31 May 2010
29 May 2010
I don't like promoting products on my site but it's a rare occassion to get 3 of the most powerful people in hip hop on screen at one time. Jimmy Iovine, in case you're unaware is chairman of Interscope records which is the umbrella label behind Dr Dre, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Timbaland, Black Eyed Peas and whole load more!
Here they speak On Diddy Beats (the headphones), Diddy Speaks On Dr.Dre's Influence and Dre jus keeps it straight GANGSTA.
Really strong video here from an artist new to me known as Pepstar. This is one of those 'start at the end and then jump to the beginning' type of vids about a guy meeting a girl and all not being what it seemed. The instruemental is Rhianna's Russian Roulette.
28 May 2010
27 May 2010
Purple City Ent boss (and former Dipset affiliate), Shiest Bubz, is getting ready to release his newest album Everydaze My Birthday. The first song he's dropping is "Give It A Rest". The Araabmuzik produced track is that hard hitting Harlem Hip-Hop Shiest is known for.
a UK hip hop legend that some might refer to as being on his 2nd wind (but i say he never really left), Mystro teams up with TSG's Lee Wieczorek, UCMMA and WHOA! TV to bring the fighter's walk in performance...
26 May 2010
After hip-hop’s disappointing presence on The Billboard 200 last week, new releases by Nas and Damiam Marley and Reflecion Eternal gave a much needed boost to the genre today (May 26).
The Queensbridge MC and the Jamaican reggae singer’s collaborative album, Distant Relatives, debuted at No. 5, bringing rap music back into Billboard’s Top 10 for the first time in three weeks. God’s Son and Bob’s Son sold an impressive 57,300 according to the Nielsen SoundScan.
Atlanta sensation B.o.B. landed nine spots down at No. 14. The Adventures of Bobby Ray, pulled in an additional 22,700 units this go-round and after a month on the charts, the 2009 XXLFreshman has a total sales figure of 170,500.
Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek’s new Reflection Eternal album, Revolutions Per Minute, picked up the No. 18 spot. Fans bagged up 20,900 copies of the duo’s sophomore effort in its introductory week in stores.
The Black Eyed Peas slipped three slots to No. 23. The E.N.D. still managed to add 17,300 units to its overall tally, which now stands at 2,534,900.
Ludacris also fell a couple of positions to No. 31, rounding out the Top 40. Battle of the Sexes, was purchased 12,600 times in the last seven days, making its 11-week total 417,500.
Look for Nas and B.o.B. to duke it out for top hip-hop spot on the charts next week.
Source: Elan Mancini for XXL Mag Online
Original message from Scrufizzer:
Thank you 4 downloading this, these are my old tracks from 2009-2010. The reason for me stopping is because i’ve tried reach out & i’ve been blocked seriously
P.S i might come back to music but for now imma stop For now because it seems like am going around in circles.
Download “It’s Over” Here or click image above.
Blay Z - Streets Of Rage (dub)
Jme - Mortal Kombat Baraka Vip
Smurf - The End Instrumental (Dirtee Stank Recordings)
Shotz City - Untitled (OT Recordings)
Squizzle - Frozen
Joker - Gully Brook Lane Genesis Edition
Spyro - Sonic Boom (Street Fighter/dubplate)
Jme - 007 Agent Under Fire
D.O.K - Sega Genesis (dub)
Viler - Jiggly Puff
Swindle - Roll Deep Rally [Instrumental]
SRC - Goomba 140
Smasher - Climate Change
All Stars - 8bit Remix Challenge
25 May 2010
M.I.A. has shared her thoughts on the difference between Jay-Z and Nas in a recent interview.
The rapper/singer explained that both of the rap stars took different routes to success.
She told Complex Magazine: "Jay became the biggest representation of rap music who's still alive, started dating Beyoncé, everything was so much bigger and better with Jay-Z. I hope people don't think that that wins.
"The fact that Nas didn't become all this sort of stuff changes people's perception about the music and the work he achieved in his lifetime. I don't wanna say Jay-Z sold out, but I just feel like we have to wait another 10 years to see what happens.
“Jay-Z's ambition was to become like Frank Sinatra, a household name all over the planet, and own a casino in Vegas and stuff like that. And I think Nas was really sticking to knowledge. I still think the biggest point about hip-hop is in there somewhere, what happens to those two artists."
24 May 2010
New Sway video for his hot track with Donae'o. Check the behind the scenes video I posted up a little while back. Good look as the first single for his forthcoming album, Deliverance.
