30 December 2011

BlatantlyBlunt TV: C4 interview and freestyle

This one's from C4, the fast emerging Birmingham grime artist, and brother of Preditah, undoubtedly the most in-demand grime producer of 2011.

We caught up with him recently at 1xtra, ahead of the long awaited release of his debut single 'Off Track' which is set to hit stores in January.



Audio: Mystro - UK Rap Up 2011 [1Xtra radio premier]

For the third year running the UK hip hop vet drops this track to round up all the important things that happened in 2011, both in the music world as well as the major events worth noting.... such as Wayne Rooney adopting a hairline. Big up to Mighty Mystro each and every!

29 December 2011

Video: 50 Cent - Put Your Hands Up

The latest offering from 50, off his new mixtape 'The Big 10' available for free download here: http://www.facebook.com/50cent?sk=app_298537663510900. Sick production from Jahlil Beats!

Video: TROZION & GOD'S GIFT FREESTYLE

The rising teenage MC goes back to back with the grime veteran, who appeared on Dizzee Rascal's seminal album 'Boy in Da Corner' (on 'Hold ya mouf'). Look out for their collaboration dropping soon!

Video: Just Blaze Interview with Recordkingz TV

Platinum selling Hip Hop producer Just Blaze speaks to Recordkingz TV in an exclusive interview on beat digging and music production culture. The multi million dollar recording artist has produced hits for artists like Eminem, Jay Z, Kanye West, T.I, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and Mariah Carey. The video includes some great sampling tips, some dusty crate music science and even some Hip Hop history.

Download: OGz - Oh Geezus It's Christmas Again! [mixtape]

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"Oh Geezus It's Christmas Again!" is your Christmas present from SE London grime crew OG'z (Little Dee, P-Money, Blacks, Jendor, Desperado) and features from Kozzie, Jammin & Shower, plus production from Preditah, Faze Miyake and more. Don't miss this!

Video: Brewer - Questions

I can confidently say this is the most smartly dressed UK rapper I have EVER seen (including the Michell Brothers). Thankfully tho this isn't just a gimmicky way of drawing your attention, and he does actually come with substance so make sure you check this!

Video: Footsie - One Spliff

One half of the Newham Generals alongside D Double E, Footsie is a certified G in the grime scene. He drops this new weed inspired banger, produced by Sukh Knight of True Tiger back in 2008. The track is out on his label Braindead Entertainment January 23. Feeling this a lot!



Check this recent vid I caught of him clashing Scratchy at the Lord of the Mics 3 launch party!

Audio: SK Vibemaker - Best of 2011 mix


The Rinse FM hip hop/grime expert brings you the best & sickest tracks straight out of the UK over 2011. He precedes the tracks in the mix with snippets of his interviews with the artists involved. Big!

Part 1 [Download: http://www.sendspace.com/file/k5su9a]


Part 2 [Download: http://www.sendspace.com/file/uwmz0l]

Video: Juicy J - Juicy J Can't

The Three 6 Mafia rapper, who's now in Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang drops this sick track off his 'Blue Dream and Lean mixtape, sampling his own voice from 'Zip and a double cup'. Love this!

Video: Obese - Man Know Remix ft. Roachee & MIK

One of the more notable names to make an impression on the grime scene is Obese, a heavy weight affiliate of Trim. He brings that gritty 'real' grime sound on 'Man Know' featuring verses from Scratchy, Roachee & M.I.K. Shoutout to Aaron Hanson on the video!

Video: NO.LAY - DRUGS

The 'unorthadox daughter' definitely does justice to this crazy production from A-D as she compares her vocal output to drugs. Big up No.Lay, repping for the real ladies out there!

Video: Rodney P - Rappertag UK

This dropped earlier in the month but it's great to see such a certified vet still dropping heat. Big up Rodney P!

23 December 2011

Video: Daytona - Writin' Raps

"They say i'm in the studio im writing raps, little do they know im stuck up in the trap"

The underground Philly rapper drops his new video about selling drugs to the fiends. The difference is that he's cooking up music, and selling it to the music heads. Pretty dope!

22 December 2011

Video: 1xtra Xmas anthem - 'Let it snow' feat UK all stars.


