David Callaghan

Aspiring writer from the mean streets of Dudley. I write about all things musical, monstrous and magical in the world as I see it. I enjoy writing reviews, opinion pieces, dailies and allowing my cynical and sarcastic nature to come alive through the power of words. English Literary and Film Studies Graduate making my way through the ranks.Thanking you.

Jon Connor - 'The Best In The World Mixtape'

Someone call the police, Kanye West’s just been murdered, on his own shit. He himself is probably too busy walking into street signs, correcting his autotune or having naked video shoots with Vogue then declaring all hatred of press and media coverage to even notice Jon Connor’s undeniably talented performance on Best in the World. Talent was something we once admired Mr West for. Oh how times change. This isn’t the first time Connor has got away with a massacre over the mic. His rise has been a long time coming, a mere nine mixtapes since 2005 and the release of his debut album Unconscious State in July 2013 finally heeded Dr.Dre in signing him to Aftermath late last year. I‘ve listened to a lot of mixtapes in my time, but what Jon Connor does on Best in the World is beyond ridiculous. It’s almost like he’s set a template not just for mixtapes but rappers in general; this is the level you have to reach to even consider yourself a figure in Hip Hop. He might aswell have freestyled over the whole piece considering he barely takes a breath in any of the tracks whatsoever. Multisyllabic rhymes schemes, intelligent wordplay mixed in with straight to the point complete honesty over his so called rap competitors. You’re not meeting anyone who wants to battle Jon Connor anytime soon. He’s fast becoming one of my favourite rappers of the new school and only seems to be getting sharper, wittier and more established within the game. Bar after despicable bar of utter lyricism is what to expect from this mixtape, and believe you me you’ll be amazed at how many times you’re shaking your head in pure astonishment of what Jon Connor has just spat out. I declare him Arnold Schwarzenegger of the mic; the cheesiest pun you’ll ever see me write, but I speak the truth. We Don’t Care is the first song, and in our conscious we think back and remember Kanye’s storytelling verses and the innocence we once heard of him. Well I suggest you forget all of that, because Connor ruthlessly destroys any kind of preconception we might have had, and it carries on in this vein throughout the rest of the absurd listen that is Best in the World. Even Jesus Walks, Connor tackles this sensitive track with aptitude and makes it his own. After a while you seem to forget these beats belong to someone else; that someone else who used to have the fire and outrageous hunger Jon Connor embodies and stands for. Pick any song, 2 words, Can’t Tell Me Nothin’, Blame Game, it’s all irrelevant. Best In The World exemplifies Jon Connor as one of the best rappers Hip Hop has to offer today. He’s proved time and again, as with previous tracks over Eminem and Jay-Z beats, that all Connor needs is a stage, and he will most definitely turn up, rip the shit apart, and perform. His moniker may well be connected to the Terminator, but Jon Connor can only be described as Hip Hop’s sincere salvation.

Introducing Connan Mockasin

This is Tmrw continue their run of January shows by bringing the undeniable unique Connan Mockasin to the Hare & Hounds on Thursday 23rd January. When discussing Connan Mockasin, there appears to be one looming question; where hasn’t this blonde haired bliss not been? Originating from Te Awanga, New Zealand, Mockasin has done some serious travelling, making his way from Wellington to London, and from there to East Sussex, and by the looks of the last year or two, he has no intention of staying

Album Review: Childish Gambino – Because The Internet

Childish Gambino is the rap alias of the comedian and writer Donald Glover; Because the Internet follows up his 2011 album Camp and his previous six mixtapes. I for one was excited for the release of this album. It was coming highly anticipated as the buzz and potential around Childish Gambino has grown incredibly over the last couple of years. So it saddens me to state that Because The Internet sounds like nothing more than a talented guy reciting erratic ideas and fragmented phrases. The prod

Album Review: Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 – Various Artists

My Dad never used to swear by the Bible; he swore by Eric Clapton instead. As a child, you’re too impatient and fidgety to know what’s good for you, so I never listened, to my Pops or Clapton. Now of course all these years later, I want to apologize and salute you Dad, in the same sentence. You knew what you were doing. To have the ability to mesmerize hundreds of thousands of people with the tricks and trades of a guitar is no mean feat. Eric Clapton however, has been doing this for decades an

Album Review: Illy – Cinematic

There’s no question about it. This is Illy’s fourth independent album, and needless to say, the boy can rap. He has been honing his craft for some years now, both flying out with mixtapes (The Illy Mixtape, Vol 2. 2008) and making swift moves in the Australian underground Hip Hop scene. The only question I do want to ask however is, Cinematic as an album, is it too soft to be considered true Hip Hop? Lyrically, the content on the first four songs on the album can’t really be faltered. Illy is a

