January 6, 2015
2015 (Summer) is the year that marks the 10th anniversary of Kano’s debut album ‘Home Sweet Home’, one of the most influential albums in the UK Grime scene. I have decided to dedicate a blog to this album and my favourite tracks from the album and why…lets go back in time and remember one of the greatest albums in Grime. It was so hard to pick my top tracks but I had to be strict with myself and get it down to 7!
Big up Kano one of the best MC’s to touch the mic and don’t forget you can catch him at Fabric on January 17th for the 5th Butterz anniversary.
P’s & Q’s
The first one has to be P’s & Q’s which is still on an old skool mixed CD in my car and whenever it gets played is turned up loud. This is just a classic, catchy one that I think most people know, Grime fan or not.
Another classic one. When Kano and The Streets hooked up for ‘Nite Nite’ the outcome was pretty magical. This one got the girls wanting to play the girl in the video and hooked on Kano’s deeper side and the boys looking for that chick.
A grimy banger with Kano just being the raw, real Kano, there was no white wash to this song and this is simply why it’s in my top 5. Plus it features Ghetts on it.
‘Mic Check’ is a war riddim apart from the fact he’s not sending for anyone in particular, he is just stating that no one can fuck with him and his crew.
Sick flow and lyrics on this tune “I get a reload purely for the flow”, calling out some MC’s such as Tinchy and Hyper when on the hook when he says they get no reloads. This tune is what the essence of Grime is on one track.
This shows the reflective and down to earth Kane Robinson. The man behind the music and the man who questioned why it was him that made it.. ..Well Kano I’m sure there’s a few of us that can answer that!
Nobody Don’t Dance No More
This tune hit the raves and was basically telling everyone to stop being stoosh standing on the edge of the dancefloors and just get up and have a good time! It definitely did as the rhythm got everyone moving and still does to this day when it comes on.
March 19, 2014
Birmingham MC and Invasion representative Sox is gearing up for the release of his debut album Winning & Chilling in April and to give you a little taster of what to expect, releases the audio to his single of the same name as the album.
November 12, 2013
Last week The Wrap Up headed down to the Fedz movie premiere at the Genesis Cinema in East London. The independent British film based on a policeman who resigns from the force after suspicions of corruption, instead investigates a terrorist group who have released a virus. The film has recognizable faces including Dexter Fletcher and Ashley Walters and the soundtrack is pure UK hip hop featuring music from Squingy, K Koke, DVS, J Spades, Ex, Joe Black, Logic and many more. The afterparty saw live performances from the USG team also joining them were South London’s Sho Shallow and Ard Adz.
Speaking of USG, they were in the studio last night with StayFresh. This joining of the West Midlands grime collective with the North West London rap collective means we will be hearing something epic very soon. Despa from the Stayfresh crew last night tweeted “That studio session was h’immense big up @kkokeusg @SquingyUSG the rest of USG & all my @stayfreshtweets homies.”
Peak has been a bit quiet recently, I hope this is because he’s been hard at work in the studio creating something good for us. Last week he dropped a ‘Penthouse’ freestyle video showing why he has a lot of potential to go far. Make sure you check that out.
Peak also dropped a ‘Pound Cake’ freestyle for the Rap City Back2Rap freestyle series. They talk about everything from the music scene to women telling truths in their bars.
Another South London collective STP released the video ‘Bout To Blow’. This one comes from Mitch featuring Leaanneah Lauren and Windy Music’s Sho Shallow as they spit some inspirational bars and how they’ll keep going to reach their dreams. This track can be found on The STP 2 mixtape available for free download.
Moving over to North London, Islington we saw three artists from there drop a track a together.Face and Squeeks provided the bars for ‘They Think We Made It’ joined by Frostie who delivered the hook. The track is produced by Westy and Weezy Brown.
If you haven’t already make sure you go and buy Dru Blu’s street album ‘Double Or Nothing’. On a recent interview he explained the name behind it.
“Everyone knows me as Don Strapzy Don Dru Blu everyone calls me Donny anyway so D.O.N just gave it an acronym.. ‘Double Or Nothing’ that’s how we live anyway. We put everything into this so it’s either doubling it or man’s lost everything.”
June 19, 2013
L Marshall releases his free, highly anticipated project Kiss The Fire. Kiss The Fire’which is described as neither an EP nor a mixtape, shows L Marshall’s true self as an artist as he gives this project away to his fans as a gift.
It demonstrates his ability to write captivating songs most specifically I.L.Y, Live All The Way and Fire. You can understand why this is more a project as it allows L Marshall to experiment with different sounds. The track Kiss The Fire has a strong dup step sound and Gas Man has an edgy rock vibe to it while the rest of the project as a collective is almost split in two, with the first half having more rap leading to more singing and softer beats towards the end of the project. Focus brings a soulful and orchestral feel to the project making it one of the standout tracks on the project as L balances rapping and singing on the track exquisitely. Kiss The Fire shows off L Marshall’s skills as the versatile artist he is with this exciting project.
Download L Marshall – Kiss The Fire here
October 22, 2012
Here is the second single I Do Me is produced by Swifta Beater taken from Macca‘s debut album 25.
October 5, 2012
Here is K Koke‘s first official single Turn Back featuring Maverick Sabre where he talks us through the struggles he faced. The sample is a famous one from a Sting track Shape Of My Heart, which Nas also used on The Message. This track should go on to be as big as both of them…
September 25, 2012
Wiz Khalifia’s O.N.I.F.C album is set to drop December 4th. We get an OVOXO vibe from his collaboration off the album with The Weeknd as he sings the intro leading Wiz to do his thing. Other features on the 17 track album will include Cam’Ron (“The Bluff”), 2 Chainz (“It’s Nothin”), Pharrell (“Rise Above”), and Juicy J (“The Plan”).
September 21, 2012
Producer and writer Naughty Boy presents us with the trailer to Hotel Cabana, his debut album expected out in early 2013. The video includes Emeli Sande who is on the first single to be released from the album, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Gabrielle and George the Poet who will all feature on the album.
September 21, 2012
Naughty Boy drops the official video to Wonder featuring Emeli Sande. This is the 1st single off his album Hotel Cabana. Check out the beautiful video below…
September 19, 2012
London’s Melanin 9 releases his debut album Magna Carta on 3rd December 2012. He’s built up a reputation as one of the country’s most gifted emcees opening for interntaional artists such as Immortal Technique, Styles P and Wu Tang. Check out the second track Organized Democracy from the new 14 track album.