Friday, September 19, 2008
Tonight! tonight get sweaty....
This is the screening of Inferno I kind of hiphop musical which one of my friends plays the main part of Bea, theres also a bunch of mcs including Jeeday Jaws featured in the performance. Screening is tomorrow make sure you're there.
My exaust practically fell apart the other day and it amazed me just how much my car sounded like a dubstep soundtrack. I was sad to get it fixed.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
They hyped it up on Logan's grime show, now they are making me tap my toes with anoyance aswell as excitement. I want my ticket as much as the rest of you so get in the queue. I recon we'll even have to show we've pre-ordered the 140 Grime Street Album or do something silly like do 140 steps on one foot in the middle of Oxford Street while singing the chorus to Hustler.
Either way stay tuned in the next day for the down low of how to get your free ticket out of 2000 to the 'greatest grime show ever' - in a secret location. I remember people always saying that and then it ended up being cargo 9 out of 10 times - althought Cargo doesnt fit 500 people in let alone 2000. Craig David is apparently going to play a big part at the concert type event, he'll be on the door security hopefully very far away from the mic and stage.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
A quick stop off tonight, check out Wiley's new video for Summertime - reminds me of Sam Sparro's 21st Century Life. Great old school video and the songs pretty good aswell, with the success off WMR and Summertime, Atlantic has signed up an album for him. I always thought Wiley was a member of Run DMC and I think this video proves my point. Possibly a Wiley Vs Dizzee come back. Please. It's the last time this week i'll ask. Promise.
Check out aswell the video from Logan's with Kano, G and Skepta PART 2 video over here.
Here's a freestyle given to me by Vis from Ace & Vis, from when Tinchy was a guest - not sure if it was aired or if this was cut off the show either way here you go.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
From the same people that gave us Junior Spesh, they now bring us the results of eating too much chicken. I really don't like this track at all, the videos great there's no doubting that but I think the track itself isn't strong enough and the vocals are pretty much all over the place. Gracious K represents on it though, but it's just general not a strong track without comparing it to Junior Spesh. I miss my Barking Road flat. Sad times.
KISS 100 - Logan Sama featuring Kano, Ghetto and Skepta (1.9.08)
As soon as it hits September we got a little pinch and punch on the first day of the month. No wonder the sun has vanished it used up a whole summers heat and shine last night. Logan hosted a great show with Kano, Ghetto and Skepta - Apparently Wiley was suppose to be there, which of course would of been a great end to the summer since he's been blessing up huge stages and now can't even bless a set. Think you're too big for us now then Will? Radio 1 treating you well?
Before the set even started Kano and Skepta done some weird karaoke style P.A of a track they done together on 140 Grime St. It was pretty average but the bar that I stood out for me was an obvious dig at Wiley and Devilman - "...I think I speak for both of us when I say Lord of the Mics was a walk in the park". So Skepta you think that Kano murked Will ... ok. He did but still - Where's Will's Brother?
There wasn't much sending, well as much as the last time both were on Logan's, but it was a great show to listen to just for the energy. Logan mixed a great variety of grime beats in a selection of up to date and classic instrumentals like OI, Pulse X and Eskimo. Destruction was slyly slid in there aswell (which many of you may know from the legendary Wiley Vs Kano lord of the Mics clash - which Skepta was previously refering to). Is it in bad taste to compare kano flowing over it now to when he flow like this over it back then? Anyway 5 minutes into the set Ghetto pulled out a little sneaky send for Skepta in the form of this: “So when I squeeze you’ll be like what ya mean what ya mean” and then followed with - "...I run the grime show you ain’t got what it takes to come for man’s throne, I know there’s many mcs that can blow but none of them can stand close ….Let me make it crystal clear for ya I don’t wanna hear - What dya mean? what dya mean?” (4.55mins) then "...I got my enemies pairing up I’ll be like so? I’ll dun the pair of ya – WHAT!? What dya mean what dya mean?" (5:15mins)
There was little other sending too be fair which for the hype lovers was a little disappointing but then the energy especially between Kano and Ghetto was time machine worthy. Both of them seemed to be hyping off of each others flow like they were b2b on Deja Vu. As for new bars Kano came totally fresh out the box but through some parts it felt like his flow over powered what he was actually saying, compare that to Ghetto who wasn't even that skippy (well ok ok he was) mixed in freedom of speech lyrics with new ones. His flow had calmed down to a point where the words he says are more empowered so they are digestible to the reader. As for Skepta, I was disappointed, not in energy (well a little bit) but more for the fact he's been away for a lot of the summer and came back with the same bars he left we several months ago. It felt like Logan had taken clips out of month old sets of Skepta and just played them between the other two's breaks. I'm not saying for a fresh pair of 128bars every set that would be silly to ask but just some freshness to keep us all on our toes.
