29 April 2010

Terror Danjah - Grime & Dubstep mix april 2010

One of the biggest producers in the grime scene drops a mix for this month....

Free download: Rago Magazine presents Global Status vol. 1

Rago Magazine launches their new mixtape series ‘Global Status’. This mixtape series sees LATE & Tricksta team up with a whole string of global artists. The first volume is hosted by ex-No Limit artist Fiend, and features some brand new heat from Three Six Mafia, Project Pat, Daz Dillinger, Waka Flocka, Stat Quo, Gucci Mane, Styles P, Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana and more!

RAGO MAGAZINE PRESENTS GLOBAL STATUS

'VOLUME ONE - HOSTED BY FIEND'

01 - Fiend Intro

02 - Fiend - Ball On Em'

03 - DJ Paul (of Three 6 Mafia) Feat. Montana Trax - Hi Way (I'm Gone)

04 - Juicy J & Project Pat - Break It Down

05 - Fiend - I'm Here

06 - Syndrome Feat Daz Dillinger - V.I.P (Produced by Slap Up Meal)

07 - L.A. Da Boom Man Feat. Waka Flocka, Roscoe Dash, J. Futurstic & Yung LA - On My Dick Now Remix

08 - Stat Quo - What I Like

09 - Fiend - Knees Deep

10 - LATE Feat Gucci Mane - Green & White (Prod by Tricksta)

11 - Balance - Please Do Not Swagga Jack Me

12 - I21 - Fuck The Chart (Prod by JKD)

13 - Fiend - Motor In Her Back

14 - Geolani Grandz feat Styles P - I Just Want The Paper (Produced by Just ReallyGood)

15 - Jim Jones, Lil Wayne & Stack Bundles - Weatherman (Stealf Remix)

16 - Supanice - Push Forward (Prod. by Dom P)

17 - Fiend Feat Gucci Mane & Corner Boy P - Same Ol Crack Pot

18 - Fat B - Flex

19 - Manny Moscow - Restless (Prod by Juttla)

20 - Smokey ft. Juelz Santana & Severe - Swimming In My Money

21 - So O.D - Rock

22 - Grand Larce - I'm The Best

23 - Belly Feat. Drake - Make It Go

24 - Fiend - Stay Alive

25 - Fiend Outro

Please download NOW from these links…

http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/psw3ty

http://www.datpiff.com/Tricksta_LATE_Fiend_Rago_Magazine_Presents_Glob.m113630.html

http://thatcrack.com/mixtapes/late-and-tricksta-rago-magazine-presents-global-status-volume-one-hosted-by/

Forget Jammer, it's the BNP sending for Lethal B now!

Article from the British National Party (BNP) website about Lethal B's recent incitement for the murder of their leader Nick Griffin:



British National Party legal officer Lee Barnes has laid a criminal charge against Ghanaian-origin rap singer “Lethal Bizzle” after he called for Nick Griffin’s murder on Twitter.

Lethal Bizzle, whose real name is Maxwell Ansah, sent out a Twitter message yesterday which read: “Got an idea, u wanna be famous? Kill the BNP leader, u will be a hero.”

Mr Barnes said this was a threat which could not be taken lightly.

“He is linked with black gun gangs in London and this constitutes a serious threat,” Mr Barnes said.

The Serious Crime Act 2007, section 45 states that a person commits an offence if:

(a)he does an act capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence; and
(b)he believes–
(i)that the offence will be committed; and
(ii)that his act will encourage or assist its commission.

“Mr Ansah’s twitter is clearly an incitement to serious violence against Nick Griffin,” Mr Barnes said.
“Imagine if a threat like that had been issued by Mr Griffin against Mr Ansah. The BNP leader would have been arrested within minutes, but it seems that black rappers are somehow protected.”

They then quote some lyrics from his biggest tune, Pow! (which they describe as 'jungle noises') but fail to realize it's not his lyrics they're quoting as they copy and paste Jamakabi's quasi-patois verse...
It's definitly worth checking the comments to this article also, one of my favourite being one contributors' attempts to submit some additional lyrics:

I cant count so I use ma fingas,
I'm stuck on too pleeze help outta this singa
wun, too, ?
wun, too, for ?
wun, too, sevvun ?

FAIL

27 April 2010

Mr Hudson & Stylah - Anyone but him

Anyone But Him Feat STYLAHbymrhudson
Mercury recording artist Mr Hudson this afternoon announced on his twitter page that London rap artist Stylah has won the competition to feature on the UK edition of his new single 'Anyone But Him'.

