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Independent Hip Hop artist Five Steez has unleashed Dirty Couch, the first release from his upcoming EP, HeatRockz. The song – available for free download and streaming – features him taunting inferior rappers over a dusty-sounding “bona fide headnodder”, crafted by Mordecai.

Listeners are immediately transported to a dark hallway, filled with hardcore Hip Hop aficionados, where anything that does not represent the essence of the craft is disregarded and disrespected. In the chorus, Five Steez warns, "Mess around, get fricasseed, sautéed."

The young MC takes aim at those diluting the genre, stating, "Your music way too soft, I need the rugged sound”. In the end, he throws his supposed nemesis off the stage, asking, “Who the king?”

This first release, Dirty Couch, is also the opening cut on HeatRockz. “This was the grimiest track of them all and it felt like the right way to set the tone,” says Five Steez, who describes the EP, produced by Mordecai, as his most aggressive project. HeatRockz will be fully available on August 30 at http://bit.ly/HeatRockz.

Five Steez, in June, released Momentum Vol.3, the finale to his mixtape trilogy with DJ Ready Cee. His other 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.

Last modified on Friday, 15 July 2016 03:47

This summer, Five Steez rolls out his new EP, entirely produced by Mordecai - HeatRockz. Described as his grimiest and most aggressive project to date, this 5-track release will be fully available for free download and streaming on August 30, 2016 at http://bit.ly/HeatRockz. Art Direction by Jomé Anderson.

Last modified on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 05:08

Five Steez & DJ Ready Cee keep the ‘Momentum’ for 3rd mixtape

New York underground radio icon DJ Ready Cee and Kingston-based independent MC Five Steez have reunited for the final volume in their Momentum trilogy. The mixtape – free for streaming and download – features the duo showcasing turntable and microphone skills over classic Hip Hop instrumentals.

Ranging from Big Daddy Kane’s Ain’t No Half Steppin’ to 50 Cent’s I Get Money, Five Steez easily tears through beats from Hip Hop’s most memorable songs released from 1988 to the early 2000s, offering never-heard-before verses, dubs (specials) and freestyles. As he raps, DJ Ready Cee seamlessly mixes and scratches in a manner that has become rare in a modern mixtape.

Laced with drops from many personalities, it feels as if everyone from underground heavyweight Shabaam Sahdeeq to Canadian Hip Hop legend Michie Mee to Reggae lyricist Kabaka Pyramid stopped by to hear the release. While none of them share the mic with Steez, he features partners in rhyme, Nomad Carlos, The Sickest Drama, Inztinkz, Massy the Creator and Dizzy the Ill One.

"I had scrapped the original plan of doing a third tape,” says Five Steez. “But, in 2015, Ready Cee convinced me and we decided we'd end the series with a bang.”

DJ Ready Cee, who released his debut album Order 66 in December and currently plays on BeatminerzRadio.com, says, “I’ve always been known for my mixtapes and podcasts. So I’m happy to be finally wrapping up this trilogy.”

Momentum: Volume One was released in December 2010 and introduced Five Steez to Hip Hop listeners worldwide. Volume Two came in October 2011, but the series was abandoned as Five Steez released his 2012 debut album, War for Peace, then followed by 2014's These Kingston Times. Just as the prior two mixtapes made way for Five Steez’ original music, Volume Three will be followed two EPs, one of which is being released this summer.

Last modified on Friday, 10 June 2016 15:35

Rapper Five Steez has followed up on February’s release from a developing project, with another song titled ‘The Story’. The track, produced by DJ MTM, features him telling the tale of an independent Hip Hop artiste over a military-style drum track, with vocals cuts that speak to being an underdog in the chorus.

The Story’ starts with a “kid with a dream” who “knew the life he wanted to live since a teen”. Five Steez contrasts the main character’s stages in life, rapping that his mother “used to hide his tapes ‘cause they explicit / now, she tell her friends how on stage, yo, he rip it”.

Five Steez says, “The beat for this just felt perfect for a story about a hero. I wrote my verses, but I didn’t hear myself on the hook. I felt the track needed cuts and DJ MTM came with his ideas and skills to seal the song.”

The song’s chorus speaks to being underrated and being “ready for the payment”, making it quite fitting for a project that Steez says will be called ‘The Story of The Underdog’. The body of work, which is still in its infancy, is expected to be complete in 2017.

This unannounced release aside, Five Steez is slated to put out ‘Momentum Vol.3’ with DJ Ready Cee this year, as well as two EPs.

Five Steez is an independent rapper who began capturing attention in 2010 with his ‘Momentum’ mixtape series alongside DJ Ready Cee, and later his 2012 debut album, ‘War for Peace’, which received great reviews from various outlets, including iTunes. In 2014, Five Steez followed up with the EP, ‘These Kingston Times’ – listed by World Hip Hop Market as one of the year’s best international Hip Hop releases.

Last modified on Saturday, 26 March 2016 05:49

Me, The Sickest Drama (TSD) and Inztinkz went in on 'Triumph' for my upcoming 'Momentum Vol.3' mixtape with DJ Ready Cee. Look out for the mixtape dropping soon. And also, The Council project, 'Nothing Else Matters', later this year.

