Former King of the Beats Champion Jay King, Tours Brazil, on a mission to promote his up coming project ‘Devil Riding High’.
Jay comes from a DJ Background, a fan of Hip Hop from the early days he was at lot of the big early pinnacle Hip Hop Jams of the 80s. From that his passion for music and art grew.
Back in 2008 He was introduced to me by Sparkii Ski who encouraged him to take part in the ‘Who’s Gonna take the Crate?’ Challenge. That he one returning the next year to win the competition for a second time. This lead to the first release on the king of the beats label. 48 Hours hours produced by Jay king and Mack One. We have worked together on a number of projects and Jay has assisted me many times on video shoots.
Inspired by classic horror and spaghetti westerns Devil Riding High is a fusion of those sounds and moods fused with classic boom bap hip hop.
Catch him on his tour in Brazil, expect nothing less then raw Hip Hop and breaks. Check out the mix below by the man, featuring remixes by himself.
This is by all means not the definitive documentary or story of Paul C McKasty. The Legendary producer from Queens NYC who had his life cut short aged only 24 years old. This is a film put together from a footage I had accumulated from 2000 to April 2013.
Friends, Family and Fellow artists share some personal stories of their time with the man. I am as you may know a record collector and Hip Hop activist. I can admit that I never knew or had every record that Paul C had touched, I have plenty of them, not all of them. In the late 90s I had got to know Nottingham based group the P-Brothers very well.
I was around as Ivory made his now notorious ‘Here No Evil’ CD. He used to show me records I had missed out on, a lot of Paul C’s productions. Prior to that I had gone to New York to start work on my film ‘The Men & Their Music’. Chronicling the birth of New School Hip Hop, from 86 on. Interviewing Ced Geeand Moe Love they spoke highly of Paul, this was the beginning of filming a chapter on the man from Queens.
As I began editing the film the Chapter on Paul.It was so long that it manifested it self into its own film. Learning so much more about the man, watching back the footage of CJ Moore and how heartfelt he spoke about his friend. I felt that this was a story that needed to be shared.
As you will see there is absence of some very key people, not to say I never tried to contact them, those that know me very well can confirm I did. My challenge was that I had made a rough of this film so many years ago, what do i do?, hold out hoping that one day they will want to tell there story which I did for nearly 7 years or drop the film?
Bear in mind Ive never been a sponsored film maker or belong to any in or popular crowds. I was just a man with a camera traveling round filming when ever i could. In my early days building my reputation maybe there was a miss trust from some artists, who is this guy?. Time has showed that I kept my word and that I’m a man that prides him self on his integrity. So I made the decision to drop the film, maybe those missing can see it for what it is, I can always re-edit.
I would like to thank all those that contributed footage towards the project and believed in me. Rakim who took time out of his tour to do this. Dr Butcher who traveled from Texas to NYC to link up with Damian Wilkes to shoot his piece. Lindley Farley for his guidance throughout.
Another reason i never dropped the film was that there is a video that exists of Paul making beats in his studio, but it was amongst hundreds and hundreds of video tapes in a spot in NYC, to this day it’s not been found.
I made a choice not to feature a soundtrack to the film, the audio quality of some of the footage, but mainly because this is not like one of those movies that sensationalize and concentrate on the death and mystery behind it. This is sincere stories from people who loved the man. I stripped the film down to the raw footage. Its not often you get to see such films like this about artists of this genre. Most people will know of Rakim, but you tell me where you ever see him like this on film?
Paul C played a huge part not just in the music but helping develop some of the groups who today are considered classic. Mikey D, Super Lover C and Casanova Rud, Main Source, Large Pro, Organised Konfusion, Rhazeland Ultras to name a few.
In a day when music has become so disposable, bed room studios, back track listen to music produced by the likes of Paul C, there is a reason why that music is classic and never tiring, it was a made by a man that was not a beat maker but a master of his craft.
More Music from KOTB Host Sparkii Ski and his crew. Peep it, This is the first release of the “Re-TOUCH” series by THESE HANDZ.
Macabeats (Animal Pak)& Cool FD put out this joint from their upcoming project named “Pardon my french” featuring Bronx native Mitch L Hennessy and North Carolina talent SlumPritt & DJ Grazzhoppa on the cuts.You can listen to the original version here: So Sparkii Ski & Dj Grazzhoppa put their handz on it, ran it thru the TableSharkStudio and gave it that THESE HANDZ Re-TOUCH.
