OTU:Live Presents Vinnie Paz and Ill Bill @ Lakota, Bristol-Sunday 2nd December


Almost a year to the day after we brought you Slaine, Reef the Lost Cauze and DJ Illegal, we’ve lined up an even bigger set of performers for the hardcore hip-hop heads.

With incredible histories in the music game, Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz bring a rapping pedigree and calibre of lyrical mastery that few can compare with, both as solo artists, part of La Coka Nostra and Jedi Mind Tricks respectively, and of course as the duo Heavy Metal Kings. Both will be joined by the revered DJ Eclipse (Non Phixion).

Support on the night comes from Leaf Dog, BVA and an additional RLD showcase that features Smellington Piff and Rag N Bone Man.

It’s an utterly stacked lineup that’s going to be unmissable for the hip-hop heads, and we’re bringing the goods to a city with one of the best rap communities in the UK right now. Tickets are on sale right now, and do yourself a favour and grab them quickly.

Tickets: £16 advance, more on the door
When: Sunday 2nd December 2012, 7.30pm doors
Where: Lakota, 6 Upper York Street, BS2 8QN, Bristol

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Vinnie Paz-You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train


Vinnie Paz dropped his new album God of the Serengeti on Monday, and I can honestly say, it’s been on repeat since.

One of my personal favourite tracks from the album, You Can’t Be Neutral On a Moving Train, is nothing short of incredible. With 7 minutes and 30 seconds of historical story-telling, over multiple beat changes, I would put this up there with the likes of Jedi Mind’s Uncommon Valor or Canibus’ Poet Laureate II.

God of the Serengeti is available now on iTunes.

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Vinnie Paz-The Oracle (prod. by DJ Premier)

I was initially sceptical about Vinnie as a solo artist, but Season of the Assassin was a big grower. I have been anticipating this release much more, and so far I’ve enjoyed each track. Teaming up with Preemo can be a bit tricky these days. You can find yourself with a classic one of a kind beat, or you can find yourself on a by-the-numbers mixtape filler beat.

Luckily, Preem has thought about this track and seems to have really crafted the beat to compliment Vinnie’s hard-hitting style, which works well and continues to build anticipation for the album.

God Of The Serengeti is released on October 23rd.

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Heavy Metal Kings-Metal In Your Mouth ft. Slaine & Q-Unique

Vinnie Paz & Ill BILL get yet more visual treatment from Reel Wolf Productions for their efforts under the Heavy Metal Kings moniker, this time accompanied by underground heavyweights Slaine & Q-Unique. One of the best tracks from HMK, with solid verses from all involved and Slaine delivering one of my favourite lines on the album: “Not the man, not the myth I’m your superhero with his mask off.”

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Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz-Children Of God


Second release from the duo’s Heavy Metal Kings project, dropping April 5th.

This sounds exactly as you would expect it to, but that is never a bad thing when fused together by the remarkable chemistry that Bill and Paz clearly have. Heavy guitar chords dominate proceedings here, yet never rise above the vocalists’ verses allowing both to spit their trademark social and politically-conscious bars. If you missed the first drop, get your hands on that here and hit the jump for the tracklist. No Rugged Man feature though *sad face*

Chris, this one is definitely for you my man!

Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz-Children Of God

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Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz-Keeper of The Seven Keys


A collaboration that’ll make any hip-hop head a little sweaty, here goes the first track from their upcoming joint album, Heavy Metal Kings.

It’s an absolute treat to listen to hip-hop of this quality too. The production boasts some thudding drum work that gives this track a real driving, powerful feel, scratches that give the hook a real raw quality, and haunting melodies that add further depth and character in an intricately constructed beat. Bill and Paz aren’t exactly rookies in the rap game, and both come through with passionate, aggressive rhymes that combine perfectly with the intense production to deliver a head-nodding, break-something-with-your-face slice of hip-hop.

Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz-Keeper of the Seven Keys

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Vinnie Paz & Rugged Man – Nosebleed [Video]

Visuals for my favourite joint off Vinnie Paz’s debut solo LP, Season Of The Assassin.

