30 August 2012

Audio/download: Styler - Drop Me Out



One of the hottest new grime producers Swifta Beater drops a sick instrumental for G Fam member Styler to spray fire on! Check this out for some raw lyrical and substantial grime!

Video: F.L.I.P - 'Born To Live'

UK hip hop thru and thru here as Dead Man Walkn produces the first official F.L.I.P group video despite the crew being together for years! The track features North London's Supar Novar, Big Ben & Ragz Sweet Jones and look out for more from the crew which includes Wordsmiff, Danny Bones, MCD, Genesis Elijah, Terra Slim, Ruthless, King Response and more. Look out for their debut mixtape coming soon !!

Audio: P Money - Dubsteppin EP


Easily one of the top 3 grime MCs at the moment, who is also well known for destroying dubstep beats, P Money drops The Dubsteppin EP, which was released on 27 August. Order from iTunes here: http://bit.ly/pdubsteppin.

Download a free copy of the Dream Remix of Dubsteppin here. Don't forget P Money is due to play Rinse's 18th Birthday Weekend at the Warehouse Project Manchester Friday 28th and Brixton Academy London Saturday 29th.


P Money - Dubsteppin EP by AmmunitionPR

DJ Mix: Starkey for Redbull Studios!


This week American grime/dubstep producer Starkey takes the DJ baton for a sick 45 minutes of street bass and custom dubplates. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he is globally renown for grimey compositions that combine the best E3 basslines and synth patterns with US hip hop swagga and the occasional element of modern classical music. Stark has put some of the scenes top dogs to work in the booth with P Money, Durrty Goodz, Foreign Beggars and Trim all spitting bars for tracks.



Track list:
  1. Starkey, Renegade Starship, (Civil Music)
  2. Mr. Mitch, Bethlem Royal, (Slit Jockey)
  3. Starkey ft. Trim, DPMO, (Slit Jockey)
  4. Bloom, Quartz (Starkey Remix), (Gobstopper)
  5. DJ Cable, Pulse RBX, (SeclusJockey)
  6. DS1, Nether Edge, (Slit Jockey)
  7. DS1 ft. Coco, Addicted, (Slit Jockey)
  8. Starkey, Command, (Civil Music)
  9. Starkey, Sequence, (Dub)
  10. Kuedo, Work, Live & Sleep in Collapsing Space, (Planet Mu)
  11. King, Bloccrocc, (Dub)
  12. Starkey, Nucleus, (Self Release)
  13. Psymbionic, Ride With Me (Starkey Remix), (MalLabel)
  14. Starkey ft. Central Spillz, Open the Pod Bay Doors (Remix), (Ninja Tune)
  15. Starkey, Street Rockers, (Civil Music)
  16. Starkey, Pavement, (Dub)
  17. XLII, Throw Yo (Starkey Remix), (Civil Music)
  18. Future ft. TI, Magic (Starkey Remix), (Seclusiasis)
  19. Mr. Mitch, Shit & Sugar, (Slit Jockey)
  20. Iggy Azalea, My World, (Grand Hustle)
  21. Bassboy, Modify, (Dub)
  22. Starkey, Dark Alley, (Planet Mu)
  23. Baauer, Harlem Shake, (Jeffries)
  24. Manikan, For All Ya'll, (Seclusiasis)
  25. Mella Dee, VIP ft. Slick Don, (Slit Jockey)
  26. SRC, Tangerine, (Triangulum)
  27. Starkey, And Then God Built the Cosmos, (Civil Music)
  28. Starkey, Dystopia, (Civil Music)
  29. Starkey, Summer Streets, (Dub)
  30. Goonsquad, Devilish Mode (Dub)
  31. Starkey, Fresh, (Self Release)
  32. The Beatles, Her Majesty, (Apple)

Competition: Stories Beat Stuff 3 - win a $30k trip to New Zealand!

The summer holidays and/or the music festival season is coming to an unfortunate and inevitable end - and you know what that means right? The real world is about to re-commence (by which I mean no more hanging out in the park getting wasted in 30 degree heat when you should be working). So how much of a #winning opportunity would it be to be the lucky recipient of a $30,000  trip to New Zealand... along with  three of those friends you hung out with in the park ?!  If you're any more hedonistic than your librarians grand-ma then this is probably applicable to you!