The song, which features Kanye West on the original album version, is due for release in May with Stylah guest featuring. Stylah will also be joining Mr Hudson on stage to perform the track on his current UK tour.

Regulars to the site will remember that last November I posted up a version with Ghetts and Tinie Tempah. Which one's better do you reckon?

Video: T.I - I'm Back

He most certainly is back with this mammoth of a track, produced by TrackSlayerz off T.I.'s upcoming seventh studio album, King Uncaged.

26 April 2010

Akala: Thinking outside the musical box

Check this article in London's free morning paper Metro about Mobo Award winning rapper Akala who, in case you were unaware, is the brother of garage queen Ms Dynamite...
‘We spend our lives being put in boxes; it’s the boxes I can’t stand, man.’ It doesn’t take much to get British hip hop wordsmith Akala (aka 26-year-old Kingslee James Daley) on a roll, as we chat over a healthy pick’*’mix from his favourite veggie restaurant. This amiable rabble-rouser has always looked to break the mould, combining sharp lyrics with cherry-picked pop culture hooks, from 1980s indie to electro-trance. ‘The funny thing is, this approach isn’t new for hip hop,’ he points out. ‘The musical philosophy of my latest album was Aphex Twin meets Public Enemy meets Depeche Mode with a bit of Radiohead sprinkled in – then there’s the heavy metal stuff, which fazes some people.
‘I make no bones about loving music. I’m not scared of offending anyone who thinks I shouldn’t make metal or acoustic classical folk, or work with someone who’s composed for the English National Ballet if I want to.’
Along with several quickfire mixtapes, Akala’s acclaimed previous albums, Mobo-winning 2006 debut It’s Not A Rumour and 2007’s Freedom Lasso, continue to sell steadily, and also gave rise to the fruitful Hip Hop Shakespeare Company (he’s just returned from a youth writing workshop in Denmark).
The literary inspiration for new album Doublethink is George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. It’s not the first time Orwell’s classic has influenced records – David Bowie used it as the basis of his 1974 album Diamond Dogs; The Eurythmics released a synth soundtrack in the year 1984. But Akala’s apocalyptic vision is galvanising and beautifully arranged on numbers such as Welcome To Dystopia and Yours And My Children.
‘We wanted to approach this album like we were scoring a film,’ he grins. ‘To me, 1984 felt like prophecy rather than fiction. There are so many parallels with modern life and what seemed like preposterous ideas in the book.’

As a rapper, he was particularly struck by 1984’s use of totalitarian ‘newspeak’. ‘I was fascinated by the concept that limiting language limits people’s thinking. I actually see that working with young people who have brilliant ideas without the words to communicate them. It’s when you don’t have the tools to express yourself that you get violent. How is it that a “civilised” society is producing 16-year-olds who can’t read or write?

Check the rest of the article here: Akala: Thinking outside the musical box| Metro.co.uk

VIDEO: Nas & Damian Marley - As We Enter

Check out "As We Enter"; the first official video from Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley album 'Distant Relatives' which is released May 18th.


Also check out the making of the "As We Enter" music video by clicking here!

Video: Devlin ft. Giggs - Shot Music

Massive collab here, both of them go in. Not much needs to be said. Just watch!

Video: Frisco - Training Day

Boy Better Know member Frisco drops a new video, produced by S-X from Midlands' Stay Fresh.

Guru 'Salute Mix' from DJ Premier

Not just mixing here but DJ Premier talking on his mixshow.. every Guru fan needs to hear this!

VIDEO: Shadrack & the Mandem - Guns & Pork

The baddest man on rollerskates, Shadrack gets into a spot of bother with the 'boy dem'! Hot beats and bars on this one. Look out for cameos from the likes of Giggs and JaJa Soze (PDC)!

Hoochinoo does the Camden Crawl!


Hoochinoo does The Camden Crawl
This Saturday 1st May

@ Bar Uno
4 Inverness Street
Camden Town

Just one week to go until the Camden Crawl,for those who haven't been before, this is a 2 day festival that stretches for over a mile of Camden in North London, opening the doors of over 30 venues to some 150 bands, handpicked by a panel of esteemed DJs, promoters, media and record labels.

