Monday, March 31, 2008
Man Dem is the newest track being pushed by Ruff Squad with not only a video but also a vinyl release. Ruff Squad have hooked up with No Hats No Hoods, the new label brought to us by grime night Dirty Canvas, to give us a delicious portion of the new release which was produced by Dirty Danger and sampled by his own vocal from one of their early white label releases. Ruff Squad as a crew make some bangers and Man dem is no exception, so just for my readers I've got hold of a copy of this track on vinyl to give away free.
All you have to do is answer this question:
Man Dem has 6 members of Ruff Squad vocaling the track, BUT what 2 official members weren't represented in the vocal track.
Answers will only be accepted in email form to: email@example.com
For all you spinners who can't wait to get a hold of this make sure to order it directly from No Hats No Hoods by clicking the image above.
A1 RUFF SQWAD MAN DEM
B1 XTRA VOCAL MIX
B2 FRONT BACK INSTRUMENTAL
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tonight see's Chockablock take on another night at EGG, Kings Cross. Featuring a gentle mix of grime, bassline (Kill it off please) and a little token shoreditch randomness. Need a reason to go? Well if you email quick enough you can get in for a reduced amount on the Guestlist (firstname.lastname@example.org) for £6. You also get to see Nasty Crew's latest pioneer, Griminal. DJ's Vectra and Slew Dem's Spooky. Oh you want more reasons? Well you don't know a better boy that could get the whole floor Skankin other than Skepta.
This Saturday we have Dirty Canvas, which is by far one of the best grime nights in the country and is reliable enough to get your gunfingers superglued to the ceiling. The night never disapoints and March's edition is Ghetto's Freedom of Speech launch party. Expect a medley set by Ghetto of some of his most popular tracks and a couple of special guests. Need another reason to come? Griminal, Heartless Crew's Mighty Mo, Dirty Canvas resident DJ Magic, Logan Sama and Dusk & Blackdown. The only reason not to be there is if you're too young or a trouble maker, other than that you have no excuse.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The full demonstration.
Jammer does some sweeping.
Thanks to Chantelle and Hattie for the heads up on these videos.
Is this grime's (even though its all electro madness) slap in the face to Souljah Boy's Superman? I don't know why you're asking me for? Apparently this is Skepta's take on Wiley's Wearing my Rolex and isn't an actual remix. Hearing it on the 1Xtra Live show and the whole package of the dance etc warmed me to the tune. I wasn't really liking it the first couple of times. Although some may argue it's not as good as Wearing my pyjamas but it's definitely a decent song in it's own right.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Wiley and Skepta in Coventry for 1xtra Live, performing to a crowd of over 5000 people. Check out them doing Rolex Sweep and Wearing My Rolex. Also do not forget to get practicing your Rolex Sweep's they will need some back up dancers.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
It's DJ's galore tonight in east London so expect grime, a hint of garage and GOOD music. The night starts from 9pm so make sure to be there early so you don't miss anything. The secret location has been released and is 42-44 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, LONDON, E2 8DA. Which is apparently a few doors down from Herbal and it's nearest tube stations is Old Street. Girls get in free so expect men in mini skirts and high heels. I've already had to lend my chicken fillets out so lord knows how I'm going to get in. Expect good vibes tonight so let's just hope I don't get punched in the forehead, again.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Black the Ripper - Wow (Production by Dexplicit)
Was talking to Dexplicit the other day and he got talking about a new project that in the next month should be out on the shelves. I haven't heard much of his grime or even hiphop beats for a while and I seemed to think he was purely making niche/bassline these days. I under estimated the fella. Black Magic is a mixtape from hard headed, real talking, Edmonton repper, weed loving Black the Ripper. Not just that but its solely produced by Dexplicit and his Production team which also includes Skilz and Black Prince. It's being put out by Dex's label DXP Recordings and is the first artist based mixtape to be released under the umbrella. Fingers crossed that this should be in our nearest record shops by the end of April. Wow, which is the track above this article, is one of the tracks featured on the mixtape and is there to give you a little tasteful insight into 'wagwan'. I've been hearing the production of this tune for so long now on sets and I'm glad some one has finally vocalled it. For all you grime purists though, I have been told that this project is a balanced project consisting of both grime & hip hop tracks, so no need to throw your barbies out your pram, you have been warned. Holla Black was a great mixtape, it embodied both genres and it felt more like hearing black's take on his influences rather than wasting time pin pointing what most of the music could be pigeon-holed into. Looking forward to seeing how he's developed and what he's come up concept wise.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Random Impulse Freestyling over General Tank's Conquest MP3 Download
Over the last couple of months the hype around you and several other members of your team has been growing at quite a strong rate. Are you surprised at the increasing interest around your name recently even though you have been around in the shadows for years now?
