Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Slaughterhouse - The One (Travis Barker RMX + Bun B)

I'm feeling this. The original Slaughterhouse track is still one of my favourites off the LP, And on this version, Blink 182's Travis Barker turns up the heat on the drums, and there's also a verse from UGK's Bun B tacked on at the end that I hadn't heard before. Anyone know if a version with Bun was ever released?

Thaitanium ft/ Blahzay Blahzay & Lil' Fame

Never heard of these cats before, but there's no doubt where they're repping with all those RUN BKK chains and tees. Good to see Blahzay Blahzay back though... though thats the crew right? The rapper is MC Outloud I always thought. And who is that at 2:22? PF Cuttin? Rapping? Can someone clear that up for me? Anyway, its a pretty dope track flipping what sounds like a Thai music sample... Still long odds on a new Blahzay Blahzay album in the next year? I'm still bumping the one with Danger and Pain I Feel after all these years. I even remember buying it from Black Grass' Mex when he worked in a record shop in Worthing... I must have been about 16. Didn't think however many long years later I'd have done a few tracks, and toured as far as Australia with him.

Update: Yo - Thought I'd add this little bonus gem - the video for Blahzay Blahzay's Pain I Feel... So sick. And yeah, after watching the intro, it could well be PF Cuttin on the mic in the Thaitanium vid...

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Fantanamo K Film Review: Final Destination 3D / Inglourious Basterds

Final Destination 3D: Well, I knew this was probably going to be shithouse. I can't remember which one of the series I'd seen before… it was the one with the rollercoaster, If you've seen any of them, you'll know the coup. Group of people miss out on a nasty fate when one of them has a premonition and they leg it. Death then throws a strop, and comes hunting for the ones that should have bitten the dust, and murks them in ever increasingly elaborate ways. This film is no different, but does come with the added bonus of being in 3D. Gotta love a pair of cheap plastic 3D specs. Anyway, in this one, the characters escape from a deadly crash/grandstand collapse at the local nascar speedway caused by a highly improbable series of events set up by Mr G. Reaper. There are some pretty far fetched ways in which people bite the dust. For example, one guy who turns up at a security guards house ready to carry out some race-related violence ends up being dragged along behind his own pick up truck on a chain, whilst being burnt alive, all after his [un]lucky horseshoe falls off the rear view mirror, knocking the vehicle into gear and simultaneously flicking on the stereo, which happens to be playing "why can't we be friends". Yes, its that realistic. But fuck it. 99% of people don't go to see a Final Destination flick expecting it to be earth shatteringly realistic. The plot is shithouse. The script is shithouse. Both of these I expected. I only really went to see it as I'd never seen a 3D film before, and that Pixar crap holds no interest for me whatsoever. The effect is used pretty damn well though, and I have to admit to flinching a couple of times when bits of something exploding seemed to come flying through the auditorium. The glasses themselves look like the glasses worn by those people who have a thing for skintight jeans and yellow kicks usually found wandering the streets of Brighton talking about the latest Banksy book. I was gonna take a stupid picture of me wearing them to accompany this post, but think I managed to leave them in Nandos when I popped in for some extra hot chicken after the film. Oh well. In summary, if you've never seen a 3D film before and don't mind a liberal sprinkling of blood and guts, go try it out. If your local flickhouse ain't showing it with the extra dimension though, I'd probably give it a miss. Oh shit, almost forgot - one of the deaths seems to be based on Chuck Palahniuk's Guts short story from his book Haunted. If you've never read it, its probably best I don't go into details. Overall 7/10 (4/10 for the film, 3 extra marks for the 3D)

