30 September 2010

Video: Eminem f. Lil Wayne - No Love

Probably my favourite track off Eminem's latest album. Both Weezy and Eminem get 5 outta 5 here imo along production from Just Blaze who's definitely one to work with if you want any chance of success and uses the sample really well here...It's good to see 2 giants of hip hop made a strong follow up to drop the world and I think this is probably better, but only marginly!

Audio: Merky ACE - The Freestyle (Produced by Rude Kid - Free Download)

Play this to someone who's just woken up and see the reaction haha.. Merky's definitely
set the standard for pure grime bars that connect lyrically and bring ferocity!

Click to download

Audio: Terror Danjah - Undeniable (feat. D Double E)


Two of the biggest names in grime that go way back to school days go in here over Terror Danjah's title track of his new LP on Hyperdub records.. the track's a bit of a charmer so don't expect street fighter riddim but it's more on a 'gal flex', but don't get it twisted the tracks real strong and has slightly old school feel to it...
Check my recent interview with Terror Danjah on MTV's Urban music blog, The Wrap Up

Video: Ed Sheeran & Devlin going bar for bar

Ed Sheeran & Devlin going bar for bar backstage in what seems like a spontaneous cypher at the example gig, 02 academy, Sheffield. I've heard Ed Sheeran's name around a lot but never actually heard what he does until now. It shouldn't work [i.e. cliche'd], but in fact he's a skilled lyricist and has a good vibe about him, so I'll definitely look out for his music...


I think Devlin's landed fairly gracefully onto the 'mainstream' level which I'm glad about . Despite a couple of shakey first singles, I've been impressed with his latest track 'Runaway' and if he stays on that introspective/'working class hero' vibe without his producers over doing it on the production [eg. on Giant and Brainwashed], I think the press might just be making a fair comparison of him as 2010's Mike Skinner. Despite his current sound being reasonably distant from his past material [Just listen to'Dealers'] he's still got that extra edge and consistency lacking from many others doing it on a major level...

29 September 2010

Event: Hoochinoo & Rapscallions Society - Rising Styles

This Sunday! Make sure you hit this up. It's an all dayer so no excuses to miss this 1!!!




An all dayer dedicated to Hip Hop culture that includes:
- SPOKEN WORD supported by LYRIX ORGANIX.
- LIVE ART.
- RAPSCALLIONS SOCIETY MARKET including SNEAKER DESIGN STATION, BOUTIQUE NAIL BAR and STREETWEAR APPAREL.
- DJS including J’DA KUT (SENSEI FM), LEARIC, CHA NAS (8 YR OLD TURNTABLIST), SNUFF THE ABLIST (DENTED), JAY DIAMOND (RINSE FM).
- LIVE PERFORMANCES from: STIG OF THE DUMP, THE BOXETTES, LA REBLA FAM, SKANDAL, JOKERSTARR.
- HOSTED by: NUTTY P.
Sunday 3rd October, 2010
Time: 1pm – Midnight
BAR MUSIC HALL, 134 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AR (map)
£5 from 7pm – Tickets on the door
18+ from 7pm, under 18s before 7pm only. ID required.

28 September 2010

Audio/Download: Shaduno - Before The Upcoming Vol.2

New mixtape here from East London grime/hip hop/r&b/electro rapper/producer/singer all rounder Shaduno. Expect a mix of loads of genres across this mixtape and some creative song writing and production here.. give this a listen and download here!
Before The Upcoming Vol.2 (Read Description) by Shaduno

here's the guy himself to give you the lowdown

Download: Tinchy Stryder – III EP

Tinchy drops ANOTHER free download, this one in preparation for his forthcoming LP, Third Strike. I'm one of the few people that still defends and rates Tinchy as a grime artist and doesn't judge him purely on his commercial tracks (which aren't as cheesy as certain other grime cross overs!!!).. This is partly because he still releases grime videos ('Famous' etc) his last free mixtape which dropped 6 months ago that was also sounding really strong... WORKRATE!!


Click cover to download

27 September 2010

VIDEO: Tre Mission - When I Come Thru

Tre Mission, probably the most famous non-UK MC in the world [pls correct me if I'm wrong!] drops a new video for a track he released a short while ago on his promo 'Don't think' [free download].


