Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's Game Over until the ladies turn up...


Game over Female Take over Featuring Ruff Diamonds, A Dot, Envy, Cherri V, Lioness, Baby Blue, RoXXXan, Mz Bratt and Lady Leshurr

Right let's get straight into this, where was No Lay? Baby Blue completely flopped and No Lay should of took her place. For me most of the females held up strong especially A Dot, Envy, Bratt, Roxxxan and Lady Leshurr. Lady Le Shurr's flow was a 'woiii' moment like damn. RD? really not feeling this whole artificial UK version of TLC. Roxxxan is a definite under dog though I remember I witnessed her back in 05 win a female spitting competition so watch out for her, she's about to go in.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Oopsy Daisy

Had an error with the new template so don't watch the silly default template will be sorted in the next week.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

video: Skepta vs N-Dubz - So Alive

No I ain't got no sold out tour but I rock the flows out more

So much real talk from Maxsta about Chipmunk over Teddy's remix of POW. This could also be a reason for sending after Maxsta was dropped off the POW 2011 for Chipmunk/Kano. Arguably a lot of people are angry that Chipmunk was put on the final line up, as he's far from underground any more. Dot Rotten, Low Key and now Maxsta - Will Chip reply? or just indirect him like he did to Low Key on his new tune Flying High - "I'm f*cking bosey, f*ck being Lowkey". Now the music market has shifted to a more harder sound being embraced, the real question is, can chipmunk have the same success or will he need the underground to support him? The same underground he laughed at when he was high in the charts. Only time will tell.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010



Tinchy Stryder Feat Ghetts, Slix, Griminal, Fuda Guy, Wretch 32, Dot Rotten, Roachee & Maxsta - Game Over Remix

You've heard the POW remix 2011 edition and now here we have the underground official remix of Game Over. Let's be straight frank on this take away the strong Teddy remix instrumental from POW and this remix alone spits fire at the re-incarnated 2011 version of POW. For me everyone went in especially Griminal and Maxsta. That delivered exactly what and how I thought the beat should be blasted over with. Would it of been better to of remixed the beat? possibly either way this fully makes POW look like a children's birthday party.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

POW 2011

Lethal B Feat JME, Wiley, Chipmunk, 2 Face, P Money, Ghetts and Kano - POW 2011

For all the dedicated grime fans, you would of already heard about the controversial resurrection of the historical POW formula. Looking at it on paper it's a smash, with Teddy (aka Silencer) on the remix buttons and a underground studded line up it was definitely going to show the original up for it's money. The most annoying thing about this track is that you HAVE to compare it to the original, as well as that it's a clear competitor of today's time is the GAME OVER remix which is about to drop with a host of underground talent. Teddy's remix is much better and on point than I thought would get delivered and Kano surprising went hard as well. I think if you compare it to the original for me, 2004's POW wins hands down, but as a track in itself it's definitely something special. Listening back for the 7th time I have discovered that I love JME's, Wiley's and P Money's verses.What do you think? drop me a comment or tweet me.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Video: B Live feat. Skepta, Newham Generals & Spyda - Modern Warfare 2

This is easily the best song and video of the year, nothing more to say. When it's silent you'll hear the squeeze of the trigger. Click Clack

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

It's Our Generation


Myself and Joseph Patterson did a piece for The Creators Project (Vice/Intel) on the new generation of grime MC's coming through, this is some of my part below, to see the whole thing go HERE.

East London has always been a factory for top grime talent, and this time around there is no exception. With the likes of Maxsta, Shrimpoz, Big Shizz and Marger all pumping up the flow with gritty kicks and snares, East London’s flag will continue to fly. Maxsta set the tone earlier this year with his “East London Is Back” track and brought a lot of attention to the new generation of young spitters that are ready to take the tone back from a poor excuse for pop, to the sound that started it all off. Big Shizz, formally known as Little Shit, was part of Lil Rascals from a very early age and has since returned with all his power to show that he isn’t just a great emcee, but can hold a note or two, as you can hear from the video above.

While Rival sustains a venomous flow and hollow tone, with his references to a darker side of grime with his “Funky House” track, he shows a lot of experimentation with dubstep which comes mainly from his involvement with Alien Musik. This track also underlays the value of just how important the pure grime sound and culture is to the new generation.

On the other side of the city, in South London’s Lewisham, grime is just as strong-hearted and a part of life and culture. Kozzie is one of the main emcees at the forefront of the new generation. His main drive is to take grime back to the days when it was all about the mixture of hype production and equally hype lyrics. With his Lewi White “Metal Face” vocals, Back Again, as well as his hardcore mosh pit-induced “Destruction,” it’s hard to not notice him at every angle: club nights, on the radio and the rest. Fellow Blue Borough representative, Merky Ace, follows a separate style of honest street tales packaged with an aggressive style and flow. “Do This Ting” is a great example of his raw, gritty formula and his collective, Family Tree, all show a hunger and passion that seems to lie at the root of the new wave of grime.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Ghetts - Calm Before The Storm Review

While a lot of grime MCs are heading for chart success with pop excuses for grime, Ghetts brings us his long awaited ‘Calm Before The Storm’. Fusing the best elements of UK hip-hop and grime into his pre-album massacre, he dives right in with his fast pasted ‘Intro’ tapping on every issue that fans and critics have addressed since his last release. With topics concerning clashing P Money, grime politics, deals and personal lyrical levels, the introduction sets the stride for the hurricane yet to come...

His distinctive vigorous delivery on ‘Brainless’ and ‘Dosein It’ form together the best elements of his previous release ‘Freedom Of Speech’. With his selection of flows that are second to none and insane word play, he balances his hardcore aggressive road side tracks alongside insightful songs that have a ‘Ghetto Gospel’ (his 2nd release) ingredient. ‘Job For You’ and especially ‘Trained To Kill’ soften the edge to the harsher topics and concentrate on similar issues, but the angle is brought together by Dot Rotten’s aided chorus.

