New joint here from the rapidly rising MC Hypeman Sage over a garage production courtesy of BuckOne, reminiscent of some early 2000s garage ish but brought into 2010! I can definitely relate to what he's talking about on this one!
31 October 2010
Brand new joint here from Andrew Tosh (son of the reggae legend Peter Tosh and nephew of Bunny Wailer) from his new album 'I to I'. The track aims to provide a reflection of 'what a gwaan' in society, sang over a strong 'new roots' rhythm track.
30 October 2010
Check this recent footage of Trozion, a 16 year old promising MC I've been supporting for a minute. He also recently performed at Bigga Fish. Great to hear Trozion over a band, plenty more to come from this kid, trust! Look out for his forthcoming debut mixtape 'Soul of A Soldier' dropping VERY soon...
Really like this artist, who I saw perform at I Luv Live at the Queen of Hoxton a couple of weeks ago, and was impressed with her performance so got her to send something over! The video itself is some genuinely good hip hop in my view. Annonymos is majorly on a Will.I.Am flex in this one I reckon, but comes nice so all respect is due!
New video from my boy Revilo Row D Beats - off his new album Row-d-ness...
My interview and freestyle video with Revilo from earlier this year, watch out the bars at the end, trust!!
29 October 2010
I'm one the few people that actually saw this example of Devlin's genius live before seeing it on youtube! He played it as the closing the track of his gig tonight in Camden Town alongside Ed Sheeran who warmed the crowd before he came on. Review to follow!
27 October 2010
26 October 2010
Powerful video here from an artist I'd never heard of until peeping this video I got sent over e-mail. Reflective and deep track about youths getting murdered, and is all too prevelant after the murder of teen in Plaistow, East London over the weekend.
I see big things coming for this track; one of the better R&G (rhythm & grime) tunes I've heard recently. Kader has previously worked on productions with G Frsh, Lefty, Corey Johnson, Mike GLC, Crey Mey (Bubblegum) and Donae'o. His debut single "Eyes" drops 15th November, taken from an album currently being put together for release in the first half of 2011.
25 October 2010
Can't explain why, but I really like this one. Maybe just because it's well produced, well vocalled and it has a sick video?! Simple as that...
Had a chat with him back stage at a recent 'I Luv Live' event at the Queen of Hoxton in East Central London. It happens every other Monday and features a showcase of established and up-and-coming UK artists across many [urban] genres... Don't miss out!
The man who attacked Professor Green last year has been found guilty of stabbing the MC in the neck with a broken bottle.
Anthony Jones was accused of the 'cowardly and vicious' assault on the Just Be Good To Green rapper, following a disagreement with Pro at Cargo nightclub in East London on 23rd May 2009.
The 25-year old is said to have taunted the rapper before he 'thrusted a broken bottle' into Green's neck so hard, he was almost cut to the bone.
Green, real name Stephen Manderson, gave evidence in the case, telling the jury: "All I saw was a hand come up to my face and neck, it was his [Jones'] right hand, there was a very warm feeling in my neck,"
"I put my hand up and blood was everywhere. I phoned my mother and my grandmother and I said goodbye."
The I Need You Tonight hitmaker apparently fought back the tears as he showed the court the six-inch scar on his neck, adding: "I was scared. I know what happens when people tend to get cut in the neck. I was extremely lucky, nothing lasting, fortunately."
Jones, from Finsbury Park, London, was convicted of GBH with intent at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, with his sentence expected to follow in the next few weeks.
Diva Ash, the new host for The Grime Report, chats to some of the UK's biggest hip hop and grime stars as well as footage the Mobo Tour and the G Shock in-store party last Friday.
Brand new video taken from Stylah's new album Trading Water - out now! Gotta love the work Digital Dan's done on this track, compliments the bars nicely!!
Part of the DTA/ATG Tour that recently happened in LA, Ghetts and J2K rinse out on DJ Muggs' Soul Assassins radio on Shade45 earlier this month... Soul Assassins is the label/crew headed up by DJ Muggs and is behind acts like Cypress Hill. Another power move for the grime scene.
Grime independent label and DJ pair Butterz [Elijah & Skilliam] go back to back with guests Terror Danjah and Hyperdub's Kode 9 on their Rinse FM show. Includes cuts of the forthcoming album; 'Undeniable' and classic and unreleased stuff from 2002 til now...
24 October 2010
23 October 2010
The best parody video i've seen the whole year. Directors Martin Usher and James Davis re-create Wacka Flocka Flame's hit 'Hard in the paint' (one of my top songs of 2010) but with Barack Obama. As with most parodies, it's worth seeing the original so it all makes sense!
Massive tune here, production and vocals are on a par I reckon. Yet another video where Wiley doesn't feature! Not sure why he wouldn't want to be in the vid, maybe they just never asked him cos they knew he probably wouldn't turn up, despite the guarantee of no foxes!