In order to be in with a chance of this life changing moment of your formative years, think about what 'stuff' (i.e. inanimate objects) you would trade for this experience! Check their facebook page for more info, or visit StoriesBeatStuff.com.

Once you've come up with something ridiculously valuable (both in financial and functioning terms) submit a video or a photo of what you would trade, for that all important trip to New Zealand – making sure it’s a real object! Choose three of your best friends that you want to come along with you, and then share your entry round via Facebook/ Google+/ Twitter to get as many votes as possible.

There is also a second prize draw just for voting! Vote for an entry and be in to win flights for two to New Zealand.

Here is a short clip of New Zealand, and shows exactly the kind of reasons that make it worth entering!

They're calling this one 'culture kaboom' and you can see exactly why! Naturally heated baths from nature along with amazing food, and everything in between!

If raw nature's not your thing there is always the 'City Splendour' of Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland - New Zealand’s three largest cities, allowing you to go from a downtown club to whale watching in 30 mins!

This is the what I would give up in order to get out there!! The one thing that gets rinsed on a daily basis!!!

 

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29 August 2012

VIDEO: INSTANCEVX - L-TOWN TRIPPIN'


Leeds rapper Instance reps his parts on this Houston inspired head nodder! Pretty dope!!

 

Check this interview I grabbed with him last year...

Audio: Verbal Contact - Get Got - Ft. Lunar C


West Yorkshire’s Verbal Contact unleash the latest track from their upcoming album 'Blue In The Face' set to drop September on Don’t Talk To Strangers Records.

Eerie, 808 orientated production from in-house beat-maker Sonar Cousin, as Matter and Prys spit alongside a dope feature from Lunar C, who's hot property in UKHH at the moment!

Buy the single here.

Audio: Method Man, Freddie Gibbs and StreetLife - Built For This


Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs (signed to Jeezy's CTE label), who could be accurately described as the 'intelligent thug' rapper really proves himself as one of the most promising names in US hip hop, on this collab with a living legend of the true school! The song is from the soundtrack of RZA's new movie 'The Man With The Iron Fists'.
 

28 August 2012

Audio: Stacey Jackson - I Am A Woman (Moony Remix Dub)


One of the most exciting UKG/alt-grime producers at the moment by the name of Moony has been popping up a lot recently! With a weekly show on Nasty FM and mixes for 1xtra, Kiss and Rinse keep an ear out for his productions! On his remix of this track he has turned in a funky/2-step track with elements of grime and bassline, using Stacey’s vocal and creating wide ranging sound! This is out as a remix of the single package on 23 September!


Video: 50 Cent talks 'New Day' single

50 discusses his heavy weighted new new single feat Dr Dre and Alicia Keys, which is a gigantic move, perhaps his big investment into re-launching his career to what it once was. I have a lot of respect for 50 but his grip on the scene has loosened considerably over the last few years - notably after losing a beef he sparked off with Rick Ross!

**Bonus** 50 cent feat. Alicia Keys + Dr Dre - New Day [produced by Dr Dre]

Download: Footsie - Zoot Break 2 [mixtape]


click image to download

New mixtape from the highly rated MC and producer who is well known as one half Newham Generals. Features on this mixtape from Maverick Sabre, Chronik, Discarda, Frisco and of course D Double E!

www.twitter.com/itsfootsieagain

Buy your exclusive ZOOT BREAK tees from the Braindead Entertainment store now: http://www.braindeadentuk.bigcartel.com

Here's some footage on the making of the mixtape...



26 August 2012

Review: Marley's Mellow Moods 'Relaxation Generation' mini festival @ Vibe Bar 19 August


Clarissa Pabi reviews the event last Sunday, exclusively for BlatantlyBlunt!


A week before Carnival and Channel 4’s #HouseParty, East London’s Vibe Bar played host to Marley’s Mellow Mood’s ‘Relaxation Generation’ – a vibrant 14 hour musical celebration awash with great food, great drinks (get yourself some Marley’s Mellow Mood if you haven’t already), and usual festival sound system glitch.

Spread over 3 stages ‘Relaxation Generation’ aimed to be a mini festival offering everything innovative happening in bass music right now as well as reflecting the most pioneering acts in drum & bass, dubstep, grime, reggae, hip hop and soul. And with acts like Mz Bratt, Natty and the godfather of UK Urban music himself Rodney P, it certainly did just that.
 