The tracks fundamental factors show just how helpful a constructive hook can empower Ghetts, commanding verses even more. Just how ‘The Greatest’ shined, ‘By Shy’ is an example of how his format had the potential to be a lethal flash of lightning, but the lack of a strong chorus left its impact to just a soft breeze. Further development with choruses and additional experimentation with better production could have taken tracks like ‘My Sperm’ from a good track to a strong song.

While the production combines elements of hip-hop, grime’s dominates the collection and with ‘Grimedaily’ Justin Clark addresses his personal love and battle with the grime sound, giving an understanding to the underlying echoes of the full thunder before the real storm. Collaborations are some of the best up and comers within the UK circuit, including Maxsta, Youngsta and Badness contributing, but it has to be ‘We Control This’ that combines the best bill with Devlin and Griminal holding their own corners adding their own exclusive splash of originality to the mixture.

Fans of Ghetts will definitely not be disappointed as the CD gives a collective meltdown of all the proclaimed previous releases into one release, although there does leave a space for improvement for the official cyclone which we hope these tweaks will be addressed on.


Ghetts: 'Calm Before The Storm' - is out now.

A review similar to this appeared on MTV The Wrap Up

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The lord is my Shepard, let's get this beef measured and walk through the shadow of the valley of OG'z



Jendor who was a member of Essentials, which broke up and half of the collective (Jendor & N.E) went on to form OG's. Dot Rotten was also a member of OG's up until last year. None of the collective have worked with Dot since the split and since many of the current members as well as dot haven't touched upon the subject, up until the Ghetts Vs P Money clash. Since then the whole situation has been become a bit of a touchy subject. I actually caught up with Dot Rotten a few weeks ago in an exclusive interview for Super Super. I asked him what was the reason behind leaving and to be honest behind all the hype and rumours there was no exciting hype. On his side, for which is what he can only talk for, he just felt he wanted to part ways and evolve as an artist by himself. He also went into depth about N.E and how much he has helped him (that's why it was ironic to me when Jendor mentioned the interview parts).

Let's get into the Jendor Dub for Dot, this isn't exactly your typical 'your mum' send. It sounds very personal, especially the anger in his voice when he's mentioning how much N.E looked after Dot. Jen comes hard but not with his classic flow but still has that grandmaster bars and terminology. The whole theme of the dub is pretty much Jendor implying that Dot has disrespected N.E. Everyone's getting very excited about this but until I hear a reply from Dot Rotten I'm not to sure what to think of this or more where I stand. Jendor's not really showed me a reason why Dot is resting in peace for? and if Dot has disrespected N.E what did he say or do? I sound so confused, because I genuinely am, let's wait for the whole thing to unravel and hear it from a few different angles.

War Report Circa 2006? Let's hope so.

It's a sad day to say these type of tunes will never be made again.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Impulse goes a little re-fix crazy woiiii


So many have tried and so many have failed to conquer both worlds of the underground and commercial sounds. Random Impulse however is the man with a guitar in his hand and a grimey vicious tongue spitting in the direction of the mic. He's a merge of two different worlds the UK Grime scene and the Indie mosh pit frenzy trendy kids. Boy does he make it sound so good. Starting up on the UK garage pirate radio circuit, he's gone on to release successful and well respected grime mixtapes. It all seem to change though when ,just over a year ago, he decided to teach himself how to play the guitar and from then on it's all got a little crazy...

Over the few month's he's been recreating some current classics and bangers across the board of genres all from his studio in north London. Just so you know all the musical production is all remade and re-crafted by him and then he has re fixed all the lyrics himself. He is one talented guy... Let me shut up already and just run down from the start his weekly masterpieces.

1) Tinchy Stryder - Gangsta? (Original)

Random Impulse Refix Version of Gangsta

2) Tinie Tempah ft. Labrinth - Frisky (Original)

Random Impulse Refix Version of Frisky

3) B.O.B - Airplanes (Feat. Hayley Williams) - (Original)

Random Impulse Refix Version of Airplanes

4) Kano - P's & Q's (Original)

Random Impulse Refix Version of P's & Q's

5) Dizzee Rascal - Jus' A Rascal (Original)

Random Impulse Refix Version of Jus' A Rascal

6) Katy B - On A Mission (Original)

Random Impulse Refix Version of On A Mission

7) Drake - Over (Original)

Random Impulse Refix Version of Over

8 ) Professor Green - Jungle (Feat. Maverick Sabre) (Original)

Random Impulse Refix Version of Jungle

Which one's been your favourite so far?

Keep updated with Impulse and refix's to come later over at his TWITTER.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hyper Meets Devlin

He’s the underdog that is about to put Dagenham fully on the map with his venomous unique delivery. Devlin is about to leave you brainwashed through his journey of dark soulful rhymes of realities and a mesmerising flow. Laura ‘Hyperfrank’ Brosnan caught up with Dev for to discuss Kanye West’s blog, touring with Chase & Status and clashing Wiley when he was 16...


You’ve got a distinctive edge to your delivery, as well as the way you construct your lyrics. What type of music did you listen to growing up that influenced the shaping of Devlin that we know today?

I grew up listening to a bit of everything to be honest, but garage music was a big influence as it was what first made me want to start writing music. The music that was being made around the Maxwell D and So Solid Crew era was key music; even tracks like ‘Master Of The Ceremony’ and Pied Pipers ‘Do You Really Like It’ were tracks I remember enjoying listening to. Going back further though, I remember hearing a lot from Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Michael And The Mechanics and Bob Marley being played in my home. I think even though it was still popular music, it was more lyrical. I was listening to great songwriters at such a young age, like Bruce Springsteen is a blinding songwriter, as well as Bob Marley and that probably influenced the way I write lyrics today, they just had more depth to them I’d say. I just wanted to tell people a bit more about my life and where I’m from. Growing up I was listening to Ghetts, Sharky Major and other MCs from the end of the Nasty Crew days. You see Sharky; I would say he was a big influence back in the day, especially the way I was writing, because he was a big lyricist back then and probably one of the first of his kind.

