26 December 2008

BlatantlyBlunt Radio Episode #7 22 Dec

This was way too big. On the decks was Meshak Nasty for the 2nd week running, and MC guests were Nasty Jack (who's promoting his new album; Shotta Music) and Flirta D, 2 legends of the grime scene!

Check the pics, audio and tracklisting below...



Wiley - Wheres my brother
Frisco, Jammer, J2K - Talkin about
Jammer - Champs and Weed
Frisco & Faith SFX - Skeng box
Jendor, Little Dee, Pro - Crack in the Flesh
Snoopy - You know me
Wretch - Take this from me
Kardinal Offishal - Set it off ft. Dr Dre and Pusha T
Plastician - Export ft. Slaya
Direman - Where's my Pen
Malik - Crazy
Roll Deep - Let it out
CNN - Halfway thugs
Blaq poet - Voices
Ghetto - Live in da booth
Joker ft. Double - I can tell (Gully brook lane dub)
Joker ft. Rinser - Gully brook lane freestyle
Thunderclaps ft. Ghetto, Orifice, Shameless - Judgement day
Wiley ft. P Money, Daniel Merryweather - Money in my pocket (DVA Remix)
Donaeo - African Worrior
KIG - Head, shoulders, knees, toes
Kid Cudi - Day N Nite (agent x remix)

Nasty Jack and Flirta D + more MC session

2 New grime vids!

Ghetts Ft Griminal - Dont Phone Me (Official Video)
What a tune. What a video. What a collabo. What a beat. This tunes makin big moves. Ghetto's gotta be MVP for 2008. Griminal's gotta be best younger for 2008. Watch the damage he does to the scene in '09.


Devilman over Benga for Tim & Barry TV. This is jokes. I posted up a different D.E.Velopment vid with Tim and Barry a while back, and here's another one. In case you listen to bassline and you recognize that line where Devilmans sayin "back a lickle bit, back back a lickle bit" and your thinking, he robbed that off MC Bones' tune 'Back it up', na, he dint.

24 December 2008

2 hot new mixes from DJ Cable

As a thank you for your support over this year, I've thrown together a Christmas Mix this week to get you in the festive spirit! There's a nice mixture of classic Christmas tracks, to Hip Hop, Dirty South, and even some Miami Bass & a Baltimore Club.
Listen/Download: DJ Cable Christmas Mix
Tracklisting:

01. Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
02. Eazy-E - Merry Muthaf---in' Xmas
03. Run-DMC - Christmas in Hollis
04. Jim Jones - Ballin' On Xmas
05. The New 2 Live Crew - 2 Live Christmas
06. Poison Clan - Christmas Spliff
07. Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin'
08. Disco 4 - He's Santa Claus
09. Treacherous Three - Xmas Rap
10. 69 Boyz, K-Nock & Quad City DJs - What You Want For Christmas
11. James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
12. Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Cable's Quick Bmore Edit)
13. Dirty Boyz - All I Want For Christmas Is To Get Crunk
14. Ludacris - Ludacrismas

decided to throw together a small selection of UK Hip Hop from this year, whilst throwing in a few joints from the past few years as well; featuring the much talked about Lethal Bizzle remix of "Pop Champagne", plus Giggs' freestyle over the "Here We Go" beat...

Listen/Get: DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #50

Tracklisting:

01. Lethal Bizzle Feat. Jim Jones & Juelz Santana - Pop Champagne (Remix)
02. Klashnekoff - Murda
03. Giggs - Talkin' The Hardest (Freestyle)
04. Fallacy - Big 'N Bashy
05. Bigz - Cor Blimey
06. Wretch 32 - Be Cool

22 December 2008

New videos from Bashy and Shystie

These are both big new tunes from the grime/hip hop scene of London. Expect a lot from these guys. Bashy has a new album coming in early '09 entitled Catch me if you can. This new video from Shystie sees her takin on a new persona, that of the MIA/Santogold route, but she's done it well. 'Nu Style' finds Shystie fusing her electric gritty flow with DJ Deekline's arse quaking beats and bass lines, with the result being an infectiously catchy track Its out early Jan on Deekline’s label Rat Records and comes from her new album as yet untitled but is expected in spring. Take a look at these and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Shystie - Nu style



Bashy - I see people

20 December 2008

Pictures: Goldie Locks' HardKnock Wife at The Social

Melvs went on a midweek mission down to GoldieLocks' Xmas party down at the Social, in Oxford Circus; HardKnock Wife Volume 9. Even on paper it looked a good night, with past guest Illa Man hosting the iPod Battle, that saw mammoth club night/rave promoters Urban Nerds come up against more than just a blog; Nuckin Fang but in the end both lost out to the banging tunes of the Croydon girls . Check out the snapshots below.



More pics here on Goldie Locks' blog

Blatantly Blunt Radio Episode #5: 8 December

So this week it went in heavy, live as always on urbanfmtv.com with predominantly brand new bangers from the underground UK grime and US & UK Hip hop scenes with brand new exclusives from the likes of Snoopy Montana, Chase and Status in the UK scene, as well as plenty of that heavyweight US business, with new bangers from Ill Bill (check back soon for the pics of his recent gig I went down to in Brixton), CNN and Maino.

Not only that but 2 regulars passed thru to show and prove on the mic. This week, in the form of Direman & Fugzy Malone, repping North Weezy/North West London.

Audio will be here shortly, but in the mean time here some pictures of the night; provided as ever by Melvs as well as that all important tracklisting compiled by yours truly, Bluntwun and executed on the CD mixers from by South London's very own local legend, DJ Madnice.



Tracklisting:
Snoopy - told u so
Chipmunk - mandem
frisco - the elite
skepta - reflecting
CNN - Hollywood
Maino - however u want it
Wille the kid - wat they wana hear
inc - apocrypha
plan b - switched in harvey knicks
lewis white - white xmas
smasher- back in the day
wafeek - internet celeb
clipse- 20k bro's on the corner
Wille the kid - coogi down
chase and status ft. kano - against all odds
tinchy stryder - no cape
untitled - packed lunch
jammer- make it rain
wafeek - just go
ill bill - my uncle
camp lo, styles P and pete rock - On smash

17 December 2008

DJ Concept resurrects some of the illest original joints sampled by cats like Styles P, Eminem, Saigon, DJ Premier, The Lox, Reflection Eternal, The Fugees and more.