To begin with sets were short and sweet (in line with the mini festival theme); and the folky-soulful serenadings of Sam Garret and Liam Bailey turned grittier as the day progressed. As the festival got going acts which seemed to be particularly enjoyed were Mz Bratt, Gappy Ranks and Basement Jaxx. 




Mz Bratt treated festival goes to her eclectic blend of grime and UK funky stylings, finishing appropriately with ‘Rocker Launcher’, which (like ‘Selecta’) is set to be a summer scorcher.

Gappy Ranks held it down as the UK’s biggest reggae/dancehall artist kicking his set off with ‘Stinkin Rich’ and ending with ‘Heaven in her eyes’. Like Mz Bratt he overcame the odd sound system glitch, and in between his tracks he spoke to the audience about the importance of reggae as a social tool. It was a powerful moment.



 

There was a surprise appearance from Basement Jaxx’s Vula Malinga who left the stage and came down to sing and dance with festival goers. She ended with an amazing rendition of Dawn Penn’s ‘No. no, no’. Vocals were of the Richter. Power. House.

The roof was raised as the decks were taken over by the likes of Shepdog, Tayo, Daddy Nature, Kongo Sound, Farm Yardies and the Positive Vibes Crew who played thoughout the festival.
And later on festival goers were treated to legends which included Roni Size, Zinc, Dynamite MC, Rodney P and Skitz. Music resounded along the streets of Brick Lane all night.

But the Relaxation Generation was more than just music. There was a chance to see Kevin Macdonald’s critically acclaimed film, MARLEY and up-and-coming poet George the Poet who delivers socio-political commentary and humour in his poems.

A great mini festival. Looking forward to next year’s one.

Review by @ClarissaPabi



 

25 August 2012

Music Video: E-40 "Function (Coast to Coast Remix)"

Only certain rappers can come up with this kind of music!!!

Video: Lunar C feat. Dot Rotten - Obstacles

Dope lyricism and classic sounding hip hop production, reminiscent of a 90s US sound - good vibes and a very promising Welsh spitter looks the latest to cross over from the battle scene - best of luck to him!

Video: Shotty horroh Feat: Kool G Rap & XP - Fuck em all

The rapidly rising Manchester rapper brings the veteran NYC gangsta rapper on this track over a haunting beat from Dr G.

Mix: SoleHeaven.com Presents Kicks N Mixtapes Vol.15 - DJ Cable


Brand new mix from the man DJ Cable, for one of the UK's leading trainer stores...
 

01. DJ Cable - Sole Heaven Intro… 
02. Baauer - Harlem Shake (Jeffree's) 
03. Future Feat. Juicy J - I'm Trippin (Epic) 
04. Faze Miyake - Gunpowder (Dub) 
05. Decibel - Goonz (Dub) 
06. Decibel - G.A.P. (Tectonic) 
07. Big Sean - Mercy (GOOD Music) 
08. Big Sean - Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix) (White Label) 
09. Rustie - City Star (Warp) 
10. Waka Flocka Flame - Rooster In My Rari (Warner Music) 
11. Kid Ink - Drippin' (Tha Alumni Music Group) 
12. Decibel - Pitch (Dub) 
13. Bassboy - Yes (Here We Go) (Speakerbox) 
14. Lethal Bizzle - Leave It Yeah (Remix) (360) 
15. SRC - Aqua (Edit) (Triangulum) 
16. KP & Envyi - Swing My Way (East West) 
17. Champion - Motherboard (Hard Drive) 
18. Champion - Crystal Meth (Butterz) 
19. Preditah - Red Bull (Earth 616) 
20. Project Pat & Nasty Mane Feat. Juicy J - P.O.L.O. (White) 
21. A-Trak Feat. Juicy J & Danny Brown - Piss Test (Fools Gold US) 
22. D'Banj - Olive Twist (Cable Rework) (Dub) 
23. Teeza - Wolf (Dub) 
24. Enigma Dubz Feat. Trilla & Screama - We Make It Work (DJ Cable Remix) (Forthcoming Four40 Records) 
25. Waka Flocka Flame Vs. TNGHT - Hard In Da Goooo (DJ Cable Refix) (White) 
26. Baauer - Samurai (White) 
27. Lil Wayne Feat. Big Sean - My Homies Still (Young Money/Universal) 
28. Meek Mill - Flexin' On Em (M.M.G./Warner Music) 
29. Baauer - DumDum (Forthcoming LuckyMe) 
30. DJ Cable - OH (Dub) 
31. TNGHT - Higher Ground (Warp) 
32. Flosstradamus - Rollup (Baauer Remix) (Fools Gold US) 
33. Nelly - Air Force Ones (Outro)

