International Music Videos and News – The Source http://thesource.com Latest in Hip Hop, Entertainment, Sports and Film Tue, 21 Aug 2018 01:55:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 International Spotlight: Dancehall Artist Kranium Discusses Ty Dolla Sign, His Dancehall Influences And Culture Clash http://thesource.com/2018/08/20/international-spotlight-dancehall-artist-kranium-discusses-ty-dolla-sign-his-dancehall-influences-and-culture-clash/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/20/international-spotlight-dancehall-artist-kranium-discusses-ty-dolla-sign-his-dancehall-influences-and-culture-clash/#respond Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:07:21 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=460614 Millennial dancehall artist Kranium says what everyone else is afraid to say. In his prep for Red Bull’s Annual Culture Clash in Atlanta this upcoming weekend, the soft spoken twenty-something sat down with The Mind Squad before the anticipated event dubbed as “4 sets, 4 stages and one winner.” The competition sets will feature crews […]

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Millennial dancehall artist Kranium says what everyone else is afraid to say.

In his prep for Red Bull’s Annual Culture Clash in Atlanta this upcoming weekend, the soft spoken twenty-something sat down with The Mind Squad before the anticipated event dubbed as “4 sets, 4 stages and one winner.” The competition sets will feature crews led by Zaytoven, Mija & Kenny Beats, Kranium, and Fuego.

In this exclusive sit-down, Kranium talks his ever-popular “Nobody Has To Know”, which catapulted him to international stardom, his influences to create his sound, including his uncle Screwdriver and what he has on deck for 2019.

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Eric Bellinger Returns To The Land Down Under With ‘Eazy Call’ Tour http://thesource.com/2018/08/20/eric-bellinger-returns-to-the-land-down-under-with-eazy-call-tour/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/20/eric-bellinger-returns-to-the-land-down-under-with-eazy-call-tour/#respond Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:32:40 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=460568 Grammy-awarding winning R&B star Eric Bellinger returns to tour Australia and New Zealand, playing 11 shows across the stacked fortnight for his “Eazy Call’ tour promoting his fourth studio album of the same name. Eric Bellinger has proven to be particularly popular “down under,” having toured multiple times over recent years. The talented singer and […]

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Grammy-awarding winning R&B star Eric Bellinger returns to tour Australia and New Zealand, playing 11 shows across the stacked fortnight for his “Eazy Call’ tour promoting his fourth studio album of the same name. Eric Bellinger has proven to be particularly popular “down under,” having toured multiple times over recent years.

The talented singer and songwriter has worked with the likes of Usher, E-40, The Game, Chris Brown, DJ Mustard, Ashanti, Brandy amongst many others. His latest charting release in Eazy Call which was released in April this year follows a string of mixtapes and EPs that he has released in recent years, developing his legacy as a talented performer in his own right. Eazy Call is a 15-track offering that reintroduces Bellinger to his fans as the talented artist that he is, linking up with the likes of Dom Kennedy, Ne-Yo, Mila J, Wale and Ma$e. Australian fans catch Eric Bellinger coming to a city near you, tour by Lucky Ent. X Lucky URBN.

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Mexico’s Marines Finds 10,000 Lbs. Of Crystal Meth In Mountain Lab http://thesource.com/2018/08/17/mexicos-marines-finds-10000-lbs-of-crystal-meth-in-mountain-lab/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/17/mexicos-marines-finds-10000-lbs-of-crystal-meth-in-mountain-lab/#respond Sat, 18 Aug 2018 01:48:07 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=460459 Mexican marines on Friday said they had discovered an underground drug lab in the mountains outside the capital of Sinaloa state where they destroyed 50 tons of methamphetamine. Marines found the lab after intelligence reports indicated that tons of drugs were being produced in the area of Alcoyonqui municipality, about 12 miles outside the state […]

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Mexican marines on Friday said they had discovered an underground drug lab in the mountains outside the capital of Sinaloa state where they destroyed 50 tons of methamphetamine.

Marines found the lab after intelligence reports indicated that tons of drugs were being produced in the area of Alcoyonqui municipality, about 12 miles outside the state capital of Culiacan, the marine ministry said in a statement.

The drugs were hidden underground in two areas along with barrels of the chemicals used to produce meth. The drugs were incinerated on site due to the difficult access to the remote location, the ministry said.

Mexico is a major supplier of methamphetamine to the United States and is the top source of heroin, which is fueling a resurgence in opioid addiction worse than the U.S. seen in the 1960s and 1970s. The country is also the principal highway for cocaine trafficked north.

Sinaloa is the seat of the powerful cartel formerly run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is facing trial in the United States later this year.

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YG Takes ‘Stay Dangerous Tour’ To Australia and New Zealand http://thesource.com/2018/08/14/yg-takes-stay-dangerous-tour-to-australia-and-new-zealand/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/14/yg-takes-stay-dangerous-tour-to-australia-and-new-zealand/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:05:09 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=459410 Compton-based award-winning rapper YG has recently announced that he will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for his second solo tour following the release of his successful third album Stay Dangerous on 4 Hunnid Records x CTE World x Def Jam Recordings earlier this month. YG is set to tour again through all major cities in Australia […]

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Compton-based award-winning rapper YG has recently announced that he will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for his second solo tour following the release of his successful third album Stay Dangerous on 4 Hunnid Records x CTE World x Def Jam Recordings earlier this month. YG is set to tour again through all major cities in Australia on the East Coast playing solo headline shows, a major festival as well as stopping off to hit Auckland in New Zealand. YG has proved hugely popular down under, with three singles and all three albums charting in Australia making it his strongest international market bar neighboring Canada.

His new 15-track album features the likes of long-time collaborator DJ Mustard, YoungBoy NBA, Quavo of the Migos, Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky plus more and debuted at #5 on the US Billboard 200 charts. Stay Dangerous is also his first release to crack the Top 20 in Australia at #15 and currently sits at #21 in New Zealand too.

