Friday, July 25, 2008
At Glastonbury I had them skanking in wellies
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.
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