Posts tagged ‘Dizzee Rascal’

July 9, 2017

Pixies Tracks of The Week

Snowy – Going On

Nottingham MC Snowy has just dropped the new visuals on JDZ Media for his single ‘Going On’ which was released in February on Mike Skinner LTD. The creative video shows Snowy in a video game setting riding around on a kart and jumping on boxes full of apples. Produced by Lamont, Snowy dives through a range of topics from peng tings to being on the mic, music money and more.

Mura Masa – All Around The World ft. 67 & Desiigner

 Mura Masa shake things up on single ‘All Around The World’ with the original video being released in May. Now they’ve added 67 to the line up who put their distinctive stamp on the track with their trademark flows. The visuals see 67 travelling all around the world doing shows fitting the theme of the track perfectly.

Dizzee Rascal – Wot U Gonna Do

The anticipation for Dizzee Rascal’s new forthcoming album ‘Raskit’ is steadily building, and we saw him release the 2nd video from it ‘Wot U Gonna Do’. His new music sees Dizzee going back to his roots, and the visuals are kept simple and clean, showing him flickering between a glitchy/animated Dizzee and back to normal with red and black backgrounds. The lyrics show Dizzee questioning and talking about himself, listen and enjoy!

C Cane – Bad To Da Bone

Rapper, singer and songwriter C Cane releases a banger of a track ‘Bad To Da Bone’ which sees her provide sweet, melodic vocals throughout the hook and lay down feisty lyrics on the verses with her trademark flow, providing us an insight into the music industry where she describes a lack of loyalty and respect.

Shystie – Wake Up

Shystie has burst back onto the scene with ‘Wake Up’ a heavy D&B track that has already begun to turn heads. It’s already been Record Of The Week on 1Xtra after Mistajam took the premiere. The powerful, cinematic visuals show modern day slavery and human trafficking, something Shystie feels strongly about. Shystie provides sweet, soul filled vocals over a tropical beat.

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November 1, 2016

From the corner to the stage: Dizzee Rascal at Copper Box Arena

Dizzee Rascal performed at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 22nd October – which is, of course, in the East End of London and down the road from his hometown of Bow. It was a special moment, as Dizzee returned to the stage to perform his debut, award-winning album Boy In Da Corner, 13 years after its release.

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When the album dropped, the production was noisy, rude and intelligent, and remarkably like nothing else that had been heard before (or since, really). It sounded like music bred from isolation. But last Saturday, over a decade later, 7,000 people filled the arena floors to watch Dylan Mills perform the iconic album. Warming up was friend, and another pioneer of the Grime scene, DJ Slimzee – who played tracks such as Bloodline’s ‘Side By Side’ and Terror Danjah ft Jamakabi ‘Juicy Patty.’

There aren’t many words that can describe the evening. I guess you had to be there. But if you were, you were one of the lucky ones. It was truly magical hearing this innovative album being performed live, and it took me back to my teenage days. If it wasn’t for Hyperfrank and her petition to get Dizzee to perform it again in London, and Red Bull who hosted it, this would never have happened.

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He blazed through his hour set with help from DJ MK and Bigman Scope opening with a yellow background with the black lines, trying to replicate the album cover with Dizzee sitting on a chair. He opened with track ‘Sitting Here’ with the crowd quiet, trying to take in his reflective bars.

Then the madness began as soon as ‘Stop Dat’ started with drinks flying around the standing section of the arena and mosh pits being formed, with Dizzee spraying his bars like the teenager he was when it first came out. He bounced around the stage with energy hyping up the audience as he went from side to side. He then went into another crowd favourite ‘I Luv You’ and then into ‘Brand New Day’.

DJ MK scratched the intro to ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’ whilst Dizzee jumped up and down along with the crowd who sang along to the words with him, with everyone’s hands in the air.

Another highlight of the night was when ‘Just A Rascal’ dropped and got a reload from MK as the whole crowd went wild, with Dizzee jumping up and down on the stage saying “Big up my moshpit crew,” performing the track with clarity in his skippy flow.

This album is so important to UK music, and getting the chance to relive it live was special.

October 31, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @Scorcherslife @TheCocoUK @Snow667 @donaeo @TheBugzyMalone

Scorcher ft. Mercston & Ghetts – 99 Riddim (My Ting)

Three of the original The Movement members unite for Scorchers new hard track ’99 Riddim’ (My Ting). Mercston & Ghetts join him and they all come together for the brand new visuals which adds to the nostalgic beat produced by Scholar, combining a retro feel with a fresh one. 

