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The Council enlists Reggae’s new stars for latest single

Album release scheduled for September 29

Kingston, Jamaica’s MC supergroup, The Council, has enlisted Reggae’s recent stars for its newly available fifth and final single from its album, Nothing Else Matters, scheduled for release on September 29. The new song, titled Misery, features longtime collaborators Koro Fyah, Kabaka Pyramid and Massy the Creator who join the crew for an epic, authentic fusion of boom bap Hip Hop and roots Reggae, laced with social commentary and messages of reparation and repatriation.

Misery – produced by Inztinkz, like all other tracks on The Council’s album – features poignant and potent verses from Massy the Creator, The Sickest Drama, Kabaka Pyramid and Five Steez, with Koro Fyah delivering the hook, lambasting the system.

“This song is just another realm of what we have to offer on Nothing Else Matters, thematically and sonically,” says Inztinkz. “Compared to our last single, this is like a flipside.”

Starting with Council Arts in September 2015, The Council released a series of singles including The Final Countdown, Valhalla Doctrine (featuring Tha God Fahim), and the most recent one, Promised Land (featuring J Militia), in March of this year.

Nothing Else Matters will be finally released exclusively via Bandcamp on Friday, September 29, and will be rolled out across other digital outlets and in physical form during the following months.

The Council, which comprises Inztinkz, The Sickest Drama, Nomad Carlos and Five Steez, is Kingston’s champion team for the Hip Hop culture, maintaining a consistent presence in the city’s underground scene for over a decade as solo acts and organizers of Hip Hop events.

Last modified on Friday, 01 September 2017 05:19

Global Love Warming Episode 7

Thanks to René John-Sandy of the Hip Hop Loves Foundation for having me on the Global Love Warming podcast! We actually recorded this in April and we spoke for a good while about my start in Hip Hop, the local scene in Jamaica, my influences and my upcoming projects. Have a listen!

Last modified on Saturday, 22 July 2017 03:00

Nomad Carlos checks in with Five Steez on 'Back Home'

New York-based Jamaica-raised rapper Nomad Carlos is clearly missing his old stomping grounds on his latest single Back Home, featuring Five Steez. The Sosa-produced track takes the form of a phone call from Carlos to Steez to catch up on the happenings at their spot in the Jamaican capital of Kingston.

“I’m trying to find out how it is back home / How’s the house? Is the money still flipping on its own?” These are some of the questions Carlos asks on the hook. “Is you still writing dem flames? You tightened your game? / Tell me, what’s the hottest shit out in the streets / sometimes, I’m feeling out of touch like I’m out of reach.”

Five Steez gives his update on the latest developments in his response to Nomad’s first verse, and the two go back-and-forth in the closing verse as they sniff out a snake in their circle.

“I wanted to put out this song because there is nothing like this out there right now,” says Nomad Carlos. “And this is a real conversation between us that lets you get a glimpse of our world.”

Back Home follows the June releases of Lavish Livity, featuring Sonny Jim, and In Us We Trust, all produced by Sosa, a partner in ArkHouse Music with Nomad Carlos.

Last modified on Friday, 07 July 2017 01:17

Highlights of Five Steez at New Wave

I was blessed with the opportunity to perform at New Wave (a series I recently blogged about here) alongside TSD and Inztinkz, and it was truly a great experience. Hats off to the whole team behind the event, including @leBossLYNCH who captured these spectacular images (See many more here). Quiet as kept, it was my first official performance in a little over two years as I had been focused largely on creating new music. That is the longest time in which I have not done a show anywhere since I began performing a decade ago. Not being on stage, where I actually feel right at home, has been very strange to me. My 'return', if you want to call it that, felt completely natural and I don't think I missed a step. If anything, I've become even better. And now, I have new music.

 

Last modified on Thursday, 06 July 2017 02:44

Five Steez names new 'loosie' off Dutch footballer Dennis Bergkamp

Five Steez hits the back of the net with his new loosie titled Bergkamp, a random verse over a head-nodder crafted by The Patents out of Poland. The track begins and ends with exciting football commentary as Five Steez glides over the track with ease, all within 90 seconds, requiring multiple replays.

Last modified on Saturday, 24 June 2017 22:49

Making You Look Again!

Another night of Hip Hop music in this city of Kingston is almost upon us! Often, I wish there were more spaces with such an energy, but its absence from the local scene is what makes events like Made You Look truly unique. Two weeks ago, we had to, unfortunately, postpone the first staging of this new series. It was quite disappointing, especially because it was supposed to mark our return to hosting events after two years of no Pay Attention. My father always used to tell me every disappointment is God's appointment. I used to dislike hearing this after losing a football or basketball match, but the saying has a lot of meaning and relevance.

A tiny detail in the history of Pay Attention that has never been documented, and was even forgotten by myself, is that its very first staging was intended to be March 17, 2012. On the day before, we were notified of a health inspection at the venue, which would result in the place being closed. The first Pay Attention was then held on April 21. I remembered this only because I still have one of the very first flyers. It's interesting how none of us remembered this postponement. I believe, moving forward with Made You Look, we will forget about the recent postponement. And I will go as far as saying that it was meant to be. That parallel at the start of both these series shows me we are on the right track and we are about to start something else that will be epic.

Pay Attention got its name because we wanted people to simply pay attention to the local Hip Hop scene. Also, we didn't charge admission at first, so all you had to pay... was attention. After approximately three years, we felt like we got people to do just that. And that's why now we are saying Made You Look! We said Pay Attention and we Made You Look.

