Posts tagged ‘2012’

July 9, 2012

BET Awards 2012 Red Carpet

We flew all the way from London to LA to bring you exclusive coverage of the 2012 BET Awards. We bring you up close and personal with the guests that attended the Awards with exclusive footage.

 

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July 9, 2012

LIVE REVIEW: WIRELESS FESTIVAL – LONDON (7-8 JULY 2012)

This weekend was the one everyone was waiting for… Wireless Festival! On Saturday, I caught a few tracks from the beautiful Rita Ora, which included ‘How We Do (Party)’, ‘Hot Right Now’, and ‘RIP’. She looked every inch the Roc Nation princess in camouflage combat trousers, black crop top and black beanie hat…

I had to run to see the amazing UK act Clement Marfo + The Frontline, who sent everybody absolutely mental as one of the first acts on at the Pepsi Max Stage. Frontman rapper Clement and singer Kojo exuberated energy, gaining lots of new fans.

Tulisa was up next on the main stage after Rita, opening with N Dubz songs. She showed her ex what he was missing by wearing a black low cut bra style top, with her midriff bare and a high waisted, short black star print skirt. She then dedicated ‘Titanium’ to her ex, saying “this is to my d***head ex-boyfriend, Justin f****** Edwards!” She also performed a track from her new forthcoming album called ‘Leave Me Alone’.

I then ventured to Barclay’s Unwind Stage to catch Sneakbo, where I saw Political PeakSho Shallow and Ard Adz performing. Sneakbo then came out and the crowd went even wilder. He performed ‘Yo Sexy’, ‘Call Me A Naija’, as well as doing covers of ‘Imma Boss’, and ‘Oliver Twist’. Of course he then ended with ‘Show Me The Wave’, and recent release ‘Sing For Tomorrow’.

UK hip-hop’s savior Sway was next up on the Barclays Unwind Stage; again you could tell there were hardcore fans in the audience as he performed ‘Up Your Speed’. ‘Still Speeding’ was definitely a crowd pleaser and his latest single ‘Level Up’ left the crowd unable to control their high.

I then went to see Taylor Gang general Wiz Khalifa who looked very indie in a bowler hat, long t-shirt, black skinny jeans and denim jacket, performing his well-known tracks ‘Roll Up,’ ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ and closing on ‘Black & Yellow’.

Fans gathered early to see The Weeknd. From the ‘House Of Balloons’ mixtape he sang ‘The Morning’, ‘The Party & The After Party’ and ‘Wicked Games’.  He also played tracks from the infamous ‘Thursday’ mixtape, which the crowd enjoyed the most. His solo performance for me was the best of the night; his vocals were 100% and you could hear every word of his stunning voice.

Next up was Ms Nicki Minaj. She got carted to the stage kicking off her set with ‘Roman’s Revenge’, ‘Did It On Em’, and ‘Beez In The Trap’. When ‘Moment For Life’, and ‘Starships’ came on, everyone was singing along. Near the end she did a dancehall inspired set, singing and dancing to songs like ‘Who Am I’ by Beenie Man and Tony Matterhorn’s ‘Dutty Wine’, where she showed everyone how it was done by wining on stage. ‘Superbass’ and ‘Monster’ were the closing tracks for the first lady of YMCMB.

Despite the rain, it was then time to see the artist everyone was waiting for – Drake. Coming on looking every inch the superstar, he was dressed all in black with touches of gold. He opened with ‘Underground Kings’, and ‘Lord Knows’ before quickly moving onto ‘I’m On One’ and ‘Over’.

He then said: “London is like my second home, I don’t give a f**k about the rain tonight.” The Weeknd came out to join him on ‘Crew Love’ and ‘The Zone’. Drake almost brought tears to The Weeknd’s eyes when he put his arm around him and told him, “I remember when I met you in Toronto, I knew you were going to be the greatest musician alive.”

Nicki also came back on stage for ‘Proud Of You’. The crowd joined in with Drake for ‘Take Care’, filling in for the missing Rihanna. He made the females falling for him judging by their love struck eyes! Despite the bad sound quality from the main stage, Drake put on a brilliant performance and proved why he was the headliner for Saturday and no one else.

Sunday’s Wireless saw Hyde Park become a lethal mudbath. The day was an eventful one, with the ‘King Of Hearts’ Lloyd taking to the stage to wow the ladies in the afternoon. UK soulstress Cleo Sol also represented in the afternoon, performing her new smash ‘Never The Right Time’. Other memorable acts included rapper K-Koke, StooSheLabrinthFlux PavilionRizzle KicksJessie J and J Cole.

