30 April 2012

Video:Mikill Pane - F64 [SB.TV]

The quick witted lyricst drops an unsurprisngly impressive F64, with some great humour and wordplay over the AC/DC classic 'Back to Black'. Make sure you grab his new mixtape for free here!

29 April 2012

Audio: Badness - Like Sizzla [+ mixtape download link]



The legendary grime/reggae dancehall MC/singer drops this new one, and he once again comes up with something unexpected...





The Birmingham artist recently dropped a 13 track mixtape you can download now free below!
If you like what you hear, take a look at the videos I've made with him also!



Video: Big Narstie - 100 Bars of Pain [SB.TV]

After setting a new benchmark for SBTV's Practise Sessions he did recently, the Brixon MC goes a bit deeper and drops 100 bars on more of an insightful vibe.. Hr gets high rating for this!

Video: Fliptrix - Drifting


There's not too many videos out there where the emcee can spit bars underwater, one of the many reasons you need to check this new video from the South London rapper, who's just dropped his third solo album 'Third Eye Of The Storm'.

It's out now on High Focus Records on CD, Digital & Limited Edition double gatefold vinyl , available to buy now from http://www.high-focus.com

28 April 2012

Bashy feat Omar - L.D.N TOWN [Audio]

Bashy celebrates everything great about London alongside UK soul veteran Omar - this taken from his forthcoming E.P "The Great Escape".

The track has that same feel as Jay-Z and Alicia's flag waving anthem 'Empire State of Mind', and it's great to hear Omar back in the game.

Download 'Bashy feat Omas - LDN Town' here.

Video: Ten Dixon - Lengman

Eccentric screw face grime here from the up and coming grime MC from South LDN...

Audio/download: Jadakiss - Consignment [Mixtape]


One of the most respected and certified artists in NYC hip hop over the last decade drops this brand new mixtape, having been quiet for a little while. You can tell this one's going to be massive, hosted by the mixtape don DJ Drama and featuring the likes of French Montana, Styles P, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Meek Mill and more!

Download here or listen below:

VIDEO: MYNATURE - IT'S CRAZY

The London rapper is definitely someone to watch out for this year, and in my views  is reminiscent of a Nas/50 Cent style vibe and brings this sick new video off his 'Myni Mondays' series, and is the second record taken from his forthcoming album "IT'S MY NATURE" dropping this summer

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Video: Mr Miniature [DeeKay] - Warm Up Sessions [SB.TV]

Sick bars from the London artist on the come up right now..

27 April 2012

Video: Big Narstie - Warm Up Sessions [SB.TV] #PAIN

There were at least 11 occasions watching this where I picked up my laptop to throw it in faux disgust. Had me all coughing and wheezing. Look at the hashtagged text on his shirt! Bruv, mate. Naaaaaah! The big man’s style is so unbelievably and entertainingly unique that it deserves its own grouping - #PAIN.

Show me another MC who can mix up the delivery and lyrics the way Big Narstie has in this video. No rush, I’ll wait... you know what, just click play! I can say what I like about the video but Narstie will explain what I’m getting at much better! Enjoy!

Words: Jez Cool



26 April 2012

Video: Chief Keef - I Don't Like feat. Lil Reese

You could be easily forgiven this joint was straight out of Atlanta, with the trademark sound both in the production (courtesy of 18 year old Young Chop) and rapping - straight igna'nt bars with simple and repetitive flow patterns (which is what makes it GREAT!). The video itself is very representive of the track - whiling out in their front room, twisted and liquored up (at the very least!).

However Chicago newcomer Chief Keef could be the latest YouTube star to take over the rap game, since amassing way over one million views in just a month with this. Fellow Chi-Towner Kanye West has really taken to the track, and announced the official G.O.O.D Music remix, which is due to drop Friday 27th featuring himself, Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean! Find out more about this and other labels interested in Cheif Keef at The Fader. Stay locked to Blatantly Blunt for more info on this!

Video: TEN DIXON - KNW ME TV

Hard grime bars from the emerging MC, coming with some straight greezey content. Watch out for this guy!! 

Follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/MrTenDixon

Audio: Orange Hill & Vybz Kartel – Pon Time [1xtra Rip]

Orange Hill follow up their club hit Wine De Best featuring Busy Signal, Fatman Scoop, and Kano with 'Pon Time'. If you thought they couldn’t match their previous collaboration, think again as the team manage to link up with the one and only Vybz Kartel. Kartel is currently in custody on a murder charge but has released a number of new tracks from behind bars, this being the latest.

Orange Hill consists of producer and DJ Ras Kwame and Jnr. Tubby AKA Dialtone (nephew of legendary Dub producer King Tubby). The duo have burst onto the scene with their self-titled “Electro Bashy” style and have already made waves with singles Dan Man and previously mentioned 'Wine De Best'.



Words: Sean Keating. 

Audio: Liquid – Nah Let You Go – Love Bug Riddim

Liquid returns with his track Nah Let You Go on the Love Bug Riddim, arguably one of the catchier pieces on the riddim produced by Washroom Entertainment. Washroom Entertainment are the production team behind the 'Bubble Gum Riddim' and Demarco’s single 'Somewhere' amongst many others.



words: Sean Keating.

Sponsored Video: Virgin Media's talent school

*This is a sponsored post, for Virgin Media*

Richard Branson’s multi-faceted empire has taken a step into the world of light entertainment, more specifically talent spotting! One arm of the conglomerate is Virgin’s industry leading Virgin Media brand, which provides Internet, TV, and other forms of media Briton’s love to consume by the yottabyte!!

Here’s Mr Branson giving you a short intro of what the competition is about.

Virgin Media are sponsoring the UK’s favourite talent contest ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ which has been entertaining the nation since 2007, producing some truly unique stars. This year’s series sees Simon Cowell and co adding funny man David Walliams to their all-important judge line up – this should guarantee some unforgettable viewing!

To celebrate this, they are running a ‘talent school’ of their own. Using the wonders of user generated content on the interweb they are taking submissions from people like you - and in exchange are offering the chance to win tickets to the live semi-final or even final show on ITV! 

To demonstrate the levels they’re hoping for, they have enlisted the skills of some talented individuals, such as Yo-Yo master Stefan Benjamin, Basketball don Tarryn Algar and even boxing legend Lennox Lewis, who gives an example of how mentally fast you can use a skipping rope!

However, they’ve not forgotten about good old hip hop, and have enlisted the skills of UK beat boxing pioneer Killa Kela who, like Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, dated actress, singer and model Patsy Kensit! Take a look below!
For more info on this, check out Virgin Media's YouTube channel here!

Video: Suave Debonair ft. Pete Cannon - Play Your Game

Dope new video from one of our top contributors, as he teams up with one of the UK's biggest hip hop producers for this light hearted horror story between him and his girlfriend! You won't get the chorus out of your head till the weekend!

Suave was recently seen doing the feature rap on the debut track "F**k Me" from BBC Sound of 2012 girlband STOOSHE (Warner Bros) with the original video racking up well over 100'000 hits on youtube!

25 April 2012

Review: Z Dot – ‘Project Z’ EP


Review by Jez Cool exclusively for Blatantly Blunt -


Opinion is often polarized whenever West London producer Zdot is the topic of conversation; one could say his persistence in the face of what’s often fierce criticism is testament to the young man’s strength of character. His latest musical offering ‘Project Z’ is an interesting mish-mash of sounds, exploring various arenas and featuring a who’s who of the underground urban music scene, a formula particularly useful to Zdot in the last few years in helping him build a name and following for himself.

The EP kicks off with Zdot in collaboration with MC Manga and singer Ryan Keen on ‘Lonely Road’; a reflective, guitar-infused production upon which both sit tentatively. On first listen I misheard Keen’s introduction as being decidedly shaky; it’s actually that faint uncertainty in the singer’s voice which makes the chorus more endearing; he sounds genuinely cut up when he sings “my heart’s lost it’s hope”, and the track’s message is all the stronger for it.

Rapper Benny Banks and Jay Norton link up on ‘Roll’; the two talented artists sit comfortably on a typically jaunty hip-hop production with an equally typical “don’t try to get at us now” message. The track serves its purpose without producing the jaw-dropping element I love to hear in new music, which certainly isn’t to say that either artist did anything less than very well with their respective contributions.


