Mark Tyers

Ballad Of The Princess – Leddie MC takes stock of her career to date

Ballad Of The Princess – Leddie MC takes stock of her career to date

Leddie MC is one the North East’s best rappers and producers and one half of Middlesbrough duo L&S.  Fresh from her first gig in 18 months, Mark Tyers talks with Leddie about supporting The Game and Chester P, career lows, getting engaged, her solo EP and L&S’s next album.   MT: So how did last […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Ken Masters sets the bar with bars about bars inside a bar…

Ken Masters sets the bar with bars about bars inside a bar…

In the latest release from Ken Masters, the Geordie MC spits bars about bars, with a music video shot inside a bar – and in doing so, sets the bar for releases this year. Using the polysemous term “bar”‘ as a centre point for his newest release, Master’s constructs a series of (rap) bars which exhibit […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Quinzelly's Tyrone: conceptual king of the castle or a literal disappointment?

Quinzelly's Tyrone: conceptual king of the castle or a literal disappointment?

When Hip Hop was first born, it was a movement to make a statement, while the respective songwriter could go for a blunt NWA style, allowing no mistake as to the point of the message. There is also a slicker, more subtle alternative, that has pushed the art for so long – the use of […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Review: Killimari unleash North East Hip Hop's All-Stars on The Davy Jones Files

Review: Killimari unleash North East Hip Hop's All-Stars on The Davy Jones Files

Off the back of my list ranking the best Hip Hop releases from the North East in 2014, I was told I had overlooked a few of the finer talents the local rap scene has to offer. While I stand by my selections, I do wish that I’d been alerted to the Killimari All-Stars prior […]