Label: WOLFTOWN RECORDINGS Catalogue Numbers: WOLFCD.004 Formats: MINI ALBUM CD Barcode: 5060055630053 Release Date: EARLY FEB 2004 Distributed by: UNITS/SRD DISTRIBUTION
LATE has impressed his local hip-hop community for over two decades. As the main rapper in the group VILLAINS he is responsible for those
turn of the century Wolves rap classics ‘UK Sound’, ‘Hustlin Hard’ and ‘Dark Visions’ off the album ‘Welcome To Wolftown’. Then in the winter of 2001 he formed the group WOLFTOWN COMMITTEE with TRICKSTA, and in January 2003 dropped their debut twenty-one-track album ‘Legendary Status’. LATE has collaborated with a string of worldwide underground artists and has appeared in four music videos shown on MTV, MTV Base, MTV France, Rapture TV and Channel U. LATE has also featured on UK and US rap documentaries, mixed tapes and websites. He has been well received by the press and received reviewed in all of the top music press including Music Week, Billboard Magazine, NME, The Face, Murder Dog, Muzik, DJ Magazine, Breakin Point, HHC, Big Smoke, Jockey Slut and many more.
Now in 2003 LATE unleashes the much talked about ‘International Rhyme Spittin EP’. LATE has been actively releasing music since 1998 and is without a doubt one of the most hardworking MC’s in the UK. This EP is a celebration of independent hip-hop and is the first UK release to feature such a wide and diverse range of styles and artists. According to the artist in question, this ethic comes from growing up in climate of when hip-hop fans checked for all coasts and all styles in the ‘golden age of hip-hop’ when ‘hip-hop was hip-hop’ and wasn’t segregated into pigeon holes and sub genres. LATE brings these times back with a selection of artists that he respects and listens to, and some artists that respect and listen to LATE.
So here we really do have it all. From the straight freestyle b-boy flows and laid back deliveries, to the grimy cold spittin’ and reality rap styles. With all angles covered these tracks are worth their weight in gold and the ‘International Rhyme Spittin’ is also the third CD release that the production team of TRICKSTA & PEZ have made. Quality Rhymes and quality beats.
LATE kicks off the EP with some positive vibes. He explains what it is you are about to enter. ‘We are doing what they can’t do… this is the underground moving forward’.
2. ‘International Spittin’ (Featuring CEE ROCK “THE FURY”)
This funk-fuelled hip-hop joint features CEE ROCK “THE FURY” from Jamaica, Queens, New York. When CEE ROCK “THE FURY” asked LATE and 10SHOTT from VICIOUS CIRCLE to be guest rappers on his track ‘Watch Out For My Meta’ for his forthcoming album, it was inevitable that CEE ROCK “The FURY” would feature. He has worked with the likes of LOOP TROOP, RAW PRODUCE and MIKEY D from MAIN SOURCE (Wyld Pitch Records) and regularly appears on New York mixed tapes and CD’s. What we have here is a future hip-hop classic by two of the world’s leading independent rappers from different sides of the water. Watchout for CEE ROCK “THE FURY”’s full-length album ‘Bringin Tha Yowzah’ dropping early 2004 on Wolftown Recordings/Turmic/!Handzup!
3. ‘7 Months’ (Featuring DADDY ASH from BLACK BRITANNIA, VALU from THEE ABSENT, OSHIN from 57th DYNASTY, CIPHER from MOORISH DELTA 7, MR. WIZ from KRISPY, DOYEN D and DJ AMO).
This ragga tinged bouncing groove is the perfect soundscape for a host of English talent to drop science on the fact that when we put the clocks back in the UK the weather is ‘dark 7 months of the year’. Representing different manors comes a host of underground homegrown MC’s. From London town we have VALU from THEE ABSENT (Café Recordings) and DADDY ASH from BLACK BRITANNIA (Abduction Entertainment), from the second city of Birmingham we have CIPHER from 7 Entertainment’s MOORISH DELTA 7, from Sheffield DOYEN D (Street Legal), from Manchester MR. WIZ from KRISPY (Damn Right! Records) and from Wolverhampton we have a duo of Wolftown Recordings artists; DJ AMO and the visionary himself… LATE. UK Hip Hop history in the making.
4. ‘Cold World’ (Featuring K RINO from SOUTH PARK COALITION, KUWAIT, PROBLEM 13 & MIAMI MAC from SOUTHERN AFFIALIATE).
This Dirty South collaboration features a host of raw grimy MC’s. It features Houston reality rap legend K RINO, who has released five albums and been in the game since 1983. K RINO is a rapper that LATE has been into since 1991. For LATE this is an honour to have him on this track. K RINO founded SPC and has collaborated with some of South’s biggest names including POINT BLANK, GANGSTA NIP and 25 TO LIFE, as well featuring on many albums released on RAP-A-LOT RECORDS. Also from Houston comes KUWAIT who dropped his album ‘The Anthology’ featuring SHYHEIM from WU TANG CLAN. TRICKSTA met up with KUWAIT in Miami along with PROBLEM 13 & MIAMI MAC from SOUTHERN AFFILIATE and the outcome has been a track that touches on the way the world is turning. “Cold World” is a musical composition that is history in the making, and is by far the deepest track on the EP.
