Tag Archives: Cappo

New Joint – Cappo / Senz Beats

Cappo / Senz Beats – “Tidal Wave” (BootRecords.BandCamp.Com / 2019)

Brussels-born, Montreal-based producer Senz Beats provides Nottingham rhyme scientist Cappo with the perfect sonic backdrop for his heavy-mental verses.

New Joint – Cappo & Cyrus Malachi

Cappo & Cyrus Malachi – “Aqua Lungi” (VillageLiveRecords.Com / 2019)

Lyrical mastery from the UK duo’s brilliant collabo album “Postmodernism”.

New Joint – AVER / Cappo

AVER ft. Cappo – “Something From Nothing” (@VillageLiveRec / 2018)

Producer AVER of UK crew The Natural Curriculum calls on the undeniable rhyme skills of Notts bomber Cappo for the lead single off his forthcoming album “Dressed For CCTV”.

New Joint – Apollo Brown / Juga-Naut / Vandal Savage / Cappo

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Apollo Brown ft. Juga-Naut, Vandal Savage & Cappo – “Time’s Different” (@LowKeySourceAU / 2018)

Detroit producer Apollo Brown teams-up with some heavyweight UK talent for this cut off his EP “Across The Globe Vol. 1” dropping April 20th on Australia’s Low Key Source label.

New Joint – VVV

VVV – “Polo Zeus” (JugaNaut.BandCamp.Com / 2018)

Nottingham trio Juga-Naut, Vandal Savage and Cappo drop a gem off their recent “Bozo Boyz” collabo album.

New Joint – VVV

VVV – “Playin Out” (JugaNaut.BandCamp.Com / 2018)

Taken off the 2017 mixtape “Apocalypse Trent” from Nottingham rhyme giants Juga-Naut, Vandal Savage and Cappo.

Bozo Boyz Album Stream – VVV

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Nottingham microphone masters Juga-Naut, Cappo and Vandal Savage flex heavyweight rhymes skills over an eclectic selection of beats on their unpredictable “Bozo Boyz” project.

New Joint – VVV

VVV – “Golden Axe” (JugaNaut.BandCamp.Com / 2017)

Off-kilter flavour off the upcoming “Bozo Boyz” project from Nottingham-based lyrical giants Juga-Naut, Cappo and Vandal Savage.

 

New Joint – VVV

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VVV – “Painted On Hairline” (JugaNaut.BandCamp.Com / 2017)

Heavy Nottingham styles off the new “Apocalypse Trent” project from Juga-Naut, Cappo and Vandal Savage.

New Joint – Moodswing / Cappo / Flu

Moodswing ft. Cappo & Flu – “Robert Johnson” (CCWhite.BandCamp.Com / 2017)

Future shock flavour featuring Nottingham, England’s Cappo and Melbourne, Australia’s Flu.

New Joint – Cappo / Juga-Naut

Cappo ft. Juga-Naut – “15-10” (@YNRProductions / 2017)

New single from the Notts bomber’s “Dramatic Change Of Fortune” album.

New Joint – Cappo / Juga-Naut

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Cappo ft. Juga-Naut – “15-10” (@YNRProductions / 2017)

Two of the UK’s finest emcees join forces on this new single from Nottingham legend Cappo’s “Dramatic Change Of Fortune” album.

New Joint – Cappo

Cappo – “Air” (@Cappo_Genghis / 2017)

Back-t0-the-future true-school theme music from the Notts bomber’s self-produced album “Dramatic Change Of Fortune”.

New Joint – Strange U / Cappo

Strange U ft. Cappo – “Zuul” (@HighFocusUK / 2017)

Space-age future flavours off the UK duo’s forthcoming album “#LP4080”.

100 Best Albums & EPs Of 2016 (Part Four) – Cappo / A Tribe Called Quest / Ka etc.

Check Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

Cappo – “Dramatic Change Of Fortune” (YNR Productions) – Nottingham’s Cappo really put himself in a zone for his latest self-produced long-player, a relatively short yet intense collection of intricate lyricism and atmospheric, boundary-blurring beats which proved the UK emcee isn’t afraid to think outside of the box when it’s time to make music.

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Nolan The Ninja – “He(art)” (Left Of Center) – Whilst accurate, using the word ‘passionate’ to describe Nolan The Ninja’s microphone techniques really doesn’t do justice to the Detroit emcee’s approach to his craft. Attacking every track on “He(art)” with both ferocity and skill, the Motor City representative ensured this album bristled with a tangible sense of energy, showcasing his undeniable love for the culture of Hip-Hop in the process.

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Levitical – “Do The Right Thing” (Levitical.BandCamp.Com) – With a respectful nod to Spike Lee’s classic late-80s film of the same name, this EP from Detroit duo Dr. Doowap and Marc Arrow was a short, sharp blast of sonic motivation, mixing humour, wit and social commentary with jazzy, soulful soundscapes.

