30 June 2012

Audio/download: StayFresh - W​.​T​.​F Mix CD


W.T.F. features a number of previously unreleased gems, some of Stay Fresh's most viewed tracks and serves as a good introduction to the West Midlands group and also features a number of individual tracks, which will allow you to get to know the team better!

Video: Sway Feat. Ed Drewett - Song For The City

Conveniently released just a month before the Olympic games hits London, Sway drops this patriotic anthem with Ed Drewett, who drops a mediocre chorus which should help attract it to the pop outlets. However Sway's lyrics are nothing short of touching and are packed full of meaningful content and references to the extraordinary diversity of the city. Big up to Sway once again!

29 June 2012

Review/Audio: Chemo Presents… My Mate Does Beats


Our main man Suave Debonair drops this review of the brand new release from UK hip hop's "don" level producer and engineer Chemo.

If you don’t already know about the beat making geniuses that reside on our piss drenched island then this fine collection of gurgling synths, trickling hats and hard knocking kicks will wake you up to some truly extraordinary talent. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a few of the beat makers from this distinguished list and know they are truly dedicated to their cause. The at times unsung heroes of the UK Hip Hop scene, these dudes are the Doc Brown to our Marty McFly - and without them there would be no metaphorical hover board, which would be bad news - TRUST. With the competition of beat battles occurring more often now, these anoraks of the breaks are only getting better at their craft and it would not surprise me in the least if some of the names on Chemos collection go on to produce tracks for some of the music worlds head honchos...



Kicking off this showcase is Pete Cannon followed by Naive, who in my slightly bias opinion are two of the best most diverse producers to appear in the last 5 years. ‘Feathers’ by Bambooman made me feel a bit like a 2p spiralling down into one of those charity boxes you get at supermarkets, and Kosyne’s ‘Everals Remedy’ had me dying to hear a verse from Common blessing it. Jon Phonics ‘Digital bath’ had me chillin till my fingers and toes went mad wrinkly, then Sivey brings bangin melodies with ‘Boss’.

We gotta wait til track 16 for the man himself Chemo to make an appearance with ‘Filaments’, a break ridden rumpus of epic proportion shortly followed by one time Brightoner (now London based producer) 184 - who brings things to a close with the deliciously dubby ‘Louder’. To be fair every beat on this collection is more than worth your time, and goes to show just how exciting things are about to get in this scene.. Is it time for Ronson, Timbaland and Will.I.Am to make way for the new crowd? Listen and make up your own mind!

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 25th 2012

Buy the CD & T-Shirt Bundle HERE

Tracklist:
  1. Pete Cannon – Poznan
  2. Naive – Break Me In Bred
  3. Zygote – Body Snatchers
  4. Telemachus – Life in the Bus Lane
  5. Lamplighter – Rain
  6. Big News Skit
  7. Bambooman – Feathers
  8. Isyss – Bittersweet Miranda
  9. Kosyne – Everals Remedy
  10. Jon Phonics – Digital Bath
  11. Sivey – Boss
  12. Hey!zeus – Dunno
  13. Anatomy – Nagas
  14. Apollo – Feed
  15. Industry Chris Skit
  16. Chemo – Filaments
  17. Beat Butcha – Crack Rig
  18. Trusay’s Mate Skit
  19. Paul White – The Pointless Forest
  20. Mike Forte – Without Love
  21. Apatight – Star Drops
  22. Hops – Franks Mettle
  23. Jae Genius – BMG
  24. 184 – Louder
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Video: Wiley - Heatwave feat. Ms.D

Featuring a catchy pop hook from Ms D (who featured on Chipmunk’s #1 hit ‘Oopsy Daisy’), the non stop worker Wiley drops the video for his new summer joint, which is bound to be played across the radio spectrum, and has already been playlisted by Kiss, 1Xtra and Choice! The addictive 'Rymez' produced track is full of scorching seasonal references and looks set to be the soundtrack of summer 2012! Big up to Wiley, he's done it again!

28 June 2012

Video: RappertagUK #15 - Yungun

New one in the rapper tag series as the well respected UK hip hop artist drops this, with his buddy Devise getting tagged later in the vid!

