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El-P and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels will drop their third album RTJ3 on January 13th as a free release digitally and on streaming services. The album features Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, BOOTS, Trina, and saxophonist Kamasi Washington. A physical release follows on 20th January and a pre-order is here…. Read more »

Posted on December 1st, 2016

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Ama is an Athlone-based rapper, singer and songwriter making R&B and hip-hop-inspired music. The Nigerian-born, Irish raised dude is studying sound engineering at AIT. His inspirations include Jay Z, Drake, Majid Jordan, Partynextdoor and Travis Scott. His latest single ‘Stay Home’ is autotune-featuring song with an almost kwaito African dance beat. The song is produced… Read more »

Posted on November 30th, 2016

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Soft World, a short 20 minute compilation is billed as an ode to sampling. The 11-track Bandcamp tape was arranged by Soft Boy Records founders Kojaque and Kean Kavanagh  and features some hip-hop beat productions from Ireland from the likes of Wastefellow, Brame. Jar Jar Jr, MAtt Finnegan and the boys themselves. Check it out here with some… Read more »

Posted on November 29th, 2016

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An old band comes together for a final statement after years of fighting and estrangement of its two most vocal members. It’s an age-old story that happened to A Tribe Called Quest in the 18 years since they released their fifth album The Love Movement. As bitterly captured in the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life,… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2016

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Earlier this year, the Dublin MC and former member of The Animators dropped the superb grimey single ‘Badman’. On new single ‘What Are You Sayin?’, Mango teams up with Mathman once more on an atmospheric grime beat and is taken from the forthcoming album Casual Work. Watch the video directed by Chris Corcoran: Instagram |… Read more »

Posted on November 14th, 2016

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Having formed in Sligo at a vinyl-only night in McGarrigles in 2008, This Side Up represent an West Of Ireland faction of hip-hop lovers brought up on the golden age of rap – call and response, posse cuts, samples and fat drum beats. On Myster-E, Shaool & Noone’s debut album there’s a playfulness in their… Read more »

Posted on November 11th, 2016

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Run The Jewels just dropped the first single from Run The Jewels 3 via the Adult Swim Singles programme. Today is a good day. ‘Talk To Me’ is a typically urgent rap banger from Killer Mike & El-P and features the latter rapping that “my dick has a Michelin star”. Download to it here. Watch… Read more »

Posted on October 24th, 2016

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Hare Squead dropped their major label debut single in June and since then the Dublin trio have been making their moves into the UK and Europe music consciousness via a support tour with Dua Lipa. ‘Long Way To Go’, their second single on Columbia Records, is typical of the alchemic soul pop that rappers Tony… Read more »

Posted on October 14th, 2016

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2016’s best dudeAnderson .Paak continues his winning streak with more new music from his collaboration with Knxwledge as NxWorries. The album called Yes Lawd!, (a popular Paak phrase) is out in October on Stones Throw. ‘Lyk Dis’ is built on a warm beat production by Knzwledge (this is characteristically Stones Throw if you ask me), while Paak… Read more »

Posted on September 20th, 2016

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