Check out the BBC 1Xtra Xmas anthem produced by Charlie Sloth and featuring Sway, Sincere, Lethal B, Dru Blu, Mic Righteous, Lady Leisure, G Frsh, Smiler, Biz, Lioness and Starboy Nathan on the hook. Rating this!
DOWNLOAD IT FREE HERE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/charliesloth/letitsnow/

Video: DaVinChe - 'BreakDown' + 'Jay-Z Money'

Great new instrumental here from one of the most successful and pioneering producers in grime. Click here to download for free: http://soundcloud.com/davinche/breakdown-instrumental. Tweet him the link to your own freestyle on this to @davinche, he'll retweet the sickest ones.



Check out his dope new single 'Jay-Z Money', alongside Sophie Sof:

Video: SP - Glory

The rising Birmingham MC vocals the brilliantly produced track by Ryan Leslie of the same name. Watch out for this guy!!

News: Copyright Lawsuit Over Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" Headed To Trial

Source: Yo Raps
A federal judge ruled earlier this month that a lawsuit brought against Jay-Z by an Egyptian man over his hit single Big Pimpin’ needs to go to trial to settle certain issues.


Osama Ahmed Fahmy initially filed the copyright infringement complaint against the music mogul back in 2007 claiming that Big Pimpin’ sampled his uncle’s song Khosara, Khosara, to which he, his uncle, and three of his siblings, hold the copyright. But earlier this year, Jay-Z filed a successful motion to have the Copyright Act’s statute of limitations limit the amount of potential damages because Fahmy knew about the infringement prior to 2000, but waited to file. The ruling means that Fahmy can only recoup infringements that occurred after August 31, 2004, three years before he filed the suit.


They will head back to court to ascertain whether or not Jay’s actually directly profited from use of Big Pimpin’ during live performances.

“There is no record evidence that Jay-Z used Big Pimpin’ in his advertisements for a particular concert or concert series, or that Big Pimpin’ was performed at every concert,” wrote US District Judge Christina Snyder in her December 9th ruling.

“It is a question of fact whether Jay-Z’s concert revenues should be considered direct or indirect…it is up to a jury to decide,” she added. “Accordingly, the court finds that there is a triable issue whether Jay-Z’s concert revenues constitute direct profits from his infringing live performances Big Pimpin’ for purposes of the Copyright Act.”

Video: J Beatz Feat. Various Artists - 8 Bar Mucktion

Dope track here from the underground grime producer who's managed to get a truckload worth of MCs to drop 8 bars all over this filthy banger. They are 9 Milli Major, Big H, Kwam, Big Narstie, Sharky Major, Blay, M.I.K, Typah, Dimples, Jammin, Rival & Tre Mission. Cop this off iTunes!

Video: Has UK Hip Hop Lost Its British Identity? (Discussion)

Jumpoff TV's UK Friday Hip Hop Report host and panel discuss if "UK Hip Hop" has lost its British identity. They also cover issues to do with grime.

Video: Kelz - Christmas Special

Dope video here from an artist that's new on my spectrum, spitting over a hot beat. If you rate this, make sure you go and support Kelz by voting him for MTV Brand New for 2012: http://brandnewunsigned.mtv.co.uk/m2musicuk

Video: Drake Ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga - The Motto

Another banger straight out the YMCMB hit factory, this time with Tyga included in the extended version and video. YOLO is the motto!

Drake ~ The Motto Featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga (Official Video) from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.

Video: The Game - Martians Vs. Goblins ft. Lil Wayne & Tyler, The Creator

Undoubtedly one of the biggest collaborations in of 2011 here as Tyler gets a big break alongside Game and Weezy on this piece of audio crack. Love the beat and concept, they all sound hungry and come dirty as ever!

Video: Ramson Badbonez - PUMP DAT BASS



North London underground hip hop emcee Ramson Badbonez's long awaited debut album 'Bad Influence' is soon to drop in early 2012 on Boot Records.
Pump Dat Bass is a certified smasher, produced by Row D. Beats and with cuts by Jazz T.

Ramson takes absolutely no prisoners on this one, check out the video below..