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

Hard bars as always from the grime MC as he drops some heavy duty bars over the classic So Solid track 'Woah'.

Video: Maxsta - I Wanna Rock


Following on from our review of the track a few days back, here's the hashtag rich video for Maxsta's step out of the underground, with the beat from Show N Prove (the guy behind Benny Banks' recent hit 'Bada Boom Bada Bing' plus COUNTLESS more UK hip hop bangers).

What Would Wiley Do? #WWWD


Vice Magazine's music channel Noisey will be premiering a new YouTube show featuring Wiley, as their very own travelling agony uncle! In 'What Would Wiley Do?' the man himself will be dispensing words of advice to the public via the opening hatch of a specially customised ice cream van (above!).

Whether it's the meaning of life or where stars come from or the Olympics, what to study in college, gambling, bee-keeping, how much to tip strippers...WHATEVER it is, don't spend hours beating your sore forehead against the table and shouting at the mirror. Simply ask: What Would Wiley Do?


You can put forward any questions you would like to ask Wiley using the hashtag #WWWD on Twitter or by sending response videos on YouTube. You can also ask Wiley in person by following his whereabouts on Twitter on his travels around London in his specially designed ice cream van. So, if you're lucky or just happened to be in the area you can ask him your question in person..

In related news, the man just dropped step 12 of his 'It's all fun and games till..' series, with this one produced by Infamous... take a listen below!

Event: July 7 - Butterz x Hardrive: Newham Generals, Trim, Logan Sama, Terror Danjah, Elijah & Skilliam & more


As usual the Butterz & Hardrive stalwarts Swindle, Elijah & Skilliam, Champion and D.O.K will offer up a sturdy foundation and Terror Danjah will team up with MC Riko for a special set. We'll also be treated to special guest performances from Gobstopper Records boss Mr Mitch and Formula Records signee Notion making this, yet again, an unmissable journey through the new-wave of grime.

There will also be a pre-party in-store at BM Soho from 4pm - 7pm on 7th July with Champion, Swindle, Logan Sama, Elijah & Skilliam and a few suprise guests.






27 June 2012

Sponsored Video: Benga Documentary - Gatwick Express Tracks

It's always great to see a mainstream brand get involved in a culture which is not traditionally considered within it's immediate scope, which is exactly what Gatwick Express have done here. Dubstep don Benga, who has also been behind some grime bangers such as Lethal B/Firecamp's rowdy 'Shut Up', takes us on his musical journey from Victoria to Gatwick.


He has created one of the 'express tracks' which is a 30 minute musical journey, given to you for free when booking a ticket online (quite a novel idea!). Benga had this to say "I try to sit there and think about the ups and downs, and the delays that I used were all about trying to make it feel like a journey. Thirty two minutes, and it’s like an adventure, do you know what I mean?"



Here's a trailer for the Gatwick Tracks series, which features clips of the other tracks, from classical bloke Philip Sheppard and Essex band The Milk.


For website technology geeks, it's definitely worth checking out The Gatwick Express website that uses a cool new type of javascript known as 'Scroll path'. It navigates the journey from an overheard perspective, giving you snippets of the three artists' tracks and maps out the towns that are passed on the way down to the airport! See below for an example...


This post is sponsored by Gatwick Express.

Event: Showtime Birmingham - July 5 GAPPY RANKS | DURRTY GOODZ | TOP CAT | RODNEY P | ROXXXAN | LADY LESHURR

After its huge success in 2011 in London, the Showtime! Party is travelling to Birmingham this Summer, courtesy of The Heatwave, as part of the 2012 BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds). Live performances from local legends and up-and-coming West Midlands stars including Lady Leshurr alongside London guests including Gappy Ranks and Durrty Goodz.