The 19 year old from Toronto, Canada (also home of superstars like Drake, Kardinal Offishal and K'naan) kicked in the proverbial door of grime in March this year when he got a unanimously positive response from the often-cynical members of Grime Forum...

This was followed by an interview I did with Tre for MTV's urban music Blog, 'The Wrap Up', airplay on Logan Sama's grime show on Kiss then a promo drop, in May thru S-Star and a series of humble hood videos.
The video itself is pretty impressive and if your mind isn't too slack you'll see his bars are sharp as fuck! For a foreign newcome to out-do a lot of current homegrown grime artists is something the scene isn't ready for, and will have a lot of MCs working over time...

26 September 2010

Download/Audio: DJ Cable - August 2010 Podcast



Make sure you check the final podcast of this year from long time ally of this site, DJ Cable. It contains a load of unreleased and forthcoming material from the likes of Youngman & Benga, Marco Del Horno & DJ Swerve, P Money, Fused Forces, Dcult, Secret Lemon Project, Noah D and Kavsrave, as well as recent heat from Kano, Rick Ross, Mala, Stay Fresh Music, and more...

DOWNLOAD / STREAM


Tracklising:

01. DJ Cable - Podcast Intro
02. Rick Ross - Blowin' Money Fast (B.M.F.)
03. Bun B - B.M.F. Freestyle
04. Kano Feat. Wiley & Aidonia - Get Wild (Redlight Remix)
05. Littlefoot - Sell My Soul
06. Youngman & Benga - One And Only
07. Seven & Elvee - Breakdown
08. Terror Danjah - Ride 4 Me
09. SLK - Hype! Hype! (Acapella)
10. Fused Forces - The Day Before
11. Kavsrave - Deluded
12. Macca Feat. Frisco - We Go Hard
13. Marco Del Horno - Ho Riddem (Swerve Remix Instrumental)
14. Marco Del Horno - Ho Riddem (Swerve Remix Feat. P Money)
15. G.Tank - Electronic Era
16. Fused Forces - Henry VIP
17. Dcult - Requiem
18. Mala - Don't Let Me Go
19. Benga - Descending
20. Fused Forces Feat. Blacks - Just Do You
21. Slum Dogz - In The Hood
22. Project Midnight - Laser Beam
23. Quest - Wind Tunnel
24. His Girl Friday - The Calling (Kavsrave Remix)
25. Flava D - Goin' On Cold
26. Secret Lemon Project - AIDS
27. Noah D & Mensah - Kashmir
28. Caspa & Subscape - Geordie Racer
29. Rude Kid - Rain Drops
30. Professor Green Feat. Maverick Sabre - Jungle

Audio: Maxsta, Doller Da Dustman & Big Shizz - FIRE BARS (Prod. By Zdot)

Fresh grime right here from Z Dot Productions, taken From Doller Da Dustman's 'SET TO BE KING' Mixtape..

25 September 2010

Audio: Dutty Mouth Vol. 3 (The final Chapter)

New mixtape to stream from Lexus DuttyMouth, a grime artist I got ratings for, after buying his mixtape off him on Carnaby St. Dutty mouth who has worked with Dot Rotten, Donae'o and Kosha gets my rating for his bars as well as his ability to write a strong hook..

Dutty Mouth Vol.3: The Final Chapter by duttymouth

Video: Dam-Funk - Hood Pass Intact

Banging track here from Stone's throw records artist Dam Funk. Production wise this is hard to top! Dam-Funk is a former G-funk keyboardist who sculpts slabs of humid, sweaty, synth-heavy instrumental funk. First time I heard this was MONTHS ago on Benji B's show on 1xtra, hopefully it'll blow up soon...

Download: Sonny Jim - Airtight


Savvy aka YNR records artist Asaviour teams up with Sonny Jim and produces a UK hip hop banger. Birmingham rapper Sonny Jim is signed to Eat Good Records and you may recognize him from the Jump Off Street battles. Look out for Savvy's new release the third & final mixtape of his highly successful 'play to win' series which will set the stage for his onslaught of new releases.