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23 August 2012

Video: Adian Coker - Angels & Demons

Born in Sierra Leone twenty-four years ago, the rapper, songwriter and producer moved to Woolwich, South London, aged four, and recently dropped this from his forthcoming mixtape. Reminiscent of Roots Manuva!

http://www.facebook.com/adiancoker

Video: Jammin' freestyle for OUAG TV

The Grime MC who often sings in his bars also, drops some exclusive bars for Once Upon a Grime TV!

Video: Devlin Interview with Once Upon A Grime TV

Grame from OUAG caught up with Devlin at Adidas to chat about his new album and single, whether he's keeping an eye on grime, what's happening with his former crew The Movement and his original crew Outakers.

BlatantlyBlunt TV: Gappy Ranks talks spending Jamaica 50 with the Marleys, Reggae's social message + more

The UK's number one reggae artist speaks to BlatantlyBlunt TV, at the Marley's Mood Relaxation Generation mini-festival at one of London's most popular venues - the Vibe Bar, in Brick Lane, East London.

Gappy discusses growing up in Harlesden, performing at the Sting Jamaica soundclash in Kingston Town, touring the North and South America and more!

Audio: Shyne – You’re Welcome (Diddy Diss)

The ex Bad Boy records artist pops shots at his former boss. This is intense!

Video: Remus - MOBC

Remus is ‘on one’ with his new offering. It doesn’t take the cleverest person to figure out where the influence might’ve come from for this track - listen and you’ll crack it yourself. The question is whether that influence is too great.

The bars and delivery here are at a real high level and the black and white swagger of the video fits perfectly. It’s no surprise that the YMCMB sound is gonna get jumped on, mind you this also has hints of older stuff too. Either way this track is sick, and as far as imitations go don’t try it unless you can hold up to the originals. Thankfully Remus can, so I’d expect more good stuff to come from him in future. The son of Farma G of pioneering group Taskforce is surely one to watch for!

Review by Suave Debonair

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Remus/65036253802?ref=hl

Video: Ti2bs Feat. Sway - Black Dynamite

‘Black Dynamite’ is the first single taken from the forthcoming mixtape ‘Super Ti2bs’ and features UK chart topper and former crew member Derek Safo aka SWAY. This is the video that premiered on World Star Hip Hop  recently, and had it’s first play on DJ Targets BBC 1xtra Home Grown show! Feeling this a lot from the guy that undoubtedly inspired of today's generation of UK rappers! www.ti2bs.com @superti2bs

22 August 2012

Video: Joe Black - UDTV In Session #1 + Industry Takeover event info!

Get an early bird £6 ticket to see raps finest live at Urban Development's Industry Takeover 2012 event, which if anything like the last two years' take over of Rich Mix in Shoreditch is bound to be a must-go for anyone with a passion for working in the uk music industry! http://bit.ly/IndustryTakeover. You'll also get a free mix CD, featuring Joe Black and the rest...

Facebook Event : https://www.facebook.com/events/448075928570311/

UDTV present the realionaire Joe Black joined by MckNastyMusic on the drums.



Mix: Elijah vs Shiftee - UK Meets USA


DJ Shiftee and London grime DJ Elijah present a mixtape of some U.S Rap and Grime. DJ Shiftee is a DMC Champion from New York with a degree from Harvard who works at Dubspot in Manhattan, and runs the 'Hot Mom' USA label.

Free CD version included with our new merchandise with Mishka which you can order here - http://butterzrecords.bigcartel.com/

