Hip-Hop

New Artist: Chance the Rapper

What better way to mark the beginning of a new year than with some fresh young talent from Chicago that you are bound to hear a lot of in 2012. The 18 year old MC has been cooking up a bit of a storm in the Chi-town area, pairing quick-fire lyrics with breezy flows. His forthcoming project 10day is a concept album based on a 10 day suspension handed down to Chance during his senior year of high school – an idea not too dissimilar to that of other Chicago-born rapper Kanye West and his debut, The College Dropout. Looks like Chance has chosen the right path to greatness…

New Release: Azealia Banks – Liqourice

Azealia Banks, the vibrant 21 year old rapper from Harlem, is back to give us one more fix before the year is up. Since the profanity-nourished track 212 went viral, there’s been some whispers of a debut album come 2012 plus rumours of business phonecalls with Kanye West.

New Release: Pavel Dovgal/Ta-Ku – Finest Ego| Faces Series Vol.1

We’re a little bit late on this release, but it’s just too good a discovery not to share with you guys. Two of the most seasoned beatmaker collectives came together this summer to put out the first volume of a fresh new producer series entitled ‘Faces’. Every edition showcases two different producers from the hubs of PROJECT: Mooncircle (Mike Gao, Long Arm, fLako) and Finest Ego (Om Unit, Floating Points, Dorian Concept), with unique cover artwork for each artist designed by the aspring LNY, ‘known for his surrealistic portraits, blending humans and animals’. This first volume brings together Russian-born Pavel Dovgal and Ta-Ku, who has Philippine roots and grew up in Australia. The cultures they’ve grown up in are worlds apart, and through this they bring their own unique blend of music; Pavel Dovgal’s Kiss Purple sparking future-garage pads alight with some up-tempo snaps and claps, whilst Ta-Ku’s Confessions features John Robinson aka Lil’ Sci (Scienz Of Life) flowing smoothly over some J Dilla/Madlib inspired production. You can listen to the full 8 tracks here.

Live Review: Azealia Banks @ Hoxton Square, London – 6 November

“I’m a bit nervous, y’all a good looking crowd.” Despite this shy admittance (modesty being an uncommon trait in Hip-hop), Azealia Banks has little to fear. Beginning entirely acapella, her flow is seamless and visceral; she barks and bites whilst retaining an alluring coyness that’s utterly compelling. The beats are predominantly minimal, almost tribal, full of bitter wit…

New Artist: ASAP Rocky

Hitting the scene a couple of months ago, Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky has emerged, and he’s growing as fast as Odd Future did all that time ago. It’s easy to draw this comparison because of the in-built ASAP Mob production team, low pitch voices, futuristic Hip-hop beats and constant use of “swag”, but it doesn’t quite sum Rocky up…