Don't miss out the little cute interchanging of 'Buss my nine' and 'Buss 1 Buss 2' lyrics between Skepta and Ghetto - so they are friends now yeah? All that's missing now is a ring and for them to set a date. That could be what's happening on the 30th of September in this 'top secret' grime event that is being hosted by Adidas. Can't even buy a ticket - apparently that's good because then people who really love the music will be there!? If paying £30 for a ticket doesn't show dedication then I don't know what does.
I made this before the show aired, I don't even know why I thought this would be a picture of their performances if you were deaf. Little did I know Kano didn't pop out the slowest ever swagger flow. I still like the idea of Ghetto skipping while he's spitting his skippy flow though - I'm strange. Skepta's just having a little sweep. I couldn't think of anything else. bye.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
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Friday, August 29, 2008
Wiley - Where's My Brother?
Even if your love for grime started a month ago or when Pay As You Go were dancing for champagne you would have realised the weird estranged relationship, if you can even call it that, between Dizzee Rascal and Wiley Kat. Skip back to Summer 2003, Dizzee and Wiley seemed on top of their game together, Boy In The Corner was ready to drop on XL as well as Wiley's Treddin On Thin Ice. Looking back this is obviously where friction started, Wiley had many labels interested in him and Dizzee was much like Bill's younger prodigy coming through the ranks, Wiley's manager Cage was helping him sign with XL and during this time was introduced to Dizzee. Cage saw the huge potential in Diz and seemed to put William in the back seat. In an interview with the Guardian back in March 07, Wiley reflects back "Dizzee's vision was further than mine at the time, and our manager had to take Dizzee to where he was going, but he left us all behind. I was in Dizzee's shadow. I was naturally jealous of him, and the label XL were focusing on him, and not really concerned about me. Me and Dizzee on the same label wasn't going to work: there was a conflict of interest there...”
Then of course there's the issue of the incident in Ayia Napa, the facts are still a bit hazy but to cut a long story short, the most consistent rumour is that Diz touched a certain woman's bum and a certain crew weren't too happy about it so in return roughed up Wiley and stabbed Dizzee just before his Mercury award winning album dropped. The distance grew...
Years passed by, with what it seemed with a minimum of words exchanged. Fast forward to 2007 and Dizzee announced his release date for his third album - Maths and English on June 4th of that year. After many label experiences Wiley at that time had signed an album deal with Big Dada and was dedicated to planning his release for Playtime Is Over for the same day. Some sort of weird subliminal message to Dizzee or just a plug for more media attention!? It obviously caught Dylan's attention as once both albums were leaked before the release date it seemed both artists had completely different ideas of where their friendship was going. Letter 2 Dizzee was Wiley's attempt on reuniting the Roll Deep duo, however Dizzee had different plans. His second official single P*ssyhole, it's second verse, "There was this particular MC man who was an older in my ends and I thought he was the dan... my cousin used to say he was a p*ssy undercover" . Even though in previous interviews he has tried to deny that, that verse was directed at Will - "Wiley thinks it's about him". That idea failed miserably for our old godfather, when Diz first heard Letter 2 Dizzee (which was documented by a journalist from the Guardian) he describes it pretty frankly -
His face, it must be said, is a picture - progressing from polite interest to utter bewilderment to resigned acceptance in response to Wiley's bizarre hotchpotch of hurt feelings and blustering self-justification.'This whole situation,' Dizzee says, wearily, 'is just so very gay. But it seems to be a constant part of my life, 'cause he ain't gonna shut up. I would have done anything for Wiley, man, outside of music, and he knows that. That's why this has carried on for years. If I hadn't put this whole thing behind me, I would never have made Maths & English. We could be shouting things at each other for ever - that's what we did on the estate. It's normal, standard, just a habit - but it'd be a shame and a waste of music to fall back into that.'