Download: Show N Prove Instrumentals Vol 1

2011 has been a breakthrough year for legendary UK hip hop producer Show N Prove. After moving to London from Scotland, he's further established himself as one of the top British rap producers collaborating with both major acts including Wretch 32, Rizzle Kicks, Mz Bratt and Roll Deep and underground artists including Joe Black, Dru Blu and many many more.

It looks like 2012 will be a great year for Show N Prove but in the meantime, enjoy this beat roundup of his contributions to the scene for 2011.

Download Here : http://www.mediafire.com/?hxcsquaxforpi08

Check out the trailer

Audio: A.P. aka AdotPdot - Wishing On A Star ft. Fantasia

Dope new track here from the New Jersy rapper, with great production by MIDI Mafia, featuring a hook from soul R&B songstress Fantasia. adotpdot.com/.
A.P. aka AdotPdot - Wishing On A Star ft. Fantasia by AdotPdot
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News: Lil Scrappy Makes Public Calling To Stop Violence After Slim Dunkin Death

Source: Yo Raps
Days after the shooting of Atlanta rapper Slim Dunkin, ATL Hip-Hop artist Lil Scrappy passed along his opinion and made a public calling for artists to stop the violence.

Reflecting on Dunkin's death, the self proclaimed “Prince of the South” believes that rappers should have more focus on their careers and keeping Hip-Hop alive rather than resorting to violent acts.


"That sh*t f*cked up, 'cause you can't bring a n*gga back," Scrappy said in a video. "It's just a wake-up call. All that sucker sh*t's gotta quit. N*ggas need to think. N*ggas ain't got to be on no scared sh*t neither. N*gga gonna die regardless but its f*cked up when he goes before his time over some bullsh*t. It ain't 1994 no more, it's 2012 sh*t. You got kids who don't even know Tupac or Biggie or Pimp C. 'Who is Pimp C?' You feel me? I just wanted to pay my respects to Slim Dunkin, RIP because I f*ck with shorty. I really f*ck with shorty and their movement."



A couple days ago, Waka Flocka Flame tweeted his reaction to losing a close friend and Brick Squad Monopoly group member.
"Wish it was me….my f*cking right hand is gone," Waka tweeted on December 17th. "Never tell your problems to anyone...20% don't care and the other 80% are glad you have them. #REALSH*T #F*CKDAWORLD."


It’s still unclear as to who is initially responsible for gunning down Slim Dunkin, but it’s refreshing to know that other artist are getting fed up with the violence in a industry that has an enormous amount of influence over our youth.

20 December 2011

Releases scheduled for 19 - 25 December

This page will give you an overview of the main Hip Hop releases and events scheduled in the UK for this week. The info has been put together by HipHopListings who provide heads across the UK with updates on new events and releases.

Let us or HipHopListings (ukhiphoplistings@gmail.com) know if there’s anything you’d like to see added to this overview (or any future ones coming up)

Releases scheduled for 19 - 25 December

DateArtistTitleLabel
20.12CommonThe Dreamer, The BelieverWarner Bros
20.12Young JeezyThug Motivation 103Def Jam
20.12Tha JokerThe Phenom
20.12The Internet (Syd the Kid and Matt of OFWGKTA)Purple Naked Ladies
20.12Tyga Careless World: Rise Of The Last KingMixtape
25.12LONDONZOOCatfood


Events scheduled for 19 - 25 December
DateArtistLocationVenue
23.12Doctors Orders Xmas partyLondonThe Queen of Hoxton

19 December 2011

Review: Hasan Salaam - Music is my weapon EP




If music is Hasan Salaam's weapon it’s certainly not one of mass destruction. Although the production and tracks are tight it unfortunately lacks anything that really sets it apart from similar offerings out of the US politcal/conscious hip hop scene of 2011. In short I feel as though I’ve heard this all before, and at a higher level.

Play: Hasan Salaam - AK-47 Featuring Badsportt & CF



On the positive side, the track 'AK 47' is a banger and although I’m not fully about this album there’s no doubting that Salaam has put the work in. If you straight up 90’s sounding boom-bap hip hop is something you vibe off, you will like this but don’t expect anything groundbreaking. This is what uptight rap fans might call 'real hip hop' but I found it about as original as its title.