Coco ft. Shola Ama & Deep Green – Waters Run Deep

Sheffield lyricist Coco has been dropping hit after hit this year and his newest one will show a completely different side to him from his other tracks. ‘Waters Run Deep’ features the beautiful vocals of Shola Ama and fellow Sheffield spitter Deep Green. It shows a warmer, deeper side to Coco and proves he can experiment with different styles and flavours, resulting in super cool tracks. He’ll be ending the year in style with his brand new mysterious, reality track that you will fall in love with.

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Snowy – Do’s/ Donts

Nottingham MC Snowy’s work rate is impeccable and for this track he joins up with Leicester producer Massappeals for ‘Do’s & Donts’ who creates Snowy a minimal but hard track. Its taken from their collaborative EP ‘Hater Behaviour’ which is out now. Listen to the bass heavy track linked with Snowy’s catchy, merky and provocative lyrics.

Donae’O – Black ft JME & Dizzee Rascal

What a tune! Donae’O drops his new one ‘Black’ featuring two heavyweight Grime MC’s JME & Dizzee Rascal where they all talk about why their favourite colour to wear is black.

Bugzy Malone – Mad

Ahead of Bugzy Malone’s two week tour, he has released a brand new single titled ‘Mad’ produced by Swifta Beater. Bugzy raps about his clothing line with JD sports, chart success and more.

July 20, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @BossmanBirdie @RudimentalUk @REAL_JSPADES @AbelMiller @TheBugzyMalone

Bossman Birdie ft. Meridian Dan & Skepta – Wristbands 

A couple members of the Bloodline crew, Bossman Birdie and Meridian Dan as well as Skepta from Boy Better Know come together for “Wristbands”. Growing up on Meridian Walk all together and being part of one crew previously, it’s no surprise to see these three working together. The track is about their status as artists, being able to access all areas and about respect and loyalty.

Rudimental ft. Anne-Marie & Dizzee Rascal – Love Ain’t Just A Word

Rudimental have been giving festival-goers tasters of what to expect from their new forthcoming album We The Generation especially with this new track “Love Ain’t Just A Word”. It features the lovely vocals of Anne-Marie and a verse from grime legend Dizzee Rascal who talks about the love in music, people, our maker and more.

J Spades ft. Mostack , Swift, J Hus & Grizzy – Nobody 

When it comes to UK rap, J Spades is one of the hardest and respected straight out of Hackney. As an older sometimes you have to help the younger generation, and this is what he has done bringing together some of the hottest names that are coming up in the game right now; Mostack, Swift (Section Boyz), J Hus & Grizzy. This will be on his forthcoming release MMMP3.

Abel Miller ft J Spades – Angel Blues

UK R&B singer Abel Miller has already built a solid fanbase and reputation for himself even though he is still young in the game; he has been releasing strong material for a few years now. He premiered his brand new club single “Angel Blues” earlier this week for our enjoyment, showing off his vocal talents and bringing in J Spades for a feature. This is the second single to be heard off his forthcoming EP Patience.

Bugzy Malone – Hulk Smash 

Bugzy Malone has been smashing it recently, gaining more and more fans all over the country with his hard bars and real lyrics. The Mancunian rapper delivers again oh his “Hulk Smash” freestyle over a Z Dot production giving us his thoughts on the music scene, delivering the bars with such passion and fierceness. His Walk With Me EP is due out on July 24 and he has a headline show at Islington 02 this week too!

 

March 23, 2015

Pixie’s Tracks Of The Week @DizzeeRascal @OfficialGiggs @SectionBoyz1 @SwayUK @Sneakbo @DevlinOfficial @Skepta

Dizzee Rascal ft Giggs – Nutcrakerz

I first heard this track on Charlie Sloth’s show last month and instantly thought what a banger! Dizzee Rascal teams up with UK raps finest Giggs for this Heavytrackerz produced single sampling the famous Tchaikovsky classical ballet song from the Nutcracker. Heavytrackerz have done a fantastic job turning it into a heavy grimey track. Giggs and Dizzee of course bring us a lyrical madness that these two flow masters are accomplished in, talking about the past.

AR15 Presents Section Boyz – Trapping Aint Dead

Alwayz Recording have released the news of their forthcoming epic mixtape by of dropping the first track from there from Section Boyz titled’ Trapping Ain’t Dead’ produced by Nana Rouges. Section Boyz are one of the most talked about, up and coming crews right now and kick off the ‘Concrete Jungle’ mixtape with this catchy track. The mixtape will feature UK rappers such as Skepta, Wretch 32, Ratlin, Sneakbo, Ghetts, Youngs Teflons, Stormzy, Tempa Tand more.

