Tag Archives: Wordsworth

New Joint – Wordsworth & Pearl Gates / Rasheed Chappell

Wordsworth & Pearl Gates ft. Rasheed Chappell – “Live On Air” (@FatBeats / 2019)

Taken from the NY duo’s Quincey Tones-produced collabo album “Champion Sounds”.

New Joint – Wordsworth & Sam Brown

Wordsworth & Sam Brown – “Church” (@Wordsworth_eMC / @SamBrownNC / 2017)

The New York lyricist catches the Hip-Hop holy ghost on this cut from his collaborative project with North Carolina’s Sam Brown entitled “Our World Today”.

New Joint – Wordsworth & Sam Brown

Wordsworth & Sam Brown – “Horns From The Soul” (@Wordsworth_eMC / @SamBrownNC / 2017)

Taken from the NY / NC duo’s forthcoming album “Our World Today” featuring Sadat X, Masta Ace, The Last Emperor and more.

New Joint – Wordsworth & JSOUL

Wordsworth & JSOUL – “What You Gon’ Do” (@HiPNOTT / 2017)

Taken from the duo’s 2016 collaborative EP “Blame It On The Music”.

New Joint – Wordsworth & JSOUL

Wordsworth & JSOUL – “Satellite” (@HiPNOTT / 2016)

Taken from the “Blame It On The Music” EP.

New Joint – Pearl Gates / Wordsworth

Pearl Gates ft. Wordsworth – “Countdown” (@PearlGates / 2016)

Khrysis-produced track taken from the NY emcee’s recent “Diamond Mind” EP.

New Joint – Wordsworth & Donel Smokes / Blu

Wordsworth & Donel Smokes ft. Blu – “F.U. (Fingers Up)” (@Wordsworth_eMC / 2015)

NY-meets-LA on this head-nodding track off the Brooklyn emcee’s Smokes-produced album “New Beginning”.

New Joint – Wordsworth & Donel Smokes

Wordsworth & Donel Smokes – “New Beginning” (@Wordsworth_eMC / 2015)

Title track from the eMC member’s forthcoming album produced by LA’s Donel Smokes.

The Tonite Show Album Trailer – eMC

Masta Ace, Wordsworth and Stricklin announce the release of their forthcoming concept album “The Tonite Show” featuring B-Real, Sadat X, Xzibit and more.

Album Review – DJ JS-1

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DJ JS-1

“It Is What It Isn’t”

(Ground Original)

As a deejay, graffiti artist and member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, it’s safe to say that NYC’s JS-1 is no stranger to the foundation elements of Hip-Hop culture.

Having made a name for himself during the 90s through battles and mixtapes, the Queens-based turntable technician has spent the last ten-plus years putting his production talents to good use, working with mic icons such as Kool G. Rap, Masta Ace and Pharoahe Monch on his own series of album and single releases.

Suffice to say, when anything drops bearing the name DJ JS-1, it should immediately be on the radar of anyone who considers themselves to be a supporter of quality underground Hip-Hop.

With his latest release, “It Is What It Isn’t”, the Rotten Apple resident’s musical formula remains unchanged – uncompromising, sample-based production coupled with  impressive lyricism from both veteran artists and more recently renowned rhyme-sayers, which, in this instance, includes KRS-One, Ras Kass, Torae and Fashawn.

Given his deejay-ing background, it’s no surprise that the album opens with the brilliant “Turn The Tables”, a dedication to deck-wreckers everywhere featuring Diggin’ In The Crates legend O.C. shouting out everyone from Kool Herc and Roc Raida to Jazzy Jay and Boogie Blind, paying homage to all those “chirping with (their) fingers like birds very early in the morning” as he flexes his potent lyrical muscle to break down the science of turntablism from a variety of angles.

Ominous pianos accompany the raw five-borough wordplay of Spit Gemz, Wes and Nutso on the rugged “Forgotten”, whilst Brown Bag Allstars member Soul Khan lashes the heavy drums of “Pay Attention” with an acidic tongue until the beats are close to bleeding (“If you’ve never heard of me? F**k it! You’ve got moves like Jagger, But the blood of Freddie Mercury”).

