Tha 4Orce pre release at the DISKERY

Over the last year i worked on Tha 4Orces album, what started out being a beat he had produced for a King of the beats Competition some years back transformed into a full album vinyl release. 

Over the years we put out two 45’s together, and this year we worked towards 4Orces a full Viynl release.  The project was lead by him and acted as support.  Turning the project into a Vinyl Package. 

Although the record is scheduled to go out in the post from the 18th, The oppoutunity arose to do an event in the UK’s Oldest Record Store THE DISKERY, which happens to be in Birmingham.  As I have used the spot for many of the King of the Beats events in the past we were given the opportunity to take over the shop and play records in there all day.  Sticking to the King of the beats tradition we dug out gems in the shop.  King of the Beats Crew, for the day, myself, tha 4Orce, my mentor DJ Sparra not forgetting Keith and Kev DeKosta who while we was on the turntables was steadily passing records  across that he found.

The Event also hosted the first opportunity to get a copy of the Album Setting Standards from the Artist him self Tha 4Orce. 

We would like to thank everyone that came out and supported the event and the lp.  The record is a limited edition and a totally grassroots project.  Get your copy here.

 

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New LP Limited edition Marble only 350 pressed – Tha 4Orce – Setting Standards

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The Long awaited Ten track Limited Edition LP from UK Veteran Hip Hop Artist Tha 4orce featuring some of the UK’s most prolific M.C’s. From Confucius MC, Dubbledge, Cyclonious, Gee Bag, Poynt Blak, King Kashmere, Arise King David, Ray Vendetta and Lady Sanity.

The limited edition pressing features cover Photography from the legendary Normski and Lyric & Picture book containing Photography by Global Faction with cover art from The Artful Fro. White & Black Marble Wax. This Album is prime example of great British Hip Hop music.
Each vinyl release comes with a free full digital download of all 17 tracks including Jae Mann, Wan-Cee, Teach and Big Cakes.
Pre-order your copy here today, shipping begins December 18th. The first 50 purchases will also get a bonus 45, Musical Shot by Tha 4orce.

 

Order here Tha 4Orce – Setting Standards Limited Edition Marble Pressing.

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RED APPLES – THEY WATCHING VIDEO

Here is another great project from the team at Red Apples.  I was asked by Ray West to edit this video together some time ago.  Filmed by his team I just had to put the footage together to the music. 

The Red Apples family are very unique team,that are ever growing and not just in numbers but in their sound, vision and ideas.  I have worked on a few projects with them over the years.  Kindly Ray and A.G have kindly supported my work and helped me out too appearing in my films.

I partially like this track, its right up my ally.  Soulful it feels like a jazz movement, Ray just gets better and better in fact I asked Ray of the back of this to drop a Jazz styled album together for the King of of the beats label to be part of the looking for the perfect beat series.

If your looking for a interesting listen, invest this E.P. One for the collection and certainly a record I fully recommend purchasing.   I’m very proud to of played a part in this.

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Branding take over, Alternative Art-of -facts?.

Diggers is the clothing apparel for all those who are passionate about vinyl founded by Pritt Kalsi a vinyl collector and film maker, who’s spent his life uncovering stories offering insightful look at peoples passion for vinyl and sampling.

Founded in 2013 Diggers was the re-brand and king of the beats clothing make over.  Times had changed and no longer was the generic fruit of the loom T-shirt the cut that people wanted to spend their money on.  The Chinese market as it is right now has given birth and enabled new young and enterprising designers to try make their mark with their creations and visions.  10 years ago Trying to get something manufactured in China was expensive and almost impossible for a new independently ran brand as minimum orders started off at the 10,000 unit mark.  thanks to sites like Alibaba it has allowed brandS like mine to have new life.