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Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – “The Easy Truth” (Mello Music Group) – Backed by the melodic thump of Detroit producer Apollo Brown, Brooklyn’s Skyzoo offered further proof throughout “The Easy Truth” of why he deserves to be described as one of the nicest wordsmiths to have emerged from his beloved BK borough, painting captivating lyrical pictures of Rotten Apple life with genuine skill, empathy and insight. Respect the aura.

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Spida Lee – “Rise Of A King” (SpidaLee.BandCamp.Com) – Mixing conscious vibes and street smarts with the unashamedly 90s-influenced production of Natural Doc, UK emcee Spida Lee’s sophomore album was a real joy to listen to, full of unbridled enthusiasm and a desire to give listeners some food for thought.

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A Tribe Called Quest – “We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service” (Epic) – Following the sad passing of group member Phife Dawg, the unexpected return of A Tribe Called Quest was bittersweet to say the least. Yet the legendary crew from Queens largely succeeded in turning tragedy into artistic triumph with their sixth album. Capturing the spirit of the classic Tribe sound without simply retreading old creative ground, “We Got It From Here…” was mature, refined Hip-Hop. RIP Phife.

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Blakface & Sean Wyze – “The Time Ahead” (Blakface.BandCamp.Com) – West Coast / Midwest trio FunkLogik, $incere and Sean Wyze delivered thought-provoking, down-to-earth lyricism and melodic, sample-driven beats on this well-crafted album, with Guilty Simpson, Illa J and Trek Life on-hand to offer microphone assistance.

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Siddeeq Matthew – “King Language” (SiddeeqMatthew.BandCamp.Com) – Mixing true-school values with contemporary styles, this EP from Leicester, England’s Siddeeq Matthew offered street-savvy verses laced with personal reflection, resulting in a unique and thoroughly engaging listening experience.

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Ka – “Honor Killed The Samurai” (Iron Works) – Crafted with the precision of a master builder, this impressive self-produced body of work from Brooklyn’s Ka found the NY artist once again showcasing his near-obsessive attention to detail, both lyrically and sonically. Marrying vivid-yet-understated verses full of gritty life observations with his trademark stripped-down soundscapes, “Honor…” had all the makings of a modern-day cult classic.

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MarQ Spekt & Blockhead – “Keep Playin'” (HiPNOTT Records) – If you like raw rhyme skills that sound like they were sharpened in golden-era street-corner ciphers coupled with uncompromising, hardcore beats, then this album from Philly wordsmith MarQ Spekt and NY producer Blockhead should have found its way onto your playlist.

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Psycho Les – “Dank God, Vol. 1” (PitFight Entertainment) – Still as intoxicated and stone crazy as ever, Beatnuts member Psycho Les called on a long list of microphone heavyweights to feature on this compilation-style project, including R.A. The Rugged Man, Inspectah Deck and Tragedy Khadafi. Strictly underground funk, keep the crossover.

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Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey – “Whole Food” (Mello Music Group) – The sonic equivalent of a good home-cooked meal, this collaborative effort from Texas-raised producer Dean and Detroit emcee Vessey offered listeners plenty of musical sustenance, with the pair displaying undeniable creative chemistry throughout the project.

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Buddy Leezle – “The Colorful World Of Buddy Benetton” (BuddyLeezle.BandCamp.Com) – Philly’s Buddle Leezle joined forces with producer Mook of Ireland’s Sons Phonetic for this transatlantic collection of fresh, fly and bold flavours inspired by the Illadelph lyricist’s passion for collecting vintage Ralph Lauren and Benetton clothing.

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Tab_One & Sinopsis – “Sincerely, Tab” (Tab-One.BandCamp.Com) – Members of North Carolina’s Kooley High crew, emcee Tab_One and producer Sinopsis confidently stepped outside of the group dynamic on this collaborative release, with “Sincerely, Tab” standing as a shining example of organic underground Hip-Hop.

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Allstar Stacks – “Rocky Road” (AllstarStacks.BandCamp.Com) – London emcee Allstar Stacks delivered a potent mix of streetwise swagger and sincere introspection on this impressive Session 600-produced project, featuring Ray Vendetta, FlowTecs and K Zorro.

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Vandal Savage – “1000th Prestige” (IAmVandalSavage.BandCamp.Com) – Nottingham’s Vandal Savage further cemented his growing reputation as one of the nicest lyricists in the UK Hip-Hop scene with this self-produced EP featuring Juga-Naut, Micall Parknsun and Cappo.

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Ray Vendetta & K Zorro – “The Regulator’s Handbook” (RingzOvSaturn.BandCamp.Com) – Triple Darkness member Ray Vendetta and fellow London representative K Zorro brough their alter-egos Daddy Longluv and Jack O’Hartz to the forefront on this quality concept-based project, which featured the UK duo proving there’s no slackin’ in their mackin’ as they put it down for the ladies in a roughneck style and fashion.

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Idasa Tariq – “FRAMES” (IdasaTariq.BandCamp.Com) – Sincere, intelligent rhymes from Pittsburgh’s Idasa Tariq which were as thought-provoking as they were personal, with “FRAMES” being a project that was tailor-made for today’s troubled times.