Judge your thoughts on the EP for yourself by streaming the album for free here:
http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/mixtape/id.1568/title.hasan-salaam-music-is-my-weapon
 
However, if there was any reason to buy this album, it's that that he'll donate 100% of the profit of this EP to a small village in West Africa's Guinea-Bissau. 
 
Find out more, buy and donate at http://www.indiegogo.com/Ittakesavillage




Review by Suave Debonaire exclusively for Blatantly Blunt


Video: MYNATURE - SURE THING REMIX (COME INTO MY BEDROOM)

After a number of great videos covering well known beats, the new-comer to the British hip hop scene drops his vocal of Miguel's instant classic 'Sure thing' and brings in a talented co-star! Watch out for this guy in 2012, can almost guarantee his name will about. www.mynaturemusic.com

BlatantlyBlunt TV: Highlights from Lord of the Mics private launch party

The third and final instalment of our footage from the epic launch party for the most hotly anticipated grime release of 2011 is up. go forth and share!

Video: Mavado (Feat. Ace Hood) - Emergency

Posted the audio to this up back in October and the video's finally fabricated, featuring the 'Occupy' demonstrations alongside two of the hottest artists signed to DJ Khaled's 'We The Best' label.

16 December 2011

Video: Marger - F64 [SB.TV S3.EP21]

Marger lights up a F64 fresh from his Lord Of The Mics madness!!! This is harrrrd.

Audio/download: Spooky DJ guest mix on Aaron Hanson's Rinse FM show 15 December

 
Grime DJ/producer Spooky drops a crazy guest mix on Aaron Hanson's Rinse FM show to promote the release of his 'Rusty Bell E.P' on his label 'Ghost House'. Download the mix here and download the full show here. Catch Aaron Hanson every Thursday 1-3pm only on Rinse FM.

Follow @AaronHansonLDN & @spookybizzle

Video: FAKTA FT LEROII - IM A KING

The Birmingham artist completes a trio of pre-xmas releases with another smash single titled 'I'm A King'. Definitely rating this!

Video: Cashtastic - J Cole K Koke

Something a little different from the London road rap scene as the rising star gets on an introspective vibe. The single is taken from Cashtastic's forthcoming mixtape 'A LIL BIT OF CASH', releasing December 19th.

15 December 2011

Video: Faith SFX - Frank Ocean VS Dot Rotten 'We All Try'

North London legend Faith SFX drops this epic beat box using a loop pedal for DJ Gone TV.

Video: Jeezy names his top 5 rappers and which celebs he'd hit.

TM103 is just around the corner. Jeezy answers some quick fire questions at the KYLD WiLD 94.9 Studios in San Francisco. He discusses whether him and Rick Ross will ever be cool and how he almost lost his voice!

14 December 2011

Video: Samsung brings the ultimate YouTube talent contest!

Samsung Mobile presents their latest competition, this one simply named 'STAGE'. It gives users the chance to show of their raw and uncut talent, which could range from crazy break dance skills to magic tricks. Like many things on line, there's no limit to what you can do!

Visit Samsung Mobile Moments on Youtube to vote for your winner, subscribe, and to download the Android app! Also become a fan of Samsung on facebook here.

(Sponsored Post)

Event: Lord Of The Mics Public launch party 14 Dec 2011

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED! RSVP HERE! http://www.facebook.com/events/336752606338550/


13 December 2011

Blatantly Blunt TV: Footsie and Scratchy relive their classic 2004 Lord of the Mics clash!

Second video from last night's launch party at the Macbeth in Hoxton! Classic stuff!


Here's the original, from Lord of the Mics part one back in 2004!

Video: Ludacris ft. Gucci Mane - Shake N Fries [NSFW!]

One of the best tracks of Luda's new mixtape gets a video - and deservedly! Great production, strong catchy hook from Gucci and of course Chris does his thing! The bass beats low on this so turn your speakers up! #stripclubmusic

Blatantly Blunt TV: Jammer + co - Lord of the Mics Anthem [live performance]

Filmed last night at the private launch party of the DVD which is now for sale!

Video: StayFresh - War Wiv Man

Brand new video from the West Mids grime collective. This one taken from Movez' release 'You Can Have It Too'.


