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Black The Ripper – My Lyrics are Forever

During a recent trip to New York, I asked the locals which artists in the UK they knew about, I wanted if they have the same exposure that we have of their artists. The majority knew of Tim Westwood and used words to describe him that I can’t really say but you get the point, Dizzee Rascal it seems is the most famous prospect over there, I was hoping someone would say Wretch 32 or Ghetts, however that was not the case, for ages we have had Hip-Hop dedicated radio shows, our own awards ceremony ‘the Brits’ and ‘Mobo’ give out awards to more overseas artists than homegrown, the likes of Tinchy Stryder(that was before the recent awards) Ndubz and Chipmunk are changing that I agree, however if we can know about the likes of Currency, Wiz Khalifa and Slaughterhouse here in the UK then why do they not know of our talent?

There are a few reasons, their population is far larger which means more rappers, so everybody is too busy following what is ‘hot’ rather than having a real passion and allowing themselves to be naturaly inspired by a wide variety of influences. The Duo of Mega and Mayhem, better known as SAS were another name I heared a fair bit, could be due to their once affiliation with Dipset and Rocafella records, or just the fact that they have put the work in over there.

This article/review is to silence anyone who argues that the UK does not possess the talent or the fact that it is because of our dialect, as Americans have a different accent to us yet for years we have been listening and supporting.

After hearing this track, I felt the same feeling that I would get from listening to Wu-Tang, or even Rakim, Black the Ripper aka Samson takes it back, the production is Hip-Hop, it possesses the feeling of a classic, the potential is amazing, A real music fan anywhere in the world can appreciate this, Black the Ripper is talented and is clearly not phased by the problems many face to progress into mainstream, he celebrates the idea of being underground, using the internet to reach his audiences, he has come a long way through his own hard work and ambition, expect to hear a lot more of this artist because real talent can never be denied!

Fáris Rating:
8.5/10

Click Image to visit his Official Myspace page, listen to more and see new videos from the highly talented emcee

Click Image to visit his Official Myspace page, listen to more and see new videos from the highly talented emcee

Over 1 Million myspace views!!

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Raekwon – Catalina ft. Lyfe Jennings (Produced By Dr Dre)

Raekwon of the Legendary Wu-Tang, returns with the follow up to his classic Only Built for Cuban Linx, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2.

The majority of the songs leaked so far have been solid Hip-Hop records, with obvious features from Wu Tang members such as Method Man and Ghostface Killah, one of the tracks which stood out for me is this:

Catalina, produced by the legend himself Dr Dre, is a typical Dre production, the layering and sound quality, it has trademark Dre but a classic Hip-Hop feel to it, Lyfe Jennings always delivers with his unique voice, leaving plenty of room for Raekwon to shine.

For what it is, this track and the album as a whole will bring back some of the classic details that have been missing from Hip-Hop, that raw sound and over all feel, with the genre facing many changes and transitions over the years, it is always good for some of the originals to return and provide that lost flavour and style.

Click image to visit Raekwon's official myspace page

Click image to visit Raekwon's official myspace page

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