SHOWTIME! BIRMINGHAM 
5 July 2012
GAPPY RANKS | DURRTY GOODZ | TOP CAT | RODNEY P | ROXXXAN | LADY LESHURR | SEROCEE | JUKIE RANKIN | RTKAL | RUBI DAN | VITAL

The Rainbow, Birmingham 160 High Street Digbeth, B12 0LD
Thursday 5th July 2012 9pm-3am// £7 early birds / £10/12 advance / £15 on the door
Tickets can be purchased via: http://showtime2012.eventbrite.com 

Showtime! made UK music history by bringing together legends from every era of UK rave music to East London's Cargo to share the mic over classic dancehall riddims, paying homage to Jamaican sound-system culture. Check the extended Showtime! DVD preview here:

26 June 2012

Video: Jam Baxter - Brains

Baxter gets involved in the video production on this creepy comedic new video, which is the second single to be released from his project 'The Gruesome Features'. It's out early July on High Focus Records on CD, Digital & Limited Edition EP version on vinyl.



Check this video interview/freestyle I grabbed with him backstage at one show of his.

24 June 2012

Audio: Macka B - Reggae Daddy

 

 Fresh and unique concept on this one from UK Reggae legend Macka B, who explains how "reggae a di daddy fi dem" by switching between his reggae sound into the genres that reggae music has influenced, such as garage, grime, UK funky and more! A must listen for anyone interested in the evolution of UK music...

Video: Big Narstie - Roadside

After the success of 100 bars of pain, Narstie gets deep once again on this well produced track which shows yet another new side to his music.

Video: David Banner - Who's That

Yet another politically potent hip hop banger from the Mississippi rapper/producer/activist! If you like this make sure you check his free/donations supported new album 'Sex drugs and video games'. This is some real ish - take note!

23 June 2012

Video: Rude Kid - Get Busy ft. Skepta


The certified grime producer who's worked with more or less everyone in the scene, drops this massive debut video after years of putting out bangers in the underground... You can hear the more 90s club vibe to this one compared to his sci-fi/digital sounding beats he normally puts out but it's great to see the progression! Grab this on iTunes.
 

Audio: Maxsta – I Wanna Rock [review]


Our new writer, the anonymous grime MC who writes under the alias of 'Jez Cool' drops this review of Maxsta's new joint which is due for release August 5!

I remember MCing alongside Maxsta at pirate stations like Axe FM and Rinse FM a long time ago, and he is now the first artist signed to Jamal 'SBTV' Edwards’ 'Just Jam' roster (part of RCA Records). On 'I wanna rock' he has produced a perfectly valid attempt to unite the listeners, both in the UK with the bars, and Stateside with the production.

As I was listening I could genuinely picture myself in the corner of a club with a few pals, raising my glass of liquor and ice pulling the same sort of cocky face he was probably pulling in the booth while putting the lyrics down. In fact, it is that cockiness, that oozes out of the track that makes it so engaging for me. I can’t imagine it will go down too well with many of his contemporaries, but who cares?!

More than enough people listen to music to experience escapism for it not to matter, and furthermore he’s not here to please his fellow spitters. So have that.



Check the behind the scenes footage of the video which is dropping soon!

Video: Nas speaks to Westwood on Nicki Minaj Summer Jam beef and more!

Arguably the greatest rapper alive, Nas recently featured on the Westwood show, speaks on Nicki Minaj Summer Jam beef, future colabs, favourite time in hip hop, Cherry Wine, Amy Winehouse & more!

Video: Krept and Konan interview with Urban World TV/SK Vibemaker

Krept and Konan talk to Urbanworld & SK Vibemaker about not being too serious and having fun, competitiveness, suffering from writers block, weather they are willing to compromise to gain commercial success, their forthcoming CD & more!

22 June 2012

Major Hip Hop releases and events scheduled for 25 June - 1 July

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 25 June - 1 July
DateArtistTitleLabel
26.6EminemCurtain Call: HitsShady Records
26.6Large ProfessorProfessor @ LargeFat Beats
26.6DMXUndisputed
26.6Maybach Music GroupSelf Made Vol. 2



Events scheduled for 25 June - 1 July
DateArtistLocationVenue
25.6Nicki MinajLondonHammersmith Apollo
25.6Kendrick LamarLondonElectric Ballroom
25.6Nas and GyptianManchesterManchester Academy
26.6Kendrick LamarLondonElectric Ballroom
26.6Nas EdinburghHMV Picture House
26.6Nicki MinajBirminghamNIA
27.6Erykah BaduLondonHMV Hammersmith Apollo
28.6Nicki MinajManchesterO2 Apollo
29.6“About Time” ft. Ralph Hardy, Danny Wood and othersLondonBells of Shoreditch
30.6Big BoiLondonWorld Basketball Festival,  Brixton