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Badly Promoted Geniuses – “Sorry Not Sorry” (BadlyPromotedGeniuses.BandCamp.Com) – Described as being “the result of the overactive imaginations of six miscreants with a penchant for Rap”, the debut album from UK crew Badly Promoted Geniuses was an unpredictable-yet-cohesive collection of beats and rhymes, showcasing the undeniable creativity of Triple Dot Beast, Baron Samedi, Skrabl, Oozhe, Sofa King and DJ Severe.

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Ivan Ave – “Helping Hands” (JakartaRecords-Label.BandCamp.Com) – Norway’s Ivan Ave delivered honest, introspective rhymes over producer MNDSGN’s mellow beats on this fine collection of hypnotic mood music.

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Fifth and final part coming soon.

New Joint – Cappo

Cappo – “Ellelle” (@Cappo_Genghis / 2016)

A short, sharp blast from the UK emcee’s recent “Dramatic Change Of Fortune” album.

New Joint – Cappo

Cappo – “Ether” (@Cappo_Genghis / 2016)

One of the most skilled emcees in the game, Nottingham’s Cappo delivers the first single from his forthcoming album “Dramatic Change Of Fortune”.

New Joint – Cappo

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Cappo – “Ether” (@YNRProductions / 2016)

Since his debut EP release in 1999, Nottingham’s Cappo has consistently grown and evolved as an artist, elevating his lyrical capabilities to above-the-clouds status whilst proving himself to be a true master of his craft.

Dealing with the creative pitfalls faced in any artistic endeavour, this concept-based track is the lead single from Cappo’s forthcoming album “Dramatic Change Of Fortune”.

 

New Joint – VVV

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VVV – “Bozo Boyz” (Juganaut.BandCamp.Com / 2016)

Notts bombers Vandal Savage, Juga-Naut and Cappo fly high above the competition with another essential combination of vivid, abstract wordplay and quality production – fasten your seat-belts.

Album Review – Ghost

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Shards Of Memories”

(Ghost.BandCamp.Com)

Almost ten years to the day since the release of his debut album “Seldom Seen Often Heard”, April 18th sees UK-raised, now Australia-based producer Ghost dropping his fourth long-player, “Shards Of Memories”.

First making his mark at the turn of the millennium as a deejay on London’s then pirate Hip-Hop radio station Itch FM, Ghost soon made the jump from playing records to releasing them, with his 2003 EP “Ghost Stories” immediately becoming something of a homegrown cult classic thanks to its straight-from-the-crates, sample-based production, plus features from a new wave of UK talent who’d emerged in the early-2000s, including Kashmere, Asaviour and Verb T.

Whilst 2006’s “Seldom Seen…” built on the sonic foundations laid by that initial EP release, Ghost’s further two albums, “Freedom Of Thought” (2009) and “Postcards From The Edge” (2010), found the talented music man pushing his creative boundaries, with “Postcards…” going so far as to be completely sample-free,  showcasing Ghost taking a step towards the musical worlds of electronica and dubstep (a decision which no doubt confused some original fans whilst bringing new supporters onboard at the same time).

As Ghost’s return to the musical arena, “Shards Of Memories” ambitiously (yet successfully) bridges the gap between the producer’s underground Hip-Hop roots and his desire to craft something that reaches beyond the scene’s traditional sound of dusty drums and head-nodding loops.

Yes, Ghost is extremely competent and able when it comes to delivering standard boom-bap beats, he just doesn’t want to only be known for that.

The opening “Who Do I” features British emcee Kal Sereousz pondering life decisions over crashing drums, whilst the atmospheric “Cold” finds Four Owls member Verb T switching lyrical gears with ease, utilising an engaging double-time flow over a striking blend of sombre strings and sparse beats.

“The Colour Of Life”, the first of three instrumental tracks here, is a piano-laced symphony of live musicianship, which builds into an intense wall of sound that effectively highlights Ghost’s sonic mastery and vision.

Australian rhyme vet Brad Strut lends his precise wordplay to the punchy “Where You Been”, and the Cappo-assisted title track breathes new life into the classic Bob James “Nautilus” break, with the Nottingham artist proving yet again why he should be considered one of the most gifted and consistent emcees of his generation.

The melancholy jazz swing  of “Still Here” provides Prose emcee Efeks with the perfect soundscape over which to deliver his personal struggles of life as an independent artist, whilst the instrumental “O.S.T.” more than lives up to its title, with the track’s mix of gritty guitar, frantic drums and triumphant horns evoking images of scenes from a 70s crime flick.

An impressive effort which is both polished and well-executed whilst managing to retain a spontaneous, unpredictable edge, “Shards Of Memories” is the sound of a confident producer embracing his original Hip-Hop influences as he also continues to allow himself to grow through his music.

If you don’t already, this is one Ghost you really should believe in.

Ryan Proctor