X-Clan’s Brother J can be heard continuing to take it to the East, Blackwards with the help of trademark ad-libs from the late Professor X on the relentless “Higher Level”, which is followed by Bronx wordsmith C-Rayz Walz utilising a “flow like solid gold”  on “Groom Lake” as he manages to gain lyrical access to Area 51, peppering his gruff rhymes with references to digital clones, time travel and alien abduction, all the while keeping one foot planted firmly on the streets of New York and the other on the rings of Saturn.

Clocking in at a lengthy 21-tracks, jaded consumers might be forgiven for expecting “It Is What It Isn’t” to suffer from a quantity over quality approach, but JS-1 pulls off a masterful sequencing stroke here, with some of the album’s most impressive tracks closing the project, ensuring the listener’s attention is retained until the moment the final cut fades out.

Golden-era greats Kurious, Craig G and Smooth B breathe new life into Common’s well-worn “I Used To Love H.E.R.” metaphor over the jazzy swing of the entertaining “Love Me Not”, whilst Brooklyn’s PackFM paints vivid images of his NY childhood on the feel-good “My Neighborhood”, with his memories including old-school block parties, listening to Red Alert’s radio show on the weekend and chasing ice-cream trucks.

“Soo Real” features Rasheed Chappell and EMC’s Wordsworth dropping thoughtful, heartfelt verses over melodic boom-bap, with the pair displaying a chemistry that suggests they should perhaps consider doing more work together if the opportunity ever presents itself.

The project’s penultimate cut, the dusty-fingered “Sample Abuser”, is arguably the best track on an album which is impressive throughout. A.G., Sadat X and Neek The Exotic each take a turn to reminisce on the producers who’ve had an impact on their respective careers, with the likes of Diamond D, Buckwild, Pete Rock and Large Professor all receiving well-deserved props for their ability to turn an obscure loop into sonic gold.

With “It Is What It Isn’t”, JS-1 has produced yet another solid collection of subterranean sure-shots, simultaneously showcasing and celebrating the undiluted essence of true-school Hip-Hop.

Ryan Proctor

New Joint – eMC

eMC – “Charly Murphie” (@eMCCrew / 2014)

Taken from the Masta Ace-led super-group’s forthcoming EP “The Turning Point”.

The Turning Point EP Trailer – eMC

Trailer for the forthcoming EP “The Turning Point” from Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin dropping in May.

You Figure It Out EP Stream – Jay.En.P / Kurious / F.T. / John Robinson etc.

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New EP from NY-based producer Jay.En.P featuring Kurious, F.T., John Robinson, Ruste Juxx, Wordsworth and more dropping verses over melodic, head-nodding production – listen here.

New Joint – eMC

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eMC – “Charly Murphie” (M3HipHop / 2014)

New single from Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin taken from their forthcoming project “The Turning Point”.

The ? Remainz… – Masta Ace / Wordsworth / Stricklin / Marco Polo

Previously unseen Hip-HopKings.Com interview footage of Masta Ace’s visit to the UK last summer to promote his “MA Doom: Son Of Yvonne” album – Wordsworth, Stricklin, Marco Polo and Ace answer a number of questions from fans in Leeds covering a wide-range of topics.

New Joint – Wordsworth

Wordsworth – “Mirror Mirror” (Worldwide Communications / 2012)

Hezekiah-produced track from the NY emcee’s recent project “The Photo Album”.

The Show Must Go On…. – Masta Ace / Wordsworth / Stricklin / Marco Polo

Quality Hip-HopKings.Com interview with Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Stricklin and Marco Polo at Leeds’ Sedgwick Avenue venue during the crew’s recent UK tour.

New Joint – Wordsworth / Meleni Smith

Wordsworth ft. Meleni Smith – “Coloring Book” (@WordsworthEMC / 2012)

The Are-produced track from the Masta Ace-affiliate’s new project “The Photo Album”.