Check this mix, especially if you're interested in soul music and/or always wondered where producers like Premier, Dre, Kanye etc source the samples for the numerous bangers they've put out over the years.

DJ Concept - soul sample mix #4

Click here for more of DJ Concept's free mixes

TI smash hit doubles up as social commentary

Really interesting article I read over at Hip Hop DX about the track (and video) 'Whatever you like' by T.I. and how it's massive success reflects the general subconscious feelings of the public in a year which will be synonymous with the term 'credit crunch', proving that music goes beyond just a form of entertainment by becoming a source of escapism. Here's the vid, which i reccomend watching before reading this as it will help you understand the article (as well as the fact that it's pretty catchy, and the girls pretty (&) hot!).


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December 16th, 2008 | Author: Edwin Ortiz:
When we look back on 2008, many people will remember two distinct and opposite events; America’s economic turmoil and the election of Barack Obama to presidency. Though the latter provides us with hope for the future, the former is something we cannot escape from memory. Or is it?

In a recent study done by Terry Pettijohn, II and Donald F. Sacco, Jr., entitled Psychology of Music, they looked at #1 chart topping songs and how they are interrelated to the times of that year. “When socioeconomic conditions were more challenging, the songs that had more meaningful themes and content were most popular, Pettijohn told Rolling Stone.

Not only that, but he explained that in uncertain times people prefer slower songs to more upbeat records. Named on this compiled list was T.I.’s [click to read] sugar-daddy ballad “Whatever You Like,” [click to read] which reigned supreme on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year taking the #1 spot seven non-consecutive times while breaking records in the process [click to read].

Though many listeners may only scratch the surface of the song and view it as a lusty, playful approach to grabbing a lover, Pettijohn argues that the popularity of the song is based off people’s desires to have more when in reality they have less than before. Ann Powers, a writer for the L.A. Times, predicted this same result a few months ago in a column about the chart-topping single. “Why would a song about insane levels of affluence entrance pop fans as economic crisis hits?” she asks. “Maybe the answer to that is obvious: We want escape.

Continuing her comparison, she takes the example of the music video that accompanies the song. Describing the way the girl in the video day dreams about spending time with T.I., it subsequently ends with her having a $100 bill rather than the chance of a lifetime.

In this scenario, T.I. doesn’t simply play a sugar daddy – he’s the free market itself, enticing a hopeful girl with a little cash and a lot of delicious talk. The money melting in her hand at the video’s end represents the shrinking value of crazy deals in which so many have indulged.

Coincidence or not, “Whatever You Like” helped one person’s economy; T.I.’s that is.

15 December 2008

Video: Lyrican & Hoodman - Keep Squeezing



Covering the instru of Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love and made completely from videos on YouTube. Hoodman was in Dubplate Drama and some of you may remember Lyrican from Jumpoff battles around the place, but in my opinon is one of THE most talented emcees the UK has to offer right now. Coming soon with his mixtape; the Mancunian Candidate, go cop that!

Props to my boy Kulez on this one..

13 December 2008

New single: Jelluzz - Hold On


Check out this track 'Hold on', the new single from rapper and producer JELLUZZ, selected as part of the 2009 global marketing campaign for PUMA fragrances, is due for release on the 22nd December 2008

If you feel this, order from:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hold-On/dp/B0...
iTunes: http://www.itunes.com/jelluzz

Jelluzz has also just been selected as a spokesperson for Love Music Hate Racism and recently caught the attention of N Dubz’z booking agent, who have since signed Jelluzz for 2009!! Here’s a link to the video and below, and below that jokes little remake of Wearing my Rolex that has a message for the hormone induced kids out there...



10 December 2008

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #45


This week Cable's decided to throw together a varied selection of Grime joints, past and present, and has thrown a few blends into the mix, and some classic cuts from Wiley & Kano. The end result was this:

http://www.zshare.net/audio/52474002520dfaae/

Tracklisting:

01. Wiley - Wot Do U Call It?
02. DJ Zinc Vs. Dr. Dre - Forgot About 138 Trek (DJ Cable Blend)
03. Mark "Ruff" Ryder Feat. MC Vapour - Move Your Body
04. Wiley Vs. T.I. - What You Know About Eskimo (DJ Cable Blend)
05. Kano - P's & Q's
06. JME - Juju Man
07. Ghetto Feat. Tamzin - Sing For Me
08. Ears - Straight Riddim Freestyle
09. DJ Wonder Feat. Kano - What Have You Done

Got any thoughts? Gimme a shout....

Cable will also be spinning here in the coming days:

Wednesday 10th Dec: Po Na Na, Norwich
Thursday 11th Dec: DUSK, Guildford
Friday 12th Dec: IDA World Championships, Poland (with Bionic Stylus)
Saturday 13th Dec: Liquid, Colchester

Ill Bill, Zion I, Stig and Syntax at Jamm, Brixton

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

261 Brixton Road, Brixton. Click here for Map
Doors at 7pm.
£12.50 advance from www.wegottickets.com

ILL BILL (Non Phixion / La Coka Nostra) featuring BIG LEFT (La Coka Nostra) + DJ ILLEGAL (Snowgoons)
ZION I (Hailing from California USA - First ever UK Show!)
STIG & SYNTAX
JACK FLASH

An eclectic line up featuring the cream of US underground hiphop and the UK’s best up and comers. Brooklyn to The Bay and back to Brixton!