Melbourne
Friday 16 November, Festival Hall

Auckland
Wednesday 21 November, Logan Campbell Centre

Sydney
Friday 23 November, Hordern Pavilion

Brisbane
Sunday 25 November, Eatons Hill Hotel

After working with the likes of Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle, Big K.R.I.T., Kurupt, Young Jeezy, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik and E-40, Stay Dangerous solidifies YG in his place in hip-hop currently as one of the leading forces from the West Coast going international.

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[WATCH] French Rappers Fight in Airport, Flights Delayed and Shut Down Terminal http://thesource.com/2018/08/02/watch-french-rappers-fight-in-airport-flights-delayed-and-shut-down-terminal/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/02/watch-french-rappers-fight-in-airport-flights-delayed-and-shut-down-terminal/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 12:29:44 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=456837 Who said only American rappers have on-site beef? French rapper Booba and his nemesis Kaaris, saw each other inside of Paris’ Orly Airport and it was only a matter of seconds before the fight ensued. The entourages from both crews were headed to Barcelona, Spain when the brawl started and ended with thirteen people leaving […]

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Who said only American rappers have on-site beef?

French rapper Booba and his nemesis Kaaris, saw each other inside of Paris’ Orly Airport and it was only a matter of seconds before the fight ensued.

The entourages from both crews were headed to Barcelona, Spain when the brawl started and ended with thirteen people leaving the airport in handcuffs. After smashing mirrors and destroying other property trying to get at each other, the entire terminal when the meleé occurred was shut down.

Even though these two have collaborated on music in the past, it’s safe to say they won’t be in ht studio together anytime soon.

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Pussy Riot Members Arrested Same Day As Their Scheduled Released From Prison http://thesource.com/2018/07/30/pussy-riot-members-arrested-same-day-as-their-scheduled-released-from-prison/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/30/pussy-riot-members-arrested-same-day-as-their-scheduled-released-from-prison/#respond Tue, 31 Jul 2018 01:16:11 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=456178 Once a jailbird… The four Pussy Riot members who were imprisoned earlier this month have been arrested again on the same day they were due to be released from prison. Earlier this month, Veronika “Nika” Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova, and Petya Verzilov ran onto the pitch in the World Cup final. The four members […]

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Once a jailbird…

The four Pussy Riot members who were imprisoned earlier this month have been arrested again on the same day they were due to be released from prison.

Earlier this month, Veronika “Nika” Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova, and Petya Verzilov ran onto the pitch in the World Cup final. The four members of Pussy Riot were dressed in police uniforms in what was thought to be a statement against Russia’s political and prison systems.

Sentenced to “15 days of administrative arrest”, the members were reportedly banned from attending any sports events for three years.

It was also reported that the members were today charged with “the organization and holding of public events without prior written notice” according to a statement released by Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova.

They could face another ten days behind bars.

Since the incident, the band have shared new music including “Track About Good Cop”, “PONG!”, “Unicorn Freedom” and “КОШМАРЫ/NIGHTMARES”.

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Diddy Styles On International Afrobeats Star WizKid And Promises to Come “Home” http://thesource.com/2018/07/27/diddy-styles-on-international-afrobeats-star-wizkid-and-promises-to-come-home/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/27/diddy-styles-on-international-afrobeats-star-wizkid-and-promises-to-come-home/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 21:29:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=455547 If you google Sean “Diddy” Combs, most posts will tell you that he is either from Harlem or Mt. Vernon. That’s the storybook answer and so technically the resources are not wrong. They would not even be wrong if you count the Miami crib, the joint in LA, Hamptons, New Jersey or the dope spread […]

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If you google Sean “Diddy” Combs, most posts will tell you that he is either from Harlem or Mt. Vernon.

That’s the storybook answer and so technically the resources are not wrong. They would not even be wrong if you count the Miami crib, the joint in LA, Hamptons, New Jersey or the dope spread he is building on the moon (if he is not doing it now, some as the market opens up I am sure he will cop something fresh). However, Diddy tells Afrobeats superstar WizKid that he has another home and that he is coming home to it very soon.

He is talking about Africa.

Puff doesn’t tell us when but he assures fans that he will come while he is still young and pretty- doing his signature bop.

WizKid, one of the leading artists in the Afrobeats movement, doesn’t let the classic Puff Daddy stunt go too far. He flosses in this quick IG clip also. This video caused a quiet stir in the Nigerian community causing people to speculate if the two are going to do a song in the near future. WizKid came to American notoriety when with another high profile North American artist Drake with his 2016 international hit, “One Dance“, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the United States.

With his new hit Fox series “The Four: Battle For Stardom” knocking out all sorts a records on TV  and drawing in a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.1 million viewers, clearly this rap mogul won’t stop or can’t stop. Perhaps, he will link with WizKid and give us some heat that will really show us the hitmaker’s skills. Until then, just enjoy how these two musical titans kicks it around and sets up the trip to come back to his “home.”

I’m coming home! 🇳🇬 @wizkidayo

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Drake, Post Malone And Hilltop Hoods Dominate Single Charts In Australia http://thesource.com/2018/07/22/drake-post-malone-and-hilltop-hoods-dominate-single-charts-in-australia/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/22/drake-post-malone-and-hilltop-hoods-dominate-single-charts-in-australia/#respond Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:13:34 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=453939 Drake continues to dominate the music charts down in Australia, with an impressive twelve singles in the Top 40 of the local Urban Singles charts. Ten of these are with him as the lead artist, with his recent collaborations with both BlocBoy JB and Lil Baby also landing on the charts. Post Malone currently has […]

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Drake continues to dominate the music charts down in Australia, with an impressive twelve singles in the Top 40 of the local Urban Singles charts. Ten of these are with him as the lead artist, with his recent collaborations with both BlocBoy JB and Lil Baby also landing on the charts.