5. ‘United By Flows’ (Featuring PQ and SIZE8 from VICIOUS CIRCLE)
LATE first linked PQ when they did a jam together in Wolverhampton. After much discussion, LATE & TRICKSTA decided to sign up PQ for an exclusive EP for Wolftown Recordings for 2004. This track was recorded the day he came back to Wolves to talk about the deal. The South London rapper was initially a part of STONE CIRCLE and SOCIAL MISFITS ENTERTAINMENT, but now goes alone as a solo artist. Also featured on this track is SIZE8 from VICIOUS CIRCLE, who drops hefty along side PQ and LATE. This is a track of unity, unity through music, unity through hip-hop but above all unity through flows. Positive vibes and laid back Wolftown-London funk. Sit back and listen to the flows.
6. ‘Ghetto Diplomat’ (Featuring MUSICAL SNIPER and JAI BOO from WOLFTOWN COMMITTEE)
This collaboration was recorded on MUSICAL SNIPER’s last visit to the UK. Originally from Jamaica but now living in Toronto (Canada), he was formerly known as RAPPA ROBERT and alongside TIPPA LEE he began a successful DJ duo, before going solo and working with some of the reggae’s greats like ROBBIE SHAKESPHERE, MONTY ALEXANDER and GLEN DA COSTA, as well as releasing his superb album “Rough Upbringing”. Also on the track is the female talent of JAI BOO who is currently enjoying the success of ‘A So It Go’ on the superb WOLFTOWN COMMITTEE album ‘Legendary Status’. MUSICAL SNIPER, JAI BOO and LATE explain that no matter where you are in the world you can always connect with light-minded musicians and get a vibe! These three talents have joined forces to smash this uplifting euphoric hip-hop anthem. This track is already being championed by various radio DJ’s.
7. ‘San Jose To Wolftown’ (Featuring KIDD X and SD3)
‘It’s executive decisions when our labels collaborate/Kidd X, SD3, LATE/ let us elaborate’… Here we have a cut that features three rappers with their own labels, that all recorded albums. This track originally featured on KIDD X’s ‘X Mark The Spots’, but now remixed and re-recorded this version is setting airwaves crazy on the West Coast of America. Bay Area rappers KIDD X and SD3 drop that funky old skool flow that is sure to peeps across the globe vibed up. Some real West Coast vibes for ya Walkman, ya Boombox and ya Low-rider!!! Feel the funk, feel the soul, and feel the groove, as Wolverhampton meets San Jose.
8. ‘Open Mic Session’ (Featuring 10SHOTT, DASS & WAYNEY G)
The stage is set! Yes, this is the Wolftown freestyle spectacular that features, 10SHOTT (Vicious Circle, Wolftown Committee), Wolftown’s latest signing DASS and WAYNEY G. 16 Bars each, each rapper holds there own on this straight up hip-hop banger. It’s an open mic session, no hooks just straight spittin. UK classic!
9. ‘Open Mic Session’ (The International Remix) (Featuring LYRICAL LIZARD, COOLE HIGH, LIL DVS, CEE ROCK “THE FURY”, HIGH TIMEZ, CONCEPT & DEFINED from CRISIS CENTER PRO, MR. D.O.G, PQ, 10SHOTT & SIZE8 from VICIOUS CIRCLE, MUSICAL SNIPER, CEASER, ANTIDOTE & VALU from THEE ABSENT, PAC, CREAMO, B SHARP, WAYNEY G, CONMAN, BULLET, KHEVLAR, ARJAY, SVENZ & MEKK from D’VEEZION, JAI BOO, L.O.V.E ALLAH, EASTBORN, EDDIE CREW & KOOL AID from THE PRO-SHOPPE, XENO from DFXO, KIDD X, SPESH K, DYCE, LEE DEE, LORD ROC, TA GUERRERO, MERES, DASS, KUWAIT, STAXX, HUNTKILLBURY FINN, DOYEN D, THAAHUM, CASHINO, D’BLACK, EARLY B & TRICKSTA)
Well if you are going to remix it you might as well do it properly!!! This remix features over 50 independent rappers and singers and is defiantly history in the making. Never before has a track featured so many artists from different parts of the world. From Portland, Queens, Flatbush, Indiana, London, Jamaica, Tacoma, San Jose, Brooklyn, Toronto, Baton Rouge, Pittsburgh, Houston, Regents Park, Kansas, Glasgow, Paris and of course Wolverhampton. This is just the tip of the iceberg and is a reflection of the artists that LATE listens too. Open-minded as ever, LATE has brought something refreshingly new to this sometimes-stagnant hip-hop industry. Remember when he said ‘We’ve got MC’s for Days’ on the Wolftown Committee album? He wasn’t joking… THIS IS THE BIGGEST POSSE TRACK IN THE WORLD… EVER!