31 December 2009

UK Acts I would like to see blow in 2010

Here's my list of acts I would like to see blow in 2010 but probably won't due to the industry not being ready, or them not having the break they require...

Badness - The Brummy originating yardie grime singer/MC has been steadily grinding over the last few years but is yet to make an impact on the 'urban scene' (i.e. Rwd mag, 1xtra territory) in the way certain others have, despite his diverse abilitys of hook writing and singing while bringin gully content as a grime mc in his own right...


Mclean
(aka Digga) - You'd be forgiven for assuming McLean's straight out of the states on a Trey Songz/Mario/Neyo tip but is in fact a North London representing R&B/nu-soul singer who's collab'd with the likes of Black The Ripper and is due to release his age old song; broken. With Tinchy on the remix and a rising UK urban pop scene thanks to the likes of Taio Cruz and N dubz this single should open his door to the thriving scene...


C Gritz
- since joining Boy Better Know, after years of putting in the work with cousin Jammer in Neckle Camp, C Gritz has raised his game, jumping on the crew's 2009 hit, Goin' in and has since been signed to 'major independent' label Big Dada along side Jammer which should see him release some stonkers, tho with a crowded scene to compete in Gritz will have to diversify his sound which he's definitly capable of doing...I caught up with Gritz last month for an interview/freestyle:


M.I.K - After the release of Workaholic earlier this year, M.I.K is set to release his 2nd full length mixtape; Grime to 5. With a solid fanbase and and the ability to hit hard when it's crucial, he's surely destined to make a dent amongst the grime scene's heavyweights. Appearances on Logan Sama's and Westwood's shows proved his worth so definitly a name to watch! Download the'10 Minute Tea Break EP' here, and make sure you support by buying your copy today!


Lady Leshurr
- this Birmingham based female spitter definitly has the makings and talent to be the next female grime MC to make a mark but will the mainstream audience be ready to take on another edgy female spitter after the underwhelming impact from Lady Sovereign? Her phone call freestyle to Soulja Boy on Westwood's 1xtra show a few weeks ago didn't do her any harm and her compassionate other side (check 'baby p' here) should prove she's no 1 trick pony. A collabo with Young Money's Nicki Minaj would go down a storm but I ain't holding my breath for it...

Other honorable mentions go to J Beatz (producer), Merky Ace, JME

30 December 2009

2 INC mixtapes

Jumpoff legend and all round sick head I.N.C blesses us with 2 FREE mixtapes to take us into 2010.

Mind Control
Download: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=R7WWK2GI

INC

Out with the old
Download here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/d9ikwl

INC

Here's a video to preview while they're downloadin...

Skillz and Mystro rap up 2009


Skillz once again drops his annual Rap up of the last 12 months. Good to see he's still putting in work, would be good to hear from him more than once a year tho!!


shoutout to HipHop Chronicle

UK Hip hop veteran Mystro has also dropped a great UK version which covers all parts of the scene.. def worth a listen if you've been keeping up with all things urban on this side of the pond!

29 December 2009

He makes mad beats!

Head-nod maestro IMAKEMADBEATS continues his neck-breaking assault of dopeness with his latest single, “Return With a Mask On.” Featuring MidaZ the Beast (Alchemist’s Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars “Gangrene Mix”) and J.Freedome over a frenetic banger selected from one of the producer’s 2000+ beats, the song offers parallel stories of the stress and anger that causes people to retreat behind their ‘masks’ – and return with a vengeance.

<a href="http://imakemadbeats.bandcamp.com/track/return-with-a-mask-on-ft-midaz-j-freedome">Return With a Mask On ft. MidaZ &amp; J Freedome by IMAKEMADBEATS</a>

25 December 2009

Happy Xmas.. here's some free grime gifts

Courtesy of J beatz and Z Dot and OGz...

Skream - Tortured Soul (J Beatz Remix)
http://www.mediafire.com/?x0mnxdjynmn
Zdot Ft. Doller Da Dustman-Me And Z
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9j1xts

OGeezus!
http://www.sendspace.com/file/tuacwb


New mixtape from Merky Ace

The head top turner is back with yet ANOTHER free mixtape in 2009, this one's called GRIME. Merky's got to be a contender for hardest working younger in the scene, parring guys left right and centre!



Download from any of the following download locations

While it's downloading check Merky Ace, DJ Spooky, M.I.K, TKO, Ego & Shif Man on Westwood's 1xtra grime show a little while back...

24 December 2009

We are 2!



After 430 posts, and a whole load of typing BlatantlyBlunt is celebrating it's 2nd birthday. Over that time we've provided you with top quality grime and hip hop content, exclusive interviews, a weekly radio show on urbanfmtv.com and released M.I.K's 1st commercially available mixtape; Workaholic (Available for £5 from iTunes/UKRecordshop etc - http://workaholic.tk).

Don't forget to get involved on other parts of the web..

