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New Joint – The Liquid Crystal Project / Copywrite

The Liquid Crystal Project ft. Copywrite – “Take It EZ” (@LC_Project / 2013)

J Rawls-produced nod to Common Sense from the forthcoming “LCP 3.5” EP.

New Joint – MHz Legacy

MHz Legacy – “Obituaries” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2013)

Produced by Marco Polo.

New Joint – MHz Legacy

MHz Legacy – “Gone” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Surock-produced track from the veteran collective’s forthcoming self-titled album which features Oh No, Ill Bill, Slaine and more.

New Joint – Copywrite / Genesis Elijah / Mystro / Iron Braydz

Copywrite ft. Genesis Elijah, Mystro & Iron Braydz – “Royal Flush” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Dub Sonata-produced transatlantic posse cut from the Ohio emcee’s recent album “God Save The King – Proper English Version”.

New Joint – Copywrite / Illogic

Copywrite ft. Illogic – “More Sorrow” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Stu Bangas-produced track taken from the “Proper English Version” of Copywrite’s “God Save The King” album.

New Joint – Copywrite / Royce Da 5’9 / Genesis Elijah

Copywrite ft. Royce Da 5’9 & Genesis Elijah – “Overdose” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Curtiss King-produced track from the “Proper English Version” of the Ohio emcee’s new album “God Save The King”.

New Joint – Copywrite / Killah Priest / Lord Basis / Melanin 9

Copywrite ft. Killah Priest, Lord Basis & Melanin 9 – “Arachnaphobia” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Jaguar Skills-produced tracks from the Ohio emcee’s album “God Save The King (Proper English Version)”.

New Joint – Copywrite / Akala / Sonny Seeza

Copywrite ft. Akala & Sonny Seeza – “Starter Hats” (ManBitesDogRecords.Com / 2012)

Kount Fif-produced track from the “Proper English” version of the Ohio emcee’s “God Save The King” album which features London’s Akala dropping a passionate verse alongside Onyx’s Sonny Seeza.

New Joint – Copywrite / Illogic

Copywrite ft. Illogic – “Sorrow” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Copywrite teams-up with fellow Ohio emcee Illogic on this Stu Bangas-produced track from the album “God Save The King”.

New Joint – Copywrite / Genesis Elijah / Mystro / Iron Braydz

Copywrite ft. Genesis Elijah, Mystro & Iron Braydz – “Royal Flush” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Rugged Dub Sonata-produced transatlantic collabo from the Ohio emcee’s album “God Save The King” featuring a line-up of heavyweight UK talent.

New Joint – Copywrite / Sean Price / S.A.S.

Copywrite ft. Sean Price & S.A.S. – “Troop Jackets” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Kount Fif-produced track taken from the Ohio emcee’s album “God Save The King (Proper English Version)” which includes a number of transatlantic collabos featuring the likes of Iron Braydz, Genesis Elijah, Mystro and M9.

Album Review – RML & Kount Fif Present…

RML & Kount Fif Present…

“The Swashbuckler Volume 1: The Viking Wars”

(Man Bites Dog Records)

To say the 90s were an incredible time in Hip-Hop is something of an understatement. With production techniques and lyrical styles becoming elevated to new levels of musical perfection, East Coast classics such as Nas’ “Illmatic”, Wu-Tang’s “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” and Tribe’s “Midnight Maruaders” left an indelible mark on the culture and influenced an entire generation of Hip-Hop junkies, some of whom would go on to make their own contributions to the rap game in subsequent years.

With that in mind, this lengthy compilation project from the Man Bites Dog label is part homage to those boom-bap Hip-Hop heroes of yesteryear and part proof that there are still current artists today who’re able to channel those 90s influences into quality music in 2012.

Largely-produced by DMV music man Kount Fif (whose credits include Vast Aire and  Killah Priest), with further input from Bronze Nazareth, Melodious Monk and Brinknam, “The Swashbuckler” is an unapologetically hardcore collection of raw, stripped down beats tailor-made for the long list of featured emcees who each take their opportunity to shine, harking back to a time when lyricists literally lived for the moment to get behind a mic and unleash verses painstakingly crafted to ensure they snatched their props from anyone listening.

The opening “Early 90’s” perfectly sets the tone for the remainder of the project, featuring Rotten Apple residents Double A.B., Karniege and Torae revisiting some snapshot memories over a booming, Timberland-stomping beat, with references made to playing Nintendo, running wild on subway trains, chain-snatching and tagging-up their respective neighbourhoods.

On paper, the pairing of missing-in-action emcee Nine and West Coast wordsmith Planet Asia on the string-heavy “Year Of The Hustle” may seem an odd combination, but like many of the not-so-obvious collabos included here, the mix of the NY vet’s gruff delivery and Asia’s nimble wordplay works well. Such is also the case with the lumbering, ominous “The Crusaders”, which finds Wu affiliate Killah Priest dropping heavy-mental imagery in his usual deadpan style over dramatic fanfare blasts, whilst upcoming lyricist Empuls effectively counters Priest’s low-key flow with an agitated delivery that ensures he stands-out against the Sunz Of Man member.

Elsewhere, Boston’s Akrobatik spits positivity over solid beats in his typically authoritative, forthright manner on “Out Of The Darkness…”, whilst “Arkansas Toothpick” is a sparse, atmospheric posse cut featuring Copywrite, Outerspace’s Planetary, Jason Rose and Strong Island mic fiend Roc Marciano each displaying top-notch penmanship with intricate verses that will have lyric-lovers reaching for rewind.