Hoochinoo is booked as an urban promoter for one of the venues and features performances from the UKs finest in alternative urban sounds.
  • LAZY HABITS
  • GRAZIELLA (From X FACTOR's 'Miss Frank')
  • KASHMERE & J'DA KUT
  • LA REBLA FAM
  • STIG N SYNTAX
  • DEF D FIRES
  • ARUBA RED Feat IRON BRAYDZ
  • NATHAN "FLUTEBOX" LEE and WANDAN
  • PNEUMATIC & SLOTH
  • GRANVILLE SESSIONS
  • CROSS BONE T
  • DJs: AK-ONE and SNUFF THE ABLIST (Dented)
THIS IS A TICKET ONLY EVENT, get your day or weekend passes here:
http://www.seetickets.com/camdencrawl or contact club@hoochinoo.co.uk or visit http://www.hoochinoo.com..

25 April 2010

Free download: Assassin is Agent Sasco - The Mixtape

Bashment legend Assassin drops his mixtape with Shadyville Caribbean and VP Records entitled 'Assassin is Agent Sasco'. Assasin first got my attention back in 2004 when he vocalled the ferocious Military Riddim with 'Step pon Dem'. Check this freebie packed with 33 blood clart trax! Click cover to download...

Behind The Scenes of Majestic Ft B-Live & Boy Better Know - In The VIP Remix

This looks to be one of the biggest grime club tracks since Too Many Man! Proper feeling this one, look forward to the actual video, might have to cop the download!

MC Battle - Illmaculate Vs Eurgh

I don't post up a lot/any of battles here but check this 'Don't Flop' UK/US battle between US battle legend 'Illmaculate' and 'Eurgh', who runs Don't Flop. This is a hot battle so don't miss out!

23 April 2010

The Disablists & Foreign Beggars - Heavy Rotation

The Disablists & Foreign Beggars combine for the hot new single Heavy Rotation available today from iTunes. The Disablists started as a jazz trio and became turntablists, becoming UK DMC Team Champions 3 times. The iTunes single includes a DJ Mutiny dubstep remix and The Disablists scratch remix entitled Heavy Flowtation. The vid contains some really sick stop motion animation which would've taken AAAAGES!
Support them and buy the single on iTunes here!

22 April 2010

Solar Speaks to Sway on Gurus last Days

Since the untimely death of hip hop legend Guru, his co-d from the last few years; Solar has come under plenty of controversy surrounding the letter from Guru's death bed. MTV's Sway talks to Solar... RIP. It's a shame this had to surround his passing...

Audio: E-40 - Ya Suppose To

Sick new joint here from one of the West Coast's pioneers. This is one the iTunes bonus trax from E-40's new record 'Revenue Retrievin: Day Shift'.

Free mixtape: Bigfoot - Happy Birthday



Bigfoot is an hip-hop artist from Manchester, UK closely affiliated with Sway's Dcypha Productions team. He has just released his debut mixtape 'Happy Birthday' for free online as a present to his fans on his 18th birthday. The mixtape features fifteen brand new tracks from Bigfoot, including features from Sway, Dot Rotten, Klayz and more. The mixtape contains remixes and freestyles, as well as snippets of material from Bigfoot's debut album 'One Dream At A Time' which is set for release late 2010.

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE

Facebook Fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bigfoot/244280579129?ref=ts

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bigfootukrap

21 April 2010

Video: Byron - Addiction

Cautionary tale here from Byron about the perils of addiction to cocaine; both in consumption and vending of Colombia's 2nd most popular export! This one produced by Ghosttown and is from Byron's 2010 mixtape 'Jack of None', go cop that!

Nas & Damian Marley's exclusive Digiwaxx Music Meeting

The Distant Relatives, Damian Marley and Nas preview "Despair" from their upcoming album, talk about aging artists in Hip-Hop, and balancing talent with mainstream appeal.

20 April 2010

Gangstarr's Guru Dies After Long Battle With Cancer


After a nearly two-month hospitalization, legendary rapper Guru (best known as the frontman for Gangstarr) died Monday morning (April 19), after a long battle with cancer, reports DJPremierBlog.com. He was just 43 years old.

Solar, Guru's business partner and sidekick in recent years, told the Yo!Raps (who's PR company had been coordinating press for Guru since his hospitalization) that the 43-year-old rapper had been suffering from a "malicious illness for over a year and after numerous special treatments under the supervision of medical specialists failed".

He had tried to keep the cancer diagnosis private, but in early March, news leaked that Guru had been admitted to the hospital, suffered a heart attack, and was recovering from a mystery illness. Previous reports said hesuffered from Anoxia, effects from a lengthy history of asthma and lung problems, but these new findings reveal a much worst condition.