It's very surprising if I'm honest because it wasn't gradual, it seemed to just come out of no where. But saying that, I'm far from new to the scene. I released my first vinyl with sticky back in 2003 and before that I was the youngest MC on Freek FM, a station that people like EZ, Ms Dynamite and Heartless all came from and that was before Heat FM was even on air.
You've received a lot of radio play with tracks Masks and Suicide which will be out on your mixtape Full Metal Alchemist, when is this mixtape looking to be released and what have we got to look forward to?
The mixtape will be out early april and I'm really excited to see the response as it very different. I spent a lot of time on it and as a result every track has a very unique concept, and I mean every single track. Almost every song is produced by a different person, so there's a very big variation of sound. Although it's all heavily grime influenced, you can hear influences from a lot of other genres aswell. Producers range from Dexplicit, Maniac and Product to myself, Y.Wiz and Sem. As for features and concepts, well you're going have to wait and hear for yourself, I don't wanna ruin the surprises.
You've recently supported shows for an American artist called The secret handshake, how did all that get hooked up? and has that experience developed you, performance wise where uk grime couldn't of helped? What was it like performing to such a huge crowd that aren't your usual audience?
It was amazing man, there's nothing like performing with live instruments. My manager is actually from and lives in America and handed my stuff to Luis (from the secret handshake). It turned out that he loved it so much he invited me on tour with him and the rest is history. The secret handshake recently signed a UK deal as well to 679 so his stuff will be all over the radio in a hot second. If I'm honest, I'm really into the indie scene so it wasn't like a different audience at all, just I was on stage rather then in the crowd. Surprisingly enough, a lot of the units from my last mixtape was bought by people who were into indie/emo music and a lot of the crowd already knew who I was, which is very new for me. The experience taught me that good music can cross any boundary of class, genre, creed and background.
You are the concept king but I will give you 60 seconds to come up with an out of this world concept for a track.
Well I was thinking of a song about this guy that has these four masks yeah...
For more information and music, check out his myspace:
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
It was a week ago that Ghetto and the rest of the movement done a show on 1xtra for Westwood's rap show. The set involved not just spitting but a touch of sending from Scorcher, who hasn't been on radio for months, directed at P Money and Tinchy - Audio below.
Ghetto, Scorcher, Wretch 32 and P.Nero on Westwood (1xtra) - 09.03.08
In true sending style, just the sunday that has passed, P Money brought some of his pals into the 1xtra studios and sent straight back. Hear his bars for Ghetto and Scorcher below (Listen in from 8:00 till 11:05). Was a great show especially with Vectra's mixing and P Money's spitting, make sure if you haven't already to check out the show. For all the previous heads up on the indirects and directs between Ghetto and P Money go here.
Vectra, P Money, Blacks & Mega Montana on Westwood (1xtra) - 16.03.08
Although Ghetto's Who's Got? sent for all the Boy Better Know crew it seems like no one has replied. JME has released his cover for his Serious? album and it is possibly the funniest thing in the world. I don't think this is the original cover work he will use, I just don't think he's that stupid to publish this although I would like to see him release an exclusive special edition 100 copies of this cover. I don't know why but in a sad way it would be fun, for some reason that I can't think of. Skepta seems to of come back with a rawer garage style recently and re-working it in with his original grime sound. I didn't like Nokia Charger Wire at first but it's grown on me although Jammer's Oi yoii woii has possibly the most anoying chorus of all time, some body give the guy an award for that. Frisco is about to drop a video for Time is right taken from Back the Lab Vol2 and has also got a remix rotating.