Ill Bill is a Brooklyn hiphop legend who has worked with everyone from DJ Premier to Bad Brains, MF Doom to Slayer; a fierce MC with an intellect to match. After solidifying his big dog status on the underground with his former group Non Phixion’s classic The Future is Now, Bill has since been grinding out solo projects (incl. 2008’s amazing The Hour of Reprisal) that showcase his intricate flows and subject matter that falls somewhere between the best socio-political efforts of the 90’s and his brother Necro’s psychosis fuelled violence and bongo flick narratives . The self proclaimed ‘2011 Melle Mel’ is also one of the founders of La Coka Nostra and on this night is joined by mic bludgeoner Big Left also from the aforementioned supergroup (also includes House of Pain and others).
http://www.myspace.com/illbill
http://www.myspace.com/bigleft

Zion I hail from Oakland CA and in the tradition of the Bay Area, a microcosm of any and every kind of hiphop, they’re very much in their own lane. Bringing sunshine to a cold Brixton, they make the kind of music that reminds you why you fell in love with hiphop; Jamm is honoured to be hosting their first UK show! The duo of MC Zumbi and producer Amplive are about to drop their 6th album (The Takeover) including a fonky collab with the UK’s own Jamie Lidell and the 808 slap of single Juicy Juice, already rattling trunks worldwide. NOT BE MISSED!
http://www.myspace.com/zioni

Stig & Syntax aka Fatty and Speccy - the Beer & Rap bombers have gotten themselves a rep for smashing live shows, parlaying a wicked sense of humour through ricockulous flows and takin’ no shorts. Who said hiphop from the UK isn’t fun?
http://www.myspace.com/stigdastardly
http://www.myspace.com/drsyntax

Jack Flash is an End of the Weak alum whose star has been on the rise in 2008. After guesting on projects by Jehst and DJ IQ among others, his debut album The Union Jack dropped this year to critical acclaim.
http://www.myspace.com/jackflashuk

email jsbacon@gmail.com for more info!

New brand new grime videos

Wretch 32 ft. Ghetto & Badness - Inna Di Ghetto (produced by Maniac)

Strong contender for grime tune of the year? Let me know what you think. It's a shame this vid's a bit out of sync. If this one gets picked up maybe they'll make a new one for it as it's the type of track I can see crossing over to the US scene (which is unusual for grime, as i'm sure you're aware!).



Newham Generals - Violence.
Brand new full length video featuring Newham Generals, G-Man and the man himself Dizzee Rascal. This tunes biiiig. Coming from quite possibly the most anticipated album in grime music history, Generally Speaking. In case you were wondering why Dizzee's on this video which is actually grimey (no disrespect to Diz but his full on grime tunes are more scarce than they used to be), it's cos the Newham Gen's are on Diz' label; Dirtee Stank.

9 December 2008

BLATANTLY BLUNT RADIO EPISODE #4: 1 DECEMBER

FEATURING MCs JAM BAXTER, REPPING CONTACT PLAY, AND CS, repping the Edmonton grime scene.
Live once again at UrbanFMTV, the show came with all the hottest new and classic grime and hip hop from both sides of the Atlantic as well as 2 up and coming emcees, both from the North London UK hip hop & Grime scenes.

Apologies for the lack of photographic footage this week, in house photographer; Melvs was under the weather, as December really kicked in... both with the cold weather and lyrics...


----JAM BAXTER--------------------C.S.----


Tracklisting
1. Double S - Hot on road (Pot of gold) (prod by Benga)
2. Little Dee – Star in da making (Prod. By Maniac)
3. Skilzie – Top of the game
4. JME, Skepta, Klashnekoff – 110 Sessions (Prod. by Just Blaze)
5. Durrty Goodz - Boi dem
6. Reain - Super Lyrical
7. Asaviour ft. Kyza, Yungun – Money in the bank (remix)
8. Non Phixion – Caught between worlds
9. Lil Wayne – Hustler Music
10. B.O.B ft. TI – I'm dat nigga
11. Skilzie – Stand and clap
12. Rinse – Gully Brook Lane Dub
13. M.I.K. – Grimey sendage
14. Messy - Brutal Beating
15. Frisco and Faith SFX – Skeng Box
16. Frisco – Sexy girls
17. Tinchy Stryder ft. Roachee – Rollin (Prod. By Maniac)
18. Tinchy Stryder – Fly Away (Prod. By Maniac)
19. Durrty Goodz – Badman (prod by DVA)
20. Jay-Z - Brooklyn Go Hard ft Santogold (prod. By Kanye West)
22. Mobb Deep – Speakin so freely
23. Wiley – Where’s my brother (Prod. By bless beats)

Live MC sessions from Jam Baxter and CS

2 December 2008

KRS and Kid Capri launch real hip hop tv channel

They've found a gap in the market and this actually seems like a potential rival to BET (not even gonna mention MTV). As you probably know the commercial hip hop market hasn't been at it's best recently, with generic rappers coming out with generic tracks on the whole, but as with anything, if you look a bit deeper, below the chart targeted material you'll find the hip hop scene is alive and well. This is where KRS, the man I like to describe as hip hop personified, comes in to play, alongside veteran DJ, Kid Capri. Check out this interview with himself and DJ Kid Capri on Fox (!), chatting with a guy who seems like he knows less about hip hop than your boss' granny.

Grimey Christmas has come early!

As it's almost Christmas (I couldnt care less about Christmas but thought this would be a good time to drop something in about it), there's a bunch of new free (and legal, may I add) downloads for the loyal fanbase (I say loyal but really I mean anyone that wants free music will seek it out like a fiending sniffer dog in the departure lounge of Amsterdam Schipol airport).

1st up is the new mixtape from one of grime's top Jamaican-esque acts; Badness, who's been doing big things in 2008, the highlight of which was probably his collaboration with Maniac, Wretch 32 and Ghetto on the BANGER 'In a di Ghetto', one of my favorite tracks of the year.
Here's a taster of him, with his debut video; 'Cut Out':


Download the mixtape here:
Badness - Uncalled IV


1. Want U there (A Milli)
2. Young 3 & Single
3. Born Winner ft. Wretch 32
4. 2 Late
5. Skit
6. Buss It
7. Fine Out ft. Stylo G
8. Dutty Doin
9. Murder ft. Scortcha Italo
10. Spontanious
11. Prison Tune (and bonus)

The next free mixtape for you is Left Turn Radio. Take a look at the front cover and if you like any of the artists on there (my picks are C Gritz, English and Jammer, but they're all sick). Make sure you download this and listen to every track and it's jam packed with quality (like one of those vitamin bars costing £6.99 for like 30g) as well as straight up fun time grime with a bit of garage and hip hop influence. The mixtape itself is quite varied so if at first you're put off, don't worry, and contains freestyles, radio show spitting and recorded tracks...
Left Turn Radio Mixtape (Free Download)





Finally, the humble mix. This one comes from my boy Jonas, and is full of mellow dubstep goodness, so hit this on if you're feeling that dubstep shit goin down at the moment, taking over the clubs; bassline by bassline...