Post Malone currently has six songs in the Top 40 Urban Singles chart, with five of the Platinum or better. Many of his singles have remained in the charts throughout the year, proving his lasting reach continues to diversify through collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign, 21 Savage and Nicki Minaj all charting well.

Hilltop Hoods’ latest single is currently the only hip-hop song from Australia in the Top 40 Urban Single chart, debuting at #20 and projected to increase over the coming weeks. The single “Clark Griswold” feat. Adrian Eagle debuted as the #1 hip-hop track from an Australia artist this week, currently sitting at #7 overall in Australian Artist Single charts and #48 on the overall Single charts.

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Childish Gambino Praises Trump Balloon During Lovebox Fest In London http://thesource.com/2018/07/16/childish-gambino-praises-trump-balloon-during-lovebox-fest-in-london/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/16/childish-gambino-praises-trump-balloon-during-lovebox-fest-in-london/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:32:29 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=452527 Childish Gambino has praised the Donald Trump balloon which protestors in London inflated over the weekend. The US President visited the UK for four days last week for a “working visit”, but his presence in the country sparked a number of protests. The most notable demonstration occurred in central London as a group of protestors […]

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Childish Gambino has praised the Donald Trump balloon which protestors in London inflated over the weekend.

The US President visited the UK for four days last week for a “working visit”, but his presence in the country sparked a number of protests. The most notable demonstration occurred in central London as a group of protestors inflated a giant effigy of Trump, depicting him as an orange baby.

During his headline set at Lovebox on Saturday night (July 14), Gambino took a moment to praise the efforts of the protestors and the city of London in general, where he lived last year while filming Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“I lived in London for a whole year. that shit changed my life,” he said during the set. “You know we’re not that different. I’ve been seeing the same shit here that I be seeing in America.”

“I used to be like, ‘Oh man, London can’t be that bad, you don’t got guns like that.’ And then y’all came out with the acid, I was like, ‘Oh fuck! That shit is terrifying.’”

“But everybody feels the same way,” he continued. “I was very proud to see that big balloon [of Trump]. That shit is unfair. But the scary part is you gotta fight for that shit. I know it’s scary as people with a bunch of technology and data to fight for shit, because you know what happens to people who fight for shit.

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Indigenous-Language Australian Rapper Baker Boy Taking His Important Messages Worldwide http://thesource.com/2018/07/12/indigenous-language-australian-rapper-baker-boy-taking-his-important-messages-worldwide/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/12/indigenous-language-australian-rapper-baker-boy-taking-his-important-messages-worldwide/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 03:12:23 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=451717 Indigenous Australian rapper/dancer/actor Baker Boy has taken the Australian musical landscape by storm and is now taking his music worldwide – currently on tour in Europe. Born in Darwin and raised in the remote Northern Territorian communities Yurrwi (formerly known as Milingimbi and Maningrida), the young Baker Boy is known locally in Arnhem Land and […]

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Indigenous Australian rapper/dancer/actor Baker Boy has taken the Australian musical landscape by storm and is now taking his music worldwide – currently on tour in Europe. Born in Darwin and raised in the remote Northern Territorian communities Yurrwi (formerly known as Milingimbi and Maningrida), the young Baker Boy is known locally in Arnhem Land and beyond as the “Fresh New Prince” – the freshest new Yolngu hip-hop talent from the Top End. Young, strong and proud Baker Boy is the first rapper to break through to the mainstream to rap in his Yolngu Matha language representing his Arnhem Land bloodlines, as well as partially in the English language too. Baker Boy is known as a multi-talented artist, working across rap, dance, acting, and graffiti, inspiring younger generations to embrace their culture and become leaders in their communities.

Baker Boy rose to national prominence after winning the National Indigenous Music Award and released the two massive singles “Cloud 9” and “Marryuna” that both landed in the national end of year Top 100 all genres music countdown, in at #76 and #17. This makes Baker Boy the second-highest ever-ranking Indigenous artists in the Hottest 100 countdown history in Australia, narrowly behind A.B. Original’s excellent politically charged “January 26” in 2017. Baker Boy’s “Marryuna” was the first song ever to place in the Top 20 that was performed in an Indigenous language.

Marryuna was the second highly anticipated single from Arnhem Land’s ascending hip-hop star Baker Boy. Marryuna – pronounced Mar/re/ooh/na; verb; meaning – Let’s Dance. In Yolngu, culture dance plays a pivotal role. There’s ceremonial dance, celebratory dance and then there’s Marryuna; to dance with no shame, to freestyle for the sheer elation of dancing.

Baker Boy has just finished his solo Australian tour, is on tour to Europe next month before returning to Australia to play the domestic festival circuit – capping off an impressive past year which saw him supporting Dizzee Rascal, 50 Cent and touring extensively solo and on the festival circuit. His debut album is set for release later this year, stay tuned.

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Two Concertgoers Reported Dead Who Attended London’s Wireless Festival http://thesource.com/2018/07/12/two-concertgoers-reported-dead-who-attended-londons-wireless-festival/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/12/two-concertgoers-reported-dead-who-attended-londons-wireless-festival/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:09:19 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=452048 Two people reportedly died over the weekend after attending this year’s Wireless Festival. A 20-year-old woman allegedly told staff she felt ill and asked for medical treatment at the event which was headlined by Drake on Sunday night (July 8), according to confirmed reports. She was believed to have been taken to hospital, where she […]

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Two people reportedly died over the weekend after attending this year’s Wireless Festival.

A 20-year-old woman allegedly told staff she felt ill and asked for medical treatment at the event which was headlined by Drake on Sunday night (July 8), according to confirmed reports.

She was believed to have been taken to hospital, where she died on Monday (July 9).

