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Here are a few shots of The Council (minus Nomad Carlos) at UPNess: Nothing Else Matters on Tuesday, December 6. It was our first event from Pay Attention in a year and a half, and the energy was just right. We did things differently this time around by partnering with others and incorporating Afrobeat into the mix, as well as live painting and breakdancing. The event was also a part of the RJR Communications Group's Kingston Music Week. Towards the end of the night, we spoke to the people for a while and then let loose some of the tracks from our upcoming album, Nothing Else Matters. Photos by Machel Witter.

 

Last modified on Friday, 16 December 2016 16:14

Nothing Else Matters but UPNess at Kingston Music Week

RJR’s Kingston Music Week will offer a unique, eclectic experience in the form of UPNess: Nothing Else Matters, a Hip Hop and Afrobeat party being staged by Nanook, Pay Attention and Wakeupstar, on Tuesday, December 6. The event, which begins at 8 p.m. at Nanook on 20 Burlington Avenue, will feature musical selections by Deadline, Inztinkz and Mz Lytes.

UPNess: Nothing Else Matters will also include live painting, breakdancing and a preview of the upcoming album, Nothing Else Matters, by local Hip Hop collective, The Council, which comprises Five Steez, Nomad Carlos, The Sickest Drama and Inztinkz.

“This year will be our second staging of UPNess,” says Joan Webley of Nanook. “We are creating a new experience this time around, fusing communities and vibes, and everyone will have a great time, hearing mind-blowing tunes across two genres.”

Patrons can expect good music with a difference and a vibrant energy throughout the event, which will be hosted by the multi-talented Racquel Jones.

Admission is only $500 and part proceeds go to the Alpha Boys’ School.

RJR’s Kingston Music Week is a week-long festival that boasts 19 events and will run from December 1-7.

Join the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/799271173549168/

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The Council unveils the Forgotten Parables

Kingston, Jamaica’s super group of MCs, The Council, has revealed Forgotten Parables, a two-track EP comprising unreleased music featuring its members – Nomad Carlos, Five Steez, The Sickest Drama and Inztinkz.

Both songs, produced by Inztinkz, were recorded at Gambling House Recording Studio, years prior to the formation of The Council.

The Council’s official album, Nothing Else Matters, from which it has already unleashed the singles Council Arts and The Final Countdown, will be released in 2017.

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Following the release of his HeatRockz EP with Mordecai, Five Steez has made available a remix of the project's last single, Gods Collide. This version is produced by Sosa, who also appears on the track alongside Nomad Carlos.

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The Council begins ‘The Final Countdown’

After releasing Council Arts a year ago, Kingston, Jamaica’s super group of MCs, The Council, has finally released another single from its upcoming album titled Nothing Else Matters. The new track, The Final Countdown, features Nomad Carlos, Inztinkz and The Sickest Drama (TSD) welcoming a new era over a suspenseful musical backdrop.

With a post-apocalyptic feel, reminiscent of the 1999 New Year’s Eve, Nomad Carlos, in the chorus, asks, “Could this be the year that our minds are free?” He later declares: “The time has begun / Either live long or you gon’ die young”.

The song’s verses from Nomad Carlos, Inztinkz and TSD describe different New Year celebrations in New York and Kingston, while paying tribute to various Reggae legends.

The Council is the four-member crew (including Five Steez who does not appear on this track) behind Kingston’s premier Hip Hop event which ran from 2012 to 2015. It is also part of the management of Gambling House Recording Studio, the Mecca of Hip Hop in Kingston.

The Council took a break from staging events to create an album together, after many years of collaborating as solo rappers. The release date for The Council’s album, Nothing Else Matters, is still yet to be announced.

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Two weeks after releasing HeatRockz – his new EP with producer, Mordecai – Five Steez has unveiled the visual for the lead single, Dirty Couch. The video, directed by Scotty Dreamkiller, centres around the couch in the hallway at Gambling House Recording Studio, the Mecca of Kingston, Jamaica’s underground Hip Hop community.

“People who pass through to visit always end up sitting in the couch or on top of it,” says Five Steez. “So we just showed what a regular day may look like.”

The video, shot in black and white with a yellow ‘Sin City’ effect, shows energetic performances from Five Steez and a vibrant hallway celebration with friends. In the song, the young MC taunts inferior rappers and those diluting the genre over a dusty-sounding “bona fide headnodder” crafted by Mordecai.

The EP HeatRockz is available for free download at http://bit.ly/HeatRockz and is also on iTunes, Spotify and other digital outlets. It is Five Steez’s most aggressive project to date and features ‘true school’ boom-bap Hip Hop bangers to keep heads nodding. “It’s really me having fun, flexing my skill and making high-energy music ideal to play in the car or hear me perform at a show,” says Five Steez. “Some think it’s my best work.”

Previous Five Steez projects include his three-part Momentum mixtape series with DJ Ready Cee, his 2012 debut album, War for Peace, and his 2014 EP, These Kingston Times.

