October 24, 2016

The Sounds Of UK Rap: @tweet_mist @MicRighteous @reekzmb @scribz6ix7even @SKEAMEROJB @ClueOfficial

Mist – ‘Ain’t The Same’

Birmingham rapper Mist really killed it with the video for his new track, ‘Ain’t The Same’. Filmed in Dubai, it shows Mist living life on a boat, being given gold chains by a Sheikh, driving sports cars, and generally living it up. It’s really setting the levels in all senses – production wise (s/o Steel Banglez), the video, and of course Mist’s bars. Mist has built up his credentials this past year and is stepping it up with every release. His ability to connect and tell his life through his bars is what has gained him many fans.

Ice City Boyz – ‘All Out’

Church Road’s Ice City Boyz have followed up ‘Pressure’ with brand new cut ‘All Out’. Each and every one of them goes in hard over the dark production, with twinkling keys prowling over the beat. They take it to the streets for the video, which shows them with bottles, and getting harassed by the feds. This is six minutes of straight heat from the crew, who are set to do some serious damage in the UK Rap scene.

Mic Righteous – ‘Honour Mic’

In the lead up to the release of his Dreamland album, Margate rapper Mic Righteous delivers another stellar visual from it. ‘Honour Mic’ shows Mic in a pensive frame of mind, delivering real bars with a passionate delivery, something he’s well known for. The haunting hip-hop beat allows him to flow with power and intelligence – taking us through different subject matters such as other rappers and the music industry. “Do what you can I do what I like, too many begs on too many hypes, too many threats when nobody dies, not enough fist fights too many knives, too many skets telling too many lies, too many too many times.” Mic kills it with his flow, switching it up from fast-paced bars to more relaxed ones, letting his passion shine through.

Reekz MB ft. LD – ‘No Face’

Reekz MB is joined by 67’s LD for hard new street banger ‘No Face’. The track fits them both perfectly because if you’re a fan of UK rap you will know they both cover their faces, with LD wearing a silver mask, and Reekz covering his with a black one.

The two masked, South London rappers discuss the police, beef, grinding and more. The video shows them with a whole crew out on the block at night. We even see some nuns running around, misbehaving with masks on and blowing up a car. Reekz shows off his wordplay with bars such as, “Man a turn thriller, Jackson, man hit him up like Pac did.” LD brings his hard flow to the end of the track: “I raise my mash on the streets and I’ve kicked mans head in with Reeks. I don’t know about peace, I’m a real chef, I pepper my beef.” These two know how to make a banger together.

Skeamer & Clue – ‘Run Up’

This is a heavy track straight out of South London courtesy of Skeamer and Clue who are representing the OJB crew. The streets at night are the perfect setting for this underground banger, where they both talk about the realities of their life, pagans, beef, and trapping. The ominous beat with its chime lurking throughout gives it a sinister and menacing feel, which gives way for their bars to match. Skeamer spits, “Love me or hate me, there still gonna rate me, death to the two face, death to the pagans, you can’t beef with the mandem.” Whilst Clue goes in, “Came to the block with Skeams, duck man down might burst them, I put n****s in check, check my scoreboard, deep in the trap you can tell it’s a trap when you walk on the floorboards.” The duo definitely need to keep making tracks together as this is straight fire!

October 17, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @bignarstie @DoubleSmusician @SafoneMadone @Jammz @TODDLAT

Big Narstie – BDL Skank

Big Narstie drops the video to his future Grime anthem ‘BDL Skank’ where he gets things tropical. Watch the lively video where Narstie himself shows you how to do the dance. Big Narstie also launched his ‘Base Invaders’ game on Friday where it headed straight to No.1 in the app charts.

Double S – Yana Darg

Double S represents Grime in a perfect way capturing it’s spirit and true form, and his new track ‘Yana Darg’ is an example of this. Produced by The Heavytrackerz, Double S spits over a thundering beat like an experienced mic controller that he is.

