Archive for November, 2013

November 27, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

This week The Wrap Up team were invited down to the Rascals ‘Class 90’ album launch. The first song off it to be released produced by Show N Prove and featuring Big Narstie ‘My Different’ has been getting a lot of love and he was there to perform it live with them. Squeeks, Manga, Maxsta and more also performed tracks live they were featured on on the album…

Wretch 32 had everyone talking last week as GRM Daily resumed it’s Daily Duppy for it’s 3rd series and Wretch showed everyone how it was done. It’s going to make it hard for the other rappers now as he showed what a fine lyricist he is and why he is classed as one of the UK’s greats of our time.

This rapper is one that everyone needs to be aware of and is perhaps overlooked by some, but things are changing. Mynature from South London has got people taking notice this year with his releases and ‘The Massacre’ has hit the nail on the head for me showcasing his machine gun flow. Mynature will be causing waves in 2014 with his forthcoming album, watch this space.

Alwayz Recording artist Yellows has been gearing up for the release of his 19 track mixtape ‘Yellows Pages 2’ which features AR artists Fuze BW, Paigey Cakey, G Money plus Sneakbo, Mark Asari and more released 10th December. The video ‘Coz I Can’ featuring Stacky was released last week, see who you can spot in the there.

Murda releases his mixtape ‘A Brick From The Block’ mixtape in a few days (29th November) and gives us a little taster of what to expect by dropping a video via Toxic TV ‘Out Here’ featuring Bellzey. They are both rappers to look out for, and I look forward to hearing the mixtape to see what it has to offer.

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November 27, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: P Money [Interview]

South London’s P Money has definitely earned his stripes as one of the most gifted MC’s of this generation. The early 20-something OGz member is known for his fast, skippy flow and crazy energy he brings to a track and on stage. He’s not one dimensional either, coming from grime you can also hear him spitting on dubstep beats and r&b. Growing up (like most grime MC’s) on pirate radio, he soon became a well-known figure after hits like ‘Ho’, ‘Slang Like This’ and touring with Magnetic ManThe Wrap Up’s Shireen Fenner catches up with him to talk about his forthcoming shows.

TWU: What do you think makes you different from other MC’s?

PM: Being an MC means it’s easy to just write lyrics, but it’s not easy for everyone else to be able to relate to you. Even down to things such as not using the ‘n’ word and things like that, I think that’s what separates me. A lot of people don’t take that into consideration and realise things like that do actually matter. The moment you say certain things you limit yourself – that is something I never wanted to do.

TWU: Do you think your lyrics reflects your personality? When you write or spit is there another persona that comes out?

PM: The only other persona that comes out is the loudness. If you were around me, I’m always quiet and I analyze stuff. I’m fine sitting down with a few friends watching something, I don’t speak – I’m fine just watching the TV. People who know me and hear my music are like “OMG who is this person? Your loud, you’re speaking.” I think that’s the only difference. When you listen to my lyrics its 100% me – the kind of sarcasm, funny jokes I make… everyone knows that’s who I am.

TWU: ‘Sweet Shop’ and ‘Slang Like This’ were tracks that were perhaps the ones that got you noticed. What are your personal favourite tracks?

PM: My personal favourite would probably be ‘Family’ with Ed Sheeran. He is one of the best people I’ve ever worked with. He broke a different side out of me. He brought a whole different flow, a whole different way of creating a song; I’d never done a track like that before. It means a lot to me because it’s a true story about a car crash I had a few years ago and it’s pretty deep. When I released the track I got feedback from people that had accidents before or knew people that had been in accidents, so it was good to know I related to them and touched them.

TWU: We have LOTM5 coming up. What MC’s do you think this year should clash, and what do you think of the ones already in the pipeline?

PM: I think the Maxsta and Lil Nasty clash will be a good one; they’re both from similar backgrounds, been in the game from young, they both have been around the same kind of people. They’re both grime at heart and they both go hard. I definitely think more of the bigger MC’s should get involved and come back and do it just for the fun of it. Even if they’re two friends. It’s got to a point where clashing is starting to become hostile again; it got to a point where it wasn’t, one week you would hear Ghetts and Wiley then Ghetts and Skepta on radio. It was never hostile, it was all entertainment and excitement, but now because no one really knows each other because it’s not just London based, they have no form of friendship so it can turn hostile. If the MC’s that are more established and know each other come back and do something for the fun of it, it will bring back the fun side to it again and it can go further.

TWU: You tweeted Jammer in regards to clashing Big H saying ‘Let’s do it, let’s talk business.’ What happened?

PM: Big H said he will clash anyone and someone said P Money and he can’t back down, because he said anyone. He tweeted ‘yea I’ll do it’ I said ‘cool let’s do it’. He’s been around a long time – you could say he has a legendary status. In terms of it definitely happening I’m not entirely sure, I think it will, it just might not happen on this one… it might happen on the next one.

TWU: Dot Rotten called out Jammer. What’s your take on this? What do you also think of this statement? He said ‘Insects – (the grime scene’s like a flea circus)’

PM: I think that statement is nothing but disrespectful. You can’t diss something that made you, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like the people in it there, it’s a part of what made you. Everybody has your old CD’s, your old mixtapes and vinyl releases of ‘Bazooka’ when you were producing grime tracks that made you. You weren’t Dot Rotten, you started out as Young Dot so it’s disrespectful to do that. If I started doing rap now and went and dissed grime, it’s disrespectful, that’s what made me and got me where I am now. It’s just rude.