"The world has lost one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all-time -- my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru," Solar said in a statement. "Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius.

"For the fans that reached out with love and support, I can't tell you how much that meant to Guru and myself. Guru prepared this letter (read below) while he was in the hospital for the fans," the producer continued. "I hope now that Guru has moved on to a better place."

Guru (real name: Keith Elam) rose to fame in the 80s as the frontman to the legendary rap duo, Gangstarr, also consisting of DJ Premier. The group released the classic single, "Words I Manifest," which was followed by their critically acclaimed debut, No More Mr. Nice Guy, in 1989. The group went on to release six official albums through 2003, before they split and went their separate ways.

Guru went on to found 7 Grand Records, partnering with producer Solar, and embarked on a solo career.

Since falling ill, there's been a lot of controversy over news of his hospitalization. Family members of Guru publicly claimed that Solar had taken over control of the rapper's decision making and had even barred them from visiting. The only official statements being released from the veteran rapper were relayed through his longtime partner Solar, which raised eyebrows from former Guru collaborators and friends. Solar, however, publicly denied claimsof any malicious intentions and was only following the rapper's instructions.

Unfortunately, Guru never got well enough to clear things up himself.

On Monday (April 19) when Guru passed away, so did a piece of hip-hop. He'll forever go down in history as one of the best MCs to ever do it. Rest in peace GURU!

Source: BallerStatus.com. Check the link to read the letter written from Guru on his death bed.

Prof Green and Plan B make the top 4

Check this article I wrote about the recent chart success of UK Hip hop artists that was published on MTV's The Wrap Up today.

To me the last year of success amongst UK Hip hop and UK Grime (or UK 'Rap') has been something I've anticipated for the last 10 years. Throughout most of the noughties, UK 'Rap' on a commercial/chart level consisted of the likes of Big Brovaz sampling classic english musicals or Blazin Squad butchering US hip hop classics, not to mention the 'ferocity' of Mis-teeq showing the world how us British folk rap.

This blurred however the true UK hip hop music, which could be heard from the likes of pirate station Itch FM and weekly event Kung Fu; where I looked up to underground acts like Skinnyman and Taskforce. Alas, despite it's massive underground following, 'British made' Hip Hop was never able to cement a strong reputation amongst the wider audience (especially outside of major cities) which led to labels playing safe and going with 'plastic' (or put simply, marketable) acts in expense of more edgy sounding politically charged material .

Around 2003 I went to see Pro Green (a friend of a friend who'd recently changed his name from 'Oh-Z') battle at the Jumpoff which was then at the Scala, Kings Cross. He was featured in this 2004 BBC entertainment news report, which has plenty of predictable 8 mile comparisons but makes for nostalgic reading 6 years later. It also adds context to his recent no. 3 chart success and despite having a commercial sound, 'I need you tonight' is a good track so you cant hate but congratulate the guy.

Hitting no. 4 in the charts and #1 in the album charts is Plan B with a heavily contrasted sound to his pre-debut album which initially seemed struck me as an acoustic Hackney fusion of Eminem and NYC horror core legend Necro. It seems the tables have now turned as (I suspect under major label influence, and as a result of major UK movie appearences ) he's hit the top spot with a sound more akin to Amy Winehouse, as part of a concept album about his fictional character 'Stickland Banks' being sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. To be fair, singing isn't new to Plan B but I do have reservations with the BBC labelling him a rapper when on the whole he doesn't rap.

From an objective point of view however, even if Prof Green needs to rap over a 1987 sample of INXS, and singing is in fact the plan b for Plan B, it does shed some more light to the platform that is our underground. Especially when a genuine London hip hop act it rises from the obscurity and exceeds 1st week sales of Kelis, who with David Guetta came in at #5 with the smash Acapella, which I reckon will become one of the biggest R&B tracks of 2010.

19 April 2010

Skepta to collab with Diddy?


Three days ago P Diddy took to his twitter to announce he’s about to sign his first London-based rapper. On the 16th April he tweeted, “About 2 sign my 1st rapper from London. I can't tell u who it is, but I’ve wanted to sign an artist from the UK my whole life-LONDON STANDUP!!”

Since then my twitter feed has been going crazy with ‘everyone’ trying to guess which local MC is about to join Bad Boy Records. I think I’ve heard nearly every UK rapper’s name mentioned, but it’s fair to say teen rapper Fugative and South London’s Tinie Tempah are the most speculated out the bunch. I personally think he’ll sign Jedward. You never know. Oh actually they’re not from London are they?!

