Archive for March, 2016

March 23, 2016

The Sounds Of UK Rap @corleonegb @SectionBoyz_ @Official6ix7 @CadelOfficial @MDargg @SkoreBeezy @SKEAMEROJB @UncleFumez

I’m here to bring you some of the latest tracks and news from the world of UK Rap from the past two weeks. We’ve got some big tracks to talk about this week and a huge mixtape that I’ve mentioned in a previous column.

Section Boyz – ‘Dig Dat’

Section Boyz are undeniably the hottest UK rap crew right now. After their national #Sectioned Tour where they brought out Skepta and Drake at their London show, they are keeping things moving with a new track ‘Dig Dat’. The video captures the special moment, commemorating it. The production from Nana Rouges is crisp with a marching beat, setting the pace for each six of Section’s distinctive bars. It’s a clear indication of where Section Boyz are headed with their energy and bars, and that’s straight to the top.

Section Boyz have more tour dates at the beginning of April in Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as some festivals including Wireless. Get your tickets here.

Corleone feat. Young Adz & Chelski Lauren – ‘On The Boss’

GB Records are home to some of the hardest UK rappers including Skeng, who also dropped a track with C Biz ‘In Ma City’ and Uncle Chunks. Let’s talk about one of their other artists Corleone, who dropped a brand new joint ‘On The Boss.’ It features D Block Europe artist Young Adz, who gives a different component to the track, and Chelski Lauren, whose vocals gives the hook smoothness. Corleone’s laid-back flow complements the production’s relaxed beat, and the track’s title pretty much explains what it’s about. “I’ve got sharper as I’ve grown, earnt my masters on the roads, I’ve nurtured all these youngers, I’m a father to the shows.”

67 (LD & Dimzy) – ’67k What Where!?’

In September 2015, 67 released their mixtape In Skengs We Trust – a strong 20-track mixtape that is available to buy on iTunes. We’ve received the visuals to match one of the tracks, ’67k What Where!?’, from two of the crew, LD & Dimzy. The two provide us with strong, hard bars and effortless flows over a looming, twinkling beat produced by a producer responsible for some of the best UK rap tunes, Carns Hill. It’s combined with a solid hook, capturing the track’s title. “Who are these youts, who are these braes, 67k what where, you can get left right there.” These guys are one to watch, take note.

Cadell feat. Giggs – ‘Coming Through’

The sound on Cadell’s new track is pretty hard to define. It’s a mixture of Grime and Rap, and definitely hard. With Giggs’ distinctive voice on the hook and a verse to match, he gives the track a laid-back element on the hook, switching it up on his verse. This combined with Cadell’s skippy flow makes the track a straight up banger. ‘Coming Through’ has some funny visuals to match and it’s certainly something different.

M Dargg, Skore Beezy & Skeamer – ‘Kobe’

Straight out of South London, M Dargg, Skore Beezy and Skeamer bring you the visuals to their collaborative track ‘Kobe’. A key-led intro brings the track into a rolling percussive beat, allowing M Dargg to ride it with his bars followed by Skore Beezy, whose flow is undeniably tight; last but not least, Skeamer provides the hook. ‘Kobe’ is a hood anthem and is one for the streets. A cold beat with colder lyrics, Beezy spits “swerve on man with 2 wheels, serve on bats with a few deals, birds in packs with 2 seals, how you swerve on yats with 2 bills.” Check it out below.

Fumez The Engineer

Fumez The Engineer is one of the most highly regarded studio engineers in the UK scene and his mixtape, where he collaborates with some of the biggest names in UK Rap and Grime, has made a lot of noise. Over the past couple of weeks he’s dropped more studio videos from the project. We’ve seen Cadet’s ‘Grime God’ drop, along with Joe Black’s ‘Back To The Music,’ Trapz’s ‘100%’, Benny Banks’ ‘Murder Freestyle’, and Ms Banks’ ‘Amazing.’ The mixtape itself was also released and made available to stream. Make sure you support good UK music and download it here

 

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March 8, 2016

The Sounds Of UK Rap @YoungsTeflon @Official6ix7 @OfficialGiggs @nines1ace @TremzAYLAAH @KreptandKonan

Youngs Teflon

Brixton rapper Youngs Teflon is a UK gem. His work rate has always been high, and he always produces good quality music to our ears. At the beginning of March, he delivered an intense 14-track mixtape March Madness packed full of hip-hop beats that could easily take you back to the ’90s. He lyrically rides classic instrumentals which a lot of you will recognise as they have had Eric B & Rakim, Kendrick Lemar, Souls Of Mischief, The Lox and more spit on them. We also see a UK classic from Dubz & Giggs ‘Pain Is The Essence’, with Tefs giving his own spin. This is a true, refreshing UK rap sound with Tefs spinning us tales in his identifiable way, with the timeless sounds of DJ Premier, Dr Dre, Alchemist and many more. Listen below.