Elijah vs Shiftee - UK Meets USA by Eli1ah

1. UK Meets USA Devil Mix Intro
2. Royal - T - Music Please ft. Merky Ace
3. Darq E Freaker - Blueberry ft. Danny Brown
4. Clicks & Whistles - Southern Slaw x JME - 96 Fuckries
5. Bloom - Quartz (Starkey Remix)
6. Royal-T - Gully Funk
7. Cosmic Revenge - Damn Girl
8. Preditah - Nosy Parker Butterz VIP x Trillville ft. Lil Jon - Neva Eva
9. Preditah - Circles VIP
10. Wiley - Step 1
11. Starkey ft. Trim - DPMO
12. Mayhem - Make You Twerk Instrumental x Meyhem Lauren - Terminal Illness ft. A.G. the Coroner
13. Carrie Wilds - Going Down x Terror Danjah - Trojan
14. Jason Burns - Psalms x Trim - I Am
15. Trim - I Am (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)
16. Swindle - Forest Funk x Killer Mike - Go!
17. Rx & Shiftee - Act Out! (Mr. Mitch Remix) x ASAP Rocky - Peso
18. Darq E Freaker - Ironside x Nas - The Don
19. Rude Kid - Summer
20. Shiftee & Badman Shark - EKG Riddim x Action Bronson - Get Off My P.P.
21. Shiftee & Badman Shark - EKG Riddim (Spooky Remix)
22. Spooky - Code 9 (Star Eyes Remix)
23. Champion - Crystal Meth x Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire - Galactus Redux
24. Terror Danjah & Ruby Lee Ryder - Full Attention (Royal-T Remix) x Danny Brown - Grown Up
25. Noah D - Let Yourself Go ft. P Money
26. Teddy - Ringworm x EL-P - The Full Retard
27. Skepta - Tinchy Stryder
28. Siyoung - Baby Grand x Cotti ft. P Money - Going To War
29. Swindle & Takura - Have A Go x Trick Daddy - Shut Up ft. Trina, Deuce Poppi, & Co
30. Terror Danjah - Zumpi Hunter (Falty DL Refunk) x JME - Murking
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Video:Top of the Chain LIVE - True Tiger ft. Newham Generals

A couple weeks ago, True Tiger took to Maida Vale on Mistajam's 1Xtra show to perform tracks from their new EP, 'Eye of the Tiger Volume 2'. Whilst there they performed one of the hottest songs of the year - featuring D Double E and Footsie!

Eye of the Tiger Volume 2 will be released via True Tiger's Facebook page, through their new label, Stripes Records, on September 3rd 2012. It's full of absolute bangers and features the likes of Maiday, Newham Generals, Maxsta, P Money & Drifter, Scrufizzer, Dot Rotten and Mic Righteous. https://www.facebook.com/truetigerofficial
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20 August 2012

Major Hip Hop releases and events scheduled for 20 - 26 August

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 20 - 26 August

DateArtistTitleLabel
21.8Busta RhymesYear of the DragonGoogle Play
21.8Trey SongzChapter V
21.8DJ KhaledKiss The Ring
21.8Mistah F.A.B. & I-RoccFace Off
21.8Brother AliMourning In America & Dreaming In Color
21.8Slim the MobsterS.O.O.N.

Events scheduled for 20 - 26 August
DateArtistLocationVenue
23.8Big K.R.I.T.LondonDingwalls
23.8Beat JunkiesLondonJazz Cafe

Audio: M.I.K - Exhibit F (Prod. By Spooky)


The certified grime MC drops this new banger as part of his bite sized 'Exhibit' series tracks. Check the rest here.

MIK - Exhibit F (Prod. By Spooky) by ThatsMIK

Audio: Kendrick Lamar - Westside, Right On Time ft. Young Jeezy


New fire from the Compton native, as he continues his rise to stardom by bringing Young Jeezy (who was recently named Senior VP of A&R at Atlantic Records) on the track... Strong!

Video: Byron feat Dot Rotten & Ghetts - Secrets

Another artist we've been supporting for years comes of age in 'Secrets', a mixed-media illustrated/animated video. He brings in features from two of the UKs most respected and celebrated artists with dope production from Chris Loco.

This is Byron's lead single taken from 'Deep Lyrics/Dirty Beats part 3' set for release in association with SB.TV on September 4th. Twitter.com/itsbyronmusic.

Video: Dirty Danger feat. Trim & Roachee - Bad Boy

Two highly rated grime MCs from E14 join the Ruff Sqwad producer/MC on this funky/grime cross-over banger - could cause some damage in the clubs!!

19 August 2012

Video: 1Xtra Is 10: DJ Semtex and 10 MC's perform 'Plus 10'

Sneakbo, Mic Righteous, Lady Leshurr, Scrufizzer and a whole load of MC's join DJ Semtex to celebrate 1Xtra's 10th birthday with a very special Live Lounge performance...

