Tricky – Council Estate video

Tricky - Council EstateCouncil Estate, the brand new single from Tricky, is released on June 30th.

Taken from his debut album for Domino, Knowle West Boy, released on July 7th, the single features Tricky’s first solo vocal performance to appear on a single.

‘Council Estate is just me… that song is the upbringing me and friends had. It’s the first single I’ve ever done with just me on vocals. I couldn’t whisper that song. I had to come out of myself and do a loud, screaming vocal. I wanted to be a proper frontman on that one.’ –Tricky.

The full promotional music video for Council Estate has just been released to promote the single.

I hope you agree with me when I say, this is the best thing I’ve heard from Tricky since his 1995 debut album, Maxinquaye.


Jay-Z Tells Gallagher How It Is

jay-zGlastonbury headline act Jay-Z has hit back at criticism from Noel Gallagher over his role in the mid summer festival.

Unlike Gallagher, the hip hop star chose his words carefully and intelligently while calling for respect between those artists that make different genres of music.

“We don’t play guitars, Noel, but hip-hop has put in its work like any other form of music. This headline show is just a natural progression. Rap music is still evolving.”

Jay-Z also revealed that he is looking forward to the show despite the fact that his name has called such a stir, saying “I’ve never been involved in anything this controversial.”

“Whats the big deal about doing a show? I guess its heritage and people hold that dear to their heart and see it one way, but that’s how the world is.”

Far too eloquent Jay-Z, Noel will never understand!

Tricky returns with New Single & Album

Tricky is set to return with a new single, Council Estate, and new album Knowle West Boy this summer.

Following some anonymity living in the Bronx with his Jamaican cousins then moving to LA, setting up a record label and making a film amongst other things, Tricky returns with his most personal album to date.

Knowle West Boy is his first release in 5 years and sums up everything that Tricky has accomplished since his classic 1995 Maxinquaye debut.

Knowle West is the area of Bristol that Tricky grew up in, and the base of his new single Council Estate.

If the single is anything to go by, this is a true return to form for the extremely talented, Tricky.

Council Estate will be available digitally on 23rd June and CD on 30th June – his new album Knowle West Boy is released on Monday the 7th July 2008.


Eminem Confirmed For Mandella Bash

eminem confirmed mandella bashEminem has confirmed that he will play at the Nelson Mandella 90th birthday bash at Hyde Park on June 27th, possibly as the headline act.

Reports in the Sun suggest that Eminem was contacted by Queen’s Brian May on the off chance, and was surprised that the rapper was interested. Eminem is currently working on new material for a possible new album after retiring from the music business in 2005.

Queen, Razorlight, Stevie Wonder, Keane and Annie Lennox have also been confirmed for the party. U2, Paul McCartney and The Spice Girls are all rumoured to have been asked to play at the gig.

Just what 90 year old Mandella will make of it all, remains to be seen. 

Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back!

Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back LIVEYeeeaaaahhhh Booooooooyyyyyy!

One of the most influential bands of all-time, Public Enemy are set to play three UK dates in May with a special performance of their classic album, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back.

This was Public Enemy’s second studio album and was by far the strongest, most powerful album from their reportoire.

Originally released in 1988, the album includes Bring The Noise, Don’t Believe The Hype and the all-time rap classic Rebel Without a Pause.

Public Enemy play London’s Brixton Academy on Friday 23rd May, 6.30pm – 12.30am: (over 18s only)

Support comes from Dr Octagon AKA Kool Keith + Kutmasta Kurt, Anti Pop Consortium and Edan + MC Dagha.

Chuck D, Flavour Flav, Professor Griff & the rest of the gang will then be playing Manchester Academy on May 26, and at the Glasgow ABC1 on May 27

Listen to It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back