Live Review – Masta Ace / Wordsworth / Stricklin / Marco Polo

Photo by Karen “Inch High” Dabner McIntyre

Venue: The Jazz Cafe, London  Date: 28 May 2012

Former Juice Crew member and golden-era icon Masta Ace has spent the best part of the last twenty-five years building a well-deserved reputation as one of the most intelligent and well-rounded emcees in the game. From battle rhymes to story-telling to social commentary, the Brooklyn lyricist has proven himself in all areas, dropping numerous solo albums and collaborative projects which have all spawned their fair share of classics.

Unlike some of his peers, in more recent years Ace has managed to remain faithful to his old-school roots whilst still appealing to a new generation of fans. Both 2001’s “Disposable Arts” and 2004’s “A Long Hot Summer” satisfied original supporters as well as gaining the attention of younger listeners, which would explain the varied ages of those in attendance at this one-off London gig, from youthful Hip-Hoppers who barely looked out of their teens to ageing b-boys who no doubt clung to every word of Ace’s debut album “Take A Look Around” when it dropped in 1990.

Ten years after the release of “Disposable…” the Arts Decade Tour has found Ace making his way across Europe, celebrating the album with the help of Canadian producer-slash-deejay Marco Polo and eMC crew members Wordsworth and Milwaukee’s Stricklin.

It was New York’s Wordsworth who took to the stage of the sold-out Jazz Cafe first, acting as warm-up for the night’s headliner. Making his name in the late-90s at the infamous NY Lyricist Lounge events, the veteran artist displayed his total command of the stage as he ran through a selection of tracks from both his 2005 solo project “Mirror Music” and the forthcoming “Photo Album” release. The energetic microphone controller also threw in a couple of impressive freestyles for good measure, which left the responsive crowd both entertained and in high spirits.

Arriving onstage to the sound of the “Disposable…” skit “Commercial” and decked-out in black sportswear, Masta Ace launched into a polished set which spanned all eras of his lengthy career so far. Joined by former Tommy Boy artist Stricklin (who acted as hype-man as well as showcasing some of his own material), Ace concentrated heavily on tracks from “Disposable…” throughout the performance, including the upbeat “Don’t Understand” and the High & Mighty diss “Acknowledge”. The bass-heavy “Take A Walk” had the audience of all ages rhyming along almost word-for-word with Ace’s detailed observations of inner-city life in the Rotten Apple.

Obviously aware that older heads would want to see Ace reaching back into his true-school catalogue, the BK legend paid homage to classics from the likes of Biz Markie and Whodini before launching into his verse from the timeless Marley Marl-produced Juice Crew posse cut “The Symphony” as well as performing his verse from the original 1994 Crooklyn Dodger’s track “Crooklyn” over the instrumental to the DJ Premier-produced 1995 sequel “Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers”. Another highlight was Ace dropping his hypnotic mid-90s banger “Top Ten List”, which still remains one of his finest moments to date in this reviewer’s humble opinion.

Taking a short break to discuss the inspiration behind his new MF Doom-produced album, Ace explained how his late mother’s record collection played a large part in his musical education as a youngster and subsequently influenced his choice of beats as an artist, before moving into the project’s horn-filled autobiographical title track “Son Of Yvonne”.

Wordsworth also once again made his way onstage, joining Masta Ace and Stricklin to perform crowd favourites from eMC’s 2008 group album “The Show”, including the sublime piano-laced “Once More” and breezy car anthem “Traffic”.

Rounding the night out with classics such as the Original Concept-sampling “Born To Roll” and relentlessly funky “Letter To The Better”, Ace left a hugely satisfied crowd hoping that this wouldn’t be the last time we’d see this extremely talented emcee rocking on a UK stage.

Ryan Proctor

Masta Ace pays homage to some Hip-Hop classics and drops his verse from 1988’s Juice Crew classic “The Symphony”.

Third Of The Trio – Freestyle / Wordsworth / M-Dot

Download “Struggle” from Freestyle (Arsonists), Wordsworth (eMC) and M-Dot (EMS) here – produced by Abnormal.

Watch out for M-Dot’s forthcoming mix-CD “Making Doubters Over Think”.