Innate & EP – ‘Such as I’ LP relaunch


I’m very happy to let you know about this great album by Innate & EP which we have relaunched as the first release on the official IBMCs digital label this year in association with TheOther20Eight. ‘Such as I’ is instantly accessible from the first listen, as soon as the piano drops on the first track ‘Everything’ you enter the world of these dope emcees with intelligent and original flows and follow them on a ride through their experience of a Hip Hop life.

Check the video for The Grind


Over a decade since Innate dropped his first album Natural Progression in 2002, the sunny sound of California is apparent on this record, along with the rhyming skills and sensibility often heard on the East coast, both emcees take care to put a realistic and personal perspective into their lyrics, leaving the listener wanting more of that Hieroglyphics influenced sound. When hooks are sung, it’s done with soul and after a few listens you will be singing along with them.

Check the video for Stella


In this industry and scene we are inundated with constant tracks, albums, videos, and amongst them all are gems like ‘Such as I’ which still deserves a great deal more exposure and enough patience from the busy modern Hip Hopper to relax into it and enjoy at the necessary pace. Spread the word, download the album and check the video below, I guarantee you wont regret it.




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The reasons the Talib Kweli/Diabolic ‘beef’ is pathetic and pointless

  1. Firstly, anything on twitter is childish and irrelevant to anything. Diabolic is a grown man so threatening to punch someone in the face via twitter….that is not a mature response, it’s a jumped-up ego response which probably will never happen.
  2. Because neither Bolic nor Kweli is a truly hardcore emcee built to battle. They are both talented but realistically, next to a Kool G Rap or an Eminem in his battle mode, they are both a weak force.
  3. These emcees should be educated enough by now on each other’s material and careers to see there is nothing to battle about and they are both supposedly on the same side with regard to fighting oppression generally in America.
  4. Anything racially divisive in Hip Hop Culture is dangerous and goes directly against clear principles laid out by the founders of the culture.
  5. Kweli has had a successful career appearing on classics like Black Star while Diabolic is basically nowhere, his exposure has come entirely from his affiliation with Immortal Technique. Does he have one track which deals with serious political topics or personal experience? However Kweli is also guilty of coming across holier than thou on social media and creating the back and forth that inevitably led to this pathetic and pointless battle.

So who won the battle? They both lost in my view, but make up your own mind, or don’t because neither track is that great and there’s better and more interesting stuff happening elsewhere.




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More Worldwide Remixes!

This month we dropped 2 more Worldwide Remixes which will be released as free downloads on EP vol 10 of the project coming soon. The 36th remix for the project is by Serbian producer MG Gost who is also putting in a massive amount of work behind the scenes for IBMCs, connecting with artists globally for the launch of the digital label also this month.

For this remix we connected with the Cannaholics crew from Minneapolis, and MG Gost together with his Hain Teny collective affiliates, cuts from the Beatchuckaz and additional rhodes by Dusan Kovacevic, bought the track together perfectly banging the summer vibe through the speakers.


Also be sure to check MG Gost’s excellent Waking Walk release on the Dusty Platter label, also available on wax (limited number copies still available!).

Next up is the 3rd remix for the project from DJ Grazzhoppa. Belgium’s DJ Grazzhoppa is known as one of the hardest working people in the scene, always delivering greatness with both his production and his turntablism which few can match. We are extremely fortunate to have his involvement in the project. Special thanks also to Pascal Ross-Marquette for his dope cover art.

IBMCs x Quartz x Grazz (JPEG)

This time remixing UK artist QuartzCrystallus’ track, he brings the raw energy needed for a banger. QuartzCrystallus is from Birmingham and has released a project with Russian producer BMB Spacekid, VERAO AZUL, check it here:


We still have a couple more gems to drop, so stay tuned!




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Memory Lane – Some 90s print ads

These are print ads from The Source Magazine (1995-2000). These scans are just a small sample from the IBMCs image library. I hope you enjoy the nostalgia!