Frisco featuring Bashy, JME and Black The Ripper - Time Is Right Remix
Not forgetting Wiley though, who is preparing to release Grime Wave on 5th May (approx unless delays). Will he be on the Mountain remix? only time will tell. Although from the interview I done with Ghetto last year, Wiley was the only guy that he thought should of been on the Top 3 Selected remix and wasn't. "How did you choose who went on the Top 3 Selected Remix? I'll tell you the truth, the only person who should of be on there and isn't on there is Wiley. Everyone else can shut up because you wasn't mean't to be on there." That is surely a good sign?
I was at Roundhouse in Chalk farm last night and caught Ghetto performing with a Live Band. From what I remember he slipped in a mix of tracks from both mixtapes Ghetto Gospel and Freedom Of Speech like Understand, Top 3 Selected and Mountain. The Final track, Mountain caused as much hype as I've seen it receive in most raves. It's such a different experience hearing a band full of bass and electric guitars, drums and keyboards recreate a track with their simple elements. I've only ever seen a couple of acts with a live band, would be nice to get some more on the go because it creates such a relaxing atmosphere. From what I hear aswell Bashy gave a great performance at the most recent I Luv Live aswell. Can grime cope with a Live band? I bloody well hope it can because I need my addiction to be fed and self reloads of any old bars are starting to take its tole on my hairline.
To all my fellow Irish brothers and sisters, I put up a glass of our country's finest, with a little hint of Blackcurrent, and salute every last one of you. Whether you are in the Republic or Northern Ireland, cheers on St Patrick's Day.
P.S I miss you Irish Club.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Striding through the underground scene, Tinchy Stryder has a lorryload of collaborations and mixtapes that towers his small frame. He's about to follow mentors Dizzee Rascal and Wiley into the world of chart success. B&S meets the star in the hood... (A version of this interview featured in B&S Magazine)
How did you get into spiting?
Back in the day, before Ruff Sqwad even had the name, my brother used to have decks. I used to listen to Heartless Crew and a few others, I gradually started writing my own lyrics, making tapes and it all started from there.
Who did you listen to when you were growing up?
Heartless Crew, Pay as you go, even Jay-Z, I have older brothers so anything they listened to I’d listen to too.
Did they influence you at all with your music?
Back then, I wanted to do what they were doing, but now you just do what you do. They still obviously have an influence on me because they know what they do and say for example, Jay-Z. When he’s rapping he’s arrogant so I see that and pick up on it and do my own little take on it.
Pirate radio used to be necessary for emcees to become recognised. Now these days radio stations don’t seem to be as important in the process. Why do you think this is?
Those days were live though! It was a little hype everyone listening to pirate radio
But now there are hardly any stations left. More people do videos, mixtapes are regularly out, and so artists have found other ways of being heard.
How did you meet Dizzee & Wiley?
Dizzee’s from my area so we used to roll with him and Wiley used to do his music thing with Rascal. Wiley must have heard one track through him, Tingz In Boots, he rang me about doing a tune and it all went from there.
Do you think you would have had the status you have now, if it wasn’t for your involvement with them?
I might have had the status but it just might have taken a bit longer. They helped to speed up the process, because obviously they were the main players so once you’re seen with them you’re important but then you have to follow it up. Otherwise if you’re not doing anything or not making good music then it doesn’t work out.
You featured on plenty of mixtapes and Albums, Who’s been your favourite person to work with?
Working with Ruff Sqwad, because we are all friends and it’s like the vibe is just there. It’s not like work, we do music anyway.
If you could be successful in the mainstream, just by yourself or be with Ruff Sqwad and have the exposure you have now. What would you choice?
It's business, so you have to get yourself right, obviously if things do work out then I’d bring as many of the crew through as is humanly possible.
JME has serious, Skepta has GO ON DEN and Wiley has ESKIIII BOYYY… whats your signature one line flow!?