Video: Gunplay - "Take This" In Studio Performance

Rick Ross' boy might just be the ODB of this generation! By the looks of it they've put him in the studio given him a bunch of drugs and hit record!

Video: Swizz Beatz interview with ThisIs50 talking career highlights, marriage to Alicia Keys and more

The producer and rapper discusses people thinking he is on Dr Dre's level, the highlight of his life, his best advice being to stay humble, working with Reebok, being multi-talented & much more!

18 August 2012

Audio: Reema Major - Major Moves

The females rappers are really having their shine at the moment! Dope stuff right here from this 17 year old
Sudanese-Canadian rapper, who is already signed to a major!

https://twitter.com/ReemaMajor

Video: Skrein ft Graziella & Dubbledge - We Run Them

UK hip hop over dubstep here as Skrein and Graziella, originally from the Underground Alliance crew join fellow respected emcee Dubbledge for the theme tune of Nike's Run Dem Crew, which is a "collective of creative heads with a passion for running and the exchange of ideas".

Mix: DJ STEELOHIM + KINETIC NRG - LYRICS 2 GO


Nothing but pure unadulterated hip hop!



PLAYLIST:

1. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST- BUGGIN' OUT
2. CRU- BUBBLIN'
3. THE ARSONISTS- THE SESSION
4. DE LA SOUL- BABY PHAT
5. NOTORIOUS BIG- STORY TO TELL
6. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST- LYRICS TO GO
7. GANG STARR- THE ? REMAINS
8. NAS- PURPLE
9. Q-TIP- THE RENIASSANCE
10. ORGANIZED KONFUSION- 9 X'S OUT OF 10
11. SCHOOLBOY Q feat. JAY ROCK- WHAT'S THE WORD
12. SOULS OF MISCHIEF- NEVER NO MORE
13. DIAMOND DISTRICT- I MEAN BUSINESS
14. HAS-LO- IN CASE I DON'T MAKE IT
15. J. COLE- SIDELINE STORY
16. JAY-Z- LUCIFER
17. O.C.- TIMES UP
18. PETE ROCK feat. METHOD MAN- HALF MAN HALF AMAZING
19. NON-PHIXION (ILL BILL)- CULT LEADER
20. RAEKWON- KNOWLEDGE GOD
21. O.C.- BORN TO LIVE (DJ ECLIPES [FAT BEATS} REMIX)
22. SLUM VILLAGE- THE LOOK OF LOVE (J DILLA REMIX FROM J88)
23. JAY-Z- DEAD PRESIDENTS 2
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Video: Labba - 1000 LBS feat Action Bronson and Ike Eyes

NYC rapper Labba and PF Cuttin have an EP coming out called 'Blunts Bongs Bitches', and they recruited Action Bronson and Ike Eyes for this heavy weight track. Look out for a cameo by Sean Price in the vid!

Video: Cyko Logic - Go Get It

North west London MC/rapper Cyko Logic unveils the official video for his new track 'Go Get It' taken from his forthcoming mixtape #Undeniable.

After taking a two-year hiatus from music to focus on his clothing brand 'Down Wid It', 'Go Get It' serves as a warm-up for what is yet to come- look out for his new series #UndeniableThursdays.

17 August 2012

Audio: Bartoven - I Don't Like [Refix ]

Bartoven drops his own version of the Cheif Keef banger! Look out for his mixtape 'The Raggedy Tape'
http://www.bartoven.co.uk

Sponsored Video: adidas | Team GB Don't Stop Me Now

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last few weeks, you've most likely been inundated with the flurry of Olympic mania which has spread across the whole world - despite our minor population in relation to the rest of the competing nations, Britain finished third, behind the super powers USA and China!

With a total of 65 medals at these Games (29 golds, 17 silvers and 19 bronzes), this is our best medal haul in over 100 years! Some say it's down to our home advantage, but the French have accused Britain of cheating its way to gold medals!


Being one of the major Olympic sponsors, Adidas have created this new viral video, using the timeless classic 'Don’t Stop Me Now', written by the late great Freddie Mercury back in 1978! The video features Olympic medallists Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton, Louis Smith and more athletes from Team GB in their own version of the track - celebrating the success of London 2012.



This article was sponsored by Adidas.