Rihanna headlined Sunday’s event, which unfortunately was impacted by the poor sound quality, as it was for Drake’s set. Kicking off her set late, the star demonstrated her love for Egypt with an Arabian themed stage. The singer performed tracks like ‘Hard’ ‘Live Your Life’ ‘What’s My Name’ ‘Where Have You Been’ ‘S&M’ and finished off with ‘Umbrella’, at which time it was actually raining.

The 24-year-old’s headlining set was finished off with fireworks and bouncy balls being thrown into the crowd, before she told her adoring crowd: “Thanks for staying to watch me in the rain… Only in London would you guys stay to watch this show.”

 

 

July 2, 2012

BET Awards 2012 Winner’s: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce dominate

I flew out to LA for the BET Awards 2012…here is a list of the winners.

Best Actor
Kevin Hart ”Think Like a Man”

Best Actress
Viola Davis

Best Collaboration
Wale & Miguel – Lotus Flower Bomb

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj

Best Female R&B Artist
Beyonce

Best Gospel
Yolanda Adams

Best Group
The Throne (Jay Z & Kanye West)

Best International Act
Wizkid

Best International Act UK
Wretch 32

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Drake

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown

Best Movie
The Help

Best New Artist
Big Sean

Centric Award
Common

Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
Mindless Behaviour

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Kevin Durrant

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams

Video Director of the Year
Beyonce & Allen Fergueson ‘Party’

Video of the Year
‘Otis’ – The Throne (Jay Z & Kanye West)

YoungStars Award
Diggy

Lifetime Achievement Award
Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly

Video of the Year
The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West), featuring Otis Redding, “Otis”

Humanitarian Award
The Reverend Al Sharpton

AOL Fandemonium Award
Chris Brown

May 9, 2012

Camden Crawl Sunday Review

Sundays Camden Crawl was going to be as eventful as Saturdays. Stuck in the tube for 20 minutes, I was getting annoyed at the fact that I could very well miss Benny Banks performance. I rushed to the Holiday Inn to pick up my band again and rushed to Barfly where Sway hosted the evening stage. As I got there I was hoping it was running behind time like yesterdays acts. Unfortunately it wasn’t and I had missed Benny Banks’ performance.

I headed to the Cuban to catch Random Impulse a grime MC from South London who plays the electric guitar with a backing band consisting of a bassist, drummer and another guitarist, bringing an innovative sound. We pushed our way to the front of the crowd, as Random Impulse seemed to have a lot of fans, packing out the venue. The performance was electric and he really seemed to have heated up everybody very well.

Next stop was Electric Ballroom for very talented artists set, Youngman. The Digital Soundboy vocalist really brought fire to the large venue as soon as he came on, bringing everyone dotted around the venue to the front and raving. Known for his vocals in the drum n bass, r&b and bassline scene, everyone in Electric Ballroom certainly knew his recently released single ‘Who Knows.’

Youngman’s and Random Impulses set had got us hyped up as we made our way back to Barfly for one of my favourite acts Clement Marfo + The Frontline. People wonder how I still enjoy there sets after seeing so many…the truth is each one for me is the same as seeing them for the first time. They always keep up the excitement and bring such a tremendous amount of energy; it’s hard not to start moshing. We raved hard in the upstairs of Barfly, with everyone jumping around it was hard for the newbies not to get caught up in their set!

Next was the dubstep crew True Tiger at Dingwalls. As I waked in I caught sight of the Newham Generals, happy knowing they were going to be gracing the stage with the Tigers. They played some of their well know produced tracks including ‘Slang Like This’ and ‘Be Like Me.’ Dingwalls again was pretty much packed out for their set, with some faithful fans in the audience skanking out to the bass heavy tunes.

Food was the next for us as we headed along Camden high street, finding pizza was the best option. We thought about going back to the Cuban to see Melody Kane DJ at the afterparty but were too tired. Making our way to the taxi stand we called it a night. Both Saturday and Sunday had worn us out in a good way, and I would definitely recommend the crawl to any music/party lovers next year.

April 16, 2012

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg Resurrect Tupac With a Hologram at Coachella 2012

Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg performed a headline set last night at Coachella 2012. The audience had no idea that a hologram of Tupac would be added to the performance which felt like he had been brought back to life for the performances of Hail Mary and 2 of Amerikka’s Most Wanted. Snoop played off the hologram of Tupac like he was real, making it an unbeatable performance.

March 26, 2012

Review: Talib Kweli at HMV Forum

Talib Kweli came to London on Tuesday 20th March 2012 to HMV Forum for his first gig of his UK tour. With some new songs out from the legend, and the album ‘Prisoner of Conscious,’ on the way, anticipation was high as Flavour’s Shireen Fenner headed down there.