Download here

Audio: Group Home - Up Against The Wall Ft. Lord Jamar & MC Ace

Check out Group Home's second single off of their upcoming "Gifted Unlimted Rhymes Universal," entitled "Up Against The Wall." With production by L.A. OG DJ Lord Ron, and featuring Lord Jamar & MC Ace.


Click here to buy on iTunes

Group Home has unquestionably proven that they are one of the most important groups to come out of hip-hop’s revered “golden age.” Set for release on September 28th by Babygrande Records, Group Home’s “Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal” is a tribute to the movement that birthed hip-hop’s most celebrated emcees and a must-have for any true fan of hip-hop.

A portion of all proceeds from this project will be donated to Guru's son's trust fund. Make a donation at gurutributes.com

24 September 2010

Video: Soulja Boy & 50 Cent - Mean Mug

WOW this is certainly a significant video if you look at where these two were just 4 years ago. 50 was running hip hop and souljah boy probably running his playground.

50 Cent is due all credit tho. He's supported Souljah Boy from VERY early on [link to souljah boy's rise?], I think I even remember seeing 50 in a video of the 'child soldier' from Atlanta getting a trim before or just at the time that the annoyingly loveable 'Crank Dat souljah boy' dropped..
I think the track's good tho, put you gotta take it with a pinch of salt [or two....?].

Video: Shad - Rose garden

"Rose Garden" is taken from 'TSOL', the third album from Vancouver based MC Shad. The son of Rwandan immigrants, Shad invested time into his craft while growing up in London... He cites the likes of Common, Rass Kass and Outkast as his influences and you can definitely hear that 'golden era' style of hip hop which's doing pretty well in 2010. Just look at the likes of J Cole, Wale, K Naan and that side of things which is doing really well at the moment, which I do respect as it IS real hip hop, BUT for me it just isn't creative enough overall. Despite that, the OGs of that scene still have their credibility today such as Sean Price who I only got in to since he came back in the scene..

23 September 2010

Mixtape Audio: Joe Grime - Life Of Grime [I Am Legend Edition]

Do you want the good news or the bad news 1st?
Well the bad news is that this ISN'T grime, but the good new is this is a dancehall/bashment mixtape containing NINETY NINE tracks of real explicit tracks from 2010's biggest dancehall tracks including new music from Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Aidonia, Gyptian, Gappy Ranks, & Suncycle. Not forgetting some of the biggest riddims of the year including Street Swag, Bank Robbers, Mad Collab, Smokin', Street Groove, Sex Appeal, Tsunami!



This is DJ Joe Grime's 9th mixtape but first I've heard from him, so take 1st looks!
In the 6 or 7 years I've been into this scene I've heard a lot that can be described as 'Caribbean or Jamaican hip hop'. On top of that; the strong dancehall roots in the grime scene hopefully we'll hear some transatlantic collabos from artists in the bashment /grime and UK dancehall scene from artists like Gappy Ranks, Badness, Lady Chann, Killa P, Tuggawar as well as the producers like Toddla T [who recently worked with Wayne Marshall].

20 September 2010

Review: Kwam - Truth Hurts EP


Kwam arrives with the Truth Hurts EP. He goes in with Darko’s remix of Skepta’s DTI, a brave manoeuvre that he pulls off well. This remix and the bars put on it make it the best version of the track since the late Escobar went on it years back. Production stays tight as it goes into harsh production from Spooky for the track ‘My Name’s Kwam’. The tune is reminiscent of P Money’s ‘What Did He Say’ from about a year ago and if anything it’s harder. It still doesn’t let up as ‘We’re Aliens’ rolls in with guest verses from Rival and Marger.

The production stays tight throughout and the bars keep coming. The wordplay is nice, the production is nice, Kwam has command and his flow is strong. Nice debut from another promising MC who is making himself a name fast. Kwam definitely arrives on this one.

Follow Kwam on Twitter @KwamMC

Review by Tom Edge exclusively for BlatantlyBlunt.