'2012' feat. Roachee, JME & Fuda Guy:-



Probably the release’s highlight is ‘2012’; a dark, bass-laced grime production which would be intriguing enough without the verses supplied by Roachee, JME and a Fuda Guy who seems somewhat short of match fitness. Regardless, the trio provide skill and entertainment with their lyrics, and in terms of listenability (if such a term exists!) this was the track I found myself going back to play again.


Kal Levelle features alongside rapper Fem Fel on track four, confusingly entitled ‘Time Is Now’ despite seemingly being about a relationship’s demise. It was my first time hearing either artist and I felt they had come together at the wrong time, on the wrong track. There was little sense that any significant amount of emotion was expended by either; ultimately it sounds like they first met the same day that their vocals were recorded. Given what had come before, this was rather disappointing to listen to.




Similarly confusing was Lily McKenzie’s vocal on what I presume was an effort to produce a club smash instrumental to go with it. I think the best explanation for the track, entitled ‘Shows Me Love’, is I’m listening to a promo version of the EP; any other reason for the instrumental being so undermined by the vocal’s strength would be a massive oversight on Z Dot’s part. I imagine the beat would be better suited for use elsewhere even when fully mastered, because the current arrangement does both singer and producer a disservice.

Singer Lauren Mason comes together with MCs Harry Shotta and Propane on an uplifting track to finish the EP, entitled ‘Journey’. Shotta’s contribution is particularly impressive, and Mason’s chorus is very easy on the ear indeed, all of which combine to provide a pleasant end to the release.


'Journey' feat. Harry Shotta, Lauren Mason & Propane:-



Say what you like about the young man. Having listened through this EP, I can see why people do and will continue to; the problem is the phrase “you don’t know what to expect from the guy” can be as negative as it can be positive. His willingness to put out such diversity of sound in a release is as commendable (he’s not a one-trick pony, fingers in different pies etc) as it is regrettable (who wants to be a jack of all trades and a master of none etc). At its best, there’s no doubt that Z Dot’s music holds enough merit to warrant a high rating; with too much of his work however, he leaves too much scope for debate over its quality.


Review by Jeremy Coolidge


Buy your copy of Z Dot's 'Project Z' EP on iTunes  and Amazon

Check the exclusive Blatantly Blunt interview with Z Dot and Dan Dare - aka production duo 'The Elite' here, as they talk about producing for Juelz Santana and Wiley, the importance of work ethic and more!

24 April 2012

Audio: Jadakiss ft Styles P, Wale & French Montana - Paper Tags

One of the hottest producers in the US hip hop game Jahlil Beats is on the buttons for this massive collabo from Jadakiss who proves his legend/veteran status by dropping some strong bars along side some other heavy duty emcees repping the East Coast. Looking forward to his DJ Drama hosted mixtape 'Consignment'.




Find possible savings on Jahill Beats' works and other music at couponcravings.com.

Video: REWD ADAMS & THE LAST SKEPTIK - EVERYTHING'S OK

Brilliant stop motion video for a track which has the feel good quality to be a radio hit, while still retaining that authentic hip hop feel. The song brings a vibe that suggest it's about a woman, but could also be a metaphor for Rewd’s love of writing. You decide!

Look out for his forthcoming album ‘How Not To Make A Living’.

Follow Rewd Adams on Twitter

23 April 2012

VIDEO: JD ERA - SMOKING GOOD

New video from the Canadian rapper over this signature sounding Lex Luger beat! The video features a clip with Raekwon (Wu Tang) getting his Jamaican persona on! Download his mixtape 'No Handouts' here!

Video: Vinnie Paz - End of Days (feat. Block McCloud)

The legendary Philadelphia emcee, leader of the group Jedi Mind Tricks drops this new video which is off his debut solo album "Season of the Assassin".
In this one he discusses a bunch of different conspiracies in his own unique way, with an intro from David Icke, who's known for exposing "the reptilian bloodline that rules the world". LOL.

