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    ‘Ard Times- Cobbled Streets (Sep, 2005) This EP begin's with 'What's It Worth?' a track that sounds like a third rate Eminem production. It's intro is slow and drawn out. Once the vocals eventually comes in, ...

    12″ Matter- Sunshine Coast (Jan, 2006) Out on Evil Ed's H.I.D Productions, this 7" includes the original 'Sunshine Coast' featuring Montague, alongside an Evil Ed remix. The first track's produced by Edit and Medici and is ...

    @irklipz- Free (Oct, 2005) This rapper hasn't got the most amazing voice or flow, nor does he show much talent in the way of lyricism. The beats sound very much computer generated, and have ...

    Aaron Midnyte- Revision Vol.2 (Mar, 2006) Out on Under The Cap Productions and produced entirely by Cappo, this 'demo' album consists of fourteen varied tracks, from the underwhelming 'Intro' to the enjoyably understated 'Get Stuffed' and ...

    Aasim- The Money Pit (Jun, 2005) 'The Money Pit' is a collection of 15 self produced tracks, ahead of a debut album which is currently in the works and will feature production by Nottz (Busta Rhymes, ...

    Abdominal & DJ Fase- A Good Day (Aug, 2004) 'A Good Day' is yet another great conceptual offering by Abdominal and the producer of his soon to be re-released EP DJ Fase. The first of two new tracks from ...

    Abstract Mindstate- Nostalgia (Jan, 2006) Out on 4 The Soul Reciprocity, 'Nostalgia' is a solid but slightly generic track by the US based male/female rap duo of Ice Gre and Eboney Poetress The Hellcat, featuring ...

    Acarine- Call It On (Sep, 2004) Acarine are the two man group on CNR Records comprised of Lusty and Brett who in the past year have featured in a forthcoming Elijah Woods film, performed at the ...

    Acarine- God Shoots, Jesus Save’s (Jun, 2004) This limited edition 7", God Shoots, Jesus Save's/Pig In The Middle, comes from the newly signed artists to RoadRunner records, who have featured in and contributed to the soundtrack of ...

    Aesop Rock- Bazooka Tooth (Oct, 2003) Aesop Rock’s latest full length album ‘Bazooka Tooth’, the follow up to 2001’s critically acclaimed ‘Labor Days’ picks up from where the deep voiced MC of Def Jux records left ...

    Aesop Rock-None Shall Pass (Jul, 2007) Def Jux's Aesop Rock has returned with a very suprising track, as it's not over a manic production of robotic machines, and you can sort of understand the verses he ...

    AfroSaxon- New England (Jan, 2005) 'New England' by AfroSaxon, the Bristol based crew, is an album quite individual in vocal and production style in comparison to the majority of the Uk scene's output. From the ...

    Aftershock- Shock To The System (Apr, 2007) The Aftershock crew ConsistS of Terror Danjah, Bruza, Elrae, Gemma Fox, Tinie Tempah, Royal D.E.Velopment, 2 Nice, Badness, MZ Brat, Krucial, D.O.J, Specs, Joci, Flash and Loudmouf. They've all come ...

    Akira The Don- Oh! What A Glorious Thing / Boom (Sep, 2006) We at Rapnews love Akira The Don. Not in a gay way, we just think he's quite the character and that his music is refreshingly full of personality. No surprises ...

    Akira The Don- When We Were Young (Oct, 2006) You may have heard of Akira The Don when he got signed by Interscope and had lots and lots written about him. Or, you've took a break from browsing porn ...

    Andy Smith- Freestyle Mix (Sep, 2006) If you're into your breaks, look no further than this new release, out on Freestyle Records. The DJ skills here are of a very high standard and the choices of ...

    Arro- About Time (Jun, 2004) 'About Time' is the three track, long awaited debut EP from >aRRO, an MC from Gateshead, previously heard as part of his old crew Miniature Heroes from Leeds and recently, ...

    Artcha- Therapy Sessions (Jan, 2007) Produced by a variety of fairly unfamiliar names including Mr Soundz, The Schizofreniks and Charmer, this is the debut offering by Artcha, as we're made aware of in the fairly ...

    Asaviour- Play 2 Win Vol.1 (Nov, 2005) Out on Savingrace Music and mixed by DJ IQ, the first volume of Asaviour's 'Play 2 Win' mixtape series is jam packed with tons of familiar and exclusive tunes, including ...

    Aspects- Mystery Theatre (Jul, 2004) By far the most artistic and musical UK release of the year so far, Mystery Theatre?, the second album from Bristol based group Aspects is a collection of thirteen extremely ...

    Aspects- Rock Rap (Jan, 2005) The Rockrap mix CD from the awfully under appreciated Aspects is an action packed hour of lots of heavy guitars, beat boxing, female soul vocals, remixes of album tracks from ...

    Asylum Seekas- Don’t Shoot Me (Jan, 2006) Asylum Seekas are based in the Channel Islands and consist of producer and DJ Mini Roll and rappers Jimmy Riddles and Patrick Bateman, although only Riddles seems to be present ...

    Awekid- Error Tape (Jun, 2006) 'Error Tape' is a limited edition promotional CD by Ejectorseat Records DJ Awekid and features a range of guest spots including Mikey T, Stylah, Shameless and Wandan. It's a tight ...

    Baby J- F.T.P (Sep, 2005) Baby J has produced lots in the past and has received praise for it, most notably the work he did for Skinnyman's album 'Council Estate of Mind'. It was his ...

    Baby J- For The People Mixtape (Jul, 2006) Comprised of over 60 guest vocalists, each dropping just one verse, this release is good stuff, full of many great moments including appearances by Lowkey, Klashnekoff, Poisonous Poets and tons ...

    Baby J- FTP 2; Fight The Power (Sep, 2006) Derby's Baby J certainly keeps busy. It wasn't long ago that he had just produced Blade's entire 'Guerilla Tactics' album. Then came the solo album 'FTP' followed by a heavy ...

    Baron Samedi- Ripping Yarns (Jun, 2006) A note to all record labels sending out press releases; don't over sell a product. Samedi isn't the best emcee in Europe or 'maybe the world' and isn't 'widely regarded ...

    Bashy- The Chupa Chups Mixtape (Mar, 2007) After a very long break, Bashy's finally back with the follow up to his popular debut CD 'Your Mum Vol.1', but was it worth the wait? Well, kinda. There's entertaining ...

    Beastie Boys (Jan, 2005) Wembley Arena November 2004 The multitude of talent that the Beastie Boys have is such, that as a group they have swayed from a golden era rap style to punk ...

    Beastie Boys- Ch-Check It Out (Apr, 2004) This is three minutes and ten seconds of classic Beastie Boys, showcasing their usual vocals over sounds and samples that have come to be expected of them over the years. ...

    Beastie Boys- To The 5 Borough’s (Jun, 2004) Writing this review has been a tough job. Not because I've struggled to find anything good to say about it, rather the opposite. There's so many moments that I'm extremely ...

    Beezwax- Black Clouds / On Guard (Feb, 2007) Dropping on Out In The West Records, Paris born Beezwax delivers another healthy 12" featuring a selection of tight UK rappers in the form of Skriblah on the A side ...

    Beezwax- Dead Strangers / What’s Poppin’ Remix (Oct, 2006) The first solo release by producer Beezwax, 'Dead Stranger' is a laid back track of a western feel due to it's guitar sample. Mickey Stix and Keys contribute vocals which ...

    Benjamin Zephania – Naked (Mar, 2005) Naked, by Benjamin Zephaniah, is an enjoyable and interesting collection of eleven tracks, consisting of a variety of vocal approaches and musical leanings. From an artist which has been exploring ...

    Billy Brimstone- Keep It Live (Jul, 2005) Jehst returns on this YNR Productions 7" as alter-ego Billy Brimstone, in impressive fashion. The self produced track, just under three minutes long, has an infectious beat which is accompanied ...

    Black Grass- A Hundred Days In One (Jul, 2006) Having opened for the likes of Jurassic 5, Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash, you'd think Black Grass AKA Mez, to be one educated DJ when it came to his own ...

    Blackalicious- 4/20 Live In Seattle (Apr, 2007) As far as music DVD’s go, the market has been flooded with mixtape style insights into the underground scene over the last few year,s with concert offerings few and far ...

    Blackbeard- Red Lamp/Old Man (May, 2005) This vinyl consists of two tracks from the recent Funk Mode compilation. Out on Scenario Records, it's an extremely soulful and funky instrumental affair, ideal for DJ's looking for new ...

    Blade- Guerrilla Tactics (Feb, 2006) Out on his own 691 Influential label, Blade provides another album which demonstrates his admirable perseverance and work ethic. Baby J handles the beats for the entire project and guests ...

    Blade- Reflection (Oct, 2004) If Blade's current LP is the brewing of the storm, this 12" release is the dirty grey cloud in the sky, pouring down shit loads of hail stones and striking ...

    Blade- Storms Are Brewing (Mar, 2004) There’s no guest vocalist and almost no guest production. This is an independent affair in the truest form. Not surprising then, that by the end of the album you’re left ...

    Blak Twang- The Rotton Club (Mar, 2005) It took me a couple of listens to get fully into, but I concluded that this is an enjoyable and solid album, covered from beginning to end with interesting subject ...

    Blaktrix- Strappado (Feb, 2005) Gentle and relaxing sounds begin this ten track EP by Associated Minds artist Blaktrix. The intro is chilled, and features female vocals which create a sleepy and laid back vibe ...

    Blaktrix- Trust (Nov, 2005) 'Trust' is Blaktrix's second EP, out on Dial Up Records and contains six tracks in all, providing a variety of lyrical approaches and angles of production. Whilst the opening track ...

    Blufoot- The Ablution (Apr, 2005) The album begins in a police station's interview room as an officer asks Blufoot about the weed they found at his yard. The questioning is mixed up with some high ...

    Blunted Needles- Sharpest Tool In The Box (Oct, 2006) Rhyming review, now that's impressive; There I was thinking that Underground Alliance was basically no more, when this little beauty came through the door. Featuring Plan B, Foreign Beggars, Skinnyman and ...

    Braintax- Panorama (Sep, 2006) It took half a decade but it's finally here. Following up the critically acclaimed 'Biro Funk' comes 'Panorama', Braintax's highly anticipated return to the long player, and boy has the ...

    Braintax- Run The Yards / Last Tenner (Sep, 2006) It's been five years since Braintax has dropped an album but the awfully long wait is almost over. Ahead of the highly anticipated second album comes its lead single, a ...

    Bruza- So Real (May, 2006) Within a few seconds of ‘So Real’ it's clear that the beat's gonna be enjoyable and Bruza is full of character and flow. The East London rapper rhymes enjoyably over ...

    Bucket Of B-Sides (Jan, 2006) The latest release from the Def Jux camp is a compilation of b-sides and rare tracks that spans the last six years of the labels’ existence. While originally released exclusively ...

    Bugs In The Attic- Move Aside (Jun, 2006) 'Move Aside' by Bugs In The Attic sounds remarkably fresh yet something that'd fit perfectly into an old skool hiphop scene via Dr. Who's tardis. The drums are great, the ...

    Bugz In The Attic- Back In The Dog House (Jun, 2006) For the past ten years, Bugz In The Attic have been working their remix magic and DJ skills, building up a lot of respect and recognition within the music scene. ...

    Butta Verses- It Goes (Round And Round) (Apr, 2006) Butta Verses grew up in the Bronx and now calls Florida home. He's signed to Beat Mountain Entertainment which is run by De La Soul artist Maseo, and has been ...

    C-Mone- Second After Second/Article 5 (Dec, 2005) Ahead of the full length debut album dropping in February, Son Records give us this great single release from Nottingham's, and quite possibly the whole of England's freshest female rapper. ...