21 June 2012

Video: Frisco mixtape launch party - Jammer, D Double E, Footsie, Blacks, Chronik, Mighty Mo, D Power, Lay Z


I headed down to this heavyweight line up last night, at the Queen of Hoxton in East London, as the "who's who" of the hardest underground grime came down to support Boy Better Know's Frisco as he releases 'Back 2 da Lab vol. 4' which is out on iTunes now...

It was also a rare sight to see Heartless Crew's Mighty Moe, and the veteran garage MC is unsurprisingly always well received at grime spots! Another highlight of the show was the live band, who backed Fris as he revealed his mixtape tracks, which included an on stage collab with Ruff Ryders UK affiliate Naila Boss, Roll Deep's J2K and more.

Props to DJ Complex, Logan Sama and DJ Maximum on the decks, who made it what it was for the MCs to murk it!!

Shoutout to Lordie from the Grime Report, who was down there and caught this footage-

20 June 2012

Video: Styler Freestyle [OUAG-TV]

G Fam MC Styler drops some bars for Once Upon A Grime TV - big!

NXG awards: Best Actress + Inspirational Act awards

We are proud to announce the link up with The NXG Group, which is made up of a range of enterprises that provide services primarily to the youth market whilst helping create training, work experience and employment opportunities for young people. Conceived in 2006 by Michael Kosmas, the NXG Group has worked with over 5000 young people and created over 30 jobs. NXG –The Next Generation, in a nutshell is a youth brand that aims to Inspire, Empower and Educate.

Here are two nomination videos for the event, to be held at the The Shaw Theatre, London and special guests include Cleo Sol, Lady Leshurr and Cashtastic and will be hosted by comedian Poets Corner.

More nominations to come, but in the meantime vote now at http://www.nxgawards.co.uk

Best Actress - Scarlet Johnson, Lauren Socha, Hannah Murray, Rian Steele


 Inspirational Act - Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Dappy, Wretch 32

BlatantlyBlunt TV: Elro interview

We recently grabbed this interview with Warner/769 signed rapper, who hails from Chepstow. In this revealing interview, Elro spoke to Suave Debonaire about how (and why!) he named his mixtape 'Porcelain Corpse', things he learned from Mike Skinner, skills he's learned from being a stand up comedian and more!

Audio: Franko Fraize freestyle on DJ Cameo's 1xtra show

An MC we've been supporting since 2009, Franko Fraize recently made a guest appearance on the DJ Cameo show on 1xtra, which was taken over by Frisco from Boy Better Know.



Check out this mixtape we released of his, back in 2010!

We also grabbed this freestyle take a look!

19 June 2012

Video/download: Smasher - No Sleep feat. Wretch 32, Maverick Sabre, Loudmouth, Black The Ripper

 
Star studded line up on this joint from MC/DJ Smasher gets four highly respected names in the scene to jump on the head nod hip-hop banger. This is a prelude to the up and coming E.P, 'Set The Record Straight'. Get this free download on Smasher's Soundcloud page.

Video: Sneakbo interview with UrbanWorld/SK Vibemaker

Sneakbo talks to Urbanworld & SK Vibemaker about the evolution of his music, afrobeats, categorisation of his music, and describes how 'I'm not trying to impress the hood.. I'm trying to leave and better my life and my families life', and more.

Audio: Homeboy Sandman appears on Seani B's 1Xtra show



The Stones Throw rapper recently appeared on on Seani B's Hip Hop show on 1Xtra over the weekend. He talked about the Queens/New York underground scene and performs three minutes of original written over UK beats.

Seani's show broadcasts from 1-4am every Friday night on BBC 1Xtra. Check out his most recent show here: ttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jqn55



Check out this exclusive interview and freestyle footage I got with the man himself below...