Out of the shadows: B Movies for Birmingham

It seems, at long last, that the word ‘independent’ is beginning to carry as much weight and importance as some of the more conformist terms us filmgoers are used to when concerning the cinematic development of Birmingham ‘B movies’. With independent filmmakers growing in strength and being given freedom of expression, the national screen that was once the desired and only realistic outcome of any production is now being bypassed, somewhat ironically, by the sheer evolvement of B movies. The international stage is where the filmmakers and visionaries of this category aspire to be, and aspire they will indeed. The last few years have seen a number of independent movies win significant awards and gain an incredible amount of recognition from all over the globe. Pip Piper’s Last Shop Standing, which includes Birmingham’s very own record shop, The Diskery, on Bromsgrove Street, was named by Q magazine as one of the “top 10 DVDS in 2012”. Turbelence, a 2011 film by Micheal B. Clifford, which depicts a very fateful connection between a struggling pub and a local rock band, was shot in the fairytale of Kings Heath but in fact internationally premiered at Edmonton Film Festival, Canada. The leap might be surprising to the majority, but according to Roger Shannon, who did an interesting piece on Birmingham B movies in the Birmingham Post, it’s been a long time coming. He believes that B movies are: “Independent in spirit, experimental in storytelling, filmically fluent, financially versatile and regionally centric. A film festival all on their own.” It’s as if Roger Shannon took the ink from my pen before I had the chance to write a very similar anecdote. From that, what I enjoy and want to emphasize is the raw connection between the real life representations of characters and the personable feel the independent scene has brought to the viewer. When using the word ‘character’, the people we are watching are not elevated beyond our reach, which we are so often accustomed to when sitting eating our popcorn watching a blockbuster movie that cost us a weeks wages (sarcasm, or is it?) to go to. We can relate to B movies, as they are made by the people for the people. The simplicity of that notion is as effective as it is long lasting. A ‘less is more’ approach is one I personally agree with. The individuality of both the filmmaker and their vision runs parallel with the cultural diversity and variation of Birmingham’s community. A local audience can engage and relate to what they are watching on screen, as filmmakers such as previously mentioned Clifford, or Mark Pressdee, who wrote and directed Titanic Love (2012) (which may I add won Best Screenplay Award at L.A’s Comedy Festival In Hollywood) have kept true to the core factors of B Movies; solely produced, directed and written by City filmmakers. To now focus on the city centre itself, two locations that personify this ever growing B movie crusade are as follows: The Electric Cinema on station street, and the Custard Factory theatre. Being the UK’s oldest working cinema (1909), The Electric Cinema is by name as it is by nature, being bought and renovated in 2004 by local entrepreneur Tom Lawes and spending the last nine years under his guidance as a platform for emerging filmmakers to present their finest pictures, doing everything to help push the power that is independent films to the heights we see today. The Custard Factory Theatre is placed in the heart of Digbeth, known for its alternative and dynamic background as well as its very independent music scene. There is a ‘monthly film club’ where in art-house, independent and cult films are shown in the mix. I strongly suggest you take a trip to both these places, as I hope this article has proven, if anything, that the shepherds of the independent B movies are starting to finally lead the mainstream sheep.

Dag Savage E&J Album Review

Back to where it started. Review done and dusted. That’s all that needs to be said about Johaz, the microphone magician. And as for Exile? The phrase ‘one man beat factory’ very much springs to mind. His collaborations and career speaks for itself. With E&J however, he has Johaz speaking for him. The immediate attraction I had to this album was the simple yet effective approach of all purists and lovers of Hip Hop yearn for. Exile makes the beats, Johaz raps, and it’s as simple as that. It is t

R.A. The Rugged Man - One Of The Best To Rap?

R.A the Rugged Man is an underground legend.  Everyone in hip hop knows who he is.  No one outside of hip hop does.  Why?  Be A Music Pro takes a look at the man who’s worked with Wu-Tang veterans, Vinnie Paz, Masta Ace, and even Biggie Smalls himself. I feel wrong writing about this topic already. To even justify R.A the Rugged Man’s position, on a piece of paper, as the best MC to ever pick up a mic seem absolutely scandalous – and yet it is necessary. To see it is to believe it, but believe

Coverage of Eminem's Rapture 2014 Concert In Australia

Seven hours sitting in the same plastic seat, but was it worth it? Oh yes. To say Marshall Mathers had eluded me for a number of years would be an understatement, something I began to take just a little bit personal. So for me to be a long way from home travelling Australia, and for him to announce a tour there, I knew the heavens were looking down on me, the time had finally come. There was no way in hell (or heaven) I was going to be missing this. Eminem alone was worthy enough. But put 360,

"Stomping All Over The World" Review

It’s been three years since Tinie Tempah’s debut, Disc-Overy, and can’t we tell. To start with, focusing on the album titles, 2010’s Disc-Overy was almost a broad analogy for Tinie starting out his journey in the music business. He was finding his voice, style and experiencing the highs and lows that came with his exciting new journey. Fast forward to 2013, and straight from the off, the ever growing bravado and arrogance Mr Tempah possesses is there for all to see. The opener, Someday, starts

Nas - "Illmatic" Review

April 19th 1994. Thirty nine minutes, fifty-one seconds and ten tracks that changed Hip Hop forever. As Nas famously mumbled at the beginning of N.Y State of Mind, I don’t know how to start this, really. In my very biased old school opinion, never has there been a Hip Hop album before, or after that has had classic after classic after classic featured on one LP alone. People have to remember that in Hip Hop, 1994 was an absolutely massive year. Biggie Smalls own debut Ready To Die, Outkast’s So