Event: Party for Pakistan 29/9/10



On Wednesday 29th September, the o2 Islington Academy in Angel hosts a mammoth line-up, with Channel 4's best show in years Facejacker’s first ever live performance alongside sets from Plan B, Wretch 32, Riz MC, Akala, Lowkey, Mighty Moe, Zinc, Nero, Hatcha, Herve, Bok Bok, Aggros Santos, Bobby Friction, MZ Bratt, Pathaan, Envy, Sabotage (United We Stand), Mumzy Stranger, Logan Sama, Urban Nerds, Martelo (YoYo) and many more!
Every penny raised will go to the DEC Floods appeal and EVERYONE is performing and working for free in aid of the terrible plight suffered by the Pakistani people in the wake of disastrous flooding.
Advanced tickets available from the 02 Academy website.

Video: Kwam ft Nico Lindsay – Bullshit Catcher

Strong track and video here from 2 artists coming up in the scene quick! I like Kwam's cockney grime approach to spitting which you can hear more of on his upcoming release 'Truth Hurts'.

Video: Byron - Crazy Road (J. Cole "Who Dat" Freestyle)

Really feeling this video, and it certainly does justice the original track, 'Who Dat' by J Cole. Make sure you listen close to the lyrics here; some 'local-hero' type wisdom here from the rising wordsmith! Check him out on Twitter @Byron85.

19 September 2010

Video: Let the beat build: Nutty P - 'Woman's World Remix

Episode 3 in my series 'let the beat build' sees West London hip hop producer Nutty P breaking down how he made the official remix [as part of Stinkahbelle] of the hit Woman's World for Selah, Sadie Ama & Mz Bratt.

18 September 2010

Video: N.O.R.E. - Nutcracker

I loved this first time I heard it a few weeks ago. N.O.R.E. brings back a new video in support of his forthcoming album, S.U.P.E.R.T.H.U.G. Great hook from Public Enemy's [Not MTV's 'Flava of love'] hypeman Flava Flav, which I assume is a sample from an old PE track!

Free download/audio: Bashy - 'Fantasy' mix


BASHY RELEASES A 10 TRACK MIX PUT TOGETHER IN TWO DAYS IN ANTICIPATION FOR HIS NEW SINGLE RELEASE OF FANTASY ON SEPTEMBER 19. HE FREESTYLES OVER ALL THE HOTTEST TRACKS OF THE MOMENT INCLUDING SOME OF HIS OWN.
FANTASY MIXTAPE - FANTASY OUT SEPTEMBER 19TH by Bashy

17 September 2010

Audio: Stylah - Killa ft. Smiler


New joint here from Stylah and Smiler [they'd make a great double act with those names!] from Stylah's forthcoming album Treading Water. Produced by Show N Prove, the track is a double time banger which can only be topped by the duo's scorching flows. A music video is currently in production, as well as an internet only directors cut "short film" edition.

Stylah - Killa ft. Smiler

15 September 2010

Video: Newham Generals - Like It Or Not [SB.TV]

Newham Gen's really get their Mobb Deep on in this filthy new video. I feel as though Footsie particularly dominated this track with a simple but powerful hook and heavy weight bars to do the dubstep focussed beat the justice it deserves

14 September 2010

Video: Let the beat build episode 2: Nutty P - Enza

Check episode 2 of my series 'let the beat build': Nutty P re builds 'Enza' by Smiler


13 September 2010

50 Cent offers to look after Wayne Rooney

50 Cent has offered to provide refuge for Wayne Rooney.



The rapper said that the England footballer - who is apparently desperate to avoid a divorce in the wake of allegations that he cheated on wife Coleen - was welcome to stay with him in his Manhattan penthouse and "clear his head".

According to the Daily Star, 50 Cent said: "I’ll make sure that if Wayne comes here and we party that he doesn’t get into any trouble. Clearing his head while his wife gathers her thoughts will be good. They can have talks with clear minds."

The 'Candy Shop' rap star added that he did not condone Rooney's alleged actions, but that he sympathised with his situation.

He said: "I’m never going to excuse the behaviour of a man who doesn’t treat his woman right but I understand. Man, we’ve all been there.

"When the dollars roll in, the women start rolling in as well. When you have a good woman at home you should say no but it’s not that easy."

Source: Digital Spy

Video: The Alchemist & Oh No (Gangrene)- Not High Enough

Official video for the lead single " Not High Enough" from The Alchemist & Oh No's (Gangrene) upcoming release "Gutter Water" coming soon. Video directed by William Sales

Big Boi's 'You ain't no DJ" contest

Get involved in big boi's new competition and win big! Use his banger 'You aint no DJ' ft yelawolf [which is one of my favourite tracks of 2010] for your mix that you submit on their site and he will personally pick the DJs with the best mixes to win...