Safone – Heard Of

Safone goes in hard with his new track ‘Heard Of’ where we see him at a car impound. His skippy flow complements the pace of the beat well, as he talks about how he has Grime that “No one else ain’t heard of…”

Jammz ft Scott Garcia – It’s A London Thing

Scott Garcia released ‘It’s A London Thing’ back in 1997 with MC Styles, and has sampled it for his tune of the same name with Jammz. The bass heavy production lends way for Jammz to spit his commentary about London, whilst the video gives a outlook of some different scenarios.

Toddla T Meets Andrea Martin ft. Silkki Wonda – Always

Toddla T warms up our autumn with this bittersweet brand new track, now with the accompanying video for “Always”. To launch his Steeze label, he teams up with Andrea Martin an R&B icon who is responsible for writing many R&B classics such as En Vogue’s ‘Don’t Let Go’ and Silkki Wonda who brings the patois, making this a chilled out reggae tune.

October 3, 2016

The Sounds of UK Rap: @ClueOfficial @ArdAdz @OfficialGiggs @Sneakbo @S_Wavey @SkeamberOJB @SkoreBeezy

Skeamer x Skore Beezy

Two of the OJB crew (Official Junction Crew) – that’s Clapham Junction for those of you who don’t know – link up for ‘Balance’. An Afrobeats-influenced instrumental sets the tone for their track, with the whole hood out with drinks in their hand for the video. Skeamer comes in first with lyrics about where he’s from, his upbringing and his struggle: “They wanna know my story, they want the beef they want the war they want the glory.”

Skore Beezy then steps up with strong, elevating bars coupled with his solid, passionate and perfectly executed delivery. The two then go back-to-back with their bars after the hook, complementing each other’s flows extremely well. This is how you make a collaborative UK Rap track.

Sneakbo and S Wavey

South London rappers Sneakbo and S Wavey give us one for the streets in their collaborative new track ‘Aigons’. The pair drop some heavy-duty bars over a powerful, marching, beat with Sneakbo repeatedly saying “gang” on the intro and outro, beginning his verse by talking about some real life situations, “Look at the life I’m living, went for the love of the money, I’m sinning. ain’t digging no L’s, I ain’t getting no sleep and winning from the beginning.” It’s directed at people who think he’s changed because of his fame, but this track proves he’s still bringing the heat to the underground as well as commercial landscape.


The Landlord himself dropped the video to one of the more ‘party’ tracks from his latest album. The visuals certainly fit the track’s vibe with it being filmed at his own private party, with a bunch of women to keep himself – and Donae’o who features on the track – entertained. Giggs and Donae’o take over London’s arthouse North London cinema Screen On The Green, with Giggs at the entrance running the door and guests such as female rapper Stefflon Don. These two definitely know how to party and put together a very cheeky, rave-ready anthem.

Giggs announced his headline show at the 02 Forum Kentish Town on Friday 11th Nov and you can get tickets here


The first track we heard from Giggs’ Landlord album was ‘Whippin Excursion’ in July, which has since become a big anthem. South London’s Clue decided to take on the instrumental and re-fix it for ‘Gripping N Swerving’, spitting straight fire of his own, with fresh bars, and a fresh hook, whilst keeping Giggs’ adlibs present throughout the track.

It features Reepz (part of OJB) who comes through on his verse with a fierce and passionate execution that ends the track nicely. Clue’s own delivery and essence is laid-back with heated bars: “You ain’t a ganster, you just a gangsters version. My n****s wicked and bad, 67 man lurking, for a monkey I would tell my little n**** burst it.” Giggs gave the track his approval too, so if the Landlord did, it’s pretty certain that everyone else will follow suit!

Ard Adz

Ard Adz has a special way of bringing emotion to his words, like a true artist reaching out to his listeners. He brings an uplifting message for his new one ‘Worry Less, Smile More’ spitting thought-provoking bars over a harmonious, key-led beat and vocal hook. Adz talks us through some honest thoughts he has, coupled with his journey in life and what he wishes for the future, “sinning but I’m winning this s**t isn’t funny though, pray for me. If I told you that I’m coming would you wait for me? I hope the angels tell the Lord to hold the gates for me. I been on my grind but aint made it out this hood yet, my sons getting older can’t be following my footsteps.”