Distant Relatives cover and tracklist

This has gotta be the most anticipated album in hip hop at the moment after Detox. Looks as tho Mr Marley will be providing the main chunk of production with Nas and Stephen Marley providing some input also, but this is surely destined to be an instant classic. Seems as tho this will have to sell more than Susan Boyle's debut tho if Nas is going to be able to pay his new 'child' support as well as all that tax he owes Uncle Sam. Good to see K'naan (who's providing the official World Cup 2010 song) on the feature list, and of course there's a ganja related track courtesy of a feature from Snoop.

01. Intro (Something New) (Produced by Damian Marley)
02. As We Enter (Produced by Damian Marley)
03. Revolutionary (Produced by Damian Marley)
04. Count Your Blessings (Produced by Damian & Stephen Marley)
05. Belief is Key (Produced by Damian Marley)
06. Africa Must Wake Up (feat. K'naan) (Produced by Nas, Damian & Stephen Marley)
07. Black Horizon (feat. K'naan) (Produced by Damian Marley)
08. Only the Strong (Produced by Damian & Stephen Marley)
09. Our Generation (feat. Joss Stone & Stevie Wonder) (Produced by Damian Marley)
10. Empowerment (Produced by Stephen Marley)
11. AID (Produced by K'naan & Nas)
12. Let's End It (Poverty) (feat. K'naan) (Produced by 9th Wonder & Damian Marley)
13. The Earth (feat. Bob Marley) (Produced by Salaam Remi, Damian & Stephen Marley)
14. Black Man's Paper (feat. Erykah Badu) (Produced by Afry) [UK Bonus]
15. Weed On (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Produced by Damian Marley) [iTunes Bonus]

Check the video preview for Distant Relatives...


23 December 2009

NEW VIDEO: Tinie Tempah - Pass Out

Correct me if I'm wrong but this is the type of tune that hits you FIRST time of listening. As you can tell this video has a higher budget than most in the grime scene, which is predominently 'hood videos'. That's becuase Tinie Tempah is the latest name to be signed up by a major (Parlophone)
after putting in the work and amassing a fan base...


Bonus free download/stream: Tinie Tempah - Biker Babes

Free download: Badness - 3mason mixtape



Make sure you check this new freebie from the grime scene's favourite yardie brummie Badness. After putting in work both as a hook singer as well as an MC in his own right, the Lava Unit man comes with his latest mixtape, this one hosted by SK Vibemakers...

DOWNLOAD HERE

20 December 2009

Billboard announces producers of the noughties


Earlier this week, Billboard complied a list of the decade’s best producers. Pharrell & Chad hit the top spot above some serious heavy weights in the game and fair play, they definitly brought a gritty yet soulful sound to the charts with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and Kelis. However, I can't help but notice the lack of other big hitters like Dr Dre, Just Blaze and Swizz Beats!

In terms of albums of the decade tho, Jimmy Iovine of Interscope music will be please to see his employees (Dr Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent) took 5 of the top 10 R&B/Hip-hop albums of decade.

19 December 2009

Avalanche - War Report (Blacks Burial)

Make sure you check this send to OGz member Blacks. Never heard this guy Avalanche before but he definitly went IN on the 'sick individual'.

17 December 2009

Gucci mane - spotlight remix ft Ace hood

Great tune here from Gucci Mane, who's debut mainstream album The State vs. Radric Davis came out earlier this month. The track's produced by Polow the Don, a beat maker who's done big things in 2009 and is bound to come with further heat in 2010.

Despite him being locked up for a dirty urine test this guy's absolutely killing it at the moment (i'm talkin to the level lil wayne was killing it in 2008) both in the charts and on the mixtape scene. Spotlight remix features a rapper I'm tipping for big things in 2010; Ace Hood who is unfortunately represented by the most annoying guy in hip hop; DJ Khaled.
Download: Spotlight remix ft. Ace Hood

Also, check this new video from Gucci, Lemonade. Definitly a hot tune and altho he doesn't have the best lyrical content, he makes good tracks.


14 December 2009

INC & Kulez on DJ Gone TV

Peep this video from INC and Kulez representing for the big guy in the UK hip hop video scene right about now; DJ Gone.

Back to the crib

This tune has got to be one of my favourite R&B/Hiphop tracks of the year and was the 1st Chris Brown tune I heard since the Rhianna madness. Why this isn't on (my version of) Graffiti I don't know but I think Juelz Santana and Breezy both went in! I blogged this track back in October when it was released and have had it on heavy rotation ever since!

R U Flygerian?

Check this extended remix of Sincere and Mark Henry's track 'Flygeria'. This one featuring G FrSH, Tinie Tempah, Dotstar and Bigz. A big tune!

13 December 2009

New mixtapes from Scorzayzee


Back in the early noughties Scorzayzee was known as the elite of UK Hip hop lyricists and came with some ill tunes and often politically charged and profound lyrics (check Heroes Die) and is definitly the type of MC that doesn't appear too often). After a spout of cannabis induced depression (which he described very humbly on Mistajam's show) he then retired from music and converted to islam but is now back on it and has come back with a free mixtape which is a taster of what's to come from his new album..
Scorzayzee - The Starter
Scorzayzee - promo release

He went on Mistajams show earlier this week on 1xtra and killed it with a ill freestyle. Check it here, take a look and guess which one of them has lost a lot weight!

