Posts tagged ‘2013’

September 10, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

There has been a lot of positive stuff going off this week in the world of UK rap. Firstly on Tuesday Team Wrap Up headed down to the MOBO Nominations launch where we saw performances from So Solid Crew and heard that AkalaK KokeWretch 32 were up for Best UK hip hop/grime act. Who do you think deserves to win? I know personally who I do…

Krept & Konan are the names on everyone’s lips right now as their ‘Young Kingz’ mixtape dropped and entered the UK official album charts at No.19, a huge, game changing achievement. They had a lot of tweets congratulating them from SkeptaZeon Richards, Fekky, and more. They were also nominated for best newcomers at the MOBO’s so get over to their site and make sure you vote for them. Check out their new video from the tape ‘Too Young’ featuring Yungen which is their third video from the mixtape to be released.

There were a few freestyles out last week that I recommend checking out. Firstly check out the Daily Duppy from Krept & Konan which saw Krept spitting over The Fugees’ ‘Ready Or Not’ instrumental, then Konan taking over with a more upbeat track. Mike GLC took to SB.TV to put out his second 3rd Degree with no instrumental just him talking straight reality.

Colours and Benny Banks took to Link-Up TV for a Behind Barz session. Colours showed impressive lyricism spitting over Jim Jones ‘Summer In Miami’. Benny made his return for the third time with his laid back flow over a funky, hip-hop beat.

Talking of Benny Banks him and Squeeks who were meant to be friends and are both from Islington, North London have took to Twitter dissing each other. Squeeks tweeted ‘The boy ain’t real & from time he signed 1 2 deals I can’t ere from n****s simple really that’s why I be like #F***Banks’. He then went onto say without him, Joe Black and Westy Beats Banks would be nothing. Banks last tweet on the matter was ‘Thank God for my haters!’

The only video really worth mentioning this week is Giggs new one ‘(Is It Gangsta) Yes Yes Yes’. The 9 minute long video featured some of his SN1 crew. Giggs is upping the levels in the UK rap game, everyone take notice.

Boom Bap Festival is on in a few weeks from the 13-15 September in Peterborough and I headed down to the warm up party at Vibe Bar on Saturday where I saw legends in the game Chester P and Micall Parkinson perform. If you missed it you missed out on seeing two of the best lyricists from the UK, so make sure you head down to the festival itself.

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August 21, 2013

Live Review: V Festival [Hylands Park]

V Festival is a combination of good music, good people and good vibes and I headed down to the Hylands Park site (Essex) on Saturday afternoon for the two-day festival. Arriving in the afternoon we then had to head to the campsite and do the fun part – putting up the tent. Skip to two hours later and we were back at the car enjoying a cold drink before making our way inside…

DJ Fresh showed Essex how to have a good time when he played the Arena Stage with singer Fleur providing the vocals. Everywhere I turned there was a moshpit for this set and everyone seemed to really be having a brilliant time.

Beyonce headlined Saturday night in Chelmsford where I caught the last half of her set, which was enough to see the superstar do her thing with her new blond bob and a combination of sexy outfits – including a sequin purple leotard and a white top with black sequin embellishment and white trousers. She performed ‘Crazy In Love’ ‘Singles Ladies’ and closed on my favourite track ‘Halo’ to rapturous applause.

Sunday was a better line up for me personally and because I stayed the night I was there bright and early to catch as much as I could. I started off my day backstage chilling, enjoying a bit of Jason Mraz who sung the old but good track ‘I’m Yours’.

I then headed off to catch the London boys Rudimental who as always put on an amazing set. DJ Locksmith kept the crowd energy high all through the performance. Their performances of ‘Not Giving In’, ‘Free’ ‘Waiting All Night and ‘Feel The Love’ were all amazing, but my favourite part was after their performance of Fugees ‘Ready Or Not’ – they did a mix going into drum n bass and then one of their tracks.

Kendrick Lemar has had controversy surrounding him at the moment and his performance on Sunday on the 4 Music Stage proved why he is one of the best rappers at the moment. He worked the crowd, interacting with them to get more and more of a better response and delivered dark and soulful tracks such as ‘B***h Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Compton’ and ‘Money Trees’.

Emeli Sande left shudders running through me as I watched her (I’m ashamed to say for the first time) on the Main Stage where she blew me away opening with ‘Heaven’ and moving onto a personal favourite of hers ‘My Kinda Love’. Naughty Boy also joined her on stage playing the piano for ‘Wonder’ and ‘Lifted’.

Returning the favour to Naughty Boy, she came on his set halfway through to perform to us ‘Lifted’ again and a new track called ‘Pluto’ that we will be seeing on his forthcoming album ‘Hotel Cabana’.