18 June 2012

Video: Suave Debonair - Suave Bars 2.0

Suave drops some dope bars over the DJ Premier beat for 'Nas is like'. Feeling this!!

VIDEO: GENESIS ELIJAH - FATHER'S DAY

The well respected UK rapper drops this great track to mark Father's Day. This is what hip hop is all about!

Audio: K2 World - Bigger


West Africa born, London based rapper K2 World presents the follow up to his smash hit 'Applaud My Swag' (featuring Tinchy Stryder), with his brand new, charisma packed single 'Bigger', which sees him deliver his unique and distinctive flow over a vibrant, upbeat production. The video is due for release next month.

17 June 2012

Event: Big Daddy Kane & Biz Markie Live In London! 22 June @ HMV Forum, Kentish Town


B-Boys and fly girls get yourselves down to the HMV Forum for one of the year's must-see hop-hop shows! If you're too young to remember the original Cold Chillin' Tour then now's your chance to relive the action.

Here's a word from Big Daddy Kane himself!


Support from Droppin' Science, DJ 279, Chima Anya, Digga Please and hosted by Big Ted.

Venue:
HMV Forum
9-17 Highgate Road
Kentish Town, London NW5

Friday 22nd June 2012 // Doors 8pm Late // 18+

Facebook event page

Ticketmaster 0844 847 2405
HMV Tickets 0843 221 0100

Video: Wezzy - Freak Show

The recent rise of the rap/rock cross-overs are coming fast and furious these days, most of the time with great results - and this is no exception, as Wezzy drops first solo video off his upcoming mixtape 'Freak Show' out June 18th!

Audio: HYPES - ENERGY OVERLOAD



Fresh off the back of a flawless LORD OF THE MICS 3 battle, Manchester's HYPES is setting himself up for the release of his first official single, the infectious ‘ENERGY OVERLOAD’ - currently being supported by DJ CAMEO BBC 1XTRA, with strong production from Deeco.

The godfather of Grime himself Wiley also recently picked out HYPES as one to watch tweeting - “Hypes from Manchester you are showing signs of a great now”


Video: Big K.R.I.T. - The Making Of Live From The Underground (Documentary)

One of the hottest new Southern rappers drops this short documentary, showcasing footage of him making his latest album 'Live from the underground'. Directed By Steve-Ography and Edited By Slick Jackson


"Man... It's been a long time coming but it's finally here. My album "Live From The Underground" is online and in stores. In this video you'll get to see some of the process of making the album. You'll get to see me working with legend B.B. King in the studio and hear some great stories about some of the songs and the album cover.... y'all enjoy".


Big K.R.I.T. - "Live From The Underground" available on iTunes and Amazon


Audio: Smoke DZA - Rugby Thompson (Album Full Stream)


Rugby Thompson is a collaboration between Smoke DZA, the fiercest member of Curren$y's Jet Life crew, and Harry Fraud, beatmaker of the moment (the Lords of the Underground-flipping hit "Shot Caller” for French Montana), conjurer of euphoric bangers (Action Bronson & Riff Raff's "Bird On a Wire"), and the guy whose producer drop is the never-gets-old "la musica de Harry Fraud." Some really dope tracks here, make sure you give this a listen!

Stream the whole album here.
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Video: Dot Rotten - Overload Remix

Dot gets back to his roots on this more abstract remix of his latest single - providing some fresh vocals and spacey production. Once again Dot doesn't disappoint as he gets deep on a lyrical vibe, talking about his recent experiences in the industry. Pre-order on iTunes now.

Audio: Chip Ft Mavado - More Money More Gyal

The UK's Dready (fka JD from So Solid) drops a sick dancehall beat for another massive link up from Mavado and Chipmunk. Massive track, and another step in the right direction for North London's Chip!

Video: Griminal ft. JME - HAM

Nasty crew's Griminal gets back to what he does best with this new grime banger filmed at LoveBox festival, with cameos from the likes of Mz Bratt, P Money and more. JME drops a big verse also to top this off.