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HeatRockz now available on all platforms!

HeatRockz is Five Steez's first collaborative EP with producer, Mordecai. It is his most aggressive project to date and features ‘true school’ boom-bap Hip Hop bangers to keep heads nodding. “This is my first project without that much of a theme,” the rapper says. “It’s really me having fun, flexing my skill and making high-energy music ideal to play in the car or hear me perform at a show.”

The EP's opening track, Dirty Couch, is a dusty-sounding "bona fide headnodder" with Steez taunting inferior rappers. He follows with Encore, an energetic banger with which you can see him rocking his audience in a packed venue. The HeatRockz continue with Mic to the Check on which Steez fits in pocket on an uptempo beat with a catchy hook and his signature wit. The fourth cut is True School which features him pledging allegiance to Hip Hop's core principles and ethics over an eerie sample chopped by Mordecai. The project closes with Gods Collide, a reunion track with longtime collaborators Sosa and Nomad Carlos over a quirky but gritty instrumental.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 21:54

'Gods Collide' as Five Steez releases new EP

After releasing a single every two weeks since July, Kingston, Jamaica-based indie Hip Hop artist Five Steez has unleashed Gods Collide, the final track from HeatRockz, his new five-track EP with producer, Mordecai. The song features Steez alongside long-time collaborators Sosa and Nomad Carlos doing what they do best over a quirky but gritty instrumental.

In the song’s chorus, Five Steez says, “When you see the gods collide, we on a mission”, signifying a purpose behind the collaboration. He explains, “The three of us started out together in a five-member group over a decade ago in high school. Being the ones still doing music, and with Sosa and Carlos based in New York and me based out here, this was sort of a reunion and renewed merger of forces.”

With the release of this song, HeatRockz is now fully available for free download at http://bit.ly/HeatRockz. The EP is Five Steez’s most aggressive project to date and features ‘true school’ boom-bap Hip Hop bangers to keep heads nodding. “This is my first project without that much of a theme,” the rapper says. “It’s really me having fun, flexing my skill and making high-energy music ideal to play in the car or hear me perform at a show.”

Previous Five Steez projects include his three-part Momentum mixtape series with DJ Ready Cee, his 2012 debut album, War for Peace, and his 2014 EP, These Kingston Times.

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Five Steez keeps it 'True School'

Independent Hip Hop artist Five Steez has released True School, his fourth track this summer, from his new EP, HeatRockz. Over an eerie sample expertly chopped by producer Mordecai, he dances in between the upbeat drums, delivering multiple punches, and pledging allegiance to ‘true school rules’.

“That’s the code we live by,” says Five Steez. “It’s not about old school versus new school. It’s about the true essence of the craft in both.”

Five Steez takes on everyone from so-called lyricists whose pen “went on vacation” to acts who “look and sound alike”. He raps, “I wouldn’t let them round the mic / I spit a few punches and the crowd is hype”. While the verses are laced with clever bravado, he shouts out his listeners in the song’s anthem-like hook.

On HeatRockz, True School is track #4, following Dirty Couch, Encore and Mic to the Check (in that order), which were released this summer. The EP is entirely produced by Mordecai and is said to be Five Steez’s most aggressive project to date. It will be fully available for free download on Tuesday, August 30 at http://bit.ly/HeatRockz.

Previous Five Steez projects include his 2012 debut album, War for Peace – which received great reviews from various outlets, including digital store, iTunes – and his 2014 EP, These Kingston Times, listed by World Hip Hop Market as one of the year’s best international Hip Hop releases.

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Five Steez throws another 'HeatRock'

Independent Hip Hop artist Five Steez has released his third song in a month – Mic to the Check – from his new EP, HeatRockz. With his signature wit and a catchy hook, he fits in pocket on the uptempo instrumental produced by Mordecai.

When the drums drop, Five Steez announces his arrival and demonstrates his gift of gab. “It’s Five in the flesh / coming live and direct,” he rhymes in the chorus, later commanding, “hands in the air from the right to the left”.

In the second verse, Five Steez addresses “rappers spitting foolishness” and boasts, “Don’t ask about my catalogue, Google it”.

Mic to the Check is the third cut on HeatRockz, following Dirty Couch and Encore, which were previously released. “Mic to the Check was actually the first song I recorded for this EP,” says Five Steez. “So, although it’s lighter than the others, in a way, it set the tone for the rest of the tracks.”

HeatRockz, which is entirely produced by Mordecai, is said to be Five Steez’s most aggressive project to date. It will be fully available on Tuesday, August 30 at http://bit.ly/HeatRockz.

Previous Five Steez projects include his 2012 debut album, War for Peace – which received great reviews from various outlets, including digital store, iTunes – and his 2014 EP, These Kingston Times, listed by World Hip Hop Market as one of the year’s best international Hip Hop releases.

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