What now? Well with the success of Electro inspired Wearing My Rolex hitting the UK charts at No 2 (Sadly cut short by old Madonna's 4 Minutes of madness). Dizzee Dabbled in a little Electro and mixed it with his love for chatting up girls and dancing and hit the charts up at No 1 - Independently. Who would have thought the subliminal slaps would be in full view of the mainstream?
Imagine the hype though and how successful a track would be if these two got their heads banged together by Jeremy Kyle and put their issues behind them and made ONE track, that's all, put their musical abilities to one track and performed it ONCE. The hype and the importance of that one moment would bring so many different people together. I may just be getting soppy but seriously let's forget grime for a second, it would be a powerful moment for UK music as a whole. They're both at the height of their mainstream careers and this would certainly be put down in history, well my blog at the least. It seems Wiley is on the same wave length as me anyway... Listen to Stop Being Silly which was recently popped up on Wiley's myspace:
Wiley - Stop Being Silly
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Where: Astoria, Charing Cross Road, London
When: Saturday 30th August
How: Take yourself away from the TV for 5 minutes.... grab your ID (minimum 14 yrs old)
Who: Tinchy Stryder, Bashy, Chipmunk, Kele La Roc, Lady Lykez, Akala, Donaeo, Vectra Vs Scratcha Open Mic
P: £5 in advance and £10 on the door.
This is a couple of weeks old (Like I said before just catching up from my break) taken from Blackdown and Dusk's Margin Music. Buy now at HMV. I've been trying to pin point just the experience I felt while listening through the whole album. It took so long to try to explain to myself so let me just let Black down do it for you:
Beyond the corporate finance of the City, the anodyne bars of the West End and the affluent riches out west, there is another London. Head out at sunset to the edges and just watch. Listen. As the sun drops, soon a different city emerges, a mesh of disparate groups and communities, visible but unseen, vocal - in countless vibrant accents, languages and dialects - but unheard, vital but unrecognised by the centre.
By night, the city comes alive with sound: raw slang, dialects, clanking trains, sub bass waves and rebel radio frequencies. This album is a reflection of these places, people, voices and cultures, a snapshot of the forgotten edges of a city at dusk: intense, in technicolour, in transition but forever an inspiration. Welcome to “Margins Music.”Keysound Video presents Margins Music is the debut visual feature from Blackdown and director Jonathan Howells.
It documents an audio visual journey through the margins of urban London, soundtracked by dubstep and grime from the forthcoming Dusk + Blackdown CD, "Margins Music" out August 18th 2008 on Keysound Recordings.It features grime MC Durrty Goodz, singer Farrah and a cameo from Blackdown himself and was shot on location on the edges of London, including Southall, Green Lanes, the Isle of Dogs and Edmonton.
A great composition of dubstep and grime music - seriously add this to your collection.
Rinse - Put 'Em Up (G Dub Production)
I've been pumping out a new track of Rinse's for a while now (You'll hear this a lot for the next couple of weeks because of me catching up with material from my break) and it's finally been dropped on radio, Radio 1, yeah I know!? It's a very good look. Not only has this tune got it's debut play on Radio 1 but Mike Skinner himself introduced him by saying he feels like what he felt like when he first heard Kano. Bonzaaaayyy!! His flows reminds me of Ghetto although instead of shotting O's, Rinse was watching Anime and reading marvel comic books. His content's like Durrty Goodz although replace the blurry year of being on remand with olympic karaoke sessions and as for clean rehearsed dance moves like the Rolex Sweep, he's broke so it's more like he's doing the robot.
This budding talent has being popping up all over the radar doing tracks with the likes of Durrty Goodz, Pro Green and a few artists I'm not allowed to let out of the bag, just this minute - but keep a good eye on him, yes even when he's wearing that dreadful hat. Like the track then check out Rinse's Digital Outbreak.
Silverlink Featuring Badness & Jammer - Message Is Love
I've been pumping out Message Is Love for more than a month now, maybe even longer, only because Magic said I needed some practice on my Rudeboy!! dance. A couple of months have passed and I think two things are evident. I can not dance and this is one hype tune. Demm Demm Demm DEMM. It cracks me up half way through the track how Badness just slows it down and starts drawing for the seduction lines. This is a definite Carnival hit.
DJ Magic, co-promoter and DJ behind leading urban night Dirty Canvas, releases The Message on his No Hats No Hoods label in September. He admits to being surprised by the high-impact fusion of soca, grime and soul.
