By Johnathan Ramsay
Welcome to the second instalment of Hip-Hop NEws. It’s that time of the week again, time to get stuck into some new music and find out what the North East hip-hop scene has to offer up in the coming week. This week we’ve tried to get a little more input from some artists from the scene, because at the end of the day, these people are what it’s all about.
We’re striving to make this feature better every week, so if you have any suggestions, if you’d like to contribute or tell us what we’ve missed then don’t hesitate to hit us up on Facebook.
Eyeconic – Sink Or Swim
This past week saw the release of Sink or Swim, a stylish studio album – sonically and visually, by Eyeconic. Reppin’ for Poland and Tees Grime Family, Eyeconic has created a unique sound unlike that of any other artist in the North East. Fusing grime and trap beats with catchy hooks, this album is one of my personal favourites of the year so far. Stand-out bangers ‘S.O.S’, ‘Lewandowski’ and ‘Spit One Lyric’ are worthy of mainstream acclaim.
The Great and The Magnificent – Rebirth. Life. Death.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It’s the dynamic duo The Great Baron Von Alias & The Magnificent MistaBreeze back with a new album. Billed as a follow up to their 2010 album The Great & The Magnificent (better late than never lads), REBIRTH. LIFE. DEATH. is a rollercoaster of an album from the up-beat battle cry of ‘It’s On’ to the dark tones of ‘Twelve Midnight’. Everyone loves a rollercoaster though right?
Emilio Parker – He Thinks
After releasing his first EP, 96% unloading, back in July, Emilio Parker hasn’t stopped working, dropping another new single, ‘He Thinks’, a hard-hitting track fuelled by raw passion and aggression. We spoke to Emilio to find out what he’s all about and why he sounds so angry on his tracks.
“My perspectives on life in general influence me to make music without lies and with next to no exaggeration. What you see is what you get, like it or lump it.
“The reason I sound so angry on tracks is because I don’t sugar coat the situations or the topics I talk about in my tracks. I like to put my personality into my music, wear my heart on my sleeve. Basically, I say what I mean and I mean what I say.”
Yung Hydro of Tees Grime Family is back on the grind, dropping extended cut visuals of his track ‘Lifestyle’. The Tees Grime Fam lads seem to be changing things up to top gear in 2017, definitely a collective that aren’t to be slept on.
Now for a little something different, NATO takes us with him on a trip to the shops.
GIGS AND EVENTS:
This coming Saturday sees both Newcastle and Sunderland hosting exciting events featuring some of the best artists NE hip-hop has to offer.
The Summer Punch Ball at Riverside Newcastle is set to be one of the biggest parties on the NE hip-hop calendar. Starting at 3.30PM and with DJ’s spinning until 1AM, it’s an all-day session with food, drink and of course music. Sagaboi, Kay Greyson and Jister will be performing at the Garden Stage, three diverse acts that are more than worth seeing live.
Local music month is in full swing over at The Root Music, head over there for some juicy interviews and fresh new music from the scene.
New music on the way from young Eum. and NATO? Lets hope so, the duo appear to have linked up to lay down a few tracks. Excited to see what comes from this collaboration.
Thanks again for reading, please like, share and give us your input! We’ll leave you with this from 90BRO…