Sunday, August 31, 2008
06 - This blog came 24th
07 - This blog came 14th
08 - Who knows.
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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.