Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Lethal B disguised himself with a pair of Glasses to check out what Wiley
had to offer.
It’s rare to see a night dedicated just to Grime music, even though it is
arguably the fiercest sound ever to beat out of the grubby streets of
which it was named after. Who better for the night to be in aid of than,
the godfather and one of the original creators of the sound, Wiley and
his newest album ‘Playtime Is Over’.
JME tries to count how many are in the crowd "1,2,3....600...."
Skepta in the middle of some funky moves.
JME & SKEPTA
Warming up the stage for Eskiboy were fellow Boy Better Know associates
Jme and Skepta, who confidently took a grip of the packed out crowd with
opening tracks ‘Boy Better Know and ‘Deadout’. As DJ Maximum mixed in
the intro piano beat to the garage hit ‘21 Seconds’, it literally took that amount
of time for Skepta to get the whole crowd bouncing off of Cargo’s walls with
every supporter simultaneously shouting ‘You, You Done know’.
Frisco is back with a bang.
Towels are making a come back...
Roll Deep’s Riko and Flow Dan also supplied the routine with a raving
striker’s kick over ‘Match Of The Day ’ and ‘Stageshow Riddim’ along
with leaving the crowds hands flying in a fanatical Mexican wave of gun
fingers. Temperatures had risen to gas mark 5 and so had anticipation
as the night had yet to begin.
I'm the E3 Tiger Tiger.
Some guy tried to whip out his fingers and blow a few shots at Wiley.
Wiley soon appeared and jumped straight into his first single devoted
to his album deal, ‘50/50’. Although his lack of interaction with the crowd
seemed puzzling in comparison with his opening act, though many put this
down to nerves but the heat did begin to chill. Maniac’s productions on
‘BOW E3’ edged fans out of their criticism and chucked them back on the
rollercoaster of its baseline. ‘My mistakes’ followed along with ‘Flyboy’,
until the crowds favourite ‘No Qualms’ fluttered from Cargo’s speakers,
but was cut short, as was ‘Gangsters’ and ‘Eski boy’ by his irritating hype
men, Levels and Manga, who seemed to think they were the headliners.
Who asked the Halifax guy to jump on stage.
Soon the stage was fluttering with some of Grime’s brightest talents as
Wiley passed the microphone around so everyone had their turn running
rings around the crowd, from Jammer’s ‘Murkle man’ to Cookie’s ‘Boy Boy’.
Although it was a highlight to see the Boy Better Know brother’s performing
a collection of their most popular tracks, along with an introduction to a more
spontaneous raving set, while still keeping the flow of energy potent
throughout. It was a powerful concoction of the underground scene’s finest
young emcees, although Boy Better Know’s Jme, Skepta and companion
Frisco secured the night from being a heavyweight treddin’ on thin ice.
Frisco and Cookie.
Levels taking Gender from behind...
C Gritz, Gully Ranger, Jammer and Blacks jump on stage.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Don't just call it tissue paper...
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Kano's former hype guy is now back with a hot new edition to his
growing amount of Grimey bitter-tongued material and this latest
mixtape is a strict lesson in road life and the experience's of a young
J. Clark, which will establish himself as an artist in his own right.
I jumped on the 262 to catch up with Ghetto in his borough, to talk
clashing, reloads and 'bait hip hop'.
Why did you get into music?
It's one of my first loves, if it wasn't for music I could of been an athlete.
I was so passionate about music from an early age and it's a great way
to vent your anger, your sadness or your happiness.
How did you develop your unique flow?
Practice is the key to perfection, I think that I might practice more than
anyone. I definitely write more than anyone, practicing is the key and I
go to Unique's and have little practice sessions for hours. Some people
even say 'How do you breath?', I never woke up and this happened
*spits over fast* it took practice. If you listen to me throughout the
whole year you can hear me developing, that's what I think is great
as well because I always get better. That's why I'm one of the UK's
biggest problems because I'm never content, like some people get
content and think 'Yeah, I'm heavy', I would never ever think that
but course I think I'm heavy but I know I can do better. Some people
say 'You're peaked fam, that's as good as you're gonna get', no way are
you sick? If this is as good as I'm gonna get I'll quit now!
