Lord Payback releases a brand new single titled “Damn Wigga”. The American artist comes back in full-force since the release of “All I Want” with a Hip-Hop/rap fusion set to spark mass appeal among lovers of the urban inspired music. His natural ability at transforming his past experiences into unique lyrical and sonic patterns is his biggest strength, delivered in style via his other main asset; his fast-paced flow. “Damn Wigga” will conquer the hearts of listeners thanks to an amazing production providing the perfect base for Payback to layer atop his uniquely powerful flow.
After amassing hundreds of thousands of streams with releases such as “Red Ropes”, “Life Is A Lesson”, and “Without Darkness”, Briguel are back with yet another skillful blend of pop and Hip-Hop. This track is titled ‘Who Do You Wanna Be’ and is an introspective piece as most of Briguel’s works are, inviting us to look at our deepest negative patterns in order to create space for better things to take place in our lives. Luckily, we have artists like Briguel soothing our pain away with their beautiful music, sharing their observations about unproductive thought and behavioural patterns. The music however, takes you far away from pain and misery with ultra efficient melodic lines and magnificent vocals from both Brianne Berkson and Miguel Gluckstern.
Check the latest music video by Genesis Elijah performing the track ‘Flowers’, produced by Pastor Dutchie .
‘Flowers’ is taken from the EP ‘It Will All End in Tears Deluxe’ which dropped on the 31/05/19 on all platforms including CD available from https://www.thisismyhustle.com
‘It Will All End in Tears’ merchandise also available from This Is My Hustle clothing
‘Flowers’ is Video filmed, directed & edited by Genesis Elijah for Escape Route Media
Escape Route Music © 2019
We catch up with Long Island NY Emcee / Producer B.Dvine who has been putting in some dope work in the last few years, Check out some of his latest singles after the interview!
Peace how you doing? Introduce yourself to the UK readers?
Peace! I’m great thank you! For those who don’t know I go by the name of B. Dvine. I am a producer/emcee from Long Island, Ny.
How did you get your start in hip hop?
I started around 13 years old a old friend of mine was a DJ and I fell in love with hip hop from listening to him spin records. Shortly after I started getting into DJing but was gravitating towards making beats. Then I was a full time producer working with some local talent. Shortly after I linked up with Solomon Childs from Wu Tang. He was one the first people to show me love on the production tip. Fast forward I started getting more placements but start gravitating towards the pen and recording rhymes. Fast forward some more now we’re here!
Who are your musical influences?
As far as production I was influenced by RZA, Havoc, Marley Marl, J. Dilla, Premier etc. As far as writing hearing emcees like Tragedy Khadafi, Wu Tang, Mobb Deep, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Xzibit, etc made me want to pick up the pen.
You have worked with some big names both as a producer and emcee, what are your favourite tracks and why?
It’s hard to pick a favorite record but it’s dope to hear Method Man body one of your beats (shout out Hanz On for making that happen) or the feature I did on Tragedy’s album “The Builders” also featuring Havoc. I also love working with the family tho Menace OBEZ, Da SunofSam, Ju Muny, Jahan Nostra, Solomon Childs, D-Rage, Rugz Blvd, Karnage Ca$hman. I also love the records I produced for Meyhem Lauren… Those joints are classic.
You have an upcoming album with Karnage Ca$hman, tell us about the project….
Expect hip hop in it’s rawest form. Hard hitting beats, razor sharp rhymes, it’s what the hardcore hip hop fans are living for! We just dropped the video for the first single “Putting in Werk” featuring myself so you can get taste of what’s in store for you but we have a 2nd visual on the way as well. As far as features we have Mavz, Tragedy Khadafi, Solomon Childs, Lord Fury of the Moon Crickets, Dirty Clanzmen, and more. I’m happy with how this project came out.
What do you feel about the state of hip hop in 2019?
I feel it’s in a great place. You want great hip hop you just have to search and in the independent era it just gives us more opportunities to expand and build our worth. You can make real hip hop and be successful at the same time. I don’t let the BS that comes out bother me because they are in their own lane doing them…. Let them. We’re doing us.
What do you use to make beats? & do you prefer being behind the boards or rocking the MIC?
The Maschine is my weapon of choice right now and I don’t have a preference. Wherever I feel most inspired at that moment I go. Some days it’s the beats, some days it’s the rhymes.
Any more upcoming projects we need to know about?