    C-Mone- The Butterfly Effect (Feb, 2006) Nottingham's C-Mone comes correct on this Son Records release and her debut album which follows her win at the UK Hiphop Awards and several strong EP's, which have already gained ...

    C-Rayz Walz- R’thentic (May, 2005) Fresh from touring with the likes of The Pharcyde, The Executioners, Mob Deep and Raekwon for the past 18 months, C-Rayz of the Definitve Jux record label drops the lead ...

    Cage- Hell’s Winter (Jul, 2005) Def Jux records seems like the perfect home for Cage, who has been building up a forever growing fanbase for some time, with the likes of underground smashes like 'Agent ...

    Classified- Trial And Error (Jul, 2004) Trial and Error is the self produced, debut UK release from Canadian, MTV play-listed and UMA awards nominated artist Classified with guest appearances from DL Incognito, J-Bru, Bonshah, Spesh K ...

    Coldcut- True Skool Feat. Roots Manuva (Mar, 2006) The immoral biting of Jehst's 'Nuke Proof Suit' video aside, this is an enjoyable release with a well produced album version and tons of remixes squeezed in. Roots Manuva's guest ...

    Combined Mentalz- The Fundamentalz (Sep, 2005) Producer and emcee Baron Synback, and fellow rapper Reinforcer, make up the North London duo 'Combined Mentalz' and this is their debut EP out now on Receptor Records. The guys ...

    Common Live at Club Quattro (Osaka, Japan) (Nov, 2005) The first time hip-hop fans heard Japanese lyrics by the artist Common Sense (simply referred to as Common) was in his ode to pimpin, “Heat" off "Like Water For Chocolate" ...

    Concentration Camp- Check Da Broadcast (Oct, 2004) 'Check Da Broadcast' by Concentration Camp, out on the label Smokin Mics is produced by General Aslan and features Kinetiks, R-Text, J Khan and Aslan. The beat is dark and ...

    Conspicuous The Coroner- Backgammon (Sep, 2005) A track by track summary of 'Backgammon' by Conspicuous The Coroner of The Colony, out on Ottomanelfmusic. The high quality production values of this album slap you in the face from ...

    Conspicuous- Dictionary Meaning Revisited (Feb, 2005) After a humorous intro of someone getting fooled by an answer machine, we begin this EP with 'What's Next?!' produced by Conspicuous himself. The beat is tight, built up with ...

    Coopz- 22 Years Of Strife (Nov, 2004) '22 Years of Strife' by Coopz is an impressive debut album with vocals of personality and skill on top of production which provides a variety of paces, sounds and intensities. ...

    Cut Chemist- The Litmus Test (Jul, 2004) The Litmus Test is a 28 minutes mix of 'everything you thought you heard' and one of the most enjoyable purchases a fan of Cut Chemist's group Jurassic 5 could ...

    Dabrye- Two / Three (May, 2006) Once the awfully tedious opening track featuring Wildchild is out the way, this solid debut album gets interesting with the MF Doom featuring 'Air' which has a fantastic beat worth ...

    Daddy Jaes- Tomorrow’s World Today (Apr, 2004) 'Music was my first love and it will be my last' begins this fourteen track album by Daddy Jaes featuring the vocals of Antidote, Dandy, GenieDon and P.A.C of Cafe ...

    Dap C- Walking In The Rain (Jul, 2005) NGU's second release is this double A side single from ex Sin Nombre artist Dap C. Unfortunately, 'Walking In The Rain' incorporates a high pitched soul sample which like a ...

    Dap-C- N.G.U Radio Part 3 (Nov, 2005) The problem with jacking instrumentals of huge hits by the likes of Dead Prez and Kanye West is that if the original vocals aren't up to scratch, the material is ...

    Darkcraftsmen- No Shadow On Your Sundial (Apr, 2005) High quality production, interesting accents and a variety of vibes make this an enjoyable CD with lots of playback value, and appeal for a mixture of heads. The stand out ...

    Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (Sep, 2006) It figures that one of the best music events line up wise would result in the most entertaining live hiphop DVD that's ever been seen. From the behind the scenes ...

    Dday One- Loop Extensions (Feb, 2006) Out on the very busy Needleword Records comes another industrial style instrumental album full of high quality atmosphere driven tracks which at the same time as sounding quite heavy and ...

    Dead Prez- Revolutionary But Gangsta (Sep, 2003) With political hiphop artists, things are never going to be simple. That’s why just as the highly anticipated follow up to the awesome ‘Let’s Get Free’ album is about to ...

    Def Tex- Freaks (Apr, 2005) This quarter marks the release of the Norfolk crew's three track EP, ‘Freaks’. It all begins with the interesting sounding ‘Freaks’ produced by themselves. The beat’s quite simple but has ...

    Demon Boyz- Recognition (Mar, 2007) Being re-released through Suspect Packages, this one's for the UK hiphop nerds and old timers out there. Originally released on 'Music Of Life' back in 1989, this is another chance ...

    Deprogrammed Productions- Friends Of The Family (Mar, 2004) ‘Friends Of The Family’ by Deprogrammed Productions begins with one of the funniest hip-hop moment’s I’ve heard for a long time. Pimp Cresswood makes a guest appearance to introduce the ...

    Dirty Canvas (Sep, 2006) Sorry to make you feel bad that you weren’t there, but Dirty Canvas was an extremely heavy night. We rolled straight through on guest list like special people, then it ...

    Dirty Diggers- Freakishly Strong (Nov, 2005) Dirty Diggers aren't the most amazing lyricists or rappers and their production isn't exactly ground breaking or innovate. Yet, this album is one of the freshest releases in a long ...

    Dizzee Rascal- Maths And English (Jun, 2007) Dizzee's long awaited third album kicks of with 'World Outside', a nice and reflective introduction which makes the first few beats of 'Pussyhole' sound incredibly powerful. 'Sirens' is the lead ...

    Dizzee Rascal- Sirens (May, 2007) Taken from the long awaited 'Maths And English' album, 'Sirens' is an impressive comeback with a fantastic Hiphop flavoured beat tinted with heavy guitars and drums. Rascal's character and flow ...

    DJ 563- What’s Real? (Jul, 2004) 'What's Real?' by DJ 563 is a mix tape of a great selection of tracks, mainly from the mid nineties which are smoothly glued together and arranged to provide a ...

    DJ Excalibah- The Ex Files: Document 1 (Feb, 2005) Sound bites from the likes of Masta Ace, Mystro, Chuck D, Talib Kweli and many more, begin the 22 track mix CD 'The Ex Files: Document 1' mixed by the ...

    DJ Format- 3 Feet Deep (Mar, 2005) It's a pleasure to have DJ Format back, and accompanied once more with MC Abdominal. There's a vibe to their music which few, if any other people are matching. The ...

    DJ Format- If You Can’t Join Em…Beat Em (Apr, 2005) Playing it safe, DJ Format demonstrates how appropriate his artist name is, following up his fantastic debut album by again featuring guest vocalists Abdominal and the Jurassic 5 members Carli ...

    DJ Format- Liverpool Carling Academy (May, 2005) Sunday 8th May, 2005 @ Carling Academy, Liverpool. The fans of Brighton based DJ Format and his Canadian co-horts MC Abdominal and D-Sisive, always point out how original they are amongst ...

    DJ IQ – Live! From The Sofa (Aug, 2007) IQ's work ethic is pretty bloody impressive and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. A quick follow up to his debut LP 'Brainfood', this one's another enjoyable listen, ...

    DJ IQ- Brainfood Allstars / Kaleidoscopes & Tightropes (Feb, 2007) Out on Mancan records on the 5th of March, this is the second single to be taken from IQ's 'Brainfood' album. Featuring an impressive bunch of UK hiphop favourites, 'Brainfood ...

    DJ IQ- The Official Vol.3 (Apr, 2006) DJ IQ certainly keeps busy. He's put out a healthy number of releases to date, tours all the time with Jehst and Asaviour, and puts in work on his forthcoming ...

    DJ Jazzy Jeff- Hip Hop Forever III (Oct, 2006) You could argue that similar compilations have been dropping way too frequently throughout the last few years, but if you've got some cash to spare or consider yourself to be ...

    DJ Lex- RnB In The 90’s (Jan, 2006) The idea of this mix CD is pretty neat; a walkthrough of the most radio orientanted RnB jams of yester-year. It's always nice to be taken back a few years, ...

    DJ Mentat Feat. Skinnyman- When I Give My Heart To You (Sep, 2005) Easily one of the top UK hiphop tunes of the past year, this track has been floating around for quite some time now, be it on radio which gave it ...

    DJ Moodie/Various- Construction Skillz (Apr, 2005) Just a glimpse of the track listings on the smart artwork gives a loud indication that this is an album jam packed with dope artists and tracks. The likes of ...

    DJ Nonames- Beggar’s Brew (Sep, 2006) The Foreign Beggars are a talented bunch. Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis are names that always crop up in discussions on UK hiphop's best rappers. Likewise, Schlomo's always referenced in a ...

    DJ Nu-mark/Pomo- Blend Crafters Vol.1 (Jul, 2004) Blend Crafters is an all instrumental journey driven entirely by DJ Nu-mark besides from the two tracks contributed by Pomo. The album consists of ten songs and one interlude and ...

    DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist – Product Placement (Aug, 2004) Product Placement is roughly a one hour compilation of the recordings of 45 Cut Chemist/DJ Shadow sets which took place within six cities. Across the hour, viewers get a chance ...

    DJ Skully & Klashnekoff- Focus Mode (Oct, 2005) As far as UK hip-hop releases go, 'The Sagas Of Klashnekoff' was pretty big, not to mention the success of it's heaviest track, the scene classic 'It's Murda' which to ...

    DJ Supreme Presents; Turntable Trixters. (Hijack 1986-1992) (Jan, 2006) This DVD is a fantastic history lesson about one of the most important and influential UK hiphop groups to have ever put out music. With tons of first person accounts ...

    DJ Wonder- Welcome To Wonderland (Oct, 2006) Strong, well structured albums don't come along too often in the sectors of Grime and Dubstep music, so it's really refreshing to hear this fourteen track, long awaited debut album ...

    Doc Brown- Citizen Smith Vol 2: Nothing To Lose (Sep, 2006) Doc Brown must be one of the most consistent UK hiphop artists the scene's ever heard. With volume one of the 'Citizen Smith' mix CD series and his heavy debut ...

    Doc Brown- The Document (Jan, 2005) The Document is a very well rounded, confident collection of tracks, showcasing a very listenable rapper who impresses over a selection of solid and captivating beats. There's very few, if ...

    Double E- Road 2 Improvement (Sep, 2006) Here's a sixteen track debut album which probably could have done with a few more mix CD's or EP's prior to its release. The rapping's alright and there's some decent ...

    DPF- Still Flossin (Sep, 2005) The Norwich based DPF begins this, his second EP, out on Son Records, with the flute based 'All Worked Out'. It's produced b Mr. Laws, has cuts by Tags and ...

    Dr Rubberfunk- Watch The Tables Turn (Feb, 2006) Featuring London female MC Sara J, 'Watch The Tables Turn' is an extremely funky slice of sound comprised of great live drums and a warm guitar. Whilst the production is ...

    Dr. Octagon- Aliens (Jun, 2006) Your favourite crazy dude is back once more. This time round Kool Keith has reignited his Dr. Octagon alias for an album suitably titled 'The Return of Dr. Octagon', produced ...

    Dr. Rubberfunk- Riding With The Ratman (May, 2006) 'Riding With The Ratman' punches you hard in the face with a fist of funk. The production is fantastic, taking you right back to who knows when. There's sexy electric ...

    Dr. Syntax- Sub-Cultures (Jul, 2006) 'Sub-Cultures' is an enjoyable track full of punch lines about the many different types of people in society. Syntax's vocals are as expressive and unique as usual, reminding us why ...