Sway – Stream It

Sway has been on a hiatus for a little while touring with Example and developing the careers of others such as Tigger Da Author. Now he is back with a brand new album to be released in June. ‘Stream It’ is the first single to be heard from the album featuring Afrobeats star Mista Silva; the follow up to ‘Upload’ and ‘Download’, showing Sway at his lyrical best and looking at the effect of instant music.

Sneakbo ft Grizzy, S-Wavey & M Darg– Look Like You

My favourite mixtape of the moment is Sneakbo’s ‘Jetski Wave 2’ and ‘Look Like You’ ft Grizzy, S-Wavey and M Darg is the new video Bo has released from there. This man literally does not stop working and this hard, street track shows Sneakbo at his finest.

Devlin ft Skepta – 50 Grand

Devlin is back after a hiatus as well from the music scene and comes back with a bang. With Skepta featuring on brand new single ’50 Grand’ these make a firing combination. Both Grime dons’ together can only mean something explosive. Devlin has also announced his fourth studio album due later in 2015. Riches is the theme, I’m going to say no more, just get listening.

July 17, 2014

Fekky x Dizzee Rascal – Still Sittin Here [Music Video]

South London’s rising rap star Fekky and one of the biggest stars in Grime Dizzee Rascal unveil the video to Still Sittin’ Here, an update on Dizzee’s classic Sittin’ Here off his Boy In Da Corner album.

 

June 22, 2014

Fekky (@FekkyOfficiall) x Dizzee Rascal (@DizzeeRascal) – Still Sittin’ Here [Lyric Video]

Mistajam premiered Still Sittin’ Here on Saturday evening and caused a stir, as this collaboration between Fekky and Dizzee Rascal was sure to get people talking. Splurgeboys are the duo behind the track, an update on Dizze’s Sitting Here off his Boy In Da Corner album, a grime classic. 

Read my interview with Fekky where he talks about the track here

 

January 23, 2014

MTV The Wrap Up: Fekky (@FekkyOfficial) [Interview]

Fekky could be called a newcomer in the game, having only started out around two years ago. A newcomer he may be, but he is one a lot of people are talking about, and I’m not the only one who is excited to see his moves this year. He has toured the country doing a vast amount of shows with no manager or booking agent – impressive! I heard talk of an upcoming collaboration with Fekky and a very big artist, so The Wrap Up had to talk to him and get the lowdown on this, along with a deeper look into Fekky himself.

The Wrap Up: Can you tell The Wrap Up readers where you started and where you are now?

Fekky: I started about two and a half years ago; I was having a little fun with it with a couple of friends. I did a track and after that I did a video, then I took a little break and came back with ‘Ring Ring Trap’. When I dropped that it went crazy on the streets; it did about 100,000 views in a couple of days. After doing my ‘Fire In The Booth’ people knew I meant business. Since then, I’ve done a lot of shows which is my strong point; I think I’ve done the most out of everyone in the rap scene. Every weekend I’m everywhere; Birmingham, Wales, Manchester, Liverpool. I did the Wiley and Skepta tour aswell which was crazy.

TWU: G FrSH told you not to rap when you turned to him for advice. Do you feel like you’ve proved him wrong from what you’ve achieved already?

Fekky: I wouldn’t say I proved him wrong… when he said it, he was genuinely honest. What I’ve learnt in the game is that everyone has their own journey. I couldn’t give advice to a next man because everyone is different. G FrSH was coming from where he was coming from. He meant the music game is not easy; you can’t easily catch a buzz, it’s expensive and it’s a gamble. He was saying if I want to do it I have to be prepared, because it’s going to be hard.

TWU: You’ve got a couple of adlibs that you’re well known for. How did they came around?

Fekky: [Laughs] I’ve got ‘Bu Bu Bang!’ I was recording ‘Shine On’ and the engineer stopped the track and we were talking, I was just standing there and it came out randomly. When I said it the whole room started laughing, so I was like ‘that’s alright’ and kept it.

TWU: UK rap is doing really well at the moment, especially in South London where you’re from. How do you think it could progress further?

Fekky: A lot of artists need to start thinking of their careers as business models and how they’re going to make a living out of what they’re doing. When you become an artist you gain fans so it’s hard to think ‘Oh, I’m going to work in Tescos now,’ because you don’t want your fans to see you working there. When money is in a scene, people grow and it will become better. I think my strong point is that you can play most of my songs in a club. A lot of the songs that are played in clubs are by Drake and Rick Ross… we don’t really get played in clubs; it’s a market that we’ve not really tapped into.

TWU: You previously said you’d release a mixtape called ‘My Name Is Fekky You Div’. What’s happening with it?