'It's not a record you get straight away because there's so much going on, it's like being slapped round the face,' he says. 'It is soca and it isn't: I took it into a West Indian restaurant and they immediately said: "This is soca," even though they knew it wasn't from home.'
What's this cross-fertilisation down to? 'The internet and blogging are breaking down scenes,' suggests Magic. 'Five years ago, you wouldn't be able to get hold of the top ten dubstep tracks without going to a specialist record shop; today you can find all the music you want. It's making artists and producers aware of scenes they weren't aware of before and this bastard mix of music reflects what they're hearing.' Taken from Uprising the Underground in today's Metro
Silverlink on production with vocals from Badness and Jammer, Message Is Love is available in limited test presses from NoHatsNoHoods, although you can wait till its full release on the 22nd September. Check out this hilarious promo video...
This is how it is in London "Shatap Shatap Shatap..." well said.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Official Album cover for 140 grime street
Summer's so quiet, everyone's sunning it out in foreign lands, while I'm trying to hold my yawns over producer battles and other boring nonsense. There is some good news though, apparently Wiley has signed an album deal with Atlantic, that electro glitch didn't exactly put the dagger too deep for William then. There's also an Eskibeat album in the works with Eskiboy and Ice Kid. It's only a matter of time till we see who the real talk of the town is. The last quarter is set to be a long awaited one with Wiley, Skepta, Boy Better Know and Kano, of many, to be dropping albums. If only time went as quick as Wiley's record deals. I'm a bit confused if I like Kano's new music, I'm trying so hard not to compare it with some of my favourite music from him from Home Sweet Home. One day I love Hustler, the next I think it's not the best opener ie. crap, I need to make my mind up, maybe the video will help me with that!?
Giggs - Uuummmmm! video
Walk In Da Park was released this monday and apparently fans were left upset and some even angry when told that the album was no longer in stock after they had queued for hours outside HMV and other Independent music retail stores. 'At 9.30am in HMV there were reported fights between fans determined to get there hands on one of the last copies of the album.' I even caught some footage... I remember running over someone for dropping a blank cd on the floor. You should of just ordered it from Play.com or Uptown Records. You D*ck wipe. I'm just playing through my copy of the album, do you feel you had a gentle bop through the park or fully got jacked for your money by an old lady in the park for the CD?
Faction G is back with DJ Sketch E, enjoy... [Download]
Apparently this is Logan and me at 70? Although I know for sure Logan has that shirt in black and red. Least I have another 49years to learn how to dance like a legend and Logan has 12 months.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Who would of thought a couple of months back these three would be on stage representing and getting reloads together, in Malia. It's nice to see people spitting side by side. Who knows I haven't seen an official Skepta and Ghetto Collab, well apart from The Streets and a few others. Let's open the doors and start working with the whole scene and allow the politics. Catch the usual Westwood jokes with Ghetto, Skepta and Tinchy here. "It's not that type of beach Skepta!! *Skepta shows blank face* The thing with skepta is his toe game is strong..."
Friday, July 25, 2008
JME - Ghetto Superstar
The long awaited debut album Famous? from JME landed nearly a fortnight ago and I've had a while to wizz through the tracks several times. If you've heard all or one of his previous project mixtapes: Shut Yuh Mut, Poomplex or Derkhead, then you'll know that Jamie Adenuga definitely has his own innovative angle of making music. Famous? is no exception especially with tracks like Ghetto Superstar, which sounds like how JME's life would of went if he had Ghetto's attitude. It's either a blunt direct or a sly hit it at him, either way it's a decent concept and Plastician's Production on this track ups the level of the whole album. Throughout the album there are several tracks that stand out with both strong production and concepts/lyrics - P, Famous and Show. The day I found out about a friend of mine being stabbed to death was when I literally couldn't stop listening to Punch In The Face. JME picks up on the cycle of street life that leads to some of the murders that we hear about so much these days. The lack of violent lyrics, which much of Boy Better Know's music seems to be keeping clear of these days, is refreshing. However I feel like some of the lyrics on tracks like 123 and the irritatingly annoying lyrics and production of Boogie down Bass lower the level of the whole album. Famous? is a whole other world from his Meridian Days, but still a great listen into a life that has been changed by being successful in music. It's Available in most places that sell music but if you can't be bothered to search here's the lazy links: HMV or Uptown Records. VIP album is out soon and It's easily a must buy, I can't wait to see what they do with it especially after hearing their Microphone Champion set.