Mellodubs Dubstep Mix (Free stream/download)

1: Dusk & Blackdown feat. Teij & Farrah - Kuri Pataka ( The Firecracker Girl)
2: XI - G-Funk 3000
3: Short Stuff - Never Mine
4: LV feat. Dandelion - CCTV
5: Clouds - Shallow
7: Mala - In Luv
8: L-Wiz - Lady Smilin'
9: L-Wiz - The Girl from Codeine City
10: Tes La Rok - Livin' Fire
11: Kulture - Lost Emotions
12: TRG - Killed it Dead
13: Tribe Steppaz - Haille Sellasse I
14: Caspa & Rusko - Rock Bottom
15: Ed Solo - Age of Dub
16: Rooted - Righteous
17: Art of Noise - Moments in Love (Caspa remix)
18: L-Wiz - Fruit Shop
19: Clouds feat. Tiiu - Under the Dancing Feet
20: Darkstar - Need You
21: Emalkay - My Story

28 November 2008

GZA and Skinnyman - Electric Ballroom, Camden Town

13/11/08
So this was the London date of GZA the genius' UK tour in which Skinny performed beforehand at many. I'm gona say something controversial now. Despite GZA being considered one of the all time greats for that cryptic, mad flow, classic New York, Wu tang shit; his performance of the night resembled that of an ageing veteran; miffed at the young bucks of the game and those who've killed the market of 'real hip hop' with their pop influenced concoption of hip-pop. Luckily he was able to air these grievances when he performed his track of that exact purpose, going at 50 cent and Souljah boy on 'Paper plates'.

Other tracks he shone on included the classic opener 'Liquid Swords' and the best backronym in the music industry B.I.B.L.E (which stands for Basic Instructions Before Leavin' Earth, in case you were wondering), in which Killah Preist provided his verse on stage with plenty of flair and enthusiasm, exposing GZAs lack of those necessary qualitys on stage.

On a more positive note, Skinnyman absolutely smashed it, as he does 90% of the time, and you can tell he was feeding off packed Electric Ballroom's field of hip hop junkies as he made dedications to the fallen Wu soldier, ODB, which as you probably guessed made the crowd orally cream their proverbial pants. Check the image gallery below, provided by Melvs.

Mini documentary on ATG

This one from Current TV, a user generated TV and internet channel, that allowed users to upload their documentarys and share their view on the world. This ones about how ATG are more than just a crew of graffers, and have been pretty much the only graffiti artists to turn legit (apart from a certain Bristol originating paintsmith)...


26 November 2008

Blatantly Blunt Radio Episode #3

Once again shit popped off for the 1st show since Urban FM TV took over from Axe FM.
As well as the whole heap of brand new Hip Hop and grime tracks we had 2 guests in the studio; INC and Illa Man. Trust me, nothing in live radio runs smoothly (as also goes for hip hop its gotta be said) so it was a relief when the show reached a new level with probably the best pairing of emcees yet.

Radio Show Episode #3




Tracklisting

1- Frisco and Faith SFX - Skeng_Box
2- Ghetto - Live Inda Booth
3- Little dee - Live in da booth
4- Freeway ft Busta Rhymes and Jadakiss - Walk wit me
5- Kool G Rap ft. DJ JS1 - Take a loss
6- Ruste juxx- Duck Down
7- Ludacris - MVP
8- Ludacris feat. Nas and Jay-Z - I do it for hiphop
9- Uncle murder - A Goood Man Is Gone
10- Skepta - Reflecting
11- Skrein - Reach
12- Frisco, Chipmunk & Double S - Skeng Man Mode
13- Little Dee - Star In Da Makin
14- Little Dee - The grafters
15- Foreign Beggars ft Rouge a Levres - Hit that gash
16- Kulez - Smell the tea
17- Nature ft NORE and Prodigy - Cold blooded killer
18- Uncle Murder Feat Jay-Z - He Asked For It
19- Show & AG - Experience

New 45 min Roll Deep Mix to download!

Brand new free grime mix available to download. Features Roll Deep, Wiley, Skepta, JME, Ghetto, Kano, Tinchy Stryder, OG'Z Plus Many More. Mixed by Karnage. This is a lot, trust!


25 November 2008

Three hot new videos

From three different sides of the hip hop scene.

1st is this one from Young Kingz, a crew representing my postcode (listen out for it at the start, not exposing my ends!) with a track called All Day. This one is grimey.


The next is a track from LA representor Alchemist featuring co-Californian Snoop Dogg, as well as Jadakiss and Pusha T from the Clipse. This video's sick with some really cool animation though I must admit the sound effects included in the video get a bit too overpowering for the more subtle beat. This tracks called Lose Your Life' and is cool as the content of the vid goes really well with the lyrics.


And the final video for today is a track from Young Jeezy and is called Crazy World. I'm glad a vid's been done for this as it was one of the few tracks that stood out on his new album, The Recession, which was highly anticipated, but didn't weigh up to the high level of quality heard from his first 2 records. This is another great example of how to translate the raw energy and feeling of a great tune into an audio visual horror song. Seriously, make sure you peep this video, and if you liked the style of it, check his video for one of the songs of the year (in my opinion anyway); Put On ft. Kanye, which I also posted a while back (here).

20 November 2008

Video: Wiley - Money in my pocket

So this is Wiley's new track, produced by Mark Ronson and featuring Daniel Mayweather, a vocalist who made a track with Skinnyman a while back which I posted footage of. As with Wearing my Rolex, Eski boy's not in the video, and instead, he's been replaced by a number of white collar workers in a corporate office somewhere in central London. Interesting idea for a video, even if 99% of them hadn't heard of Wiley before they were filmed lip syncing his bars. They've even set up a dedicated site for the track, inviting others (that's you or me) to make their OWN version of the vid for a chance to win £1000! Definitly a great idea to get the audience engaged in this and also hopefully come up with something a bit better than this one...