I'm sure the Hip Hop heads will notice the title of the event is the same as a popular Nas song. That is, indeed, where we got the name. In fact, it was one of the options for the name of our December 2012 stageshow, The Takeover. We liked the name since then even though we had not used it, and our new partner, Nanook Enterprises, also loved it.

Interestingly, Nas' song samples Apache by Incredible Bongo Band. This is one of the most sampled songs in the history of Hip Hop and was one of the first break beats that DJ Kool Herc looped up at his parties. Given our movement's recognition and embrace of DJ Kool Herc because of his contribution to Hip Hop as a Jamaican, it makes perfect sense that our event is named off a now-classic single that flipped Apache.

I'm anticipating a great night at Made You Look. I hope to see our regular patrons and supporters and I look forward to sharing the highlights after.

Last modified on Friday, 12 May 2017 17:14

Kenya's Trabolee & Jamaica's Five Steez let the world Know Now

Trabolee teams up forces with Five Steez over luxurious and lush production to champion for expansion of both the material and mental in a celebratory but also inspirational track. Tra and Steez welcome the listeners into their current vibrational plane, freely expressing their beliefs across the two verses as Bam! adds her well-timed harmonies on the bridge. Know Now is the theme music for resting in your own truth and progress, as creatively construed by the three artists, over a dope Swahililand flip by producer Edd.

The hook reverberates powerfully: "Let 'em Know Now, I can never slow down / I got the feeling and the vision is profound" as a sort of affirmation.

The song is also set to be a closer on Tra's upcoming album Preaching 2 Da Converted, set for the last quarter of 2017.

Last modified on Saturday, 15 April 2017 13:21

The Council represents for the Promised Land

Depending on one’s cultural orientation, different locations may come to mind when one hears of ‘the promised land’. For Kingston, Jamaica’s Hip Hop collective, The Council, this place is its home, which it represents proudly on its latest release titled after the term.

Promised Land captures the totality of Jamaica, a nation regarded as a cultural super state because of its global impact despite its small size. The track shows both the country’s dark and light sides, from its streets to its beaches, all while highlighting some of its history and values.

The song is the fourth offering from The Council’s upcoming album, Nothing Else Matters, and features all four members of the crew – Inztinkz (also the group’s producer), Five Steez, The Sickest Drama (TSD) and Nomad Carlos – alongside J Militia, who croons soulfully on the hook.

This release follows previous singles, Valhalla Doctrine (featuring Tha God Fahim), The Final Countdown and Council Arts, all of which represent the tip of the iceberg of Nothing Else Matters, set to drop around summer.

The Council, as individuals and together, have been paving the way for the underground Hip Hop scene in Jamaica with consistent releases and events in their city, Kingston.

Last modified on Friday, 07 April 2017 13:35

New Hip Hop series Made You Look to begin April 29

It has been two years since Kingston has seen a genuine Hip Hop event, the last being the party and showcase series Pay Attention, which went on hiatus after March 2015. Its organisers have now partnered with Nanook Enterprises to present another unique series, Made You Look, on Saturday, April 29 at The Haven, 12 Hillcrest Avenue.

Made You Look – set to mark the fifth anniversary of Pay Attention’s April 2012 genesis – will feature Hip Hop and R&B selections from Inztinkz, DJ Stamma and DJ Zanj. The event, to be hosted by The Sickest Drama (TSD), will also showcase live graffiti art and breakdancers from the Demolishun Crew. Admission is $500, and $300 with valid student ID. Gates open at 8PM.

TSD, the host and one of the organisers, says, "Everyone who has been following our movement knows we bring the essence of the Hip Hop culture.” He also adds, "A lot of parties in Jamaica feature a Hip Hop segment that is lacking for any real Hip Hop head. You hear the same past and current hits, sometimes in the same order at each event. As lovers of and practitioners in the culture, we can't settle for that and we seek to fill the void for our community and other like-minded people."

Joan Webley of Nanook says, "We're pleased to be working with the Pay Attention team, also known as The Council. This has been a long time coming and I'm happy that Nanook is a part of this local Hip Hop movement. This is also one of the first events that Nanook will be having outside of the space to which our supporters have grown accustomed."

Sponsors of Made You Look include local cable entertainment station, HYPE TV, the New-York-based ArkHouse Music Group and Gambling House Recording Studio.

Last modified on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:36

Five Steez releases mini action-suspense thriller for 'True School'

Five Steez has released a new music video for his song, True School, from last year’s EP, HeatRockz. The visual – directed by Scotty Dreamkiller with assistance from Jay Mani – is a mini action-suspense thriller, featuring the rapper and female sidekick, Kemi, driving around, collecting mysterious packages.

The video brings to life the song’s anthem-like chorus, shouting out the people “in the streets / and all the fly women in they jeeps”. While the hook acknowledges the listeners, Five Steez’s verses challenge his so-called competition with clever bravado.

“We had fun doing this,” says Steez. “We took on some characters, but we were just being ourselves on camera. When you watch it, you’ll basically take a ride with us. But you will have more questions than answers at the end.”

This mini action-suspense thriller is the second music video from HeatRockz, with the first being for the EP’s opening track, Dirty Couch.

The 5-track HeatRockz is Five Steez’s most aggressive project to date and features 'true school' bangers that keep heads nodding. “It’s really me flexing my skill and making high-energy music," he says. The EP is available for free download at http://bit.ly/HeatRockz and is also on iTunes, Spotify and other digital outlets.

Five Steez is set to follow up HeatRockz with another body of work produced by Mordecai, but not before the release of Nothing Else Matters, the album by The Council, of which he is one fourth, alongside fellow MCs, Nomad Carlos, The Sickest Drama and Inztinkz.

Last modified on Friday, 10 March 2017 06:19
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