Facebook.com/VinniePaz


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Video: Obscene Locals Cypher (Ep.1) ft. Kings Of The City

Obscene Locals bring you the first episode in their OL Cypher series which fuses emcee culture with the live instrumentation. The first episode features Ali Bla Bla and Kayo Ken of Kings of the City dropping some seriously dope bars! Check this interview and live footage I caught with them recently.

22 April 2012

Event: Urban Nerds 5th Birthday [26th May @ Scala, London]

Urban Nerds celebrate five years of crazy line-ups in London, as they hand pick a diverse set of underground UK bass, dubstep, grime and funky acts from broad range of sounds, and still returning to the deep underground sounds that they kicked off with back in 2007!

Legendary names are headlining, such as Newham Generals and Klashnekoff, and some of the biggest emerging grime MCs representing London such as Scrufizzer, Merky Ace and Roachee fwhile Birmingham gets it's shine in the form of Trilla, C4 and super producer/DJ Preditah ill the room hosted by No Hats No Hoods Records.

Tickets from: urban-nerds.com/5thbirthday.

For loads more information on the line up in full as well as location and more, head to the facebook event page http://on.fb.me/nerds5thbirthday.

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Video: Logic - Warm Up Sessions [SB.TV]

Perfectly executed bars from the South London veteran lyricst, and on this video provides as much substance and meaning as ever, providing a faultless performance also! Someone for most other emcees to learn a few pieces of advise from. However, I felt the comment about grime MCs providing a bad message was a bit one sided, as there are a higher proportion of 'road rap' artists providing the same level as pointless gun talk.

Download: Mikill Pane – You Guest It EP

Make sure you download the brand new EP from one of the UKs most promising rappers at the moment. Star studded feature list and plenty of witty bars and tight flow patterns to keep you guessing! Not many artists can get a list of featured artists like this so early in their career!


Video: DJ Fresh ft. Dizzee Rascal - The Power

The grime pioneer drops his latest summer anthem - this one's going to pop all over the world until Winter! 'The Power' is released on 03.06.12 on Ministry of Sound Recordings.

Video: D Double E - Pumpin it out remix feat. Kano, Footsie, Hyper, JME, Rapid.

Rapid provides the production on this pirate radio style visual to one of the biggest grimes remixes this year, and was featured on the Dirtee TV mixtape.. Great to see a remix where every drops a strong verse, no let downs here!
The 'Pumpin' It Out' EP bundle is out now on itunes.

19 April 2012

Audio: Sha Stimuli - Baby's First Word



"Baby's First Word" is a record from Brooklyn rapper Sha Stimuli, which addresses 'the N-Word' like it has never been tackled before - discussing how and why it was his baby's first word!! Whether or not it really WAS his baby's first word, it's a great track concept and discusses how the word has made its way into common language and pop culture, well executed over this heavy metal hip hop production. Dope!

This follows on from his previous track 'Praying for Aliens', using the concept of an alien invasion, to discuss the issue of race.



Audio: Mr Mitchell ft. Mercston & Dream Mclean - On The Rooftop (Dubvocal Remix)

Mr Mitchell (of Mike Skinner's signed group The Mitchell Brothers) brings you a remix of his debut single 'On The Rooftop' and features two certified grime MCs Mercston and Dream Mclean. Buy the original track on iTunes here.

Video: Drifter, Little Dee & A2 - Back2Back Freestyle [Link Up TV]

After racking up 18000 views on his SB.TV Warm Up Sessions last month, grime MC Drifter has returned with a Back2Back for Link Up TV alongside friends Little Dee and A2. The three MCs spray bars over Rapid (of Ruff Sqwad) - Cleo.

Drifters first ever mixtape ‘Catch My Drift’ will be available for free download on July 2nd, featuring the likes of Roxxxan, P Money and Little Dee.

Catch Drifter performing at Camden Crawl on the SB.TV – Electric Ballroom stage at 4:45pm on Sunday 6th May 2012. Tickets are available here.

Video: English Frank - Can't See Me

The south London lyricst drops this banger, keeping in tone of his style of gritty content with a tight and intense flow. It's the latest video from his current free mixtape 'Listen to Frank' which can be downloaded here.

