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Ty - Let's Start (Official Video)

Sick visuals for the new single from UK Hip-Hop legend Ty, which is taken from the second part of his 'Kick Snare & An Idea' EP series, which will be out digitally on 10th June via Tru Thoughts. Too good, simply too good.

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Ty - Knock Knock

'Knock Knock' is the final track off Ty's new EP 'Kick Snare and an Idea', which was released today on Tru Thoughts. The UK's greatest rapper of all-time is still at his peak - get your copy HERE. This is not Pop music...

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Ty - Playing With Fire (Feat. Akala & Durrty Goodz)

Continuing with the Akala vibe, here is his feature on the latest track from UK Hip-Hop legend Ty, which also has a verse from Durrty Goodz. UK Hip-Hop is still living, stronger than ever.

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Ty - Kick Snare & An Idea (Release Party)

UK Hip-Hop rapper & producer Ty is set to release a new EP next month called 'Kick Snare & An Idea', which will be released through the ever impressive Tru Thoughts. Prior to the release will be a launch party at the Jazz Café on April 10th, and it will no doubt be a memorable event. The greatest to ever do it.

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Ty - Like You Never (Official Video)

Ty, the King of UK Hip-Hop, returns with a new video and single, which is lifted from the forthcoming 'Kick & Snare Idea' EP that is set to be released in April on Tru Thoughts. Production, rhymes and concept are flawless, as always. Welcome back, Tee Why.

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Heart Is A Miracle

One of my favourite tracks from Ty’s 2010 album, Special Kind Of Fool, has been given a Starkey influenced refix by Mr. Martelo - it was meant for a mixtape idea that he decided to scrap. This is very sick.

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Jazz Café Mix

Here is a new mix from a mate of mine, DJ Bounce. It’s a recorded mix of all the tracks he played at Ty’s ‘Special Kind Of Fool’ live album launch party, which you can listen to here. After the jump you can find a few words from the man himself, along with the tracklist and download link.

Hey people,

Hope you’re all good. Just wanted to give you a bit of a Bounce update…
 I’m currently waiting on my house to be completed & cant wait to get my new music room up & running. I’ve got a few mixes in the pipeline including volume 2 of the Ty mixtape which I’m very hyped about & a kind of follow up to the Don-E mix I did a while back, I’m gonna keep it as a bit of a surprise though.

To keep you all going I’ve recorded a mix of the tracks that I played when I was a guest at the Ty “Special Kind Of Fool” live album launch party at London’s famous Jazz Cafe in Camden. It was an honour to be able to spin at such a legendary venue & such a legendary gig too.Check the TY podcast below for an idea how good it was!

The tracklist has a few titles from previous Bounce mixes & the reason is because I wanted to play some of my favourite tracks at the gig & so they went straight to the mix.

Think of this mix as a kind of warm up for Good Sh*t Vol 3.
This mix also features an EXCLUSIVE track by the amazing Black Einstein called “Arabia” that features Maseo from the legendary Hip-Hop group De La Soul & the UK’s very own lyrical wordsmith Mystro (Mystro’s “Digmund Freud” EP is out very soon,watch this space for more info). The Black Einstein track is from the much anticipated Black Einstein EP that is based on David Bowie tracks, again keep an eye on www.BlackEinstein.co.uk for more info.

Here’s the mix link & track list

1.Katalyst ft Steve Spacek – How About Us
2.Erykah Badu – Window Seat
3.Saukrates ft Mystro & Loudmouth Melvin – Wednesday (UK remix)
4.Blak Twang ft Lynden David Hall – Perfect Love Song (Remix)

5.Grooveman Spot ft Erik Rico - Everybody

6.Marsha Ambrosius ft Little Brother - Sunshine

7.Eric Roberson – Bad For Me

8.DJ Jazzy Jeff – For Da Love of Da Game

9.Gangstarr ft Total – Discipline

10.Floetry – Floetic
11.Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
12.Talib Kweli ft Mary J Blige – I Try

13.Rhymefest ft Phonte – How High

14.Simbad ft Steelo - Fever
15.Big Boi – Shutterbugg
16.Platinum Pied Pipers ft Sa-Ra – Deep Inside
17.Snoop Dogg ft Mayer Hawthorne – Gangsta Luv (Mayer Hawthorne remix)
18.Black Einstein ft Maseo & Mystro – Arabia (Black Einstein EP Coming real soon!)
19.Sepalot ft Blu – Surrender
20.DJ Jazzy Jeff ft Ayah – He Don’t Want It
21.Ife – Aim To Please

22.Outro ft Colin Emmanuel the Black Einstein


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Special Kind of Fool

When people ask me the question: “who is your favourite rapper?”, I usually reel off the the obvious choices - Q-Tip, Common, Big, Phonte, Mos Def. However; I never forget to mention this man’s name, and having had Special Kind of Fool for a week now, I have every reason to believe he deserves to be spoke about in the same vein as those great artists.