He's also in a new docu-movie called Le Donk and Scorzayzee with Shane Meadows.
Check this classic track from him, 'Great Britain' which points fingers at the more hypocritial aspects of this 'Great' country in which we live..

Gangsta Boo holds up dollar store!

Gangsta Boo, probably the most thugged out female in the whole music industry (except for Taylor Swift) handed herself into police after after learning of the police's warrant against her in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She was released on $100,000 bond, and will appear in court on January 5. In case you have no idea who this chick is, Gangsta Boo is the first female member of Three 6 Mafia, the legendary Memphis based group but left over money disputes.
Check this tune from her :

10 December 2009

FREE New mix from DJ CABLE: "F**K THUGSTEP VOL. 1"


Make sure you check this new mix from our affiliate DJ Cable, who's collaborated with Rock The Dub who have been pivotal in pushing the Thugstep sound. Ego Thieves got involved also, helping with the suitably grimey artwork...

The end result is a heavy mix of Dubstep/Grime/Crunk, with some exclusive Thugstep refixes...

DOWNLOAD HERE

Tracklisting:

01. DJ Cable Vs. Tempa T & Rusko – Mr. Muscle’s Hype (My Pet Monster Dub) (Ego Thieves Exclusive)
02. Inja Feat. Fallacy & Skinnyman – Hat Low
03. DJ Cable Vs. Joker & Ginz Vs. Lil Scrappy & Young Buck – Re-Up For Money
04. DJ Cable Vs. Mark Pritchard & Dem Franchise Boyz – Wind It Up & Lean Wit It (Ego Thieves Exclusive)
05. DJ Cable Vs. Wonder & Boy Better Know – What, There’s More Girls In Here? (Ego Thieves Exclusive)
06. Breakage Feat. Newham Generals & David Rodigan – Hard
07. DJ Cable Vs. Bonecrusher Vs. Chase & Status Never Scared Of Eastern Jams
08. Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz Feat. Lil Scrappy – What U Gonna Do?
09. Coki – Tortured
10. Lil Jon Feat. Three 6 Mafia Vs. Coki – Act A Fool (DJ Nappy Thugstep Refix)
11. DJ Unk Vs. Genetic Crew – 2 Step (DJ Nappy Thugstep Refix)
12. Allstar Cashville Prince Feat. Yo Gotti Vs. El Rakkas – Tear It Up (DJ Nappy Thugstep Refix)

8 December 2009

Tempa T soundboard!

Big up Westwood on this one.. Joseph that is, not Tim.

6 December 2009

Doc Brown at the Comedy store

Check this stand up routine from one of the best UK rappers never to have really "made it" who's now moved into the comedy circuit, this time at the Legendary Comedy Store in London's Leicester Square.
There is some musical content in this, so make sure you peep this as it's hilarious.


The track he performs about horse riding actually has it's own music video! Check it here, it's pretty funny. Look out for more comedy from Doc Brown in the future.


If you've not heard any tracks from this guy check this one, which samples the Beatles, Yungun and Klashnekoff on the hook! Definitly some real talk on this.

Let battle commence !

This is definitly one for anyone into the art of battle rap.
DON'T FLOP'S FINAL EVENT OF 2009
After the huge success of Don't Flop Brighton #4, here are the details for BLOOD IN THE WATER, our huge US Vs UK event!

The massive international line-up is:
THE SAURUS VS RESPEK BA
MADNESS VS KULEZ
THE SAURUS VS ARKAIC
DIRTBAG DAN VS OSHEA
THE SAURUS VS TRUTH
GRAFFIK VS SCIZZAHZ

Make sure you come down to support my boy Kulez, this is gona be a lot!

Don't Flop Blood In The Water takes place @ VIBE BAR, Brick Lane, London on SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER, from 12pm-6pm, £7 entry!

3 December 2009

Franko Fraize - Much Maligned

Hot track here from Franko Fraize, repping East Anglia and is produced by DJ IC . Gotta say I'm not the biggest dubstep fan (im indifferent) but Franko lays down some hot grime-style vocals well over this grimey dubstep instrumental..
Much Malinged by frankofraize

Wretch does SBTVs F64

This is SB's new series called F64 which means 64 fresh bars, and this one's from Wretch 32, one of the most intelligent lyricists in the scene. Make sure you watch this if you can appreciate metaphors, similes and double meanings as this one is riddled with em! This is Wretch's tweet to Smokey Bars today regarding the success of this vid:
"
Wretch32 @sbtvonline Wretch's @wretch32 F64 is #1 - Most Viewed (Today) - Music on THE WHOLE OF YOUTUBE!"



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1 December 2009

PHOENIX/TRIPLE DARKNNESS/THE IRS/CAPPO 7 Dec @ THE CARHARTT STORE FREE DRINKS AND ENTRY!

When:  Monday, December 7, 2009 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Where: 55 NEAL STREET, LONDON, COVENT, WC2H 9LL

Carhartt is hosting a special one off event at its Neal Street store in  Covent Garden, London.
Alongside an exclusive performance from the man himself 'Phoenix Da Ice Fire will be Triple Darkness and IRS
Plus extra special guests CAPPO & ENDEMIC

Dj's: Charlee Brown & Roast
Host: Kingpin

** Free Drinks will be provided by Mean Time Brewery **

***********************************************************

HIGHER HEIGHTS RECORDS presents another hard-hitting release from South East
London mc PHOENIX DA ICEFIRE. PHOENIX has been crafting his skills for some
time now and is getting ready to set the country alight with this his debut
release BAPTISM OF FIRE.

