THE ARTFORM – THE LP WHICH A MUST HAVE – THIS WEEKS VIDEO PREMIER – JUSTICE

Again we return with the latest video from the soon to be classic DICEMAN – POWER OF NOW.  This is a limited edition lp only 500 pressed.  

JUSTICE produced by Key Figures features scratches by Casual T & Key Figures from the group  M.S.I. & Assylm Casual T (Casz) has been a close friend for many years.  Long before King of the Beats was founded.  There was a website we ran called nuskratch which we founded in the dial up era.  We would go up and down the country filming DJs and Producers and post videos on that site.

In his own right Casz is a beast on the turntables far better than I could ever be.  This album being very special to me, it was only right to bring Casz in to share this experience.  I wanted him to be part of this.

All the cuts we used came from First Priority records paying dues to our extended family members paying tribute to KING OF CHILL and Maishah Hendrix who over the years have been supporting our cause.

This track is the first joint from the Jam Side of the Vinyl.  This is all about the art of MCing spitting bars and as DJ’s we had to match Dice.

If after  watching the video’s for  ‘In here, Mohammad, Bean Piez and Jimmy if you are still sitting on the fence about purchasing this lp, if in doubt JUSTICE is a great example defining what a true MC is about.  Do not miss out on this lp its no secret copies of this will be on Discogs at £100 so get your order In here. 

 

New Video by Diceman – Jimmy – Limited Edition Pressing

One of the last videos we shot on my recent trip to NYC.  Jimmy taken of the Album Power of Now by the Diceman.  Music production by JDepina and Key Figures.  The video was shot on Westchester Ave in the Bronx. 

Interesting fact about this song, the first time I heard it I was in my home Dice called me and played me the track featuring the sample of Jimi Hendrix talking.  Sat next to me in my home was the late Jimi Hendrix daughter. It was one of those moments I and Dice will never  forget.

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Power of Now – New Video – Diceman – Bean Piez

The third video taken from the Limited Edition Pressing Power of Now.  Only 500 pressed of this genuine soon to be classic.  A huge thank you to everyone that purchased the LP in week 1. If you still you are not convinced here is video number 3 Bean Piez produced by J Depina & Key Figures.

This was the first video I shot whilst in NYC.  I can remember landing the Friday Evening and shooting this Saturday morning.  By the afternoon I had edited the video and had it ready to present.   If you are record collecter or true hip hop fan this is the one record if you miss you will be kicking your self.  Hip Hop at its best for 2018.

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KOTB 0010 – THE DICEMAN – POWER OF NOW – ORDER NOW LIMITED EDITION 500 ONLY.

After 2 years working on this project.  We are proud to present DICEMANS – THE POWER OF NOW LIMITED EDTION LP.  With music production from Key Figures and J Depina.  The second lp from the series Looking for the perfect Beat the movie directed by Pritt Kalsi which features the DICEMAN and group he comes from THE LEGION. 

From start to finish this lp is packed 21 pieces of music.  The Bronx is Back in effect.  We agree and firmly believe that you can drop the needle anyone this record and you will be pleased.  No features other than 1 track featuring the Legion the album is going back to a time where one MC can hold his own.  This is the Diceman.  Lots of thought and care, passion went into the making of this lp, it goes more than the music, from the artwork, its conception, turning it into the physical. We got special access to the plant and where taught how to make the vinyl ourselves.  The videos we shot ourselves. This is a labour of love and more than 25 years of experience on both our parts.  Both of us felt we had something to prove, joining forcesto deliver this a true hip hop classic.

Order yours now from our storeShipping date Dec 1 2018.  Also look out for the behind the scenes makingof the record coming soon.

In the mean time we present you the POWER OF NOW. two tracks taken from the lp to launch this lp.

 

New LP Limited edition Marble only 350 pressed – Tha 4Orce – Setting Standards

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Today we are proud to make available to pre-order  the limited edition album by Tha 4Orce titled Setting Standards.   Featuring a host of the finest M.C’s in the UK, from Confucius MC, Dubbledge, Cyclonious, Jae Mann, Gee Bag, Poynt Blak, King Kashmere, Wan Cee, Arise King David, Ray Vendetta and Lady Sanity. 

Throughout the year Tha 4orce has executed his campaign releasing a new digital single every month accompanied with a video, all directed and presented by Global Faction.  His plan to make his album available on Vinyl 12 months into his campaign.  This has been a labor love for him and the team at KOTB.  Tha 4orce working with legendary photographer Normski to shoot the album cover and aspiring talent the Artful Fro who painted the cover design for the lyric book that accompanies the LP.

Each vinyl release comes with a free full digital download of all 17 tracks including Jae Mann, Wan-Cee, Teach and Big Cakes.

This is an album for those that not just love good music but can appreciate owning something of substance and very tangible.  This is a collectors piece it certainly demonstrates that UK independents are still here, being creative and putting there money where there mouth is.  Tha 4Orce is force of his own, I know its not been an easy year and he’s delivered on all his promises.  Get your copy of what will soon become a UK Classic Lp that marked the time.  Pre order here.  Shipping begins December 18th.  First 50 copies sold will also get a free limited edition 45 by Tha 4Orce featuring the track Musical Shot.  Support his HIP HOP MOVEMENT. 

Order here Tha 4Orce – Setting Standards Limited Edition Marble Pressing.

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2017 – Tha 4Orce -Setting Standards Project

Back in 2009/2010 I met Tha 4orce who took part in the king of the beats event held at London’s Vibe Bar located in Brick Lane.  He soon joined the team, helping with the events. Off the back of the events I started the record label, pressing 45s from artists that came through the event and the king of the beats films.  For some years The 4orce had worked on a instrumental project titled Setting Standards for which he put out him self. 