How do you feel your specific sound has influenced the younger generation of budding MCs and rappers?

I think I took them more down the song route really. Before I came about in the grime scene it was notoriously bad anyway and people were making songs like ‘I’ll kick your mum’s door off and shoot your old man in the face.’ When I made ‘Community Outcast,’ which was one of my first songs, I tried to bring a bit more depth and make some music still keeping that underground vibe, but come away from the violence and try and make songs with meaning that get people thinking a bit more. I think after I brought a few songs out, the kids went away and thought more about what they were going to start rather than just spitting a lot of madness.

What was your thoughts on US rapper Kanye West blogging your Practice Hours freestyle and calling you a ‘Gangster rapper’?

He did a bit of free promotion for me, but I think he was most likely taking the p**s, wasn’t he? [Laughs] Gangster rappers...

Listening to tracks from ‘Tales Of The Crypt’ and hearing some of your latest album work, it’s clear that you’ve kept the same style that has made you so respected. How do you feel that your music has changed and developed since then?

It’s evolved now, to a point where I’m doing it on a professional level. Obviously I’ve got to keep the vibe that I’ve come from, but I’ve just matured and I’m making different kinds of stuff now, I’ve been around the block now and from experience I’m just learning things. Every time I’m in the studio I try and come from different angles but still keep that element of what I’m most known for.

Do you feel like now you’re signed that your style is changing? Is pressure on you to change?

See Island Records, they have been blinding with me really. They’ve given me free reign like, obviously they have been guiding me but they didn’t sign me to manipulate me into a pop artist. They let me crack on in the studio with no pressure and they’re happy with the music I’m making, so I just keep making the tunes. They’re not on my back, it’s a good relationship, I feel like they have faith in me and that’s nice. I wouldn’t say my styles changed either; I’ve been doing this for 6 years now so I’m just maturing a bit. There’s a few different elements on the album, but you’ll have original Dev on there as well.

You‘ve also been associated with The Movement. Were you ever actually in the group?

That thing for me, it died about like 3 years ago. The collective at the time, I thought we were the best MCs in the game and we all came together to raise our level and in that aspect it worked for everyone. When you’re around better artists, I knew I couldn’t just spit any old lyrics, so it raised everyone’s game. That was done on my account a long time ago; I don’t know what them guys are doing. Ghetts has always been my pal, but I don’t see much of Wretch or Scorcher, but I do see Mercston occasionally.

You’ve kept to yourself when it comes to clashes, apart from the dub you dropped during The Movement VS Wiley war report. A lot of people have mentioned your name, but this has been the only time that you have replied. What was the situation at the time that made you reply and get involved in the clash?

I tell you what, I was only young then, I was about 16. Wiley’s a nutter anyway and he just piped up and I just went and made the tune about him. I wish I’d never done it, but like you said, I never clash anyone I just watch myself, make my music and that’s it. Anyone can say what they want as long as they leave my old dear out of it. That’s how you know you’re doing well when others are having a pop at you, but that dub was just silly. You won’t hear me sending for anyone else, I’ve got too much to focus on.

How do you feel coming from grime? The scene has changed from when you were rising up the ranks. I mean, what are your views on artists that are jumping on certain bandwagons just so they can make a quick pound?

As we were saying before about how the platforms of coming up have changed, now everyone is trying to have a pop at it and now it’s cracking off everyone wants to jump on, fair play because everyone wants to make a quick buck and I suppose we’ll see who’s good enough to stick about. I wouldn't knock someone for having a try or doing different things, even if it isn’t my cup of tea.

How do you feel about the comparisons to you being the new Mike Skinner or the UK version of Eminem?

I don’t mind the UK version of Eminem, because that geezer in his prime was possibly one of the best ever. I don’t really like the Mike Skinner association. I think any comparisons to him come from me being white and because I wear a Ralph Lauren shirt mate. Eminem obviously as well, I don’t want to really be compared to him either because I’m my own artist, but that’s a bit more of a compliment if you know what I mean.

At the end of last year you, along with 14 other artists from all different genres, were announced as rising stars to watch on the BBC’s Sound of 2010. You were the only artist on the list that wasn’t signed at the time. Why do you feel you were on the list compared to other artists working hard in the scene? Do you think it played a big part in you getting signed?

I can’t even answer that, it’s just mad. All I ever do is my music, come back to Dagenham and just live life, so when that happened I was like, ‘F**k, people must recognising.’ It was a lovely compliment when it happened, I don’t even know how I got on there but maybe it’s because I’ve been around long enough and people started to catch on. Lovely stuff. It definitely played a part in my favour in me getting signed.

You’ve just finished touring with Chase & Status. What was it like touring with them?

Devlin: It was a proper good time man; we went to a few different cities so it was pretty hectic. Their ‘Take Me Away’ drum and bass tune is big, I like that one. We had a little show and I was spitting some grime bars over some dubstep, did a few performances and then slipped in a few drum and bass bars at the end of the show. The crowds were loving it and in this experience the audiences were at a much bigger levels to what I’ve been used to, so I suppose that helped me because now I’m coming up the ranks I’m going to be playing to bigger crowds. I never really get nervous, I usually just get butterflies because I just want to get it done so I can look back and analyze what we’ve done. To be honest, it wasn’t even like performing, we just had such a good time, and we were just enjoying ourselves. I might even get on a track with Chase & Status, I know they make a lot of styles at a high level so I wouldn’t mind doing one of each maybe; they do make some nice dubstep though. They’re good geezers; they know what they’re doing.

What kind of sounds and subjects will you be touching on with your new album?

It’s a bit more of a personal look into my life and my journey over the last couple of years on the way here. Listening back to the album now, that’s what it feels like. Sound wise, you’ve got the ‘Community Outcast’ vibe, there’s a few where I’ve gone on deep with the concepts and there’s some rap beats on there along with some faster s**t and of course some grime. It’s definitely some of my best work...

Devlin: 'Brainwashed' - is out now.