18 April 2012

Video: Fliptrix - War To Your Door

Brand new Fliptrix video for 'War To Your Door' which contains clips from the classic urban French movie 'La Haine'. The track is produced by Mr Boss & Runone and is the third single to be released from Fliptrix's new album 'Third Eye Of The Storm'. Buy the E.P on iTunes here.

Audio: Mikill Pane feat P Money, Fem-Fel & Katie Price - Hey Baby (radio rip)


Witty London lyricist Mikill Pane is about to drop his star studded EP (which drops April 22) and this is the first taster, linking with P Money, Fem Fel & Katie Price (aka Jordan)! Yeah you read that right, don't worry tho the busty ex-model doesn't lend her singing talent but instead some adlibs!

Either way the tune is dope, with a crazy flow pattern from Pane, and a rasping heavy guitar beat with P Money and Fem Fel going in also! The track reminds me a bit of the classic 'Superman' by Eminem.
 

Video: Macca (Stay Fresh) - Goin In Hard

The grime MC who's a member of Birmingham collective Stay Fresh kills the Preditah production, and is set for big things. ‘In My Zone/ Going In Hard’ is the first double single from Macca’s debut album ‘25’, and is a direct reflection of the label’s progression as of late.

Video: Sway talks to SK Vibemaker (interview)

On the release of his no. 8 charting single 'Level up', North London hip hop legend Sway talks to SK Vibemaker about expectations of the single after the success of 'Still speeding', hooking up with Flux Pavillion through Facebook, being around people that have won grammy awards & more!

Video: DJ Swerve talks to the Grime Report about 'Comeback Riddim' and more!

Radio host and producer DJ Swerve discusses his latest release 'The Comeback Riddim' feat. P Money, Blacks and Little Dee as well as his forthcoming projects including 'Grime Raver' and more!

Get The Comeback Riddim now from iTunes and keep up to date on DJSwerve.com and on Twitter @DJSwerve.

Interview: 184 (hip hop producer)


So what do you know about producer 184 and his body of work in this thing we call music? “Not a great deal” might be your answer, but I guarantee anyone with their ear open to that good stuff will have heard that dude can construct the illest beat. Suave Debonaire caught up with the man at his Brighton manor to talk about the release of his new Mix Tape ‘Where's my parade’, celebrity sex tapes and mini ramps...


Q: So 184, what can we expect from ‘Where's my parade’?
A: It is a compilation of tracks I produced over the years, which people may not have realised, were mine. A 'greatest hits' if you will. Going back about 8 years, the earliest track is my brother's tune "Uncontained Rage" which came out in 2004 I think. The featured artist line up is crazy and I'm very fortunate to have worked with everyone on there.

Q: What do you make of the UK scene at present?
I think it is in a good state. Good tunes are being made, good shows are happening and people are enjoying themselves without getting too soppy about it.

Q: Do you think we will ever see an X-Factor style show for hip hop producers?
A: If so, I'm the Susan Boyle (if she was she in that?). Surprisingly competent. Alternatively, I want Cowell's job and salary.

Q: Did you see the Tulisa from N’Dubz' sex tape? 
A: Nah I'm old school. I saw the Paris Hilton sex tape. Suave Debonaire's so old school he saw the Pamela Lee sex tape.

Q: There are names that are making big moves in music land featured on the mix tape, is there anyone else on the come up that you want to work with?
A: I'm doing some work with a vocalist called Rag N Bone man from Rum Com. He's gonna be king next year.

Q: I know you used to have that Mini ramp back in the day. What happened to that, did it turn fire wood, and if so have you still got blunts?

I loved that ramp. I moved out of my mums house when I became grown up, and couldn't take it with me, then after a while she moved aswell. I was told he went to live on a farm in Wales, where there's lots of other ramps to play with and no roller bladers. I lost the blunts. I went down Hove Lagoon park last summer and nearly bodied myself in front of a load of 14 year olds on scooters.

Q: Hailing from Brighton, who is your favourite B-Town celebrity? Mines that skateboarding dog that was about for a bit.
A: I saw that skateboarding dog a while ago round the corner from Wagamama's. Fuck Jordan and Chris Eubank, skateboarding dog owns this town! He is the sea, he is the sun, he is the slags, he IS Brighton. I might add Pete from Big Brother passed through my house once.