This is one of my favorite tracks off of Lauren Mason's Keepin it Blonde album which will be dropping hopefully in the next couple of weeks. Despite a lot of people despising Madame Mason, to say the least, it's an album you have to take notice off before you can write her name off on to your I hate them list.
Lauren Mason featuring Wiley - Wannabe Free
If you're talking the hardest then you'll know who's walking into a party sporting Armani and who's got half the crowd snorting his Charlie. If you still haven't clocked then wow, take a break from your schedule and look a bloody round. It was just yesterday that I was on the bus (which is not that often, holdtight the frank mobile) with the back of the bus vibrating from all the phones speakers blaring out the same Gigs Walk in the park freestyle. Some think he's boring has hell in his delivery and some think he's the greezy master. I think he's sick, his emotionless delivery scares me in some next way. Check out Gig's performance at sound with Westwood - the video is here. Skepta's clocked on to hollowman's hype and he's freestyled over the same beat take a listen to Madness. Now my pinky ring is bigger than Tinchy Stryder - Reload.
Tinchy Stryder - Stryderman (Wiley & Kano Refix)
Tinchy Stryder's electro track, which was recently popped into the radio 1 playlist, Stryderman has just been digitally released this week (If you like it download it now from Itunes). Along with the track there's also been several refixs floating about the net. Apparently Wiley's verse is officially on the physical release (out in the next week or so) and Kano, who produced the track, has also released some magic. I was thinking the other day with the whole Super hero theme, what grime artists would be which superhero. Obviously Wiley would be the Joker, Kano has the sleek pretty look for Superman, Tinchy blatantly would be the Incredible Hulk. BUT! who would Ghetto be? or Chronik? I was thinking Bossman would be Batman - Bossman Birdie?
While Kano's saving lives and making sure old Craig David's got his daily dose of steroids, he's been working on his album - 140 grime street. Which as we know has a whole heap of grime artists who we've been praying for years he'd work with. We know for sure that he's worked with Wiley, Ghetto and Skepta (Who also apparently produced the track), to keep more up to date with Kano's new album, hit up his blog - 140 grime street. Kano's been busy as well blessing up features on several up and coming projects, the newest one that's come to light is It's War from Rapid's pre album.
(Download NBF set here)
Nu Brand Flexxx had a Ayia Napa Send off a couple weeks back and they've just released it to us lucky listeners. I've only heard about 30mins of it so far but for now check out P Money at 18:45 - 22:23 and Saskilla at 32:20. Murkage - full mc list. Make sure to check this Ghetto on BBC 1 last week (Download), murkage murkage.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Scorcher & Wretch 32 freestyling over Silencer's World War 4 - MP3 Download
How is your debut album Wretchospective coming along?
Right now the whole CD's finished and I'm looking to get it out there for mid September but I just need to make sure that everything is in place. I've given out a little street banger for the roads quickly just toget some general feedback and to let them know what direction I'm coming with. If Inna di Ghetto has a demand I will be looking to put that out as my first single and then do a video, but if the demand isn't that high then I'll be pushing a single that I have planned. Wretchospective means exibition of an artists life work, so what I'm trying to do is take you through the best of Wretch. So if you know what I'm like with Learn From My Mixtape and Teachers Training Day then you'll know what to expect from the quality of the music. For the features I have kept it really in house, I've worked with a few producers like J-Flows, Scorcher and Y.WIZZ and JD (from So Solid). Spitting wise I have Chipmunk, Combination Camp, Ghetto and Scorcher. I'm just trying to bring back good quality music, the grime on there is good grime and grime you could play to your mum, the rap on there is good aswell so it's just good music.
What's the deal with "Cocaa Colaaaa", what does it actually mean?
I say like my lines are very strong so I'm like the Coca Cola boy. When I'm writing my lines are very strong.
Boy Better Know are releasing their joint VIP album in July are The Movement looking to do the same thing at some point?
Course we are, although it's not ready yet because everyone's kind of got on to their own projects but it's definitely coming. We have a couple of tunes done but we really need to sit down in the next week or so and discuss exactly what we want to achieve from it. We're definitely doing a joint album, I'm hoping to push it for a christmas vibe time. I think that would be a good present because we all have a gift, we're are the present and we're the future
How is your debut album Concrete Jungle progressing?