Inglourious Basterds: I'd wanted to see for a while, so decided to make it double trouble at the flicks and catch it too after a cold Coopers in the pub downstairs. I like Tarantino's stuff. I've seen every film he's done apart from the Grindhouse pair, which I've inexplicably yet to see. The film is about The Basterds, a group of American Jews led by Bradley Pitt who Tarantino sends into occupied France in 1941 as an excuse to show lots of Nazi's being shanked, shot and strangled. The film seems a little disjointed. There are some highly enjoyable scenes, but Tarantino's trademark script is a little below par. Eli Roth whose film Hostel did wonders for the backpacker market in Eastern Europe also appears alongside Pitt - the only other notable casting being Mike Myers as an stiff upper lipped British general, one of the most bizarre and frankly fucking awful cameos I've ever seen. As I said, the film does have its moments, but like Final Destination, you're gonna need a strong stomach at times. Overall, its not shit, but I doubt you'll be talking about it for months afterwards either. 7.5/10

Monday, 12 October 2009

Tech N9ne - Show Me A God

I have to say, this is the first time that I've got round to checking a Tech N9ne jawnt. Rappers named after guns normally don't float my boat, but this track boasts some sick flows...

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Oz Hip Hop in the 09

So, I've been out here for 10 months now, and I realised I haven't really brought you that much in the way of native music from this corner of the globe, so here's a few bits from some of the artists that I've been checking out while I'm away from the UK...

Thundamentals - Move it Up

Urthboy - Ready To Go

Drapht - Jimmy Recard

Downsyde - Fortune & Fame

Spit Syndicate - Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Gully Platoon (Pegz, Dialectrix & Joe New) - Nothing To Lose

Anyway, there's a few tasters for you. Caught a lot of these guys at the Obese Block Party in Sydney last week, and it was pretty damn good. Definitely worth checking out.

Hieroglyphics - Battle Drum (Marvel vs Capcom 2)

Nice track from the Hiero Emperium right hizere.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Story of Three Stories

Fuck... no posts for ages, then THREE come along at once. Found these videos over at HurtYouBad. There's probably a full length one somewhere, but here's some clips from a film made about the creation of the graf walls down at Kensington St in Brighton. Aiiiight.

The Story of Three Storeys

Story of three storeys

Story trailer trilogy

Nightmare On Elm Street REMAKE

Directed by Michael Bay... this shit takes me back. Suppose it'll just be another shitty remake though. Not sure if it'll be the same without Robert Englund...

A Nightmare on Elm Street in HD

Out of Time

Yo I know I've been mad slack posting anything up in this piece for a little while. What can I say - I've got a month left over here in Oz, so have been pretty busy. Anyway, here's a little video for you of some mad Russians getting crazy with the jumps. Check it, and I'll be back soon. K



Thursday, 27 August 2009

Neurosonics Audomedical Labs Inc - SICK.

Fuck me. Just been pointed towards this insanely sick video featuring my good peoples Foreign Beggars, Dr Syntax & Stig of the Dump, and none other than the Scratch Perverts. Seriously, you need to check this out. Absolutely wild. The UK needs more videos of this calibre. Where are you film-makers??

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Enter The Slaughterhouse

The new Slaughterhouse LP is SICK. You need to go BUY that shit when it drops. That is all.

Oh, and here's the video for lead single The One:

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Bay Area Slang - The Guide...

Rafael Casal brings you the Bay Area Slang aka The Grinch Song... Check it...

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Skyzoo - Beautiful Decay

Dope new video/track from Skyzoo...

Monday, 27 July 2009

Livin' Major Over Here!

MR. MECCA "OVER HERE" from Mr Mecca on Vimeo.

The new video from Mr Mecca, featuring Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, A Pinks & Torae - a very nice little reworking of Craig Mack's classic Flava In Ya Ear RMX. Even the video steez is done nicely. Check this out for sure... K

Edit: Here's the original, in case you forgot it...

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Fabri Fibra - Speak English

Randomly found this video for Italian emcee Fabri Fibra, shot in my hometown Brighton... Check it out...