Check out the videos from the DJs telling you ain't a DJ if you don't fill certain criteria. A lot of them i agree with but DJ camilo reckons you aint a DJ if you never released a mixtape on cassette... whut?! Click below the video to hit up their site:

Check the competition site here!


Here's the video of the track. Yelawolf drops what is possibly the hottest verse the whole year!! Trust when I say you WILL be hearing a lot of him and J Cole in 2011...

Video: Travis Porter - Make it Rain

This is that "feel good yet sound hard" type of southern hip hop doing it at the moment. Travis parker have been compared to the Beastie Boys by Outkast affiliate 'Killer Mike' [check his stuff, he's big]. I definitlely like this for the same reason i rate Souljah Boy and there's are definitely some parallels with this and some of the music coming out the grime scene right now!!


Download: Guv'nor - Brainstorm [mixtape]

New free download from UK grime rapper. Click cover to download!!

Audio: Sizzla ft. Konshens & Delus - Thank You Mother


Sizzla and co jump on the classic 2pac 'Dear momma' instrumental with Sizzla creatively re-vocalling his classic 'thank you momma' chorus. This was released to coincide with the 14th anniversary of 2pac's passing. Konshens is an artist I've been feeling recently, especially on his collab with Tarrus Riley; 'Good Girl Gone Bad'.

Video: Sway: Nelson Lives

Check this Nelson Mandela Tribute By Sway. Keeping it edutaining like Sway does best, he drops some knowledge on the former SA Prime Minister's struggle for equality and fight against the apartheid... Keep doing your thing Sway!

Download/Audio: Delusionists - Serious

New joint here from the UK hip hop crew Delustionists. Tight bars and strong production here, sampling one of my favourite soul joints 'Tell it like it is' by Aaron Neville.
<a href="http://music.delusionists.co.uk/album/serious">Serious by Delusionists</a>

12 September 2010

Audio: Maveric Sabre - Inside ft. Footsie

One of the scene's hottest young talents; Maveric Sabre drops this big collabo with Footsie of Newham Generals who provides the production and a verse at the end. Audio from Mistjam's 1xtra show. A recomended daily listen!!

Video: Streetz - Ready 2 Die

If you've ever wondered what it was like to live on the edge in the hood this video should be a sufficient education on it. Opa Locka, Florida rapper 'Streetz' narrates on his daily operations in the city that, in 2004, had the highest rate of violent crime for any city in the United States ! Enough said.

Video: Ra Diggs - Eulogy and Slow down remix ft. uncle murda

Check these 2 vids from Ra Diggs; an NYC rapper I heard on a recent DJ Kay Slay mixtape. He's affiliated with Uncle Murda but has a slightly different sound. None the less he's someone you need to look out for if you still got love for that real NY street shit!



Download: Idris Elba - Takers

I know a lot of people aren't aware Idris Elba's even a rapper but check his mixtape. Most of you know him as Stringer Bell, the hardest guy Brit to bring it to the Yanks since Slick Rick told us to "treat her like a prostitute". Mixtape features Cassidy, Nas, Rick Ross, Spragga Benz, Giggs and Wretch 32 amongst others! Not bad for someone that's not actually a rapper! I don't even watch the Wire [or any other series] but I know this guy's a don. Click images to download!

J.Peace- Statements Official Video (Produced by Nonsense) {IndeVisuals}

the first grime "alphabetical slaughter" tune? Let me know if not, but I cant think of one. This is cool tho.. the on screen lyrics definitely help!

10 September 2010

Video: Shifty Freestyle Gets Interrupted

Grime video GOLD here as Manchester grime front runner Shifty drops some hot bars and gets parred by a neighbour not happy about all the swearing!! haha big up to her, she's got (metaphorical) bollocks! Big up Shifty every time tho!

Download: Ms.Darks - Lyrical Assassin Mixtape

Make sure you grab the new free mixtape from one of the UK's hottest female MCs, Ms Darks. Production here predominantly from Jordan James of her own label; Whizz Kid Records. Click the image to download!!