September 20, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week

Lixo ft. Trim – Writers Block

This track is unusual, creative and wonderful. Produced by Lixo who provides an airy, spaced out, chilled beat with twists and tribal elements, which allows one of Grime’s finest lyricists Trim to put his touch to it.

Sticky Blood & JiKay ft Frisco – Oh My Days

Sheffield producer duo Sticky Blood are known for their genre defying music, and they have come up  once again with a straight up banger, collaborating on the production with JiKay (All Trap Music/Hot Damn) and enlisting veteran MC and Boy Better Know member Frisco for their brand new track ‘Oh My Days’. Frisco attacks the bass heavy, thunderous beat with his bars, bringing snarling lyrics and punchlines

Lil Choppa – Kill This

Birmingham Grime artist Lil Choppa has dropped a madness with new tune ‘Kill This’. He talks us through real life situations that have happened to him and people around him in a dark video with flames and lights that add to the the ghostly feel.

Kid Bookie – Premonition w/ Christie Ft. Nasaan & Dot Rotten

South East London’t Kid Bookie brings us a UK U.S link up for new track ‘Premonition’ where he brings in exceptional UK artist Dot Rotton who also produces the beat under name Zeph Ellis, and Atalanta rapper Nasaan. Each artist brings their own unique style and flow to the track. Kid Bookie has definitely stepped out the box with this one.

September 13, 2016


Saturday at Reading Festival begun in the best way possible, and that was with one of Grime’s hardest working producers Rude Kid who played an array of tunes including Punjabi MC that was mixed into a remix full of bass. Grime tracks he played included Kano’s ‘3 Wheel Up’s’ which led into Skepta ft. JME ‘That’s Not Me’. Rude Kid’s vibe on stage got the whole crowd bubbling off of his energy and it definitely didn’t feel like it was 2pm.

Drum & Bass was next on the agenda over at the NME Stage firstly with Belgium producer Netsky who kicked off with their own track ‘Running Low’, leading into ‘Intrap’. The atmosphere was buzzing inside the tent with everyone having fun and good vibes. He ended on track ‘Rio’ which was rather fitting with the Olympics just finishing there.

Sigma hit the stage after with their host saying “We are live to the world on the BBC, make some nooooiiseeee! Are y’ll ready for some live Drum & Bass, are y’ll ready for Sigma”, which ended with the crowds screams. They begun their high-energy set with their huge track ft. Labrinth ‘Higher’. They played an collection of their classic tracks such as ‘Rudeboy’ ft Doctor with the packed tent skanking out to every one.

As the end of the evening was approaching South London Rap duo Krept & Konan brought their flawless energy and vitality to the NME Stage. They performed tracks such as ‘MDMA’ ft. G Frsh, ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ and brought out Abra Cadabra for the ‘Robbery Remix’. They had the whole crowd chanting their lyrics back to them like true underground rappers who have risen to stardom.

New York superstar Nas who was the main attraction of the night entered onto the NME stage looking like class and opening with a dramatic intro leading into ‘You Can Hate Me Now’. Joined by DJ Green Lantern, he played his most classic tracks such as ‘Nas Is Like’ ‘Got Yourself A Gun,’ ‘N.Y State Of Mind’ and closing with my favourite ‘One Mic’. He paid respect to two late but great legends Prince and Michael Jackson with track ‘Human Nature’, sampling ‘’It Ain’t Hard To Tell’.


He performed with power, authority and strength leaving his fans in absolute awe and saying at the end “Music can last forever”, we fully agree with you Nas.

September 12, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @Official6ix7 @JammerBBK @Jamminmc @DDoubleE7 @Swindle @snowydanger

Swindle x D Double E – Lemon Trees

This is a fun track from Swindle and D Double E who got together in LA to make and shoot the video for this. The beat actually has a West-Coast twang to it, and the video brings out the low-riders, herb and red cups giving it an American feel but still with D Double E’s fully British bars.