Brand new release from the group These Handz, They crew just returned from a tour of Japan. Which went very well for the crew.
Sparkii the producer and Grazzhoppa on the cut, over the last 8 months this is the 13th release. There is still more to come, I have had preview of some of the upcoming material. Featuring Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap. This is a crew to watch.
Real Veterans making hardcore Hip Hop music!! Enjoy
Here is something very special for those who support my work and the band The Ultramagnetic M.C’s
One of the greatest Underground Hip Hop acts of all time. Embarked on a European tour to mark 25 years since the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Critical Beatdown’. I have a long history with this group. In the late 90s when I started working on my Film ‘The Men & Their Music’. I was introduced to Moe Luv courtesy of the P-Brothers. For a couple of years me and Moe spent many hours on the phone, playing each other breaks, beats, talking about music and other stuff. In 2002 I made the trip to visit him and shoot him for the project. A little nervous as my memories of him was that he looked like the meanest person in hip hop. In fact he’s one of the coolest. He took me to meet Ced Gee in Harlem and we shot a film.
Returning to the UK I was introduced to Marc Davis from Chicago, who is die hard Ultras fan, So much so he made it his mission to reform the group. Along side TR and Moe he dropped the Ultra Foundation Album. Most of that should of been the Best kept secret LP. I returned to the U.S and shot 2 of the videos for that Album plus a short film introducing TR Loves protege FRED BEANZ. Later I went onto produce their last single with new M.C Fred Beanz. I remember going to Ourprice records in 1988 with Jason Coombes as he brought the cassette never thinking I would work with the group.
Its not been a easy road for the group as you can imagine. So ofcourse when they contacted me to let me know the tour was on, I had to make sure I got to do something with the group to capture this moment. Although not a member of the band, I feel a part of their legacy. Sadly i could not join them for the whole tour due to my work commitments. I put this together for the group and the fans. Imagine what I could of done being on the tour. That would of been one hell of a film. In the mean time enjoy this. Look out for the future DJ MOE LOVE’ DIGGIN IN THE TAPES LP’. For that project I revamped the original ULTRA Logo. This was a important and landmark moment for us all. Filmed by Pritt Kalsi and his team, Andy Higgs and Jay King. We are available to film / edit shows and events. For further info on costs please feel free to contact us.
Big thanks to : Moe Love, Marc Davis & all the Staff at the Grand Clapham Junction, London
Ultramagnetic M.C’s For serious booking info, contact : live nation.
This is a total first. For many years i have been filming private videos for artists who have supported my work. These films are for them and their families only.
Jeru the Damaja is a good friend who supported me for a good many years. You may remember the interview he did with the site 2 years ago. Not long ago Jeru along side the BEATNUTS who also took part in the KING OF THE BEATS performed at London’s Doctors Orders.
After returning from NYC with my new equipment i wanted to test it out filming a show. Jeru kindly allowed me to film him for his personal Achieve. Today Jeru after watching the film asked me to post it up. Normally I would never do this. As this is the artists request, here is a very special piece of my personal collection alongside Jeru are sharing with you. Enjoy. In return support KOTB and Jeru the Damaja for forthcoming shows.
Here is the New Video from Queens Legend Mikey D, and his crew the Elements of Hip Hop. Mikey has been a real supporter of my work and a great friend. For those that don’t know too much about him.
If you are about your craft, you must know your tools and your history. If you claim to be a M.C and you don’t know about him then sorry you are not a M.C. Like Rakim who brought a newness to M.Cing, a new style something that to do this day is present in all the good M.C. Mikey D was part of event that was a turning point in styles, a passing from the old to the new. The New Music Seminar where not part of the event or program he was challenged after winning the title of Best M.C by one of the greatest M.C of all time Melle Mell, who from all accounts didn’t really take to the new styles from the younger generation. Just one of the many battles he took part in. Forget the youtube clips running round town to town battling people, that isn’t new. He was doing that back then. Battling people Like Kool G Rap, Rhazel, and a host of M.C long before they had records out.
From working with legendary Producer Paul C, DJ Johnnie Quest, going onto to be the feature M.C on the second Main Source Album. Years later He joined King of the Beats to tour the UK. Leaving inspired, the hunger and fire came back to him. If you are a true artist you are that until you die. I think Mikey is still finding his feet, but now teaming up with DJ Mercury and Grandwizard Rasheen they are working towards bringing the original culture back into their music.
Here is their latest offering, pay attention to Mikey’s Lyrics. Enjoy