Tag Archives: Enemy Soil

New Joint – Vinnie Paz

Vinnie Paz – “Blood On My Hands” (@Vinnie_Paz / 2018)

Vic Grimes-produced rawness from the Philly legend’s forthcoming album “The Pain Collector”.

52 Best Albums & EPs Of 2012 (Part Two) – Vinnie Paz / Ka / GrindHouse Project etc.

Luv NY – “Luv NY” (Ascetic / Red Apples 45) – Enlisting a crew of iconic Rotten Apple emcees that most producers could only dream of working with, Bronx-bred music man Ray West blessed AG, Kool Keith, Kurious etc with a hypnotic selection of his minimalist, piano-driven production, allowing each of the featured lyricists plenty of room to breathe as they celebrated the bright lights and shadowy back-streets of New York City.

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Joker Starr – “Blood-Ren” (Flukebeat Music) – Not afraid to standout from the pack, UK emcee Joker Starr ensured every track on this project was packed with personality, utilising his individual rhyme style to pay homage to Michael Jackson, impress the ladies and show the British rap scene some tough love.

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Vinnie Paz – “God Of The Serengeti” (Enemy Soil) – Picking up where his brilliant 2010 solo album left-off, Philly rhyme animal Paz’s second shot for delf upped the hardcore ante even further than its predecessor, with the Jedi Mind Tricks frontman collaborating with heavyweights such as Scarface and Tragedy Khadafi over thunderous production that could rattle the gates of hell.

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Beat Bop Scholar – “Authentic Minded” (BeatBopScholar.BandCamp.Com) – Proving the old saying that age really ain’t nothing but a number, Los Angeles-based teenage producer Beat Bop Scholar lived up to his name on this mainly instrumenal project, channelling his love of golden-era Hip-Hop into a nice selection of drum-heavy, sample-laden head-nodders with legends Percee P, Sadat X and Craig G on-hand to offer vocal support.

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Ka – “Grief Pedigree” (Iron Works) – Achieving a nearly impossible balance between rugged street rhetoric and elegant sonic sophistication, veteran Brooklyn lyricist Ka cast a watchful eye over his Brownsville neighbourhood on this self-produced album, delivering pearls of hard-knock wisdom with an understated been-there-done-that flow which only made his observations of the world around him hit home even harder.

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GrindHouse Project – “GHP Is Like…” (GrindHouseProject.BandCamp.Com) – Comprised of producers Futurewave and Astro Mega with emcees Trace Motivate and 360, this Toronto-based quartet’s debut project sounded like it had been recorded by a crew who’d locked themselves in a dark basement for six months with nothing but a sampler, some broken mics and a stack of old vinyl. Uncompromisingly hardcore, “GHP Is Like…” was all about the essential foundations of quality Hip-Hop; sharp verbal skills and quality beats with instant-rewind appeal. Music to stomp your Timberlands to.

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Phoenix Da Icefire – “The Quantum Leap” (PhoenixDaIcefire.Com) – An affiliate of London’s Triple Darkness camp, this labour of love from Phoenix Da Icefire took nearly five years to complete, but judging by the quality of the beats and rhymes heard here it was definitely time well spent. Almost entirely produced by the talented Chemo, the UK emcee covered all the lyrical bases here, from intense self-reflection and intelligent social commentary to competition-crushing verses.

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Visioneers – “Hipology” (BBE) – Multi-talented London-based producer Marc Mac returned this year under his Visioneers guise, with this brilliantly executed concept album encapsulating a variety of musical styles to highlight the many influences that have shaped the 4hero member’s own personal relationship with Hip-Hop culture, from the Incredible Bongo Band to J Dilla.

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Large Professor – “Professor @ Large” (Fat Beats) – The legendary live guy with glasses and former Main Source member continued to demonstrate his loyalty to the 90s NY golden-era sound he helped influence with this no-frills collection of five-borough flavour featuring the likes of Busta Rhymes, Grand Daddy I.U. and Action Bronson.

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Blacastan – “The Master Builder Part II” (Brick) – The Demigodz / Army Of The Pharaohs wordsmith’s latest release contained plenty of the gruff Connecticut emcee’s cautionary street tales and conspiracy-laced wordplay over longtime collaborator ColomBeyond’s hard-edged production.

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Ryan Proctor

Part Three coming soon – check Part One here.

New Joint – Vinnie Paz / Block McCloud

Vinnie Paz ft. Block McCloud – “End Of Days” (Enemy Soil / 2012)

Sicknature-produced track from the Jedi Mind Tricks front-man’s excellent 2010 solo album “Season Of The Assassin”.

New Joint – Outerspace / Blacastan / Esoteric

Outerspace ft. Blacastan & Esoteric – “Bodega Gospel” (Enemy Soil / 2012)

Taken from Philly duo Planetary and Crypt The Warchild’s recent album “My Brother’s Keeper”.

New Joint – Heavy Metal Kings / Q-Unique / Slaine

Heavy Metal Kings ft. Q-Unique & Slaine – “Metal In Your Mouth” (Enemy Soil / 2011)

Quality animated video from Vinnie Paz and Ill Bill’s “Heavy Metal Kings” album.

My Brother, My Ace – Outerspace

Footage of Philly’s Outerspace duo Planetary and Crypt The Warchild promoting their new album “My Brother’s Keeper” at Boston’s UGHH store.