Yes plenty. I have my mixtape “The Process of Illumination” focusing on my emceeing, I have another production project in the works showcasing different emcees. I have an EP with Hanz On from The Meth Lab about ready to go fully produced by me. I have a project with Hawaiian Emcee D-Rage in the works fully produced by me. My little homie Anonymity has a project in works produced by me. Uk emcee Cuban Pete also has a project lining up with me. I’ll be forever hungry when it comes to hip hop so you never know where you’ll see me featured or having a beat placed. Just know I’m not going anywhere I love what I do.
connect with B.Dvine online! – https://twitter.com/bdvine631
Yo, I’ve longed out my bro Nephilim too long on this write up, so let’s talk about his latest release ‘The Ben Reilly Tape’…
All I want to say is LEVELS, LEVELS and more LEVELS! From concept, beat selection, visuals, artwork and through to the final product Nephilim has really raised his game on this project.
Firstly, the concept and title ‘The Ben Reilly Tape’, now if you’re into Marvel you’ll get it. For everyone else I’ll try to simplify it for you. Ben Reilly is the Scarlet Spider, a clone of Peter Parker aka the original spidey, (I could confuse you more and talk about the third clone and The Red Team, but this is a Hip Hop review) you still with me???
Cool, I’ll continue… this leads nicely on to the artwork with the hooded figure again a reference to Ben Reilly and if you cop a CD on the inside is a quote from Ben Reilly “I thought that I was real, but I realised I was a clone. How could I continue to be, to be not me, in spite of still being me?
This quote gives us a big hint to the themes of being yourself ,fitting in, not conforming, belonging and what’s real and what’s not, you are about to hear in this dope project from Nephilim. The whole concept of the album is perfectly demonstrated with the opening track ‘Gecko’, produced by Messiah Kaeto, that also came with a dope visual directed by Joe Charman that continues with the hooded figure theme. Check it here
What impressed me most about the album is the range of flows and more intricate rhyme schemes Nephilim is introducing into his music. Take the track ‘Swift AA’ he switches up flows and brings it back down in a way that we perhaps may not have heard from him before, but something he now sounds comfortable doing. This track again came with a visual check it HERE
With sick production from Messiah Kaeto, Illternal Beats, GreenFingers,and Jmin. Man’s even got a beat of Genesis Elijah’s go to producer Pastor Dutchie and not many artists in the UK can claim that with one of my favourite tracks on the album ‘Bespoke’. The hook on the joint illustrates Nephilims mindset perfectly “If I can’t change I might as well rot away// And I’m not staking plots and I won’t drop my name// If I can’t prove I’m not 1+1 like you// And I’m not stuck like glue then I must not be cutting through”
Nephilim has done exactly that. I’ve been blessed to rep his music since the beginning of his Hip Hop journey, he’s prepared to adapt, evolve and not be pigeon-holed. With ‘The Ben Reilly Tape’ you get an air of confidence from Nephilims delivery of his bars, he’s always been a great songwriter, but you finally get the feeling that he feel’s that he belongs in this Hip Hop game and for me this release makes him fully fledged.
The album finishes in a great way with the track ‘Indebted’ a message to everyone who has supported him through life and music and the only track to have a feature. Nephilim is heavily influenced by other genres of music and the track features a long time hero of his, Dave McPherson of the indie band InMe, on the hook, which i know my bro is extremely gassed about.
I don’t enjoy reviewing to be honest, especially reviewing someone’s work who I consider family. So it may come across that I’m a bit biased and that could be true but I really hope Nephilim is proud of what he has produced with ‘The Ben Reilly Tape’.
You can digitally download ‘The Ben Reilly Tape’ below for just £4 OR for a whole extra £1 you can cop yourself a CD. You remember in the opening paragraph when I said “… through to the final product Nephilim has really raised his game on this project.” Well for £5 you’re not getting those standard card covers but a proper case just for a fiver. Go get your copy now here… https://nephilimuk.bandcamp.com/
Check out The Def Squad Freestyles Vol. 1, a collection of radio/mixtape freestyles from EPMD, Erick Sermon, Redman, Keith Murray & Jamal. Get it here…
Sonny Green visual for the track ‘Came From’, produced by Blacksquare. ‘Came From’ reflects on where he grew up and how the places we all grew up in shape us and never leave us.
Sonny writes about the visual on his youtube page “Always love jumping on a soulful hip hop joint, some of the locations used in this video mean a lot to me, I spent most my time over Bournes green park when I was in primary school lol, and that fish n chip shop is where I went everyday for lunch when I went Cecil. It’s mad putting these locations in videos and them coming out looking sick. love it.”
Shot by @PureFireHD. Recorded at Hostage Music HQ – mixed by Wizard.
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