What fuels the energy in your delivery?
From my heart and you see the beats it makes me do stuff, it tells me
to do things. If the beat is very hype I'm gonna try as hype as the beat
or if not more hype than the beat. I'm in competition with the beat, the
beats trying to have me up, but I can't let the beat have me up... certain
beats have done it though.
How did you come about joining Nasty Crew?
We're all from Plaistow and we knew each other before music like me and
Shark(y major). So me being from Plaistow and Nasty crew being a Plaistow
crew, I spit and I was good, So Sharky must of just been like yeah bring
Why did you leave?
Things got very sour man and when you're in a crew with more than three
people things go pear shaped. Everyone has different views and sometimes
its just best to part ways...
What lessons did you learn from going on tour with Kano?
You see everyone yeah, you know what everyone wants to do in the
Grime scene? I'm not saying that there's something wrong with it, I
guess it's a stepping stone but everyone wants to go to a rave and spit
their best lyric and get a reload. But what have you really accomplished?
You've said a lyric, got a reload... but do you know whats better? Going
to a concert and performing a tune and people know all the words to the
whole track - I think to myself that is a much better feeling to saying one
of your biggest bars and getting a reload. At concerts you don't really get
reloads but people sing along and still go mad, they know all your tunes
and lyrics. Now when I make tunes I have that in mind, like where can
I get the sing along and which part is emotional. People often ask me
"Ghetts why do you do rap?" *Screams* - Cause I can! See when I
couldn't do rap, let me tell you something, before I could rap I used to
say 'F*ck Rap! F*ck Rap! I don't wanna rap, F*ck Rap music!' Do you
know why I used to say that? Because I couldn't! Then one day, I think
it was Sharky (Major), Kano and Hyper went on Samarai and they was
rapping. I was at home but I wanted to go so badly but I couldn't rap
and from that day I thought to myself 'You know what - why am I going
to limit myself and miss out just like I have now, let me just try'. Everyone
that says 'ahh why do they Rap? F*ck Rap!!' - It's because YOU can't rap
that's why you say that. That's why sometimes I say 'F*ck Football!'
Because I'm not that good at it. Obviously Grime is my first love but people
need to be more open minded.
You've clashed quite a few emcee's in the scene, from Flirta D and Napper
to Bashy and Wiley. Who was your favourite?
I hated all my clashes because no one has challenged me yet, see Devlin when
we are in the hood we'll be in the back of the car and Dev just says "Reg you
can't bring it to me, I'll stick something in your head" - he just starts on me
and we have to go at it for a little while. Even though Dev and me are on a
joke thing he's been the most challenging person because people who put
thought into their bars, it's like how can you lose? Everyone says 'They're too
technical, their flows too fast and I can't understand what they're saying!' See
my fans you know why they like me? because I do what they can't! See Skepta's
fans they can do what he does, it's not hard. You think them man can spit like
me? NO WAY! It's too hard and when I'm at home I don't write the first thing
that comes to my head, I think... 'No! why am I gonna say that hold on I can
say something better than that'
In your opinion, how is a clash won?
The whole point of a clash is to say truth's and out wit that person, style,
word play, delivery and vocabulary. If you're not ticking all them boxes,
you're not winning! See D double E he can blow up a rave more than
anyone in the whole scene but does that mean he's better than Kano!?
It's not who can blow up a rave, you'll see dub for dub... I think it's won
by wit and a lot of emcee's lie when they clash. If you listen to every one
of my clash bars, I'm not lying about that person. I never said "You got
bummed in jail!" because you didn't get bummed in jail, why am I going
to say that? That's very childish and obviously not true! The truth hurts
Is there anyone you'd like to clash?
I don't want to clash no one!
What about Skepta?