There is something incredibly unique about the music Ty makes - infectious, forward thinking and from the heart. You can never be too sure of what you’re going to get, but you can always count on it being better than anything you have ever heard before. He is a real man with real values that makes real music, which is very rare in this day and age; and I think this is reason why I admire him so much as a person and have so much respect for him as an artist. I remember him telling me last year that he would be baring his soul and giving everything he had to this album, and I can tell you now, he wasn’t lying.

From the outset this album gives you an overwhelming sense of happiness and helps you “leave your troubles behind you”. His flow is unquestionably one of the best out there and that runs true throughout the whole album, however I believe the lyrical content and the quality of beats are on a completely different level to anything he has done previously. Another aspect of his work which is special is the features on his albums - in the past he has drafted in the likes of De La Soul, Speech, Bahamadia and Zion I, which is a mind-blowing achievement for an artist from the UK. However, being a huge Soul fan, I personally think Special Kind of Fool has got his best features to date - one of my favourite male vocalists, Shaun Escoffery, even took some time out from being Mufasa to do his bit.

I would love to go into great depth and break down each and every song on the album, but sometimes I just feel it necessary to let the Music do the talking. There are three tracks which quite simply amazed me though and they are: ‘ME’, ‘Heart is Breaking’ and ‘Happiness’. ‘ME’ is genuinely one of the best songs I have heard in years - it has such a beautiful message and Erik Rico’s voice brings the track to life. ‘Heart is Breaking’ is pure genius - so happy to finally hear Ty and Sway on a track together proving why they are two of the best out there. ‘Happiness’ is the most beautiful song on the album - it really touched me and I have to say; Vula’s voice is sounding purer than ever. Although I would say that these are my 3 favourite tracks off the album; it’s very hard to pick out any song that didn’t blow me away.

2010 has been a brilliant year for Music so far and before hearing this album I thought I had heard two candidates for album of the year in ‘The Sea’ and ‘Plastic Beach’, but this album is absolutely perfect and is everything that a Hip-Hop album should be. I could talk all day about it, but I will leave you all to make your own judgement on it when it comes out on the 19th April.

He is one of the most genuine and honest people I have come into contact with and I wish him every success when the album drops. He deserves it.

“I just want to get to the sky and get far away from this madness”

Emotions: BUY

Special Kind of Fool: PRE-ORDER

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File Sharing

I feel it’s time for me to write about an issue that seems to be all over the News again and something that affects me and millions of other people on a Daily basis. File Sharing, Illegal Downloading, Stealing or whatever else you want to call it, is a problem that has been around for 10 or so years now. We all know what it is, how it works and that it’s wrong; however it’s a force that in the past few years has now become unstoppable.


From a personal perspective I cannot see the problem with ME ‘illegally’ downloading certain files. Out of all the people I have ever met in my life, I am still yet to come across someone that loves Music more than me, which is why I think I can make a valid point on this issue. From the start of 2010 I have acquired 784 songs and we are not even out of March yet - crazy right? Well………not really.

As a Student I have a lot of spare time on my hands and a very unhealthy bank balance, so I need to carefully choose what Music I buy and support. Throughout the past 3 months I have bought a lot of Music: Emancipator - Safe In The Steep Cliffs, Example - Won’t Go Quietly, Ty - Emotions, Gorillaz - Plastic Beach, Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea, Strong Arm Steady - In Search Of Stoney Jackson, Wiley - Never Be Your Woman and M-Trey & Drew Beat - Immaculate Dopeness (Unsigned Hip-Hop duo from Chicago) & More. My point is; I illegally downloaded each of those Singles/Albums before I bought them, just so I knew that my money was going to a project I thoroughly enjoyed. After spending this £40-£50 within 3 months, there is a lot of other Music out there, which I can’t afford to buy; but does that really mean I don’t have the right to listen to it? I don’t think so. I have listened to their work and made an educated choice on where the money I have earned should go.

Today I downloaded Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip’s new album ‘Logic of Choice’, which is an album I have been anticipating greatly since hearing Angles in 2008. My Bank Balance currently stands at -£1,397.39, which means I have £1.03 available and am unable to buy anything; so I shall be purchasing the album on Friday when I get paid. I am also going to see them at Cockpit in Leeds on Thursday to support them as I feel they are a revolutionary pair that have created a whole new genre of Music. Now can anyone say there is anything wrong with that? I doubt it.

I can understand that there are people illegally downloading their whole libraries and not putting ANY money back into the Music Industry, but that’s not everyone is it. A lot of people download Music to increase their knowledge and widen their perspective when it comes to certain genre’s and I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with that. I would never usually buy an Indie/Rock album, and neither would I expect an Indie fan to buy a Hip-Hop album out of the blue, so if it wasn’t for illegal downloading then I would have never listened to the Temper Trap album in 2009, which I bought and it ended up becoming one of my favourite albums of the year (same with Miike Snow).

It’s a never ending argument, but it is something that is never going to be stopped unfortunately.


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This man is something else.Special Kind of Fool coming in April. Yessir.The amazi

This man is something else.

Special Kind of Fool coming in April. Yessir.

The amazing cover is HERE

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