    Dubbledge- Fist Of Jah! (May, 2006) 'Fist Of Jah!' is the heavy mix CD by Dubbledge, a rapper with tons of character in his voice and ability in his flow. Events begin with 'Perfect Beatbox' featuring ...

    Dynamite MC- Big Man Talk (Jul, 2006) Considering this is a mix CD, it's all the more impressive. The track listing is real strong and feels like an album, with a wealth of well produced and performed ...

    Ed mecija- Ed mecija (May, 2006) This self titled five track album begins with the laid back production of 'Beatiful Friend' which the LA rapper laces with vivid storytelling. 'For Coolidge' continues the relaxing beats and ...

    ED209- Stayexstatic (Feb, 2007) After the atmospheric intro 'Ave Atque Vale', this new ED209 release kicks off proper with 'Black Thorn Rose' featuring the vocals of Manchester's Konny Kon. Over a typically heavy, industrial ...

    ED209- Stillexstatic (Jul, 2004) Out of the blue this week the 'Stillexstatic EP' from (ED) 209 dropped through my letter box. Keen to see what it was all about, I slapped it straight into ...

    Eibol-Karma Kingdom (Dec, 2005) 'Karma Kingdom' is the debut album by Fingerprint Records main man and Neanderthal Youth member Eibol. Having heard the dope Neanderthal Youth material a while ago, I was pretty excited ...

    Eighteen18- Body Armour (Mar, 2006) Out on Northbridge Records, 'Body Armour' is simply one of the most artistic and fulfilling releases the UK hiphop scene has generated for way too long. The production is of ...

    El-P- Flyentology (Feb, 2007) 'Flyentology' is the lead single to be taken from the forthcoming album 'I'll Sleep When You're Dead', a project highly anticipated by El-P fans who remember how great 'Fantastic Damage' ...

    El-P- I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (Mar, 2007) This highly anticipated second solo album by Def Jux founder El-P is nothing short of the masterpiece which fans have been waiting for and expecting throughout the past few years ...

    Emmanuel- D’lllusions of Grandeur (Jan, 2006) An album by a producer with such an impressive CV of material was always going to be a classy affair, and that this is, with guest appearances from impressive names ...

    English – Attack Of The Killer Loops (Sep, 2007) Besides from the great title here is the tight rapping and admirable inclusion of Grime artists alongside more traditional sides of UK rap. There's a long tracklist so there's inevitably ...

    Ennicee- Mind Mechanics (Jul, 2005) The whole 'I'm a crazy twisted rapper' thing is far beyond outdated and quite uninspiring and non-entertaining these days. Since the mid 90's, the American underground has been drenched with ...

    Essa/YunGun – Push (Apr, 2004) First of all, Essa/Young Gun is fast becoming popular within the UK hip hop scene, ever since his limited edition white label ‘straight jack it’ where he used beats from ...

    Evidence- The Weatherman LP (Apr, 2007) Long term Dilated People MC Evidence goes it alone with this debut solo album on All City Music, a big collection of tracks featuring production by The Alchemist and guest ...

    Evil Ed & K-Delight- Live From Outer Space (Oct, 2006) Recorded live in just one take, this is a diverse mix featuring all sorts, from well known records and breaks to obscure movie soundtrack samples and lots more. If turntablism ...

    Evil ED- The Enthusiast (Nov, 2004) Reviewing an album which features 20 odd rappers and a couple of DJ's is a bit of a headache for the scribe. Especially when the time comes to pick out ...

    Example- I Don’t Want To / Loneliness Costs (Dec, 2005) This 12" release, out in February, features the rapping of Fulham's Example and the production of Rusher. It's the freshest and most enjoyable release to land on the desk of ...

    Example- We Didn’t Invent The Remix (Mar, 2007) A few years back P.Diddy, clad in shiny suit, decided to announce that he invented the remix and dropped an album of Bad Boy re-workings. Typically British, you won't be ...

    Excalibah- UK Dubstate Mixtape (Dec, 2005) It saddened everyone when the BBC made the retarded move to cut 'Tales From The Legend' from their already misrepresentative schedule 'dedicated' to black music, but luckily Excalibah isn't intending ...

    Explicit- Directionz (Jul, 2004) 'Directionz' EP by Explicit is an eight track release from a young, focused and talented duo which in all honesty, is one of the most enjoyable promo's I've ever been ...

    Face- Ladies (Sep, 2006) Out on the newly formed Brown Punk label, backed by Bristol legend Tricky and much respected label executive Chris Blackwell, Face of So Solid Crew fame releases 'Ladies', a fast ...

    Fallacy – Black Market Boy (Jun, 2003) At the very beginning of this debut album Fallacy makes some impressive claims. On the title track he informs the listeners that they will know him 'real well' by the ...

    Fat Club- Destroy All Heroes/Still Startin’ Shit (Feb, 2006) In similar fashion to Outkast's most recent double album, Fat Club duo Mr Monk and Steve Gough have decided to do a solo disc each and slap it together as ...

    Fat Club- The Leftovers (May, 2005) The beginning of this album scared me a lot with a long sample of a corny crooner pouring his aching heart down the microphone. I had visions of ripped jeans, ...

    Fat Club- Venomus Tongues (Oct, 2004) The cover art and group name alone set the listener up nicely for a little giggle, but once the play button is pressed, it's non stop entertainment from then on. ...

    Final Element- Da Coming/Da Launch Pad (Jul, 2005) In view of the recent quality of promo's I've been sent to review, it made a change to be handed these two CD's on Batcisum Records. I didn't know a ...

    Fireworkz- Hold It Down (Jan, 2007) We've been familiar with this sick tune for quite a while now, be it via the extremely impressive video or the Dubplate Drama soundtrack. Late Febuary finally sees it get ...

    First Aid- Devon Cream / Escapology (Sep, 2006) Taken from his long awaited debut album, 'Devon Cream' is the first single by producer First Aid, featuring the vocals of MCD and Rodney P. Whilst the beat's a great ...

    First Man- Thinking Out Loud (Jun, 2007) Out on Silent Sounds, 'Thinking Out Loud' is an EP release by producer First Man, featuring guest spots by Skinnyman, Tali, Blak Twang, Ayak and Yungun. Whilst most of the ...

    First Rate- Walky Talkyz (Apr, 2005) This strong collection of DJ First Rate produced tracks begins with a really enjoyable intro which has some cool singing and a nice beat. That rolls into 'Barfight' which features ...

    Focused Few- Mars And Back (Apr, 2005) Focused Few is an eight piece hip-hop collective from London, signed to Dented Records, alongside the mightly Foreign Beggars. This is their forthcoming EP, hitting the shelves in July, which ...

    Foreign Beggars, Jazz Cafe (Dec, 2005) I had my reservations about catching one of the UK’s hottest Hip Hop acts play out live to, no offence, a slightly suspect Jazz Café crowd. It’s not a venue ...

    Foreign Beggars- Let Go (Oct, 2005) One of the tightest and most loved UK hip-hop crews return with this brand new single 'Let Go'. Produced by Dag Nabbit, guest rapper Wildchild joins group members Orifice Vulgatron, ...

    Foreign Beggars- Slow Broiled Ilk (Mar, 2006) You shouldn't take anything for granted in hiphop but it's hard not to expect high quality with each new Foreign Beggars release because their catalogue of material speaks volumes. This ...

    Foreign Beggars- Spray Point Agenda (Sep, 2006) The Foreign Beggars crew have been real popular for a few years now, having dropped a very strong debut album in 'Asylum Speakers' and built a reputation for their energetic ...

    G Force Alliance- Episode 1: The Unification (Jul, 2005) 'Episode 1: The Unification' is the debut album by G Force Alliance, a collective of hip-hop artists from the UK and the USA who share a faith in Christ and ...

    Genesis Elijah- Deh Pon Road (May, 2005) Rapnews.co.uk drop a world exclusive review of the forthcoming album by the young South London rapper. Check out the interviews section for an interview with the artist reviewed here. Genesis Elijah, real ...

    Genesis Elijah- The Industrial Revolution (Sep, 2006) Besides from its press release not name checking Rapnews and instead quoting very dodge web mess, this is another heavy release from Genesis Elijah, the guy we interviewed and reviewed ...

    Gentleman- Caan Hold Us Down (Jul, 2006) Well this isn't hiphop, but I have been getting a hell of a suntan with all this sky niceness, so I'm in a good mood and will give you a ...

    George Lois- Ali Rap (Dec, 2006) Whilst this is a great book, simply because it compiles great quote after quote by a worldwide recognised icon, it has many major flaws. Firstly, whilst the book revolves around ...

    Ghost- Basic Instinct (Oct, 2006) Taken from his well received debut album 'Seldom Seen, Often Heard' this is the next Ghost produced single to be released on Breakin Bread. Featuring the vocal talents of Abstract ...

    Ghost- Seldom Seen Often Heard (Feb, 2006) Ghost kicks of his album with its title track, a really moody but great piece of music with quality verses laid down by Verb T, Asaviour and most impressively, Kashmere. ...

    Gilead 7- The Darkroom (Dec, 2005) Chicago's Gilead 7 begins this album with 'Rules Of Darkroom', a track of hard old skool drums and an extremely noisy Scottish vibe thanks to the awfully loud and annoying ...

    GM Baby- Pains Of Life (Jan, 2004) 'Pains Of Life' the EP by the thoughtfully named GM Baby is five tracks of emotive subject matter and innovative production. The vocals showcase comfortable and capable talent and the ...

    Gold Digging – As Sampled By Tupac (Sep, 2006) The whole idea of this album seems pretty strange to the not so obsessive Tupac Shakur fan, although there's probably hardcore fans out there that will enjoy this. Here we ...

    Goonda-Raj & Yamboy- The Hunger EP (Jan, 2006) In comparison to Yamboy's first offering, this is around 300% better in terms of vocals, song concepts and production. Perhaps that's the extra presence of Goonda-Raj, either way, it seems ...

    Gorillaz- Demon Days (May, 2005) Demon Days features more ‘celebs’ than a Saturday night on ITV. Unlike that cheap trash, the Gorillaz superb second offering will stand the test of time. When Jade Goody is ...

    Grade One- Grade One’s Beats (Nov, 2005) 'Grade One's Beats' is a collection of ten tracks that the Foot Soldiers beat maker has created. Each track includes the acapella of a well known US song by the ...

    Graffiti NYC (Sep, 2006) Comprised of an immense number of really impressively captured photographs and a diverse range of quotes by many established and younger graffiti artists, this new book out on Prestel, is ...

    Gum Drop- Sinking Feeling (Sep, 2005) Gum Drop is the combination of producer Rob Mac and vocalist Randolph Matthews. Matt Smooth does some drumming and Lucy Wilkins handles violin, although I didn't really notice any on ...

    Gym Class Heroes (Feb, 2007) Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth 4th feb Gym Class Heroes have been labeled in some quarters as 'emo Hip-Hop'. Judging by the amount of teenagers clad in skinny jeans at the Wedgewood Rooms, ...

    Gym Class Heroes- As Cruel As School Children (Sep, 2006) Out on Decaydance and Fueled By Ramen, 'As Cruel As School Children' follows the group's previous album 'Papercut Chronicles' in great fashion, delivering more very well crafted tracks with much ...

    Gym Class Heroes- The Papercut Chronicles (Jan, 2006) Gym Class Heroes are a four piece indie/hiphop band from upstate New York. Much of this, their debut album which follows on from a series of EP's, is great material, ...

    Gym Class Heroes- The Queen And I (Jul, 2006) 'The Queen And I' is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming album 'As Cruel As School Children' which follows up one of the surprise albums of last ...