67 ft. Giggs

I think this track is seriously going to be a UK rap classic. The 67 crew have been teasing us with clips before the video dropped for a little while, getting everyone excited for the visuals to drop! Now we have them and it was definitely worth the wait. ‘Let’s Lurk’ is pure crud, with the instrumental pounding out a repetitive marching beat with a looming feel to it, and the video matching the tracks dark vibe. It features the Godfather of UK Rap, Giggs, who matches the tracks sinister feel with an amazing verse that complements 67. It’s UK at its finest.

The 67 boys also released news of their first headline show which will take place on the 29th March at Birthdays in Dalston. This is going to be one you won’t forget so get your tickets here now.

Nines

Whilst wer’e on the subject of shows, unfortunately the Church Road rapper Nines has had his shows cancelled, probably due to the police shutting it down. It’s a shame this is still happening to artists in the UK. We hope he does a secret show for his fans soon though!

Tremz

Liverpudlian rapper Tremz has hit us with a brand new studio video for a cruddy track ‘Pull Up Hop Out Bang’. Tremz delivery is energetic and he keeps it real with his lyrics, and this is why UK rap fans are starting to take him in more, and he is getting plays on the likes of 1Xtra and has a Westwood Crib session dropping soon. This track is taken from Fumez The Engineer forthcoming ‘The Mix-Tape’ which will also see tracks from Sho Shallow, Ard Adz, Joe Black, Cadet and more on March 13th. Listen to Tremz scouse trapping below…

Krept & Konan ft. YG

Krept & Konan are two of the most well known rappers right now in the UK straight out of South London. Their album ‘The Long Way Home’ dropped last year, and now we’ve been treated to a new video off of their ‘Last Night’. Whilst we hear the opening chant of “I don’t even know what I did last night’ we see Krept & Konan walking into a club with scantily clad women in masks. The rap duo drop some very crisp bars, full of punchlines, whilst YG slides in at the end to give his spin on the track.

C Biz

Last but not least, I’m ending this week’s column on C Biz. South Kilburn style the video shows lots of money, gold watches and chains. ‘Money March’ is a straight street anthem with C Biz talking about his real life situations, “C Biz taste this, this never started overnight, this shit took ages, fast life fast money,” with lots of swaggy clothes.

*published on 7th March 2016 on The 405 http://www.thefourohfive.com/music/article/the-sounds-of-uk-rap-youngs-teflon-nines-tremz-more-145

March 7, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @JorjaSmith @LethalBizzle @ThisIsAngel @LittleTorment @iamSaintP @TheReal_PK @Lyrical_Strally @StickyBloodUK

Jorja Smith – Blue Lights

There has been a vastly notable spread of impressive female vocalist emerging recently and Jorja Smith is one to add to them. The 18 year old singer released the visuals to her debut single ‘Blue Lights’ and has set the internet alight with this stunning track and her enthralling vocals. She sings in ‘Blue Lights’ about what she sees going on around her, sampling Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Sirens’ a song she describe as “the beginning of my journey,” she then tells the person she’s talking about to run.

Lethal Bizzle ft. JME & Face – BOX

Lethal Bizzle is back with another Diztortion production and enlists one of his old Fire Camp members Face & Boy Better Know’s JME for his hot new single BOX, which is set to top the charts. The video set in a boxing gym has a comical side and makes it fun to watch. It also matches the video’s energy and theme to the track. You can see this is going to be an anthem for the workouts, summertime and festivals.

Angel ft. Haile – Rudeboy

Angel is kicking off 2016 by reminding us he’s still a ‘Rudeboy’ with his brand new single featuring WSTRN’s Haile who lends him accompanying vocals to the hook. It’s great to see Angel back and fresh with a nice new banger that we are going to be hearing a lot of on the radio and clubs. He’s been in the States working with Grammy award winning producer Swizz Beats among others, and we’re likely to see his debut album drop this year too.

Little Torment – So Many Nights

We haven’t heard too much of the South London rapper Little Torment recently, so it’s good to see some new visuals from him. ‘So Many Nights’ comes from Fumez The Engineer’s forthcoming ‘The Mix-tape’ which drops on March 13th and sees other UK artists on it such as Cadet, MS Banks, Joe Black and many more. Torment takes a old skool sounding beat wrapped with a soulful melody in a studio video.

YGG – Don’t Talk Like That

YGG follow up their debut single ‘Okay’ with this banger ‘Don’t Like That’ with Empra on the production. The North West London Grime trio made up of Lyrical Strally, PK & Saint P drop some sizzling bars infused with wordplay. This track is harder than the previous one and will definitely be turning heads and get people skanking out on the dancefloor.

Sticky Blood ft. Snowy & Yxngz – Garn Again

Sticky Blood are the unstoppable duo from Sheffield who are literally putting out release after release and their newest one ‘Garn Again’ is a straight up riddim. With meaty punchlines from Snowy who gives nods to the Grime scenes Godfathers and Yxngz who offers an harmonious hook and slips into the role of an MC adding a verse at the end, it’s a R&G track you’ll not want to stop playing.