Fekky: The mixtape is almost finished, [laughs] but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep the title. I think it was just a thing in the moment! I’m in the studio this week working on the mixtape and it’s almost done, it will be coming out soon.

TWU: You’ve previously said people need to work together more in the UK scene for it to benefit. Who else in the UK would you collaborate with?

Fekky: I believe in ‘moments’ – I don’t like forcing things. A lot of the stuff I’ve done is natural. If I worked with someone it wouldn’t be what people would expect from me. I’d like to work with The Streets.

TWU: You’ve got an exciting track dropping soon with Dizzee Rascal. How did this come around and what was it like working with him?

Fekky: I made a track and I hollered at him on Twitter; we weren’t even following each other. At first he wasn’t quite sure… he was going through what he was going through. I managed to get the track to him somehow. I was sitting down with my family and I looked at my email and he’d sent me the verse. We linked up and chilled; he’s cool and he’s got a passion for the music. It’s good to be around people that have done it and I’m always asking him questions and trying to learn from him. The track is dropping real soon and you’re going to love it. I feel like it’s going to be a moment! It’s crazy, it’s got energy.

September 2, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: DJ Muggs [Interview]

DJ Muggs makes up one fourth of Cypress Hill – the groundbreaking Latino quartet and one of raps most successful collectives hailing from America’s West Coast. He is a true hip-hop legend and visionary, known for mixing different sounds to create innovative music – and his latest album ‘Bass For Your Face’ is no different. The Wrap Up’s Shireen Fenner talks to him about mixing the British born dubstep sound with hip-hop whilst featuring a UK grime legend and some exciting US rappers…

“Everyone was trying to copy Dr Dre and that West Coast sound. We pretty much did the opposite of that and did our own thing. You didn’t have to copy him to make a ‘West Coast’ sound – make your own style and sound! You can still be from the West Coast but stop following suit; bring something fresh to the table.

“I’ve been a fan of electronic music since day one. I started off playing techno in Detroit… back then it was all gangsters; the crowds were all pretty much Latino and black all the gang bangers were pop locking to it. Now I DJ a lot, and I always look for new music to put in my sets.  I play a lot of electronic festivals around the world; I wanted to make more music to play in my sets so I made this record [‘Bass For Your Face’].

“I wanted to make it with an underground hip-hop spirit. Bring some of these hip-hop kids, open their ears and give them a different sound. A lot of rock kids back in the day didn’t like hip-hop but they liked Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, they liked Run DMC… I wanted to open their minds to different sounds.

“I wanted to get more underground MC’s like Roc Marciano. The song I did with Dizzee [Rascal] – I wanted it to sound like an 80’s West Coast hip-hop record. I have a friend called Bun B who is friends with Dizzee, and Dizzee was in LA and he said ‘I want you to get in the studio’. So he came through and we recorded about four songs; Dizzee asked me what I was working on so I played him a record aBun Bnd he said ‘I want to get on there’. I said ‘word, get on it,’ so he jumped on it.

Danny Brown is another MC on the album and one of my favourite’s out here right now. I didn’t want a full song, just some words from him. Chuck D’s been a favourite of mine for years; that song has more of a rock edge to it, so I wanted him on that and we worked on it together.

“I have been coming to the UK since the 90’s, and I’ve spent months out there at a time. I used to go see Goldie and the Metalheadz all the time; I did some remixes for them. From the jungle days to drum and bass, 2 step days, garage days… for all that stuff, I’ve been over there. Last time I was there I went to a couple of grime shows – I love the energy. I was out there with the guys from No Hats No Hoods.

“When I first started hearing dubstep in about 2007, I was like ‘what is this?’ – it worked with hip-hop. What I noticed about dubstep was hip-hop heads liked it. A lot of them didn’t like jungle and drum & bass because of the tempos. They liked this because it reminded them of early electronic music… The culture is changing out here [in LA] too. A lot of hip-hop kids couldn’t mess with it because it was real funny – everyone had glow sticks and vaporizers over their mouths. Finally, there is a type of electronic music that the hip-hop and rock kids can get into, and not only the dance crowd.

“What made me take notice of dubstep were the early Rusko records, the early Benga and Skream records and all those early Loefah records. Loefah had me when I first heard him – I was like ‘what the f**k is that?’ Loefah’s s**t was banging. I would love to work with anyone of them guys. Anything that inspires me to make more music and try new sounds and styles – that’s what it’s all about.”

*Published 22nd May 2013

May 22, 2013

Dizzee Rascal – H-Town feat Bun B and Trae The Truth [Music Video]

Dizzee drops the video to one of my favourite tracks of his released in a while H-Town featuring two southern legends Bun B and Trae The Truth.