He's not going to challenge me mentally, I'm not even trying to be rude or
to send for anyone but everyone that will challenge me mentally I'm close
to Wretch, Devlin, Kano and all three of them are my bredrins and even if
we do clash it wouldn't be real. Every one's hyping over this Ghetto and
Skepta thing, it's not going to happen unless he/they send for me. Wiley
has a label deal, two videos on the screens and still didn't sell more than
Ghetts on the first day. How can you not sell more than me and you have
a label deal, on the first day!?
What guarantee's you a reload?
Yeah I roll deep in a ringer and F*CK IT - That is a reload straight away.
How would you explain your journey from your first mixtape 2000 & Life
to now with your Pre-Album Ghetto Gospel?
Round the time of 2000 & Life I had a lot of war lyrical and road, I was too
deep in road as well so my foot wasn't in the industry I was just an MC straight
from the road. When that was written I was just on a mad thing all the time
and obviously when I started writing Ghetto Gospel I had matured a bit, I
had gotten older and now I'm seeing things differently. I like the guy who
made 2000 & Life but you see that guy he ain't gonna make me any money.
A lot of people prefer J. Clark right now, but see 'Ghetto' he's who the streets
raised and J. Clark is who my mum and dad raised.
What is your favourite track off of Ghetto Gospel?
I haven't got one but I like the Intro a lot because I just broke everything
down, if you listen to the intro word for word it's a lot.
How did you choose who went on the Top 3 Selected Remix?
I'll tell you the truth, the only person who should of be on there and isn't on
there is Wiley. Everyone else can shut up because you wasn't meant to be
What do you think of the state of the Grime scene? and who is holding
things back from going forward?
Channel U needs a bit of quality control because they seem to be letting
everything through. Imagine you saw a Kano video, a Ghetto video, a
Wiley video, a Skepta video, JME video, No Lay video, Dev's video and
a Lightning video all in a row, you would think this music and channel is
over heavy. But it's like bag of shit, bag of shit, bag of shit, bag of shit,
something good, bag of shit, bag of shit, something good, bag of shit.
I think big labels don't know how to market us so people need to set up
their own labels, you see when people did get to a powerful position like
So Solid, they want to build you up and then they just want to shut you
down so quick.
What about the Fans?
The problem with the scene is that are the fans actual fans or do they
want a part in the music scene. Instead of supporting emcees, obviously
there are real fans that just want to do other stuff and support, but a
majority want to be emcee's.
What about the Fans who download your music?
Try buy the music but if you can't get it please do download it because I
want you to have my music either way. If you can't get to a shop and get it,
download it by all means download it. But don't tell me you're going to
download it when you got P and you like my music.
Do you think being a gifted emcee can translate into mainstream success?
I'd love to have mainstream success and a lot of people think I can't but I
swear watch by the end of the year I'm going to make everyone bite their
tongue. You know what I love? People always have something to say about
me. It was 'he's to angry, he can't be calm on a beat' , ' Can he make a song?'
- Yes - Ghetto Gospel. Now the next one is 'Yeah he's good he's probably
the best but can he go mainstream?' So that's the next one I need to prove
What's your current relationship with 679?
They use me as the Remix guy because I'm hot on the streets, if they use me
then that gives them street credibility, but Ghetto's not stupid. Mike Skinner
does actually like me as an emcee so big up Mike Skinner, but some other people
tried to use me because I've got street credibility.
Have you got any future projects we should look out for?
Freedom of Speech is absolutely Halloween, expect 2000 & Life x 52, it's angry,
angry, angry and they'll be features like Devlin, No Lay, Wretch 32, Scorcher
and DJ Unique making his debut.
What about the movement?
I'm on this J. Clark thing right now, I'm not even on a Movement thing right
now to tell you the honest truth. Of course they will always be tracks with the
Movement but right now I'm on my own thing. I can't focus on everyone now,
I need to just do this because I've been in the game longer than everyone in
What do you say to people that criticise you and the movement for using
Grime as an excuse to make 'bait hip hop'?