Scotland Yard told reporters an investigation has been launched into what led to her death and enquiries are ongoing.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident at the Finsbury Park event, a 16-year-old boy also reportedly died on Sunday after suffering a suspected asthma attack while leaving at about 9.40pm.

He was said to have received medical attention from police in Seven Sisters Road, who gave emergency first aid before medics arrived. But he later died in hospital at 12.30am.

Khaled cancelled at the last minute due to “travel issues”. The previous night (July 7), Stormzy headlined the event.

During his performance, Drake duetted with Giggs on ‘KMT’ and went on to perform ‘Nonstop’, ‘I’m Upset’ and ‘Nice For What’ live for the first time.

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Obie Trice Celebrates 15 Years Since Debut Album ‘Cheers’ http://thesource.com/2018/07/10/obie-trice-celebrates-15-years-since-debut-album-cheers/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/10/obie-trice-celebrates-15-years-since-debut-album-cheers/#respond Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:52:43 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=451313 Multi-platinum Detroit rapper Obie Trice is heading back down to Australian and New Zealand this week for the 15th year anniversary of his debut album Cheers on Shady Records with Swift McVay of D12. With seven shows in Australian and a further three in New Zealand over a fortnight, it will be Obie’s first time […]

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Multi-platinum Detroit rapper Obie Trice is heading back down to Australian and New Zealand this week for the 15th year anniversary of his debut album Cheers on Shady Records with Swift McVay of D12. With seven shows in Australian and a further three in New Zealand over a fortnight, it will be Obie’s first time back to Australia since his debut headline 2013 tour – having also toured in 2012 for Heatwave Festival and back in 2003 with 50 Cent and G-Unit.

Obie’s critically acclaimed debut album Cheers proved hugely successful, selling almost three million copies to date and peaking at #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The 19-track, 75-minute offering has a who’s who of features stacked throughout including from Eminem, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Timbaland, Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, D12, DJ Muggs, DJ Green Lantern, Jeff Bass and Tony Yayo. It spawned two internationally successful singles in “Got Some Teeth” and “The Setup (You Don’t Know) feat. Nate Dogg”, charting widely with the former going Gold in Australia alone. Obie would go on to work additionally with Akon, Trey Songz, 9th Wonder, MoSS, Daz Dillinger, Statik Selektah, Young Buck, DMX and Planet Asia predominately in the early to mid-2000s.

Obie Trice has released four solo albums, with the first two on Shady Records x Interscope, with his two most recent albums on his own Black Market Entertainment label. Obie has also released a further four mixtapes, firstly with DJ Green Lantern and the latter three with the prolific DJ Whoo Kidd. Obie would go on to work additionally with Akon, Trey Songz, 9th Wonder, Statik Selektah, Young Buck, DMX and Planet Asia predominately in the early to mid-2000s.

Swifty McVay is a long-time member of D12, a cornerstone of the multi-platinum group that released the hugely successful albums “Devil’s Night” (2001) and “D12 World” (2004) on Shady Records x Interscope. They would go on to release five mixtapes and Swifty dropped nine solo albums, with the most recent being “Grey Blood” early last year featuring Guilty Simpson, Slum Village, Crooked I, Maestro Fresh-Wes and D12.

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[WATCH] Del The Funky Homosapien Is Seriously Injured After Falling Off Stage In Denmark http://thesource.com/2018/07/09/watch-del-the-funky-homosapien-is-seriously-injured-after-falling-off-stage-in-denmark/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/09/watch-del-the-funky-homosapien-is-seriously-injured-after-falling-off-stage-in-denmark/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:03:28 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=451029 Even veterans occasionally have a bad day on the road. The Gorillaz ended their set early last night in Denmark after long-time collaborator Del The Funky Homosapien fell off the stage during the group’s performance at the Roskilde Festival. The Hieroglyphics co-founder was rushed to the hospital, and is in stable condition, according to a […]

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Even veterans occasionally have a bad day on the road.

The Gorillaz ended their set early last night in Denmark after long-time collaborator Del The Funky Homosapien fell off the stage during the group’s performance at the Roskilde Festival. The Hieroglyphics co-founder was rushed to the hospital, and is in stable condition, according to a social media update from the artist:

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Several Members of Japanese Doomsday Cult Including Leader Executed http://thesource.com/2018/07/05/several-members-of-japanese-doomsday-cult-including-leader-executed/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/05/several-members-of-japanese-doomsday-cult-including-leader-executed/#respond Fri, 06 Jul 2018 01:15:52 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=450378 The former leader of Aum and several other members of the Japanese doomsday cult that carried out a deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995 were executed on Friday, public broadcaster NHK reported. Chizuo Matsumoto, who went by the name Shoko Asahara, was the first of 13 scheduled to be hanged for the […]

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The former leader of Aum and several other members of the Japanese doomsday cult that carried out a deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995 were executed on Friday, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Chizuo Matsumoto, who went by the name Shoko Asahara, was the first of 13 scheduled to be hanged for the attacks, which killed 13 dead and injured more than 6,000, NHK said. Japanese media broke into regular programming to report the news.

The Aum Shinri Kyo, or Aum Supreme Truth cult, which mixed Buddhist and Hindu meditation with apocalyptic teachings, staged a series of crimes including simultaneous sarin gas attacks on Tokyo subway trains during rush hour in March 1995. Sarin, a nerve gas, was originally developed by the Nazis.

The images of bodies, many in business suits, sprawled across platforms stunned Japan and destroyed its myth of public safety.

More than 20 years of trials involving Aum members, including Asahara, came to an end in January 2018, when the life sentence of Katsuya Takahashi for his part in the 1995 subway sarin gas attack was upheld by the Supreme Court. Thirteen cult members were then on death row.

Asahara, 63, a partially blind yoga instructor, was sentenced to hang in 2004 on 13 charges, including the subway gas attacks and a series of other crimes that killed more than a dozen more people. He pleaded not guilty and never testified, but muttered and made incoherent remarks in court during the eight years of his trial. The sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2006.