Whether you rate 50 or not, the guy dominated the hip hop scene for 5 years, and tho his buzz has lightened somewhat over the last couple of years, the guy's still a beast and has plenty of insights into the hip hop game.
Curtis gives his perspective on his peers, his music and what’s in store for the future as he sits down with Reggie Yates…
The Freestyle Project
Monday 7th June 2010 @ Udderbelly, Southbank Centre.
£14 (Concessions £11) 8:30pm 10:00pm.
Box office: 0871 663 2538
Aided by 2007 UK DMC champion JFB on decks, 'J'm Black on guitar and Mr Hopkinson on live visuals, this is a rap music ouija-board led by nothing but the thoughts in the room and loosely held together by Beardyman at his spaceship-come-loop-station and his lyrical spirit guides - Stig of The Dump, Dr Syntax, Dizraeli, Klumzy Tung, and LeeN.
So the BBC bring Tempa T and DJ Magic (No hats no hoods/Dirty Canvas) thru to their 'introducing' stage at the Big Weekend in Bangor and perform 'Hypest Hype' produced by beatmaking juggernauts Chase & Status. I will admit that was the 1st time I'd heard the track but the combination of the 2 acts was destined to work. It's undoubtedly positive how the BBC brought Tempz thru when they could've gone for a safer option (ie. someone with perhaps less "threatening" content) but thankfully the mainstram audience finally get an accurate view of grime in 2010.
22 May 2010
Huge collabo here, tho I'm sure I heard this track about a year ago? Hopefully this will give Green another top 5 hit. In my opinion it's better than 'I need you tonight'...
21 May 2010
New vid from Blue Borough resident Don Strapzy coming with a big collabo with Mayhem from SAS.
Also check his free mixtape with Youngs Teflon entitled 'It's a madness'...
New video here from my boy Fliptrix. Making big moved in the UK Hip hop scene at the moment, look out Fliptrix's new album "Theory Of Rhyme" OUT NOW on High Focus Records Ft. Jehst, Verb T, Kashmere & Jam Baxter. Production by Chemo, Jehst, Jon Phonics, 184, Verb T, Medison, Runone & Chapta. Available from http://www.myspace.com/mrfliptrix...
19 May 2010
Debut video from 16 year old artist Trozion. Track produced by Lewi White and featuring AL Bennet. Look out for his mixtape, 'Ahead wid da barz' coming soon!
Make sure you watch this in full hD quality, full screen with your speakers up!
18 May 2010
Nate Freestyle from the Mixtape Bits and Pieces. Coming very soon..
I'm not sure what channel this 'Daily Finance' show is but I don't think his audience is ready! I'm definitly up for trying Lil Jon's branded wine tho!
Idris Elba, the British actor, well known as Stringer Bell in The Wire drops a video for this track, produced by 9th Wonder, a well respected producer in the undeground US hip hop scene...
17 May 2010
Olos and B dodgy from Random Mandem/Top Records go in over a remix of Dead and Gone by Timberlake and T.I. Big track here, these guys are on the rise!
They also came on my radio show on urbanfmtv a little while back, check the footage!
I went down to upcoming MC Trozion's video shoot for his debut video called Zombie Nation; a conscious but dark tune produced by legendary UK producer Lewi White (who's produced for the likes of Klashnekoff, Ghetts, Devlin and Griminal) and features UK Funky songstress A.L. Bennet (who's worked with Hardhouse Banton, Swindle, Footsteps etc).
Also make sure you watch the SICK freestyles from the day...
Keep your eyes peeled for the official video for Zombie Nation, dropping soon!!!
16 May 2010
I know a lot of people have been looking forward to this. The Jurrasic 5 artist jumps on this hot instrumental from UK Dubstep front runner Rusko and is off Chali 2na’s upcoming Fish Market pt.2.. I'm not especially into dubstep but this is pretty big!
Download/Stream: Chali 2na - Gadget Go Go (produced by Rusko)
I met up with M.I.K last week, who's new mixtape 'Grime to Five' is out soon and discussed a few things plus got a sick freestyle over the classic Wiley track Ice Rink.
1st off check this video interview with the track's producer S-X by SB.TV.
Here you can listen and download to 44 vocals of the track, all compiled on to 1 mixtape!
For good measure, check my interview with S-X, which as he said when we spoke on Wed at the Badness - Nightmare launch party, was the 1st interview he did.
BlatantlyBlunt meets S-X
15 May 2010
Free grime instrumental downloads here from the artist formerly known as Silencer....
