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