Yungen also performed a rather soulful track which we should also expect to see on the album along with the hit record ‘La La La’.

July 30, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

I flew out to Ayia Napa in Cyprus on Monday afternoon for the Summer Love Festival presented by DJ Cameo. Held on Makronissos Beach on Tuesday, some of the biggest names in music performed including Tinie TempahG FrSHAngel, Fekky, Dot RottenScrufizzer and more. The festival was a great success and it’s always nice to attend one on the beach in the sun! I also hit the afterparty at Club Ice where Ms Dynamite performed…

Sneakbo has kept the visuals coming from his ‘Certified’ EP and yet again has come with a hard beat from Rvssian on ‘Trust Nobody’. He also proves why he is one of the finest rappers at the moment in the UK as he spits some honest and harsh truths.

Young Don released the first video to be taken from his forthcoming mixtape ‘The Weather Man 2’ over two weeks ago. The tape will be hosted by DJ Khaled who is quite a talked about man at the moment after his marriage proposal to Nicki Minaj. For this track Young Don is joined by rapper Smiler and singer Starboy Nathan in this classy visual where they are seen on a private jet sipping champagne for this nicely flowing track.

This week sees another remix of Migos’ ‘Versace’. This time it’s from a West London artist who is one to watch in the UK rap game. Shizzle shows why on this track reaffirming his status with clever wordplay and a relaxed flow.

Ghetts really shows a different side to him after his short hiatus from making music, slowing things down but still oozing passion for this spoken word introduction to his forthcoming project ‘Rebel With A Cause’. Mr J. Clarke takes us on a reflective journey of his life in this mature and poetical piece called ‘Definition Of A Rebel’.

Chip’s been floating around releasing a few freestyles and net video’s but nothing too serious. It’s good to hear he’s fully back on track and working on a new album in LA. Yesterday saw him put out the audio to new track ‘Holy Water’ which sees him looking back on his life, career and decisions he has made and also the future. His lyrical ability is as strong as ever in this track.

July 11, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

Last week I was out in Los Angeles for the BET Awards with The Wrap Up’s editor. We were lucky enough to see Beyonce perform her first show on her North America Mrs Carter tour, before going to a BET kick-off party at Drai’s Nightclub on the rooftop of the W Hotel. We also attended an amazing BET after party hosted by Chris Brown, where we saw rapper Problem perform… 

We also spoke to many celebrities on the red carpet at the awards including Elijah Blake, Bridget Kelly, DJ Drama, French MontanaElephant Man, 2 Chainz and more as well as spotting Pharrell, Chris BrownKendrick Lemar and Jamie Foxx.

There have been a couple of notable mixtapes out this week. The first one comes from Church Road rapper Nines, who although is currently incarcerated, dropped ‘Gone Till November’ along with a video ‘Growing Up/ Back In The Day ’ on SB.TV’s channel. I’m pleased to see new material from the North West London rapper whose last mixtape ‘From Church Rd To Hollywood’ became an instant classic. Even if he is gone till November, this material is good enough to keep his fans satisfied until then, with personal and motivational tracks.

North London’s Young Spray has gained himself a high spot in the UK rap scene. Along with dropping strong projects consistently, his levels of hard content and lyricism have kept him a favourite in the UK rap game. ‘Hard To Kill Vol. 3’ is the latest offering and as ever, he delivers some hard hitting, powerful tracks just right for the streets.

Eurogang rappers Mega and Mayhem who make SAS have been keeping their flow of work consistent and last week dropped a slick video to track ‘I Am James Bond’ off their latest mixtape ‘Coming To America 2’.

Tinie Tempah has been abit quiet for a little while now and it’s been nearly three years since the release of his debut album ‘Disc-Overy’, meaning his fans will be pleased about the release of new material from his forthcoming album ‘Demonstration’. The East London rapper who has been doing extremely well worldwide is joined by 2 Chainz for the Diplo produced track called ‘Trampoline’.

Hailing from South London and in my opinion one of the best to come from there is DVS. He went back to BBC Radio 1Xtra to join Charlie Sloth for his Fire In The Booth freestyle show where he dropped some heavy weight bars, with subjects ranging from the roads to females. He is releasing a mixtape ‘London Boy, American Dreaming’ soon, so watch out for that.

Another favourite from South of the river in London is Sneakbo who has always managed to keep his work rate rolling. His latest summer club smash ‘Ring A Ling’ was released yesterday (July 7) and he has already given us a behind-the-scenes clip of his new video ‘I Don’t Trust Nobody’. Sneakbo again has come through with another strong certified street track.

July 4, 2013

My BET 2013

I’m back after a very busy but four fun filled days in LA covering the BET Awards. Arriving after an 11 hour flight on Thursday 27th June, we headed out to the infamous Hooters restaurant in Hollywood to grab some food. We then headed to Couture nightclub for a few hours just off the main Hollywood strip to check out the LA night time scene.