Teddy - Free Downloads
01 - Gold Bat (October 18th 2009)
02 - One Winged Angel (April 16th 2010)
03 - Martian Attack (April 19th 2010)
04 - Samurai (May 14th 2010)
Download All 4 Here
14 May 2010
Massive collaboration here sampling Bell Biv Devoe's classic swingbeat joint 'Poison' . Mystro murks it as he continues his 2nd wind. I also liked Kyza's line about steppin to a trustafarian. Fire!
I maybe really late on this but I'm really feeling this track so thought it had to be posted. Good to see their Nu Brand [Flexx] have developed their sound... The auto-tune hasn't been overkilled also which makes a good change!!
Link Up TV give you an exclusive access all areas look at Sway's new music video for his single "Pop Bottles ft Donae'o. Looks massive!
Hot new video here from UK dancehall deejay Tuggawar . This one directed by director Teddy Nygh of Fully Focussed productions, who directed award winning UK/Oz/US hip hop documentary 'Clash a da tight ones' and Giggs' double video 'You raised me/Open up'. I went down to the premier of this and chatted to Teddy, Tuggawar and Tribalman check the footage below !
Not heard of Tony Roberts, but if you didn't listen to much Lil Wayne you'd be forgiven for believing this sketch about Weezy's rapping style. He focusesses on 'A milli', and even performs a recorded parody of the track which is available for download on iTunes!
Not sure if he's nervous or just ran outta deodorant but watch how he's sweating buckets!!!
13 May 2010
New mixtape from Nottingham rapper Scorzayzee, who recently returned to the game after a few years out. The mixtape is called Raging Bull, and is a taste of something to expect from upcoming album, Peace To The Puzzle.. Click image to download!
Have to say this isn't the type of mixtape cover I'd expect to see with Scorzayzee's name at the top but you know what they say, don't judge a book by it's cover.
I went to this event last night at The Den in central London... with a line up like this it would be a sin to miss! Badness, Skepta, Little Nasty, Jammer, D Double E, Footsie, Dizzle kid, P Money, Blacks, D Power, Shizzle, Dj Logan Sama, DJ JJ, DJ sir spyro, Marcus Nasty, DJ Magic, Rude kid, Silencer, Stylah, DJ Complex and more! As far as I saw all went down peacefully which is a good look for the scene and it proves progression is being made. Check the footage below courtesy of OGz affiliate CameraMan Sketch...
12 May 2010
Black the ripper joins Charlie Sloth on the 1XTRA Hip Hop mix show for a session of Fire in the Booth! Black the Ripper DESTROYS the mic for nearly 10 minutes!! Some legendary stuff!!
Very big video here from one of the few artists who've taken their grime sound to a commercial level without losing their grime element. Westwood described this video as 'a work of art' and I won't say he's a liar! I like the way the track combines grime, dubstep and pop!
11 May 2010
One of my favourite producers of all time talks to the Wall street journal about the emergence of 'the producer' in the hip hop game, and shows us where he's from, and talks where people think he's from plus some other stuff.
7 May 2010
REAL strong track here from some of the biggest talents in the UK grime and hip hop scenes. Great production and the 3 MCs seem to work together very comfortably...
"An array of bright young pretenders has been joining forces with established talent, which is giving the scene unstoppable momentum.
Ghetts’s Calm Before The Storm mixtape (360) sees the popular Plaistow MC leave behind the ultra-violence of 2008’s Freedom Of Speech. His bristling intensity survives and he has honed punchlines through ‘clashes’ (in grime terms his recent battles with P Money were as big news as the general election). Ghetts has matured and his tracks analyse keeping it ‘grime’ and making no money versus mainstream progress, while My Sperm is a surreal putdown to imitators. The r’*’b chorus on We Control, featuring Devlin, hints at future possibilities. Ghetts’s USPs are his unhinged demeanour (live, he’s a sight to behold) and wince-inducing lyrics (he references suicide bombers and the Twin Towers here). As he finds his place in the glossy world of grime 2.0, let’s hope he doesn’t lose his edge.