Stay up to date with Devlin on Twitter -

A version of this featured on MTV THE WRAP UP

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I'm doing my ting in a war, know that I do my ting, man wanna try do my ting don't gwan like say you never knew my ting....


D Double E & Footsie on Logan's kiss slot freestyling

D Double E is possibly one of the best just as much as he is one of the most unique spitters we have within grime, the way he delivers every bar I don't know whether to laugh or break my TV. His street figher Riddim is out now on itunes, so if you haven't copped that yet then make sure you grab at it quick before he sends you a fly quick bluku bluku. Newham General's as a collective are so damn strong & relevant right now, I've been lucky to see them perform at a few festivals this year including Love Box and they tore it up on the mainstage, had little kids screaming 'HARDDD HARDDD'. I'm really looking forward to not only the collective's mixtape but also the Bluku Bluku solo mixtape from Double.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Video: P MONEY Freestyle

P Money's style and levels have completely grew over the past 6 months, and if you haven't heard his new tracks then this freestyle,outside Alibi in Dalston after Just Jam last week, will definitely do the damn deed. (Notice I randomly passed a little drunk half way through the bars not realising what's happening)

Video: Kosha - What You Want

I'm fully aware this is not grime, but Kosha has a bag of grime tunes ready to drop and this has such a great vibe to it. Even though I've only had 3hours sleep I feel like getting ready to go out and rave when I hear this.



Monday, August 09, 2010

Video: Kano - Artillery: KA-47 (Weapon Of Choice)


Yeah I'm a parrers, no longer in Ardest Barrers, to certain MCs I'm a farda, fam you're not that good work harder,if you got a problem phone my phone


Kozzie - Back Again [DOWNLOAD] [Soundcloud]

This exclusive promo ball of fire is straight from Kozzie, one of the main soldiers at the front line of the new wave of young hardcore grime spitters, emerging from the underground. The track itself is produced by Lewi White called Metal Face ( is available on itunes now) and is a merge of the best elements of grime and dubstep. I've heard several of his promo's over the last 9 months and knew he was someone to keep an eye on. Recently, over the last few months, I've noticed his work rate go full stream ahead with him touring around the country with P Money on bookings and the results have sculptured him into a confident performer (check the ustream footage from the finale JUST JAM - fast forwards from 49.40mins ) . There's definitely more to come from this warrior but for now enjoy the aggressive tones of Back Again.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I've been away for the last four years bruvs tell me what have you done? NOTHING


Crazy Titch - Do Some Work (Mr Slash Production)

Over the past 4 years, the scene has undeniably been missing a raw extreme energy, that the likes of Tempa T and Ghetts have in some ways filled. Although in all honesty the unique aggressive but some what humorous manor of Crazy Titch isn't something that can be matched that easily. If people can rewind their minds back to the heat that was created by I Can C U and Sing-along, which introduced us to one of the originators of the angry hype man. He blessed us with Crazy Times Vol 1 which was a CD as well as a DVD, which was filled with classic Titch moments like parring the taxi driver and getting thrown off his plane (from 1.25).


Fast forward a few years through his bendy music career and he was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in a murder (read here). Many shunned him and cleared him from the records, while others that loved his singalongs and hype as well as the people that knew him closely, still shouted 'free titch' regularly on sets. Ignoring the energy that he had added to elements of grime, as well as significant moments he added to within the scene, was impossible to ignore. Most fans simply looked at his music up till 05/06 as the only music we would ever hear from him.

Then last week SBTV released an exclusive and insightful interview with him regarding everything we'd always wanted to ask him while he's been away... Dizzee, Jail, New Comers...


If that wasn't enough he hasn't put down the pen or mic, even being in jail, he's been recording and has put together Crazy Times Vol 2 which should be dropping in the next month, which is apparently not the best of him yet....

Yo I'm Skepta I'm that guy and I'm D-I-D-D-Y


Skepta Diddy Dirty Money - Hello Good Morning (Official Grime Remix) [YOUTUBE]

Let's get this straight, Diddy wasn't bluffing Skepta delivered full damn stop. A quick relapse of how and why Skepta joined forces with Diddy after an epic hype on twitter a few months back HERE. After hearing the team UK remix with Tinchy Stryder and Tinie Tempah, I did expect the 'grime remix' to be pretty much exactly the same, a touch watered down with the same beat and similar feel to the original. Let me make this extremely clear, he smashed it on both jobs, production and bars, and represented in a way I really wouldn't of believed, for himself and for grime. Salute to you Skeppy - woiiii this is history, so enjoy...

Friday, July 30, 2010

VIDEO: D Double E - Streetfighter

Hyper Meets Bless Beats

Bless Beats, the man behind the hit record ‘Wearing My Rolex’ is back with a new single entitled, ‘Let It Go’. Laura ‘Hyperfrank’ Brosnan caught up with the super-producer to talk grime, electro and...Andre 3000? (MTV WRAP UP)


Let’s start from the beginning shall we. What has your journey been like up to this point?

I'm from Bow E3 and I’ve always made a range of music throughout my whole career, like hip-hop, but grime is where I come from. I’ve worked with so many people when I was starting out, like obviously Wiley, Roll Deep, Jammer, Frisco and Chipmunk, to name a few. These collaborations all came about just by networking, I used to go to places like I Luv Live and The Jump Off to talk to other creative people and things went from there.

You've also dabbled in MCing, why was it producing that you focused more on?

It’s all just fun for me, I thrive off of making music, I get kicks out of it. I’d always be late for work, if I had a job now I’d be constantly late, because I just love making music so much. If you can turn your passion into work, have fun and make money, then that’s the best job ever!

‘Wearing My Rolex’ in 2008 was the signature track that the mainstream and underground world recognised you for. How did the song come about?

I was just making a few dance beats and I found a BSK sample just to see what it would sound like. So all I had was the beat and a few of my mates really liked it, so I gave it to Wiley and he had it for a week, sent it back to me and that was the start of ‘Wearing My Rolex’. It wasn’t a manufactured track for the charts, it all just happened so quickly.