So back in 2013 I going was going through a difficult phase in my life, my marriage came to an end and in order to try save it, one of the things i did was give all my clothes to charity as one of things my ex moaned about was the way i dressed.  i was in that bubble.  It was here in this time i discovered and started to fully appreciate stores like TK MAX.  Just like digging for records i would dig for clothes.  I kept a strict code that I could not  spend more than £10 for a T-shirt £20 for a Shirt and the same about for Jeans.

Slowly i got addicted to the store, going in from every week to a point almost daily digging for garments.  I would take the shirts back and wonder how is it the materials were so different and affordable.  I guess this is when i realized that times had changed.  This is where my brand needs to be, using this modern type of t-shirt garments.  Armed with a bunch of shirts i sat with the guys from AM Screenprint  and we sourced the suppliers.

Looking to re-brand going by the name Diggers that fits the ethos, fully representing my passions and my work me and Chris Malbon my long time partner in design and childhood friend created the new logo and designs for our first line.

This moment in time i started to hang around my parents home, they stood by me like a rock throughout this divorce.  I started to take notice of my mother and her passion for textiles.  Growing up this was something i took for granted.  Her generation of Indian woman this is normal I’m ashamed that i did not pay closer attention to her craft from when i was younger.  I guess I’m older now and look at the world differently.  She loves and enjoys creating things, she had this new sewing machine which she was embroidering designs from a digital source.  I asked if i got my design can i try sewing my logo?.  We joined forces and together a lot of the items like the shirts i would bring back from TK Max were unbranded.  I started to brand them, so that when i went out i would be going out wearing fresh one off pieces that represented the culture i was so passionate about.  Reminding me of how in the early days of Hip Hop people would modify there outfits and footwear.

This kick started me re-branding boots picking out one of pieces and modifying them.  Those that follow my instagram would be totally up on them boots.

Although the brand represents lovers of vinyl irrespective of what genre of music, its roots comes from Hip hop and my passion and understanding of the culture.  i started out as a graffiti artist and b-boy in the 80s.  A big part of the culture was tagging and bombin, I had flash backs to the adrenaline rush i would have running round with my friends.  Those that know me that living alone here i have to keep active and my nature is that I can not stop creating.  This led me to start planting modified items i purchased back in the stores across the country.  For years nobody noticed what I was doing, for me it was for kicks and fun and held true to the idea of discovering a gem, just like my movie looking for the perfect beat.

I am creating art, and not for arts sake, these are pieces created by a person with a long deep history in this culture.  Blood sweat, tears and lot of soul went into these pieces.  Only last year i had people start to hit me up within the culture who followed my work that started to search out my pieces.  This is the reason i decided to shoot this piece, before some Biter takes my work and claims it there own.  Like my mothers creations or my fathers paintings, my work or even the artists I work with in the music, art should never be taken for granted or on face value.

Face Value has means nothing to me, if you are going to spend some money on Art look and take your time to find out about the artist and its brand.  Diggers is about finding that gem and turning it into something else. Done before by the kids of NYC back in the 70s and 80s in those early days of hip hop.  I appreciate if you took the time to read and view the video.

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DJ Jazzy Jay – A Walk in the Park – Episode 1

From way back when, long before this thing was called Hip Hop back in the very early 70’s this thing called DJing took a turn that changed the way DJs play music forever.

It birthed the Turntablists, DJ’s who manipulated the soundscape and arrangements of the recorded piece changing the way we were meant to hear the music. It became something else. Dj’s all over New York went crazy looking for sounds to manipulate, it birthed the Breakbeat DJs. One of the greatest of all time is the man featured here Jazzy Jay.

From Bronx River Jazzy Jay like Charlie Chase, Grand Wizard Theodore and DXT was of a generation that went all out on this from not just buying and searching for records but becoming exceptional Skilled on the turntables. Their tapes and performances have influenced millions of people across the globe. Held in High regard I’ve seen it my self people still be asking him what was this track you played at this event or this track on this tape.