Having cut his teeth through his garage roots, performing alongside the likes of P Money, Firmer Dee aka Funky Dee, Little Dee and Blacks has all
helped play a part in his exciting new pathway towards individual success.
Now 1/3 of Midas Touch with AKS & J DA EXODUS, Phoenix feels it's time to step out by himself and bring some truth, experiences and opinions of his
own to the mic.

This twenty-two track audio gem is hosted by Higher Height¹s comrade and label mate M9 and mixed by super scratch dj Roast who cuts his way seamlessly through Hip - Hop¹s more rugged side.

R.I.P. N.E

Rest in peace to N.E, founding member of the grime crew Organised Grime which he founded with Jendor after the break-up of Essentials.

If you've not heard much of his stuff check this track Up and Up of the OGz season mixtape which he features on with Jendor. He features 2nd on the tune.

Thoughts go out to his family and friends.

30 November 2009

Herbs promotion

I don't often post reggae dancehall tunes on here (purely because it's a hiphop/grime blog) but this one I felt needed to be an exception of. A great track here about the purer form of Tarrus Riley's favorite vice. Riley's certainly an underated artist in the scene and should be mentioned in the same conversations as Jah Cure for that 'easy on the ear' spiritual feel good reggae. He recently released his 3rd album 'Contagious' which I highly recommend as do the BBC (Babylon Broadcasting Corporation to some) and check below for a track you could have/need to have heard from Tarrus, "She's Royal"...



Download/stream:Tarrus Riley Ft. Demarco & Vybz Kartel - Herbs Promotion

DJ DOWNLOW & COMRADE MALONE - SPONTANEOUS REVOLT

The Spontaneous Revolt LP is a collection of tracks produced by DJ Downlow, with lyrics written and performed by Comrade Malone, 2 acts holding up the UK Hip Hop scene. DJ Downlow was a regular on Itch FM and now entertains listeners frequently on the online Hip Hop station Sensei.FM. Comrade Malone was previously signed to Kemet Entertainment Records before the label shut down. This collaborative project by DJ Downlow and Comrade Malone is a politically charged assortment of British Hip Hop music that speaks of issues that many of us can relate to in this politically turbulent time. The Spontaneous Revolt LP is dedicated to Alexis Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old student who was fatally shot by Police in Athens last year.

Click Here to Download

New joint from 3 6 Mafia


Memphis Tenesee representers Juicy J and Project Pat 2 of the 3 core Three 6 Mafia members come back with this joint which was for me one of those 'like it on the 1st listen' kind of tunes.


And right here is probably one of the most bizarre colloborations of the year but definitly works at cementing 2009 as the year electro pop house joined the r&b/hiphop scene! Akon did all over his album Freedom and now (skipping a truck load of others) Three Six Mafia, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida jumped on this infectious track from DJ Tiesto (considered to be in the elite amongst biggest DJs in the WORLD). In all honestly as cheesy as it appears at first this is quite a big party tune (the exclusion of Sean Kingston could both help it and worsen the track tho).

29 November 2009

Westwood PARS Chase &Status

What other way is there to describe Westwood than BEAST (pause).... Here he is at 1xtra Live doing what he does best. The great thing about this is that Tim doesn't hide the fact he just doesnt get dubstep! Despite him still killing it at 53 with his new daytime slot on 1xtra take a look and see if you think he's dyed his hair black (to look like Eminem of course, not to hide the fact he's going grey!).

Free new mixtape from Big Cakes

I rate bigh cakes a lot and is one of the few artists in the Uk Hip hop scene still doing big things! This one is themed on MONEY and constructing with paper aka origami as cakes puts it. This is definitly worth the listen if you appreciate real talk and ipositive lyrics. He came on my show on urbanfmtv a little while back the vids are below, and make sure you download his mixtape for free, below!


Big Cakes is back with another superb mixtape that is already getting brilliant reviews and feedback from the streets. Now Park Street Promotions bring this release to you as a FREE download and need your support! Please take the time out to download this mixtape and review it, and feel free to add this information to your website or blog. If you can support please send us the URL link so we know you are backing it! Thanks in advance and feel free to forward this e-mail to people!

‘Money Talks… So Listen’ is the brand new mixtape from London rapper Big Cakes and features production from the likes of Rainmayqah, Morfius, Kilinikal, Grade, VLM, K Nite, Asaviour, Micall Parknsun, Tricksta from Wolftown and Del Boy as well as featuring collaborations with Dalmighty Ego, Raggo Zulu Rebel, Cocotone and TB/TBear. Twenty three tracks deep this is definitely on of the biggest UK releases of the year and is an excellent display from a talented artist & performer.

DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.zshare.net/download/67755920066aacb5/

Also, check out http://www.myspace.com/bigcakes

http://www.iwantstuff.co.uk



26 November 2009

Blatantly Blunt meets Class A Ents' JR

I recently interviewed a new up and coming rapper from London called JR, check it out...

