels 2  iTunes pre-order page for… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2014

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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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