Posts tagged ‘Exo’

January 21, 2014

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

This duo are an unstoppable force and 2014 begun with a whole host of artists remixing their hit track ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ including Lady LeshurrShystie and A.DotDru BluYoungs TeflonBonkazStormzySwift and many more.

Krept & Konan made another power move last week, flying to New York to visit the Bad Boy head office where they became the first UK rappers to film for Diddy’s Revolt TV. I can’t wait to see the footage, and we can only expect bigger and better things from them this year.

Giggs released the video to ‘Mr Kool’ featuring soul legend Anthony Hamilton; it’s my favourite track from his ‘When Will It Stop’ album. I guess he’s really not stopping for anybody, as him and Lolo also released the video to their track ‘Gangsters’. Lolo, who hails from Memphis, enlisted the South London rapper to feature on her soulful track to give it that Bonnie & Clyde edge with his bars.

After the success of his first track ‘What You Got’ to be heard off his ‘The African Dream’ EP that is slated for a release date of February 17, Negash Ali returns with his lead single ‘Fire In The Sky’ produced by Focus and featuring a hook from Siff.

The 23-year-old has already worked with Chris Brown and Jadakiss and opened for Ne-YoNasDamian Marley and Wiz Khalifa. Expect to hear more from him this year.

South East London rapper Snap Capone released his 24-track mixtape ‘The Memoir’ last month and last week dropped the video to ‘Gangster’s Tale’ from there. Snap Capone is rated highly in the scene and this year I’m looking forward to seeing his progress and what is to come from him.

Two members of USG last week released music. The first was Exo who gave fans a free mixtape of 18 tracks which saw features from DVSScorcher, Ard Adz, Sho Shallow and more. You can get ‘The Best Of Exo Vo.1 from Hood Tapes for free now.

Manchester based Geko and youngest in charge got influenced by Mic Righteous for his track ‘Mind Games’ – instead of a pen, he talked about headphones and a bed… you’ll have to listen to it to understand.

Until next time!

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January 13, 2014

Exo (@exUSG) – The Best Of Exo Vol.1 [Free Mixtape]

Exo releases a free mixtape for us The Best Of Exo Vol.1, with 18 solid tracks giving us a mixture of his best tracks with features including DVS, Scorcher, Young Mad B, Ard Adz and Sho Shallow and more.

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Download Exo – The Best Of Exo Vol. 1 here

October 28, 2012

Political Peak – Dreams To Reality – [Free Mixtape]

 

 

 

 

 

Political Peak releases his free 19-tracks downloadable mixtape Dreams 2 Reality with features including DVS, Jaja Soze, Exo, Kerz, Tayong,J Alexadra, Shaun White and more.

Download Political Peak – Dreams To Reality here

October 5, 2012

Squingy ft Exo & Lefty – Money On My Mind [Music Video]

USG members Squingy, Exo and Lefty release the theme tune to Fedz a movie coming out soon.

 

October 1, 2012

Sick Love – Red Skull remix ft Scorcher, EXO and Shystie [Audio]

Vince Kidd releases his debut EP this November via Island Records.The EP features two songs, Sick Love (featuring Lady Leshurr) and Taboo, alongside three remixes, providing the perfect taster of what is yet to come in 2013.

The tracks showcase Vince’s smooth vocal ability and his honed song writing skills. Sick Love is a mid paced slick jam that features rising MC Lady Leshurr. The three remixes of Sick Love also feature some very special guests. The Red Skull remix features Scorcher, EXO, Shystie and Metis, whilst the E.L.E remix features Benny Banks. A third mix comes courtesy of Woz

September 11, 2012

MTV Wrap UP: The UK Rap Rundown [News]

I’m back after a week’s holiday in the beautiful country of Croatia for Outlook Festival, where I caught Akala’s set and the Don’t Flop Battle alongside much more. I had no technology out there, which was wonderful, thus missing my last week’s rap column. I’m back now and here to fill you with this week’s happenings in the wonderful world of rap…

Whilst I was away a new Rapper Tag UK came out. Rapper Tag has been going on for just under a year and is an online cypher that started off with Mystro. You get a wide array of the UK’s finest spitting their bars before tagging another deserving rapper to join in.

Dubbledge tagged Iron Brayd for the latest one, who at the end appears to tag in North London’s M9 aka Melanin 9… watch out for his Rapper Tag video.

Political Peak released his video for ‘Tears In The Rain’ featuring Exo who sings the hook. The track is taken from his forthcoming mixtape ‘Dreams To Reality’, which is set to drop on September 29. You can catch Political Peak supporting the Maybach Music tour on Wednesday.