1)So JR, describe your style as an emcee and what led you to doing what you do?

I would say my style is definitely unique. I don't use too many punch lines, i prefer to tell you a story about real life experiences. The positive and the negative really. I can go into a mode where I just start thinking these random thoughts where the vocabulary i use gets a bit explicit. Other than that i just keep it simple whilst maintaining the raw effect in the lyrics. A lot of these new artists out keep bragging and talking about how much punch lines the can use. If it don't make sense, its no point. It's my delivery and termerlogy that defines me as an artist. I've been rapping for since 15. Both of my brothers got me into it. I was so whack when i first started out. Then i just focused and got my verses together. Soon after the flows just came.

2) Who do you consider to be inspirations for your sound?

I have to admit, I listen to a lot of Lupe Fiasco, I recently got hooked on Gemini and F N F. They're diverse and creative. They educate and they also talk of a lot of positivity. The way they flow in and out of tracks is so unexpected, no matter how much I listen the same tracks, they always sound different. Anyone thats a true fan of hip hop would own at least one 2 pac and B.I.G record. same with Big L and Punisher and Shady. So i always have the influence off the best to ever do it. I'm trying to come up!

3) What's your view on the UK hip hop scene at the moment?

I think the UK hip hop scene is blowing up. Seriously. The last few years we've had a wave of artists that are holding it down. Myself. Ha ha! Gigs, Jmc. UK can only progress. We shouldn't be looked on as we can't do it because we aren't in America. We can do it wherever we're based, whether its here or out in the states. If I had a chance to work with some of my favorite artists, here or overseas, i would do it. regardless of the soil. At the end of the day, the game is hip hop and we should be embracing it. Me personally, I would do a tune with pretty much anyone that could a serious 8 on a track.

4) Where would you like to be in 2 years time?

Boy, by then, i should be an established artist. I work hard enough. Im on my own label so that in itself is gonna be blessed. I'm a realist, so I honestly see this music going places. If all is good in say 2 years time, ideally, I would like to work with the Cool Kids or Lupe Fiasco. Maybe even before then. All of my dreams and aspirations by then should be fore filled by then. I don't believe in hope so I guess in a sense, if it happens, it happens. It was meant to be.

5) Have you got any mix tapes or collaborations we should listen out for?

Yeah, my very first solo mix tape is out 'A Stroke of Genius' and is available to download on iTunes and off the myspace page. I'm currently finishing off my 2nd mix tape entitled '7 Magpies'. Yeah, don't ask! It's crazy, I know. It's a bit more vivid than the first one. A bit more in your face. The first mix tape was definitely more technical, where as 7 Magpies is some what more explicit. It's what all those that doubted me need to listen to. Look out for tracks 'Major League' and 'Get Gully' featuring my artist Blue S Diamondz. He has got some skills. You can hear those also on the my space and also on hip-hopkings. We also hooked up with Crakk Squad Unit from Sierra Lione and we got Lexwannie online and is now a Class-A recording artist. look out for our collaboration 'Top shop girl'. 7 Magpies set to drop late December/early January.

www.myspace.com/classaentertainment

www.hip-hopkings.com.com

25 November 2009

RAPID - 'GO' (New music video)


Ruff Sqwad's very own RAPID with his new music video 'GO.' Directed by Luke Biggins and produced by Yasha Malekzad. For more on Rapid please visit http://www.myspace.com/rapid20.


I GENUINELY rate Rapid both for his ability to produce hot grime as well as spit at a level you don't get with a lot of MCs.
Check this track he did with Ghetts a few months back, definitly one of the best deep grime tunes I've heard.
Rapid Ft. Ghetto - One Way Road

24 November 2009

Mr Hudson and anyone but Kanye


Make sure you take a listen to this remix of Mr Hudson's collabo with Kanye, a brilliant track called 'Anyone but him' off his latest album Straight no chaser, definitely recomend that 1!

However this remix features the latest grime artist to be abducted by a major label Tinie Tempah. Tinie's been putting out a good level of work over the last few years (Tears being his biggest) but sensibly tends to stay out of the 'madness' the scene can often find itself in.

Also on this one is grime's hardest barrer; Ghetts, a consistent heavyweight of the grime scene and has recently given the commercial scene a stab with Sing for Me (a great non bait mainstream track) and a couple other joints...Hopefully he'll get some bigger joints coming up after this one.

Download:
Mr Hudson Ft. Ghetts & Tinie Tempah - Anyone But Him Remix

SKANDAL + LITTLE DEE + P MONEY + FREE DRINKS

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22 November 2009

BlatantlyBlunt meets C Gritz

I interviewed the newest member of Boy Better Know and Big Dada at his yard over here in North London where he revealed a lot of info about his recent label/group movements, what REALLY happened to his foot, Jammer and I also got a disgustingly sick freestyle from him. Check it...


2 new vids from Grime veterans

Both of these ones are definitly one for the club/party and are both targeted more to the dance music heads than the other side of grime (which they both also cater to) which is more for road content with substantial lyrics and context. Good effort from both of them tho and hopefully this will expose grime as a less instense/serious genre of music which is necessary to push it beyond it's current fanbase even further.
Wiley - Take That.


