Issue 81

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32 Issue 81 / 2015 HIPHOP / RNB If it's a new album you are looking for from the elusive rapper, then sorry to disappoint, but the vinyl being dropped by the 39-year-old through Mass Appeal Records on November 27th is a new 12-inch version of his 2009 tracks 'Exhibit A' and 'Exhibit X', as well as the instrumentals for both tunes. Those looking for news on a new album may be disheartened to hear that Jay's producer Just Blaze has not currently heard a complete album, however... he does have a nearly complete version of it on his phone. Stay tuned! The rapper/ producer is releasing a new vinyl for Record Store Day Black Friday N.W.A If there's one name synonymous with the hip-hop industry, it's Niggaz Wit Atti- tude, better known as N.W.A Hailing from South Central LA, N.W.A put Compton on the map as the home of gangsta rap. The group was formed in 1986 by Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, and Ice Cube, with Arabian Prince leaving shortly after, and MC Ren and DJ Yella joining the group. N.W.A revolutionised the rap industry by refusing to censor their work for a wider audience. They stayed true to what they lived, saw, and felt, and translated that into explicit lyrics. The vulgarity of their songs got them banned on many radio stations, but this didn't halt their success. They fused their experiences into their lyrics, talking about gang culture, drug wars, and police brutality. 'Fuck tha Police' off their first and most successful album Straight Outta Compton highlighted the insane racial injustices persisting in American culture. Beyond politically charged statements, N.W.A held an important voice in the mainstream music industry, they represented a deeply villified part of American society. Their willingness to talk about gang culture and the life of youth growing up in an inner-city neighbourhood made them controversial in the eyes of the media. Yet they represented an angst and put forth an energy that many people could relate to. But, most importantly, they threw down some wicked clever lyrics and dope beats. Although tension rose after Straight Outta Compton and the group eventually split up in 1991, they left a lasting impact on the hip-hop industry, and paved the way for artists like Tupac and Snoop Dogg in the 90s, as well as artists today like Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar, who continue to rap about inner-city life and gang culture. More @ On 'Bars' Jammer drops verse after verse with no bait hooks, just straight murky lyrics. He name checks veterans of the scene including D Double E, Fekky and radio station Déjà Vu giving an insight to the road that has been walked on the journey to the deliverance of 'Bars', which comes with a deep, gritty and serious tone courtesy of Twenty8Hurtz on production. Proving his skills of late as an artist, producer and DJ, Jammer is an all round triple- threat. Pulling together the all-star cast of emcees for recent hit 'Royal Rumble' as lead track for top ten release Lord of the Mics 7, was followed in quick succession by the release of his remix to Disclosure's 'Jaded'. TrAck of The MoNTh JAMMer - BArs As the name suggests, he takes it back to old skool style grime Off The Corner Ayar The Traveller's Guide Presha J Naila AJ Tracey Garage Skank Kano Here's the hip hop on our playlist this month: PLAYLIsT NeWs JAY eLecTroNIcA droPPINg NeW vINYL ProJecT

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