    Hereldeuke- Greco (Sep, 2006) Featuring Kool Keith, 'Greco' is a pretty experimental and leftfield hiphop track, with a busy beat of hard drums and industrial sounds. The economic female vocals coming in and out ...

    Hi-Tek- Hi-Teknology 2 (Nov, 2006) Featuring an outstanding number of high quality guest appearances including Talib Kweli, The Game, Q- Tip, Busta Rhymes and Papoose, Hi-Tek has done it again and released a stong album ...

    HID Productions- Sampler (May, 2006) Evil ED has been keeping busy with his own label, Hidden Identity Productions, and things are sounding very promising. So far there's been a series of great 7" releases featuring ...

    HKB Finn- Acoustic Afro Hip Hop (Sep, 2005) HKB Finn dabbles in all sorts. Poetry, acting, spoken word performance, and of course rapping. You may have heard of the Son Records released 'Vitalistics', his debut solo album. He's ...

    HKB Finn- Spoken Herbs (Sep, 2006) 'Spoken Herbs' is another well produced and very artistic effort by the UK hiphop legend that is HKB Finn. The album's packed with an array of sounds, from atmospheric spoken ...

    Hoodz Underground- Pass Da Mic / History (Feb, 2007) Taken from their debut album 'Bringin' It Back', 'Pass Da Mic' is the first single produced by newcomer Shad with DJ Looch handling it's cuts. Featuring the vocals of Menace, ...

    Illa Man- The Holy Moley (May, 2006) Out on Buttercuts Records, 'The Holy Moley' is quite surprising in that it sounds nothing like your typical UK hiphop. Things are as gloomy and dark as usual, but the ...

    Immortal Technique- Bin Laden (Remix) (Feb, 2006) It's great to see this get a full blown release, having floated around cyber space to many hiphop head's delight for some time. Immortal Technique drops knowledge as he always ...

    Immortal Technique- Revolutionary Vol.2 (Jan, 2004) The task of reviewing anything to do with the rapper Immortal Technique is overwhelming for any journalist. Where to begin? Perhaps the background information about a nine year old child ...

    Inja & DJ Nappa- Wideopen (Jul, 2006) Delegates Of Culture member Inja has hooked up with Phi Life Cypher's DJ Nappa to follow up his recent 'Scars' EP with a full length album. It's a solid effort, ...

    Inja- Scars (Mar, 2006) Featuring production by DJ Nappa and guest vocals by a very strong cast of Foreign Beggars, Taskforce and Delegates Of Culture, this is a four track EP which any true ...

    Insane Macbeth Feat. The Icepick- True Heart (Jul, 2005) This is a high energy track produced by Insane Macbeth and featuring rapper The Icepick. The beat is a loop based track of strings, and the lyrics lean towards egotism ...

    Inspekt ‘a’ Rhyme- Dreams (Sep, 2006) Out on Spitfire Records, this eight track EP by Nigerian born Inspekt 'a' Rhyme begins with the old skool flavoured 'Don't Fuck Up My High'. The rapping's confident and the ...

    J Dilla- Ruff Draft (Mar, 2007) Drawing upon an array of sounds not usually associated with the late, great J Dilla, 'Ruff Draft' is another enjoyable journey from an artist and producer which will forever be ...

    J Rawls- Soul (Again & Again) (Sep, 2005) By the US based hiphop producer J Rawls who has worked with Beastie Boys, Wordsworth and Masta Ace, this R'n'B number is very chilled and relaxing on the ear. It ...

    Jabba Tha Kut- Nightcrawlers (Oct, 2004) 'Nightcrawlers' by Jabba Tha Kut featuring 20 year old vocalist Suicyde is simple. The track is a straight forward and solid hip-hop beat and the vocals are quality, clear and ...

    Jack Flash- Living Legend (Jan, 2006) Jack Flash is one third of Groundwurq Entertainment, a two MC and one producer crew who formed in Huddersfield in just 2003. They're all signed to Klinik Records and this ...

    Jay-Z at Wembley Arena 24/9 (Sep, 2006) How many shows by US hip-hop artists have you been to that were a crushing disappointment? How many times have you turned up to see one of your idols in ...

    Jehst (May, 2004) The first of May saw Jehsts final performance at Jazz Cafe London in a run of four. The high plains drifter had the crowd worried for a while when the ...

    Jehst – Falling Down (Dec, 2003) The beginning of Jehst’s debut full-length album ‘Falling Down’ is that of one of the most focused ‘Intro’ tracks I’ve heard for a long time. It’s not about making silly ...

    Jehst – The Mengi Bus Mixtape (Sep, 2007) Mixed by DJ IQ and hosted by Sir Smurf Lil, 'The Mengi Bus Mixtape' is the latest offering by Jehst and as always, is one hell of a great release. ...

    Jehst Presents Underworld Epics (Jun, 2006) Here's what we'll be calling one of the best albums of the year as December hits and we look back. Out on Low Life Records, this really smartly packaged album ...

    Jehst- Dynamite Sound (Dec, 2006) Out in late January on YNR, Jehst drops another gem in 'Dynamite Sound', a great break-beat with a nice fast pace which he laces with vintage High Plains Drifter standard ...

    Jehst- Nuke Proof Suit (Nov, 2005) It's been a couple of years now since the introspective 'Falling Down' album was released to very high praise, which was followed up by tons of touring all over the ...

    Jibbarish- Drop Bombs (Oct, 2004) Drop Bombs... A fitting title if there ever was one, this track does just that, the beat is pretty damn explosive, and every single syllable of the vocals packs a punch, ...

    JME- Derkhead/Tropical (Jan, 2007) JME continually puts other artists in the UK scene to shame with his work ethic and just before 2006 was out, he released his 3rd and 4th mix CD of ...

    Jurassic 5 (Aug, 2004) The Forum in Kentish Town last night was the stage upon which Jurassic 5 once again satisfied a sell out London crowd with two DJ sets by Cut Chemist and ...

    Kam- Kam Meets Rockwell (Sep, 2006) First up, some background information. The man they call Kam is from London, previously worked at the much missed Mr. Bongo's record store and now resides at the forever heavy ...

    KaneyKing & Whity- 10/10 (Jul, 2005) Out on the Nottingham based Apolo Recordings, this ten track CD is a mixture of French and UK music featuring Lee Ramsay and others. Whilst I speak no French at ...

    Kano- London Town (Aug, 2007) If Kano's recent mix CD was a hint that the artist was moving further away from the typical Grime sound, his second album 'London Town' is the full blown announcement. ...

    Karl Hinds- Have Patience (Sep, 2004) 'Have Patience' by Karl Hinds is a collection of enjoyable tracks providing a broad range of subject matters. There's lots of stuff to get your teeth into. For instance, there's ...

    Kashmere- In The Hour Of Chaos (Oct, 2006) 'In The Hour Of Chaos' is the debut solo album of UK hiphop heavyweight Kashmere, who's previously released various tracks including an EP on Lowlife Records. This time the label ...

    Keith Lawrence- The Goin’ True EP (May, 2005) After a dancehall intro by Spoonface, things get started on the producers EP with his track 'Let It Be Known' which features Karl Hinds, Seanie-T, Spooonface and Pesci. It's a ...

    Kerfew- What’s The Time? (Jul, 2006) A minute into this album and two problems arise. Firstly, the production is quite synthesized. Secondly, Kerfew's accent isn't exactly what you'd expect from someone born in Leicester, frequently slipping ...

    Kero One- Windmills Of The Soul (Jan, 2006) Kero One is huge in Japan, having toured the country nationwide in 2004 and achieved a number two spot on their HMV and Tower Records hiphop charts. Now it's England's ...

    Kid Koala- Your Mom’s Favorite DJ (Sep, 2006) The press for this was certainly on point in mentioning you could create your own Charlie Chaplin routines to some of the sounds. There's bits of swing, hiphop and many ...

    Kids In Hallz- School Was My Hustle (Jan, 2007) A producer rapper combo signed to Rawkus and with a love for jazz and soul driven beats - sound familiar? While the first foray into releasing music once again from ...

    Kids In Tracksuits- Get Your Kit On (Feb, 2007) Appearing via Dealmaker Records on March the 5th, this is the new EP by Kids In Tracksuits, revisiting the limited edition 7" release of the same name which dropped around ...

    Kids In Tracksuits- Get Your Kit On EP (Feb, 2006) Out on limited edition 7", this three track instrumental EP will be right up the street of hardcore record collectors. 'Uprock Theme' consists of tons of messy scratching and dirty ...

    Kids In Tracksuits- New Kids Rock The Block (Aug, 2006) It's not often you hear music by an artist or group and really wish you had found out about them sooner. That's the case on a listen of this extremely ...

    Kista- Talk With God Feat. Tableek (Mar, 2006) 'Talk With God' is an enjoyably chilled effort which East Coast rapper Kista laces with solid and entertaining vocals. The only downside of the track is that the vinyl crackling ...

    Klashnekoff & Joe Buhdha- My Life (Jan, 2007) This is the first Joe Buhdha produced and Klashnekoff performed single to be taken from what's probably the most highly anticipated UK hiphop project of all time, 'Lionheart; Tussle With ...

    Klashnekoff @ The Gramaphone (Jan, 2008) The Gramaphone Bar was nearly at full capacity when Stylah and fellow Poisonous Poets, Tony D and Reveal walked on stage with their collection of tracks to perform. They started ...

    Klashnekoff- The Sagas Of Klashnekoff (May, 2004) Thanks to the buzz of his 12" releases, particularly his most celebrated track 'It's Murda', heads have been waiting a long time for some Klashnekoff material on CD. The time ...

    Kon & Amir and DJ Muro- The Kings Of Diggin’ (Jun, 2006) Highly respected crate diggers Kon & Amir have been putting out classic 'On Track' tapes and a series of 12"s for some time, creating quite a name for themselves across ...

    KRS One at Shepherds Bush Empire (Jun, 2005) Knowledge reigned supreme at Shepherds Bush Empire on the eighth of June, as KRS One rocked the house as part of his first UK tour in eight years. As ...

    KRS One- Kristyles (Jul, 2003) 1) 'Warning Intro' This takes up space which could have been used for an extra track. As intro's go it's pretty poor. 2) 'Do You Got It' The real introduction. A ...

    Kyza- Fight Club (Jul, 2006) How many more times do you need telling? Kyza is the greatest UK hiphop artist for a very long time. Yeah his Terra Firma squad are cool too, but this ...

    Kyza- The Experience (Sep, 2006) We've got hold of the sick and highly anticipated debut album ahead of its September 25th release date on Pepa Records. Check out the world exclusive review of the best ...

    Kyza- They Call It (Murda) / R.E.A.L (Sep, 2005) Out on Pepa Records, this very limited edition single from Terra Firma's Kyza Sayso is an extremely solid and enjoyable release which is ideal for the clubs or the car. ...

    L.Man- New Age Army (Jul, 2007) Out on Lovedough Recordings, 'New Age Army' is yet another mix CD by L.Man which showcases his sometimes great and other times rather loose talents. His voice's tone and flow ...

    Late- Cold War (Oct, 2005) ‘Cold World’ by Late, features K-Rino, Problem 13, Kuwait and Miami Mac, all from the states. It’s production is of a quite loud and commercial nature, aiming for a crunky ...

    Late- The Villainous One (Jul, 2005) Late has been releasing music since 1999. He's a member of Wolftown Commitee, dropped 'International Rhyme Spittin' in 2004, and released six mixtapes with his 'Underground Exposure' series. This new release ...

    Lauryn Hill, London Coliseum (Jul, 2005) 12th July 2005 To many of the audience’s dismay, Lauryn Hill was said to be in ‘heavy traffic’ an hour and a half after the support act for the night left ...

    LDZ – Living Long Ting (Aug, 2007) Produced by Sumgreen and Big Dabbla, the production throughout this large 19 track debut album is tops. There's tons of great samples and grooves which provide a lot of diversity ...

