Hip-Hop

Anthony Valadez – Just Visiting

From what we’ve heard, if you live in L.A. and follow the Hip-Hop beat scene even just a smidge then you will have, at some point, witnessed an Anthony Valadez DJ set. The L.A. based Hip-Hop DJ/producer has residencies at some of the best clubs in and around California, not to mention a regular slot at Santa Monica’s famed KCRW terrestrial radio. In 2009 he released his first full-length EP, Audio / Visual : Sounds Inspired by all Things Visual, which brought an enigmatic fusion of sample-based and live experimental Hip-Hop to our ears, rich in texture and injected with a generous dose of soulful goodness. He’s now teamed up with the amazing label Plug Research to release his second LP Just Visiting, a vibrant collection of sparkling beats and delicate melodies with collaborations from the likes of Mar (of Full Crate and Mar), Anna Wise (of Sonnymoon) and Def Sound. You can stream the whole album at the bottom of this page, and check out our favourite tracks off the album with accompanying [brand new] visuals below.

New Artist: Wiki

The messiah of East-Coast Hip-Hop has landed in a neighborhood of Upper West Side, Manhattan, and comes in the form of 18-year-old gutter kid Wiki. Whilst Odd Future have exuded an MTV flex, bursting with trendy snapbacks, Supreme rags and skateboards on the West Side of America, New York has become a platform for left-field Harlemites Azealia Banks and Asap Rocky to hold down the concrete jungle, until now. Wiki a.k.a. Patrick Morales (along with recently featured rapper Joey Badda$$) is bringing back the dusty rawkess Hip-Hop of the 90s, full with New York sewer-style attitude. Wiki released his debut EP 1993 in October 2011 but only since visuals were added to lead track Wikispeaks has the world started to take notice. The 1993 EP was on his Bandcamp until late, but that has mysteriously disappeared now. We won’t speculate on why just yet but keep your eyes peeled for big things, and take a look below.

New Artist: Joey Badda$$

Be warned, if you’re looking for some progressive Hip-Hop with innovative beats and provocative lyrics, look away now. If, however, you need to silence your rumbling appetite for Hip-Hop in its 90s heyday with something new, then Joey Bada$$ is your guy.

Wiley – Glam Nightclub

You would’ve thought signing to Warner could allow Wiley to loosen the reigns a bit, but this boy just don’t stop working. His latest effort sees him rapping over Julio Bashmore’s Battle For Middle You about (unsurprisingly) a nightclub called Glam. A quick Google leads to a club “in the heart of Wales’s capital city” so this may not be the said venue but they’ll definitely be getting more hits in the next few days from inquisitive Wiley fans.

New Artist: A Yellow Man

You might remember a bike mad, London Hip-Hop group we posted a while back called 2morrow’s Victory. If not, go check ’em out. If you do and approved as much as we did, then you’re in for a treat. Despite the name, A Yellow Man it is not one man, but two – brothers Sam and Emmanuel – plus the soulful sounds of Demae.