At its peak, the cult had at least 10,000 members in Japan and overseas, including graduates of some of Japan’s most elite universities. A number lived at a huge commune-like complex Asahara set up at the foot of Mount Fuji, where the group studied his teachings and practiced bizarre rituals but also built an arsenal of weapons – including sarin.

The cult also used sarin in 1994, releasing the gas in the central Japanese city of Matsumoto on a summer night in an attempt to kill three judges set to rule on the cult. The attack, which failed, used a refrigerator truck to release the gas and a wind dispersed it in a residential neighborhood, killing eight and injuring hundreds.

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Oil Tanker Explodes on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Nigeria http://thesource.com/2018/06/29/oil-tanker-explodes-nigeria/ http://thesource.com/2018/06/29/oil-tanker-explodes-nigeria/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:23:33 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=449082 Tragedy had struck Nigeria yet, once again. Yesterday afternoon (June 28) a petrol tanker caught on fire in one of the country’s prime cities, Lagos and has reportedly killed at least nine people, BBC reports. The truck was driving along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which is one of the city’s main roadways, during rush hour when […]

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Tragedy had struck Nigeria yet, once again. Yesterday afternoon (June 28) a petrol tanker caught on fire in one of the country’s prime cities, Lagos and has reportedly killed at least nine people, BBC reports.

The truck was driving along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which is one of the city’s main roadways, during rush hour when it lost control due to a malfunction with the brakes, eventually birthing the unfortunate crash.

The exposed petrol contents from the tanker triggered the fire, setting one vehicle ablaze with a vast spread to vehicles near. Over 50 vehicles, including five buses caught on fire. According to the Federal Road Safety Corp, as the tanker approached the bridge, it lost control and tumbled to the side.

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari expressed sorrow regarding the news and deemed the event as one of the country’s “greatest tragedies.” “Sadly, this seems to be one of the greatest tragedies we have seen in recent times,” Buhari said in a statement.

Some of Nigeria’s most frightening road accidents are due to poorly managed oil tankers. Despite being the sixth largest oil exporter, the country finds it fit to import all of its fuel due to the inoperative refineries. Kehinde Bamigbetan, a Nigerian government spokesman vocalized that importance on ensuring road safety amid oil tank trucks. He said it was time “to find ways of ensuring that tankers are driven by drivers who have more responsibility.” It is common knowledge amid Nigerians to avoid being close to the said trucks while being active on the road with a vehicle. The port in Lagos is the main avenue for oil distribution all over the country, serving nearly 200 million people.

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Akon To Open His Own City In Senegal Controlled By ‘Akoin’ Cryptocurrency http://thesource.com/2018/06/20/akon-to-open-his-own-city-in-senegal-controlled-by-akoin-cryptocurrency/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:42:13 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=447583 International artist and producer Akon has always been active outside of the studio bringing necessities to his people, but the “Locked Up” singer’s next game-changing plan I see to build his own city. The Konvict Muzik CRO has linked with the president of his home country of Senegal and negotiated the design of his own […]

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International artist and producer Akon has always been active outside of the studio bringing necessities to his people, but the “Locked Up” singer’s next game-changing plan I see to build his own city.

The Konvict Muzik CRO has linked with the president of his home country of Senegal and negotiated the design of his own 2,000 acres “Crypto-City,” which will be built on the Blockchain.

The cryptocurrency that will settle all debts private and public, already coined the “Akoin,” I said slated for public purchase in Senegal in two weeks.

“I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system and also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down,” Akon said at the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.

Akon has already made history in the Motherland, bringing over 600 million Africans electricity through his “Akon Lighting” company in 2013.

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Kanye West’s ‘ye’ Top Charts in Australia http://thesource.com/2018/06/14/kanye-west-ye-austrailia/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:46:15 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=446641 Kanye’s 7-track ye release has debuted at #1 on the Australia ARIA Charts in both the Urban Album and Overall Album categories, knocking off Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys, which currently holds second place in both of these categories. ye also propelled Kanye’s Australian-Platinum selling My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album from #151 to #31 […]

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Kanye’s 7-track ye release has debuted at #1 on the Australia ARIA Charts in both the Urban Album and Overall Album categories, knocking off Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys, which currently holds second place in both of these categories. ye also propelled Kanye’s Australian-Platinum selling My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album from #151 to #31 while fellow G.O.O.D Music x Def Jam Recordings label mate Pusha T is currently sitting at #9 with Daytona. It appears Kanye’s recent comments on TMZ claiming “slavery was a choice,” continually publically backing President Trump and distancing himself from Jay-Z have done little to reduce the thirst of his Australian fans if they are even aware of such events.

American artists continue to dominate the Australian Top Urban Album Chart, with over half of the artists in the Top 40 coming from the US. Canada, represented through The Weeknd and Drake, make up a further handful. Male solo artists are charting higher and stronger than anyone else, with the only two females to crack the Top 40 currently being Cardi B at #3 with Invasion of Privacy and SZA’s Ctrl still at #38.

The only two local releases in the Australian Top 40 currently are the Hilltop Hoods platinum-selling last release in 2016’s reprise Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung at #30 and Bliss N Eso’s 2017 Gold-Selling album Off The Grid, which re-enters the Top 40 following the release of their new film clip to “Tear The Roof Off” feat. Watsky.

Kanye’s 7-track, 24-minute release featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Cudi, Irv Gotti, Jeremih has also gone #1 in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, and America. Ye has charted Top 10 in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland as well as significantly further throughout Europe. This new release also marks Kanye’s record-equalling eighth consecutive album to debut at #1 on the US Billboard 200, seemingly an unstoppable force no matter what for consumers.