He then went onto run the Mind tha Gap Radio Show which he featured nothing but new music from here and across the pond this lead him to return back to the project 4Orce wanted to make it a vocal version featuring UK artists that he was into and were of the moment.  This project was lead and funded by him self.  Any one that knows him will say that he is prolific worker, who is always on his grind, self motivated and very focused on his music. Through his network he was able to make use of the talent around him to create videos and execute his own plan.  Every month to release a digital single launched with a video ending the year with a Vinyl pressing of the lp.  Money earned from the digital releases goes towards the pressing of the limited edition UK Gem.

4Orce supported me and my projects since the time we started to work together and on this weekday visited me to help me shoot my piece for the Diggers Project.  I thought it would be good to shoot a piece about him breaking down his project and his aims.

If you are feeling this please and want to support home grown artists please share and support the Setting Standards Project.

DJ Jazzy Jay – A Walk in the Park – Episode 1

From way back when, long before this thing was called Hip Hop back in the very early 70’s this thing called DJing took a turn that changed the way DJs play music forever.

It birthed the Turntablists, DJ’s who manipulated the soundscape and arrangements of the recorded piece changing the way we were meant to hear the music.  It became something else. Dj’s all over New York went crazy looking for sounds to manipulate, it birthed the Breakbeat DJs.  One of the greatest of all time is the man featured here Jazzy Jay.

From Bronx River Jazzy Jay like Charlie Chase, Grand Wizard Theodore and DXT was of a generation that went all out on this from not just buying and searching for records but becoming exceptional Skilled on the turntables.  Their tapes and performances have influenced millions of people across the globe.  Held in High regard I’ve seen it my self people still be asking him what was this track you played at this event or this track on this tape.

It’s these DJs that inspired the members of DITC to coin the term Diggin in the Crates.  I’ve known Jazzy for many years now and we have shot many videos together, he never fails to surprise me.  When you see me and Jazzy put something together you better believe it’s going to be special and honest.

Recently I got to tour along side Diamond D and Large Pro doing the 45s sets, these men them selves Diamond especially will tell you that we was all mentored by Jazzy.  Diamond you can see where he is at when he cuts 45s. the way he cuts them. Its not easy at all, but h makes it look easy as he came from a time and place where that is all it was and the only way to do it, it was competitive as almost every block had DJs that were all working/ practicing hard to make a name, to be hailed as one of the best.

I was in NYC for 4 nights to work with Large Pro and Main Source documenting the 25 year Anniversary of Breaking Atoms.  One of the greatest Records ever made across all genres of music.  I took one day off to be with Jazzy to see him and his family.  On the Friday joined by Large Pro and King of Chill we got into the spirit of creativity and few beers leading me onto persuade Jazzy to cut some 45s for me and let me shoot.  This was not rehearsed or prepared, but you can see here what we captured, a man who cutting up 45s is a walk in the park.

Jazzy Jay is available for shows. Info on the video.

Tha 4orce returns with new E.P single from the forthcoming album ‘Setting Standards ‘ Out today

for all those that know about the king of the beats events and 45′s Tha 4orce had dropped 2 singles on the label and has been a long time associate since taking part in one of the events held at London’s Vibe Bar.  It came to a point where he began work on his solo Album Setting Standards, as the producer the Album features many of the UK most talented up and coming artists. 

This is the first single from the project, ‘More to it’ ft Confucius MC.  Attached to The Hip Hop Movement  the album project featuring artists Dubbledge, Cyclonious, Jae Mann, Gee Bag, Poynt Blak, King Kashmere, Wan-Cee, Arise King David, Ray Vendetta and Lady Sanity’.

Written by: Confucius MC.
Produced by: Tha 4orce for Mind Tha Gap Recordings.
All Instrumentation, cuts and scratches by: Tha 4orce.
Mixed and recorded by: Morfius and Tha 4orce for More for us Media.
Executive Producers; Tha 4orce & Pritt Kalsi for King of the Beats Records.

Available at all online digital outlets: Apple iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, MediaNet, Inprodicon, Tradebit, GreatIndieMusic, Amazon MP3, Groove, iMusica, Spotify, 7digital, Deezer, 24-7, Google Music Store, iHeartRadio, Rumblefish, Slacker Radio, Shazam, Yandex, YouTube Music, Tidal, Akazoo, SoundExchange, 8tracks, Synchtank, Kdigital, Kuack, AWA, Kkbox, Pandora, Line Music, Bandcamp

 

https://tha4orce.bandcamp.com/album/more-to-it-with-confucius-mc-ep

Diamond D V’s Large Professor All 45 UK Shows

A great way to kick off your 2017 with this footage from Diamond D and Large Professor’s late 2016 UK tour.  Notably two of the greatest hip hop producers of all time they have embarked on journey reverting back to a time long before they started making music, a time where as children they were fully taken by this new and exciting culture called Hip Hop.

Where Djing was thing.  This new art form required two turntables and mixer.  A bunch of 45s and to these guys and many alike them they had to find 2 copies of each record.  They came in at a time where people where still discovering holly grail breaks.  Very Exciting times. 

Not only did you have to scrimp save and find these records you had to perfect and master the skill of cutting them up on the turntables not an easy thing to do.  Competition was high so it only forced you to practice hard, if you didn’t have the skill on the turntables you made up for it with your selection.  This is how great DJs made their name and found recognition.

Both these men mastered all the elements above.  This later lead them into them becoming some of the greatest Hip Hop producers, Don’t ask me ask Kanye West who although i’m not a fan of him, even he when it comes to his piers will humble himself to name the two men featured here.

I was privileged to join the men on some of their tour.  Although I filmed much footage over 4.5 hour of them just cutting up I put this selection together not just to showcase them but as piece of document to preserve this element of the culture.

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