It's coming along pretty good actually, I made one track the other day that I produced myself and it's a bad boy grime one. At the moment there's know one on the features but I will be keeping it down to a minimum because I want to get my creative side of things out of the way first. It's like other people build their album around people like I need to get this person on, I need to get that person on. I'm not really making my album like that, my albums about me. I've started making a lot more beats for my own album now, it's got my own little twist on it, there's some thunder on there still. Producer wise I'm working with J-Flows, Keamo Beats, Black Jacks, God Son. I'm all about the music, I don't want a beat off a bait person just because he made it, I just want the best music that's literally all I care about it.
What's been your reaction to some of the in directs and sending from other MCs towards you in the last several months?
I haven't really cared but it just made me think that they must rate me quite highly. They must rate me because I'm on there brain, I totally don't even know you and I'm on your brain so I must be doing something right. Anyone that may have had some sort of problem with me, I've seen them in person and they seem pretty cool, so I don't know what to make of them lyrics.
You've been consistent with mixtape quality releases with Simply the best vol1 & Leader of the New School, although Simply the Best Vol2 seemed like a very rushed mixtape. Are you looking to release another LOTNS or STB to show the real levels?
It wasn't in my plan to make a mixtape (before the album) but I started making some music that wasn't suitable for my album but it was definitely suitable for a mixtape. So the prospect of a mixtape coming out before my album is very likely, I just want to make it while I'm making Concrete Jungle, so I don't want to focus on making a mixtape. More or less everytime I go to the studio and I'm doing something for the album I'll do something else just for fun. I don't want to say yes something will come out before because I don't know that but I'm putting the work in for sure. As for Simply The Best vol2, I was trying to get something together before I went jail and I was in a mad situation and I just wanted to get some music out there to hold the people until I got released. I really can't explain much about that mixtape.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
JME - Punch In The Face
I'm a bit speechless to be completely frank, at the weekend after a night of skanking at Chockablock I heard about an incident around where a close friend of mine lives. Not too sure exactly what had happened but hearing of the amount of police about, it was obvious they weren't just there on a raid or minor incident. It was like 5am so I went about dropping my friend home and then on the way back home, I was thinking wow some one's definitely been killed tonight. I went to my comfy bed and never thought about it again until I received a call from my dad. It was my brother in law's birthday that night as well and I'm not sure if him and all his pals went out for a drink to celebrate his birthday or he was just out having at a party. Either way I soon learnt that my brother in law's best friend was the reason for the closing off of half of Tufnell Park. He had been at a bar enjoying himself, there was some sort of disagreement, a knife was pulled out and he was stabbed in the neck. He died shortly after.
I don't know if I should make this post into one where I start preaching on how bad the world has become or just tell you what I really think. This guy wasn't my brother or my dad, he was a very close friend of my sisters and her boyfriends best friend. Thinking back I'd met him loads of times, in fact my fondest memory was when we got completely drunk off our faces at my sister's birthday party earlier in the year (above). He was a nice guy with a great sense of humour. His girlfriend had only given birth to his child 2 months ago. This was a type of guy we all know and come into contact with, a genuinely friendly man.
We've been hearing about stabbings, shootings and murders for the last 2 years none stop and although I've felt some what sad about the issue it's never made me think properly about how bad things have become. It took me knowing this great character, Elliot, to realise that everyone, including myself, have become completely immune and emotionless to murder until that weapon of pain taps on our front door. We all understand that people are being stabbed and shot for the most ridiculus reasons. The number count just keeps growing and at the end of the year that's all they're becoming: numbers and percentages not names, personalities and people that have interests, children and family. The more fear that is put out that and the more the body count grows the more likely there are to be more people carrying knifes, guns and other weapons to protect themselves, It's like some never ending cycle.
I also felt just sick to my stomach that same night that Elliot had been stabbed to death I had been skanking out to "yeahhh shank him 6 times..." type of lyrics and laughing like it was all a joke. I'm not going to start the whole ohh grime this grime that. Gun & knife lyrics aren't helping and look at the effects etc but I won't lie to you it's been extremely difficult attempting to listen to some of my favourite grime artists/lyrics without getting flashes of the reality of what the aftermath of them are. A young man and many more losing their lives and each leaving behind a crowd of mourning family and friends. This is not to say that music is the cause of this, that would be pathetic of me to imply, but the words, phrases and lyrics that we so freely pass about like it's some sort of funny joke do have real life threatening consequences. I'm sad to say it took someone I knew losing their life to a knife to wake me up out of my coma.