Video: Utter Once - Hell To The Nizzo

MOBO Award winning recording artist Utter Once releases a brand new video ‘Hell To The Nizzo’ "I've got friends who have been to jail that say they're never going back to prison or say they're never taking drugs again. I wanted to capture the feeling and help my people make a change in their life”.


Utter Once is known for his song writing as part of the Group MOBO winning group 'G-Force' and has been in the studio with the likes of Tinchy Stryder, Stutta, Mark Asari, Victizzle and Rachel Kerr.

Video: Danny Brown & A$AP Rocky go back and forth!

Danny Brown and A$AP Rocky sat down at Primavera with Vice Magazine's music channel to go back and forth about a bag of issues. Part one sees them discuss picking up girls on Facebook, real MDMA, and the hassles of being in the music industry.


In part two of 'Back & Forth' A$AP Rocky loses control when Danny Brown tells the story of his teenage encounter with an old prostitute, Danny complains about being compared to Wu-Tangs ODB, and the two guys go through their shopping list of women they like to get down with.


In part 3, Rocky and Danny talk about bad interview questions, the power of music reviewers, who their real fans are, and how they go about choosing their beats.


In part 4, Rocky quizzes Danny about his hair, Danny admits to being a freak just like Prince and Rick James, then both rappers talk about the best music festival in history.


In the final part of this series, the two rappers talk about where they'll be in 20 years time, and talk about how they both got by selling rocks when they were younger.

Major Hip Hop releases and events scheduled for 18 - 24 June

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 18 - 24 June

DateArtistTitleLabel
19.6Pastor TroyOutlaw
19.6Del The Funkee Homosapien & Parallel ThoughtAttractive Sin
19.6JuvenileRejuvenation
19.6Smoke DZARugby Thompson
19.6House ShoesLet It Go



Events scheduled for 18 - 24 June
DateArtistLocationVenue
21.6Jay-Z & Kanye WestSheffieldMotorpoint Arena
21.6Big Daddy Kane & Biz MarkieManchesterHMV Ritz
21.6NattyLondonScala
22.6Jay-Z & Kanye WestBirminghamLG Arena
22.6Big Daddy Kane & Biz MarkieLondonHMV Forum
23.6Styles PLondonThe Coronet
24.6Nicki MinajLondonHammersmith Apollo

Video: Elro - Real World

Dope new video from the Chepstow rapper. The video sees Elro's witty and bizarre lyrics brought to life using props aboard the N679 night bus. Features on the N679 include a lamb, Cilla Black and Pitbull - look out for our interview with him dropping soon!

13 June 2012

Video: Roxxxan - Too Fucking Facety


One of the dopest UK femcees in recent years drops this new video for her debut single, which I believe has all the elements of a hit record - catchy hook, strong beat and fun and original lyricism that stays grimey and on point. Look out for Roxxxan's 'Prepare4WhenILand' mixtape!

12 June 2012

Sponsored video: Carling Zest - Jaguar Skills' Summer Bottled - Summer SFX Riddim

Carling have commissioned three top DJs to create their own tracks, using the theme of summer as a base to create the music! Who better to commision to create something like this than D&B/hip hop mixologist Jaguar Skills, who has been steadily building his reputation since 2002 for his "eclectic multi-genre, cut-n-paste style DJing mixes".

If you ever listen to Radio 1/1xtra then there's a good chance you've heard him at work - but now he's created something truely unique for Carling, who are promoting their new lime infused 'Zest' beer, for the summer.

If you like what you see, head over to the Carling Zest Youtube app to check out more creations like this - by fellow creative turntablists DJ Yoda and DJ Food. You can also create your own track and win tickets to V Festival. This could be your first step to your new life as a worldwide respected DJ! If you're proud of your creation  then leave a link to your mix in the comments section below and get it seen by the other readers!

This article was sponsored by Carling.  

Event: ILUVLIVE - 8th Birthday Special - 21 June @ XOYO, LDN

Leading live music showcase night ILUVLIVE is celebrating it's 8th birthday on 21 June. The celebrations include a photographic exhibition showing performance images of artists who have appeared on the show over the years before breaking the big time including Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32, Katy B, Roll Deep, NDubz, Ms Dynamite, Professor Green, Emile Sande and Tinie Tempah.