Seventeen-year-old Maxsta is the latest prodigy on grime’s teen-MC production line: he’s been anointed by grime’s illuminati (Wiley, Ghetts, Terror Danjah and Bless Beats) and his music has featured on Logan Sama, Westwood and Mistajam’s radio shows. The Maxtape (Uptown) proves his lyrical mettle and versatility: Back To Grime calls out grime artists doing pop who ‘ain’t even got grime on their phone’. East London sees Maxsta proclaim his ‘bars are hotter than a Bunsen’, while The Reason is a radio/girl-friendly r’*’b jam. I Promise, a pledge to his mum that he’ll do his homework and prove himself, is cute but disconcerting if you’re old enough to vote. Once you get past Maxsta’s barely broken voice, you can see why he’s been tipped to ‘do a Tinchy’.
Despite grime’s MC-dominated image, the No Hats No Hoods label is fighting the producers’ corner by releasing Rude Kid’s instrumental-only Are You Ready? LP. Rude Kid’s own remix of his anthemic UFO brings together a jittery rhythm, jabbering short-circuiting effects and punishing bass; Dentist intersperses hi-NRG bassline house with analogue bleeps and taut synths; Jack Daniels melds whirring, breathless techno around a contorting tower of bass; the meditative Space Dance dissolves warm reggae chords into aqueous electronic melodies as a sub-bass behemoth pulsates beneath. Are You Ready?’s bold, other-worldly dubs are utterly compelling without an MC and proof that Rude Kid is more than ready to move onwards and upwards.
The affable Terror Danjah has been a top grime producer for years, so much so that electronica label Planet Mu released an essential retrospective, Gremlinz, late last year. Danjah recently posted a free Grime & Dubstep mix on Mixcloud (www.mixcloud.com/terrordanjah), showcasing forthcoming material and current bangers. Danjah’s What Would I Do sees Badness sing-jaying over lumbering bass; Slang Like This brings together Sukh Knight’s Bollywood-sampling dubstep and P Money’s lingo lesson. Danjah’s audio stamp (the sound of Gremlins cackling) crops up on Power Grid, while his remix of Swindles’ Airmiles combines funky Afrobeat with nose-twitching electro. This mix reflects the fluidity between dubstep and grime, and Danjah’s consistently agenda-setting productions, which you can also sample on Kode9’s Hyperdub label and at Glastonbury this summer."
Trying to convince us he just tried to rob the girl at dawn on a train platform, not rape her, which he's accused of, based on CCTV evidence. Regular readers will know i've been covering this guy's updates (as its regarding a grime artist's crime that was covered in the mainstream media. Check here and here), so check this phone call from ZeeTVD, the latest part of the story...
6 May 2010
Swedish producer Severe Beats decided to pick some of this favorite records and remix them into new songs. The result is his new mixtape titled "I Killed The Remix" featuring remixes of artists like Jay-Z, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Common, Kidz In The Hall amongst others. It's not only a skillful blend of fresh remixes it also a display of the skillz Severe Beats has a producer and beatmaker.
Download the mixtape here - Severe Beats - I Killed The Remix - http://therahrah.com/ikilledtheremix
Severe Beats - I Killed The Remix Tracklist:
01. Methuzulah - Everything Good [Severe Beats Remix]
02. Jay Z - Song Cry [Severe Beats Remix]
03. Cassidy - B-Boy Stance [Severe Beats Remix]
04. Gucci Mane x Young Jeezy x Boo - I'm Icy [Severe Beats Remix]
05. Kidz In The Hall ft. Estelle - Love Hangover [Severe Beats Remix]
06. Beyonce - Beautiful Nightmare [Severe Beats Remix]
07. Gucci Mane x Young Jeezy - Round 1 [Severe Beats Remix]
08. Methuzulah - Holla [Severe Beats Remix]
09. Common x Pharrell - Gladiator [Severe Beats Remix]
10. Rob Grimes x Lyrical - All Around The World RMX [Severe Beats Remix]
11. Tanya Morgan - Never Enough [Severe Beats Remix]
12. AZ x Raekwon x Ghostface - New York [Severe Beats Remix]
13. *BONUS TRACK
New video here from Sonny Jim, an ex battle MC from Birmingham. Gotta say I've always rated this guy. give it a look!
New 6 track free download here from North London Grime artist 'Untitled', who tends to approach grime with a different perspective, which is always refreshing to hear. Add @Untitledmc & @MesLDN on twitter and buy the single Left me ft Kelsey from itunes from May 31st. Download the EP by clicking the image below:
Check his video for 'Getting older', and you'll see what I mean about different perspective!
5 May 2010
Lil Wayne's beef with some of the producers he's worked with is well-documented. Now, the Young Money head honcho can add the man who produced "A Milli" for him.