Predictable winners such as Gyptian’s best reggae act (more-or-less entirely based on his radio-friendly ‘Hold yuh’, despite the other nominees’ more authentic and diverse output) and Eminem claiming best international artist, presumably for ‘Recovering’ from a ‘Relapse’ of mediocrity were rife, there were some worthy winners. Professor Green achieving ‘best hip hop/grime’ award topped off a year he couldn’t of dreamed up 18 months ago. The 26 year old from Hackney fought off tough competition from the likes of Skepta and Giggs to grab the gong perhaps as a result of his catchy singles hitting #3 and #5, so all respect is due to him. However whether he was genuinely the best artist from the hip hop and grime scene is subjective, as the award was once again a reflection of chart success, though I definitely admire his ability to make it from a battle rapper to battling his way out of a sea of screaming teenage girls.
Coca-Cola’s World Cup endorsement of Somali born Canadian K’naan undoubtedly aided his Best African accolade after the re-make of his track ‘Wavin flag’ was adapted for 20 different global regions. Three chart storming singles from Tinie Tempah led to the south Londoner grabbing 2 Mobos for best newcomer and best video for his weaker follow up to the debut single Pass Out. Tinie’s debut single however was somehow pipped to best single by N-Dubz and Mr Hudson’s ‘Playing with fire’, certainly one of the more unexpected winners of the night.
JLS were awarded best album which mystified me as their sound seems to derive more from an L.A. dance-pop studio than that of homegrown urban music producers, which I had believed this ceremony was here to recognise.
The dubstep scene, which reared it’s head in the charts for the first time with Katy B’s #5 hit ‘On a mission’ is surely overdue a gong, nd the exclusion of best DJ was perhaps an error.
15 years in, and the Mobos is still relevant to many, but as the internet has quantatively proven who is really grabbing the attention maybe Kanya King et al should look beyond the artists with major label deals in order to keep the actual music fans interested...
DJ Motive drops his monthly mix for dontwatchthat.tv containing grime, dubstep and more bangers from the likes of JME, Tempa T, Rude Kid and loooooads others... don't sleep on this!
Download Link: http://www.sendspace.com/file/laytm7
21 October 2010
Check this 360 degree music video for the track ‘Coming to get me’, by Professor Green exclusively for the Doritos “Late Night” campaign... this is a new style of music video and good to see Prof G jumping on a DnB track. He's achieved a lot this year and this track follows suit!
GLC, G.O.O.D. Music Showcase w/ Mystro, Mr Thing, Skandal & DJ 279 - Love, Life and Loyalty launch at Fenchurch Store. Big night instore with all the gang there.
20 October 2010
Click here or the cover to download: http://frankofraize.bandcamp.com
As a grime MC from out of London it's often a challenge to convince the public of your talent but the '140 show' will hopefully open the doors to others as the mixtape proves that grime isn't restricted to the major cities.
Having been compared by some to the likes of Devlin and Skinnyman, the 24 year old from Thetford (a Londoners' expat town between Norwich and Cambridge), presents The 140 Show which is co-signed by BlatantlyBlunt.
Sharp witted bars and socially conscious, Fraize reflects the depth and precision of the beats he rides over thru out, produced predominantly by DJ IC..
Fraize has already had approaches from American and French producers to remix his work since the mixtape dropped 2 days ago.
'The 140 show' is the first free download from Blatantly Blunt, following the commercial release of M.I.K - [URL="http://workaholic.tk"]Workaholic[/URL] in 2009.
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Really like the look of this one; looks like Dead Prez are returning to doing satirical parodies of famous recent tracks. In this case they're jump on Gucci Mane's track Wasted which i really liked when it come out around last year.
A difficult but technically brilliant beat is handled as only Kano could in this new one, featured on US site, OnSmash. I've noticed Kano gets a lot of the epic beats and deals with them as someone of his stature only could, but can't help but often feel he's caught between commercial and underground which isn't aided by his incosistency!
The grime report get some exclusive backstage footage from the video [by SBTV] for this track which looks to be a banger... After getting a peek into the video, peak is the word that comes to mind! Look out for Stylah's latest album Treading Water...
19 October 2010
18 October 2010
Really strong track here from Baby Blue produced by my homie Nutty P. The fusion of hip hop, grime and dubstep on this one makes it a track not to miss out on and a great comeback track from one of the UK's most talented female rappers...
Tinchy drops his bars over Teddy's latest banger, Barclays. Does anyone still need proof Tinchy's still grime?
Really feeling this track ever since I heard it on a DJ Kay Slay mixtape a little while back. Love the swagger Twista and Raekwon bring on the track lyrically and in their flow. Production from The Legendary Traxster & No ID top this off to make it a classy hood banger. Directed by G. Visuals.