“I’m Back You Know” Vs “Yeah, Let me see your Gun Fingers”
Breakaway is out on single now, How did you come about with the concept?
Davinche showed me the beat and as soon as I heard the beat that’s what I felt like writing about, breaking away from the streets. So I wrote the verses first, then Davinche wrote the chorus and got one of his vocal singers, Fonda, for the Chorus.
Before takeover, were you approached by any other labels?
When I rolled with Wiley, we done bare tunes and we would take them to labels and they would show loads of interest but nothing comes of it. Although when I did Underground, a couple of labels did approach me including Ministry but nothing ever went through.
Why did Takeover appeal to you more than the others?
I like the way it’s an independent and I’m the only artist, who gets their full focus. When we met up and I listened to their vision, it was the same that I wanted to achieve. They put all their energy in to my projects and with other labels it’s not like that. When the bigger labels get involved, there’s more pressure because there’s way more money involved so they need to make more money back.
What advice you give to talented artists in the grime scene?
Don’t rush into it, people think signing a record deal is the hard work but that’s the easy part. Stay focused.
Why did you choose to release Breakaway as your first single?
Breakaway is a track that most people can relate to, either breaking away from the streets or choosing love over something. It’s there to build my profile and if I do, do well chart wise it’s a bonus.
If you weren't doing music, what do you think you’d be doing?
Playing football, I used to play for Wimbledon Pro team but then I just stopped because the training just got too much. By that time this all came about I was doing my GCSE’s so I had to choice education over it. I do regret it sometimes though, they get stupid money.
What do you think about grime artists making hiphop?
If that’s what you choice to do then do it, Some of them artists sound good rapping. If you don’t sound good on Hiphop then I don’t see the point in doing it. Know what crowd your trying to hit otherwise you’ll get caught between the two scenes you’ll end up know where.
Who is your favourite Grime artist at the moment?
Ruff Sqwad, Skepta and Chipmunk.
What’s holding grime back?
People at the top who have come from Grime, like Kano, Dizzee and Wiley need to start coming together and doing tracks. Everyone seems to try and go off and do their own thing but they all come from the same place, they used to be on the same radio sets. Outside of the Underground scene, Grime is hardly known, we need to take it seriously ourselves and push it, then hopefully few years down the line it should pay off. The talents there, but it’s got a lot to do with money and investment. If there’s more small labels like Takeover that are there to push artists and invest then it can’t go wrong.
A version of this featured in Blues and Soul Magazine.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
From Starbucks to bucking up underground stars over her Electro-synthised beats, we
take a look at the new heroin from the latest inner-city fairytale. Who’s more likely to be spitting raw sewage and giving you the dirtiest beatings, than eating another mans porridge. Words by Laura ‘Hyperfrank’ Brosnan
Trading in make believe folk stories, for smiley faces and Logic. This 21 year old blonde bomb shell is one of the newest British Rappers to be taking the UK Underground music scene by the balls, and she isn’t about to let go, just yet. Performing sets all over the world, from Shoreditch to New York and collaborating with the likes of grime’s Frisco, Tinchy Stryder and producing for Kate Nash and Blackstorm Blemish. Who knows, next it could be Jay-z knocking down her door.
“The rapping only came about when I had to hand in a project for college and all the tracks had to have vocals” says the young beat maker, who grew up playing random instruments like the flute and drums. Then after her project finished with the full support of teachers, she uploaded it to her addictive-space and was overwhelmed by the amount of interest in not only her productions but rapping too. “It was never like ‘I’m going to be a rapper! Production was always my main focus and the rapping just came about, half as a bit of a joke, half just messing about”.
Her direct humorous tongue in cheek manor has had many pigeon holing her as Nu Rave act but she knows better. “It’s predominately Electro, very synth based, but then with Hip hop and grime influences. Some of it is pretty commercial, some of it is quite underground, it’s a nice little mix rolled into me”. The main aim for all her lyrics is for people to think ‘What is she talking about?’, “then it makes them listen properly”. With tracks ranging from political verses over ‘Stereotypes’ and ‘Kids’ to ‘Dust of your classics’, which sounds like something scrapped out of the early 90’s party rave scene. It’s hard to imagine the inspiration behind the multitalented golden locked music machine. “‘Waste man’ was about some guy who messed my sister about, to try and make her feel better; I thought I’d write a stupid song for the idiot”. Although growing up listening to TLC and Hiphop lyricist Tupac weren’t her only rapping influences. “I’ve always really liked The Streets, The Game, and a lot of UK artists like Dizzee Rascal. Wiley for me is just like, the best producer to come out of England in a long time”.
