Archive for May, 2014

May 22, 2014

Skepta ft D Double E, Tempa T, President T, Sox & Jaykae – That’s Not Me Remix [Audio]

Skepta is joined by various MC’s, from D Double E, Tempa T and Prez T to Invasion Alert’s Sox and Jaykae giving it an all star Grime remix for That’s Not Me.

 

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May 21, 2014

Music Face #6 // @Reeps1 x @Scrufizzer // Ergh [Music Video]

UK beatbox champion Reeps One teams up with one of grime’s hardest spitters Scrufizzer for this awesome live collaboration Eurgh. They both show why they are the best at what they do.

 

May 15, 2014

Boy Better Know x Rascals (@RascalsOfficial) – So High remix‏ [Audio]

Rude Kid on production for the new Rascals remix for So High featuring the Boy Better Know boys. This is one of the hottest tracks out right now where they talk real life struggles of trying to get ahead with fierce honesty and dextrous wordplay…listen below.

 

May 13, 2014

MTV The Wrap UK: UK Rap Rundown [News]


Last spring saw Coops release his debut mixtape ‘What Do You See’ and become Choice FM’s (now Capital Xtra) ‘breakthrough act 2013’, allowing him to open for Nas. This year he is set to release his ‘Lost Soul’ mixtape on June 2 and recently dropped its second single ‘Blessings’ which was co-signed by Vibe Magazine. He brings an old school feel to this hip-hop track that sounds like it could come straight out of New York as he showcases his immense lyrical ability, referencing J Cole  and Kendrick. The video shows the ‘gritty’ surroundings of his hometown in North London where he is from, giving the realities of his world.

East London lyricist Pepstar brings a hint of reggae to new track ‘OHYH’ as he brings it in with Sizzla’s ‘Solid As A Rock’ with the lyrics, ‘You can’t keep a good man down’ – this relating to the rest of the track with the theme of life challenges and how we respond to them. The harsh beat matches the stark black and white electric video rather well. Pepstar will be releasing his new EP on May 22 which is called ‘Dark Days Bright Nights’ which this track is set to be on. He is due to perform at the Houses of Parliament soon too… exciting times ahead for him.

Stormzy is an artist I’ve had my eye on, and last week he dropped his ‘Wicked Skeng Man’ freestyle which gained him fans in Skepta, Krept, JME and more. He has shown how diverse he can be with laid back tracks such as ‘All That Matterz’ and this one showing how his lyrical ability is first class.

Yellows is part of the Alwayz Recording crew, home to Chip, Paigey Cakey, G Money, Dotstar and more. His name has been a firm fixture in the underground scene for a little while and his work rate is strong, having already released two mixtapes, an EP and an online series. His latest release ‘Together’ features a verse from Shalo (also part of AR) and the title embodies the message of the track, about team work and supporting each other. This track really allows Yellows to show us his different flows as he starts off with a nice laid back one with the beat kicking in then switching it up showcasing his variety and skill.

 

May 12, 2014

Yellows (@Yellowsuk) ft Shalo – Together [Music Video]

North London bred MC Yellows returns after a short hiatus with new video Together. 21-year old Yellows is signed to Alwayz Recordings (home to Chip, Paigey Cakey, Dotstar + more) and on this one brings in Shalo another AR artist. Yellows shows off his diverse lyrical ability, showcasing his different flows and delivery.

 

May 12, 2014

Little Torment (@LittleTorment) – Expensive Taste [Music Video]

Little Torment created a massive buzz last year with his releases and a lot of people took notice of him. He is back with a new track Expensive Taste where he talks keeping it real, being the best he can be and his dreams over a laid back beat.

 

May 9, 2014

Trim (@Trim_) – Vending Machine [Music Video]

Trim makes a long awaited return to the music scene with new video Vending Machine, which is the first single to be heard from his forthcoming album Crisis.

 

May 9, 2014

Stormzy (@Stormzy1) – Wickedskengmanfreestyle [Video]

Stormzy is the one everyone is talking about and this freestyle has even got Skepta tweeting it out. For his Wicked Skeng Man Freestyle part 3, Stormzy freestyles some hard bars over a grime instrumental showcasing his unrivalled lyrical ability.

 

May 8, 2014

Coops (@CoopsOfficial) – Blessings [Music Video]

Coops is definitely one to watch and has already opened for Nas at the 02,  GRM Daily have also titled him with this. After track Chillin, Coops is back with the 2nd track off his forthcoming mixtape Lost Souls. Blessings was premiered on Vibe Magazine and features Rexx and is reminiscent of a 90’s Queensbridge hip hop track.

‘Good kid mad city, where I’m from it’s mad gritty, don’t think Kendrick could survive!’   

 

 

May 8, 2014

Ed Sheeran – Multiply Ed Showcase at Koko [Review]

Ed Sheeran was certainly a busy man over this bank holiday weekend as he showcased us some tracks from his album ‘X’. 3 days and 3 cities was the theme for the ‘Multiply Ed’ gigs where he went from Ipwsich to London to Dublin doing half an hour to an hour and then 2 hour sets, literally dashing off stage at each to get to the next one.

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Not wanting the crowd to feel shy and uneasy he began with a favourite among many ‘You Need Me’ which was a pretty long version and lasted nearly ten minutes with Ed showcasing his rapping skills too.

He lead into track ‘Don’t from the new album ‘X’ which was showcased in April on Saturday Night Live, and said to be about a cheating, famous, female.

Before going into ‘Lego House’ he announced he would be playing old and new material so everyone would feel comfortable and could join in with what they new. Very thoughtful of him.

The mood went quite somber as Ed asked people to be quiet for ‘Tenerife Sea’ a new one on the album, and another love song. Instead of cheating this one is about how in love he is and was inspired by someone after going to the Grammys.

‘One’ was another new one off his forthcoming album and a fresh one on people’s mind as he released a black and white acoustic video of the song last week as part of a campaign the Suffolk born singer is doing, releasing an acoustic video a week in the lead up to the album.

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Other tracks included the more lively ‘Drunk’ which was another fan favourite and one most people knew the words too and the moving ‘A-Team’ where a fan fainted near the front and he sang to the audience asking for security to help the person. He ended on single ‘Sing’ another recent release, produced by Pharrell and asking the audience to sing all the way home, and when they wake up in the morning.

I love how Ed Sheeran is a one-man show, with just himself, his guitar and now a looper pedal, which worked fantastically well for him at this show, and really showed how dedicated he is to make his shows purely about his amazing talent. There are not many people that could captivate crowds that big with just themselves.

Words: Shireen Fenner

*published on SBTV on Tuesday 6th May 2014