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The wRap Up – A monthly look at rap/ hip hop releases and live shows

The wRap Up is a new monthly look at rap/ hip hop releases and live shows.
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Schoolboy Q’s highly anticipated offering Oxymoron dropped this week to rapturous applause. It seems as though the TDE signee was justified in his proclamations that Oxymoron was worth the wait. As far as being better than label mate Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid M.A.A.D City, that’s open to debate but it does well to further cement Top Dog Entertainment’s place as record label of the future. Q will also be gracing the UK with his presence in May at KOKO, Electric Brixton in London and further shows lined up in Manchester, Dublin, Birmingham and Glasgow.

(Break The Bank Prod. Alchemist)

Rap legend Raekwon is doing the rounds. As well as appearing on Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron, the Wu Tang Clansman has teamed up with Bristol-born DJ/ Producer Redlight. Redlight told FACT Magazine that he was “100% down” when he got the call from his management letting him know “Raekwon wants to do a track.” Get Money will feature on the 4-track EP 36 slated for release 10 March. Pre-order here:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/36-ep/id819348637?affId=1443761&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch – collectively known as The LOX – have announced UK dates for their Trinity Tour.
The trio first shot to fame in the 90s as Bad Boy Records signees and have enjoyed a cult like following as a group and in their solo careers since. Fans had their calls for a reunion project answered when the hip hop heavy weights released The Trinity on iTunes in December as a taster for the highly anticipated album said to be coming soon.
The Trinity Tour makes stops at the Indigo2 in London on 28 March before heading over to the Academy in Manchester on 29 March.
Tickets available at Ticketmaster

Speaking of hip hop veterans touring the UK, Long Island natives De La Soul will be touching down in May. Shepherd’s Bush Empire and The Assembly in Leamington Spa will play hosts to the Me Myself & I spitters.
The crew shocked music fans earlier this month when they made their entire back catalogue available for free online for 25 hours to commemorate 25 successful years in the industry.
Tickets available from Ticketmaster

Released this week
Righteous Fury underground rap from Kansas spitter Matt Maddox
Oxymoron gangsta rap reloaded courtesy of Schoolboy Q
P=MC2 dope collaboration project from Alchemist and Prodigy

God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.