19 November 2008

Classic Flashback: Kool G Rap - On the Run

Believe it or not, this track came out in 1992, and is the definition of REAL gangsta rap; if there ever was one. This dude has mastered the art of story tellin' to the level of Slick Rick, while keepin it gangsta to the point of to the point of [insert your favourite gangsta rapper].



"The only motherfucker left was Don Luciano, So I snuck up the sucker
Put my gun to his head, "Whassup now motherfucker?"
He said, "Wait, I want to talk"
*five gunshots* I put his brains on the sidewalk"

The only guy really putting it down like G Rap in 2008/9 is Uncle Murder who's got that raw NYC hard bodied feeling...He put this track out a couple of years ago and came up thru DJ Green Lantern and is now signed with Roc a fella. He's come out with plenty more street bangers so watch out for him if you like this!

DJ Cable Mix #41

This week, Cable's decided to throw together a few Dubstep anthems from the likes of Benga and Chase & Status, and add a nice little Crunk/Dubstep Mashup from DJ Nappy. As usual, stream/get from the Zshare link below:

DJ CABLE MIX #41

Tracklisting:

01. Ed Solo - Age Of Dub
02. SPL - Lust
03. Benga - 26 Basslines
04. DZ - Old Timers
05. Khalifah Feat. Bun B - Light A Fire (Nappy Vs. Ekaj Extended Dubstep Mix)
06. Chase & Status - Eastern Jam

15 November 2008

Eric Sermon Freestyle on Westwood

Unlike a lot of so called 'freestyles', which normally involve an MC spittin a couple of 16's with out having to do a retake, Sermon, a certified veteran in the game convincingly drops science from the top of his dome. You can tell he's done this all too often before and can't wait for it to finish but he smacks it either way.

12 November 2008

Blatantly Blunt Radio Episode 2

So Monday night was the 2nd radio show, live at Axe FM and trust when I say it was a show not to forget. As well as the biggest playlist packed full of new grime and hip hop, we had a an Obama themed competition, to win his mixtape. ON TOP of that came two emcees who absolutely KILLED it. They were Reain and Skilzie. Peep the pics from their session and the audio of the WHOLE show below:





Tracklisting:
1. Intro (Chunky Bizzle - Suck Who's mum?)
2. Thunderclaps ft. Orifice, Ghetto, Shameless - Judgement Day
3. Wretch 32 ft. Wretchro Kids – Be Cool
4. Prof. Green – Here I Come
5. Bustan Rhymes – Conglomerate
6. Ransom ft. Tom Gist, Sleezo Bang – Hood Vision
7. Ill Bill ft. Vinnie Paz – A Bullet Never lies
8. Asher D ft. Durrty Goodz, Sway – MO Pt. 2
9. OG’z – More money more obstacles
10. Black the ripper – Are you stupid
11. Bashy - Drive
12. Wretch 32 ft. Ghetto and Badness – Ina Di Ghetto
13. Foreign Beggars ft. Dubbledge – Bollocks
14. M9 ft. Skriblah - Cold
15. Louie V - Hataville
16. Ludacris ft. Floyd Mayweather - Undisputed
17. Statik Selektah ft. MOP and Jadakiss – For the City
18. Black the Ripper – Black Remix
19. Sway - Upload
20. Donaeo – African Warrior
21. Boy Better Know – Too many man
22. Roll Deep – Give up
23. Bashy – London Underground
24. OG’z – Get Down
25. Young Jeezy ft. Nas – My president is black

MC Session.

1) Reain
2) Skilzie.

Life imitating art... Clockwork Orange tho!

A great story I found in The Guardian's Music Blog... Could you see this ever happening over here? Let me know!

Alex in A Clockwork Orange

An amazing story from Urbana, Ohio, originally from the Springfield News-Sun:

Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Vactor, 24, lasted only about 15 minutes, a probation officer said.

It wasn't the music, Vactor said, he just needed to be at practice with the rest of the Urbana University basketball team.

"I didn't have the time to deal with that," he said. "I just decided to pay the fine."

Champaign County Municipal Court Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott says the idea was to force Vactor to listen to something he might not prefer, just as other people had no choice but to listen to his loud rap music.

Jason Gross at Popmatters.com hits the nail on the head: the assumption that rap is de-civilising, that classical is somehow its antithesis, and that merely to listen to it for a few hours will neuter any antisocial behaviour, is imbecilic hogwash. And to punish one guy in his car for noise pollution is wrong-headed when those responsible for the real musical pollution in our lives, here and all over the world – classical piped into the tube, chart music played to speed up your purchases in the high street, supposedly soothing light classics on planes – are never brought to book.

11 November 2008

SPEAKERS CORNER QUARTET - NOV 15TH

Coming up this next Saturday: the Speakers Corner Quartet open for a Legend of the Jazz world, a prolific player.. a pioneer in electronic synth fusion and a hero to every self respecting composer and musician alive.. HERBIE HANCOCK.. !!! It doesnt get much better than this!!

Sat - Nov 15th [From 3pm]
Live @ The Royal Festival Hall - South Bank - London

8.00pm: HERBIE HANCOCK SEXTET
[Royal Festival Hall] SOLD OUT!!

3pm - 6pm: HERBIE REMIXED
[The Clore Ballroom] FREE ENTRY!!

SPEAKERS CORNER QUARTET on stage 4.30pm
SOWETO KINCH & ORPHY ROBINSON on stage 3pm

A fresh take on Herbie Hancock from Southbank Centre's multi-talented group of Emerging Artists in Residence (EAR). Experience a range of interpretations of Herbie’s music from some of the most exciting young jazz artists around, as well as genre-spanning performances from several of the EAR themselves.

This extraordinary and packed bill includes performances from Jazz Alive, the project facilitated by Orphy Robinson and Soweto Kinch, Speakers Corner Quartet, and Manchester-based brass massive Riot Jazz, as well as versions of classics such as Chameleon, Maiden Voyage and Butterfly by EAR artists Nila Raja, Mieko, Ping Lee and Max Hallett’s Super Best Friends Club.

HERBIE REMIXED event is FREE [3pm-6pm]
HERBIE HANCOCK SEXTET concert is SOLD OUT!