With an upwards spiralling career at her finger tips, there’s bound to be negative blows made at her, but does being a young, white blonde female increase the hate? “I’ve had countless people say oh I don’t believe you made them beats or asking if it was through a collaboration, not believing that its all down to me”. Little Goldie locks who broke into all them bear’s houses wouldn’t have let that bring her down.
What’s next for Sarah Akwisombe? “Focus on getting my album finished... I’ve done a couple of tracks with Future Cut who worked on Lily Allen’s album and tracks with Dizzee Rascal. I’ll be rapping on most of it and will feature a hand full of collaborations”. RWD couldn’t go without asking the most essential question, will there be a feature with Bearman on the Album? “It might be a bit too obvious…”
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Yellow Eye shadow is doing very much a lot these days.
DJ Maximum took to the decks and slapped us up into shape, Although I was that knackered that all I could remember was hearing Doctor Calm Down, sadly the girl next to me who repeatly kept stamping on my favourite nikes didn't take the hint. Maximum is very much underated it would be nice to him get more bookings just as a DJ rather than just someone to play backing beats for Boy Better Know. Although that said he is a vital component of BBK and compliments their stage show.
Little Dee and P Money jumped on set along with Blacks and an un-identified man. I was excited to see P Money perform as I hadn't seen him Live let alone doing a set practically on his own. He held it up for a while and I was just tapping my foot till I would hear them What Did He Say bars. Maxi dropped Eskimo and the crowd were jumping off the floor like they were bare foot treddin on thin ice. Although the emcees lacked delivery, Little Dee didn't seem to cause any reason and P Money must of spat his hypest bar once if that. I was very disappointed, although Maximum's instrumental selection was hyping the whole room up which I think the mc's might of thought was the reaction created by their lyrics. With the classic Night bass line dropping in, Blacks took to the mic and the crowd really seemed to love him especially with his self explanatory 'Yeah I'm on a hype rudeboy' lyrics. Overall I'll give P Money and Little Dee the benefit of the doubt, but levels need to be made higher and through more performances and an understanding of exactly what your crowd wants this can be achieved. Check out the picture below when I got practically picked up by the crowd in the middle of taking a picture.
What did he say?
Monday, March 03, 2008
Ghetto - Who's Got? (Download)
It's only a week to go till the release of what seems like the most anticipated mixtape since the craze started. This is the 3rd track to be heard off of Freedom of Speech, aswell as Commandements and Mountain. Although while both had only a little hint of sending, Who's Got? has it's Wiley sampled chorus dedicated to it. Calling out Wiley, Skepta, JME and Frisco who knows what dubs or radio sets could pop over the next week. Let's not forget that Wiley and Ghetto night hosted by RWD at Cargo this thursday. After Ghetto Gospel it's hard to think of where all this anger is coming from. This is going to be one 'slap up your nan, steal her weekly pension to buy a hammer to beat up that guy who runs the newagents because he didn't sell you them scratchcards' mixtape and that's exactly what we had on the menu... Anger is a Gift.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
He may resemble a relation of Bob Marley, but Jammer is certainly not sitting back and Jammin’. Former Nasty Crew member has come from turning tables to becoming a top producer & MC within the grime Scene. B&S meets the Murkle man to talk inspiration, Lord Of The Mic’s and find out just why he loves to make Grime music.
You DJ, Produce and MC, Where and how did this all start?