16 August 2012

Competition: Win tickets to Urban Nerds Carnival Warm Up - 25 August @ The Scala, London

Whistles and horns at the ready – Urban Nerds turns up the heat this August with an immense lineup for its annual Carnival warm up party!

On Saturday August 25th, Urban Nerds is gearing up for a special Carnival event to remember! Known for big lineups and a taste for even bigger basslines, the Nerds have pulled out all the stops, bringing in a torrent of talent that literally leaves you gasping for breath...

Click here for the Facebook Event Page.

To win a pair of tickets for the event just email us at blatantlyblunt@gmail.com with the answer to the following question: 

How many years will the Notting Hill Carnival been running when it occurs this year?


Urban Nerds Carnival Special - Saturday August 25th // 10pm-6am //
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL

Tickets From £8 / more on the door.


TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS, JUST EMAIL 

Breakage & MC Wrec / Mala & Coki (Digital Mystikz) / Kode9
Jackmaster / True Tiger / Marcus Nasty & Shantie / Rattus Rattus & IC3
Room 2: The Heatwave presents…
The Heatwave / Ragga Twins / Uncle Dugs
Terror Danjah / Fonti & Bushkin / Champion
Room 3: Merk Chicken
Sunship & MC RB / Native / White Tyson / Collapse / Alruii / Dozy


Grime stalwart, Hyperdub don and Hardrive Records boss Terror Danjah returns to Urban Nerds for Carnival, joining The Heatwave for their tropical room two take over! To celebrate, he's put together an unstoppable 38 track blend of some of the biggest Carni anthems of all time!



You can also cop the Urban Nerds carnival editions tee's here!

15 August 2012

Video: SB.TV - Nico Lindsay, Obese, Darkos & Kwam - [CYPHER]

Four unique and frightfully under-rated and under ground grime MCs spray some fire for SB TV.

This is some footage I grabbed with Kwam recently in Spitalfields, East London as he became the first MC to do kick ups while dropping grime bars!!! Expect the unexpected.

Audio: Collision - Drop

When you hear 40 year old music aficionados talking about how much they like grime music - THIS is the type they're referring to. Instrumental sub low, industrial, cold steel type rave music.

https://twitter.com/hedmuk

Video: Random Impulse - I Don't Really Care

Pulse brings another great rock/rap cross over with his own unique style. This one taken from the 'Wildcard EP' which you can listen to for free here: http://bit.ly/riwcep. Twitter.com/randomimpulse

Download: Wretch 32 – Wretchercise [Mixtape]

Brand new freebie from the no. 1 rapper, which includes feautures Chip, Krept and Konan, Sneakbo, Beverley Knight, Loick Essien, Kano and Scorcher. Click the image below to download.


You can also stream the mixtape here...
Wretchercise by Wretch 32

Check him out below, talking to Paul Lester about the music that means the most to him.

Audio: KJ Hines - Brain Storming


http://www.facebook.com/kjhinesfhe

Feeling this new one from the  Atlanta/Texas rapper... Strong flow and fun lyrics over this beat from FKi...


Review/download: Macca - Monster Mac [mixtape]


The latest writer for Blatantly Blunt, Clarissa Pabi drops a review of the new mixtape from Stay Fresh's Macca. Download link at bottom...

If you haven’t heard of Macca you’re probably from London or not even fan of grime. This week the MC, who represents West Midlands collective Stay Fresh released his second mixtape entitled ‘Monster Mac’. And the message I think that Londoners, and fans of grime, can take from it is (to paraphrase Biggie): "well if you don’t know, well now ya know".

‘Monster Mac’, however, is not enmeshed in the same kind of South-East coast/West Midlands coast beef – a track like ‘This is the midlands’ makes that clear. Macca, Pressure, and C4 are not saying we are better than ‘you’ but rather ‘there ain’t no competition’. What is great about the mixtape, and that track, is that not only is it an introduction to Macca, and his forthcoming album ‘25’; but it also manages to be an introduction to the sound coming out of the West Midlands, as well as a re-introduction to a sound that emerged out of London.

On a track like ‘Now you know’ Macca manages to give us a quick history of grime, and in that sense he pays homage to it - the base is dutty (and I think I heard a little So Solid in the flow?). Moreover on a track like ‘When We Come Through’ Macca’s flow becomes reminiscent of JME on a track like ‘96 bars of revenge’. This isn’t to say that Macca’s flow is not unique, it indubitably is, but it is to say that as an artist he is aware of what is unique and distinctive about voices in grime. Macca and his Stay Fresh click recognise the importance of London but they represent a very distinct sound.