The night will include an invite-only private view of the exhibition, which then runs for 3 weeks to the public, a main stage event (featuring performances by Sway, Cleo Sol, Ghetts, Scorcher and BIGkids (plus surprise guests) and an after-party with performances by Roxxxan, Scrufizzer, Fem Fel, Stylo G, ADot, Marger, Scorcher, Frisco, Mic Righteous, Lioness, Nolay, Cashtastic and more, all at Xoyo in East London.

Tickets available now via http://www.iluvlive.co.uk



For a great example of what ILUVLIVE are all about, check this footage I got of Marger, who performs 'Goonz' alongside Nolay and Scrufizzer to a live band; fusing the best underground (often electronic) UK music with a live element to give the music a new perception.

11 June 2012

Video: M.I.K - Mor£


Brand new video from the hardworking grime MC who you could say is only recently getting the recognition he deserves. We've been pushing his music over three years on Blatantly Blunt, including releasing his debut mixtape 'Workaholic', and getting the name out via the site and Youtube channel.

The SE London MC makes his solo SBTV debut video - dropping the video for his infectious new single produced by Faze Miyake; easily one of the top producers in grime at the minute.



The single is out now on iTunes or bandcamp  via Launch Pad records who have releases with the likes of Wiley, Tre Mission, Dexplicit & Manga. Included in the single package comes a remix from fellow Grime collective, Family Tree consisting of Merky Ace, Ego, TKO, and Shifman as well as a remix by BBC Radio 1xtra’s DJ Q.

Check this old freestyle video I caught with him, back in 2009. Don't watch the the camera's mic level, it wasn't the best so you may have to turn your volume up! But it's definitely worth the watch as he flows on point thru a classic Wiley instrumental!!

Video: Champion - Crystal Meth

One of the most promising producers in the UK underground bass scene is 'Champion', who follows the success of the instant classic, 'Lighter', with this video for 'Crystal Meth', via grime label Butterz. It features footage from the last Butterz x Hardrive event at Cable in March.


Check out the video for Champion's 'Crystal Meth' which is out on 25th June and the 'Crystal Meth' launch party takes place at YOYO on 28th June at Notting Hill Arts Club.



Don't forget the next Butterz x Hardrive touches down at Cable on 7th July! Grab yourself a ticket here.



10 June 2012

Video: Mercston ft Siah Spyderman & Jaze Aliga - Tsunami

The veteran Bow E3 grime MC gets on a reggae cross over tip, with the video seemingly filmed in Jamaica - big track, and visually rich video!

Audio: Wiley - Drop It Again (Prod by Bless Beats)

Wiley seems to be in "on fire" mode recently and is dropping a huge amount of music and long time collaborator Bless Beats provides the production on a bouncy mid 90s Timbaland/Mannie Fresh reminiscent hip hop flavoured beat for Will to tell the tale of his late night antics, in a couple of accents which works well on this example - possible radio/club hit?

Video: KOG Worldwide interview with Danny Brown


Detroit rapper Danny Brown is one of the my favourite at the moment both for his music and approach he takes to his interviews. He recently sat down with Verena from UK channel K.O.G. TV for this dope two-part interview in Barcelona. Danny reveals a bag of info about his life plus his love for grime! Watch how Danny's leg shakes vigorously when he's talking about his girls tho!

Part 1


Part 2


Here's some quick fire questions they did.

Major Hip Hop releases and events scheduled for 11 - 17 June

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 11 -17 June

DateArtistTitleLabel
12.6WordsworthThe Photo Album
12.6SlaughterhouseWelcome to: OUR HOUSE
12.6Bow WowUnderrated
12.6Wacka Flocka FlameTriple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family
12.6OddiseePeople Hear What They SeeMello Music Group
12.6Kid InkUp & Away
12.6SpaceGhostPurrpMysterious Phonk4AD

Events scheduled for 11 -17 June

DateArtistLocationVenue
11.6Jay-Z & Kanye WestManchesterManchester Arena
12.6Jay-Z & Kanye WestManchesterManchester Arena
13.6Jay-Z & Kanye WestBirminghamLG Arena
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