The UK’s number one on-line magazine for Hip-Hop & Urban music ‘RagoMagazine.com’ is back with their third volume of ‘Takin It Worldwide’. Once again they unleash some quality UK and USA music, this time with a staggering twenty-three tracks! All the artists who feature on here are all independent artists and this a real testament to the underground scene.
01 – LATE Feat B-Cide – All City Hustlin (Produced by Tricksta)
02 – Sir Tomz – Tell Dem Already (Produced by Sir Tomz)
03 – Gonja – Ounces of Kush ft. Cincinnati’s Flee, and Dojha (Produced by Gonja)
04 – Dave Bass Productions Feat Redz & Blackz – Drama Bangs On (Produced by Dave Bass)
05 – So O.D. – 1 Spliff (Produced by Joey C)
06 – Rising Son – OosSH! (Produced by Loop G)
07 – Da Kid M.A.T.T.Feat. K I Trubb – Graduation (Produced by Super Star O)
08 – Big PSG – No Mercy (Produced by Tritone)
09 – Maff Test – Made Of (Produced by Marcus Mills & Jonwain)
10 – 40DUBst – Banged Out (Produced by 40DUBst)
11 – Seven3ez – Blow It Down (Reppin Haiti) (Produced by OmiCdO)
12 – Imagery Feat. Keely Marie – Tragic (Produced by Sammy Gambino)
13 – Jackitdown Brown – I’m Real (Produced by Stealf)
14 – Tamika Nicole – Get It Right (Produced by Jimi Fischer)
15 – Skriblah DanGogh Feat. D.ablo – Mesmerised (Produced by Beatbutcha)
16 – Ruinz Ason – Post Man (Produced by J Flames)
17 – J.Karma Feat. Franko Fraize – Keep Pushin’ (Produced by Zimbabwe Kid)
18 – Mr. 13 Feat. Cons & Cobane- Tight Circle (Produced by 7thDan)
19 – Configa Beats Feat. Tone Liv, Respect (Tha God) and Godilla – Like That (Produced by Configa)
20 – A.C – Allow That (Produced by Deadman Walkn)
21 – LATE Feat Jai Boo – Worldwide Grind (Remixed & Produced by Feeney)
22 – Quest Rah – Craftsman (Produced by J Zak)
23 – Deeze – Gimme (Produced by Tricksta)
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01 – Z Funk Intro (Feat. Ridah)
02 – Icy
03 – Shark Fin Soup
04 – Interlude For Mayne
05 – Million Dollar Baby
06 – The Cursed
07 – Because
08 – Don’t Try This At Home
09 – Vampire Interlude
10 – Alone
11 – Low (Dash Gambino Solo Song)
12 – The Blues Feat. Big Ben
Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I’m coming out of Hitchin Hertfordshire 30 miles out of north London it’s a lively commuter’s town with a bustling night life!!! We don’t have any stations that play Hip Hop around here but you can pick up the Hip Hop Show on Kiss FM or 279 on choice etc
When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
I been messing with music for like 15 years now since my early teens DJing/Rhyming all of that it was around 2002/2003 I got into production though.
When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
Released my first record on white label in 2004 it was a 6 track ep ENTITILED “Home Truths” it got an ok response from press etc Knowledge Mag,Hip Hop Connection(R.I.P) all picked up on it. Got plenty of radio play from Itch FM and Rodney P & Skitz give it some play on their 1xtra show!!! As for sales str8 up it was abit of a flop all the stores where shutting down at the time and I didn’t really know how to promote a record but it was a good start you gotta get things wrong before you can get em right sometimes u know?
How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?
Swagger lol? My musical style is straight B-Boy dusty crates kinda vibes vintage golden era work ethic I suppose my whole “swagger” is based around that really. I’m abit of a Hip Hop geek at heart to be honest lol
Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
“King Amongst Thieves” is the name of the album it’s a concept album that was based around taking the title at the King of The Beats challenge back in 2010 (see www.kingofthebeats.com for more info on the comp!!!!) I got Audra Nishita on the album from L.A who used to be Macy Grays backing singer she is a real talent and brings the party to the album. I got the Queens Bridge legend that is Craig G on there Dizzy Dustin from Ugly Duckling & from NY Oxygen of Sputnik Brown & Spox Phd (DJ Spinna/Oxygen). These aint up and coming artists they are some of the greatest Hip Hop artists to ever do it!!! The album isn’t out yet but it is completed I’m hoping the release date will be set for December time but the lead single “King of The Beat” ft Craig G is out now on COG & King of The Beats its available from I-Tunes, Amazon and on ltd(300 only) hand numbered/signed 7inch vinyl from www.carryongoing.com
How long did it take to create and finish?
The Album which I might like to put is my debut full length has been in my head my whole life but from start to finish this album took me a year just over. It wasn’t rushed though I took a long time crafting the 12 joints for this album around 30 joints were recorded in total for it I picked the 12 tightest and went with them.
If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
You wouldn’t catch me coming up to you in the streets trying to sell you something!!! I hate anybody coming up to me in the streets trying to sell me anything let alone CD’s that’s a pet hate of mine!!! I sell my music through the correct channels and make sure it is distributed to the stores and websites that need it. If I want something I will actively go and seek it know what I mean? I’m surprised some of these rappers don’t do door to door or tele sales with this shit the way they try and force it down your throat lmfao?!? The only time you would catch me selling my music in person hand to hand would be after a live show and by that time I wouldn’t need to give you a sales pitch you would have already heard what I’m dealing with!!! REAL TALK
What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?
The single with Craig G out now the production on that is ill I’m real proud of that joint.
Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
I don’t buy CD’s often I still buy vinyl get a lot of product direct from labels or spots like Fat City, King Underground, Suspect Packages if an album is super dope and it aint available on vinyl I will buy the CD I had to buy Roc Marciano’s album on CD from Amazon coz I couldn’t wait for the full vinyl release that album was just too ill!!! But on the real if your an artist or claim to be an artist but don’t buy music you can suck my dick if you think your getting any respect from me you would be surprised how many don’t!!!
Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
As a Hip Hop producer your ears have to be open to everything or you’re never going to get anywhere with it all my music is made from cutting up old recs so I gotta have my ears open. Soul,funk,jazz,rock,soundtracks,library music, classical I buy it all sometimes not just to sample but to listen to as well I’m a music man.
So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
My show features ill rhyme patterns, Turntable manipulation with my man DJ demon on the 1s & 2s as well as me ripping up the mpc whilst rhyming at the same time this show turns heads it aint a joke we rock the party!!! No rapper spitting bars over a CD here proper live music if you wanna book me for a show hit up email@example.com somebody will get back to you and work out a price 😉
Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?
Download my shit and you can suck my dick!!! You are a thief and I got no time for you!!! Don’t go crying when some asshole jacks your nans hand bag coz you aint no better in my book for real! I hate that shit with a passion. I’m sure you do too being someone who spends their time trying to promote artists and good music???
Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
Buy music not just my music but music in general the fans are the most important people in this without sales this shit will end and you will be left with 2 a penny rappers/musicians and their cheap fuckery product!!! Go grab my single now I-TUNES, AMAZON OR www.carryongoing.com
Interview by Josh Powell
Inner Loop Records
Watch it now! New music video for “The Balance” by Lyriciss shot in the streets of Washington, DC. “The Balance” is the title from Lyriciss’ upcoming debut album.
VIDEO: Lyriciss – The Balance (Dir. Chop N Shoot Films)
MP3: Lyriciss – The Balance (Prod. Grussle)
Lyriciss will perform at this year’s A3C Festival in Atlanta on August 8th.