Ugandan Hip Hop

Hip Hop in Uganda has come a long way in the last decades, especially since the creation of the Hip Hop Boot Camp project in 2011 and their series of releases and events. Organised by Bayimba org and featuring artists from all over the country with each release focusing on bringing artists from different regions together, the boot camp works to empower the youth towards learning more about the music industry and it’s many possibilities. Check out these great works here: http://www.reverbnation.com/HipHopBootCampUganda

Another Ugandan Hip Hop compilation out there that got a CD release is ‘Kampala Flow: East African Hip Hop from Uganda’. Also be sure to watch the ‘Bouncing Cats’ documentary written and directed by Australian director and photographer Nabil Elderkin which is amazing, and ‘Diamonds in the Rough: A Ugandan Hip Hop Revolution’ (Brett Mezurak, 2007) and ‘Shake the Dust’ (produced by Nas, 2015).


 

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IBMCs Digital Label 2nd 1/4 2018

2018 is proving to be an exceptional year with so many dope projects dropping it’s hard to keep up with everything! The second half of the year will be no less hectic with full length albums coming from DJ Nice, Crimson, Sir Beans OBE & MC Kelz, Uzee The Bovvaking & Grolok Panicrum, These Handz, MG Gost & Hain Teny, a live instrumental project from Ruth Koleva – not to mention more 7 inch action on the way with George Fields and Venom (more announcements on that soon) and the 2nd vinyl LP campaign now in the works for ‘Waking Walk’ Instrumentals.

 

3CNB is a producer from Lithuania, now based in the UK and working on getting the best possible sound for his productions after many years of study. ‘Dilla Thanks’, an homage to one of the greatest Hip Hip producers ever to have lived, was created using samples and elements from Dilla’s work, with 3CNB’s additional melodies giving it the unique twist necessary.

‘Paying Homage to the Golden Era of Hip Hop’ by DJ Jaymob is a special album created by a producer (based in Orlando originally from NYC) who has been on the scene for more than 2 decades already, working with legendary emcees like MF DOOM, Kool Keith and Cappadonna and Wordsworth, who all feature here. An anthology of sorts, Jaymob deserves huge respect for bringing together so many of his connections to pay homage in this way.

Individu & Wispo, a duo from Luxembourg released their album ‘Pulsions’ back in 2015. Individu raps in French working together with Wispo on providing the production. Another great addition to the family, we look forward to an extended reissue of ‘Pulsions’, as well as the Instrumentals which is dropping tomorrow.

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Also on the boil we have A Strange Man Called Seb’s debut 12 inch release, Door People/Dorset Diction, a UK banger with production by Easy B and Vosn from Belgium and Poland respectively. The test pressings sound heavy and we can look forward to the vinyl later this year. Stay tuned and be sure to check the action on bandcamp!

https://ibmcs1.bandcamp.com/

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MG Gost – Waking Walk Instrumentals vinyl campaign begins

Following the success of the Drumahmental vinyl campaign we are now embarking on our second LP campaign, the instrumentals from MG Gost’s sought after ‘Waking Walk’ album which came out in 2015 (Dusty Platter). The record secured the Hain Teny member’s position as a international producer with a developed jazzy sound, featuring great emcees like Cadence (RIP), Jack Jones (Audessey), Tableek and more, also with additional production from Dirty Hairy and Slone with remixes.

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To be released on white vinyl, with full cover art and limited to 200 copies, the Waking Walk Instrumentals vinyl is now available to pre-order on the Qrates site.

https://qrates.com/projects/14429-waking-walk-instrumentals

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IBMCs Digital Label first ¼ 2018

Things are really starting to heat up for the label this year, the most recent 3 releases upholding standards and even raising the bar, taking us to new and unexpected territories. As well as these extraordinary blessings from Dark Circle, LRS and D-Tension, we have a whole heap of gems to drop on you in 2018, more about them later…

Firstly, Anglo-German-Jamaican-Icelandic favourites Dark Circle, the duo of Hoycke and Anik who have a long time affiliation with IBMCs, allowed us to release some hidden chambers in the form of this download-only EP. The first project on the label to feature German language raps, the Reunion EP also comes with 2 videos and is a rare window into the murky world of this exceptional group.

LRS is the combination of French producer Jostereo, with Chicago (Paris based) emcee Days, aka 12:51 aka RacecaR, a prolific figure on the underground scene since the days of Modill (see what I did there?) having done numerous collaborations with artists like Soul Square, Sax Machine, Paris DJs, the Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra and more. ‘Highs’ is a special reissue version with additional remixes of 2 tracks by Russian (Norway based) producer Constant Elevation, aka C.E.B. and also released on CD.