Q: Cheers for ‘The Info’ ha-ha get it? Anything you want to add?
A: I get it. I get puns. I would like to thank everyone featured on the record, Paul Hazell for the artwork, 'The Purist' for the mastering and your good self for questioning me about the things that matter.

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Check the EP to stream/buy:

17 April 2012

Video: Mic Righteous - Fire In The Booth (Charlie Sloth on 1xtra)

One of the sickest lyricists in the country drops his fire on the booth for Charlie Sloth's 1xtra segment. I grabbed this short interview/freestyle video with him not long ago, take a look!

VIDEO: MARGER - RAIN

Marger and Sibling drop another sick track, this one has a Sin City style visual, and is taken from his 'Cheeky EP' which reached number 6 in the Hip Hop chart on iTunes.

16 April 2012

Audio: RoxXxan - Too F**king Facety

Loving this new one from the Birmingham grime femcee. Dope production from Mikey J who has worked exstensively with Kano, amongst others. She was shortlisted at the start of the year for 1Xtra’s “Hot for 2012 list” (alongside Flux Pavillion, Frank Ocean and Dot Rotten) and The Daily Mirror’s “2012: Tips for the Top” - look out for her!


15 April 2012

Major Hip Hop releases and events scheduled for 16 - 22 April

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 6 - 22 April

DateArtistTitleLabel
16.4JD EraNo Handoutsmixtape
16.4Gerald WalkerBelievers Never Diemixtape
17.4Blanco & Nipsey Hu$$leRawmixtape
17.4Azealia Banks1991 EP
17.4SWVI Missed Us
17.4LushlifePlateau Vision
17.4FuturePluto
17.4Stik FiggaAs HimselfMello Music Group
17.4Daz and KuruptD.P.G.C’ologymixtape

Events scheduled for 16 - 22 April
DateArtistLocationVenue
16.4Lords of the UndergroundLondonThe Garage
19.4Major LazerLondonShepherds Bush Empire
19.4DrakeBirminghamLG Arena
21.4Young JeezyGlasgowO2 ABC
21.4Ali Shaheed Muhammad vs DJ Nu MarkLondonKOKO
21.4JoeystarrLondonJazz Cafe
22.4DrakeLiverpoolEcho Arena
22.4Young JeezyManchesterManchester Academt

Audio/Download: Mr 13 - The Beginning Of The End EP


West London emcee/radio presenter/battle rapper Mr 13 is back with a brand new free download which dropped on Friday the 13th (also his birthday).

The EP features 6 tracks from 5 talented UK Hip Hop producers and also features the vocal talents of singer April on laid back track 'Nobody Said'.


Audio: London Ivy - U Gotta Feel It

A new artist on my scope, London Ivy drops the his second single 'U Gotta Feel It', the follow up to last month's critically acclaimed smash 'Everybody Clap' (feat Wizzy Wow).

Event: Slaughterhouse UK tour


The UK Slaughterhouse Tour with Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9”, Joe Budden & Crooked I

Tuesday 15th May (London) Wednesday 16th May (Birmingham) Thursday 17th May (Manchester)

The latest signing to Shady Records/Interscope, super group Slaughterhouse arrive in the UK for a 3 date tour. Their second album ‘Welcome to: Our House’, released in mid-June is executive produced by the Shady man himself, Eminem.

The London show features support from Smiler, with hosting from the MysDiggi man Mystro and Hip Hop’s finest DJ 279 (Choice FM) on the decks.

UK dates as follows:
London – Tuesday 15th May (HMV Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 1JY)
Birmingham – Wednesday 16th May (The Ballroom, 52-54 Dale End, Birmingham, B4 7LS)
Manchester – Thursday 17th May (Sound Control, 1 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP)

Download: Rival - Party Rings [mixtape]

The grime MC drops a free mixtape 13 tracks deep and strong throughout, as he shows of his nutty flow combined with own blend of dark grime and heavy word play!

click cover to download

Heres a video I grabbed with himself Kwam, spraying bars in Shoreditch.