Jammer - Party Animal

19 November 2009

Terror Danjah - HardDrive Vol.2

This is bound to be one of the best producer led albums from the grime scene for 2009. Check the trailer for something to expect!

17 November 2009

New Video: Charlie Sloth - One More Drink

Here's the video from Charlie Sloth for his new single, One More Drink which is a story of how a good night can turn sour when you drink too much... In case you're not aware of Charlie Sloth he's made his name primarily through a number of online webisodes about his life as an independent rapper trying to make it in the cut throat music industry... I have a feeling this one will do well with that Mike Skinner-esque vibe to it...

16 November 2009

Griminal on Cheryl Cole remixed by Crazy Cousins



Wow. Didn't expect to hear this. Three huge names in the respective genres makes for an interesting remix... I had heard that Griminal, the prodigal son of East London's N.A.S.T.Y Crew had been signed, but if this is an official remix perhaps there are big things in store for the guy everyone says looks like TI.
Download: Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love Ft. Griminal (Crazy Cousinz Remix)

15 November 2009

Update on rapist Ribz' jail time

Earlier this year I posted a news story that also featured in both the grime scene and the mainstream media about Ribz' conviction of attempted rape of a girl at a train station (an indefinite sentence that he must serve at least 6 years...eh?!). Since then, it seems that Elias Kajue's not suffering as a lot of people would hope . The Sun yesterday published an update on the "sex fiend's" time inside saying he "spends hours messing about with his mates" (see a link there?___ pause)
With this type of publicity given to him how can The Sun justify their article, when it clearly doesn't discourage other's from commiting similar crimes.. ah, the hypocracy. Still it's not always bad press about grime music that the Sun publishes.. in all fairness how the hell are there 13 year old girls in places Doncaster and Glasgow screaming for Chipmunk?! Despite him being embraced in to the N Dub fanbase as what it seems like LL Cool J was to America in the late 80s he was recently considered amongst those you'd see on Lord of the Mics or a Rinse FM grime set.

12 November 2009

Fiddy owns WSHH and Rick Ross differently

If 50 cent's approach to beef was described like an attack on someone, it'd be a swift lunge towards the stomach with a hunting knife followed by a strong twist and firm tear up to his neck. This time he's announcing the law suit he's bringing to WorldStarHipHop, the biggest hiphop site on the web (fact), who used his image at the header of their site a little while ago. This is no random act tho. Not only are they now a rival to ThisIs50.com (Curtis' social networking site) but he insists they took a cheque from Rick Ross to promote his shit (literally). The best thing about this latest venture is that you know 50's not doing this because he needs the money...

Bonus:
An underated track: 50 cent and Akon - I'll Still kill

Preview D'explicit's new album here!

For FREE. The Norwich originating producer, who, in case you didn't know produced Pow! (not Lethal B as some may think) is killing it in the grime and bassline scenes and has finally released his highly aniticpated album, Digi Kinesis. D'explicit is a truly original and creative producer who's worked with some of the UK's best artists, regularly collaborating with Black the Ripper. Check this out if you appreciate strong bassline (or niche as some call it) focussed music with synths and other drops that I didn't think could be made! Expect to hear more from this guy who I expect to be behind artists chart reaching songs in the near future hopefully with some exiciting new vocalists also.
Digital Kinesis (The Album) by D'explicit.

Dead Prez at KoKo

Check these pics from an upcoming photography talent TomLRussell from the recent gig I went to in Camden Town where staunch black socialists and legends of the 'true school' hip hop scene performed their 1st major show in the UK, with support from an arguably more formidable act, Klashnekoff, repping Hackney. Hover over the right of the photo to move on to the next one..


Also check these vids from the heavy weight of the UK Hip hop video scene of 2009, DJ Gone.


While outside I also filmed a couple of MCs after the show...
First off, I was lucky enough to get some footage of Skandal, who's promoting his current CD mixed by DJ MK, called Hunger Pains

Also, check these guys repping W. London, some hot bars from the up and coming mcs known as BHM...


You can view my other videos on my YouTube Channel.

P money vs P money


Urban culture (Jeez I hate that term) magazine Rewind (or "Rwd") brought together the south London Grime artist P Money with the soulful hip hop producer P Money from New Zealand together and tried to get them to fight over the name. It ended up in a very British dignified discussion that ended in a manner that most disagreements should do...

Check it..http://www.rwdmag.com/music/grime-garage-bassline-and-dubstep/interviews/p-money-vs-p-money

In case you're unaware who either of these guys are this is a big tune from the UK artist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC6rXzp9X8w) and here's one from the Kiwi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axgkWd-dHu0). The latter had a big hit with this one, as you can probably understand from the difference in sounds!

11 November 2009

TRYNA BE ME - TINCHY STRYDER FT. RUFF SQWAD

Off Tinchy's sophomore album Catch 22. I like the fact that Tinchy's got his original crew on his new album despite him blowing up in a major way. Big up!