The SCQ will be playing a version of "Maiden Voyage". Exclusive.
http://www.myspace.com/speakerscornerquartet

8 November 2008

Video: Kanye - Heartless

Great animated vid and one of Kanye's better recent releases as he takes himself one step closer to t-pain with his "rappa ternt sanga" persona, after taking on the vocoder. Respect to 'Ye tho, this tunes cool and he's doing his thing 808 & Heartbreak is gonna be big I reckon.

6 November 2008

New free Stat Quo Mixtape

Free mixtape giveaway (by him, not me!) - The South Got something to Say.

Click Image to download!


All I want to know is when his album is coming out! Dude's gotta be the hottest artist on Shady/Aftermath that hasn't blown yet!

Tracklisting:

Intro
Time 2 Get Paid (Produced by Lyrics)
J Newt Speaks 1
The Dirty
The Sun (Produced by Illtone)
What It Is
That's Me
Fuck U
Im Sorry
Gutta Shit
J Newt Speaks 2
Act Up
Deez Nuts Skit
Go Ham (Produced by Ty Cutta)
Let The Beat Build Freestyle
Dear Summer Part 1
Dear Summer Part 2

***Bonus*** Dear Summer Part 1 (Ipod Video)

5 November 2008

DJ Cable & Rock The Dub Presents: Crooked I "The Block Obama Mini Mix"

So....If you've been following Cables blog - http://djcable.blogspot.com - You may remember that he posted up Crooked I's "The Block Obama" Mixtape a while back. He's thrown together some picks off the mixtape, adding the usual cuts and juggles, and came up with nice little mini mix for your ears...

http://sharebee.com/c58a3ab5

Tracklisting
:

01. Intro
02. Rappers Ain't Shit
03. Trafficin' Green
04. Circle Gang (Feat. Horse Show Gang)
05. Hood Politics
06. Welcome To My City
07. Straightin' It Out (Feat. Sauce Boss)
08. Fast Money
09. What's Hip-Hop?

CONGRATULATIONS TO BARACK OBAMA FOR MAKING HISTORY.

Got any thoughts? Leave a comment!

4 November 2008

Freeze Festival 30 October feat Sway

Freeze Festival is a 2 day long Snowboarding music event, with Sway performing alongside Cypress Hill and a bunch of acts irrelevant to this site, but it was Konvicts latest signing who got the exposure today, shouts to Blatantly Blunt's in house snapper Melvs behind the lens. It was a good job we went on the Saturday as the event was rained off on the Sunday like a stereotypical Wimbledon Final. Unlucky for my boy Ben K who was invited down to ride that day, and despite having never snowboarded in my life, that slope in the first pic below seems to tick the right boxes.

Blatantly Blunt Radio Show (ep 1) on AxeFM.co.uk

Blatantly Blunt went live last night on legendary internet grime station Axe Fm for a first night that was unmissable. We were lucky enough to get DJ Madnice on the decks and MC's Luca Brazi (hip hop) and Untitled MC (grime); and they both smashed it. Big shouts to Raw at Axe.

Click here to listen to the show:


These are pics of the night:


Tracklisting:
# SWAY - Move Back
# KANO - Hustler
# ORIFICE - Hit That Gash! ft. Rouge a Levres
# DEVLIN - F U ft. Ghetto
# FRISCO - Ignorant
# JME- 96 Ambitions
# KRS ONE - The DJ
# METHOD MAN - Gotta Have It
# WILLIE THE KID - Splendid!
# KRS ONE - Phucked
# FOREIGN BEGGARS - Slow Broiled Ilk
# DOCTOR - Dun
# RANDOM IMPULSE - Sayin No Names
# P MONEY - Grime Scene
# LIL NASTY- UFO
# INC - Bang Bang
# THE BUG - Skeng Ft. Killa P & Flowdan
# CAGE - Grand Ol Party Crash
# ILL BILL - Society’s Brainwashed
# HELTAH SKELTAH - The art of disrespektinization
# LUDACRIS & LIL WAYNE - Last of a dying Breed
# WORDSMITH - The Banga
# DEVLIN - Bottom to Top
# SNOOPY MONTANA - You Know Me
# SKEPTA - Greatest Hits
# C GRITZ - Demons

3 November 2008

Fake internet rumour of the year: Wiley's Dead.

So I heard about this news story happening and if they hadn't given them selves away using their own domain name and didn't use Thames Valley Police statement for a Hackney based murder (lol), this could've been somewhat more believeable, but luckily.... it ain't.
Here's the article (click here for the link):

British Rapper Wiley stabbed to death

Wiley stabbed to death after an argument.

Richard Kylea Cowie also known as wiley a grime mc who recently got to number two in the chart was stabbed to death only hours ago.

Officers were called to Hackney at about 2200 GMT after reports of a disturbance.

They found 29-year-old Richard Cowie in an alleyway behind Cheshire Road. He had been stabbed several times. Police believe that an argument had taken place as shouting was heard by witnesses.

Cowie, from Bow, was taken to Hospital where he later died. Police are appealling for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Aaron Johnson said:

"We have now put high visibility patrols in place, including community contact points and we have set up confidential telephone lines.

"We will be working throughout the night with community leaders to ensure that people in the area still feel safe, and that the killers are caught"

Anyone with any information on Cowies murder is asked to call police or Crimestoppers.

BBC will keep you updated on this as more information becomes available.

2 November 2008

Blatantly Blunt Radio Show on Axe

Blatantly Blunt Radio show this monday night from 8 - 10 PM at www.axefm.co.uk Make sure you peep it.

We have live MCing from Jam Baxter of SMB and Untitled MC and DJ Madnice on the decks.

It's gonna be big so don't miss out and remember, www.axefm.co.uk is the site you need to be at!!

Peace

New Luda album's gona be fiyah!

Here's a little trailer for it. The production credits and features alone make it sick, then there's the man himself...

1 November 2008

Some new videos from the UK Hip Hop scene.

LAZY HABITS make their welcome return with two singles EVEN OUT and PLEASE PEOPLE.