    Lethal Bizzle – Bizzle Bizzle (Jul, 2007) Lethal Bizzle's been a busy lad of late and doesn't seem to be taking it easy any time soon. Taken from a forthcoming album, this is the first single, and ...

    LG Presents The Mission / What Would Happen (Oct, 2007) Produced by LG and out through Jehst's YNR Productions, this is a double A side release beginning with 'The Mission' by Jehst and Micall Parknsun and rounding up with 'What ...

    Life & Lyrics (Sep, 2006) Film Review After the half-decent Bullet Boy and the awful-but-entertaining Kidulthood comes the next urban Britflick in line. Life & Lyrics is the tale of Danny, a cash-strapped DJ trying to ...

    Lionheart: Tussle With The Beast (Jan, 2007) At long last Joe Buhdha presents the highly anticiated Klashnekoff album 'Tussle With The Beast'. Does it live up to 'Murda' and 'Focus Mode'? Find out what we think in ...

    Little Movies Big Noises DVD (Jan, 2006) Our Jukies are at it again, this time in DVD format. Here we have the complete video collection of some of the most inventive artists in the game. This collection ...

    Lloyd Banks– The Rotten Apple (Oct, 2006) Lloyd Banks is back with his sophomore album “The Rotten Album”. After going platinum with “The Hunger For More”, fans and critiques alike expect nothing less from the G-Unit punchline ...

    Loki- Friendly World (Feb, 2007) Apparently in Scotland rapper Loki has been described by the press as "Neddy Burns, The Poet Laureate of the NED Generation". For those of you unfamiliar with the term NED, ...

    London Street Art (Sep, 2006) Following on from their great book 'Graffiti NYC', the publishers of Prestel demonstrate with 'London Street Art' that they've really got graffiti publications on lock. This is another great collection ...

    Longshot- World Don’t Cry (Jul, 2004) From the forthcoming album Sacrifice, World Don't Cry by Longshot (produced by Molemen) is a really chilled out track. The production makes for smooth easy listening and the vocals are ...

    Lotek Hi-Fi- Mixed Blessings (Sep, 2005) The idea behind this album's name is that the group consider different types of black music to each be blessings, and that the tracklisting is of a variety of genres. ...

    Lowlife Records- Life Before 40 (Sep, 2005) This compilation album is a celebration of Low Life Records and their strong thirteen years of quality releases in the UK scene. It includes all of the dope artists that ...

    Lushlife- No Foundation (Jun, 2005) Lushlife is an American MC who studied on a 7 year course in Jazz kit drumming and classical piano training for 13 years. This, his lead single from his new ...

    Mainflow- Hiphopulation (Oct, 2004) Having not known of Main Flow until being sent the promo for this album 'Hiphopulation' I quickly thought the man was a producer, as a glimpse of the track listings ...

    Manafest- My Own Thing (Feb, 2004) This morning I got posted a copy of the debut album of to me, a pretty much unknown artist from Canada. His Mum and Dad will know him as a ...

    Manage- (Live) In Protest (Oct, 2006) '(Live) In Protest' is executively produced by Chemo, who's previously worked with the likes of Kyza, Jehst, Skinnyman and many more. The album features guest spots by Skinnyman, Foreign Beggars, ...

    Mark B & Delta- The Greater Good/One Less Gun (Apr, 2006) Taken from the forthcoming 'Mark B Presents Delta; The Greater Good' album, is the strong lead single of the title track, featuring Mojo. The production of 'The Greater Good' is ...

    Mark Ronson- Stop Me (Mar, 2007) Personally approved by Morrissey himself, 'Stop Me' borrows from The Smith's 'Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before'. Ronson's also blended in 'You Keep Me Hanging On' by The ...

    Mark Ronson- Toxic (Jan, 2007) British born producer Mark Ronson returns this April with his much talked about 'Version' album, a collection of classic tracks which he's turned on their head to sound something altogether ...

    Mark Ronson- Version (Apr, 2007) Mark Ronson's a busy man. He's been producing for Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Robbie Williams, yet has still found time to focus on his own studio album. Comprised of ...

    Marty McFly- A To Z (Aug, 2006) If you're a backpacker, you'll be in heaven listening to this new mix CD from Marty McFly. It's jam packed with underground rucksack wearing goodness from beginning to end, from ...

    Marvin The Martian (Nov, 2006) Marvin The Martian's been catching Rapnew's ear for a hot minute. The last time we heard from him he was dropping his debut release online. It was pretty bloody good, ...

    Masta Killa/Timboking- The Day After/Armoured Truck (Sep, 2004) 'The Day After' by Masta Killa is a dark atmospheric effort in terms of production which is handled by Prof, who's compilation 'Convexed' on Nature Sounds features this track. The ...

    Matta Fix- 11:30 (Jan, 2005) 11.30 by Mattafix is the debut release of the duo, comprised of Marlon Roudette and Preetesh Jirji. The song is a romantic tale, with the narrative addressing a loved one. ...

    MC Abdominal – Abdominal Workout (Sep, 2007) When DJ Format first made an impact on the UK Hiphop scene, much of the excitement was due to the few tracks featuring MC Abdominal and the live show which ...

    MCD- After Dark (Jan, 2005) 'After Dark' by MCD, out on Silent Eclipse Inc, is a long seventeen track album which clocks in at an hour and ten minutes. Things start of fairly slow, with ...

    Micall Parknsun- The Working Class Dad (Nov, 2005) A joint release between Lowlife and Sit Tight Records, 'The Working Class Dad' is a collection of twelve solid tracks by Parknsun, produced by the likes of LG, Beat Butcher ...

    Mikey T- The Genuine Article (Jun, 2006) This nice little EP begins with 'Trials and Tribulations'. Mikey T's vocal style and flow instantly lays down a distinguisable sound and his lyrics are on point, rolling through lines ...

    Million Dan- Infared (Jan, 2007) Million Dan was previously known as Mike J of the UK hiphop group The Demon Boys and this is his first project in quite some time. Featuring the beats of ...

    Minus- The Warm Up Mix CD (Sep, 2005) I'm always very sceptical about young rappers, especially of 15 or 16 years old. More often than not, the promo's I get from these guys bug me immensely. They're usually ...

    Mista Jaes- Do You Know (Mar, 2005) This double A side 12" release begins loudly and energetically with the extremely solid track 'Do You Know'. With uplifting production, by the impressive Mister Jaes, listeners are in for ...

    Mista Websta- Living In The Attic (Jul, 2004) Living In The Attic by Mista Websta (Blind Giant Records) is a collection of twelve songs which together construct a balanced album of many entertaining moments, be it the light ...

    Mole and Iris: An Introduction (Sep, 2006) Anybody who’s recently bought something from the mighty Disorda’s suspect-packages.com may have found themselves to have had this little gem thrown in with their purchase. Over the last few years ...

    Mr Fresh- Earth Electrode Farm (Apr, 2006) Produced entirely by Mr Fresh, this three track single features a bunch of enjoyable guest features and some promising beat making. The title track showcases vocalists Rola, Probe Mantis of ...

    Mr Lif- Mo Mega (May, 2006) Some people would have been worried that EL-P was producing Mr Lif's entire new album, concerned that it'd all get a bit too progressive and weird and that Lif's incredible ...

    Mr Ti2bs- Charity / How You Living (Feb, 2007) It's almost tiring counting the number of releases Mr Ti2bs seems to have dropped without dropping his debut album, which on the basis of this single, will shape up to ...

    Mr Ti2bs- Nobody’s Perect (Apr, 2007) Following up three singles, North London's Mr Ti2bs finally drops his debut album through Kemet Entertainment. Featuring production from Baby J, First Man Productions, Joe Budha and others, its perhaps ...

    Mr. CRF- Critical Beatdown Hiphop Show #4 (May, 2005) Mr CRF of Pedigree Chumps and CB Mag presents this enjoyable selection of tracks in the cool format of a radio show. Things begin with some cool sound bites of ...

    Mr. CRF- Hard Truth Radio Zero Vol.1 (Jul, 2005) To oppose the many mix CDs, radio shows and tv stations which flood the hip-hop scene with commercialized tripe, Critical Beatdown aim to deliver a Mr CRF hosted 'Hard Truth ...

    Mr. Dark Presents Skeptic & Jid Sames (Jun, 2006) Here's a new three track EP forthcoming on Main Rock Records. It begins with '40 Bricks' by Jid Sames. The beat's alright and the lyrical content's good, but it's quite ...

    Mr. Ti2bs- Keep It Moving / Adrenaline (Apr, 2006) Cliche track title and hook aside, 'Keep It Moving' is a solid effort showcasing more tight lyricism and flow from North London's Mr. Ti2bs. Produced by Baby J, the beat's ...

    Mystro- Diggi Down Under (Grindin’) (Apr, 2007) One of the most loved and entertaining MC's the UK Hiphop scene has ever had the pleasure of hearing, Mystro returns to CD with 'Diggi Down Under', a collection of ...

    Mystro- Music Mystro (Apr, 2004) This thirteen track CD, containing all the songs from the vinyl release of the EP plus a couple of bonuses, showcases yet another talent from the Low Life Records camp. ...

    N-Dubz- Feva Las Vegas (Mar, 2007) Tulisa, Dappy and Faze are back with 'Feva Las Vegas', another enjoyable tune which follows up the success of 'I Swear'. The beat's slightly more chilled and polished whilst the ...

    N-Dubz- I Swear (Sep, 2006) There's great promise on 'I Swear' in terms of vocal talents and song writing, but everything's a little too noisy and would benefit from some further artistic development. Tulisa's vocals ...

    Neanderthal Youth- Electric Uprock (Feb, 2005) I've been waiting for something like this to turn up out of the blue- Entertaining, humorous and lovable hip-hop that is. Every once in a while the task of reviewing ...

    Neanderthal Youth- Unearthed: The Early Days (Feb, 2005) In saying that 'Unearthed: The Early Days' is entertaining, fun, light hearted and sometimes humorous, is not to say that it isn't an extremely solid album of quality hip-hop at ...

    Neckle Camp- Straight Necklin’ (Jul, 2006) By far one of the most professionally produced and entertaining releases from the UK grime scene this year, 'Straight Necklin' is tightly packed with big track after track, containing many ...

    Necro (Feb, 2007) The Scala, 11th January 2007 Despite being in the game for around 15 years now, reaching worldwide cult status in the process, Necro had never really toured outside of America and ...

    New Flesh- Universally Dirty (May, 2006) New Flesh are producer and graffiti artist Part 2, vocalist Juice Aleem and Toastie Tailor. On 'Universally Dirty' they provide some really high class UK music, featuring a massive range ...

    New Flesh- Wherever We Go (Jul, 2006) New Flesh provide a great sound with this single from their latest album, which it's a big highlight of. The production is really classy, consisting of a spanish guitar vibe ...

    Nicci Cheeks Presents- Hiphop Love Jazz (Oct, 2005) If you like hip-hop with a hint of jazz, you're going to be holding this CD up as one of your favourites. It's an excellent compilation of some of the ...

    Nikesh Shukla- Gujerati Yam Boy (Jul, 2004) This six track debut EP from ukhh.com features writer Nikesh Shukla begins with Punk Poetics, a track title likely to leave many sceptics raising an eyebrow at first glance. It's ...

    Nine High- Take 2 (Jun, 2006) This is how mix CD's should be done. There's character, consistency, energy and lots more. Firmly establishing the exciting Nine High crew, you'd be very smart in picking this up. ...

    Nomadic Poet- Concrete Man (Feb, 2006) 'Concrete Man', the lead single from The Planets founder's debut solo album, is an enjoyable and solid track with a strong head nodding beat with great cuts by DJ MK. ...