I'm sorry to blabber on, give a preaching/reflective post but it's all getting too much for me. What happened to the days where you'd just get a punch in the face?
BBC News, ITN, The Mail, The Sun, The London Paper
Monday, July 21, 2008
The return of the Grime DVD has arrived, thanks to Risky, F*CK Radio is behind the scenes from the very much loved and rated F*CK Radio internet sets. It documents the full series of sets and all generations of grime artists from Ghetto, Dolla Da Dustman and Scorcher to Little Dee, Chipmunk and Griminal. I haven't even had the chance to catch the whole DVD YET but if you all can't wait for my low down then hit up Uptown Records and get your copy for £7.99 (Bargain). If you have a HMV or Zavvi in your area hit up them for your copies.
Gods Gift - Ringtone
Who would of thought that Gods Gift would be taking advantage of the electro watch sweeping craze that has had the grime scene confused but yet floating into the top positions of the UK Charts. Apparently it's not Rolexs, brooms and windmill dance moves that have got Mr Gift aka the leader of the pack on the tip of the youngers lips, it's his ringtone. It's strangely addictive, so much so it's now forced me to make it my ringtone. If you want to be just as sad as me heres a clip to make it yours too. Wiley's already moved on with another tune Summertime, some say he's done it again, I'm just happy he's actually put more than 8bars over a track.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
A great grime/electro related article by Rajveer Kathwadia (big boy skanker). I love the way he just murks Lethal Bizzle's life off:
"Of course, it doesn't always go to plan as Lethal Bizzle's Keys to the Bentley proved. Largely ignored by, well, everyone, it was more a case of jumping on the bandwagon than creative contribution."
Monday, July 07, 2008
Make sure to hit up IGRIME to get a great digital set mixed by Logan Sama and vocalled by Durrty Goodz. (right click on download and press save target) - Great selection, big up Aza T for putting this together. Loads of sly sends.
Chipmunk - 64bar Statement Part2
Chipmunk - Guess Who Download (Rapidshare)
A great free selection of new freestyles, tracks and radio features to boost the hype for his forthcoming debut album. Highlights to check are Say What You Like featuring Skepta & Wiley, 64bar Statement Part2, A Milli freestyle and the previously heard Who Are You? remix, Fire Alie and Let's Change featuring Double S, Anisa and Maverick. I was a bit confused when I started hearing Madonna's 4minute beat but Chipmunk pretty much pulls it off.
Dot Rotten's RIP Young Dot is available from the 14th July from Uptown Records.
Dot Rotten - I'm not one of them
I got hold of this at the weekend and only got the chance to quickly run through it. I'm not one of them, Can't Test My Crew and My Guy's are definitely ones to check out. Some of his 'singing' has been getting negative feedback from some fans but I weirdly wanted to hear more and thought it complimented the tracks that he used to sing on. Don't get too worried whe nI talk about 'singing' it's just a little thing here and there on 2-3 tracks. I can't judge fully with listening to it once i'll have to give my full opinion in a later post. I'm a crazy chap guys say bo when they see me but I'm not from Bow E3 like Maniaccccc.
DJ Spyro Birthday Set along with Badness, Dizzle Kid, Killa P & Jamakabi - DOWNLOAD
Sir Spyro celebrated his birthday in style with his getting taken show over by a starter vocal set that with school a newly grime loving fans and then gave us a session with Badness, Dizzle Kid, Killa P & Jamakabi. Dizzle Kid's Ian Wright bar will make anyone skank to the limits, arms in the air and do the grime robot. Some deep instrumentals selected. I still say this is the song of 08.
02 Wireless Festival - Wearing My Rolex
02 Wireless Festival set
Glastonbury feat Hot Chip - Wearing My Rolex
Remember when all Wiley used to do was cuss kids on RWD Forum? Well this is what Wiley can do when he steps away from the internet and doesn't make grime. "I don't know why they stray?" Performing at Glastonbury with Hot Chip and at 02 Wireless Festival with Mark Ronson. Anyone clock in the second video, him singing to Dizzee's Number 1 single?