‘Lightwork’ is the best track, for me, in terms of it demonstrating Macca’s flow (closely flowed by ‘No hook’). Macca switches it up constantly and seamlessly. Like ‘Lightwork’ the sound of grime dominates the sound of the mixtape in tracks like the classic ‘Mike Lowery’ but there are some hip-hop tracks which have been originally produced.

Macca - Lightwork


Standard mixtapeness come about on tracks like ‘Runnaway Love’, ‘Here I am’ and ‘Moment 4 life’ which are sampled from Ludacris and Nicki Minaj respectively. Lyrically Macca’s ‘Runaway Love’ is more graphic than Ludacris’s original and in it he shows a natural flair for story-telling. Macca, J1 and Pressure do justice to Tyga’s ‘Light Dream’ transforming into ‘Where would I be’ – the vibe is light, deep and chilled.



‘So di ting set’ features Sean Blaze and has a bashment vibe and – it’ll go down great ‘inna di rave’. Continually mixing it up with genres Macca also gives us a slow jam. ‘What you need’ is full of all that mack daddy pre-noughies naughtiness – foreplay and word play are blended effortlessly - it’s one for the ladies and shows lyrical brilliance.

Macca - So Di Ting Set ft Sean Blaze (Prod by Z. Dot)


‘Monster Mac – The Mix CD’ does what a great mixtape should do. It traces influences from the UK and US. It pays homage to different musical scenes and even to the females in these scenes (Leshurr gets a shout out). It’s collaborative and eclectic. Macca forges flow and voice and is backed by great production throughout - and yeah and there are loads of tracks.

Review by @ClarissaPabi

Download: StayFresh Music Present Macca - Monster Mac

14 August 2012

Event: Relaxation Generation mini festival Vibe Bar, Brick Lane 19 August

Marley’s Mellow Mood announce 
Relaxation Generation mini festival

Live music and DJ’s resonating across 3 stages from 1pm to 3am

Zinc, Roni Size, Dynamite MC, Gappy Ranks, Natty, Dub Pistols, Mz Bratt, Liam Bailey
Sam Garret, Rodney P, Skitz and more confirmed...
Screenings of Kevin MacDonald’s 'MARLEY' film
Free Marley’s Mellow Mood relaxation drinks, jerk chicken and MARLEY goodies

Sunday, August 19th
The Vibe Bar, 91 – 95 Brick Lane, London, E1, 6QL
Tickets £5 in advance / £10 on the door

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS FROM TICKET WEB
 Special Guests TBA
Screenings of Kevin MacDonald’s 'MARLEY' film
Free Marley’s Mellow Mood relaxation drinks, jerk chicken and MARLEY goodies


Marley’s Mellow Mood, the world’s premier relaxation drink continues its support of artists and live music events by announcing the Relaxation Generation mini festival.  Having just hosted a free party on Bob Marley Way in London with Devlin, Maverick Sabre, Sway, Lady Leshurr and many other exciting contemporary artists, Marley’s Mellow Mood is delighted to unveil its line up for a 14 hour marathon mini-festival at the Vibe Bar in London.  

Spread over 3 stages the Relaxation Generation event offers a vital snapshot of everything innovative that is happening in bass music right now reflecting the most pioneering acts in drum & bass, dubstep, grime, reggae, hip hop and soul. 

There will be screenings throughout the day of Kevin Macdonald’s critically acclaimed film, MARLEY, released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 20 August, along with a special silent screening of the film during the evening. There will be lots of free giveaways such as Marley’s Mellow Mood relaxation drinks, jerk chicken and MARLEY goodies.

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13 August 2012

Major Hip Hop releases and events scheduled for 13 - 19 August

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 13 - 19 August
DateArtistTitleLabel
14.8KreayshawnSomethin’ Bout KreayColumbia
14.8Insane Clown PosseMight Death Pop
14.8Beanie SigelThis Time
14.8Strong Arm Steady & Statik SelektahStereoType
14.8The DreamLove IV MMXII
14.82 ChainzBased On A T.R.U. Story



Events scheduled for 13 - 19 August
DateArtistLocationVenue
15.8ElzhiLondonCargo
15.8DJ VadimLondonKOKO