In terms of him calling out Jammer I’m not sure, I think they may have a personal thing… I’m not sure. I think he’s trying to say Jammer’s the host but he’s never clashed. I know he had his thing with Snakeyman but that was all fun and games. Snakeyman doesn’t take music as his thing – clashing isn’t his thing. Normally when you look at rap battles the host is not an MC or a rapper, he’s literally a host. So I think what Dot is trying to say is ‘you can’t be just the host because you tried to clash Snakeyman.’

TWU: You’ve also got your headline shows coming up. How are you feeling about these?

PM: You can expect to hear my EP live along with one or two tracks off my album. The first track I start with is the intro off my album. I’m going to be there early, not sitting backstage… I’m going to be out there; if people want to talk to me, they can. I’m giving people free t-shirts, I’m going to have conversations… I like talking to my fans. That’s normal, I think that’s how it should be. I’m not some alien.

You can get P’s ‘Round The Clock’ EP now.

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November 25, 2013

A.M. SNiPER – The Party Don’t Stop [Audio]

 SNiPER the former So Solid member is back with a party anthem The Party Don’t Stop for the biggest party season of the year. Bring in the synths, the break beat and the scratching for a throwback Hip-Hop vibe reminiscent of early U.S classics, mix in the time-honoured British Rock influence then add the lyricism, modern day party lifestyle and the heat from Ayia Napa, care of A.M. SNiPER, to create a MONSTER that won’t stop you from reaching for your B-Boy moves.Teaming up with A.M. SNiPER on production is KJ Fox and Carl-So-Lowe.

November 21, 2013

Wretch 32 – Daily Duppy (Redemption) [Video]

GRM Daily’s freestyle series Daily Duppy has returned for it’s 3rd series and kicking off the first episode is one of the UK’s finest lyricists Wretch 32. What better way to start it off than having one of the greats?

 

November 21, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

Last Tuesday I headed down to Brixton Electric to Naughty Boy’s ‘Hotel Cabana’ tour. Many special guests joined him on the night showcasing a wealth of UK talent including Play Dirty’s Krept & Konan and Yungen and Wretch 32.

Us lot from The Wrap Up also went to Eskimo Dance on Saturday night and I don’t think I’ve missed one of these since the legendary night has made a comeback. It was a great night with good performances from Ghetts, D Double E, Footsie, OG’s, BBK, Flirta D and many more. If you love grime make sure you head to one next year.

Franko Fraize is an artist who makes really original music with heart. His sound is totally British and he appeals to the modern day generation painting a picture of life and culture here in the UK. His new track ‘Treasures’ is about love but not in a cheesy way, he delves into the subject in a way that we can all relate to. The Last Skeptic produced the track and he is also working with Mike Skinner and Pete Cannon.

Calibar returns with another release enlisting fellow North Londoner Wizzy Wow who takes care of the production and hook for him on new track ‘Animal’. The track is definitely one for the clubs but still hip hop as Calibar serves up punch lines with the bass. We hear his next track is with Ghetts be sure to keep an eye and ear out for that.

I never would have put Jaja Soze and Scrufizzer together on a track, but the outcome is a good one and I like the fact as a young MC Scrufizzer is thinking out the box and reaching out to different people. The track titles ‘Decisions’ also features another rapper called Faithy and sees the three spitting positive and reflective lyrics over an upbeat production.

South London’s Pak-Man has a new project dropping very soon, a mixtape called ‘Grams 2 Grands’ which I hear is set to be special. In the lead up to this he put out the visuals to ‘Beatboss Freestyle’ which will be on the tape. I’m looking forward to hearing what else he has to offer.

Young Mad B’s album was released this week, ‘MV3 Stress Relief’ which is the third installment in The Malbum chronicles. The album is an earnest look at his life and experiences in music and fatherhood. It couples the struggle with determination over some relaxed beats.

November 20, 2013

D Double E – Percy [Music Video]

D Double E drops the rather trippy visuals to Percy taken off the Newham Generals 5 Star General EP.

 

November 20, 2013

Mynature – The Massacre [Music Video]

Offfffffttttt Mynature goes in hard on this sick beat. Sick of the trap rappers? Mynature shows you what real hip hop is in this new one The Massacre where he spits with a machine gun like flow and challenging other rappers to step up their game. This will be on his forthcoming album due in 2014.

 

November 20, 2013

Calibar – Animal Ft Wizzy Wow [Music Video]

Calibar lands with part two of his latest string of releases Animal, which sees the London rapper make a welcomed comeback to the scene.Wizzy Wow serves up a bass filled club hit laced with punch line after punch line from Calibar.

 

November 13, 2013

Franko Fraize – Treasures [Music Video]

Franko Fraize is an unassuming guy from Thetford who just happens to be one of the most exciting and original talents in UK music. Let me introduce new track Treasures. The story of a relationship told with a very British sound, the track sums up all those good bits and bad bits that drive you crazy about your other half. From the point where you want to pack your bags and leave to the point where you have to butter them up because you know you’ll have to put up with them forever, Franko captures what love is all about without the cheese, but in a way that will make you smile as you relate to certain situations.

 

November 12, 2013

TZY ft. Tinchy Stryder – What R U? [Music Video]

Tzy is joined by Tinchy Stryder for his new track What R U? The track is taken from his Arrival mixtape due this month so watch out for that.