About a year ago, we introduced you to one of the illest MCs coming out of the UK – Sway, since then he has been steady grinding and plotting for a takeover in 2010. Check out how 2009 has been for him, don’t say we didn’t warn you –
I see where they’re going with the Konvict cosign – say wha you want, but Akon is getting that INTERNATIONAL bread and it didn’t change the homie Kardinal too much either.
So it’s a Tuesday, in the midst of what is a most interesting 4th quarter in the music game. While major labels are crossing their fingers on their cash cow artists, the Indie/Underground scene as always, prepares for their releases very nonchalantly on the knowledge that they don’t have to rush and cash in on first week or even first month sales. All of us underground heads know that the shelf life of a remarkable Underground classic is measured in MONTHS, YEARS and tours. With that being said, I look forward to seeing all these cats in the months ahead on the road.
Like always, here are today’s dopest, funk doobiest, indie/alternative releases, with more in depth coverage on artists we haven’t featured, Enjoy!
Jake One – White Van Music
Check our earlier post with some of the tracks featured for download!
Sway DaSafo – The Signature LP
Of course no American media is covering this release, but but trust me on this, the MAN does not want you to hear this album because it’s sick…but of course we covered it…
MF DOOM – Operation Doomsday [Re-Issue]
I am one of the chosen few who actually brought this album when it came out. [99' or 00' i think] Do I have an original? I don’t know. What I DO know is that ever since I seen that they were goin for $50.00 – $100 dollars on Amazon, I burned myself a copy and have never played the original disc since.
MF DOOM – Dead Bent
Finally after 800 years of rumors about the re-issue [since the 2001 edition], it is finally upon us. When I introduce MF DOOM to anyone who has never heard him I give them this album and Madvillain and I wind up converting them all, Muahahaha! ALL CAPs bitches.
No matter what time it is in the United Kingdom, New York is always 5 hours behind. LOL, you can say that they’re always ahead of the game. LOL, not really but figuratively they are. Their hip hop scene is very different from the United States. If you listen to a basic a top 10 countdown on UK Urban Radio, you’ll hear a dance hall track, a Kanye Joint, a 50 joint, some crunk, some southern screw, some Grime, some Bhangra even Drum and Bass; anything and everything within those 10 tracks.
The reason for this? Who knows but my guess is geography. So many countries squished together in once space, you’re bound to come up with some interesting sounds. In comes Sway; I first heard this cat back in the day  when all I listened to was Copenhagen’s DR Hip Hop , Brixton’s Choice FM, and a host of other streaming radio sites. They seemed to like him in Germany i would hear “blah blah blah freestyle Sway blah blah” and I’ve had my eye on him ever since.
Lucky for you it’s not too late to get to know him. Readily available on Itunes today is the second single on his forthcoming album “The Signature” [Drops Oct. 6th] it’s called “Saturday Night Hustle” and it features, UK singer Lemar.** His style is just fun and insightful. He can make a club joint and then he can talk about doesmetic abuse. It’s a little hard to place him on the American rapper scale, but i will say if you like Lupe, Nerd, Kanye, or MF Doom then you totally won’t hate him [you may not love him though] . He has some dance hall flavor too even though he’s a Ghanaian Brit.