Ratlin and Squeeks joined forces for their new video ‘Not Gonna Change’ featuring singer Karina, bringing us into their world and discussing the past and present. True Tiger released their EP ‘Eye Of The Tiger Vol 2’ with one noticeable track for me called ‘Even In Death’, which hears Mic Righteous spitting over the producers beat.

Rap City recently released a video from their ‘Lost Files’ series. ‘Not Guilty’ comes from Joe Black’s ‘Realionaire’ mixtape which came out last year. We should be seeing Joe’s ‘Realionaire 2’ soon as he recently tweeted:, “NO MORE TWEETS UNTIL #REALIONAIRE2 IS READY.”

The multi-talented artist/radio presenter/battle rapper Mr 13 brought us a video release called ‘Kick Back Part 2’, which was shot at the 2012 Nottinghill Carnival and comes from his recent EP ‘Pain Is Inevitable, Suffering Is Optional’.

I was at the USG clothing shoot on last week with SquingyLeftyK. Koke and Exo for their new merchandise collaboration with Avit Clothing. Squingy was also shooting parts of his music video to the track ‘Deeper’ from his ‘Wrighty’s 1st Son Part 2’ mixtape. Watch out for the music video to ‘Deeper’ coming soon!

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, head down to Peterborough for the Boombap Hip-Hop Festival, which takes place between the 14-16 September and features artists such as Kyza SmirnoffDabblaPhi-Life Cypher and Jehst.

Until next time!

August 24, 2012

PW & EXO (USG) – No Days Off [Music Video]

North London rapper PW joins USG’s EXO for the visuals to No Days Off, check it out.

August 15, 2012

USG – Over Now

Here are the visuals to Over Now with USG’s SquingyExo and K Koke and produced by Emil Proffit.

 

August 6, 2012

K Koke “The Only One” Behind the scenes footage by Avit

Avit went behind the scenes at K Koke‘s The Only One video in a secret location in East London. We interviewed Squingy and Exo about forthcoming USG projects and managed to grab a few words from Koke himself at the end of the 14 hour shoot.

Avit have collaborated with USG and launched new USG merchandise check it out on http://www.avitclothing.com

July 17, 2012

MTV Wrap Up – The UK Rap Rundown

Wow! It’s been a busy week in the world of UK rap and although I haven’t been to any shows this week, I have heard many stand-out tracks. There are also a few mixtapes and one very big album to look forward to in the coming months. Can you guess who I’m talking about?

A few days before Azealia Banks dropped her ‘Fantasea’ mixtape, we were given a taster of what was to come with ‘Neptune’, featuring London MC Shystie. Shystie was only one of two featured artists on the 19 track mixtape, the other artist being Styles P. Last Monday the south London hip-hop collective Caxton Press released the video to ‘Big Buck Star’ from their debut LP ‘Shame The Devil’ which is out now. Another collective from London, Piff Gang, also released their third 11-track mixtape called ‘Plant Life’. This will be the first of three projects we will see from them in the coming months, so watch this space.

The USG boys have been busy as we saw three tracks released from them last week. The first was K. Koke’s ‘Roc For Life’, featuring MMG’s Wale. I loved the rocky beat on this track and the video was a perfect match. K. Koke tweeted as it premiered, writing: “This ain’t no music video. It’s my journey from streets up!”

Next up was Exo who released the video ‘Way Back Home’ featuring singer Tom Prior – again this had a rocky beat and shows a very different side to Exo. Youngest member Geko slowed it down for ‘Best Friend’ as he reaches out to his old friend. Look out for K. Koke’s album ‘I Ain’t Perfect’ and Exo’s 7 track EP ‘The 7 Day Mile’ due in October.

Ard Adz and Sho Shallow jumped on Sneakbo’s ‘Still Breathing’ to give us a banging remix of the track, complete with a video. These two have been putting in a lot of work this year, so we should be expecting big things from them. G FrSH was joined by Yungen and Cashtastic for ‘Grown A** Boy’; giving us a taster of what is to come from his upcoming ‘Legoman II’ mixtape.

Lastly The Jump Off team recently had a debate, asking: ‘Should Grime Artists Make UK Rap?’ LaLa asked the question ‘If he keeps doing grime, is he not allowed to ever, ever experiment?’

Some of the team thought it was okay to make a few one-off tracks out of their genre, but came to the conclusion that their fans would be upset if they were to completely cross over. However, examples of artists that have crossed over successfully such as Chip and Tinie Tempah show that it is more than possible to start off as a grime artist and move to rap.