Even Out - Lazy Habits


Lazy Habits - Please People


Hit That Gash!!! - Foreign Beggars vs Rouge A Levres


Expect to hear this one on the Blatantly blunt radio show this Monday from 8-10 PM (GMT) on Axefm.co.uk.

31 October 2008

Video: Pharoahe Monche - Welcome to the terrordome

Pharoahe gives his own take on the classic Public Enemy track. Don't sleep on this, some serious content right here...

26 October 2008

Cypress Hill 2 be sued for $29m for 13 year old interlude

The heading says it all. Syl Johnson; daddy of that fly by night girl that re-sang lauryn hill's sample on All Falls Down by Kanye West? Yea! SylEENA Johnson! Anyway, he's decided to throw a lawsuit upon the Cypress Hill, remember them? yea, that legendary group lying consistently dormant amongst the scene for the last decade, for $29m (dudes in his late 70s but still has his hustle on).



The lawsuit comes from an interlude on Black Sunday (which is an ALL TIME classic; #1 on billboard chart) dating back from 1993. If you want to read an interview with the man responsible, DJ Muggs (legendary producer also behind the boards on House of Pain's Jump Around) click here.
It's over this track below, superbly sampled on 'Hollow Bones' by the Wu. Make sure you check this track as it reflects true life in the past and makes Obama's (hopeful) election the more worthwhile.

22 October 2008

The Sarah Palin rap, on behalf of NBC!

This is actually pretty funny, maybe this lady will get signed? Who knows, she's certainly better than Rick Ross, and hes on Def Jam. Look out for her reference to the Meth & Red classic 'Roc Wilder' at the end!

21 October 2008

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix (Notorious B.I.G. Edition!) and winning Alize Mix


Download the Mix. Click Here!

Tracklisting:

01. Notorious B.I.G. - Just Playing (Dreams)
02. Notorious B.I.G. - Who Shot Ya?
03. Red Hot Lover Tone Feat. Notorious B.I.G., Organized Konfusion & M.O.P. - For My Peeps
04. Notorious B.I.G. - Gimme The Loot
05. Notorious B.I.G. - One More Chance (Ready To Die LP Version)
06. Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize
07. Notorious B.I.G. - Party & Bullsh*t (DJ Cable Blend)
08. Notorious B.I.G. - 10 Crack Commandments

Just to let my London based heads know, the resident DJ that is DJ Cable
recently won the "Alize Remixed" DJ Competition - www.alizeremixed.com and will be supporting the legend that is Grand Master Flash at "Paper" in London this Saturday. If you're in the area, come down and show a face! If you want to check out the mix that won it for him, here it is:

http://www.mediafire.com/?fnil25nwtzd

10 Most Hated Hip-Hop Figures of 2008


[From The Rap Up]

10 Most Hated Hip-Hop Figures of 2008

From Curtis Jackson to Officer Rick Ross, meet the 10 publicity-hounding, mud-slinging, mischievous hip-hop figures you most love to hate.

10. DMX
Rappers and jail records are nothing new, but DMX’s rap sheet is will soon surpass his list of recordings. He has been arrested more than four times this year alone: for speeding and animal cruelty in Arizona, attempting to purchase drugs in Miami and failure to appear in court for previous drug charges. He has also pleaded not guilty on charges of identity theft to avoid payment for treatment at a rehabilitation clinic. Not to mention that his less than coherent attack on Obama raised eyebrows in the hip-hop community. Anymore on X would take up the rest of this list.


9. Karrine “Superhead” Steffans
Aside from the tell-all books, radio, web and TV appearances, the “brainy” media magnet is now rumored to be secretly married to Bow Wow and pregnant with his child. Frankly, her antics are just too much for anyone to swallow. Let’s hope her retirement from “hoochery” is for real this time.


8. Tony Yayo
Yayo was arrested this Spring for allegedly assaulting a 14-year-old boy who wore a T-shirt bearing the logo of Game’s management company. Apparently that’s not a problem for MTV who recently signed him on to be a part of their “Busted” series where he accompanies police on arrests. And let’s not get started on his infamous interviews, where he often spouts off insults at rappers who are significantly better than him (e.g. Ghostface).


7. Lil Wayne
Weezy is everywhere. From his guitar strumming on SNL to a guest appearance on nearly every major hip-hop release this year, the Lil’ one is simply ubiquitous. And you know what they say about too much of everything. Besides, his constant proclamation of himself as the “Greatest Rapper Alive” is grating on everyone affiliated with hip-hop.


6. T-Pain
T-Pain falls in the same “Please just go away for a little while” category as Lil’ Wayne. The too-frequent producer and vocal collaborator, needs to give it a rest, especially when his real voice isn’t as interesting as the fake one. Funny or Die.com got a piece of the action with a video spoof of T-Pain’s vocoder demanding shine for his contributions to the hitmaker’s success.


5. 50 Cent
50 has watched G-Unit go from top crew to most hated in the last 2 or 3 years. He lost even more credibility when, in an effort to manufacture publicity for T.O.S., he released a taped conversation with a teary-voiced Young Buck discussing financial difficulties, recorded without Buck’s knowledge. That single move turned 50 into 5-0.


4. Suge Knight
In a culture loaded with balls and bravado, Suge Knight still manages to be one of hip-hop’s biggest bullies. With a plethora of legal issues from the dissolution of Death Row Records, reports of girlfriend abuse and murky details of that fateful night of September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, Knight remains one of the most reviled and feared figures in 2008.


3. R. Kelly
Your feelings about the R&B thug depend on where you stand with this year’s episodes in his never-ending saga. His June acquittal on child pornography charges and Ne-Yo dis track (after the younger crooner’s lawsuit upon dismissal from the Double Up tour), aren’t exactly winning back the hearts of hip-hop fans right now. All this, a few more “Trapped in the Closet” chapters, and it might just be a wrap for the R.

2. Soulja Boy
Since his debut, the ATL-based rapper has been accused of wielding the death knell for an already weakening genre. The catchy hooks and shallow production of his cring-worthy ringtone singles have rhyme revelers of all ages (I’m looking at you, Iceberg) raging against the teen marketing machine.


1. Rick Ross
Most hip-hop heads have been questioning Rick Ross’ potential for longevity in the game for a while, since:

* A. He is not a great rapper and
* B. he epitomizes the reformed drug dealer cliché.