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

New Koaste 7" OUT NOW

Finally... after years of waiting... my first solo release has dropped on Heroic Recordings. Billy The Kid / Blabbermouth is a limited edition 7" picture disc and features artwork from my good man back in the UK, Scruffy Mane. If you want to get your hands on one of these, email either or while they're fresh. Hopefully some more places will have them very shortly, and I can get some shipped out here to Australia as well. ZING.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Slaughterhouse - Whats Its All About

The Slaughterhouse Rules from jeff on Vimeo.

The Slaughterhouse cats break it all down on the supergroup... Mad funny!

Friday, 5 June 2009

Homeboy Sandman - Gun Control

This track is ill. Not heard anything by this guy before, but checked this track (produced by Jake One I think) and its hot. Gonna try and pick up his new LP Actual Factual Pterodactyl on the strength of this one alone...

Monday, 1 June 2009

Fugs Need Hugs - Nine High

Shouts out to my man Fraksha - here's the new video from UK/Australian collective Nine High...

Friday, 15 May 2009

When CGI Goes Bad...

I kid you not... this is a trailer for a REAL film. This shit looks so terrible that I really want to see it. Who wants to hook me up with a DVD of this??

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out

Nicked this from pleasedontstare - a great blog that I stumbled on recently. From looking at the dude in the video, I wouldn't have linked him with the voice that comes out his cakehole. But fair props, homie can sing. Check this sheeez. I'm gonna do some research into Mr H...

Sunday, 10 May 2009

De La Soul @ Metro, Sydney 5/5/09

Last week saw De La Soul's 20 Years High And Rising tour hit Sydney's Metro Theatre, and damn, it was good. I caught them last year at the Beachdown Festival in Brighton UK when I played there with Black Grass and thought they were good, but here, they were on fire. Got there nice and early, which was great as Jessy had forgotten her ID (they're mad strict on that shit over here - everyone has to show it, whether you're 18 or 80) and had to go through some bullshit before they let her in. Support came in the form of Jurassic 5's Cut Chemist, who pulled out some insane turntable shit, as well as some less good live shit with the help of an emcee who I didn't really rate - I didn't even catch his name, but he didn't do anything that made me want to research further...

De La came on around 9:30pm, with a 10-piece band, and immediately started bringing the heat. Eye Know, Say No Go, Potholes on my Lawn - all present and correct, Pos and Trugoy rocking the crowd with an effortless swagger that can only come from years of constant touring and work in the studio. After about 45 minutes of constant classics, the band had a break, leaving the trio to keep things moving on some two-emcees-and-one-deejay shit, pulling out Ooooh amongst others. Next they pulled a surprise, Pos giving a little background to the Native Tongues shit, before dropping the Flavour of the Month instrumental and introducing Dres from Black Sheep, who proceeded to kill it with that and The Choice is Yours... definitely a highlight of the night. The band came back for the second half of the show, bringing down the house, before De La Called time on Sydney. Except they didn't. The crowd knew they weren't gonna leave us like that, and after 10 minutes of constant noise, everyone came back for the encore, Maceo's manic screaming laugh beginning a floor shaking rendition of the Gorillaz Feel Good which got the place going off. Add to this Ring Ring Ring amongst others (sorry - my brain was fried by this point - I just know that it was dope as fuck).

If you get a chance to catch De La on this tour - make sure you do. They probably won't be touring for too much longer after this one, so this could be the last time you get to see this era-defining group in a live scenario.

Anyway, here's some pics from the night...

Monday, 27 April 2009

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Adventures Down Under Pt III

Well its been a week of ups and downs as usual over here in rainy (sic) Australia. Finally moved into a new yard in the Redfern ghetto - seriously - there are po-po posters up on the streets warning people to watch out for CARJACKERS. Shiiiit. Good job I don't drive then... Anyway, no sooner have I moved, then my workplace shafts me up the gary for having to take an evening off to finish moving stuff. Fucking wankers. Which now means I have a new yard, but less money to pay for it. Which means I've got to get out on the job hunt again. Whilst being broke. And working out where I'm gonna get the money to pay for food. Wankers. Thats all I can say. Actually, I'll say a lot more once I get a new job sorted - then I'll really let rip on their bitch asses. Anyway, I got a definite possibility from a lil' Italian restaurant up in Leichhardt - so keep your fingers crossed for me on that one. Cocktail barman in a restaurant sounds way more my cup of tea than cocktail barman in a place that closes at 6am - and means that if I get it, I'll actually be able to get to some more jams and have some semblance of a social life, possibly leading to actually getting some gigs around this motherfucker. Aside from this minor blip, things in Syd City are good.