Snowy Danger ft P Money, Rocket & Little Dee – The Blue

Snowy Danger has given us some black and white visuals lifted from his forthcoming EP ‘Stella Flow’. It brings together a few of the PAP members including Rocket, but also OG’z P Money and Little Dee, who individually bring their own characteristics to their fire bars.

67 – 5am Vamping

The Brixton Hill UK Drillaz are back at it again with the release of their brilliant mini movie for ‘5am Vamping’, released on the same day as their 3rd official mixtape ‘Lets Lurk’. The mixtape headed straight into No.1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart within hours of release. The visuals take us on a journey from their recent set at Boiler Room, down to the Tate Britain and around their hometown.

Jammer – Dagenham Dave

Respect Jammer’s lyrics first heard on Skepta’s ‘Detox’ track, “When we turn up, them man can’t turn up / Too much Henney in my cup,” which have now also become the hook on new track ‘Dagenham Dave’ along with favourites at festivals. Watch Jammer and Big Shizz turn up at the Roundhouse pub in Dagenham before heading past the chicken shop where he passes Fusion.

The Last Skeptik ft Jammin – DAMN!

Producer The Last Skeptik is joined by Grime’s Jammin for Damn! This is a track for when you are in ones of those don’t give a f**k moods. Jammin delivers some cheeky bars over a bouncy, energetic Grime beat. Check out the visuals where they take it to Soho to some sex shops for a dark feel.

September 9, 2016

Reading Festival: Friday Review 2016

Reading Festival has to be one of my favourites, and that’s mainly because of the eclectic mix of music, and them always being at the forefront when it comes to supporting Grime and UK Rap artists such as Giggs, Fekky, Sneakbo.


Arriving on the Friday in the early evening, we only got a few hours to see some of the acts left on the first day. Entering the arena from behind the main stage we watched producer duo and brothers Disclosure who were on the main stage and opened with their hit ‘White Noise’. They went onto play their own tracks ‘F For You’ and ‘You & Me’ saying that “Reading Festival was the first festival me and Howard went too, that’s why I think this is going to be the best crowd we’ve ever played too, am I right?” The crowd were quick to scream their answers of yes adding to their excitement. As the sun set and we were in darkness, the lazers appeared across the sky from the stage with ‘Bang That’ being played out to the huge crowd.

As we passed the Dance Stage there was some heavy tunes and dirty basslines coming out of it, so naturally we entered and discovered the sounds of DJ/Producer duo Jack U also known singularly as Diplo and Skrillex. They banged out some heavy-duty tracks that you couldn’t help but skank out too, including their own track and one of my personal favourites, ‘Take You There’, Disclosure’s ‘You & Me’ (Flume Remix), and Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’. The energy in the tent was insane and they definitely did shut down their headline set on Friday in the Dance Tent.

Wiley was last up at the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage and I managed to catch most of his set, he entered onto the stage spitting “I done a lot of tracks in the manor, E3 you can get the loud pack in the manor.” Scratchy then joined him on stage flowing over a classic grime instrumental ‘Creeper’ by Danny Weed bringing more energy to the stage with this track. Wiley moved onto ‘Can’t Go Wrong’ and more commercially known track ‘Wearing My Rolex’. Flowdan was brought out where the three went back to back over Preditah’s ‘Circles,’ and Rebound X ‘Rhythm N Gash’ where JME bounced out onto the stage also joining in on the mic. As the end of the night appeared and Wiley’s set was drawing to an end he announced, ““They said to shut it down, you know what we’re gonna do,” and left us with renditions of Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’ and BBK’s ‘Too Many Men’.

August 16, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @OfficialChip @Novelist @Bonkaz @OfficialGiggs

Chip x Kranium – Style Dat

Chip is gearing up to release his EP ‘Power Up’ in a few weeks, and has begun to drop tracks and visuals off of it to give fans a taster. We see a big collaboration with New York huge Dancehall, Jamaican artist Kranium titled ‘Style Dat’ which brings a more laid-back and soul vibe to Chip’s normally more up-beat vibe.