Thirdly, today we have released the latest album from producer/emcee D-Tension, who needs little introduction, having already solidified his position with his ‘Contacts and Contracts’ albums 1&2 which featured a who’s who of dope US emcees. Once again blessed with amazing features from legends like Diamond D, AG of DITC and Tash of Tha Liks, this is not an album to be slept on. D-Tension has dedicated The Violence of Zen to his friend and long time supporter Dru Garrity who passed away recently.

Support the label by downloading these projects or ordering CDs/vinyl

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IBMCs Beats V

IBMCs Beats Archive Vol 5

The IBMCs Beats Archives’ purpose is to showcase talent and serve as a reminder that Hip Hop production and beat making is still alive and well, in multiple global locations and often on wax. The contributors vary from well established producers with 20 years or more experience, to newcomers who deserve an ear. The archives are listen-only projects which allows the contributors to put forward whatever they want, often instrumentals from releases recently put out on vinyl, and links are provided for the possibility of further listening or record buying. 25 individuals sent an instrumental and some words about themselves which you can read on the pages for the beats.

So who is featured? From the UK: Kista runs the Soundweight label, putting out phenomenal records and is well known for his dedication to graffiti. Ghost is a friend from the old days and dedicated craftsmen when it comes to his music. Interestingly I once worked in an office alongside Ghost, and also for the Breakin Bread label which released stuff from Ghost, Tufkut and Tom Caruana, the Brighton based genius behind the not to be slept-on Son of Sam album, Cinder Hill, who also provided a tasty morsel for the archive. Small world. Jonny Cuba is producer (from the mighty Dynamic Syncopation and Soundsci) who I did not work in an office with but makes amazing music nevertheless. Also, from southwest UK, Crispy comes highly recommended (shouts to Biscuit) and we are proud to include him on here.

On Vol 5 we have a prominent jazz influence, although as always there is a variety of styles. As well as 5 beats from artists who have released material on the IBMCs Digital Label; Dr.Drumah from Brazil, Supafuh from France, Americans Tactik and IV The Polymath, plus Serbians Beatchukaz (check their Bricks album which just dropped, review here) and MG Gost who also helped compile this volume and runs the label. We also have beats from affiliates Adept & Rude Lead from Norway (who we will be hearing more about very soon), UK’s Tufkut, Klonazz from Colombia and IceRocks from New York (who all produced remixes for the Worldwide Remix Project), and DJ Nice from Toulouse, France – everyone’s favourite DJ/producer. MAARTN from Belgium is another great beatmaker we’ve always got an ear out for.

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Speaking of Belgians, DJ Koss sent an instrumental from his ‘Born to Live’ LP which dropped last year on Below System Records, amazing record. Crazy vinyl is flying out from various labels and places. Scottish Jazz Spastiks have been blazing a trial for a minute and freed up this unreleased gem for us (new record ‘Scratch & Sniff’ reviewed here). Out of Australia comes Must Volkoff with his classic ‘Aquanaut’ double LP (review here) on Pang Productions, and from Moscow Russia, Boora who has released his 2nd solo project on King Underground, ‘The Art of 10 Seconds’. South American Hip Hop albums on wax are rare and might take a long, long time to reach you but it will be worth it with H-Ico aka Da Funkylooper from Colombia who’s ‘Boombap Language’ album came out this summer featuring a selection of worldwide emcees.

Stateside producers D-Tension and Madsol Desar are also on here. Madsol stays busy DJing and making music, and you will remember D-Tension from his ‘Contacts and Contracts’ vols 1 and 2 albums; he is now releasing his new album “The Violence of Zen’. Last but not least, we were extremely blessed to get a beat from Parisien Parental, the reknowned French producer of Kahlex fame (Akromégalie Records).

The Beats

https://ibmcs.bandcamp.com/album/ibmcs-beats-v

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IBMCs in 2017

At the start of the year, more tracks from the Worldwide Remix Project were released, and IBMCs 7 inches 2 and 3, part of the series to be completed this year.

The digital label has seen major progression, with 8 CDs and a 2 vinyl releases now available on bandcamp, a cassette release of Obo’s Chop Suey LP in cooperation with LabOhr, as well as the Qrates crowdfunder campaign for Dr. Drumah’s Drumamental vinyl LP successfully completed and into production…

The first Q&A for a few years got published, with producer du jour Giallo Point, and quite a few reviews of the some of the best albums released this year, one even published on Wordplay magazine’s website.

Thanks to all team members and supporters in 2017, looking forward to this year being as great as we can make it. Peace!

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Photo of the year by Nika of Mr Mitchie Williams in Kingston Jamaica with the only copy on the island, Rewind!

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Dr.Drumah – Drumamental vinyl campaign begins

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The campaign to release Dr.Drumah’s Drumamental album on wax is underway via Qrates and in cooperation with Mr Grim Productions. This beautiful product will be pressed upon us reaching the target of 200 orders, and shipped to supporters all over the globe by early January 2018.

Preorder you copy now by clicking here

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