For pure nostalgia reasons, Heltah Skeltah’s rumbling, bass-heavy “Never Ending” also deserves a mention, with the Brooklyn duo once again showing the chemistry that made them such firm fan favourites when they debuted in the mid-90s, dropping rugged-yet-amusing punchlines in abundance (“S**t’s wack like wearing new Nikes out in the rain…”).

At seventeen tracks deep, there are a few cuts here that could have been left in the studio, but worthwhile appearances from the likes of Inspectah Deck, Royce Da 5’9, U-God and Vast Aire ensure dull musical moments are kept to a minimum.

Leaning on Hip-Hop’s past glories as a creative crutch because you have little to offer in the present day is something that’s caught a few artists out over the years, but as evidenced by the majority of the beats and rhymes contained on “The Swashbuckler”, when handled by talented individuals, paying homage to rap’s Golden Era can still be a worthwhile exercise.

Ryan Proctor

Double A.B., Karniege & Torae – “Early 90’s” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

New Joint – Copywrite

Copywrite – “Workahol” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Shot on location in South Africa and taken from the album “God Save The King”.

New Joint – Copywrite / Casual / Evidence / Planet Asia

Copywrite ft. Casual, Evidence & Planet Asia – “Golden State (Of Mind)” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Vanderslice-produced track from the forthcoming album “God Save The King”.

New Joint – Copywrite / Tage Future

Copywrite ft. Tage Future (of MHz) – “Love” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

Bronze Nazareth-produced track from the forthcoming album “God Save The King”.

New Joint – Copywrite / Dru Blu / Jason Rose

Copywrite ft. Dru Blu & Jason Rose – “G$K” (Man Bites Dogs Records / 2012)

Stu Bangas-produced track taken from the US emcee’s forthcoming “God Save The King” album which features appearances from a host of UK artists including Genesis Elijah, Mystro, Iron Braydz, Melanin 9 and more.

New Joint – Copywrite / Jakki Da Mota Mouth

Copywrite ft. Jakki Da Mota Mouth – “Swaggot Killaz” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2012)

!llmind-produced cut from the forthcoming album “God Save The King” which features input from Bronze Nazareth, Roc Marciano, Casual and Illogic.

New Joint – Wingspan

Wingspan – “Wait A Minute” (HeyWingspan.Com / 2011)

Produced by Copywrite and taken from the forthcoming album “Growing Wings”.

New Joint – Mr. Brown / Copywrite

Mr. Brown ft. Copywrite – “We Don’t Quit” (KingUnderground.Com / 2011)

Forthcoming limited edition 7″ single from the UK producer.

The Hip-Hop Affect Cover / Tracklisting – J Rawls

The Ohio-based producer responsible for bangers from the likes of Lone Catalysts, Black Star, El Da Sensei and Masta Ace releases his new album via Green Streets Int. on May 17th.

From The Press Release:

“”The Hip-Hop Affect” tells the story of how Rawls grew with Hip-Hop as Hip-Hop itself continued to grow.  Born out of a dialogue with his son, THHA explores Rawls’ personal journey from Columbus to Cincinnati to cities all over the world, as well as Hip-Hop’s journey from block parties to MTV to total ubiquity.  “We walk, talk, and think Hip-Hop because we are Hip-Hop,” explains Rawls.  “We birthed it, created it, and reared it.  As with any child, we don’t like every change that we see Hip-Hop make, but we stick with it because we love it. This album tells the story of Hip-Hop and the affect it’s had on my life,” he explains.  “I really want to get people to ask themselves, How has Hip-Hop affected your life?”


1.  HHA Intro (ft. Joshy)
2.  Best Producer on the Mic (ft. Diamond D, Oh No & Kev Brown)
3.  Face It (ft. Sadat X & Wise Intelligent)
4.  Jewel (ft. Afaliah)
5.  Going Through Records (Interlude)
6.  Salute (ft. Piakhan)
7.  Just Rhymin’ with Fest (ft. Rhymefest)
8.  That Very First Day (ft. Fat Jon )
9.  Heeey (ft. El Da Sensei, John Robinson, LeFortheUncool & Afaliah)
10.  Who Am I? (ft. S.P.I.R.I.T.)
11.  Making a Beat (Interlude)
12.  Sandsy (ft. J. Sands [Lone Catalysts])
13.  Ya Friends in the Way (ft. Senor Kaos)
14.  Are You Listening? (Bad Azz, Copywrite & Edo G)
15.  Jussy on the Mic (Interlude)
16.  Why You Do
17.  Find a New (ft. Casual)
18.  Da Beatbox (Interlude)
19.  We’re on Top (#OhioTakeOver) (ft. Count Bass D , Trav Dave , Rashad , Co-City, , J Osceola , LeForTheUncool , Stalley , Tage [MHz, Columbus], Copywrite [MHz, Columbus], Donwill [Tanya Morgan,Cincinnati], 6S , Donte [Mood, Cincinnati], Piakhan , Ilyas [Tanya Morgan, Cincinnati], Main Flow [Mood, Cincinnati], Dominique Larue , Hood Apostle , ILL Poetic , ILLOGIC , Iyball [Fly.Union, Columbus], JaySwiffa [Fly.Union, Columbus], Jerreau [Fly.Union, Columbus], P Blackk )
20.  The Beat’s Done (Interlude)
21.  HHA Outro (Joshy Gets It)