Novelist – Girl’s Around The World

Lewisham Grime King, Novelist releases a brand new banger for us to enjoy, and not only does he flex his skills as an MC, but also as a producer. It’s a bit of a different vibe from what we’re used to as he get’s a bit romantic on his lyrics, and slows it down for his one and only.

Bonkaz – Contralla Remix

Bonkaz filmed his remix of Drake’s ‘Controlla’ at a Summer BBQ in his ends, giving it the proper vibes and feeling of the track. It’s an empowering track for black women and the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Giggs ft. CasIsDead – 501 (Hollow & Heston)

Giggs brand new album ‘Landlord’ landed at No.2 on the official album charts, and the UK Rap Lord also dropped a visual off of there ‘501 (Hollow & Heston) featuring CasIsDead. It’s definitely a highlight off the album, so check out the video below.

August 14, 2016

The Sounds of UK Rap


On August 5th, one of the driving forces behind road rap’s huge rise in popularity released a huge new album titled Landlord, leaving UK rap fans worldwide universally excited. Giggs has maintained the same gritty identity throughout his career and thankfully that hasn’t changed on his new album. Standout tracks include ‘Savage’, ‘The Blow Back’ feat. Stormzy and Dub, and ‘The New S**t’.

Another standout track is ‘501 (Hollow & Heston)’ (feat. CasIsDead), which now has a video. Giggs drops heavy-duty verses, maintaining his UK rap flow over a grime beat: “Landlord, and I’m back, I cut keys, I got tenants.”

The Landlord album is currently sitting nicely at No.2 in the UK album charts which you can buy here


Yungen goes in hard and addresses his haters on new track ‘Away Games.’ He addresses one situation in particular whereby a guy is videoed stepping to Yungen in Uxbridge in a threatening manner, resulting in Yungen dropping his Nando’s and making a swift exit. The South London rapper didn’t seem fazed by it, and naturally it’s what most would do in a situation like that, but Yungen clearly wanted to get his point across to everyone. “Man said I ran away and I lost my balls, like I’m supposed to fight hulk and his friends like a fool. It’s cool, I circle back with the gang doe, and the truth is all I’m pissed about is I had to buy back my Nando’s.” He also explains to any haters, “That same night I did a show for 8 racks, have that shit for payback.”

Mic Righteous

Mic Righteous, one of UK’s most fearless rappers, is in pursuit of happiness on his brand new single ‘Survivor’ – the first to be taken from his forthcoming albumDreamland. It comes a week after his third return to Charlie Sloth’s Fire In The Booth, which he tore up once again. Mic takes on a rock-influenced hip-hop beat, telling a tale of faith, determination and overcoming hardships. It’s an inspiring and elevating track. Mic spits in an intense, fast-paced flow throughout with an emotional delivery: “I found you when I was down and out, chasing my tail round and round, I was just about to throw in the towel, I was thinking about bowing out. I doubted your power but I found it now.”


Last week, 67 released their brand new track ‘5am Vamping’ and announced news of their forthcoming UK tour in support of their forthcoming Let’s Lurkmixtape. On ‘5am Vamping’, they talk us through road life with menacing sonics: “Bang for my bro / bang for my blood non-stop.” Produced by Carns Hill, it’s catchy and one for the streets and the clubs, something they have become known for: “Vamping 5am with the gang blowing loud on a gang ting, finessing the game like Messi, whenever 67 in the rave manna man blow loud so the club so smelly.”

Pre-order Let’s Lurk over here. Buy tickets to their forthcoming UK tour over here.

Section Boyz

Section Boyz have been busy tearing down festivals recently, but have also made time for the studio as they bring us new track ‘Nosey Neighbours.’ The visuals capture the lyrics perfectly with the guys going about their everyday lives such as pouring cereal and chilling in their garden. They take it in turns to spit their aggressive bars over a rather steady, but ominous beat, allowing the bars, delivery, styles and flows of each member to shine.