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Five Places Kendrick Lamar Should Visit On His Australian Tour http://thesource.com/2018/06/11/five-places-kendrick-lamar-should-visit-on-his-australian-tour/ Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:48:29 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=445836 Kendrick Lamar will be playing seven shows over two weeks in the land Down Under this coming July in support of his critically acclaimed, quadruple platinum-selling album DAMN. Having previously made the trip in 2012 with his own good kid, m.A.A.d. city promotional tour, Kung Fu Kenny is definitely no stranger to touring overseas. In […]

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Kendrick Lamar will be playing seven shows over two weeks in the land Down Under this coming July in support of his critically acclaimed, quadruple platinum-selling album DAMN.

Having previously made the trip in 2012 with his own good kid, m.A.A.d. city promotional tour, Kung Fu Kenny is definitely no stranger to touring overseas. In addition to rolling through in 2014 as part of the Rapture tour alongside Eminem and J.Cole, his most trip to Australia came in 2016 on the Byron Bay Bluesfest line up that included two stadium shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

 

 

Here’s our list of five spots Lamar should hit up while traveling the sunburnt country — that is, if he’s not experiencing the beaches or petting the local wildlife:

 

1. Triple J Hip-Hop Show

The first stop is Australia’s premier national Hip-Hop radio show hosted by Hau, who took over the reigns a decade ago from Maya Jupiter. The program has been an integral part of breaking foreign and local rap music to the Australian audience. Airing on Thursday nights from 10 PM until 1 AM, Australians would love to hear Kenny shoot the breeze. The audience collectively voted “HUMBLE” as the number one song in the country for 2017, so he would be a perfect fit here. Perhaps the Thursday of June 26, after his second arena performance in Sydney?

2. HQ Complex Nightclub

The perfect afterparty spot for his Adelaide show. Relocated to Hindley Street, the center of the party district, the multi-level nightclub has been home to countless international artists such as Raekwon, M.O.P., KRS-One (seen below), Jedi Mind Tricks, Mobb Deep and Cypress Hill to name a few. Afterparty on Sunday, July 15?

3. Takeaway Studios

The home studio of Australian Hip-Hop kings Hilltop Hoods. This state-of-the-art recording facility is owned and operated by audiophile and technology connoisseur DJ Debris, who’s mixed and tweaked verses by Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought of The Roots, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 and Brother Alias well as vocalists Sia and Maverick Sabre within the studio’s walls. Word on the street is that the multiplatinum Australian rappers are knee-deep in a new record, and we can only imagine the results of Kendrick stopping by and taking in the flagship Australian Hip-Hop aura for a day.

4. Hardcore Classic Radio

Legendary Australian Hip-Hop radio show Hardcore Classic was established in 1996 by Sydney rap fiend Thomas Rock, and has proven through the test of time to be one of the staples of Hip-Hop in the broader Pacific region. Hardcore Classic has been on air across a number of stations in Sydney throughout the years, and now calls 2SER 107.3 home every Friday night starting at 8 PM. Set it up for Friday (July 27) if Kendrick is still in Sydney after his second and final arena show.

5. Broken Lock

Located in Melbourne, Broken Lock is the go-to custom jeweler. Having worked on pieces for rapper and personality Briggs, Indigenous record label Bad Apples and footwear stalwart Vans among others, Broken Lock offers custom chains, pendants and grills to the public. Come on down, Kenny!

 

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Australia’s Current Top Five Hip-Hop Artists http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/australias-top-five/ Tue, 22 May 2018 16:58:28 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442839 *Article from print edition #273 of The Source – out now. With the continued international popularity of hip-hop music worldwide; we take a look at five of the most popular hip-hop artists currently from Australia – who are moving beyond their domestic market and receiving increasing international popularity throughout America, Canada, and Europe. Hip-hop has […]

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*Article from print edition #273 of The Source – out now.

With the continued international popularity of hip-hop music worldwide; we take a look at five of the most popular hip-hop artists currently from Australia – who are moving beyond their domestic market and receiving increasing international popularity throughout America, Canada, and Europe.

Hip-hop has a long, proud history since it was first absorbed by locals down under in the early 1980s with breaking and graffiti proving immensely popular since its inception, while Australian DJs have been punching above their weight internationally for decades now. Hugely influential Australian recording artists from the late 1980s to mid-2000s such as AKA Brothers, Def Wish Cast, Prowla, Dedlee, Bias B, Lazy Grey, Resin Dogs, Lyrical Commission, 1200 Techniques, Koolism, Downsyde, The Herd, Delta, Brad Strut, Trem, Pegz and Maya Jupiter all paved the way for the current successes of hip-hop in Australia now experienced domestically as well as verging on breaking even further into the international markets.

Hilltop Hoods

Hilltop Hoods have shown and proved to be the number 1 hip-hop group to emerge out of Australia thus far. Consisting of MC Suffa, MC Pressure and DJ Debris they have undoubtedly changed the musical landscape in Australia for the better through a series of now-classic albums sold out tours and ability to connect with a wide variety of fans. They released their debut album, A Matter of Time, in 1999 and have since released six studio albums and two “restrung” albums that were accompanied by a full orchestra. Five of their last six albums have all reached number one on the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) charts, and five singles have also made it inside the Top 10.

Since the industry breakthrough single “The Nosebleed Section” in 2003 on their critically acclaimed third album The Calling (which was also the first hip-hop album from Australia to be certified Gold), the Hilltop Hoods have gone from strength to strength while pioneering new territory. With an already strong fan base Australia wide, “The Nosebleed Section” capitulated them into the ears of an even wider audience and they have never looked back.

Both Suffa and Pressure have proven themselves to be two of Australia’s best, most versatile, lyrical emcees, consistently releasing innovating hip-hop music. DJ Debris‘ skills behind the turntables and production boards have helped place the Hilltop Hoods as one of the most influential and well-rounded musical groups to emerge from Australia. With an extensive back catalogue of music, the Hoods appeal to a wide demographic and have one of the largest fan bases in all music in Australia, winning seven ARIA awards and earning numerous multiple platinum singles and albums.