17 October 2010
New joint here from Sway, where he drops a whole heap of famous hip hop lines and leaves you to finish it.. how many did you guess correctly kids? In all seriousness tho, Sway's back lyrical as ever and warming us up for his forthcoming mixtape 'The Delivery 2 (Lost In Transit) which is being released across the internet on 20/10/2010.
Download: Sway - Whose line is it anyway
Ready rolled riffs by demonmacabreunit6fbs
Filmed this recently at the GLC instore album launch and got some fire off 3 sick UK rappers doing a lot in 2010!
16 October 2010
Urban lifestyle brand DTA headed out to LA for their Do One Tour with ATG & Cypress Hill/DJ Muggs' crew Soul Assassins. The likes of Ghetts and J2K went on Muggs' show on Eminem's online station Shade45. Check a few of the pic's below from DTA's Blog. Massive look for the UK...
15 October 2010
Charlie Sloth invites Big Cakes to take on the mic for Fire In The Booth on 1xtra - and he tears it down!
Big Cakes on my show a little while back... Please excuse the dodgy filming/editing, just listen to the bars!!
I wasn't expecting to like this but it's actually pretty dope!! Off Bizarre’s Friday Night At St. Andrews, out now. Big up to the only D12 member that still has a career bar Em and Denaun Porter (kon artist)!
Definitely one of the most anticipated albums in grime over the last 2 years. Despite Dev's getting a major label deal he's still retained an element of that dark/edgy element so enough respect is due... Have to say I'm not feeling the cover tho. Dull and un-original IMHO which is contrary to the artist in question...
Devlin - Bud, Sweat & Beers (Album Sampler Mixed By Jaguar Skills) by Roy Thomas
One of the grime scene's best emerging producers drops a mix for his own B'day. New heat from JME & Tempz, M.I.K and a few instrumentals to get your head banging...
DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK: http://bit.ly/cGC4uA
One of the many track's to cement 2010 as Rick Ross' (and while we're on that, Drake's) year. Radio friendly but 'hood-pass intact' story of the of drug money flaunting here which works well done with class [as it has been done here] . Production dutied from J.U.S.T.I.C.E League who have formed their own sound in the Florida/Southern hip hop scene over the last 3 years working with anyone who's anyone!
Just as I had more-or-less given up on Florida's favourite Goon after happily sitting thru 2 of his albums which were followed by painful mediocrity, he comes with 'Why you hate'.
Don't skip this track based on your pre-conceptions of what you expect to hear!
P.S... If you had the late 90's Eminem comparison in your head so did I, but not exactly a bad comparison to make!
14 October 2010
No I'm not talking about that show he recently co-starred in on ITV... With the success of Newham Generals and Smurfie Syco on Dirtee Stank records, "Dylan's on the hype now" and is looking for the next artist to step up which ever form he/she/it presents itself in!
Check this new mixtape from the J Lounge which features some serious bangers from the UK's underground hip hop scene. Hosted by one of the UK's biggest outernational mixtape DJs, DJ Ames, the mixtape features tracks from some of my favourite UK rappers like Big Cakes and Mystro as well as plenty more even I don't know about!
Wherever you're based in the UK make sure you hit up one of these events.. the line up says it all and it's a good way to see your favourite homegrown artists
Thursday 14th October - Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 15th October - Manchester MOHO Live
Saturday 16th October - Liverpool O2 Academy
Sunday 17th October - Glasgow O2 ABC
Tuesday 19th October - London Islington O2 Academy
Tickets: £10 regional /£12 London. Box office: 0844 811 0051 / www.gigsnadtours.com
The MOBO Organisation & Urban Development bring you a line up of the hottest names on the UK underground as part of the inaugural MOBO Tour which will hit 6 major cities around the UK this October.
RD (aka Ruff Diamondz)
MOBO Unsung Acts: Mike Hough (Norwich), KOF (Liveropool), RoxXxan (Birmingham), R.I.O (Manchester), G Town Desi (Glasgow) & Marvell (London).
Glasgow - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149473571742005
Liverpool - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129114900469387
Manchester - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145322478836706
Birmingham - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151601314868533
London - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154200634605375
FOR MORE INFO: http://www.urbandevelopment.co.uk/MOBOtour
Newham Generals drop the video for the title track of their new EP 'Bag of Grease' which features Skepta and produced by SKITZ Beats, along with the rest of the EP which you can buy here...I'm rating this which undoubtedly seals Footsie and D Double's place as the leaders in 201- grime. Filmed and edited by Word On Road TV
Chima Anya, a dope MC originally from Oxford comes with a big video here for the remix of his debut album "New Day" (which made the "iTunes best of 2010 hip-hop". The remix features the "Lizzy lover" Sincere who's been grinding in the scene for years repping North London hard! It's an unpredictable collab and has that throw back golden age sound to it..