It started with a friend of mine called Super D, him and me hooked up from when I was 14, we started doing a music thing and from there it just progressed. He’s gone on to do funky house, I've gone on to the grime underground music scene. I was a DJ originally and then I got into the production side because I was working at a distribution company and that’s where I realized that production is the main part of the music industry. I started getting a bit of equipment until my studio gradually got bigger and at the same time I was still doing my djing. I started to write a few songs for myself and then everyone said that I had a good voice for it and I should carry on with it. To be honest I enjoy producing the most because when you’re behind the computer, you’re the main source of the whole product. Even if there is an artist working with you, you are the one directing them over the track and the way you want it all to go.
Who inspires you production wise?
A lot of reggae artists like Beenie man, Ninja man, Capleton, Sizzla, Timberland and even to go as far back as Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder. I listen to a broad range of music, even third world.
Many readers may remember you from your track Murkle man, tell them what you've been up to since?
I’ve done the Murkle Man video, I’ve done a few features on tracks with Skepta, Lady Sovereign and a few other people and from there I progressed on to working on the Top Producer Album. The project made me go quiet for a couple of months but things are coming along and the second single’s video should be ready in the next couple of months, it’s called Sweetie Pie. I’ve been working hard on getting promotion together for the second single and the album has been my main focus. While I’ve been working on this project obviously the streets needed to hear my material. I put the Neckle Camp Straight Necklin out, which done really well and everyone seemed to really like it. Then I went on to the Are You Dumb? Volume 1 which quite big and we started to do t-shirts off of the back of it and right now we’re at the stage of Are You Dumb!? Volume 2 which has just been released.
You were apart of the famous Nasty crew, how did you come about joining?
I was in a crew called 187 with D Double E and Hyper, at that time we were on Flava Fm and Marcus Nasty came up on our set and must of liked what he heard as we were playing a lot of what other DJ’s wouldn’t of been able to of get hold of. He asked us if we’d like to join Nasty Crew and at that time I was happy doing my production thing and D Double E and Hyper wanted to join because they thought it would be a good opportunity to get their lyrics out there, but I wasn't happy with just being the DJ, I want to elevate and see what else is out there. They went to Nasty Crew and I developed my Jah Mek The World production team, then D Double E must of rang me and said basically he’s doing the whole Nasty Crew thing but the problem is we haven’t got any producers or a studio to makes songs, and he asked if I could make some songs for them. We done a few tracks and it became very natural us all working together and gradually everyone started coming back to the studio laying down loads and loads of tracks.
You created the DVD series Lord of The Mic’s, how did it all come about?
I was in my basement with Crazy Titch and a few others and just as Titch was leaving he was cursing at me, it went on and gradually went into lyrics then we ended up clashing. I told my friend to grab the video camera on the side and start recording. We must have watched it back later on and knew we were on to something. I got the equipment together and called up a few MC’s like Wiley and Kano, and the clashing began…
Where did the nickname Jammer and Murkle man come from?
I’m the Murkle Man he’s my alter ego, I thought of it like the whole Grime scene was getting a bit boring and doing all the American thing and trying to get cars. We haven’t got the same cars as Americans, we haven’t got the same amount of financial distribution and circulation of money in this country to be flossing and wearing big diamond chains. I didn’t want my video to be like that so I thought to myself what can I do? It’s hard to express what I actually say in the tune so I might as well express the humorous side of things. Get the Urkel character, get my suit on, be the Murkle Man, circle the ends and look for the green and purple.
Your basement studio is probably the most memorable basement and studio in the scene, who was the first person ever to sign your walls?
WOW! I was the first person but one of the first person to tag the dungeon was Wiley.
Murkle man was released in 2005, and is marked as a Classic in the eyes of the underground how did it feel knowing you had such a hit on your hands?
Even up to know when the track is played in a club or I perform it, it’s still the amount of energy and feeling as when it first got released. A hit is a very special thing, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t go into the international charts, and a classic track is a classic song.
You've performed all around Europe and in New York… What’s been your favorite show?
New York, because I’ve always wanted to go to New York and when you’ve got over 500 people singing the Murkle Man lyric all born and bred in there, is a crazy thing.
Why do you choice to make Grime music?
I enjoy doing it and I’m one of the creators of Grime, I never chose to make Grime music I just made it.
A version of this featured in Blues and Soul Magazine