Great for all those who missed the audio first time round.

Actually, it’s just great for everyone really.

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DJ Muggs & Ill Bill - Kill Devil Hills [Video]

Some more visuals for one of my favourites from the album (Out today. Buy here).

Make sure you pick up the audio because it’s a banger.

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7L & Esoteric - No Shots


If you like hip-hop, you really should be familiar with the underground duo of producer 7L and Army Of The Pharaohs’ MC, Esoteric.

First leak from their album 1212 which drops October 12th. Here Esoteric spits some rhymes on his thoughts of the current industry over 7L’s Rihanna-sampling instrumentals.

1212 boasts features from the likes of Ill Bill, Alchemist, Evidence, Inspectah Deck, Sadat X, Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled, Statik Selektah and OTU favourite Reef The Lost Cauze.

7L & Esoteric – No Shots

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DJ Muggs & Ill Bill - Kill Devil Hills


This is the last drop we gift you because I don’t want to ruin the sales of this really, really good album.

I had to give you one more from the album though and, although it was hard choosing, the title-track is the perfect one. Bill’s lyricism was never in question for me, if anything I was concerned about Muggs but he came through on the whole album. The track features a pulsating, almost military-like bassline, held together with some dark keys from the ivory. B-Real and Vinnie Paz illustrate the coming together of two sides: B-Real from Mugg’s Cypress Hill days and of course Paz, a frequent collaborator with Bill.

DJ Muggs & Ill Bill – Kill Devil Hills ft B-Real & Vinnie Paz

Other Kill Devil Hills stuff, including artwork, tracklisting and a few other singles and videos can be obtained here. Kill Devil Hills is released on 31st August.

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 11


Whilst Ajay’s away I’ve been tasked with holding down his UGHH Collections for a while.

He’s left me some material he wanted to get in there and I’ve added to this with some bits and pieces, both new and old, so you can keep your ears to the very best of the underground scene.

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Vinnie Paz-Keep Movin’ On Video

Wow. More underground hip-hop. This time from Vinnie Paz’s debut LP Season of Assassin which drops on 22nd June.

I’m really starting to feel Vinnie’s retrospective work which he does as it makes a welcome change from his braggadocio wordplay which JMT brings out of him.

Not sure this is the strongest track on the album. But props to him regardless for getting some good visuals out there to push things through.

There is also a track floating around here somewhere with Rugged Man on…

Vinnie Paz – Keep Movin’ On

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Brand Spankin' New: Vinnie Paz / R.A. The Rugged Man


Right, classic hip-hop. Check. How about some underground, real hip-hop?

This dropped a few days ago and I had a party in my pants. New Rugged Man doesn’t come around too often but when it does you can guarantee it will blow your mind.

If you’re new to R.A. The Rugged Man then get yourself educated on one of the greatest underground MC’s to ever lace the mic.

Over a characteristically haunting beat R.A. Thorburn tears apart the opening verse and kills the capable Vinnie Paz on his own sh*t. I’m still picking my way through Vinnie’s debut LP Season Of The Assassin due to formally drop in the next few weeks, but this is by far the show-stealer. Can’t wait for the Rugged Man / Kool G Rap collaboration due to drop any day soon from Reef The Lost Cauze’s new album…

Vinnie Paz (feat R.A. The Rugged Man) – Nosebleed

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Vinnie Paz and Beanie Sigel-Kill 'Em All


This. Goes. Hard.

One for the hip-hop heads without a doubt. Anyone after some lightweight game should be heading for the exits, as this is one for the dedicates to be nodding their head to (Chris, as the only Vinnie Paz fan I know, I’m looking at you).

Love this haunting, powerful, driving beat and both Vinnie and Beanie bring some intense delivery on this as the title might suggest. From Vinnie’s upcoming Season of the Assassin album, this is not one to miss.

Vinnie Paz-Kill ‘Em All ft. Beanie Sigel

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