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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.

DJ Crank Presents Show and Prove: The Mixtape, Vol. 1

HiPNOTT Records‘ resident deejay, DJ Crank  presents 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. This first volume was personally handpicked by DJ Crank, but 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 »

Beat Making with Confidence: School of Confidence Starts 11/1

It’s been two years since you last heard, now I reappear your heart pumps fear.  No it’s not Craig Mack, it’s Confidence coming off a good hiatus to bring you another beat making video.  This time Confidence has a specific message in mind.  As he discusses in the video, don’t be afraid to go after something that’s already been sampled.  As long as you’re not looping the same part, get creative and take pieces of sounds that you’re given to make a really strong foundation.  The original producer must have had a good ear to pick out the same song that gravitated you to it, so dig deeper and find sounds that weren’t used and get to work! Also pay attention as Confidence discusses his theory as to why DJ Premier started chopping samples to begin with. If you like what you see and hear in the video, join Confidence  as he launches the fifth session of “School of Confidence” an online virtual beat school where he interacts and teaches students all over the world.   Visit  www.schoolofconfidence.com  and register today. Read More »

The Regiment & Random: Bloodstream [prod by Random Beats]

We are less than one week out until the new EP from The Regiment & Random drops. To hold you over, here’s another track from A Gamer’s Anthem, theRandom Beats produced banger “Bloodstream”. The full EP drops this Tuesday, October 28th. If you still can’t enough until release day, tune in this Friday at 5pm EDT to The Platform aka HiPNOTT Radio with DJ Crank. He’ll be doing a whole segment on The Regiment and Random with an exclusive first listen of the entire A Gamer’s Anthem EP. Go ahead and pre-order the new EP now on iTunes. When you do, tweet a copy of the receipt to @TheRegiment and @HiPNOTT for a chance to win a Gamers Bundle, which includes the new EP on compact disc, a couple of previously released CDs from The Regiment and Random, a Regiment t-shirt, Random poster, and some other dope items to help live out your Gamer’s Anthem.  Winner will be chosen at random (no pun intended) and will be notified on release day. Compact disc pre-order are also now available at UGHH. Read More »

Von Pea: So East Coast [prod by The Other Guys]

Last week, Tanya Morgan’s Von Pea   announced his upcoming solo album ( To: You ) produced by DMV production duo The Other Guys . Today we give you a taste of To: You with the release of the album’s first single, “So East Coast” . 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. Read More »

Cole James Cash: BBW A Pornographic Opera

A New album produced by Cole James Cash tells the saga of various Big Beautiful pornographic actresses and their stories narrated by various rappers. Backed by melodic production and storytelling dedicated to all of the best and beautiful big girls who fornicate on film. Read More »

The Regiment & Random: Kung Fu Treachery [Music Video]

Since we dropped the first single from The Regiment & Random‘s upcoming EP A Gamer’s Anthem three weeks ago, fans have been seriously bumping that“Kung Fu Treachery”… and wanting more!  Well here’s a music video compiled of some of their favorite Kung Fu moments to hold you over until the full EP drops on October 28th. While checking out this video, go ahead and pre-order the new EP now on iTunes. When you do, tweet a copy of the receipt to @TheRegiment and @HiPNOTT for a chance to win a Gamers Bundle, which includes the new EP on compact disc, a couple of previously released CDs from The Regiment and Random, a Regiment t-shirt, Random poster, and some other dope items to help live out your Gamer’s Anthem.  Winner will be chosen at random (no pun intended) and will be notified on release day. Compact disc pre-order are also now available at UGHH. Read More »

Akrobatik: Built To Last [Music Video]

This is the title track to Akrobatik’s 2014 album BUILT TO LAST, and the first video from the album. Troop with Ak as he treks back to his hometown after being rebuilt to find out what happened to the world he once knew. Beats by Reason of 4AR and cuts by DJ Reel Drama. An alternate version of the song is also featured on EA Sports UFC video game soundtrack, available everywhere. Read More »

The Regiment & Random: Pre-Game Megamix [Mixed by DJ Modesty] + Giveaway Announcement

In two weeks, the new EP, A Gamer’s Anthem, from The Regiment and Random AKA MegaRan will be released. After hearing the project’s first single, “Kung Fu Treachery”, it’s a wonder that these two hip hop forces haven’t collaborated until now. DJ Modesty already knew what was up and compiled a megamix of music from Random and The Regiment. We’re dubbing it the Pre-Game Megamix to get you all ready for the EP’s official release. While you’re jamming to this mix, go ahead and pre-order the new EP now on iTunes. When you do, tweet a copy of the receipt to @TheRegiment and @HiPNOTT for a chance to win a Gamers Bundle, which indludes the new EP on compact disc, a couple of previously released CDs from The Regiment and Random, a Regiment t-shirt, Random poster, and some other dope items to help live out your Gamer’s Anthem.  Winner will be chosen at random (no pun intended) and will be notified on release day. Read More »

Von Pea Announces New Album Produced By The Other Guys

After teaming up with The Other Guys on their hit summer single “Blow My Mind”, Von Pea (of Tanya Morgan) enlists the DMV duo to produce his latest solo album, To:You. Laced with the soulful, smooth production of The Other Guys, To:You is a gift from Von Pea, to… you.  Speaking directly to the fans, Von’s raps are some of his best in recent Tanya Morgan history. Features on the album include Substantial, Kooley High, and the whole Lessondary Crew on the posse cut “Connect Four aka Lessondary” The album will be available digitially on iTunes and all other digital outlets, as well as on compact disc at UGHH and Fat Beats on November 25th. Read More »

Conspiracy Worldwide Radio with Joell Ortiz, Evidence, Slaine, MarQ Spekt and More

On this cool Autumn night Mista Montana and Menace do this: We are joined by one quarter of Slaughterhouse Joell Ortiz to detail his latest and 3rd solo release “House Slippers”. Described by Mr Yaowa as his most honest record to date, we discuss his current creative space, feeling comfortable and why he no longer feels he has anything to prove. We also talk the support of Penalty Records, working with production trio The Heatmakerz, IllMind, a possible upcoming remix with Eminem and more! High Focus Records’ mastermind Fliptrix takes to Conspiracy Worldwide Radio to address his latest conceptual album “Polyhymnia”; the 3rd instalment of a series and the first produced in its entirety by Molotov. Joining us on the albums launch we touch on its making as well as upcoming High Focus releases from the likes of The Four Owls, Leaf Dog and Young Zee,Jam Baxter, Dirty Dike, Mr Key and Onoe Capone. We also talk creative control, video’s, graphic designer One87, Rag and Bone-Man’s video being played on MTV, the recent passing of Graf legend King Robbo and so much more. The legendary Evidence grants us 10 minutes interview time prior to catching a flight to discuss the fantastic Dilated Peoples album “Directors Of Photography”; an album he says they did because they wanted to – not because they had to. We talk and explore its making and how some of it was made in sections, recording as a solo artists versus recording as part ofDilated Peoples, artistic growth and more. Bostonian favourite Slaine sits down to detail the making of his latest album “The King ... 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
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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)