New Joint – Heavy Metal Kings

Heavy Metal Kings – “Oath Of The Goat” (Enemy Soil / 2011)

Taken from Vinnie and Bill’s self-titled hardcore extravaganza of an album released earlier this year.

New Joint – Outerspace

Outerspace – “My Brother’s Keeper” (Enemy Soil / 2011)

Title track from the Jedi Mind Tricks-affiliated duo’s forthcoming album.

Blood Brothers – Outerspace

Jedi Mind Tricks affliates Planetary and Crypt The Warchild discuss their forthcoming album “My Brother’s Keeper” which drops in August on the Enemy Soil label.

Drop It Heavy – Heavy Metal Kings

Guestlist Network interview with Vinnie Paz and Ill Bill following their recent London show.

Live Review – Heavy Metal Kings (Ill Bill / Vinnie Paz)

Venue: The Underworld, London  Date: 11 May 2011

Close to the end of their month long European tour, Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz’s stop in London was without doubt  one of this year’s most anticipated gigs so far. Having inherited the same hybrid fanbase of Hip-Hop heads, rock dudes and skater-types that Cypress Hill and House Of Pain once attracted, it was obvious from the outset that this particular show was going to be just a little different to your typical rap event.

Packed with drunk, tatted-up white dudes clad in La Coka Nostra / Jedi Mind Tricks t-shirts chanting “Bill! Bill! Bill!” and “Vinnniie!” long before the pair had even hit the stage, Camden’s dark and humid subterranean Underworld venue was perhaps the perfect spot for the Heavy Metal Kings’ brand of grimy, aggressive rap.

After strong, well-received sets from UK acts Grit Grammar and Rhyme Asylum, Non-Phixion’s DJ Eclipse took to the mic to announce the arrival of the headlining act. Hitting the stage to the sound of the HMK banger “Keeper Of The Seven Keys”, Bill and Vinnie drew thunderous roars from the crowd setting an energy level that remained high for the duration of the duo’s hour-plus set.

No gimmicks and no theatrics, the Brooklyn native and Philly emcee powered through their hardcore repertoire, drawing on material not just from the Heavy Metal Kings release, but also the catalogues of Non-Phixion, Jedi Mind Tricks, Army Of The Pharoahs, La Coka Nostra plus their own solo work.

With the gravelly-voiced Paz appearing more subdued than he was at last year’s London JMT show, it was left mainly to Bill to fill the gaps between tracks, displaying a dry sense of humour that only seemed to run out when, after playing peacekeeper between two fighting audience members, the pair’s scuffle led to the monitors being pushed out of place on the front of the stage – “You’re f**kin’ boring me now!” the agitated Non-Phixion member yelled at the two knuckleheads. “I actually don’t care now if you beat the sh*t out of each other or not, just leave the f**kin’ monitors alone!”

Cuts such as Non-Phixion’s conspiracy-driven “Black Helicopters”, Vinnie’s solo joint “Monster’s Ball” and LCN’s “F**k Tony Montana” were all delivered with fiery determination by the duo, with the show being nothing short of an hour-long adrenaline rush. Inbetween dropping sonic bombs, Bill and Paz gave props to their favourite rock acts such as Slayer, dropped a dedication to Gang Starr’s Guru and poked fun at the British accent, with Ill Bill joking that he thought the crowd was going to be a “bunch of Napoleon Dynamite-looking muthaf**kers”, to which Vinnie responded “Nah, the goons came out tonight” whilst surveying the rowdy scene.

Considering the pair’s lyrical content can often have a socio-political slant complete with anti-government rhetoric, it would have been interesting to hear Bill and Vinnie talk a little more about the inspiration behind certain tracks and their own take on current world issues, but perhaps that’s something they’d both prefer to keep for interviews rather than discuss onstage.

To their critics, the music of Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz is excessively violent and harsh purely for the sake of shock value. But let’s not forget that the likes of NWA, The Geto Boys and Onyx dropped some classic Hip-Hop moments whilst also fighting off criticism of being over-the-top in their music.

To their fans, however, the line between what should be considered food for thought (Ill Bill’s “The Anatomy Of A School Shooting”) and what should be considered pure hardcore entertainment (AOTP’s “Bloody Tears”) appears fairly clear.

Whether or not this Heavy Metal Kings project is a one-off remains to be seen, but judging by the quality of the performance witnessed on this particular night, Vinnie Paz and Ill Bill definitely have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of other perfectly matched duos such as Run DMC and EPMD and go down in the Hip-Hop hall of fame together.

Definitely a show to remember for all the right reasons.

Ryan Proctor

New Joint – Ill Bill / Vinnie Paz

Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz – “Blood Meridian” (Enemy Soil / 2011)

Twisted horrorcore imagery meets hardcore rap in this video from Bill and Vinnie’s soon-to-be cult classic album “Heavy Metal Kings”.

New Joint – Ill Bill / Vinnie Paz

Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz – “Children Of God” (Enemy Soil / Uncle Howie / 2011)

Typically gritty East Coast fire off the forthcoming collaboration album from the two underground titans “Heavy Metal Kings” which features input from DJ Muggs, Sabac Red, Q-Unique, Reef The Lost Cauze etc.