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ACTIVIST: Critical Acclaim

So happy I stumbled over this (via the very reliable Global Faction). Some would probably argue this is more spoken word than hip hop but I’ve never really understood that distinction. Whatever. This is a great example of the incredible talent working in the UK just now.

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BLUEPRINT: King No Crown

New from the Rhymesayer’s veteran, this is apparently the first he takes sole production credits on. He’s kept a steady hand on the helm, for sure, and the result is an album rather than a collection of tracks. Press play, sit back, and enjoy.


ODDISEE: The good fight

Another month, another clutch of unmissable releases from Mello Music Group – surely one of the strongest hip hop labels out there just now. There hasn’t been a duff note so far from them in 2015, and this kicks off May in fine style. Instant classic.


PAPA RUIZ: HR- 1955

Lot of love for the Organized Threat collective, and this, from Papa J Ruiz doesn’t disappoint. Downbeat production and incisive rhymes. Recommended if you liked the recent Red Pill album, anything by Von Poe VII (CEO of Organized threat), or some of the more melodic stuff coming out of the Doomtree collective. Also there’s a Gil Scot Heron sample. Which gets my vote.


VIDA KILLZ: Imaginary

More goodness from the massively underrated member of the Organized Threat collective. This track is on point and on form.