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Owner - Kevin is the owner and founder of KevinNottingham.com. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA he now resides in South Florida. In addition to this site he runs HiPNOTT Records, a small independent Hip Hop label and is an Executive Producer of the documentary film DEMOS: An Independent Artist's Guide To Success. Other than music, he is a techie by trade and holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology.

Ben Boogz (of 2 Hungry Bros): Soleil (feat. DJ M-Tri)

Does anyone set their morning alarm on their phones to sound an inspirational and vibrant tune? Does anyone have one that sounds as fresh and motivating as Ben Boogz’s “Soleil” (French for Sun)? “Soleil” is the perfect track off I Moreno to start your day with, featuring playful cuts by frequent 2 Hungry Bros collaborator, DJ M-Tri.  “Soleil” is the second installment from Ben Boogz’s debut instrumental album I Moreno.  It’s like a cold glass of water and some key lime to energize your daily routine. I Moreno officially drops this Friday. Preorder your copy on limited edition orange cassettes or grab a digital download! Read More »

MarQ Spekt & Blockhead: Devil’s Island Storyteller (feat. Sadat X)

After dropping two full albums this past Friday, MarQ Spekt keeps the momentum going with the latest single off his album with NYC producer Blockhead, Keep Playin’.  “Devil’s Island Storyteller” is Spekt’s gritty collaboration with legendary Brand Nubian member Sadat X. This one is meant to be bumped at high volume in the whip, so head on over and cop the album on compact disc for the car ride. Read More »

Microphone Check 1-2, 1-2

Is this thing still on? Read More »

Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 8: 2014 Wrap Up (feat Von Pea)

As the year draws to a close Von Pea, our invisible co-host, drops by to chop it up about about Christmas gifts, the best rap releases of 2014 and  Iggy Azealia. We dug into the mail bag to read a few listener letters and tried something new by replacing the commercials with song snippets from an upcoming Tanya Morganrelease that drops on Jan 2nd at soundcloud.com/TanyaMorgan. As always rate, review and subscribe and be sure to drop us a line at BWNPodcast@gmail.com. We just may read your email on air! Read More »

Happy Holidays… From HiPNOTT Records [Free Download]

This winter, HiPNOTT Records has gathered our team of artists to give our fans a compilation of previously unreleased music for this holiday season.  The compilation is available now for free download as our holiday gift to you. Check out the tunes and view the accompanying video holiday cards from our artists. Read More »

Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 7: The Fun of Feminism (ft. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh)

This week Donwill dropped by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh‘s home studio to talk Art Basel, feminism and awful names. Her wildly successful wheat paste project, “Stop Telling Women to Smile” uses illustration as a tool for social change and has been a hot topic since she put up the first poster. We also discuss how horses are the same thing as motorcycles in Oklahoma. Learn more about Tatyana’s project at StopTellingWomentToSmile.com and don’t forget to hit up WorkingCreative.BigCartel.com for some cool Tanya Morgan hats and t-shirts. Read More »

K-Hill & Debonair P: Truck Jewels & Filters

North Carolina’s resident emcee, K-Hill and Austrailian beatsmith/DJ, Debonair P link up to bring you this 4 cut EP with a gritty 1990-ish vibe. “This project was a no brainer for me, as the 90’s is the era that I was raised in. I was actually there” states Hill. K-Hill pays homage to all of his influences and heroes on this brief ride. Standout cuts include the title cut “Truck Jewels & Filters” and “Clout War” featuring Prince Po of Organized Konfusion. Stream/download below or cop the vinyl or CD. Read More »

MarQ Spekt: Guidance [prod by Lex Boogie]

This winter, HiPNOTT Records has gathered our team of artists to give our fans a compilation of previously unreleased music for this holiday season. The compilation will be available for free download December 24th as our holiday gift to you. Until then, we will leak a few new tracks from the set along with accompanying video holiday cards from our artists. Next up is a new track from MarQ Spekt who dropped a hell of an album earlier this year with producer Blockhead: JustPlayWitIt. Here, MarQ teams up with Lex Boogie for some “Guidance”. Stream/download it below and view MarQ Spekt’s personal holiday video message to you. Look out for much more music from MarQ Spekt in 2015! Read More »

Latasha Alcindor: Go Off (A Prelude to (R)evolution)

Latasha Alcindor releases her single “Go Off (A Prelude to (R)evolution)”(produced by Philly native Bmbu) where she raps about the gentrification of New York City, police brutality, gang violence, genocide and the need for revolution. The release is a part of her “Fantastic Planet, Flow of the Unconscious” series which she describes as a sonic and visual walk into her album. It’s a viewing of herself, the world, and beyond. Every two weeks she will be injecting the planet with new music, new videos or new footage of her life and its making. Read More »

Drique London: You Don’t Know [Music Video]

Often hip-hop artists give off one persona to the general public and live another in their personal lives. In the Vinark Motion Picturesdirected visual for Drique London‘s well received “You Don’t Know” cut, the North Carolina native gives us some in-sight into the reality of an emerging rap star and the day to day struggle to stay afloat. Watch the small screen interruption of the D.O.C. Music Group frontman’s The Candidates produced track above and be on the lookout for Sound Of The Rising Sun dropping next year. Read More »

Top 10 Albums of 2014
Top 10 Mixtapes/Free Albums of 2014
Top 10 Slept-On Albums of 2014
Top 10 EPs of 2014
Albums / Mixtapes Instrumentals New Singles Sponsored Releases
Ben Boogz (of 2 Hungry Bros): Soleil (feat. DJ M-Tri)
MarQ Spekt & Blockhead: Devil’s Island Storyteller (feat. Sadat X)
RIZSELFMADE: Dat Made Life
Hassaan Mackey & Kev Brown: That Grit [EP Review]
Big K.R.I.T: Cadillactica [Album Review]
Black Milk: If There’s A Hell Below [Album Review]
Stalley: Ohio [Album Review]
Ras Kass Talks Blasphemy LP, Working with Apollo Brown and Longevity in Rap
D.S. Interview At 90.5 FM [Video]
Artist Spotlight: RF3RD
Otis Brown III Talks The Thought of You, Jazz & Hip Hop’s Symbiosis and Donald Byrd
RIZSELFMADE: Dat Made Life
Lazarus: Open Heart Surgery (feat. Bizarre of D12)
Clay James: Kool Water Intro (Music Video)
Git x 1Mt: Lifestyle of an Artist
Microphone Check 1-2, 1-2
Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 8: 2014 Wrap Up (feat Von Pea)
Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 7: The Fun of Feminism (ft. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh)
Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 6: The Honor Roll (ft. Mike Baker & Tap 10)