It’s these DJs that inspired the members of DITC to coin the term Diggin in the Crates. I’ve known Jazzy for many years now and we have shot many videos together, he never fails to surprise me. When you see me and Jazzy put something together you better believe it’s going to be special and honest.

Recently I got to tour along side Diamond D and Large Pro doing the 45s sets, these men them selves Diamond especially will tell you that we was all mentored by Jazzy. Diamond you can see where he is at when he cuts 45s. the way he cuts them. Its not easy at all, but h makes it look easy as he came from a time and place where that is all it was and the only way to do it, it was competitive as almost every block had DJs that were all working/ practicing hard to make a name, to be hailed as one of the best.

I was in NYC for 4 nights to work with Large Pro and Main Source documenting the 25 year Anniversary of Breaking Atoms. One of the greatest Records ever made across all genres of music. I took one day off to be with Jazzy to see him and his family. On the Friday joined by Large Pro and King of Chill we got into the spirit of creativity and few beers leading me onto persuade Jazzy to cut some 45s for me and let me shoot. This was not rehearsed or prepared, but you can see here what we captured, a man who cutting up 45s is a walk in the park.

 Jazzy Jay is available for shows. Info on the video.

Diamond D V’s Large Professor All 45 UK Shows

 

A great way to kick off your 2017 with this footage from Diamond D and Large Professor’s late 2016 UK tour.  Notably two of the greatest hip hop producers of all time they have embarked on journey reverting back to a time long before they started making music, a time where as children they were fully taken by this new and exciting culture called Hip Hop.

Where Djing was thing.  This new art form required two turntables and mixer.  A bunch of 45s and to these guys and many alike them they had to find 2 copies of each record.  They came in at a time where people where still discovering holly grail breaks.  Very Exciting times.

Not only did you have to scrimp save and find these records you had to perfect and master the skill of cutting them up on the turntables not an easy thing to do.  Competition was high so it only forced you to practice hard, if you didn’t have the skill on the turntables you made up for it with your selection.  This is how great DJs made their name and found recognition.

Both these men mastered all the elements above.  This later lead them into them becoming some of the greatest Hip Hop producers, Don’t ask me ask Kanye West who although i’m not a fan of him, even he when it comes to his piers will humble himself to name the two men featured here.

I was privileged to join the men on some of their tour.  Although I filmed much footage over 4.5 hour of them just cutting up I put this selection together not just to showcase them but as piece of document to preserve this element of the culture.

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Summing up 2016 moving forward onto 2017 positively

2016 has been a pretty productive year for although I spent most of it rebuilding my home. I took a year out to work on me to build a better environment to go forward in 2017.  

Being in the position I am now I would really like to make a lasting mark on this culture and art as its always been at the core of what motivates me. Hip Hop as I have said many times before  ‘is and has been that path for the underdog and the underestimated.’

This first project I did in 2016 was the Moe Love LP, I made a agreement with Moe love in November 2015, that I out of respect to Moe  I had to carry out. As much as I helped him, Moe helped me take that leap in rebuilding my label. I released the Moe love ‘I ain’t dead yet’ instrumental LP. I played the part of executive producer organizing and selecting the tracks, also executing the artwork and photography with my partner in design Chris Malbon. Huge thank you to the Tha 4orce for mastering and mixing the project .  I would like to acknowledge and thank Marc Davis who did point me the right direction with Japanese and European Distribution.

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In December 2016 it was brought to my attention that Record Collector Magazine gave the lp a 5 star rating topping Eric Clapton and Dead or Alive among others from what really is a non hip hop genre magazine.

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The next project was the RIP video for DJ Supreme, I had heard the track some time before and commented to Supreme that if I was to do a video for him it would be for that song. I had done a few skype calls with both Curoc and Soops which we spoke about the track and where we wanted to go with this. I had already my own ideas, I just had to present them to the guys. My aim  and main objective was create a visually impacting video that will have the same effect that Eric B and Rakim’s Know the Ledge video has on many of us hip hop fans some 20 years later.