What does the track mean to you now?

It’s a good feeling; it’s a part of my career. It’s my most successful tune, but I don’t look at it like it’s the be all and end all. I’ve got ones that are better than that in my opinion, but it was a foot in the door and I respect the tune for what it did for me. At the same time I feel like I got a lot more to come and a lot more to do in terms of music. I don’t think it’s selling out, because if you’re in an underground rave or in a pop commercial rave, that tune will smash up the whole dance. I understand the selling out argument, but selling out is when you’re going places that you’ve never been before and you’re not appealing to your initial crowd. That’s what I think selling out is. I don’t feel like I have left my initial crowd and I don’t think they think I have either.

You’ve been signed as a producer, right? What does that kind of deal involve, compared to a rapper/MC?

To me, I see it has a chance to make tunes with a range of different people, but sometimes I may make a tune with someone and a lot of the input maybe all mine in terms of concepts etc. It’s not like I just give them a beat and they go away and do what they do, sometimes artists are artists because of the producers. It’s a good deal though, because I get to put across ideas of the angle they should take, I see it as if I was an artist myself. I’d have an idea of what music I’d like to make and people I’d like to work with, but I’m doing it as a producer. Remy Nicole, Wiley and De La Soul might have never worked together if it wasn’t for me thinking from a producer’s angle thinking what would sound cool, what would sound good and who would complement each other.

How has having record deals changed from being in an independent situation?

That’s a hard one, because off the back of ‘Wearing My Rolex’ I got a deal for a single ‘Sex In The City’ last year. I released a single with another label with Wiley called ‘My Mistakes’. I’ve had singles signed with collaborations with Skepta and Ironik as well. So I’ve been in a label situation before. I’ve recently worked with Dionne Bromfield (Goddaughter of Amy Winehouse) on a few singles. I’m working with labels but also independently on my own projects, so it’s all a bit mismatched. I’ve learnt a lot of things while being signed that might of took me longer if I had stayed clear of labels.

Who have you been working with recently?

I’ve got an artist called JLB who I’ve signed, I’m staying quite close to her in terms of what I’m working on. I’m just having fun, putting my album together, but also trying to break a new artist. I’ve been working with so many different people: Maxsta, RoxXxan, Ironik, Sam Sparrow, there’s so many things happening it’s hard to keep track.

What would you say to someone who said that you’ve sold out on grime and the underground for electro-pop?

I’d say, ‘Maybe I brought money to grime?’ Thing is, if you listened to Pete Tong’s radio show, Rolex sounds nothing like anything on there; it’s not a proper dance record. ‘Wearing My Rolex’ had the basics like a grime record does; if you talked to a hardcore dance critic they’d totally understand what I’m saying. Just like a grime critic would say that it isn’t a grime tune. It doesn’t fall into any specific box, it’s easy to think that because of the sounds I used. It’s not about selling out; it’s about a career for longevity. I’ve got a mixtape coming out of solid instrumentals and like 80% of that CD is grime beats. I can make grime tomorrow with my eyes closed and I will continue to do so. I can also however make a ballad; I’m capable of many things. Part of that is just me being real to myself.

Who would you really like to work with?

I’d like to work with Andre 3000, I think he’s sick. Based on OutKast albums, he’s very open minded, diverse and not afraid to experiment music wise. If it sounds good, it sounds good and I like people who take that attitude to making music, rather than sticking to a formula. I understand playing it safe, but sometimes you have to be outgoing with your sound, do what you do, rather than what you have to do. I’d like for Gary Barlow to write a song for my beat, he’s big. Bjork is sick, imagine her on a grime beat, there’s just too many. Obviously I’d jump in the studio with Drake or Lil Wayne, it would be sick, but you know what? It wouldn’t be anything you haven’t heard before; it would be a good tune, but still...

What artists have you been working with that we should check out?

Bless Beats: Janee, who I worked with on ‘Sex In The City’ and on Roll Deep’s ‘Do Me Wrong’ with. Obviously JLD, who’s working on some great stuff. Look out for Maxsta; he’s always on the grind. Most Wanted, who’s a dance producer has a few EP’s dropping which I’m involved in. Watch out for my latest single with Wiley, Remi Nicole and De La Soul’s Plug One called’ Let It Go,’ the official remixes to that are big as well. I’m in the studio every day, it’s all productive. Keep locked to my Twitter on a day to day basis of what’s bless.

Bless Beats featuring Wiley, Remi Nicole and Plug One: ‘Let It Go’ – is out Monday 14 June

Stay up to date with Bless Beats on Twitter –

A Version of this appeared on MTV WRAP UP

Sunday, July 25, 2010



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So I'm gassed off my head top right now and trying to be as calm and collective as possible so I can inform you of exactly what has just gone down over the last couple of hours. In a nut shell, Mista Jam put a great platform together to soundclash the best of 'UKG' sounds. Which I'm guessing is the broadest name, not exactly the best name to describe but, Grime - Dubstep - Bassline & UK Funky.

The idea was that over the course of the LIVE show, which was aired on Radio 1 & 1Xtra, each sub genre had their own studio and team which would soundclash it out till only one genre was left standing. Now before I get into this, Mista Jam didn't actually have any pull on who was on what team or any sway on the votes within the clash. All votes were from us, the live listeners through all the social networking sites and texts, so no 'fixing' or silly excuses can be blamed (just had to get that out the way).

Team Representation

DUBSTEP - Team Leader - True Tiger (Stanza)
Sukh Knight, Rod Azlan, Newham Generals, D1 and P Money

GRIME - Team Leader - Mz Bratt
S-X, Ruff Sqwad, Opium, Maxsta, Dot Rotten, Lioness and Macca

FUNKY - Team Leader - Donaeo
Lady Ny, Ill Blu, Flukes (Crazy Cousinz) and Lil Silva

BASSLINE - Team Leader - DJ Q,
Slick Don, Majestic, Mc Bonez, Ts7 & The Wideboys

That is where it all got a little controversial as many were arguing that aside from who was representing the teams, why were 3 of the most important grime artists of this year, P Money, D Double E and Footsie, on the Dubstep Team? Sources (sounds like News Of The World) have explained that the artists didn't know before hand which teams they would be on, still though - what was that all about!?

