Whilst in New York last November working on the film I found the time to shoot a video for my friends Johnny Juice’s new projectHiCoup.
HiCoup in his own right has been on the circuit for a good while. I had never met him before the shoot. I had only heard the E.P that Juice produced. It’s a fantastic project led by Johnny Juice a accomplished producer and DJ. Seeing him at work in person I can say that he is no way a beat maker, who churns out track after track asking artists to pick one. He carefully selects who he works with and grinds in the studio to help develop a sound and artist. His way is by no means a 1hour take.
There was a song on the E.P that stood out called ‘Crocodile Tears’. I had spoken to Juice prior to leaving out to NYC and said if there was time Id shoot something for him. I had been in NYC 2 weeks. This was my final day. I still have people to shoot for my project.
The sun was light very bright first thing in the morning, the weather was turning so there was a really nice frost. Knowing how long things take I suggested to Juice we can shoot 6am in Brooklyn’s Forte Green. I had shot there earlier on my trip.
HiCoup and manager where based in New Jersey. I was very surprised when they called me to say there were at my spot dead on time. We headed out to Forte Green and knocked out the video before 8am. Only if every shoot could go down as well planned as that.
I had completed the video the first day I arrived back. Now that HiCoup has approved and posted the video onto Youtube I can post it onto my page, enjoy.
These Handz return with this fantastic new release produced by Sparkii Ski and Deejay Grazzhoppa. Sparkii reminded me that I supplied him the sample for this many years ago. So maybe my opinion might be slightly one sided.
Its been nearly 2 years since the group formed, Over a albums worth of material and countless singles. Here is a group i think that needs some serious attention. One of the very few groups today that structure there songs, including things such things as ‘Bridges’ a long forgotten movement in a song. I did here that there is possible a vinyl release on the horizon Look forward to that. We will be stocking that for sure here at king of the beats.
Check out this video. Chris Read called me about this event and was giving me the full lowdown on the project. He has been able to gain access to Boosey & Hawkes and Cavendish catalogues from the archives of famed library music specialists. Producers will have access to dig through their entire achieve and pick out music to sample. In the 90′s and 2000′s Chris was one of the very few people in Birmingham City that really supported my work.
for further information in taking part in the event check out the website : whosampledthis
D.I.T.C are really getting it together for 2014. From the much anticipated Diam Piece Album by Diamond D here is the lead single from the soon to be released D.I.T.C remix album. Remixed by DJ Premier who returns here with a very strong piece.
After being premiered by DJ Premier on his radio show this weekend here is the full track, “Diggin’ In The Crates (DJ Premier Remix)”, available for to stream, including a FREE DOWNLOAD link direct off the new D.I.T.C. website!
The original version of this track is where it all officially began for the D.I.T.C. crew, back in 1991, a full 6 years before “Day One” was released on the crews own label. “Diggin’ In The Crates” featured on the Showbiz & A.G. debut and self pressed joint, the Soul Clap EP…the rest as they say is Bronx Hip-Hop History. For the D.I.T.C. Remix Project, Showbiz called in long time friend and crew member, DJ Premier, who’s absolutely smashed it with this new version.
Fans of this remix are going to WANT the vinyl release, so make sure you subscribe for pre-order info. eepurl.com/dDNmk
The D.I.T.C. Remix Album is dropping on DITC Ent. and Slice Of Spice Records, with CD & Digital available from 7th May, directly from the new D.I.T.C. website (see link below), and Vinyl from Slice Of Spice, soon after, including bonus vinyl and high quality collectible merch. STAY TUNED!
For those who are fans of the golden era this will probably or can be considered the all new Holly Grail of 45’s. This all new limited edition pressing is brought to you by www.Blackpegasusmusic.blogspot.com
Long time friend Marc Davis proudly releases along side TR LOVE of the almighty ULTRAMAGNETIC M.C’s a never released version of ‘Ain’t it good to you’ from the classic Critical Beatdown Album.
This version is straight of the 2-inch tape and it’s Paul C’s personal Edit and mix of the song. Paul C the legendary Queens Engineer and producer that helped transform sonically the sound of Hip Hop was the main topic of a film that I dedicated to the man that I recently uploaded here on the site.
TR Love a true music lover, kept all the reels. Including many other sessions with groups that also worked with the Bronx Outfit.
In early 2002 and two I was introduced to Mark Davis via DJ Moe Love who I had met in NYC on my trip. Mark is a long time fan of the group and like myself got to work with them for a lengthy period.
My role in this project was to create the artwork. To give life to the original Ultramagnetic M.C’s logo which appeared on the back of Critical Beatdown. Originally designed by TR. This is the second time Trev and me have worked on a graphic project together.
My other role was to help strategize and plan the project alongside Mark and TR.
This is an official pressing, not a bootleg or off some poor quality tape cassette. Direct from TR LOVE.
To mark Record Store day may I introduce you to my all new Brand ‘DIGGERS’. Apparel for lovers of digging in those crates.
Diggers will be the parent name of my clothing line. King of the beats Clothing falls under the banner of DIGGERS APPAREL. Over the past year along side my long time creative brother Chris Malbon who I went to school with looked at the items I was selling on the site, concluding we was well out of touch.
After a few brain storming sessions and meeting with local family based printers AM Screenprint. Together we was able to develop and improve our product.
On my mission to head back to NYC we created a new range to support the film ‘looking for the perfect beat’. Although we sold a few items, I didn’t expect for miracles to happen over night. I’m in it for the long hall and I firmly believe in the product. We have great story and history within this scene.
On a personal note, I get to spend a bit more time hanging out with my mother who is ever so proud to show me her sewing skills, giving me ideas on what I can do.
Seriously with so many brands out there, I wanted not to compete but lead creatively, where I don’t have a budget to go into mass production I must make up with for it with ideas and real history within this culture of Hip Hop.
So here it is, I have created the DIGGERS Boot. No more corporate kicks for me. I will have to just wear what I got left in my collection. For my self I want to have some fun with product.
This is sales pitch.. The boot costs £100, it comes with a DIGGERS BRANDEDSweat shirt only available with the boot plus a Diggers 45’. A breakbeat or groove dug out by yours truly and sometimes some very special guests. If that’s not a cosmic idea I don’t know what is.
Easily one of the greatest Hip Hop acts of all time. They never sounded like anyone else, and if anyone tried to sound like them, they where just poor imitations.
I had the pleasure to meet them whilst I was in high school and they came to the UK on their first tour. some 2o years later I got to meet them thanks to their original DJ, DJ Johnny Juice. Johnny Juice, Big Higgs, Charlie Brown, Dinco and Milo have become great friends of the movement. So when today Dinco posted this. After 5 minutes listening in, this had to get re-posted. If you are new to the group. This is a great intro to the group. If you can appreciate true talent, very young and gifted, ahead of their time, your going to love this.
Veterans De La Soul drop their much talked about Dilla Mix tape. The group who worked closely with the late beloved producer also known as Jay dee. Altogether this is a well put together project, essential listening. Click link for free download.