Tag Archives: Shameless

New Joint – Conspicuous The Coroner

Cons ft. Kyza, Skillit & Shameless – “I’m So 90s – Remix 1” (Ottomanelfmusic / 2010)

The first of four remixes for Cons’ 90s tribute.

Hip-Hop Single Reviews (Originally Printed In IDJ / Sasha Cover / September 2008)

Hip-Hop Single Reviews By Ryan Proctor

Butta Verses – “If I Die” ( Culture Kings / Domination Recordings )

Introduced to the world on De La Soul’s 2004 album ‘The Grind Date’, Bronx-born lyricist Butta Verses sets up his own forthcoming project ‘Reality BV’ with this head-nodding slice of heartfelt rap. Based around a sublime Marvin Gaye sample courtesy of producer V.I.C. (The Beatnuts, Artifacts etc), ‘If I Die’ finds Verses speaking openly about damaged relationships and personal demons with sincerity and compassion. Genuine real talk. 4 / 5

Sir Smurf Lil’ – “Candlelight” ( YNR )

Hackney resident Smurf is an MC you have to listen to carefully. With his distinctive voice and truly individual take on life, the London lyricist has carved out a nice niche for himself with his imaginative leftfield street rap. On this Apa-Tight-produced cut Lil’ offers more of his trademark off-kilter vibes. Accompanied by snappy drums and a persistent piano loop, Smurf veers from the humorous to the threatening, spraying colourful punchlines and metaphors in all directions. Pure poetry. 4 / 5

The Thunderclaps ft. Orifice Vulgatron, Ghetto & Shameless – “Judgement Day” ( Ejector Seat / All City )

Roaring out of the speakers like a hundred-mile-an-hour sonic cyclone, this debut single from the Thunderclaps production team is destined to become one of those tracks DJs pull out of their box when they want to officially shut the club down. Combining a hybrid Southern hip-hop / UK grime beat with epic samples and high-voltage performances from all three featured MCs, ‘Judgement Day’ can only really be described by one word – rowdy. 5 / 5

Jah-C ft. Cavalier – “Soul Banger” ( Coalmine )

Sounding like the theme song to a sun-splashed, multi-cultural b-boy-themed Harlem street parade, this cut from NYC’s Jah-C is perfect summertime music. Lifted from the forthcoming EP of the same name, ‘Soul Banger’ isn’t a million miles away from the sound of Fat Jon’s Five Deez crew. Good-natured rhymes, afro-beat rhythms, hip-hop flavour and a funky live horn solo gel together here to create a truly uplifting listening experience. 4 / 5

Alex Blood – “Little Dean” ( SA Productions)

This latest offering from Alex Blood finds the Derby artist once again sneering at hip-hop purists who would prefer to see UK rap remain in a neatly labelled box. Employing a Jimi Hendrix-style guitar riff courtesy of Brit punk band Fixit Kid’s front-man Mat Fixit, Blood tells the tale of a troubled inner-city teenager in his unique sing-song vocal style. Edgy but catchy. 3 / 5

LGP ft. Craig G – “Sick Day” ( DMB )

Tapping into that universal ‘Monday morning feeling’, Queensbridge rhyme vet Craig G gets to grips with the pressures of balancing a day job with dreams of a rap career on this engaging cut. Backed by the pounding production of the UK’s Lidget Green Project, the former Juice Crew Allstar displays his usual wit and lyrical flair on what is sure to become an anthem for struggling underground artists everywhere. 4 / 5

Skilf – “Slow Me Down” (Reztone)

With a talent for slick wordplay and an infectious enthusiasm on the microphone, Skilf definitely has the potential to standout from the UK rap crowd. On the Toni Toolz-produced ‘Slow Me Down’ the Brighton MC encourages fellow rappers to put as much energy into their music as they do their thugged-out posturing, admits that everyone thought he was “a nerd at college”, and promises to break the competition “like a poppadom”. Toolz’ shuffling, club-ready track provides a fittingly upbeat backdrop for Skilf’s cheeky verses. 3 / 5

Supastition – “Wrong” ( Reform School / Domination Recordings )

Lifted from his forthcoming ‘Leave Of Absence’ album, North Carolina’s Supastition creatively dismisses non-believers on this solid dose of boom-bap rap. Produced by Australia’s M-Phazes (whose beats here have a 9th Wonder appeal to them), this cut will definitely get some heavy rotation in the headphones of traditionalist hip-hop fans. 3 / 5

New Joint – The Thunderclaps

The Thunderclaps ft. Orifice Vulgatron, Ghetto & Shameless – “Judgement Day” ( EjectorSeat / 2008 )

This is an absolute beast of a track.