So all teams were ready to go in but before they did, as it was also on peak time Radio 1, each team was told to introduce their genre with one of the most important or relevant tracks that even listeners who weren't regularly ravers would understand which sound was which.

Grime came in with Lethal Bizzle Pow (Forward Riddim) dub which set the war tone along with Lethal B's sending intro to all the other genre's "we're the dad's of this ting... we run this ting... you're our son's we run this ting.. grime no one can't talk to us"

UK Funky came with Donaeo's I’m Fly which didn't seem very relevant more just a ploy to add more money to his PRS Cheque. He also sent back for Lethal B with "Lethal can't tell me much because he jumped on my tunes and he's not making grime now he's making dance music..."

Dubstep introduced us with La Roux's In For The Kill (Skream Remix) which to some was a moist move, but in relevance to people who haven't heard the genre before this would definitely give them a flavour of what a softer side of Dubstep is like. As well as that this was one of the main tracks that pushed dubstep into the forefront last year and made a lot of people take notice.

Bassline hit up with T2's classic Heartbroken that stormed the charts a few years back.


The first round hit us and the clash was about to begin, Get On The Mic was a chance for some of the MCs and singers to take to the mic, each had 3 minutes, to represent for their genre.

Grime: Round 1 - Get On The Mic - Macca, Opium & Maxsta - [DOWNLOAD]

Grime went in with Macca and Opium represented but Maxsta definitely went in hard and backed the team with his unique attack over S-X productions. Was a bit disappointed that no strong instrumentals were used by the likes of Rude Kid or Teddy within many of the sets.

Funky represented with Lady Ny singing but was completely ruined by Donaeo's non stop commentary of why funky is 'the best' and anoying 'zoop brap yeaaah'.

Dubstep: Round 1 - Get On The Mic - P Money & Rod Azlan [DOWNLOAD]

Dubstep went in on a mad one with some gritty beats, P Money, made grime slyly proud, when he ripped up and skipped over every beat that was laid under him with his insane energy. No wonder he's BBC Radio 1 playlisted now - he definitely has come along way since Coins To Notes.

Bassline dropped some quirky bassline beats and gave us an introduction to just how Sheffield, Birmingham and the rest of the up north massive rip up sets on a regular.


My Opinion: Definitely deserved to win, dubstep had the strongest 3 minutes while grime came second for me they missed out due to the beat selection and the choice of the first MC's to spit. Whatever team P Money was on, would of won, as his flow and delivery over beats has become so strong he's hypnotising to the ears. Why again was he on the dubstep time? Apart from him dropping two dubstep tracks in the last couple of months what other music has he ever done that was not grime? With regret of sounding too much like Craig David, please fill me in!


The first round hit grime with a nice slap as dubstep beat us with our own fire ball but the second round approached fast with the subject If All Else Fails. All the teams drew for their secret weapon, the tunes that go off in a club when all else fails.

Grime - Round 2 - If All Else Fails - Bring out the ladies... [DOWNLOAD]

Grime attacked on a woman knows best vibe with Mz Bratt & Lioness breezing over grime's claps and snares.

Funky drew for last year's anthem Are You Gonna Bang Doe -

Dubstep - Round 2 - If All Else Fails - Newham Generals go innnn [DOWNLOAD]

Dubstep went in with fire I say, I say fire, with Newham General's Hard P.A - D Double E and Footsie are hype central arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Bassline drew out You What You What? but wasted most of the time bigging people up.


My Opinion: What on earth was that all about? they spent half of the time bigging up people from their ends rather than playing a track or spitting. D Double E and Footsie literally spat their heart out in a ground shaking P.A and Mz Bratt and Lioness went in, someone must of got their whole family, including their nan and all of her retirement home to text in.


This was one epic round and definitely one of my favourites. Round 3 was where each team bought in a Wild Card which was laid under by a beat that was from another genre

Grime - Round 3 - Wild Card - Dot Rotten over Gucci Mane's Lemonade [DOWNLOAD]

Grime came first and literally blew my socks away, Dot Rotten was our wild card and he did not disapoint. Last night I was listening to this while at a family BBQ and it was emotional to say the least after hearing this live. Dot Rotten has been an underdog for years and always seems to come back so strong but I think his major downfall is that he lacks consistency, last night just showed him that people still rate him and he still has the edge over so many others... he's got the hype now he just needs to back it up with the material we know he has.

Funky came with Lady Ny again having a sing song but following up from grime it definitely wasn't strong enough to stand up against what grime had to offer. Also Ny Split Endz Vol1 & 2, you're grime why you on the UK Funky team?

Dubstep - Round 3 - Wild Card - Dubstep P.A Junior Spesh [DOWNLOAD]

Then Dubstep came with Doctor P's Sweet Shop with a P.A from Red Hot Entertainment Junior Spesh. Now I'm trying not to take this personally, but Junior Spesh is a grime tune right? Red Hot Entertainment is a grime crew right!? Don't get excited from all the hype guys "we don't touch grime, we don't touch bassline..." oh please. Other than the politics was a random but clever move and definitely sounded good.

Bassline pulled out their wild card with a brand new bassline mash up of V.I.P remix by Majestic & the Wideboys with Bob Marley's One Love. Although most of the hype came from the Boy Better Know's verses from the V.I.P Remix (grime representing everywhere).


My Opinion: Much deserved, grime was included in all of these clashes in different ways. Dot Rotten absolutely smashed it and deserved to of took the crown for grime just for that strong skippy flow.


After much hassle trying to move on from the hype of the 3rd round, the 4th round consisted of a second part of Get On The Mic where everyone had another chance on the microphone to fully represent.