OK all jokes aside, whoever he signs, this can only be a good thing for UK urban music in general. “Team UK” is going global. It’s not just the MCs that should be excited though; Mr Combs is now on the hunt for a grime producer.

@iamdiddy: “Hey london I want to do a grime re mix of hello goonmornin! Who should do it?”

Many people tweeted him back saying that Boy Better Know member Skepta should be chosen for this project.

@iamdiddy: @Skepta ''the people said we should talk. Dm me a contact! Let’s gooooooo!!!”

Diddy then went on to say how much he liked grime.

@iamdiddy: “4 the record I’ve always been a fan of grime I remember the 1st time I heard it! Blew my mind. This is the 1st song I had that it could work.”

I think Diddy and Skepta spoke on the phone or something.

@iamdiddy: @Skepta ''good talkin to you. Let’s see if we can catch a vibe. And if its meant to be then we let the people hear it. Thank u 4 hittin back.”

@Skepta: @iamdiddy ''100% G. Love”

Diddy even retweeted @MTVUK in the conversation, as you know; us lot at MTV love to support UK music where and when we can!

Could this be the time for grime to blow stateside? We do hope so..


For those that don't know, this isn't Skepta's 1st US collab; he made a track called 'we don't give a fuck' with Dipset member Juelz Santana a few years back.. Hopefully this one won't sell Skepta out to loyal grime fanbase.

Scott Storch co-produces new Dr Dre & Jay-Z track "Under Pressure"



Scott Storch is quickly getting back into swing of the music game by lending his hit-making skills to the highly anticipated Dr. Dre single “Under Pressure,” a song that features Jay-Z.

The song, which has yet to leak, is a huge move for the Philadelphia-bred musician, according to a company working closely with Storch.

"To see Scott Storch and Dr. Dre back together, signifies the change in the music industry climate as we know it. This will definitely get the industry back in step with the world,” said Derek Jackson of the Bluewave Group, Inc.

Storch and Dr. Dre have worked together at great lengths in the past, including "Still D.R.E," (which was written by Jay-Z), The Chronic 2000 and a plethora of other works.

Source: AllHipHop

Last I heard of Storch was him breaking up with Lil Kim, reports of fiendish tendencies and selling his yacht on e-bay for a ridiculous some of money. Good to hear he's back doing what he does best tho! Detox should be worth the wait...

Video: DJ Premier talks to Fader Magazine

One of hip hop's REALEST dudes chats to Fader magazine about what's causing the game to collapse, working with Fred Durst, the importance of independent labels and future releases...

18 April 2010

Free download: Bartoven - Amen Ra III

Free download here from Bartoven, a name you may not have heard before but one to look out for none the less! This is his 6th mixtape which is a good volume of output which ever age you are!
Click image to download...

Download: Big Cakes - Preheat mixtape

Download this new free release from Big Cakes, a strong lyrical UK artist who's been putting in work for a good few years now, make sure you give this a listen.

Click image to download!

Cakes came on my show on UrbanFMTV.com a little while back with Frantic Frank, check the footage here:

Free download: DJ JJ - Outbreak Mix

The young grime DJ, doing a LOT right now drops his 'outbreak mix. Catch JJ DJing for Wiley's new collective; the A List, as well as OGz and on Rinse FM... There are some massive tracks on this mix so don't miss out.
Hyperfrank Presents DJ JJ [Digital Outbreak]byhyperfrank

Shoutout to Hyperfrank. Check her full interview with him here.

Tracklist:
P-MONEY - EXCLUSIVE MADNESS
DOCTOR P - GARGOYLE
DOK&SPYRO - I MISS YOU RMX
SKEPTA - UFO
TRILLA - WOOO
FOOTS - WOOO
P-MONEY- WOOO
DJ Q - OH
NOCTURNAL - INA CORNER REMIX
LIL NASTY&YUNGA - BADA DEN DEM
FLAVA D - PROPER
RUDEKID - ELECTRIC
NEWHAM GENS FT ESCO- IAMA GENERAL
BEARS - RUNAWAY
P MONEY - SLANG
S-X - 0121
WILEY - MC PON 141
TEDDY - LAST PHONE CALL
O.Gz - WAH DA RASS
WILEY - BRAINIAC 5
SUKH KNIGHT - BORN INVINCIBLE VIP
J2K - 2010
JOY ORBISON - HYPO MGNO
DONEO - SPEECHLESS
FRISCO - OVER
SPOOKY - IRON GATES REMIX
NERO - THIS WAY
TEMPZ - NEXT HYPE ACAPELLA
SKEPTA - RED BULL ACADEMY
DIZZEE RASCAL - STAND UP TALL ACAPELLA
R1 RYDERS - HYDRULIC

Video: Skandal - Terrorvision

New video from Skandal taken from his acclaimed 'Hunger Pains' mixtape. TerrorVision sees Skandal get political and tackle media hysteria on a critical level! All in all straight dopeness, make sure you check the mixtape and download the freebie 'home economics' now!