    Nonconformists- Hold The Sanity (Jun, 2004) 'Hold The Sanity', produced by Kode, is of a middle of the road nature, neither feeling unfocused or totally outgoing. What's best about it is the catchy chorus and the ...

    Northan Dialect- Pro.Lif.Ikk Vol.1 (Jun, 2005) This sixteen track sampler begins impressively with the Rick Fury track 'Heartless Intro' which demonstrates decent vocal ability and a heavy, dramatic beat. It's this crew member who steels the ...

    Obie Trice– 2nd Round’s On Me (Sep, 2006) I enjoyed Obie’s debut album. He seemed like one of the more promising artists on Shady, armed with a sense of humour but also, unlike many of D12, some real ...

    Oh No- Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms (Jul, 2006) Out on the Stones Throw label which also houses his older brother Madlib, Oh No returns with a unique album, made with samples of Galt Macdermot alone. As you'd expect, ...

    Outkast- The Love Below/Speakerboxxx (Oct, 2003) Think Stevie Wonder meets Wyclef Jean meets George Clinton and if that seems your type of music then you will adore the new Outkast album ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’. Two of ...

    P.A.C- Matter Of Opinion (Oct, 2005) Cafe Recordings artist P.A.C (Powerful and Calm) has been featuring on releases like the UK Runnings series and Mista Jaes projects for a while, and it's nice to finally hear ...

    Panacea- Ink Is My Drink (Nov, 2006) Panacea are a producer (K-Murdock) and emcee (Raw Poetic) duo and the first artists to be released on the newly re-launched Rawkus Records label, and as such, will face a ...

    Parallel Thought- Drugs, Liquor, Sex and Cigarettes (Jun, 2005) Drum, Knowledge and DJ Apendix are Parallel Thought, a production team based in New Jersey and this EP consists of five of their tracks, including an instrumental of each. Guest ...

    Peace Not War Festival (Feb, 2004) On Friday the 13th I wasn't unlucky at all. I felt privileged. I was at Ocean club in Hackney for a gathering of some of the top acts of the ...

    Peanut Butter Wolf Presents- Chrome Children (Oct, 2006) Out on Stones Throw records this month is another Adult Swim flavoured complilation featuring the likes of Jaylib, Dudley Perkins, Madvillain, Madlib, J Dilla and many more. If any of ...

    Pedigree Chumps- Eggs, Chips & A Pint Of Mild (Mar, 2005) The dope production on 'Egg, Chips & A Pint Of Mild' by Pedigree Chumps, slaps you in the face right away. After a decent intro which is criminally too short, ...

    Pete Rock- Underground Classics (Sep, 2006) If like some, you've heard Pete Rock's name crop up many a time in a discussion of hiphop's greatest producers, but aren't that familiar with his material, this release will ...

    Pharoahe Monch (Jul, 2004) It beats me how crowds know when to turn up for the gig. Sometimes when the ticket says doors open at seven, the gig or support starts pretty much at ...

    Pharoahe Monch (Jul, 2006) Thursday 27/07/06 @ 93 Feet East, London. 93 Feet East is to say one of the smallest venues that this hip-hop obsessed music journalist has ever had the pleasure of visiting. ...

    PHTV Vol. 1 (Jul, 2006) There's bare grime DVD's coming out at the minute, all too often of a poor quality with shakey camera's and crackling sound. PHTV's different. This is about as professional as ...

    Pitbull- Bojangles Remix (Nov, 2006) Produced by Lil Jon, 'Bojangles' is as to be expected, a very loud and in your face beat of heavyweight crunk. Pitbull's vocals are strong, with a smooth flow of ...

    Pitbull- El Mariel (Jan, 2007) Rough around the edges, 'El Mariel' by Pitbull provides some really enjoyable movements hiden within an extensive album of far too many tracks for a full beginning to end listen. ...

    Plan B- Live At The Pet Cemetery (Oct, 2006) It's funny that Plan B should criticise mainstream music taste to the extent he does on this release's closing track 'My Life', because for all the 'Yo Bro' adlibs on ...

    Plan B- Who Need Actions When You Got Words (Jul, 2006) It's finally here. After miles of broadsheet coverage, tobacco's biggest poster boy drops his debut album through 679 Recordings. So is it any good? Yes. The rapping is developed and ...

    Prem C- 5 Senses Of Def (Feb, 2005) 5 Senses of Def by Prem-c, is a 12" jammed with six energetic and solid numbers, all produced by Dag Nabbit of Foreign Beggars. Out on Undali Records, it's another ...

    Princess Superstar- My Machine (Apr, 2005) Always one to try and deliver the site visitors with the most up to date info, I got hold of the album sampler from the forthcoming K7 release, 'My Machine' ...

    Princess Superstar- My Machine (Nov, 2005) 'My Machine' is the new single and title track from Princess Superstar's recent concept album. It's a light hearted affair, with quite computerish and industrial sounding production. The song pulls ...

    Public Enemy- New Whirl Odor (Nov, 2005) It was a little confusing for a minute, with the number of forthcoming Public Enemy projects growing by the day. What was going on with the 'trilogy within a trilogy ...

    Quasimoto- The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas (Apr, 2005) Sampling from the most successful album of all time in the first 30 seconds of an LP (Thriller, Michael Jackson) is a brave thing, and signifies immense confidence. Ability is ...

    R2 Tha Beatz- All Inclusive Flag of Hiphop (Oct, 2004) Highlights of 'All Inclusive Flag of Hiphop' produced by Birmingham's R 2 tha Beatz are the fast pace remix of 'What U Thinkin' by Ras Supa, the guitar beat Gypso ...

    Ralph Rip Shit- The Best Name (Sep, 2006) The Secondson produced 'The Best Name' begins the latest Associated Minds vinyl release, this time by UK rapper Ralph Rip Shit. The production's pretty stripped down and the vocals aren't ...

    Rampage- Have You Seen? (Jun, 2006) It's a shame this is dropping around the same time as the LP by fellow Flipmode Squad member Busta Rhymes, because it's nowhere near the quality of 'The Big Bang'. ...

    Recluse Crew & Synoptic Pressure- The Art Of Raw Sound (Jul, 2006) The Recluse Crew is an outfit out of Helsinki, comprised of production team Recluse Recordings and emcees from Dirty Smarts and LLC, whilst Snoptic Pressure are from Minneapolis and known ...

    Redmaster- I’m Right, You’re Wrong (Jan, 2007) Produced entirely by the consistently improving Beat Butcha, this is the debut offering from Redmaster, member of the Same Brain family alongside Vex the Luton Lunatic. It displays a strong ...

    Reggiimental- Wordz From Tha Regiment (Sep, 2005) 'Mic Check' begins the album quite poorly, with horrible computer based production that easily puts the listener off wanting to hear the vocals and the lyrics being rapped. 'Prepared (Milestone ...

    Reload- The Uphill Struggle (Jan, 2006) Mixed by Tricksta of UK Runnings, this is an eighteen track mix CD from the young, up and coming rapper Reload. The vocals are all solid, although many will find ...

    RIP- Paper Chase/Angels And Devils (Sep, 2004) RIP are The Rippah and Inspekt 'A' Rhyme and this is their debut double A Side, two solid tracks showcasing nice production by Chemo. The vocals are sharp and the ...

    Roll Deep- Rules And Regulations (Jan, 2007) A vast improvement on the major label debut 'In At The Deep End', this long awaited CD is simply one of the best pound for pound products that the Grime ...

    Roots Manuva (Jul, 2004) Channel 4’s ‘The Summer Sessions’ – Roots Manuva and special guests Asian Dub Foundation featuring Chuck D. 20th July. Somerset house as a music venue is an interesting one. Imagine if ...

    Roots Manuva- Alternately Deep (Feb, 2006) Whereas 'Dub Come Save Me' was the icing on the cake in the aftermath of the awesome second album by Manuva, this remix/rarities release has 'milking the audience' written all ...

    Roots Manuva- Awfully DE/EP (Oct, 2005) A while after the now classic 'Run Come Save Me' album was released, fans were treated to the great 'Dub Come Save Me' which impressively offered new Dub heavy versions ...

    Roots Manuva- Awfully Deep (Jan, 2005) Roots Manuva's third album is a demonstration of consistency and class. Not one of the 14 numbers is weak, with even the heavy dub interludes sounding impressive. Highlights include lead ...

    Ruffstylz- Lyrics (Nov, 2005) Out on Associated Minds, quickly becoming one of the most consistent and interesting UK labels, comes this collection of twelve tracks plus bonus cuts that range from entirely original material ...

    Rukus Regardless- Code Of Practice Vol.1 (Mar, 2006) Produced entirely by the incredible Cappo, this debut album is a solid collection of tracks with a quite diverse range of atmosphere's and energy levels. 'Liars' is a string based ...

    S. Kalibre- The High Kalibre Mixtape (Sep, 2006) Providing a variety of tracks which include the likes of Dr. Syntax, Apocraphe, Genesis Elijah and many more, S. Kalibre delivers his debut mix CD which is comprised of almost ...

    S.k.i.t.z Beatz- In The Zone (Jan, 2007) Not to be confused with UK hiphop producer and IXtra DJ Skitz, S.k.i.t.z Beatz shows great promise here on a very jam packed CD full of impressive guest appearances from ...

    SAFRF- Who Are You? (Q&A) (Apr, 2005) I'm still very confused as to why the CD text of this promo says it's a track by American 'artist' Chingy, but I'll put paranoia that someone's trying to set ...

    Scuff- Filled In/The Repercussion (Apr, 2006) Delegates Of Culture member Scuff drops a series of solid tracks well worth checking out. All the vocals are strong and the beats are equally as good. 'Filled In' is ...

    Seanie-T & Serocee / Pesci – Sero & Seanie / Heavyweight MC (Nov, 2006) Coming out on Muzik-Ed Recordings is the two artist / two track 12" release produced by the consistent Keith Lawrence. First up is 'Sero & Seanie' by yup, Serocee and ...

    Seeed- Thing / Slowlife (Mar, 2007) Taken from 'Next', album number four, German, English and Patois language led group Seeed return with 'Thing' featuring the rapping talents of France's Saian Supa Crew. The rhythms really hot ...

    Semantix Tha Sorcera- Cloak (Sep, 2005) In light of recently reviewing Ennicee's Mind Mechanics, I'm starting to wonder if a new sector of UK hip-hop is forming, in which its members only come out at night ...

    Semtex- Grime Waves (Oct, 2006) If like many, you've only recently cottoned on to how great Grime music is, and need a lesson in the biggest tracks from the last couple of years, look no ...

    Serocee- Life / War (Jul, 2006) Out on Ill Flava Records, 'Life' is quite a repetitive track with solid but fairly boring production and vocals that don't really provide anything special in comparison to the many ...

    Sev Statik- Slow Burn (Mar, 2005) After quite a long stint listening exclusively to Uk hip-hop, popping this album into my player was all the more refreshing. From beginning to end, every track's beat is heavy. ...

    Shameless & Bruza – Shame On You (Aug, 2007) Taken from the compilation album 'Food 4 Da Brain' and dropping on the 3rd of September, 'Shame On You' is a really energetic tune which brings together an up and ...

    Shameless- Fuck The Haters Feat. TB & Jammer (Nov, 2006) Ahead of his debut album 'Smokers Die Younger' this is the new P*Nut produced track by Shameless with guest vocals by TB and Jammer, and scratching by DJ MK. It's ...

    Shameless- Live Fast (Dec, 2006) Produced by DJ Snips, the beat of 'Live Fast' is simply world class, sounding like a typical string based, Dilated Peoples outting. Shameless drops solid verses on top as well ...

    Shorty- The Mixtape (May, 2006) 'The Mixtape' is a download only project by Shorty, a seven piece hiphop band produced by Baby J. All the tracks are enjoyable, and showcase a group of musicians which ...