Grime - Round 4 - Get On The Mic Part 2 - Ruff Sqwad [DOWNLOAD]

Grime had Dirty Danger reproduce a beat while in the studio and was played within 30minutes of when he first began to make it. He along with the rest of the Ruff Sqwad family (as westwood enjoyed pointing out, Tinchy wasn't there) Fuda Guy, Slix and Rapid all Xtra'ed up the grime beat - I have to say Slix's 'East London where da man dem a boop boop boop boop' will make me flip out a chicken leg skank any day of the week. The levels, listening wise, seemed very low on this one, it was really hard to hear much of what they were saying which I can only assume was just a fluke.

Funky - Donaeo spitting waffle.

Dubstep - Round 4 - Get On The Mic Part 2 - P Money [DOWNLOAD]

Dubstep brought us a live P.A of P Money Left The Room and then went in with fire balancing the grime bars with wobbling dubstep

Bassline brought the classic bassline grimey beats lining them up with that mix of grime and garage delivery on the bars front.


My Opinion: vote's wise it could of been hard to see who won but in my opinion P Money won it for the grime I mean Dubstep team.


The final round (well in the end it wasn't the final round) Round 5 saw the Yankee Swap. Which was where teams had the opportunity to steal a member from their rivals. Grime knicked P Money, Team Funky stole Lioness, Mz Bratt ended up with Dubstep and Donae'o went in with Bassline.

The full swap mania [DOWNLOAD]

VOTE DECISION: Bassline and Funky kicked out, Dubstep Vs Grime to the final.


Grime Vs Dubstep - Round 6 - Sudden Death [DOWNLOAD]

After the close rounds a sudden death round was started for Dubstep and Grime as they were easily the main genre's shining through out the whole clash. Grime has Maxsta backing the attack over Eskimo while Rod Azlan


Aftermath: So grime isn't dead, I didn't have to tell you that, while a lot of people including myself thought that the people representing as the main leaders, DJ's and spitters could of been at a higher level. The conclusion is that at the end of the day all of these sounds were represented at peak time on Radio 1. It wasn't just us regular underground fans locking in getting excited about hearing our favourite sounds go back to back but new listeners and possible music lovers were given access points to our music. Grime came out on top, and too damn right! pretty much every genre that represented had artists that started and created their foundations within the grime sound and then went off to experiment with other sounds. It would of be great to of had Skream and Silencer representing their corners as well as other DJ's to give it more of an edge but from what I hear, Rinse FM have a complete ban on their DJ's going on 1Xtra. Imagine if these competitive barriers could be smashed and important DJ's just like I named could represent along with some of the key names as well as up and comer names within our scene, pushing aside all the pointless politics. We can all dream right!? Was a great show... listen back to it all to get the whole hype. Salutes to Dot Rotten who completely came out of no where to take the crown for grime, with Maxsta following through so grime gave the final punch.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010




I actually thought this would be an official release because the tracks as well as the artists featured are high end level of the underground. I actually picked up a few copies of this release a few months back at a DTA/Dirty Canvas night so I've been banging out the mix for ages now and it's still in regular rotation. As well as that DTA are slyly a sick brand, I had to pick up a few bits and bobs at their sample sale the other day so expect me walking around with 'Don't Trust Anyone' on my T's. From the heart though this is such a great compilation of music, there's so much free music out nowadays and it's hard to pick the best of the bunch but this is a MUST!


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010



Myself and my bassline wobble master Joseph JP Patterson will be bringing you one of the biggest takeover's Just Jam has seen for up and comers. It's dominated by grime newest generation with Scrufizzer, Merky Ace, Opium, RTKAL and Kozzie leading the new wave of talent hitting our ears while underground veterans Riko and Ears lead the exclusive hype with one of their first performances in years on the underground circuit. While we're catering from grime, UK hiphop's newest specimen Don Strapzy is ready to smooth en the kick and snares to bring his gritty homegrown edge to the set. While we hit the lyrical tones on the head dubstep's DJ Chef is ready to delivery some bass to our ears while DJ Complex and Spooky cover the classic grime front, Cotti & Raggs together will keep the crowd moving with their b2b underground set.

What excuse do you have:

Location: Dalston, Kingsland Road - club Alibi

Price: FREE


Bust A Nut flyer

Right after we've finished smashing up the Alibi dance we'll be heading to BUSTANUT to spin a little on the ones and twos and enjoy the great vibes that this night has to offer. I went to the first launch of this night and I literally had such a great time, it was packed out with a merge of all people who just loved all kinds of music. Music played on the night ranges from Grime, Garage, Funky, Hiphop and Bashment and also a LIVE performance by BBK's Jammer!

Location: Drop East, Commercial Road, E1 6LT

Price: £5 on guestlist (email on flyer)


Monday, July 12, 2010

Video: Low Key , Akala and Black The Ripper - I Still Believe

Now this tune is like a dream come true to the underground, 3 of the most honest and talented rappers in the UK have come together to united for a positive but realistic track that would have 2pac and Immortal Technique saluting across the heaven's and Atlantic. I believe...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Video: Random Impulse X Tinchy Stryder - Gangsta? refix

Woiiiiiiiiiiiiii so damn true....

Friday, July 09, 2010

I don't need the practise I'm already nang...


Return Of Wiley Freestyle [ DOWNLOAD ]

This last couple of days has been the flooding of Wiley's empire, with the zip folder explosion, and today he's cleared his hard drive and brought us this freestyle to start a new era of Eski.