Video: Vito Banga - Feel Like feat. Jeff Johnson

Vito banger aka Big V from southern group Nappy Roots drops this joint with Kentucky up-and-comer Jeff Johnson, a name to look out for!

17 April 2010

Release info: M.I.K - Grime to Five


South London Grime star M.I.K drops his sophomore release, Grime to Five which follows Workaholic, one of the stand out grime releases of 2009. M.I.K's a well known name in the underground grime scene, putting in work on pirate/online radio sets, as well as providing the scene with free releases and videos...

Grime to Five will be available on CD + Digital download, featuring MCs such as Wolf, Untitled & Kwam, as well as Family Tree members Merky Ace and Ego, with production provided by the likes of Spooky DJ, Royal T (who produced P Money's banger 'one up') and more. Make sure you cop this!!
Check this video from the mixtape for Never Seen Never Heard feat. Kwam and produced by Royal T.

16 April 2010

Free Mixtape: Scorcher - Jungle Book


New mixtape from Scorcher, make sure you give this a listen!

15 April 2010

Video- Young Adz Feat. Benjamin A.D - Dope As It Gets

This one from an artist I wasn't previously aware of, could be due to his age which I reckon is easily below 15 (partly due to the braces in his mouth). But like Alliyah (+ Pretty Ricky) said, 'age is nuthin but a number'. Dot Rotten provides trademark melancholic production and partnered with the gritty Ice Kid-esque street tales, Lewisham's Young Adz makes for a promising hope for the grime scene. Looking forward to hearing more from this guy.

14 April 2010

Audio: SHANE ELI - GREY AREA

Grey Area is the first single off of Shane Eli's debut album The Push. 
Deeply personal, the hip hop track deals with the issue of race as reflected through Shane's upbringing and personal experiences. The lyrics are heartfelt, but the track is a hopeful one. And although it sounds cliché, it begs repeating that this song is about being true to yourself despite the boxes people try to place you in. 


Shane Eli- The Push Coming Soon.


Audio: Jammer, Gritz & Diesle - F your F64 Barz

"Just cos i sing on a next ting like La Rue don't think I aint come in to kill"
Jammer, C Gritz and Diesel go in on a glitchy grime track!



Check my exclusive interview and freestyle with C Gritz

Audio: Charlie Smarts (of Kooley High) ft. Laws- Hold U Down Freestyle (Prod. By DJ Khalil)

Charlie Smarts tries his hand at the "Hold U Down" joint DJ Khalil (who's produced for the likes of Drake and The Game) blessed Laws with. 

Also check out Tab One's new video for "This Way". 

Charlie Smarts - Hold U Down Freestyle - Stream/download




13 April 2010

Sway x F64 = R U NUTS?!

Sway kicks off series 2 of SBTV's now infamous F64s with a mind blowing performance that's written like it took a year to write and performed like it's freestyled (a freestyle in hiphop is different to a freestyle in grime!).

Is Sway the UK's #1 hip hop artist right now? His next album will prove this hopefully.

12 April 2010

Video/Download: Smiler - Enza


Smiler, one of the scene's most talented lyricists teams up with producer Nutty P to create his new release 'Enza', predicted as the UK's next Hip Hop smash hit.

Taken from Smiler's hugely popular EP 'Clarity', 'Enza' has been repeatedly tipped to be one of the biggest UK Hip Hop songs of the year, with approval from many including Mistajam (Radio 1), DJ Semtex (1Xtra), DJ 279 (Choice FM) and Chantelle Fiddy (RWD/Guardian/Ctrl.Alt.Shift). Smiler has collaborated with Nate James, Roll Deep and Ghetts, and has also supported the likes of Royce da 5"9, and Wu-Tang's GZA..

Download: Smiler - Enza

50 Cent Looking for New G-Unit Soldiers



.... and the only name he mentions is (Hollywood star) Robert Pattinson?!?!