In a recent interview with VIBE, Bangladesh aired did not mince words about his former collaborator. "I don't fuck with [Lil Wayne]... and you can print that," said the producer. "Cash Money don’t pay royalties. The Carter III, [is] his biggest album probably because of 'A Millie.' [But] you have to sue these guys so that they pay up."
Bangladesh revealed that he is suing for an estimated $500,000 in owed royalty checks for the Grammy award-winning track. "It's [Wayne and Baby's] responsibility to pay [me] because all the money from album sales goes to Cash Money. I get checks from Sony for Beyonce, checks from different labels for different artists, it just comes to you. You don’t have to call them, sue them and all that junk. This is what you're owed."
"I don’t really give a fuck about [Wayne]," continued Bangladesh. "I can't give a fuck about somebody that don’t give a fuck about my situation, I have kids. In the hood, people get killed for ten dollars. I couldn’t imagine owing someone hundreds of thousands of dollars and just walking around in front of them. I'm so confident in myself, that I don’t need Lil Wayne. There's gonna be so many opportunities. I can create a Lil Wayne."
"This is why Manny Fresh don’t fuck with [Cash Money] because he never got any royalty money. That’s why Baby can go around flaunting this cash, because that’s everyone else’s money... It's not even Wayne's fault. Wayne is not getting money. He is given money, he's not getting money. If Baby gets a million dollars he’ll buy Wayne a [Rolls Royce] Phantom, but that’s in Cash Money's name. That 14-bedroom mansion isn’t Wayne shit," said the hit-maker, who echoed further sentiments to the royalty dispute.
Source: Hip Hop DX
4 May 2010
This month's mix from DJ Cable has more emphasis on the Hip Hop/Wonky/Experimental vibe, with brand new heat from the likes of Big Boi, Devonwho, Samiyam, Pac Div, J. Cole, Ghostface, Amp Live, 8 Ball & MJG etc. For the Dubstep and Grime section, there's new music from Benga, FuntCase, Ruckspin, Starkey and Frisco, with some tidy exclusives from D Double E, Dark Sky & Fused Forces.
01. DJ Cable - Podcast Intro...
02. Big Boi - Shutterbug
03. Red Cafe Feat. Fabolous - I'm Ill
04. Ghostface Killah & Method Man - It's That Wu S**t
05. Devonwho - Stile
06. Dibiase - Axel Bop
07. Samiyam - Fishticks
08. Pac Div Feat. Marz Lovejoy - Shine
09. J. Cole - Who Dat
10. Rusko Feat. Amber Coffman - Hold On (Sub Focus Remix)
11. Eprom - Shoplifter (Edit)
12. Nu:Tone - Set Me Free
13. Eprom - Bubble
14. Drake - Over (Acapella)
15. Pac Div - Broccoli
16. Pariah - Detroit Falls
17. Amp Live Feat. Mickey Factz - Turn It Up
18. 8 Ball & MJG Feat. Young Dro - Bring It Back
19. T.I. - I'm Back
20. Skitz Feat. Buggsy - Born Inna System
21. Funtcase - So Vexed
22. Rusko - Woo boost
23. Jakes - Boom
24. Benga - EyeTunes
25. Fused Forces - No Candy
26. D Double E - Street Fighter Riddim
27. The Thunderclaps - Put 'Em In Their Place
28. Frisco - Training Day
29. Starkey - Pleasure Points
30. G. Tank - Bully Of The Beats
31. Ruckspin - Get Naked
32. The XX - Crystalised (Dark Sky Remix)
33. Dark Sky - To Lose
3 May 2010
Pac Div wants to bless you with some new music while they wrap up their debut album The Grown Kid Syndrome. 13 BRAND NEW Pac Div bangers featuring Colin Munroe, Pill, Dom Kennedy, Chip Tha Ripper, & more!
Download for FREE at www.ItsPacDiv.com or just click the image to download!
Hot new music video for North London rapper E.gle's first single, 'Living My Life', which was digitally released April 19th 2010, and has already gone to #1 in Channel AKA's Hip Hop Chart.
2 May 2010
Mini music vid/promo here for what looks like a new release from them which is due May 30th. I can't say I'm overly impressed with this particular track but I have faith so will wait till I hear the download before making my mind up!
For some classic JME and Tempz footage check this Snow Day performance..
Big track here from the Bloodline member. Strong production also from J Beatz, one of the elite amongst new school grime producers in my eyes. Without trying to make an obvious comparison, this does remind me slightly of 'Next Hype'! Has that energy.
Download the mixtape for free at http://www.MrShaoDow.com/shop.