    Shyste- The Exception (Jun, 2005) Shyste, not to be confused with Shystie, is another solid and entertaining rapper from Albany's PCM (Pitch Control Music) family. Each rapper and release from the 518 domonstrates ...

    Sir Smurf Lil’- Myalpha (Nov, 2006) At long last the highly anticipated to slightly forgotten debut album by The Colony member Sir Smurf Lil' has dropped via Jehst's YNR Productions. Offering tons to think about with ...

    Skillz- Confessions Of A Ghostwriter (Jun, 2005) Skillz is probably most well known for his annual 'year in review' tracks, which turn up on the internet once a year, and poke light hearted fun at the events ...

    Skinnyman (Nov, 2004) Verbal Remedy at The Pad in Bedford (4th November) comes round again. This turn sees Mudfamalama gangbanga Skinnymana. Errrrrrr you get the point. As in previous shows the pre main ...

    Skinnyman- Council Estate Of Mind (Aug, 2004) 'Council Estate Of Mind' is a collection of some very impressive, meaningful and enjoyable music which paints a very vivid picture of the streets and council estate way of life ...

    Skinnyman- I’ll Be Suprised (Jul, 2004) So it's finally happening. The first single is out and the album is nearing release and if this is anything to go by, August is going to be one hell ...

    Skitz- Homegrown Vol.2 (Jan, 2006) Out on Silent Soundz, this mix CD jam packed with over twenty high quality tunes, is on some extremely high energy vibes, with silly amounts of established names including Mystro, ...

    Skream- Skream! (Oct, 2006) For the past few years Dubstep music has really made moves. Consumer and media interests seem about ready to peak, and will most probably go off the Richter when this ...

    Skrein- Mind Out (Oct, 2004) The track 'Mind Out' is produced by Dag Nabbitt and features on the awesome Foreign Beggers album. It sees Skrein dropping vocals demonstrating his interesting words and entertaining character. The ...

    Skuff- Aversion Therapy (Aug, 2004) Delegates of Culture presents 'Aversion Therapy' by Skuff is a collection of four interesting tracks providing a range of vocal and production approaches. The man himself, alongside Bee 109 handle ...

    Smokey- Road Zombies (Nov, 2005) Ahead of a mix CD and double EP release in 2006, Smokey, a member of The Phobia, drops this taster single, which uses the same lyrics from the original which ...

    Sober & Dribbla- Deeper Rest (Feb, 2006) On this debut EP, Bristol based Sober (producer) and Dribbla (rapper) have successfuly created a solid collection of tracks which are as strong as any first offerings. The beats are ...

    Son Records- The Last Word (Apr, 2005) This is a really slick release, with great art work and packaging. The CD's are dope too! Basically, the record label have been putting out dope music for years. Pushing ...

    Sonny Jim- Standard Practice / Earn The Stripe (Nov, 2006) Out on Salva's 'Last Minute Records' label comes a 7" release produced by his continually impressive brother 184 and the very likeable rapper Sonny Jim. 'Standard Practice' is a chilled ...

    Sonnyjim- Soul Trader (Mar, 2006) From the get go it's clear that this eight track EP will be an enjoyable experience. The intro hints at strong structure, lots of personality in the vocals and solid ...

    SOS- All Eyes On South (Sep, 2006) Sons Of South are a six member crew from the south of the UK and have previously supported the likes of Phi-Life Cypher and Tommy Evans on stage. This is ...

    Spank Rock- Rick Rubin (Jan, 2006) A tribute song to such a legendary and important person as Rick Rubin should be a lot more impressive than the material here, never the less, the Big Dada Recordings ...

    Spida Lee- Verbal Assassin (May, 2006) Huddersfield newcomer Spida Lee drops solid verses of a standard flow over the Beat Butcher produced 'Verbal Assassin' which suffers slightly from a repetitive synth which gets increasingly boring. The ...

    Stereo Mcs- Sun / Tomorrow Never Knows (Jul, 2006) With most releases at the minute aiming to satisfy your summer sun needs, its particularly refreshing to hear something a bit heavier on the production tip, and this is it. ...

    Stereotypz- Costa Del Essex (Sep, 2005) If The Streets, MC Pitman or Goldie Looking Chain didn't piss you off, you'll probably really enjoy this very catchy track which is light hearted and the combination of East ...

    Stig Of Dump- The Homeless Microhponist (Sep, 2006) It should be a wake up call to Stig's peers that he recorded this release in the space of seven days. Not because it's amazing, although it's far from rubbish, ...

    Supar Novar- From The Beginning (Nov, 2006) In light of this year seeing albums released by heavyweights such as Kyza, Braintax and Foreign Beggars, it'll be hard for Supar Novar to get a mention at the end ...

    SuparNovar- All The Way / Never Give In (Jul, 2006) Out on the increasingly impressive Kemet Entertainment Records comes another heavy single from North London rapper SuparNovar. 'All The Way' is a soul flavoured slice of heaviness, which Novar raps ...

    SuparNovar- Reppin/Get Ready 4 War (Mar, 2006) Out on Kemet Entertainment Records, this is a solid two track single with clean and instrumental versions thrown into the mix. 'Reppin' is full of lots of loud horns but ...

    SuparNovar- Tomorrow / Nothing Left To Say (Oct, 2006) Produced by heavy beat maker C-Swing, or Emmanuel as he likes to be called these days, both tracks on this new Kemet Entertainment release are solid, with a great sample ...

    Surreal & DJ Balance- Future Classic (Sep, 2006) Out on the forever professional 'Hiphop Is Music' US label which always deliver a nice package with great artwork, comes a collection of fourteen tracks with a typically underground and ...

    Swampfoot- ‘The Education’ (May, 2005) The first track off the E.P “Education? sees Swampfoot using the classic chorus from Pink Floyd's “Another Brick In The Wall? which echo’s across the song. Throughout the track it ...

    Sway- Download (Oct, 2005) This new All City Music release by Sway has fantastic production, drenshed in all sorts of electronic sounds throughout a pacey tempo which further cements Sway's reputation for being a ...

    Sway- Little Derek (Dec, 2005) Out of all Sway material released to date, this perhaps tastes the most like marmite. Sway devotee's will lap this up, and those who have yet to delve into the ...

    Sway- One For The Journey (May, 2007) With all the press push in the world, Sway's debut album 'This Is My Demo' didn't reach anywhere near the levels that people had hoped or expected. Never the less, ...

    Sway- Products (Apr, 2006) Taken from his debut album 'This Is My Demo', Sway comes correct with one of it's strongest tracks, 'Products'. There's a summery vibe and a mixture of observational and autobiographic ...

    Sway- This Is My Demo (Jan, 2006) 'This Is My Demo' begins with the title track of speedy delivery and quite under stated but atmospheric production. It's got a great bass line and is a fairly good ...

    Symbiote Clone- ‘First Spores’ (Oct, 2005) Sadly, there's more to dislike about this release than enjoy. The track 'Bot Stalker' produced by Hurricane Smooth has a nice pace and fairly enjoyable production, of a slight old ...

    Teef- Honour Amongst Teef Vol.2 (Mar, 2006) In recent years the quality of some UK hiphop has begun to take the expectations of the scene's listeners to new heights. Far more exciting production ideas and more interesting ...

    Tef-Co- Rumours (Feb, 2006) There's nothing wack about 'Rumours'. The production's solid and the vocals and lyricism is alright. It's just that there's not too much to rave about. It sounds a bit generic ...

    Terra Firma- The Foundation (Nov, 2006) The long wait is over and after numerous crew cuts on solo releases from individual members of the squad, fans can finally get their teeth into the first official offering ...

    The Blacklover88rs- Daze Like These (May, 2005) Dr. Oop and Two-B are Mandela and Sisulu of The Blacklover88rs in Daze Like These, reads the badly designed cover art of this 12" which arrived with no press release, ...

    The Breaknecks- Music For Bachelors (May, 2005) Out on Associated Minds, Music For Bachelors by The Breaknecks, who are Ralph Rip Shit on the vocals and Harry Macadam behind the beats, is fantastic. Things begin with the ...

    The Bug- Jah War (Jun, 2007) Being released by Ninja Tunes, 'Jah War' is an underground favourite featuring vocals by Roll Deep's Flowdan. There's a sick B-side remix by Dubstep's Loefah and generally speaking, an all ...

    The Chicharones- Pork Rind Disco (Jun, 2005) The Chicharones are Josh Martinez and Sleep, both from the forever impressive Canadian hiphop scene. The guys have already performed over 500 live shows together, and this is their first ...

    The Foot Soldiers- The Exercise EP (Jul, 2005) It can be scary putting on a CD that you've gotta review. Will it be an instantly enjoyable and exciting experience, or another very dull and mondaine five minutes of ...

    The Fugees, Hammersmith Apollo (Dec, 2005) 14th December 2005 It actually happened. After a short DJ set by the same guy who spun for The Fugees when they were in town ten years ago, showman Wyclef Jean ...

    The Game- Stop Snitchin’ Stop Lyin’ (Oct, 2006) When it comes to bad PR moves, this is one of the biggest. From the start to finish of this awful DVD, out next month in the UK, viewers get ...

    The Herbaliser Feat. Jean Grae- Nah’ Mean (Oct, 2005) 'Nah' Mean Nah'm Sayin' is a very solid and loud track full of all sorts of brass and a classic drum pattern which the ever popular Jean Grae drops entertaining ...

    The Last Skeptic/Conflix- Think Twice/Character Assassins (Apr, 2005) The ever consistent Filthy Habits Records, which everyone should be showing respect and anticipation for by now, release 'Think Twice', 'Character Assassins' and 'Vision' on 12" produced by The Last ...

    The Leano- Steps To Leanoland (Feb, 2006) Out on Colar J Records, this is a solid unit of work and a healthy debut release, consisting of the economic but enjoyable production by Colliss and Meka. Leano's vocals ...

    The Nextmen- Let It Roll / Concentrate (May, 2007) Out through Antidote Records, The Nextmen return with 'Let It Roll' and 'Concentrate', two great tunes which will be right down the streets of anyone into their more mature tasting ...

    The Perceptionists- Blo (Apr, 2005) Taken from the debut album 'Black Dialogue' out on Def Jux Records, this lead single is a dope release which see's Mr. Lif, Akrobatik and DJ Fakts One coming together ...

    The Phobia- Kee It Moving (Oct, 2004) The beginning of 'Keep It Moving' by The Phobia instantly grabs my attention with its loud and in your face pre verse ramblings. Once the verse kicks in, my interest ...

    The Rebirth Of Classic Obsession Tour (Mar, 2006) In the mid 70’s DJs, rappers, promoters, artists, dancers, and music fans alike aligned their talents with music to demonstrate the many breathtaking facets of urban culture which emanated from ...

    The Souljah Clique Presents- BaggaMics 2 (Jul, 2005) Out independantly on Souljah Clique Productions, this album consists of 35 tracks in the form of a compilation which features many artists from Klashnekoff and Late to Manage and Paragon. ...

    The Talented Mr. Convenience- The Mixtape (Sep, 2006) Here's a solid and energetic mix CD with many entertaining moments including the Nina Simone sampling 'Feel So Good', the bouncy 'So Damm Fresh' featuring Lexis and the brassy 'The ...

    Tinchy Stryder- Break Away (Mar, 2007) Produced by Davince and taken from the forthcoming debut album 'Star In The Hood', 'Break Away' is Tinchy Styryder's first offical single, out on the young label, Takeover Entertainment. Over ...

    Tommy Evans- New Year’s Revolution (Oct, 2004) New Year's Revolution is a very solid, entertaining and quality release full of party vibes, political and social commentary, emotional numbers and throughout it all, top notch production and vocals. ...