Bonus: check this interview/freestyle I did with Chima a few months ago:
13 October 2010
Sifu Chan from the Shaolin MCs drops his dubplate of the Stenchman banger. Definitely feeling what Chan's done with the Doverian Dubstep producer's beat !!!
12 October 2010
Breakthrough UK chats to Dot Rotten about various things while taking a break from his photo shoot! Interesting to hear [tho not surprised] that he'd like to work with some of the big names in dance music like Daft Punk and Portishead. Diversity's the key! He also talks about his upcoming album 'Love War and Rock & Roll'. Looking forward to that!!
New video here from K*Ners, a former Ragga MC from Bristol who's been in the scene as long as I can remember! He's currently finishing off his long awaited second album, which features guest appearances from Sway, Roots Manuva and hip hop heavyweight Kardinall Offishall [who is on Akon's Konvict Music], who guests on this; the forthcoming Twice As Nice produced single, "Messy", which is set for release October 11.
New vid here from the man like Skandal [who's started calling himself Rewd Adams for some reason?! Look out for his upcoming free download: Ready To Diet, I already know it's gonna be sick!
Latest in the series called About to B from the good folks over at BSomebody.tv. This one from a talented lyricist from SW London called Tabanacle who spits over 3 beats from UK producers; Silencer, Zaheer & Yellow Man.
Check my review for the recent gig hip hop pioneer played in North London which was featured on MTV's Urban Music Blog, The Wrap Up which I regularly contribute to...
Saturday night saw one of the biggest legends in the history of hip-hop music play for a crowd that ranged from present day hip-hop fundamentalists, to middle aged nine-to-fivers reminiscing on their teenage years. The mighty KRS-One filled out the HMV Forum in Kentish Town to a rapturous reception that few could receive and many would aspire to...
11 October 2010
I was lucky enough to meet up with Chicago rapper and good friend/label mate of Kanye West, GLC at his in-store performance at the Fenchurch Store in Covent Garden, London. He's promoting his new LP 'Love Life and Loyalty' which is released today!
Shout out to Jay Diamond for carrying out the interview, you can catch her on Rinse FM every Sat 9-11am! Check my review of the night here...
Check the audio interview with GLC over at Hip Hop Kings
10 October 2010
New joint here from a producer called Bill Posters (love the name!) and an MC I've been rating recently called Mikill Pane. I'm not known to be the biggest dubstep fan but when there's a good MC on top I tend to like it a bit more :) Check my interview with Mikill Pane for MTV here...
Losing Your Mind feat. Mikill Pane (dirty) by billpostersdj
Bonus: Video: Mikill Pane - The Return of Mister Pane
Griminal has recently released 2 editions of his Grimsom mixtape, featuring posse cuts and freestyles over grime and hip hop bangers. Griminal's definitely an MC with a lot of potential and diversity to rhyme over whatever type of beats he wants so check these for some freeness!
Check this free download which was a track made live on radio for MistaJam's 1xtra show. He set two of the biggest 'urban dance' producers of 2010, Redlight and Toddla T a challenge - to record a track from scratch during the show, drawing upon the vocal talents from some of the UK's finest.
I'm not someone that promotes gun crime and violence but this video is something else. Produced by DJ Myrikal, a German based producer from NZ this video is nothing but high octane on-the-edge story telling grime... Big track all round!
Check this new mix from the toppa-top DJ Ordio Kid, promo the Urban Nerds x CrazyLegs night at Motion in Bristol on 23/10/10. The mix takes in some current tunes from the likes of P Money, Mz Bratt, Donae'o, Katy B as well as throwing in a few classic bangers and tracks from artists on the night…
Check http://urban-nerds.com for full details on the night.
If you want to download this mix then go to http://djordiokid.bandcamp.com
8 October 2010
This is definitely one to look out for when it's released on 25 October but if you don't have the funds to go and cop one, we have TWO copies of the CD to give away to anyone who can answer the following question:
Murda Team emcee Ra Diggs was arrested in Manhattan on Tuesday. Federal officers charged the rapper with narcotics distribution in Brooklyn’s Gowanus housing projects. Authorities have been tracking Diggs, real name Ronald Herron, and eight other men for over two years even using Diggs’ Twitter account and YouTube videos to keep tabs on his activities.
During their investigation, which began in 2008, Federal officers made dozens of undercover buys outside of the Gowanus Houses, the New York Daily News is reporting. Diggs is also being investigated in regards to several open murder cases. The rapper previously beat murder charges in 2002.
Diggs is probably best known for his association with Murda Team, a Rap group which also features Uncle Murda and rising star Waka Flocka Flame. His biggest break may have been his appearance on Waka’s Flockaveli album which was released the same day Diggs was arrested. If convicted the Brooklyn native faces life in prison.
Source: HipHop DX