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Mark B – never forgotten


Mark B – A UK Legend

A lot of people knew Mark as a great guy, always friendly, helpful and funny as well as a legendary Hip Hop producer. We hear that word legend a lot and only a few deserve it – Mark was one of those people. His impact on the UK Hip Hop scene is enormous, taking his record with Blade onto Top of the Pops and before that, setting the standard by bringing out Task Force and then many other artists through his K-Boro label. Mark was a master of the art form from digging to finding great samples and ways to get better and different sounds from the machines, while also inspiring and advising plenty of other producers and artists in his life.


Mark’s death in January this year was a shock – untimely. Personally I felt privileged to have met him and been in communication with him, and would excitedly tell my friends that I’d been chatting with Mark on facebook about ideas for projects. Mark was a big fan of a Dutch artist, Rosa Ana and coincidentally I did bump into Rosa on the streets of Amsterdam and told her about Mark’s production skills but unfortunately the collaboration never came about.


The legacy of Mark’s music will never be forgotten, his classics stay in rotation. Not limited by the ‘UK’ tag, he was known globally from Europe to Australia to Japan to the US and Canada, everyone wanting that authentic hardcore sound knew Mark was the go to guy.


(Article by By David Balfour, source unknown)


RIP Mark B, one of the Great Ones



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IBMCs Digital Label, legacy and continuation



In 2010 IBMCs began to release music online as an org, although many members and affiliates had already put out numerous projects, 2012 was the first time the logo appeared on a record, for which we have the trailblazing George Fields to thank, his From the Sticks debut now being recognized as a classic instrumental album of its year.



George has since released his “Glad To Meet You” album to high acclaim (2015), and is about to drop the follow up to FTS, Beyond Realm, which is extremely highly anticipated by lovers of refined production worldwide (Under The Sun Records) and will be up for order on April 1st. Here is a taster:

Other affiliates include Anik of Dark Circle with his leftfield Icelandic Hip Hop for mental elevation, Cryptochrome (2013 Def Con Records), continues the psychedelic crusade with a sophomore project on the way.


Check the most recent video, Clappo here:


New York producer Jay Quest aka Kidd Called Quest (New Era Boom Batt) who makes hardcore street boombap and released his 22 track compilation Put Your Headphones On as well his Passion Music Soul album with Golden as Young Black & Gifted  (2013) also continued and released In My Zone (2014), Put Your Headphone On 2 and Young Black & Restless with King Righteous (2015). Check his works here:



German producer Whatson, another boombapist who put out his Detour EP (2013) featuring a large number of dope US emcees including M-Dot, Born Unique, Chief Kamachi, Prop Dylan (Sweden) and more & released as CD with a limited run of 150 copies. Listen to the project here:

As well as celebrating those and many more affiliate releases, in 2016, with the help of label manager Milo, we will also be creating a digital platform & schedule for a label. Watch this space for more details…

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The IBMCs Worldwide Remix Project – Producers

A New Design

The IBMCs Worldwide Remix Project started in 2010, originally as one remix, then it became an EP of 4 remixes, and then over 7 years has expanded into a 40 track behemoth with every track entitled ‘worldwide’ and featuring artists from over 33 countries.

As well as the 28 contributing producers, the project owes its creation to the original producers and artists who’s tracks were remixed and gave their blessing to the work, as without their cooperation none of it would have been possible.

Additional cuts for several remixes were provided by DJs and even a saxophone on 2 tracks. Interviews were also conducted with many of the featured artists as a bonus.

The Worldwide Remix Project represents the greatest example of international Hip Hop cooperation ever, and from a budget of nothing, together we have created something legendary. The full album version is due this year, with 6 more remixes yet to drop.

Many thanks to the huge number of people who made a contribution, from the producers, to the DJs, to the guys working on graphics, and to anyone who has listened and enjoyed the music, it’s all for the love.

Countries represented in the project:

US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Japan, South Africa, Cuba, Australia, Sweden, Greece, Zimbabwe, Chile, Slovenia, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, Austria, Congo, Serbia, Colombia and more

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