Check these guys out. They came to my show on Monday and smashed it up.
30 January 2009
Mr Lamb, MP for North Norfolk, attends gigs, has offered his car for lifts and even invested £10,000.
He told the BBC that he and his wife were "living the grime scene".
Mr Lamb, whose musical choices before his son took up a career in the industry were more likely to be Mozart and Led Zeppelin, is transfixed by the genre.
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He said: "It's been the central part of our lives for the last three years. We've lived grime.
"We've heard the music at home and I suppose every parent is opened up to new stuff by youngsters.
"It's stuff we wouldn't ordinarily hear and we wouldn't normally go to the gigs."
Grime originated in east London and its best-known exponent is probably Dizzee Rascal, who won the Mercury Prize in 2003.
Mr Lamb's son Archie, and his friend Jack Foster, left school half-way through sixth-form to set up a recording label Takaover Entertainment.
Soon afterwards, the MP remortgaged his house to give them a £10,000 business loan.
Last year Archie and Jack's company managed to get Tinchy Styder - real name Kwasi Danquah - onto BBC Radio 1's playlist.
And the 22-year-old's latest song, Take Me Back, got to number three in the UK charts earlier this month.
Mr Lamb said: "We've sort of followed the thing as it happens. We've had lots of discussions about whether one track or another should be released."
Sometimes the lyrics in urban music are quite challenging, but there's other stuff that's really good and clever
Norman Lamb MP
"Archie and Jack left school and that was that. It's an interesting collaboration between two middle-class lads from Norfolk and a lad from London.
"I've met Tinchy a few times and he's been to our house. I've got some Tinchy on my iPod. I would be in big trouble if I didn't."
Mr Lamb, a solicitor by training and North Norfolk MP since 2001, has been known to attend gigs wearing his suit, having voted in the House of Commons.
He said: "I've got a catholic taste in music. I think there's merit in all genres, whether it's classical or modern stuff.
"Inevitably there's a diversity within grime or urban music. There's stuff that is accessible and there's stuff that's not.
"Sometimes the lyrics in urban music are quite challenging, but there's other stuff that's really good and clever."
Of his son's career choice, he said: "We take the view that, had he gone to university, we would have given him as much financial support as we could afford.
"My younger son is applying at the moment, so he will get that support.
"It would have been unfair if we had not done the same for our older son, who is doing something entrepreneurial and exciting.
"The only bad thing is that my Vauxhall Astra was driven around the country, taking Tinchy all over the place. It was ruined, so I had to use a Citroen instead."
This was also posted in the guardian, but I prefer BBC's version (strangely).
24 January 2009
Ill Bill's 2nd outing in London, tho his 1st on his own as last time was with his bro Necro at the recently shut down Astoria. This gig was next level nangness (excuse the teenage dialect, but I couldn't come up with any suitable superlative), with Jack Flash, Stig & Syntax, and Oakland Cali legends Zion I supporting as part of their European tour to promote their new album, The Takeover. Check below for the pics as well as my interview with them (video footage of the interview coming soon!).
Zion I interview and show pics
22 January 2009
Normally I'm not a fan of mash up tracks/blends but this one's big! Coming from my boy DJ Cable, here's 'Still Tippin On The Request Line'. A mashup of the classic dirty south track Still Tippin' by Mike Jones and Slim Thug, mixed with the classic dubstep track; Midnight request line by Skream. Two big tracks that got me interested in those scenes...
19 January 2009
Consdiering it's Barack's inauguration today I thought it was appropriate to show case this 'younger' celebrating the presidential victory. Check the video for 'Obama Made Me Proud' by LiL Yani. Damn, this lil dude has a bright future as a political rapper, repping the kindergarten generation to the FULLEST! Jermaine Dupri's next protegé? I wouldn't rule it out.
18 January 2009
Really feeling this one. It's been knocking around for the last few months on the likes of 1xtra and finally the video's here. Good to see Sincere finally get a commercial release as he's been in the uk hip hop game for a good few years now, putting in work. PS This vids also good cos these girls are hot, and not slutty.. (a rarity for 'urban' videos).
17 January 2009
From 15 January.
JME comes with some new bars and leads from the front on the iconic Westwood rap show on the 1xtra 10-12 Sunday night show; accompanied by man of the moment Tempa T and Shorty Smalls, the newest member of Boy better know; both of which are former members of the unfortunately dormant Slew Dem crew. Look out for Tempz' much anticipated first release; 2000 & Paaks, in March 2009.
13 January 2009
Rapper DMX, in court for one of his many recent arrests, tells a Miami-Dade judge what he thinks of his ruling to not release him on bond.
I feel happy for the prisoners in the background who get the tell the story 1st hand to their future inmates and walk into prison with a story that no one will believe.
11 January 2009
Hip-hop legend Slick Rick, who faced deportation over a 1997 warrant, received a full and unconditional pardon from New York Gov. David Paterson on Friday.
Rick – originally from London, England – has been in-and-out court for almost two decades, beginning with an attempted murder conviction in 1991, for which he served over five years in prison.
But more recently in 2002, he was arrested by immigration agents as he returned to Miami, Florida, from a cruise in the Caribbean islands.
According to officials, his arrest was for a 1997 warrant that was not initially pursued, but then enforced years later as part of the Homeland Security crackdown following September 11, 2001.
Slick Rick, born Richard Walters, spent another 17 months in jail – despite appeals for his release from actor Will Smith, comedian Chris Rock, and activist Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Rick, now 43, was finally glad to hear the news of his pardon.
“This has been a long and difficult road, and I am happy for this to be settled once and for all," Rick said.
“I look forward to enjoying this time with my family and friends and to continue leading an honest and productive life.”
Gov. Paterson added that Walters had “an exemplary disciplinary record while in prison and on parole” – noting he is now a Bronx landlord, and father of two teenagers, who gives back to his community through youth outreach programs.
Slick Rick is best known for his 1980s classics “Children’s Story” and “La-Di-Da-Di,” as well as his signature eye-patch and heavy jewelry.
In recent years, he has appeared on records with artists Jay-Z, Chamillionaire, Ghostface, and AZ.
10 January 2009
Rinse - Sending for Jeeday Jaws (or Jeegay jawz as he calls him).
Rinse is definitly an emcee to watch out for in 2009, makin big movements. Rinse's comments on this track: "This is the last you'l hear from me on this matter, im fully uninvolved after this point.
I dont have time for meaningless beef, until the next time i have time for meaningless beef!"
Durty Goodz sending for Wiley.
This is a 7 minute onslaught of sendage to Wiley. DAMN. Dude coulda saved half and made a 2nd beef track! Still, he definitly brings it to Eski Boy good and proper. You gotta wonder what started the beef.. but then considering this coincides with the release of Goodz' latest record, the peices start adding up!
Check Wileys sendage to Goodz.. who won?