Only the forums say that because the streets love it, I don't really care
because I could walk in Brixton or walk down any hood and man will be
like "Man liked the ting" and those are the people who haven't got time
to sit there on the forums and start typing in sh*t. Everyone thinks people
say that but who says that? RWD forum and that's it, have you ever been
on road and you're talking to someone and they say "nah nah the movement
nah nah", NEVER! You only see that on that forum because Boy Better Know
have their whole team on the forum doing their computer work, you them way
there with all their computer geniuses. While I'm on road doing stuff and in the
studio, this guy (Wiley) is locked on arguing with kids. 28 with a kid, COME ON,
COME ON LEAVE IT DOWN NOW!
Ghetto Gospel is OUT NOW!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
instrumentals but also hit back at Boy Better Know's Skepta over the
discussion of 'bait Hiphop'. I've cut and recorded both Ghetto's and
Skepta's interviews along with their freestyles.
Skepta on Kiss 100 - 4th June
Ghetto on Kiss 100 - 11th June
Now you have this all you need to do now is figure out who would win in a lyrical battle....
I wonder... and would it ever happen?
Monkstar's the father, the hardest grafter, I can rep the place that i created myself, if you think thats a mess just wait for the birth after
I caught up with Monkstar, member of Dirtee Stank's Newham General trio, to answer the rumours about him quitting the group. What's it like being signed to Mercury Award winning Dizzee Rascal's label? And why, of all places, did I bump into him leaving Newham General (Hospital)?
What you been up to Monks?
Well I've been at home working on my own bits of music
and just doing the same old thing.
Have you left Newham Generals?
What was the main reason for leaving?
Personally I would say it was differences, I would say D (Double E
and Footsie are more similar compared to me and everyone saw that.
Even old interviews we used to do, people used to single me out
because I was different to them and would ask me, more about me.
The way I saw it was like we were all in a group, and if you have
2 similar ones and ones different, it can work, but being myself
I'll have different views, I'll have different goals and different
ways I want to do things. I just thought its better me going my
What was the last straw that made you leave?
It was just me not feeling right with it, you can do something for
a certain amount of time and it might be right for that time, but
right now I don't think its right for me.
Are you still friends with D Double E and Footsie?
Yeah of course with everyone, our manager, Dizzee, Footsie and D Double,
everyone's cool. We all can talk, I've know all them man for years still.
Would you say the group had musical differences, was it as
simple as they were doing Grime and you're more eclectic than that?
Or musically did it go deeper?
I've been spitting in Grime or UK Garage or whatever for years,
that's what I'm known for, it's like I could always do that and
I always will do it but I just want to do more. I want to do a
wider variety of things, it's not even like to say I can't do it
as well as being in NG's but it's just not feeling right for me,
so I'd prefer to just move on and do my own thing.
How did they take the news?
Yeah everyone's cool and understanding because we're all on a
level and adult about things now. I spoke to Dizzee and spoke
to the manager to say like this is what I'm going to do.
Will you be working with D Double and Footsie in the future?
I don't know, you can't really predict the future but its like if
be then I would do it still. I recon I'll still be on tunes like
tunes that they are looking to put out, that I'm on, and then I'm
still going to be on it so i guess so yeah.
How did the whole Dirtee Stank signing come together?
That was more D Double, Dizzee knew all of us but he knew D Double
and it was more like he was interested in Double. At the same time,
Double was kind of involved with Footsie and me at the same time.
The split happened with Nasty Crew, we formed a little group Newham
Generals and it's like we basically had a little package already,
like a little mock album set up. We went to Nick, the manager and
he just took us all on board.
Do you feel like you're starting all over again? as Generals
progressed quite far and got signed, do you feel like you've left
that and gone back to square one?
Nah Nah never man, it depends on how you see yourself, and me
personally I always feel like I'm moving forward. I feel like
if it's a step I had to make, it's a step I made to move forward
like I could never go back because it wouldn't make sense. Down to
opportunities and say like things the manager could of hooked up
as I might not be able to do right now, but it's still all a step
The position that you left, is that the position you hope to get
to again as a Solo Artist?