The Hilltop Hoods have collaborated with the likes of Brother Ali, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Maverick Sabre, Sia, Black Thought of The Roots, Pharoahe Monch and have toured extensively throughout US, Canada and Europe. Founders of Golden Era Records which is also home to The Funkoars, Briggs, K21, Purpose, A. B. Original and Vents, their label has recently co-released Royce Da 5’9”s new album Layers and they have just completed their largely sold-out tour of America and Canada with Plutonic Lab and DJ Total Eclipse (of NYC’s The X-Ecutioners). Watch out for an announcement on their next studio album and more international tours.

Bliss n Eso

Bliss n Eso are a diverse multi-platinum, award-winning hip-hop group based in Sydney consisting of American-Australian MC Bliss, MC Eso and Moroccan-Australian DJ Izm. Their most recent, sixth studio album Off the Grid is their third number 1 album in a row and features R&B superstar Mario, Dizzy Wright, Watsky and soul legend Lee Fields. Bliss n Eso has recently returned back to Australia after largely sold out New Zealand and Canadian tours, building upon the success of their 30-date domestic tour which managed to also largely sell out almost every show.

Bliss n Eso released their debut album Flowers in the Pavement on pioneering but now defunct Australian hip-hop label Obese Records in 2003. Their second album Day of the Dog was released in 2006 and was the first locally produced hip-hop album to chart upon release. Their next three albums, 2008’s Flying Colours, 2010’s ARIA award-winning Running on Air and 2013’s Circus in the Sky, all went Platinum and resulted in progressively larger sold-out national tours and extensive festival appearances covering most corners of Australia. Bliss n Eso also had the unique privilege of playing a series of intimate concerts in Afghanistan in liaison with the Australia Defence Forces for those troops serving in the Middle East.

Bliss n Eso have developed their strong international connection having worked with Nas, Ceekay Jones, Xzibit, RZA, Illmaculate, DJ Hoppa, Jehst (UK) and extensively with esteemed Australian producer M-Phazes. The third single from their late April 2017 released Off The Grid album features their currently highest charting single to date in the Platinum-selling Moments (feat. Gavin James), which recently also won a 2017 ARIA for Best Video.

Bliss n Eso have been instrumental in achieving many firsts for hip-hop in Australia, breaking down barriers and paving the way for future groups. With multiple Gold and Platinum singles under their belt and the strong successes of their most recent music, Bliss n Eso have regained their momentum and look set to dominate hip-hop both in Australia as well as exporting their unique Australian sound to all corners of the globe in years to come.

A. B. Original

A. B. Original consists of emcee Briggs, a Yorta Yorta man from Shepparton in regional Victoria, and rapper/producer Trials, a Ngarrindjeri man from the country along the Murray River in South Australia. The socially conscious Indigenous-Australian duo released their debut album Reclaim Australia on Bad Apples Music x Golden Era Records in late 2016 to widespread acclaim and recently won ARIA awards for Best Independent Release and Best Urban Album.

The A. B. Original sound has been described as rough and tough around the edges, deliberately brash and aggressive, somewhat in the spirit of N.W.A. and Westside Connection, providing a much needed honest account of race relations in Australia today as well as delving into Australia’s dark colonial past. The ironic title of the album, Reclaim Australia, strikes a strong accord locally in Australia as there is a small, misinformed yet vocal group protesting immigration to Australia also called Reclaim Australia (a group fearful “their” country is being taken away from them which is satirical, to say the least when understanding the history of British colonialization in Australia was formalized on 26 January 1788). Check A. B. Original’s song January 26 for an honest, thought-provoking account on why Australia’s national holiday should not continue to be held on such a historically insensitive day.

Trials has cemented himself as one of the finest emcee/producer combinations to emerge from Australia and has produced everything from Hollywood films, TV shows to creative adverts. Through his unique upbringing, he has a compelling and captivating story to tell has been widely co-signed from Australia’s best to Ice Cube. In recent times, Briggs has made the welcomed transition into political commentary on race relations in Australia and acting, and does so in the same objective and comedic manner that has made him one of Australia’s favourite recording artists and personalities. Whether Briggs is on beat, on screen or in between, he brings a high level of artistic integrity, talent, and combined with his unique background, an interesting and compelling story. Reclaim Australia is the album Australia needed and A. B. Original was the group required, driving much of the discussion on important issues relevant to Australia’s Indigenous peoples and wider Australian society.

Kerser

Coming up to such remarkable national prominence with little-to-no mainstream radio play, the independent Kerser is the most successful rapper in Australia that has built a legion of fans organically primarily throughout social media, battle rap and live performances. His most recent album released last month, Engraved In The Game, is his seventh in seven years and went #1 widely on the domestic charts. This gives Kerser his sixth number one album in a row as he powers towards his ambitious goal of ten albums in ten years.

Born and bred in Campbelltown in South-Western Sydney, Kerser started rapping at 11 and began recording when he has 18. He began by pressing up his own independent mixtapes, gaining notoriety locally and developing his quick wit and skills in south-west Sydney battle rap before taking the national battle rap scene by storm and exploding from there, most notably through his battles with Australian artist 360 and battle legend Illmaculate.

His success has continued on the up since releasing his first four albums from 2011-2014 with producer Nebs, Kerser has shown no sign of slowing down. Through ADA Warner Music Australia, in 2015 Kerser developed his own record label ABK Recordswhich has also released his brother and longtime collaborator Rates’ Untold album earlier last year as well as Jay UF’s Final Notice earlier this year. Musically, Kerser has also evolved, partnering up with US-based producer Sinima on 2015’s Next Step and 2016’s Tradition albums before teaming up with German beatmaker Allrounda for the most recent Engraved in the Game release. Kerser has left the door open for a return to battle rap, but one feels it will take quite the opponent to lure him back into the battle rap world now that his albums and tours are proving to be so successful – perhaps a KOTD or URL appearance are the only platforms suitable for Kerser in the future.