10 November 2009

New free mixtape from grime MC Skilzie

Check this latest free release from south london MC Skilzie called 'Prepare to Launch. Skilzie guested on my show on urbanfmtv. Prepare to launch features production from some of Grime's well established beat makers such as Silencer, Swindle, Z Dot plus more...

Download the mixtape free from SENDSPACE or DIVSHARE.

Here's a vid from one of his sessions on my show if you want to get a taste of what he's like


New ODB material!

ODB tells kids to just "Say NO" to drugs on this new track from Message To The Other Side. Wu-Tang is for the children!!

Ol' Dirty Bastard - "Say NO" MP3
http://usershare.net/q26x1rf2jxjq

Message to the Other Side - Osiris Part 1” features 21 tracks, is executive produced by Allah and features Wu Tang Clan’s ODB, The RZA, Method Man, Masta Killa, along with affiliates 4th Disciple, Brooklyn Zu, Allah, Free Murder and others. This record has the support of Dirty’s family and the entire Wu-Tang Clan, as a bonus there is a 20 minute DVD excerpt of the soon to be released film “Dirty,” a Rapumentary about ODB.

9 November 2009

Free Download: The Good People "About You"


Free Download: The Good People "About You"

Now available for free download is the latest single "About You" from The Good People (Emskee and Saint). "About You" is taken from The Good People's latest release "Home Coming" that is now available on Domination Recordings!

Free Download: The Good People "About You" MP3

The Good People "Home Coming" now available at:
- iTunes
- Emusic
- Rhapsody
- Amazon.com


7 November 2009

Free grime instrumental album from Teeza

Check this grime producer called Teeza (of Beat Creatures, producer group on M.I.K's Workaholic mixtape) who came to my attention on 1 of my shows on UrbanFMTV when a DJ I was working with played this track below which sample's Kanye's Love Lockdown..
Teeza - Never Know


Teeza's now come with a new 15 track instrumental CD for you to spit to, listen to or to take inspiration from...


DOWNLOAD LINKS:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9o3w5y
http://www.divshare.com/download/9224115-197

6 November 2009

New grime 'n' dubstep mix from DJ Cable!

Check this Dubstep & Grime-orientated mix from DJ Cable, with a few commercial bits, some old tunes and some new tunes...some basic cuts/juggles thrown in here and there too...

DOWNLOAD BY CLICKING HERE!

01. MRK1 - Kill Zone
02. Skream - Burning Up
03. Sukh Knight - Beneath Your Blouse
04. Benny Page & Zero G - Trigger Finger
05. Rossi B & Luca Feat. Gully Gang - Music Money
06. Jakes & Joker - 3Klane
07. Tempa T - Boy Off Da Ting
08. Benga & Coki - Night
09. LD - The King Of Kong
10. Noah D - Seeeriousss
11. Flux Pavilion - Fucking Noise
12. Excision & Datsik - Swagga
13. Joker & Ginz - Purple City
14. Grand Puba - Get It (12th Planet Remix)
15. Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix)
16. Caspa - Marmite (Cable VIP Re-edit)
17. Dizzee Rascal - I Luv U

5 November 2009

Fwd: KULEZ FREE DOWNLOAD

This one's from the Mc battlers' eardrum breaker Kulez who's doing a lot in 2009. These 2 tracks are pretty big i gotta say, especially Creep which is getting a lot of love especially from those dubstep lovers!

Download for FREE by clicking here!




3 November 2009

2 new bangers out of Manny


This one from Virus Syndicate and it recently featured on the groundbreaking Dubstep LA compilation that included the huge UK / US Collaborations between Snoop and Chase & Status and Eve & Benga, Virus Syndicate where infact the only UK crew to appear!!
Winter 2009 / Spring 2010 see’s Virus hit the road with dates in the UK and Europe and the guys touch down stateside in March hitting TEXAS, MIAMI, LA & NY!!!



Also check this from 3 separate front runners in the Manchester rap scene...Lyrican, Hoodman and Shifty, who are all making big moves.. Watch out for the Manny grime scene which will be next to blow !

2 November 2009

1 November 2009

Real talk from Clef

On the use of guns.. I been listening to Wyclef for 12 years now (pretty much since his solo career started after the Fugees) and can still confidently say he's not lost it! This is off of his new mixtape, From the Hut, To The Projects, To The Mansion, with DJ Drama dropping soon.


DOWNLOAD: Wyclef Jean – Walk Away

Mike Beck shot dead in NYC...

This story has a certain relevance to me as Mike Beck was the label boss of Heavy Bank Ent, who signed MC Raw, who's in charge at UrbanFMTV, where the BlatantlyBlunt radio show was broadcast on.

From RGF
Mike Beck, an aspiring rapper and affiliate of Fat Joe was shot and killed last night in Brooklyn, New York.

Mike Beck was a member of the rap collective K.A.R. (Kill All Rats), which also featured group members Rob Kash, Onez and Leader.

Sources said that Beck was shot and killed on Logan and Bellmar Street in Brooklyn, and that a botched robbery attempt could have been the motive.