Here's the song for the day. Mr Lif - Live From The Plantation

Mr Lif - Live From the Plantation

Sunday, 19 April 2009

The King & I

When my man JP @ Heroic Records told me that my forthcoming vinyl release was being pressed up by some head mental living in New Zealand, I wasn't sure what to expect. But after doing my research* it appears this fella is something of a legend in the game. Plus he's got a dope whip. Anyway, here's some footage of Peter King's set up deep in The Shire. Billy The Kid/Blabbermouth will be dropping soon peoples. Its been a long time, but I can feel its presence now. That void in your lives I know you've all been feeling will be plugged soon I promise.

- KO

Peter King And His One Off Vinyl

Monday, 30 March 2009

Genius Squad - The Bog

Big up my fellow B-Town boys for this track... Vecks and Scizzahs on top form here... The Bog... YIIIIIIEEEEEOOOOOW!

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Comedy Gold No. 1

Only really got into Katt Williams after spending mad hours playing the last GTA game, but dayaaamn is he funny...

Mike Tyson Documentary

Looks pretty dope. Think I'm gonna have to check this out when it drops.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Stormy Weather

The rainstorms over here in Aus are craaazy. This one crept up on me, dashed it down seriously hard for about ten minutes, then disappeared to be replaced by the sun again... Glad I wasn't caught out in it, thats all I can say...

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Hip Hop Songs About Hip Hop No. 2

Fatlip, Slimkid3 & KRS-One - Gimme Some of That Hip-Hop

Don't know how recent this is, but it's dope. Check it out.

EDIT: This is actually off N.A.S.A's new LP The Spirit Of Apollo, which in itself is pretty interesting. Check it out. I'll probably make a separate post about it once I've listened to it a few more times...

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Black Grass in Australia 2008

Its always interesting to have a little dig on youtube every once in a while to see what random videos people have taken at shows around the place. Only just found this one from spring last year, with Mex and I performing at the Oxford Arts Centre in Sydney. We were supporting Peanut Butter Wolf, who did an absolutely dope set that night. Anyway, the video is yours truly performing Splash The Cash - my track off the last Black Grass LP Three...

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Takin' You Back: EMPD - Rampage

Live from somewhere... Gotta love this tune. One of my favourite of all time.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Cunninlynguists - Never Come Down

Devin The Dude Brownie Mix?? Dope!

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Loved You First - Baby Button Eyes (184 Remix)

Beautiful new track from my homeslick 184 - get your copy here:

Friday, 20 February 2009

Adventures Down Under Pt 2 - Update

Well, I've been here for a couple of months now, and its been interesting to say the least. First its fucking hot - I'm sure many of you caught the bushfire stories on the news wherever you're based - its been pretty crazy. This week its been raining like the end of the world is round the corner, and its only finally showing signs of letting up this past couple of days. Been working hard trying to keep myself in scrilla to make my stay nice, getting a few of the 100 plus cocktails I have to make in my bar committed to memory - and that ain't easy for someone with a memory like mine. Its kind of apt that the bar is called Goldfish.

As far as music goes, I was on the radio a couple of weeks ago, blessing the mic with a cat from Sydney who goes by the name of Skrypcha - he's just had a new EP released on Obese records which you should check out, and try and get your grubby mitts on.

Lined up a show on March 20th at the Loft Bar here in town thanks to another emcee, Scott Burns who fingers crossed I should be collaborating with in the near future. I've posted his latest video for his track Frequency a little lower down in this post, so check that.

