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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.

Von Pea: Connect Four AKA Lessondary >>> (feat. The Lessondary Crew) [prod by The Other Guys]

Since we dropped the new album, To: You, from Von Pea and The Other Guys last week, one the the fans’ favorite tracks has been the posse cut “Connect Four aka Lessondary >>>” featuring the entire Lessondary Crew: Jermiside, Che Grand, Aeon, Spec Boogie, ILWIL aka Ilyas and Donwill, and Elucid.  For long time fans of the Lessondary, this track is a dream come true. What you may not know is that this is just a preview to a full Lessondary album that will be released later next year. Soak it in… hardcore lyrics over The Other Guys’ boom-bap beats. To: You is now available online for digital download on iTunes, Bandcamp, and all other retailers. Compact Discs are available at UGHH, Fat Beats and anywhere else you can cop CDs. Read More »

The Regiment: Mic Check [prod by D-Kay Drummasta]

The Regiment was recently featured on the new collaborative album, Triangle, soley produced by D-Kay Drummasta. The single, “Mic Check”, is classic Regiment material and is a track that fans must have in their collection.  The full album features artists such as Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, J. Nolan, Nametag, as well as a previously unreleased verse from the late Praverb The Wyse and many, many more.  This is classic boom-bap hip-hop and its available now as a free download! Read More »

DJ Crank Presents Show and Prove: The Mixtape, Vol. 2

HiPNOTT Records‘ resident deejay, DJ Crank  presents Volume 2 of our new monthly mixtape, Show and Prove.  This new mixtape series is designed to showcase the up and coming Hip Hop artist and give a spotlight to the independent artists that the HiPNOTT camp is feeling right now. Each track on Show and Prove is personally handpicked by DJ Crank from submissions received each month. We invite all artists to submit their music for an opportunity to be on upcoming volumes.  If you’re good enough, maybe you’ll make it on our next mixtape.  If you’re really dope, then maybe Crank will play your music on HiPNOTT Radio: The Platform . And if we’re really feeling you, just maybe we’ll sign you for a deal on HiPNOTT Records. So what are you waiting for? Download this mixtape now and if you want to be considered for the next one, email your track to crank@crankcave.com  with Show and Prove Submission in the subject line. Don’t forget to tune into The Platform each Friday evening at 5pm Eastern Time at www.crankcave.com and radio.hipnottrecords.com. Read More »

Von Pea and The Other Guys: To: You [Album Stream] + Track Breakdown Video

Von Pea of Tanya Morgan and The Lessondary, in conjunction with The Other Guys, proudly present To: You.  The new album from Von Pea, fully produced by DMV bred producers The Other Guys, featuring the hit singles “So East Coast” and “Chasing Amy aka In Your Heart” has been highly anticipated and is now ready for your ears before we close out 2014. To: You is now available online for digital download on iTunes, Bandcamp, and all other retailers. Compact Discs are available at UGHH, Fat Beats and anywhere else you can cop CDs. Stream the album in full below and check out a video of Von Pea breaking down some of the album’s tracks. Read More »

Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 4: The Green Room (feat. J-Live, Mr Mecc & Tonedeff)

On this episode Donwill stops through the Cunninlynguists ‘Strange Universe’ tour to hang out with J-Live and ends up talking to Mr Mecc and Tonedeff as well. The conversation goes from Wetlands to behind the scenes at the Source magazine and of course they discuss J-Live’s tenure in the game. Pull up a chair and catch one of these gems that get dropped. Be sure to check out J-Live’s ‘Around The Sun’, Mr Mecc’s ‘I Can Explain’ and hit up QN5.com for all things Tonedeff, Pack FM or Cunninlynguist. Read More »

Von Pea: Chasing Amy aka In Your Heart [prod by The Other Guys]

With one week until the release of Von Pea and The Other Guys‘ album To: You, we release the second official single, “Chasing Amy aka In Your Heart”.  Spittin over a head nodder produced by The Other Guys, Von Pea tells us what happens when you fall for a girl you can’t have… for more than one reason. Listen and find out why. Stream the single now on Soundcloud  or Bandcamp  and if you pre-order the album now on Bandcamp, you’ll receive an immediate download of the single. To: You will be available on compact disc and digitally everywhere on November 25th. Pre-oders available on iTunes and compact disc pre-orders on UGHH. Read More »

Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 3: The Hustle (feat. Karlie Hustle)

In this episode Donwill is joined by Karlie Hustle who walks us through her time at Hot 97 and talks about what she’s been up to since leaving the station. She also explains her ‘How To Quit Your Job’ series on YouTube and they talk about street harassment and gender in general. Trust me when I say that you don’t wanna miss this one! For all things Karlie hit up www.karliehustle.com and a special thanks goes out to Steel Tipped Dove for recording, engineering and mixing this episode. Subscribe :  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud Read More »

Ricky Rude: So Immature (feat. Scarface) [Music Video]

After collaborating with Trina on the strip club anthem “Stripper Ass, Model Face,” winning mtvU’s “Freshmen” contest, and being co-signed by the legendary DJ Kay Slay on SiriusXM’s Shade45 radio, rapper Ricky Rude can no longer be considered South Jersey’s best-kept secret. His latest single “So Immature”— featuring Scarface, highlights both Ricky’s dark, perceptive youth and his willingness to build on his past as an artist and as a person. The record finds Ricky teaming up with his mentor, Scarface, to swap stories of addiction, promiscuity, and recklessness. A throwback beat lays the foundation upon which Ricky takes to the bars with regret and blunt honesty before landing on his hook: “Even when it rains I still smile at the sky / Lookin’ up like it’s sunny.” Scarface takes the mic for the second verse to share an illustrative parable from his own past. His steady and consistent flow gives you the impression that this is a story he has told many times. It’s a nice complement to Ricky’s almost flippant attitude. It seems that while Ricky acknowledges that there is more to see, Scarface has already seen it all. Their contrasts in both style and mindset reveal themselves throughout the track, but both rappers arrive at the same final conclusion: Only God can judge them. Read More »

Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 2: The Housewarming (feat. Spree Wilson)

This week’s guest is the multitalented  Spree Wilson . Not only is he the accomplished singer songwriter behind DJ Afrojack’s smash hit single “The Spark” but he is also a budding photographer/cinematographer. In fact he shot the image i used for my cover art! In this episode I drop by his new apartment and we talk about gentrification,  #thatsite  and what makes all artists nerds. Subscribe :  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud Read More »

The Regiment & Random Announce the Winner of A Gamer’s Anthem Contest

Last month, The Regiment & Random announced a contest giveaway for the promotion of their new EP A Gamer’s Anthem (released October 28th on HiPNOTT Records). The contest brought in a bunch of pre-orders, which promised a Gamers Bundle to one lucky winner. Congratulations to Ax Lycan from London, UK! We’ll be in contact and have your package sent out soon. A Gamer’s Anthem is out now everywhere. Stream it in full below and cop it on iTunes or on compact disc. 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)
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
Lazarus: Open Heart Surgery (feat. Bizarre of D12)
Clay James: Kool Water Intro (Music Video)
Git x 1Mt: Lifestyle of an Artist
British Producer Actress Embarks on Short Tour – Win Tickets!
Paid Dues
Win Passes to see Lil Wayne, Ab-Soul and more at Paid Dues Fest in Los Angeles!
Microphone Check 1-2, 1-2
Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 8: 2014 Wrap Up (feat Von Pea)