Video: Devlin - Brainwashed

The original urban Wiley big godfather give away - ( Wiley Zip file bonanza )


Wiley talks about why he leaks 10 folders of music

You're probably thinking what on earth has happened, is he pulling some classic over dramatised typical Wiley stunt? The answer is balancing on the fence, of out of this planet to stereotypical Eski. It appears that Wiley has got a little anoyed with management and control issues with his music and has decided in usual William fashion to just take it into his own hands and leak a whole back catalogue of his own music, including the album that he had just signed a new record deal with. I don't know if Kylie is going to wake up tomorrow feeling fresh as a bar of dove soap or wake up after a little c**** binge and think to himself 'Did I really do that?????' On one side people could argue that he's an absolute idiot, that he's going to annoy a lot of people who thought they were going to get a nice pay check and on the other he's took back the control to his own music. Imagine how many people are going to see this blog post and spit their morning coffee out at their computer screen. Whatever was on his mind if this is the result of a years work then he should be extremely proud as their are some absolute bangers hidden within these zip folders.

Check the audio above for a recent mini interview into what the hell was on his mind. What a crazy genius we have for a godfather... Are you ready in true Rude Kid style?

Wiley - Zip Folder Give Away - expect a mass amount of unheard beats, grime, commercial electro and experimental music as well as heard Wiley collaborations and memorable releases from the godfather and part time king of grime.

Check out: Electric Boogaloo, Never Be Your Woman & Can't Get Enough are big commercial pop tunes . 8BNC is Wiley on a good day observing the world at a stand still while The Elusive is full on grime king Wiley going straight in hard and loaded with all Mak 10's blazing. Us Against The World has that calm feel about it just like the feel of Dizzee's Dean but with a Wiley twist worming through his thoughts, struggles and lyrics throughout the years. What They Want chorus reminds me of some attempted Rihanna fail, I couldn't stop laughing.

Okay so Electric is something like corn beef tinned with a side order or Electric Boogaloo, leave that crap out please. Swimming sounds like Wiley got drowned by crazy frog while Trina's Pull Over chorus is screamed by on lookers. Exp 102 attacks the beat in true eski boy style quick and fast past freestyle. Magic is serious, Mz Bratt and Ice Kid go in but it ends up getting a little lost in electro and auto tune through the mid to the end.

I Owe You sends back jaga from PDC while Brand New Groove is a bait Commercial chart single. While a lot of the collection of music that has been leaked is completely unheard William as added a few classics like '09's Head banger and '04's Doorway demonstration not only how much he's changed over the years but also how some of his music has completely been watered down. Then we get mad woiii moment with Ice Kid, Kano and Wiley collaboration Hello People is just another reason why Ice Kid needs to focus on music. Remember the clip I had on my Pigeon Face with Ice Kid well this was Don't Hide Away, the Mike Skinner collab with Wiley, Rinse & Ice Kid, I would of paid good money for this track.

Livin It Up and Loose Your featuring Mz Bratt are the best tunes easily out of this bundle of pop, however Temptation would of been epic if the verses would of had more of a jungle or drum and bass harder edge.

25 Freestyle is Wiley showing he still has it, wow, he sounds like he's spitting bars that just pop in his head like his life depending on it. One of my favourite tunes from the A-List Runway, which the beat is going to be pushed on Professor Green's next single. After a few decent tracks Wiley seems to of listened a few too many times to Drake's Thank Me Later with his Thank Me After, which slyly isn't a bad tune (don't judge me). He's also leaked Sidetracked without JME's verses....

I is a re-fixed beat of several beats including Where's My Brother, grime flows from Wiley & Brazen. Grimedaley is a full on straight grime track and the chorus doesn't have auto tune (thumbs up) so it's a smash. Face Off Bars features Opium who reminds me of a Turkish version of Will, the way he spits, talks and thinks is literally eski boy. Still Gonna Miss is the tip of the grimey iceberg which sounds like an updated classic Wiley sound, like the sounds of Pies & Treddin On Thin Ice with an American bass twist, Sem is a don.

Bass & Trigz 09 set an authentic underground vibe and then Wiley follows with mouldiest track within the folders labelled Happy pure cheese electro. Along with a few other added tracks there's a bundle of great unheard instrumentals straight from Mr Cowies Laptop (MC's your time)

A package formed of mix of killer beats, Morgue Remix hits you up with an oriental Japan remixed Pie's, describing it sounds out of this world, it is. Mc Lyric & Done It Already is just another pure grime freestyle attack track while Untrustworthy is like '03 eskimo dance era meets '10 auto tune electro loving will. Bun A Lickle Weed is a great part 2 to In A Corner and Frozen would of made a strong album edition to bring together the party bangers.





Some of the files uploaded have been taken from GRIMEFORUM so a few when downloading a few of the names have too many instead of .zip so if it doesn't extract the first time try editing it. Also check that link if some of the links have expired.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You're soft in the middle like a chocolate eclair


Merky Ace - Eskiboy Freestyle

MERKY ACE - The One's That Didn't Make It [DOWNLOAD]

This guy is definitely one to watch, each promo he's put out, and we're talking nearly as many as I can count on both my hands, has shown progression and more of a defined Merky sound (Which is obviously the idea of promo mixtapes). He's one of my favourite young authentic pioneers of the grime sound. With the attack on his Eskiboy freestyle along with his track Conspiracy, his style & flow at some points remind me of a younger meridian Big H & '05 Skepta. Blue Battlefield is in the works at the moment, as the official mixtape, and will definitely be a shock to the system for a lot of supports who haven't spotted him on the radar yet. So for now enjoy The One's That Didn't Make It and imagine what kind of work did make it, if this was just the 'throw away' material.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Devlin Exclusive - Road Trip, Performances & Mini Freestyle

This is an exclusive to Hyperfrank, everyday a different blog will have their own Devlin exclusive - this was the first [HERE]. This video see's Devlin on his way to various performances this year in London, Milton Keynes and Portsmouth. He also get’s stranded at the end, on route from a booking in Northampton. I'm quite excited to see how his debut album Bud Sweat & Beers turns out. I interviewed him a week or so ago (which will be up very soon) and he said that Island have put no pressure on him with the angle of his music and he's been left to his own accord. Which for us is great, letting him develop on his own without anyone trying to pop wash his music.

For everyone that can't wait for my interview make sure you get involved with the DEVLIN WEB CHAT on Wednesday of this week at 4.30 - [RIGHT HERE]

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