According to MTV News, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo will not be joining him on tour this summer. Instead, the G-Unit general is leaving them at home to work on their individual projects while he hits the road, works on his upcoming Black Magic LP, and recruits new members for the G-Unit camp.

“You’ll see new faces, because I’m looking for new artists now,” said the Queens MC. “I’ll sign new artists and take them with me and kinda groom them. I don’t specifically say, ‘I want this kind of artists’ – I look for talent that inspires me, that complements what I do with their own thing. Some of the stuff you can’t teach a person; they gotta have it.”

When asked if he had any particular people in mind, 50 brought up Robert Pattinson, the star of Twilight. “He has a big enough following to be the front line. Twilight ain’t no joke.”

Fif plans to drop Black Magic before the end of summer

Source: XXL Mag

Don't get it twisted, im a big fan of 50 and his music/hustle but name dropping R-Pat as a new G-Unit soldier has baffled me, I was expecting to see him recruit some thoroughbred OGs like Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift...

Video: Drake - Over

Finally the video drops for the banger, produced by Drake's production regular 'Boi 1-da'. Looking forward to the debut album, 'Thank me Later'!

Alchemist Vs Just Blaze soundclash in London!

The Doctor's Orders & East Village present
Just Blaze vs The Alchemist
The Sound-Clash
9.00pm – 2am Thursday 6th May 2010
East Village, 89 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX

Heavyweight US Hip-Hop beat makers Just Blaze & The Alchemist go head to head in a 2 hour sound-clash on 4 turntables...
Limited £10 adv tickets from ticketweb.co.uk / phone: 0844-477-1000
£12 on the door if available

Free Download: Jack Da Union - The Redkoatz Mixtape

Check this free download from UK Hip hop act Jack Da Union. Make sure you give this a listen!

Video: Trilla F64

Birmz' finestTrilla Jermaine Trilloski drops his F64 over what sounds like a remix to S-X's Woooo riddim, I like it, and unsurprisngly Trilla murks!

New track: Collie buddz - come down

Click image to download, or stream below

8 April 2010

Tre Mission - Diesel

Hood video here from a canadian grime artist I recently interviewed which appeared on MTV's website...Look out for his ,mixtape dropping soon which is going to be SICK..

Video: Rude Kid – Jack Daniels

One of the few grime instumental videos here, and reminds me of the movie 'Being John Malkovich'. Released thru one of the best independent grime labels 'No Hats Hoods'; run by DJ Magic who's behind the club night 'Dirty Canvas'. Look out for the Rude Kid - Are You Ready album out 10th May.

Jammer's F64

Backseat business here as Jammer is the latest to drop an F64. Look out for the album 'Jumanji' dropping soon, from one of grime's VIPs!

6 April 2010

Audio: Bartoven - Save My Soul

Strong track here from a young hip hop artist. Conscious/moral content here...make sure you follow the lyrics!!!
AMEN RA III OUT ON 15TH APRIL
Twitter.com/Bartoven

2 April 2010

Byron - Hip Hop vs. Grime Freestyle

Check this video from UK Hip hop/grime MC Byron. He don't really care for the BPM!!! Byron weaves his way through a mix of Grime and Hip Hop tracks, old and new, to show that lyrics don't have to be about one particular genre or tempo. Sick! Make sure you check his tune with Ghetts, See Me and check his album, 'Jack of none' available at UK Recordshop

Newham Generals in the studio with Jammer

D Double, Footise and Jammer as well as a few others in the studio previewing new material. Definitly looks like some hot material is being cooked up!

The Thunderclaps - Bootstrap Vol.1 - Mega Mega Acapella Turbo Mix

Check this mash up mix from Reading's own Thunderclaps who were behind the ridiculously expolosive track Judgement day feat Orifice Vulgatron and Ghetts! This mash up mix combines their remixes of popular tracks and vocals from the likes of Dr Dre, Mobb Deep, Fat Joe and Busta Rhymes.


Bootstrap Vol.1 - Mega Mega Acapella Turbo Mix by The Thunderclaps

Here's the video for Judgement Day! One of the 'watch before you die' type tunes!