Friday, July 04, 2008
I'll be popping down to the Vibe Bar tonight for this great line up. Been over busy moving out from my little old SFC hide away. Don't hate me for not blogging I've get loads of little presents for you over the next month. So keep your eyes peeled.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Grime: Frisco, Ruff Squad, Badness, Lee Brasco, Little Dee, Spyro and Mak 10
When: Friday 20th June ( TONIGHT)
Where: The Egg Nightclub, Kings Cross - Nearer tube Kings Cross St Pancreas
Pocket: £8 if you email firstname.lastname@example.org quick enough
Grime: D Double E & Footsie
When: Saturday 21st June (TOMORROW)
Where: 93 Feet East, Brick Lane
While you're thinking of how the hell you're going to get £20 out of your mum to get into these places go ahead and download Taz Buckfaster's own mix of his dubstep/grime productions. It is definitely a taste of the bitter elements of dub & grime my head is doing some mad movements in this net cafe. DOWNLOAD. Get to know about this producer, I remember him showing me some kind of country western dubstep track like you could imagine some cowboy skanking to it. Legendary.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I'm not no deep sea diver blud I was blatently a postman and a bus driver, I was moving raw while blatently driving the 114
I went to one of the screenings for this film last week sadly I was being true to my grime roots and arrived an hour late and only caught the last 45mins. Saying that though it was still a decent watch and hopefully this weekend or next week I'm going to cough up my £7 and see the full thing. Men or should I say boys should definitely learn one thing by the end of watching both Kidulthood and Adulthood. You will always end up looking like a donut and have no girls if you talk to people the way Adam Deacons characters does. I liked the way they captured the ever ending circle of revenge and pain. Another great thing that has come out of this film is the soundtrack. Bashy's Kidulthood to Adulthood is the main track for the film and I absolutely love it, another banger from Maniac, I was a little confused to catch the video with it's edited words and it's slower beat to the original. Bashy explained when he featured on Logan's show last night that the explicit lyrics in the original would of made it harder to persuade the music channels to give it further air play so they decided the calm the lyrics down a bit but still give the original message. Fair play. The soundtrack is available now to buy and with tracks like Paranoid by Dizzee Rascal, Reppin London by Sincere featuring Scorcher & D Double E, Follow by Tinchy Stryder, Bars Of Truth by NoLay, Who Are You by Chipmunk, Kids by Goldie Locks, Grime Kid by Wiley and Bashy's Kidulthood to Adulthood you haven't got no reason to not add it to your collection.
Ghetto slowing down the hype a bit to perform I'm Ghetts remix and if you want to see more go through to Mista Jam's fabulous blog to see more videos including Ghetto spitting his newest single Sing For Me. I would never of imagined Ghetto to be jumping on one 'unplugged' vibe a few years back let alone to be booked for someone's birthday sweet 16. Imagine you passing the parcel around to ghetto spitting the bars off of Buss 1, I'm sure their parents wouldn't be shocked at all. hmm.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I popped down to Bristol last night to see Ghetto at Dirty Canvas Vs Donuts and Durrty Goodz at Bodynod. Although sadly I didn't even get to go to Bodynod because Ghetto reached late and made me miss out on seeing Goodz. Slightly angry about that, wow. Ghetto done a great set though and was joined by Ice Kid who seemed to be developing his stage delivery but I still think he's got a good amount of time before he's on the level of Griminal. Not that it's his fault but I guess Griminal's had the lucky hand by growing up into the circle of Nasty Crew and performing from a very early age. While we was all waiting for Ghetto out side, Ice Kid walked out and just lit up, minding his own business. Then a couple of guys ran over to him wanting to battle, which later happened to Ghetto during his set, and I of course being the nosy person I am grabbed my camera out and caught a little footage. Watch it carefully because he pars a good few people.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Yeah it's a friday ting yeah it's a Bristol ting so if you got the keys to the car then let's drive and have a good night or just do a skankin ting
First we buss some threats in this ghost town...
Then we try to keep up with the ravers and the dj's switching songs.
Overall a full on grime out of the ends mad mission.
Petrol for there and back: £35 max
5 Toilet stops which really means you want to load up on munch: £10.15
Both tickets: £13
Slapping your friend in her sweaty face on purpose and using ghetto's Buss 1 lyric as an excuse: Priceless.