Mic Righteous the young UK rapper opened for Talib, performing tracks off his new mixtape Kampain, with his friend/producer/DJ on the decks Preston Play, providing Mic with the soundtrack to his performance. Opening with the track Kampain was perfectly suited, as the track gives a solid introduction and background knowledge about Mic, with him telling the audience, “that tune gets me gassed.” Next up was ‘On Your Ones,’ where he interacted with the crowd saying, “Let me see hands in the air,” and pretty much all the crowd were taking part, warming them up. My personal favourite track off the mixtape ‘I’ll Try My Best,’ where he raps from a fans perspective, was performed to the crowd, who were really starting to enjoy themselves now, with Mic dropping the microphone and leaving the stage, leaving the audience wondering what had happened. Of course after 30 seconds he is back on to perform the rest of the song with more passion and delivery. Talking to the audience again to explain his next track, ‘Look At My Balls,’ he said, “This is for the fake, the part time rappers. Make some noise for the real hip hop fans.” This track was delivered with such intensity; you could tell he was consumed by the passion of his lyrics. A freestyle was followed by the closing track ‘Winding Road,’ where the stage lights were turned off and everyone in the audience turned their phone lights on.

Lowkey the second opener for Talib Kweli was on next. There were plenty of Lowkey fans in the audience and when his second track ‘They Call Me A Terrorist,’ came on, hands were in the air waving side to side. ‘My Soul’ was also a winner, with Lowkey asking the crowd to sing ‘You can’t take my soul,’ and everyone singing along. Up next was his Fire In The Booth, with so many people knowing the words and the crowd starting to have fun and dance, accompanied by a freestyle at the end. ‘Hand On Your Gun,’ was next with everyone in the audience putting their hands up. Lowkey then talked to the audience asking them to say, “Hip hop ain’t dead, it’s in London,” and the gig turned into a chant. ‘Obama Nation,’ was next on the schedule for Lowkey. Singer Mai Khalil was brought out to perform, ‘Million Man March,’ showcasing her amazing vocal talent. The closing track, and in true Lowkey style, was ‘Long Live Palestine,’ with people in the crowd jumping up and down and pumping their fists in the air to these lyrics.

Talib Kweli’s DJ was up next to warm the crowd up for what everyone had been waiting for, asking ‘Y’all ready for Talib Kweli?’ He bursts onto the stage full of energy getting onto the first track of the night, ‘Say Something.’ “London how are you feeling?” he asks the audience, who replies with shouting, ready to hear more from the hip hop legend. He gets into track, ‘Listen,’ one of his most popular tracks. A few tracks in and he then asks ‘How many Beastie Boy fans we got in London?’ before rapping over one of their tracks, then mixing it into Drake’s ‘I’m On One,’ this bit got the crowd buzzing with the audience raving. One of the highlights of the night was Talib sampling “All The Lonely People,’ by Paul McCartney stating, “Paul McCartney denied the sample, but my s**t is doper than all the other s**t,” and when the beat dropped on the track the crowd again went crazy, enjoying the moment. The next track up was off his next album ‘Prisoner of Conscious,’ and his latest release, ‘Distractions,’ with him stating, “The first time I performed this track was at Occupy Wall St.” At the end of the track Talib gives us a freestyle highlighting why he is one of the best in the game, with the crowd clapping and cheering at the end. The DJ and Talib Kweli swap positions with him behind the booth rapping and saying, “hand in the air, say turn it up,” and the DJ at the front of the stage dancing, and then Kweli putting on Jay Z and Kanye’s track N***s In Paris. He then raps over Tyga’s ‘Rack City,’ showing us his versatility as an artist too. ‘Definition’ sent the crowd absolutely berserk from his Blacksmith days with Mos Def. The next section of the show was dedicated to his work with J Dilla, with the crowd moshing. It was getting towards the end of the night and Talib wanted everyone to remember the show as one of the best saying, “We gonna have a good old fashioned sing a long right now, clap your hands to the beat,” perfoming the track with him and Hi Tek, ‘The Blast,’ in between telling everyone to keep dancing. He leaves the stage and we think it’s all over, but the crowd want him back and are chanting, “Kweli, Kweli,” and stomping their feet. He bursts back onto the stage with as much energy as before, giving us some more classic tracks including ‘I Try,’ with Mary J Blige and the Just Blaze produced track ‘Never Been In Love.’

All in all, the show was definitely one for the hip hop lovers, full of intensity, passion and love for the music. The delivery and crowd interactions from all the performers were on point, showing that all of them had thought about their fans. I couldn’t have asked for better from the legend that is Talib Kweli, even after years in the game and being one of the most respected hip hop artists, he still performed throughout the show with as much energy, vibrancy and passion as ever.