Beck and K.A.R. were featured on Fat Joe's "300 Brolic" remix. In May, the group released a self-titled mixtape executive produced by Fat Joe and Pistol Pete. In addition to Fat Joe and Pistol Pete, K.A.R.'s mixtape features guest appearances from Ace Hood, Sheek Louch, Hell Rell, DJ Khaled, Jadakiss and others.

Beck was born and raised in East New York. At the age of 17, he was sent to prison for five years, for his role in a murder. A number of artists expressed their condolences via Twitter.

"R.I.P. Mike Beck!!!!!" Fat Joe Tweeted, as did Cool & Dre, DJ Khaled, Noreaga, Raekwon and others.

*** SOULS OF MISCHIEF CARHARTT INSTORE!!!! ***

Vision Promo are doing a massive instore on Monday 9th November at the Carhartt store in Covent Garden [Earlham St] London to celebrate the forthcoming Souls of Mischief album Montezuma’s Revenge produced entirely by Prince Paul!!!

The show starts at 7:30pm till 9:30 and features:
Souls of Mischief
Deep Rooted
Skandal
Charlie Sloth

DJ’s:
Mr Thing
Charlee Brown

Hosted by the mighty Mystro!! Its FREE entry plus we have FREE drinks too!!

NEW VIDEO: Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind

This is easily in the top 3 commercial hip hop tracks of 2009 and has it all. Tho if you listen to any radio station you'll probably realize this has had a HUGE amount of exposure making me start to, well, tire of it. So when I found out the vid had been made I was slightly underwhelmed, especially with a name like Hype Williams in the credits. The whole photo use was over done, Alicia keys looks very uncomfortable attempting to sing dance and play the piano simulatenously and Jay looks a bit like he's carrying out the motions. Still, a great track that will go down as a classic New York themed track.

Slip 'N Slide Records Presents Trina's "Whos Bad" Mixtape Download

Check this mixtape out if you're a fan of Miami/Florida/Southern Rap. If you're not sure, check this track for a taster of this thorobred female MC whos been puttin in work for years and could probably give your old headmaster a run for his money in a tussle..Click image to download...


30 October 2009

Ghetts Helps Census 2011

from urbanworld.co.uk

Hit grime artist Ghetts has joined up with a government body to help black men get their voices heard by partnering with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to encourage young men take part in the 2011 census.

The 'Sing for me' rapper, real name Justin Jude Clarke Samuel, was approached earlier this year and asked to produce a track 'Invisible' to persuade black men to participate in the 2009 Census Rehearsal and the 2011 Census. The 25-year-old told Urbanworld 'I thought this is definitely worth getting involved in because not many people are fully aware of the census'

It has been reported that am increasing amount of young black men are not completing the Census and so it is hoped that by enlisting the help of Ghetts, that boys from a similar background as the Newham rapper will get involved. Over 140,000 homes in the Newham area have now taken part in the rehearsal Census, results will help improve procedures for 2011.

Ghetts said: 'I don't believe in the Government, but it's difficult for them to do their job not knowing the exact numbers of the ethic minorities. I testing them if they do know the real numbers and nothing is happening from there, then we have a problem, then I will make another track that they won't like'.


28 October 2009

Kano - NWMOS

That stands for "niggas want my old shit" in case you were wondering. This is a strong 2nd come back track from the one time grime front runner but I can't help he's trying to emulate Lil Wayne on certain parts of this track. Tho I'm not gonna lie this pretty big and could make up for his bandwagon jumping "Rock and Roll". Hopefully we'll hear some more like this from the former Chelsea FC trialer...

Download it here

27 October 2009

Big H - Street Crime UK review

This one from one of our new bloggers, Tom...

The other week, Street Crime UK actually got released. This is the debut mixtape for an mc who's been in the game so long that Skepta used to be his dj. The reasons given for the delay were that Big H has been busy on road and in various legal issues. He was also quick to deflect questions on the release by maintaining that rap is just a hobby. Despite the wait, the mixtape is not a disappointment with new material as well as tracks that have been circulating online a while.

It is Skepta again who hits up the production duties on the tracks 'Hooligan' and 'New Moves', as well as a guest verse on 'Life and Death'. The featuring mc's are pretty consistent with spitting from all the Meridian Crew, as Pres T, JME, 9 Milli Major, Paper Pabs and Bossman all drop verses. H maintains command throughout the album with effortless flow. Probably one of the most entertaining things about the cd is the rate at which Big H is so casually violent. Summed up well as he carelessly drops the lines "H is cold, they just discovered, wife children everybody smothered, husband chopped up placed in the cupboard, I don't remember, ain't really bothered".

Assassin (track which above lines are taken from) is a stand out track for me and a good example of the production. Aside from Skepta, H hasn't used big name producers and through this has managed a fresh sound. The instrumentals for each track are consistently brutal with occasional branching off into what sounds almost like southern US style beats (particularly on 'Wrap Skills' and 'Whitewash') while staying true to grime.

This is probably the most consistent grime mixtape to date. Big H remains casual throughout and is just generally f'ing cool. It's a cd that he suggests other mc's buy in order to learn. Big H has proved himself properly and is now moving up in the world, so much so that he now hangs out in industrial estates…

http://www.ukrecordshop.com/item/big-h-street-crime-uk.html