Last modified on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 05:37

Independent Hip Hop artiste Five Steez is sharing music from a project which could manifest as a full-length album next year. In doing so, he has released ‘My Life, My Craft’, a song in which he chronicles his love for music and his own artistic pursuit, over lush melodies provided by long-time collaborator, Bravo.

On the track, Five Steez takes the listener from his early childhood memories of Hip Hop through to his own endeavours, including successes and struggles as an independent artist. “Little did I know, this music would be mine / I grew up over time and knew I would be signed / but not quite,” he rhymes.

Steez tells his story with just as much honesty as braggadocio, never wasting a line – not even in the song’s hypnotic chorus.

“I’ve had this record for a while,” says Five Steez. “It’s on a project I’m working on called ‘The Story of The Underdog’, which I don’t imagine being released until 2017. I got tired of waiting and just wanted to share this with the people who have been on this journey with me.”

This unannounced release aside, Five Steez is slated to put out the ‘Momentum Vol.3’ mixtape with DJ Ready Cee this year, as well as two EPs. “This year, I’m dropping the most music I ever have in one year,” he says.

Five Steez began capturing attention in 2010 with his ‘Momentum’ mixtape series alongside DJ Ready Cee, and later his 2012 debut album, ‘War for Peace’, which received great reviews from various outlets, including iTunes. In 2014, Five Steez followed up with the EP, ‘These Kingston Times’ – listed by World Hip Hop Market as one of the year’s best international Hip Hop releases.

Last modified on Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:22

Rapper AWKWORD connected with Nigerian-born Canadian producer Teck-Zilla, Nigerian songstress Maka and French DJ J Hart to recruit an All-Star cast of emcees to join him on the 'I Am' Global Posse Cut, including Latasha Alcindor (USA), Holstar (Zambia), Wakazi (Tanzania), Five Steez (Jamaica), Modenine (Nigeria), The Assembly (South Africa), and Third Eye (Malawi). Aptly titled 'I Am', the song features 9 emcees sharing truths about their lives in their respective home countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the United States. The song will appear on AWKWORD's '2016 EP 'Mid-Flight' and the forthcoming Best of AWKWORD mixtape.

Last modified on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 07:01

My most random release yet. Incomplete and unmixed. Was actually supposed to be a collab, but got scrapped. I can still hear it fitting on my developing project #TheStoryOfTheUnderdog. Just wanted to share these words and this vibe with the people at this time. #TSOTU

Last modified on Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:22

What a great way to start the year! Yannick Reid (aka The Therapist / TP) captured some images of me and my partners in rhyme - Nomad Carlos, The Sickest Drama and Inztinkz. We are going by the name, The Council, and we are currently working on a project of which I am proud to be a part. You will hear it later this year. Check out the first single here

(L-R) Nomad Carlos; Five Steez; Inztinkz; The Sickest Drama

(L-R) Nomad Carlos; Five Steez; Inztinkz; The Sickest Drama

(L-R) Nomad Carlos; Five Steez; Inztinkz; The Sickest Drama

(L-R) Nomad Carlos; Five Steez; Inztinkz; The Sickest Drama

(L-R) Nomad Carlos; Five Steez; Inztinkz; The Sickest Drama

(L-R) Nomad Carlos; Five Steez; Inztinkz; The Sickest Drama

(L-R) Nomad Carlos; Five Steez; Inztinkz; The Sickest Drama

(L-R) Nomad Carlos; Five Steez; Inztinkz; The Sickest Drama

(L-R) Five Steez; The Sickest Drama; Nomad Carlos; Inztinkz

(L-R) Five Steez; The Sickest Drama; Nomad Carlos; Inztinkz

(L-R) Inztinkz; The Sickest Drama; Five Steez; Nomad Carlos

Last modified on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 15:01

Five Steez, The Sickest Drama (TSD), Inztinkz and Nomad Carlos have joined forces to release music as The Council. The group’s first offering is the song, ‘Council Arts’, from a currently untitled, developing project. On the track, the MCs trade verses over a hard-hitting boom-bap beat with a rich female vocal sample.

Leading the charge, Five Steez tells listeners they are “dining with kings that’s rising like Ming”, and his dynasty “rhyme in the ring like Tyson would swing”. The Sickest Drama follows up nicely, depicting the Kingston backdrop where “triggers squeeze” and “niggaz bleed”, leading him to think “yard is the Middle East”.

Inztinkz (also the group’s producer) chooses to unleash an “onslaught”, over his own beat, in which he addresses a “miniscule likkle fool” who does not know the rules of engagement. Nomad Carlos then closes off the track in fine fashion, telling people to “watch out for them shapeshifters” and those “more pussy than eight kittens”.

The Council’s members are also the organizers of Kingston’s premier Hip Hop event, Pay Attention, and partners in the local scene’s most revered space, Gambling House Recording Studio. While the upcoming project is still in its early stages, they say listeners can expect high-calibre lyricism and production all around.

Last modified on Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:20
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