Where I reached with Dirtee Stank, is in a certain category it's
like Grime - We're in a group of 3 - We're signed to Dirtee Stank,
so its like you can reach so far on that journey. I guess it will
be another direction, just do what I'm doing and get where I get.
What's happening with the Album that the 3 of you were planning
to release later on this year?
Not sure exactly your better off talking to people like Nick
for that information, the album will drop though.
The Dirtee Stank tour, which includes Dizzee Rascal and Newham
General, has already begun. Will you still be on the line up?
Nah that's the Newham Generals tour and I dropped out just before,
because I haven't been apart of Newham Generals for around 2 weeks.
What was it like being signed to the Dirty Stank label?
It was big man, it was all like a big learning curve and I learnt
a lot from being signed. It's like a different experience, like
before we was on road doing the usual spitting and people just
know your face, it was a different sort of thing. We were getting
interviews, we went on tour and it was like on a next level, it
So apart from Newham Generals, what other projects can we look out for?
For summer I want to put out a couple of House tunes, I've got
a few Drum & Bass tunes I'm working on. There's Trouble Shooters,
which is a label that me and family do, we kind of do Hip Hop,
R&B and what not and we have a mixtape coming out soon.
Who is apart of Trouble Shooters?
Me, Jakey, Jak man, F-ro, Charlee, Jon P, Sub Zero, my family
and close friends.
Would you say you're just a Grime Artist?
No no, see that's why I kind of felt I had to leave as well
because I don't just do Grime. The same time I was with
Generals,I was still doing stuff with Trouble Shooters
and I was still producing all types of music. So is like
it was working being in Newham Generals) but I do want to
do a lot more, so people can focus on me kind of thing.
What artists from the Grime scene are you feeling at the moment?
I don't really have no preferences really but I like...
No Lay, the way she spits but I don't really just check
for Grime, I like a lot of other things.
In a sentence, how would you sum up yourself as an Artist?
Have you planned your next step? Or are you taking things as they come?
You always have to make plans for your future, but like
there's projects with House, Drum & Bass, Trouble Shooters
mixtape and I want to do my own personal mixtape and album.
Monkstar speaks out...
Don't get it twisted, there's no conflict and there's no bad
vibes or nothing. It's just me wanting to do my own thing,
big up to them man still!
Monkstar leaving Newham Generals with Logan right behind him.
Check out : www.myspace.com/monkstar
Monday, June 11, 2007
Just saw this up on Lethal B's myspace, I was at this shoot couple weeks back.
Seems to me that Director Mo is doing a lot of ALOT right now. Out shines a lot of videos
dropped recently and the video seems to make the song sound 25x more inviting to the ears.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Similar type of theme going on here like the one from 50/50. I still don't believe that the decision of choicing My Mistakes and 50/50 as the opening singles was the right thing.
Good effort though.
Winner of the competition has been notified and won themselves a copy of Sirens, Frisco's mixtape, Wiley Promotion stickers and poster. Which will all be hitting your door step in the next couple of days. Congratulations.
I've had the chance to actually hear Nasty Jack's mixtape and to be brutally honest its not too bad, theres one sick track called The Rain which features Griminal and Wretch aswell as Nasty Jack. I'm looking forward to getting the final copy, big up NJ's Manager though. (Still have no cd in my hand) I've also heard that Tempa T's mixtape is finished and should be hitting stores in the next month and half. Also Esco Bars is nearing completion, so any news I have you'll be the first to hear. My good old friend Skanking Kapone has got hold of Ghetto's new pre-album mixtape for his ears and apparently he tells me its a RWD thumbs up.
Also check out my feature on Goldielocks in the June edition of RWD Magazine or just go here.
Emma Warren interviewed Dizzee Rascal for the Culture Show with a little performance aswell, see that here. I've also heard that Ice kid is CEO of Eski - Beat Recordings and have set up a million pound studio in Icekid's parent's shed.
Bought my copies, did you!? Obviously as a Grime Album I prefered Wiley's but I'm still crying that Lemon's never made the final cut on Dizzee's. What did you all think?
Here's a little present... Wiley - Play With Fire