You can also pick up the limited edition white coloured vinyl, which includes all the instrumentals here:

http://www.ukrecordshop.com/item/the-thunderclaps-bootstrap-vol-1.html
http://www.chemical-records.co.uk/sc/servlet/Info?Track=EJSR010

Or download them here:
http://www.juno.co.uk/ppps/products/1552117-02.htm

Free download: URBANWORLD PODCAST FEATURING TY


URBANWORLD PODCAST FEATURING TY
UK Rap veteran TY sat down with SK Vibemaker on the eve of the release of his 4th studio solo album to discuss everything from ‘Changes in the UK scene from the 80s till now’, ‘the state of conventional rap, ‘his luck with online dating’ & more…
The single ‘Emotions’ is out now & the album ‘Special kind of fool’ is out April 19th


Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley are Distant Relatives TRAILER

Nas & Damian Marley are joined by Oliver Stone, K'naan, Busta Rhymes, Saul Williams, & DJ Green Lantern to talk about the creation of the Distant Relatives album. This is a massive look for both artists, for separate reasons. It's good to see Nas is keeping it original and not bowing to the pressure of the mainstream despite his $51000/month payments to Kelis!!
"It's not reggae, it's not rap... it's some different shit!"



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

Free Download: Kelis "Flesh Tone" Mixtape featuring dance remixes + new material!

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DJ Replay from FreeSchool (the production team that have been working closely with Kelis on her new album) released a mixtape during Winter Music Conference that included dance remixes of Kelis' hits which include Milkshake, Caught Out There, Lil Star and Bossy -- in addition toKelis' #1 hit Acapella and snippets of 4 new songs off of Flesh Tone which include: 4TH OF JULY, HOME, SCREAM AND 22ND CENTURY.

Below is the tracklisting for DJ Replay presents Queen of Hearts: Off with their Heads - Kelis: Flesh Tone Mixtape.

Visit mixcrate.com to download/stream:

Click on the link to download the front & back cover art as well as the music:
1. Handful (intro)
2. No Security (Crookers vs. Bart Bmore)
3. Acapella (David Guetta vs. Benny Banssi)
4. Bossy (Switch vs. Alan Braxe and Fred Falke)
5. 4th of July (Flesh Tone Album Snippet)
6. Grey Goose (Free School feat. Apl d ap vs. Stardust)
7. Milkshake (Mighty Fools vs. Major Lazer)
8. Get Along with You (Laidback Luke vs. Mstrkrft (Goldenchyld Blend))
9. Home (Flesh Tone Album Snippet)
10. Caught Out There (Eric Prydz Blend)
11. Scream (Flesh Tone Album Snippet)
12. Lil Star (Linus Loves Remix)
13. 22nd Century (Flesh Tone Album Snippet)

Free Download: DJ Cable - March 2010 Podcast

Check out this new podcast from long time allie and mix badman DJ Cable. This month's podcast features brand new heat from the likes of Rick Ross, Skitz, Ludacris, Giggs and Lil Scrappy, Dubstep & Grime from the likes of P Money, Footsie, Rude Kid, Joker, Jakes and Breakage; plus some exclusive material from Flux Pavillion and Fused Forces..

DOWNLOAD: http://usershare.net/qx6yhndzixbc
STREAM: http://www.mixcloud.com/djcable/dj-cable-podcast-march-2010/

Tracklisting:

01. DJ Cable - Podcast Intro...
02. Rick Ross - Fontainebleau
03. Fused Forces - Crossed Lines
04. Skitz Feat. Rodney P, Kardinal Offishall & Skibadee - Struggla
05. Giggs - Look What The Cat Dragged In
06. Take - Neon Beams
07. Yung Joc Feat. Lil Wayne - Drip
08. Young Money - Roger That
09. Fabolous - Roger That Freestyle
10. Shawty Lo Feat. Lil Wayne - WTF
11. Ludacris Feat. Gucci Mane - Party No Mo
12. Lil Scrappy - Swoop Swoop
13. Marcus Visionary - Crackhead
14. Flux Pavilion - Normalize
15. Addison Groove - Footcrab
16. S-X - Wooooooo Riddim
17. P Money - Wooooooo Freestyle
18. Footsie - Wooooooo Freestyle
19. Dream McLean - Wooooooo Freestyle
20. The Thunderclaps - Grindin'
21. Rude Kid - Electric
22. Rob Sparx - Arcade
23. MRK1 - It's Goin' Down
24. MRK1 - It's Goin' Down (Instrumental)
25. Doctor P - Badman Sound
26. Jakes - Warface (2010 VIP)
27. Joker - Tron
28. Terror Danjah - Air Bubble
29. 12th Planet & Juakali - Reasons (Doctor P Remix)
30. Jakes - Rhythm
31. The Boogaloo Crew - Days Go By
32. Breakage Feat. Donae'o - Speechless