Check my interview/free style vid from Ms Darks:

9 September 2010

Video: Just blaze & Premier spins at the closing of Fat Beats

Hip Hop production royalty Just Blaze & DJ Premier spin some of their biggest hits and a few other NYC classics at the closing party of NY hip hop store Fat Beats, which in case you're unaware was THE place to go cop your wax. I can't say I'm surprised at the closing; it's another example of the net taking over EVERYTHING but people gotta adapt rather than crying about it. The records are still available to buy!



Jay-Z Scores Most Ever BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations


Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z has been nominated for 10 BET Hip-Hop Awards, the highest number for any artist in the five-year history of the annual awards show, the network announced today (September 8th).

Jay-Z is nominated for Lyricist of the Year, Best Live Performer, Track of the Year and Perfect Combo awards, based on his hit single "Empire State of Mind," as well as his album Blueprint 3.

Young Money poses the most serious threat for awards to Jay-Z, as Drake and Nicki Minaj have scored eight and six nominations.

Lil Wayne, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, B.O.B., Rick Ross, Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Diddy, J. Cole, AllHipHop.com and others were also nominated for awards this year.

The Fifth Annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which will be hosted by Mike Epps, will be taped October 2nd at the Boisfeuillet Atlanta Civic Center.

The show will be broadcast on BET on October 12th.

Source

Video: Big Boi – Ain’t No DJ ft. Yelawolf

The video for one of my favourite hip hop tracks of the year drops. Damn this is dope. Yelawolf shines... gotta love both of their opening lines! Production from Andre 3000 and video directed by Parris.

8 September 2010

Video: MAXSTA: DAILY DUPPY

This kid's doing a lot this year. Watch how he spits with his unique flow and hard barring over the beat with little to no empty bars. That's talent.

Download: Untitled Mc - Try Me V3

Part 3 in the free download series from North London grime act Untitled. Make sure you check this if you're looking for grime with a bit of a different take on the music; tho don't get it twisted he still comes with bars and flows and always a bit of comedy too... check volume one and volume two!

7 September 2010

Video: Lexus Dutty Mouth - You Left Me Blue

Brand new video from an rapper/producer/singer I've been listening to since he sold me his mixtape on Carnaby Street. The aptly named Lexus Dutty Mouth drops a video about relationships and infidelity but this isn't corny so just hit play. If you have sharp ears you might recognize the piano loop's close similarity to a Busta Rhymes classic....? Look out for Dutty Mouth Vol 3: The Final Chapter out in October.

Video: DMX reminds us why he's unique

DMX talks on a US radio station and names his favourite and wackest rappers today as well as advise on making it in the game. With 15 years in music he's one to listen to. Let's just hope he's able to stay out of jail long enough to release some new material.

Download: Frisco – Winter Remix Freestyle [Prod By Rude Kid]

Boy Better Know's Frisco goes in over this track by Rude kid.



Make sure you get Big Fris' latest free release by clicking the image above!

Video: Shome - Under The Weather

I like this one right here from US rapper Shome. Deep bars and hot production make this one worth a look... hope to hear some more from this artist, definitely has potential.

Video: Mz Bratt - Selecta

Big video here from one of the hottest chicks in the UK Scene... This one produced by Redlight and is released on 4 October!

Follow Mz Bratt on twitter - www.twitter.com/brattonline & check out her blog - www.mzbratt.wordpress.com

1 September 2010

Video: Cee Lo - Fuck You

Here's Cee Lo's latest vid 'Fuck you' which definitly has a retro feel to it, both in the video and sound of the track. Some may say he's just using the title to attract attention but it's actually a good track so he's innocent of that accusation!


Here's a few other tracks of the same name to jog your 'Fuck You' memory, including an unreleased [and somewhat inferior] version of Akon's classic featuring Plies which was shelved after Plies' entourage fired shots at the crowd at a show.

Lily Allen - Fuck You


Dr Dre - Fuck you


Akon Ft. Plies - [I wanna] Fuck You

Video: King Kapisi Feat. The Mint Chicks - Super Human (Nasty Genius Remix)

New Zealand/South Pacific Hip-Hop over a dancey dubstep remix. This is hard bodied!