    Tommy Evans- The Turbulant Times of Tommy Evans (Mar, 2004) If you’re familiar with Tommy Evans it’s almost certain that you’ve heard the opening track of this thirteen song CD that compiles his most popular 12? tracks with a few ...

    Ty- Closer (Sep, 2006) Ty has nailed it again and come up with an extremely enjoyable album which is a great follow up to the critically acclaimed previous LP 'Upward'. There's a variety of ...

    TY- Don’t Watch That / What You Want (Sep, 2006) Getting released as a promo only white label ahead of his third album 'Closer' on Big Dada Recordings, 'Don't Watch That' produced by Drew is of a really enjoyable collection ...

    Ugly Ducking- Bang For The Buck (Feb, 2006) 'Bang For The Buck' is a collection of twelve wonderfully produced and entertainingly performed tracks which culminate in one of the most fun and energetic albums to have dropped in ...

    Ugly Duckling- Smack/Bob Your Head (Mar, 2006) 'Smack' is the energetic lead single from UD's third full length album, 'Bang For The Buck' out on All City Records now. Produced by the painfully underrated Young Einstein, it's ...

    UK B-Boy Championships 2005 (Oct, 2005) Crews, News and Superman moves span their hearts out for the coveted b-boy championships in Brixton last Saturday. In the first of two lively nights of dance and b-boy chunk, ...

    Undecorated Veteranz- Music To Make You Stagger (Aug, 2006) Undecorated Veteranz is the combined efforts of Optimas Prime producer Stagga and vocalists 4Dee and Joe Blow, and whilst the production of this debut EP is very promising, packed with ...

    Underground Alliance- Basementality (Aug, 2004) The six track 'Basementality EP' by Underground Alliance is a solid, quality release comprised of a variety of flavours when it comes to both the production and featuring vocals. It ...

    Us3- Schizophonic (May, 2006) This whole album's produced by Geoff Wilkinson and most of the rapping is handled by Akil Dasan and Gaston, both from New York. All the tracks are of a jazz ...

    V.E.X- Sick Tape Vol.2 (Dec, 2005) 'It's Ok...I feel Better Now' is volume two of the Luton rapper V.E.X's 'The Sick Tape' series, which he kindly mail's out to everyone for free. The tracklisting is long, ...

    V.E.X- The Sick-Tape (Jul, 2005) This mixtape, or sick-tape, is 30 tracks by Luton based rapper Vex, who oozes personality throughout his words jammed flow. Guest spots include Redmaster, Crucafix, Nayfe, Bounce, Comus, Ramathon, Logan, ...

    Various Artists- Kidulthood (Mar, 2006) For those less familiar with what's going on in the UK as far as music of black origin, this is a great release to check out as it includes a ...

    Various- Ammo Dubs (Oct, 2006) Out on Ammunition, this is a sick compilation of mainly Dubstep tracks from the likes of Wonder, D1, True Tiger, Benga, Coki and many more. True Tiger's 'Bare Faced What' ...

    Various- Character Assassins Vol.2 (Apr, 2006) Spearheaded by rapper Conflix and producer Chemo, this is an incredibly strong compilation of sick tune from both new and older artists. You've got the likes of developing rappers such ...

    Various- Facts Of War (Apr, 2005) 'Facts Of War' is an enjoyable, impressive, on point, educated and sympathetic compilation of a variety of tracks, all focused around the current situation of war in Iraq. What could ...

    Various- Grindie Vol. 1 (May, 2006) You will have heard of this by now. Grindie; the mash up of rock instrumentals and grime vocals. It's what all the broadsheets have been talking about and what all ...

    Various- Holiday Fever (Oct, 2004) Memo and Friday presents 'Holiday Fever' is a 17 track compilation of tracks out on ICM Records (Canada) featuring performances from Memo, Second Thought, Eye to Eye and more, on ...

    Various- Legendary Gatherings (Nov, 2005) The releases from ICM Records are pretty consistent. 'Legendary Gatherings' is the third compilation from the label that I've experienced, and as with the others, it comes in a smart ...

    Various- Mic Destruction (Mar, 2006) Mixed and hosted by Tony Touch, this is a hit and miss mix CD full of some great artists and tracks, and some not so great inclusions. The likes of ...

    Various- The Construction Series Vol.2 (May, 2006) Out on Ruztik Records, volume two of 'The Construction' series provides a variety of heavy artists including Conrad Watts, Rola, Mudmowth and P.L.O whilst The Numskulls handle the majority of ...

    Various- The Lost City (Jan, 2006) Out on Kement Entertainment Records, 'The Lost City' is presented by Itch 105.1 FM, hosted by Mr Ti2bs and mixed by DJ Flip. It's a seriously enjoyable release, with a ...

    Various- The Sickness (Jan, 2005) The Sickness mix tape, out on Silent Soundz and put together by DJ Defikew, is a classy and balanced release, showcasing a wealth of talented up and coming UK artists ...

    Various- U Must Learn UK (May, 2006) 'U Must Learn UK' is a remake of the KRS One classic, featuring the man himself and produced by The Baptist. Guest vocals come from the huge personality that is ...

    Various- UK Runnings Volume 4 (Apr, 2006) There's always some nice inclusions on UK Runnings releases and that's still the case here, with some dope freestyles and some heavy tracks by the likes of Genesis Elijah, Wordsmith, ...

    Verb T & Harry Love- Bring It Back To Basics (May, 2006) On paper it's the most appropriate pairing in UK hiphop. Harry Love's beats are often described as dusty and moody, whilst Verb T's vocals are often said to be very ...

    Verb T & Harry Love- Delusion (Jan, 2006) Out on Silent Soundz and taken from the forthcoming album 'Bring It Back (2 Basics)', this is a very tight three track single which sees the laid back rapper Verb ...

    Verb T & Juice- I’m Not That Guy (Nov, 2005) The CD version of the 'I'm Not That Guy' EP is jam packed with tons of material which constantly demonstrates a very impressive ability to produce in Juice, and a ...

    Verb T & The Last Skeptik – Broken Window (Aug, 2007) If you find yourself in the UK Hiphop mood this summer, 'Broken Window' rapped by Verb T and produced by The Last Skeptik is most probably you're best bet. It's ...

    Verbal Kent/Earatil Statik- Alley Rap/Mission Destruction (Sep, 2004) This underground stars studded 12" release on the so far consistent and impressive Filthy Habits consists of four tracks as well as instrumental, clean and dirty versions. First up is ...

    Vex- Da Relapse (May, 2006) Number three in Vex's Mental Health Problems series is another dose of craziness from the increasingly impressive Luton artist. This time round the rapper's pissed at a certain magazine journalist ...

    Vizualies- Societies Game (Jun, 2006) Track title punctuation aside, this single release is a nice effort with a cool vocal sample choice by producer Tranqill. Visualies's lyrics are solid too, showing good intent and focus. ...

    Vocab Malone- Happy Hardcore (Sep, 2005) Ladies and gentlemen, meet the happiest rapper in hip-hop, who releases this, his forth album, on Makeshift Records. Based in Phoenix, Vocab Malone is a hiphop artist and poet who ...

    W.O.R.D- Word Association (Jan, 2005) This collection of eleven tracks is a solid introduction to the Bristol based duo W.O.R.D, comprised of Merlin Silver, who produces, and Rick Hazard. I'm assuming that there wasn't much ...

    Wan-Cee- Ring The Bells / I Lust U (Sep, 2006) His second single on Kemet Entertainment Records, North London's Wan-Cee provides a story telling moment in 'Ring The Bell', all about a lady, her coke addiction and relationship with men. ...

    Waxfactor- Sci-Fu (Feb, 2006) There's nothing wrong with this album at all. The production is consistently good throughout and there's a bunch of very enjoyable moments of great drum programming, sampling and sonic madness. ...

    Wiley- 50/50 / Bow E3 (Mar, 2007) Wiley's now signed to Big Dada and seems to be putting in one last big push on the studio album front. This is the first single from that push, and ...

    Wiley- Playtime Is Over (Apr, 2007) Most people have quite mixed opinions when it comes to one of Grime's most legendary characters, and this isn't about to change with 'Playtime Is Over', what many consider to ...

    Wordsmith- Roadman Showcase Sampler 7″ (Sep, 2005) Wordsmith has been making noise for a while now, since his debut EP 'More Than Words Can Say'. This sampler of his fantastic new album provides a good insight into ...

    Wordsmith- The Roadman Showcase (Apr, 2005) This Son Records release is a heavy collection of tracks being released as a 'taster' or 'prequel' to the actual debut album coming soon. Production handled entirely by Tom Caruana, ...

    Wordsworth Surgery- Large Scale (Dec, 2005) Beans, Rola, Conrad Watts and Clarity make up Wordsworth Surgery and 'Large Scale' is their latest EP release. Comprised of the title track's remix, 'Ready?', 'Magical Science' and a few ...

    Wordsworth- Mirror Music (Aug, 2004) Of his debut solo album Wordsworth says 'when people hear my album I want them to feel like I said everything they can't say, so when a song ends their ...

    Wretch 32- Teacher’s Training Day (Mar, 2007) You could be mistaken for thinking that 'Teacher's Training Day' is an album as opposed to a new mix CD by Wretch 32. Why? Because the quality is pretty damm ...

    Wyclef Jean- The Preachers Son (Dec, 2003) Wyclef Jean is one third of the multi-platinum hip hop group The Fugee’s, the man who won the world’s critical acclaim with the diverse and eclectic debut album ‘The Carnival’, ...

    Xzibit- Full Circle (Oct, 2006) After dropping two underground gems in the form of debut album 'At The Speed Of Life' and follow up '40 Days & 40 Nights', Xzibit launched into the mainstream with ...

    Xzibit- Full Circle (Oct, 2006) How Xzibit has managed to create another album within the space of a year is incredible. Whilst appearing in “Pimp My Ride” and appearing in various films such as the ...

    Yaeo- Tha Last Of Tha Mohawks… (Mar, 2006) After a quite tedious introduction, this six track EP begins with 'I Can Be...' with vocals sounding strongly like Chester P and a simple beat developing into an interesting country ...

    Yesterdays New Quintet- Stevie (May, 2004) In ownership of seventeen Stevie Wonder albums, I took great interest when I first heard that Madlib and his Yesterdays New Quintet outfit would be reworking some of my favourite ...

    Ying Yang Twins- Chemically Imbalanced (Jan, 2007) Having never paid attention to the Ying Yang Twins before now, I can't really comment on whether the involvement of Wyclef Jean on this project has helped them mature or ...

    Ying Yang Twins- Dangerous (Dec, 2006) Out on TVT Records, this is a new track by Ying Yang Twins produced and featuring Wyclef Jean. Called 'Dangerous', this is a solid track with strong production by Clef ...

    YT- Straight Outta Britain (Jul, 2006) 'Straight Outta Britain' is a really confident and well produced release with a quality reggae flavour that gives a respectful nod to the genres history whilst also sounding fresh and ...

    Yungun & Mr Thing- Forget Me Not (Jul, 2006) One of the most satisfying releases from both guys in a while, Yungun and Mr Thing provide three great new tracks on this lead single for the forthcoming LP 'Grown ...

    Yungun and Mr Thing- Grown Man Business (Aug, 2006) For quite a while after Yungun released his 'The Essence' compilation/album people were gagging for more of the same stuff. Besides from a few records here and there, they've had ...

    Yungun- Jackin’ For Breaks (Jan, 2006) This 12" slab of wax features three tracks, all familiar but worth having in your record collection. 'Jacking For Breaks' is an entertaining track upon which Yungun drops a variety ...

    Yungun- The Essance (May, 2004) As with most UK hip-hop CD's, this 15 track collection pulls together the most popular of its artists 12" records alongside a few skits and a couple of exclusives. What's ...