Big shout out to my man Longusto down in Melbourne at the moment, who seems to be getting up to all sorts of depraved shit a little further south, most of which is waaay too nasty for me to be talking about in public, so I'll leave it at that. Hopefully he'll get his ass up here for the 20th to spit a little something with yours truly.

Anyway, I'm off to try to find a room to rent as my girl's landlady doesn't seem to like the fact I'm staying with her at the moment...



Scott Burns - The Frequency

I Fucking Hate Rappers - Pack FM (Accapella)

"If you don't want trouble / stand there and don't say nuthin' like MF Doom's stunt double..."

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Adventures Down Under Pt.1 - Days Like This Festival

So here I am in Sydney, down under. Been here just under a fortnight now, and things are good. The weather has been pretty hot and my British body is just about used to the temperature. No sunburn yet touch wood! Been living off my last pay packet from the job I left back home, and need to step up the hunt for work while I'm over here - gonna try and get my Cruise-like cocktail skills back in action as soon as I can so I can get some scrilla coming in. After the weekend I'm gonna get my serious head on and get down to business.

Blagged free entry into the Days Like This Festival last weekend in Sydney's Entertainment Quarter which was pretty dope. Loads of artists from all over the globe were in full effect. A big set from Aussie producer Katalyst was the first one I caught, and although I'm not entirely sure who all the guests were aside from Steve Spacek and one of the emcees from Koolism, the overall performance was polished and pretty heavy.

Atmosphere and Brother Ali was probably the highlight for me, with an incredibly tight performance - it was the first time I've seen 'em live, after missing 'em back home in Brighton a few months back, and even though I'm not that up on their recorded material, it wasn't hard to get into, and I'll definitely be checking for the new LP after seeing them here.

DJ Vadim and Yarah Bravo ran a tight ship and rocked the crowd with a great set. Caught up with Vad at the afterparty, and after suppressing the surprise of seeing me over on the other side of the world, told me that both him and Yarah have solo LP's due to hit the light of day in the near future. Yarah rocked the crowd as ever, and although I've never been that into her lyrics when recorded, she definitely has the ability to work the stage, and she has mad presence when doing her live thang.

Caught a bit of the Morcheeba set, but that kind of down beat stuff has always bored me stiff, so wasn't feeling it. Wanted to see Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, but she was on at the same time as Atmosphere so didn't manage to check that. Killaqueenz I did see though, and they were pretty dope. I know my man Orifice from Foreign Beggars recorded one of the Gash remixes with them when they were over in April, and I'm gonna have to hunt that track down, as I definitely want to know what thats like now!

The headliners were the one and only Public Enemy who I've seen many times in the past, and to be honest, I didn't think it was the best performance I've ever seen them do, but to many of the people in the crowd it would have been their first time, and seeing it through their eyes may have given me a better impression.

Anyway, as far as my music goes, I'm still on a mission to hook up with some Aussie cats while I'm over here, and have been making some good contacts so far. Tonight I'm heading to a 'Tribute to the 90's' hip-hop night where my good friend Josie Styles is representing alongside Ology (also from Sydney) and P-Money from New Zealand - so should be a dope night.

Anyway, big shout out to all three of you who read this blog of mine, and stay tuned for the next exciting episode of Fantana down under. Shouts out to my man Longusto who's also out here in Syn City at the moment, Pneumatic, Black Ops, Illustrate, Lex, Josie, CJ, Ology and everyone who's helped me get myself sorted over here so far.


Katalyst: Aussie Heavyness

Killerqueenz: Fiery

DJ Vadim & Yarah Bravo: Dope show

Atmosphere & Brother Ali: Maaad live

Public Enemy: Not bad

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Scarface - High Notes

Ha ha ha ha... this video is priceless, just for the wink that 'Face gives the camera towards the end... Pretty fucking NSFW, so if you're skiving off in the office today, I probably wouldn't watch this in front of the Bizzoss. Whammy. K

Tuesday, 6 January 2009