Ross’ cover was completely blown when the The Smoking Gun exposed him as a corrections officer. He first denied the claim, but later retracted after mounting evidence, including an identifying social security number surfaced. Ross then admitted to his earlier career, but insists he never “snitched,” “locked up” or “prosecuted a n****.” He should have come clean in the beginning, now he will be remembered for creating a persona about as authentic as a WWE wrestling character.

20 October 2008

Learn how to count with Flowdan and Killa P

The latest video from The Bug taken from "London Zoo" released on Ninja Tune. I'm seriously feelin this bloodclart tune.. love the abstractness of it.. I know I mentioned this before but where the F is Flowdans mixtape or 1st release? Even Killa P has one out and he aint as prolific as Flowdan. Guan wid it family tree!
the Bug - Skeng ft. Killa P and Flowdan


And to my surprise I read in London's morning free paper Metro that this track is being released today as a single. If you've heard that classic single off Roll Deep's album 'Rules and Regulations' named Weed Man you'll recognize a fare few bars!
The Bug - Ganja ft. Flowdan & Killa P

19 October 2008

Wretch 32 - Be Cool



Don't adjust ur speakers just yet, the tune plays fine despite the low quiet intro, and when it starts, boy does it bang. This, in my opinion is a graceful way of 'going left'. For those unsure what that means, it's a term that hip hop/grime commentators, like me or you use to describe an artist moving away from their comfort zone and making their sound either more commercial or more alternative/indie sounding; depending on where they began in the first place. Eg. Hip hop is dead by nas has this great and over looked line about him controversially signing to Def Jam:
"Gave my man my right, I could have went left
So like my girl Foxy, the kid went Def/deaf"

On Be Cool, Wretch talks about things that hip hop was founded on. Looking fly, having a good time and (wait for it).... being cool. It's tracks like this that grime needs more of to appeal to an audience who still thinks that grime music doesnt go beyond 'Pow' or that So Solid stereotype. There's no doubt that Wretch will get slated by the grime purists (in fact he has; here.) who say this is all a bit 'bait' but as you will see on that grimeforum.com thread, the tune is also praised. In my view its a substantial tune that has it all

14 October 2008

New Video: Black the Ripper - WOW!



As Black says this IS an anthem. Coming straight from his new album; Black Magic and produced by THE man; D'explicit, who was behind Lethal B's hits Pow! and Keys to my Bently.

12 October 2008

Willie The Kid is the sh!t.

An album from an artist I been following for the last year or 2, Willie the Kid, repping Atlanta, has hit the streets and it's straight FIRE. The albums called 'Absolute Greatness'. Brought into the game by DJ Drama and regularly seen with fellow Aphiliate, LA the Darkman, who 's also from Atlanta, but sounds like a Brooklyn emcee who's been grindin for years. Peep their collab with Twista and Devin the Dude and Denaun Porter on a CLASSIC track called 'Beneath The Diamonds' and their equal classic track with one of greatest synth based beats entitled 'Makin Money Smokin Weed'. The best way to describe Willie is a more street version of Lupe but with that similar classic combo of lyrics, flow and swagger... mad swagger! I could try to give a proper review but instead I'm gonna give you the tracks I thought stood out instead:

  • Splendid!
  • Coogi Down (with a gully Biggie sample)
  • The W
  • Let Em Know [Feat. Lonnie Mack & LA The Darkman]
  • Love for Money


Check the video below, a lead single of the album; entitled 'Love for Money' with Trey Songz providing a great hook. Not too keen on Gucci Mane's verse but generally quite a banger, with a heavy hitting bass.


Willie The Kid - Love For Money feat. Gucci Mane, LA The Darkman, Yung Joc, Bun B & Trey Songz

New grime track from I.N.C.

New grime/dubstep material from INC, produced by Medison. Some real dubstep influenced double time complex rhyme shit right here, repping North London. Expect some more on this vibe pretty soon. Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

60 MinuteWest coast Mix

*CLEAN 60 MINUTE WESTCOAST MIX*

I Need Love – Robin Thicke
L.A.X Files – The Game
She’s A Star – will.i.am
My Life – The Game feat. Lil’ Wayne
Money – The Game
Why – Nate Dogg
Boom Boom Room – Dre and Daywu
Hot Sexxx – Fatal Mack feat. Soljahh
Boyz N Da Hood – Daz feat. Nate Dogg
Funkinmuffin – Kokane feat. Coconut
She Said – The Pharcyde
Whatever You Want – Tony!Toni!Tone!
Sent From Heaven (Remix) – Keyshia Cole feat. Mario
Cali Sunshine – The Game feat. Bilal
Back In The Day (Remix) – Ahmad
Testimony – Mack 10 feat. Young Soprano and Pastor Steven Hamilton
Get It In – Marc Payne
Stuntin’ – Money B feat. Eddie Projex
Shooter – Robin Thicke feat. Lil’ Wayne
Thugs Get Lonely – 2Pac feat. Nate Dogg

11 October 2008

I'd put Sway and Wretch in my top 5 UK rappers right now but...WTF?

Seriously though, I do rate these dudes as actual acts, over just an emcee, and correct me if i'm mistaken, but it seems as though Sway and Wretch's bars and subtle metaphors would most likely slip past a bunch of 8 year olds, not to mention their teachers..
An ordeal like this seems only like something the Met would dish out as Community service?!
















I reckon this must've been conceived thru Wretch's grammatically themed anthem and Sway's charming mass appeal, but I don't think little Derek thought he'd still be doing this after signing(/singing?) with Konvict Musik!

http://wretch32.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/school-kids-check-me-and-sways-punctuation/

In the mean time make it your duty to listen to this tune at least 3 times, which I'm officially chiseling in as one of the (if not the #1) tunes of 2008 and strong a forthcoming track of his new album which came out just this week; Wretchrospective. Make sure you buy that!







Wretch 32 Ft Ghetto & Badness - Ina The Ghetto


And a nomination for LINE of the year from Ghetto (or Ghetts as he's now officially known)



"GIMME A 9 OF CRACK, A 9 OF BROWN AND I'LL PROVIDE THE SOUND"

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