No matter what is time it is, if your out the scene or what ever this has to be a go to video. One that when you want to feel energized or have your faith in hip hop restored, like the Know the Ledge video the RIP video will fill that space.

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I think I can firmly state that what I set out to do I achieved and that the fans feedback is testament to what both Curoc and Supreme can only confirm I told them what would happen. This was a combined effort visuals and direction me, the track Supreme ( he and Tomspta got the crews on set) Son of Noise’s Curoc for his performance and ofcourse the Double Goose jackets that made all the difference. I can not forget Andy Higgs who was on Camera 2 and has been a great team player throughout.

I must say my home was such a state at this time I edited this in room full of dust rubble and plaster. The follow up video I edited in my mothers living room as my home has in an unlivable state.

Whilst working on the second RIP video I left for India to discover my roots and completed that on my return.

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The next project was the Album cover art for the Legion, they had an idea in mind I just had to paint the image. This was the first time ive touched water colors since being at collage well over 23 years ago.  Fortunately I had heard some of the LP whilst in NYC the year before. For those that share the same or similar taste in Hip Hop as I do I can confirm that this album is going to be one of those timeless classics that we as collectors have been waiting and craving for.   If I have any type of reputation, well ill stake it on that album.  Honestly i’m excited about this one.

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I also got to edit a piece for Ray West and his upcoming project on Red Apples, for those that follow blog will know that my we are brother labels and that me and Ray called upon help each other out on projects. Ray asked me to work on a project for him, Ray West is an artist that has grown heaps and bounds over the last few years. He played me something, and showed me where he is going so we have an agreement that will be doing something together in the near future, as part of the looking for the perfect beat series.

Also a massive thanks to Juice Aleem and Footloose for getting me to on the panel at the last event held at the Hippodrome.  My first time here in the UK do something like that. Its really good to see that there some in City who are doing positive stuff not just in events but opening up spaces for dialog.

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Finally I was called upon by Diamond D to help him and Large Professor on part of their European Tour. This was based on friendship and long time respect for each others passion for music and this craft. This was a very important time for me as I and both Large and Diamond forged a concrete friendship. Freely we talked music played each other breaks, records that most of the time we keep secret. I sat as Diamond wrote songs and run lyrics over with me. I got to know a little bit more about the guys I felt privileged as for those that really know me that these two men were my idols when their first albums dropped. Living in Birmingham is great distance from mecca NYC. So in those early years I had no idea that one day I would be working with these two very gifted men. Through hard work and passion both these men acknowledged me. We didn’t have conversations about promos or test pressing but we discussed ideas and stalkers.

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You will see me work with both these men in the future. They gave me a reason to continue and work just as many of the people that stopped me on this tour who told me that they follow my writings and work. For many years I really never get to go to jams to let my hair down and enjoy as most of the time i’m working or my camera is with me, but 2017 im determined to take some breaks and go to them jams and make my self more available to discuss with people this culture that means so much too us all. I really appreciate the love shown at the London show. 

2017 is a very important year, a year worth living for. So far its been a positive start with someone finally coming forward finding one of my diggers garments which I have been planting in TK Max across the midlands. More than 2 years I have been doing this so it was a great feeling that someone acted on my post finding my art crime, of which store and where the item was.

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Through working with Diamond and large I learn’t about digital printing to tees so expect watch this space for great quality limited edition designs by my self and Chris Malbon.

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I will release my film and string of lps and books to go with the release of my movie. Already in the pipeline TR Love, Break Beat Lou, Ray West, Johnny Juice, Fred Beanz, Minessota, Casanova Rud among others. So watch this space. Currently working on a project for Common and Ultras.

Look out for tha 4orce project all being released this year. Every month a single dropped by him featuring some of the best MC’s currently holding court in the UK.

To all those that supported me and artists mentioned a massive thank you.