Kerser is also Australia’s Highest Viewed YouTube rapper, highlighting his incredible popularity for an independent artist with YouTube views now exceeding 80 million. He recently released one of the largest collaboration in Australian hip-hop to date, working with Future and Young Buck on the Ghosts In The Room produced Total Concentration.

Kerser’s music touches on a different side of Australian society that much of the commercially accessible locally made hip hop fails to address – the lower and underclass, the often downtrodden, pigeon-holed as hopeless suburbanites littered throughout Australia’s middle and outer suburbs. His self-described street rap brings a very different tale away from the dominant mainstream and he has managed to craft his own lane for independent artists when previously there largely was not one.

360

Three and a half years since dropping his #2 charting previous album Utopia, Melbourne-based rapper 360 is back in action with his recently released fourth studio album, Vintage Modern (Forthwrite / EMI Records) and finds himself back towards the top of the charts yet again. It has been an interesting period for one of Australia’s biggest solo rappers with his widely documented struggles with depression and addiction in recent years. But 360 has utilized his trying personal experiences as inspiration for much of his new album Vintage Modern, and a more refined, mature 360 has emerged that has found him back selling out shows nationwide to critical acclaim and speaking out publically on such difficult issues he faced.

Drawing on diverse influences ranging from Big L to Kanye West to The Beatles, 360 has developed his own unique style over the last decade-plus. A successful period battling from before his first album (2008’s What You See Is What You Get) to after the release of his hugely successful second album saw 360 amass millions of views, battle internationally and infamously share the memorable battle with Sydney’s aforementioned Kerser, helping springboard them both to wider audiences.

In 2011, 360 released his double platinum second album Falling and Flying which produced four charting singles, with “Boys Like You” certified as 4x Platinum, “Run Alone” as Platinum, “Child” and “Just Got Started” as both Gold as well as winning a prestigious ARIA award as best Breakthrough Artist with the release. These successes and accolades established 360 as one of Australia’s biggest musical acts and led him to touring America and Canada himself before domestically sharing the stage with Eminem, Hopsin, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. His successful third studio album Utopia went Gold, spawning the Platinum-selling singles “Price of Fame” (featuring Gossling) and “Live It Up” (featuring Pez).

360 has collaborated with internationally renowned Australian producer M-Phazes, N’fa Jones of 1200 Techniques (Australia’s first hip-hop group to win an ARIA national award), Daniel Johns of Silverchair, Lunar C (UK), Bliss N Eso and early on with Trem One of Lyrical Commission / Unkut Recordings. His unique ability to connect with his legions of fans through sharing intimate personal stories has resulted in himself being able to establish and sustain a fiercely loyal fan base that has allowed him to be able to be him, which is working for 360 now better than ever before.

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Beat Butcha – 15 Years Of Producing With The Best http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/beat-butcha-15-years-of-producing-with-the-best/ Tue, 22 May 2018 16:09:03 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442832 For a young Hip-Hop fan in the United Kingdom, the dream of working with some of the most well-known and talented artists in America seems like just that, a dream. Beat Butcha, however, studied the history and worked on his craft in the English scene originally a DJ at 16-years-old that then led to him […]

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For a young Hip-Hop fan in the United Kingdom, the dream of working with some of the most well-known and talented artists in America seems like just that, a dream. Beat Butcha, however, studied the history and worked on his craft in the English scene originally a DJ at 16-years-old that then led to him producing for hometown favorites Jehst, Braintax, Terra Firma, Sonny Jim and more. His first notable work to hit the U.S. was the 12” exclusive from Stig of the Dump that featured renown underground lyricist and self-proclaimed problematic personality, R.A. The Rugged Man.

After a chance meeting with late Brooklyn MC, Pumpkinhead, to whom he ended up sending a handful of beats, Pumpkinhead happened to turn one of those beats into “Battering Bars” which featured the late Sean Price. A week later, Sean reached out directly for more beats that led to Beat Butcha being involved in a couple of songs on the critically acclaimed Mic Tyson album. It’s this kind of organic networking that creates the most authentic music and with over 15 years of constant production and grinding, Beat Butcha has become a go-to guy for the boom-bap street sound.

Since then he has worked with Big Boi of Outkast, Mac Miller, Schoolboy Q, Jadakiss, Danny Brown, Rick Ross, Xzibit, La Coka Nostra, Tony Yayo, Canibus, Juelz Santana and Australian cornerstones Trem, Brad Strut and Tornts, the latter of which has three albums that feature Butcha’s handiwork. His heavy involvement in four of Lloyd Banks’s latest projects have been a driving force in his name becoming synonymous with the gritty street soundtracks and also the demand for his “Steroid Pack” sample kits for aspiring producers.

What may be the most sentimental of achievements came in the form of his contributions to The Infamous Mobb Deep with the track “Timeless” and Prodigy’s 2017 solo album The Hegelian Dialect (The Book Of Revelation) that Butcha has three production credits for “Broken Rappers,” “Snakes” and “Spiritual War.” For anyone that had The Infamous as the soundtrack to their younger years which, let’s be honest is most of us, this is indeed a dream come true.

Butcha has also put his beat making talents on display for the Internet with his own episode on Mass Appeal, Rhythm Roulette series in which notable beatmakers blindly choose their 3 sample records and are presented the on-the-spot challenge of making a beat out of them from scratch. Next to names like Large Professor, 9th Wonder, El-P, Just Blaze and araabMUZIK it really shows he is in the top tier of the industry when it comes to sample chopping and pad smashing.

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