Friday was an extremely busy day as we headed towards the Staples/Nokia Theatre to pick up our credentials and then headed back to the hotel to get ready for the late afternoon international party on the rooftop of the Marriott hotel. After relaxing there with a few cheeky free drinks we were given two GOLD free tickets to watch Beyonce at the Staples Centre next door. Not bad! Her performance was incredible as expected for the 1st show of her North American leg of her tour.

Leaving at 11pm, with the area being so busy, we got the Metro a few stops to Hollywood/Vine where the BET experience Kick Off Party was, hosted at the Drais Nightclub on the rooftop of the W Hotel complete with a pool. Celebrities in attendance were producer duo Da Internz, LoveRance, upcoming rapper Problem, Miley Cyrus who walked in behind us, and too many more to name.

Saturday was time for a bit of relaxation as the BET’s were the next day and we hadn’t stopped since we got there. We headed down to Santa Monica beach had some nice food at Bubba Gump’s and lay on the beach for a few hours.

Sunday was the day of the BET Awards. Arriving at 12.30pm to check in for the red carpet it was extremely hot around 34c. Luckily it started to cloud over as we were standing outside till 4pm. The first artist to walk down was Trinidad James, although he didn’t stop for many press and wasn’t looking too happy! I spoke to celebrities 2 Chainz, French Montana, Tyson Beckford, Bridget Kelly, Robert Townsend, Elijah Blake, Elephant Man, DJ Drama, Marsha Ambrosius, Jamie Foxx and more. We also spotted Pharrell, Chris Brown, J Cole, Neyo, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose, Ashanti, Kendrick Lemar, Yo Gotti and Gabrielle Union.

The official after party was hosted at the Belasco Theatre a 5 minute drive for the Nokia Theatre where the awards were held. Nick Cannon, Jerimah, Problem and Chris Brown were all in attendance and set to perform. Other stars in attendance were Tyga, DJ Drama who did a set, Bridget Kelly, Elijah Blake and more. We partied there for a few hours and left around 2.30am as we had a flight to catch the next day.

November 30, 2012

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

This week was an extremely busy one for me as I headed to Norway courtesy of HTC, who took myself along with other journalists from all around the world on an audio tour. We met Norwegian rappers who performed just for us and went to the Jaeger club where DJ Abstract taught us how to mix. We met some fantastic people and artists who all made us feel at home…

On Friday night I went down to Vibe Bar in Brick Lane to check out Melanin 9’s album launch ‘Magna Carta’. It was a pretty heavy line up with performances from himself, Genesis ElijahJoker StarrIron BraydzLogic and more. I spotted a few familiar faces showing support including Blak Twang and Micall Parknsun.

Speaking of Micall Parknsun, he dropped the visuals to his first single last week entitled ‘Me’, ahead of his forthcoming album ‘Me Myself and Akai’ which Jehst directed.

There was some tension last week on Twitter as K Koke went on the roads for a radio tour to promote his first official single ‘Turn Back’. Dappy has always been a fan of Koke as we can see from his lyrics in ‘Tarzan’, (the only mixtape I believe is K Koke’s), and it looked like a collaboration may have been on the cards.

Dappy tweeted, “Just come off the phone to @KokeUSG He had a bone to pick with me!!! Don’t worry we will make a Monsta together #BadIntentions out Now”.

Koke quickly shut that down, writing: “NAH BRO I SAID WE WILLL TALK ABOUT IT#kokewillnotholla“.

Lucky for us, Koke will definitely holla on Wednesday night, (28) as he is set to perform at The Forum in London as part of MTV Brand New‘s launch; feel free to join us.

Giggs continued his comeback, dropping a visual freestyle over Juicy J’s ‘Bands A Make Her Dance’, to me it was a good choice and in the style of the Giggs we know and love.

Mic Righteous was righteously chosen to feature on the official remix to Naughty Boy’s track ‘Wonder’ featuring Emeli Sande. He has come a long way since dropping ‘Yob Culture’ in 2011, and is set to drop an EP ‘Open Mic’ in February. His socially aware lyrics and fantastic flow make him destined for big things.

Ratlin got some amazing UK talent involved on his first video from his ‘Crown Me’ mixtape. No LayScrufizzerYoungs Teflon and Rebler all joined him for ‘L’s Up’ and the diversity of the artists really makes this track a banger.

November 12, 2012

Skinnyman – ‘2013’ Freestyle [UK Rap TV Exclusive]

Skinnyman is back fresh out of prison with some new heat as drops his 2013 freestyle exclusively to UK Rap TV.