12 December 2011

RELEASE: LORD OF THE MICS III CD / DVD OUT NOW!



 LORD OF THE MICS III CD / DVD
OUT NOW!
Following the success of the two previous DVD’s, LORD OF THE MICS is back in this explosive third instalment. The long awaited CD / DVD package includes 18 hot Urban bangers and this years most epic MC battles. Full track list and information below.

CD
  1. Be Like Me - D Double E (Produced By True Tiger)
  2. No Manners - Layz Ft Skepta (Produced By Preditah)
  3. Go Nuts - D.Power Ft Big Nasty (Produced By G.Tank)
  4. Not On My Watch - Stayfresh (Produced By. Swifta Beater)
  5. One Big Move - Blacks & P.Money Ft Krept & Konan (Produced By Silencer Teddy Music)
  6. Frisco VS Deshane - Frisco (Produced By Frisco)
  7. Poison - Tre Mission (Produced By Flava D)
  8. Breakdown - Steel Banglez Ft Ghetts, Wiley, Big H & P.Money (Produced By Steel Banglez)
  9. It's Not A Long Ting - JME Ft Tempa T (Produced By Mr.V)
  10. Ghettos Are The Same - Tez Kidd (Produced By Nastee Boi)
  11. Ana Nutton - Hypes (Produced By Swindle)
  12. Motor Way Song - Sox (Produced By Gen)
  13. Everytime - Merky Ace (Produced By Flava D)
  14. OMG - Jammin Ft P.Money & Blacks (Produced By G.Tank)
  15. Darker Rmx - Fuda Guy, Roachy & Stutta (Produced By Rapid)
  16. On The Ball - Jammer (Produced By Rickboss)
  17. Expensive Talk - Skepta (Produced By Sx)
  18. MVP - Footsie Ft Jammer (Produced By Footsie)

DVD
1. Jammin VS Clipson
2. Tez Kid VS Hypes
3. Rival VS Desperado
4. Diesel VS Warriko
5. Lay Z VS Marger
6. J1 VS Merky Ace
7. Tre Mission VS Jendor
8. Sox VS
9. Kozzie
10. Extras
11. End Credits
LORD OF THE MICS III CD / DVD is out now via 360 Records
Out in the following stores:






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In conjunction with the release of LORD OF THE MICS III, Jammer has brought together the hottest MC’s from the DVD for his latest single -


Sneakbo Fresh out - Exclusive interview with DJ Semtex

DJ Semtex talks to one of the UK's hottest hip hop stars about hitting the charts from jail, and what the future holds for him since he was recently now that he's been spared a lengthy sentence by the judge due to his promising career.

11 December 2011

Major Hip Hop releases and events scheduled for 12 - 18 December

This page will give you an overview of the main Hip Hop releases and events scheduled in the UK for this week. The info has been put together by HipHopListings who provide heads across the UK with updates on new events and releases.

Let us or HipHopListings (ukhiphoplistings@gmail.com) know if there’s anything you’d like to see added to this overview (or any future ones coming up)
Releases scheduled for 12 - 18 December

DateArtistTitleLabel
13.12DJ Drama, Cam’ron & VadoBoss Of All Bossesmixtape
13.12Jon Connor Season 2mixtape
13.12Roc ‘C’Stoned GeniusFront Paigne
13.12yUThe EarnMello Music
13.12Rick RossGod Forgives I Don’tMMG/Def Jam
13.12Snoop Dogg & Wiz KhalifaMac + Devin Go To High School
13.12Crooked II None We Trust
13.12The Kid DaytonaInterlude IImixtape

Events scheduled for 12 - 18 December

DateArtistLocationVenue
12.12Aloe BlaccGlasgowO2 ABC
13.12Aloe BlaccBristolO2 Academy
14.12Jeru the DamajaLondonRelentless Garage
14.12Skyzoo & Torae ft. Chima AnyaLondonThe Half Moon Herne Hill
15.12Aloe BlaccLondonHMV Apollo
15.12Professor GreenLondonElectric Brixton
16.12Aloe BlaccBrightonThe Dome
16.12ChipmunkOxfordThe Regal
17.12Jehst with Live BandLondonRelentless Garage
17.12Scroobius PipBirminghamHMV Institute