Posts tagged ‘Franko Fraize’

November 8, 2016

The Sounds Of UK Rap @Frankofraize @Blademusic @MicRighteous @realmostack @KojeyRadical

Franko Fraize – ‘Tell Me A Word’

Fresh from his Maida Vale session for Radio 1, Franko Fraize returned with the excellent ‘Tell Me A Word.’ It was first played by Huw Stephens, but it now comes with a video for us all to enjoy.

‘Tell Me A Word’ is the perfect example of his down-to-earth approach as he discusses the stresses of life, not talking trash about other people, and loads more. The video takes us through a journey from outside a kebab shop, down the high street, and past a packed bar. It’s witty and it’s real.

Blade Brown – ‘Plug Talk’

Blade Brown doesn’t play around when it comes to his videos and for his new one – ‘Plug Talk’ – he heads out to the Nevada desert and downtown LA.

Blade spits some hard, street bars where he states, “these n****s better listen when the plug talks, bricks on bricks on bricks man that’s a plugs thought, and now these little n****s they can’t walk with me, you need like 50,000 just to talk to me.” In the video we see Blade living an expensive lifestyle out in the states, driving a Mustang and living in a mansion.

Mic Righteous – ‘I Turn Up’

Mic Righteous is hitting us hard with some new visuals from his Dreamlandalbum which is out now and popping on the iTunes chart.

Mic’s energy on this track is 100, and he adds a comical value to the video too, making it an interesting watch. Have a read through his chorus lyrics: “What is it then? I’m down for whatever login and send, you turn up in the club with a drink, I turn up with a kosh and a pen, fuck you mean. Come to my manor with gun chatter, then get hit in the head with a buss hammer.”

Kojey Radical ft. PW- ‘Gallons’

Kojey Radical is a contemporary artist and poet who releases pieces of work that will leave you thinking. His new one – ‘Gallons’ – does just that too; it’s heartfelt and compelling and tells a story of race, class, and struggle.

The visuals are striking, showing Kojey adorned in black against the backdrop of a futuristic version of London in a dystopian world. He says of the track, “‘Gallons’ is a uniting of class, it’s a celebration of struggle. The conversation doesn’t die when you kill us. Seeds of positivity will ensure that the beauty in all our differences will come together and grow for future generations.”

Mostack feat. Krept, Konan & J Hus – ‘Liar Liar’ Remix

Mostack has been steadily on the rise this year, coming out with anthem after anthem. His ‘Liar Liar’ track (released in September) is nearing 5 million hits, but has now been given an official remix by Krept, Konan and J Hus. It’s as mad as you’d expect, with the three artists bringing their hardest bars. It bangs even harder than the original.

May 19, 2016

The Sounds Of UK Rap @TheRealDVS @frankofraize @CoopsOfficial @YungenPlayDirty @MegaSas @MayhemSas

DVS

Even though we heard this song from DVS in 2014 off of his classic UK rap mixtape London Boy American Dreaming, we never got the chance to see the visuals. ‘Forgotten’ is definitely an apt name for the track, as this video was found in SBTV’s archives from 2014. Featuring the vocals of Anthony Thomas, this is a love track dedicated to an ex-girlfriend where DVS talks about the good times they had and how he misses her, “I never knew how much I missed ya, till I was scrolling through some old skool pictures, looking back at all the happy memories we shared, the love we had is gone but the memories are there.” It’s something a lot of people can relate to as well.

Coops

North London rapper Coops is back at it with the release of his new track ‘More Time,’ the first track to be taken from his forthcoming debut album God Complex, dropping June 6th. He warms his fans up nicely, helped by his in-house producer Talos, who once again showcases his classic old-school hip-hop influences with a track that is reminiscent of Nas’ ‘NY State of Mind’ and hearkens back to the best of the ’90s era. Coops’ conscious and thought-provoking raps, blend fantastically with his laid-back flow and the relaxed delivery that has gained him worldwide fans and recognition in the music industry. This track is about him airing his thoughts and his observations on topics ranging from religion, the system, spirituality and more. Coops gave some insight into the music he makes: “we are constantly evolving and growing, changing and building upon our opinions and ideas and my music is just a reflection of this.”

Franko Fraize – ‘Only’

Thetford MC Franko Fraize is known for his down-to-earth lyrics, charm and distinct tones and his new track ‘Only’ is no different. He brings elements of drum & bass for this brilliant new track, really showing off what British music is all about – being different and unique. It’s powerful, gritty and street, but also melancholy before the rumbling bassline kicks in. He delivers his raps with emotion and power, and really gets you feeling as though you’re seeing the world through his eyes: “you find that you don’t know what you have got if you don’t know what it’s like to go without.” Franko will be definitely be causing a stir with this hearty, reality track.

Yungen

Yungen captures a summertime vibe for his new single ‘Take My Number’, featuring the sumptuous vocals of West London singer Angel. The UK rap star is trying to get a girl who is “the baddest in the ends,” who although she has a man, Yungen states that, “my home’s better.” Yungen performed the song live at his sold out headline show at Village Underground alongside Angel, causing a storm. Now we get to watch the slick visuals of one of Yungen’s best songs to date, where he’s takes it more down the R&B route, but combined with his wordsmith bars. ‘Take My Number’ is produced by Angel and A.D.P. This is due to be an huge anthem for the radio, clubs and festivals.

SAS

Mega & Mayhem make up SAS ( Streets All Salute) who are veterans in the UK rap scene. They bring us visuals to their heavy new track ‘Alien’, produced by Truth. They rap about people getting bitter and just ignoring them and getting better, but also bring some braggadocious lyrics too. Mayhem raps, “Top 5 starter, I’ll teach you how to ball like Coach Carter, 1 arda, man look up to me like dey father,” letting people know their position in the scene and SAS aren’t to be messed with.

November 21, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

Last Tuesday I headed down to Brixton Electric to Naughty Boy’s ‘Hotel Cabana’ tour. Many special guests joined him on the night showcasing a wealth of UK talent including Play Dirty’s Krept & Konan and Yungen and Wretch 32.

Us lot from The Wrap Up also went to Eskimo Dance on Saturday night and I don’t think I’ve missed one of these since the legendary night has made a comeback. It was a great night with good performances from Ghetts, D Double E, Footsie, OG’s, BBK, Flirta D and many more. If you love grime make sure you head to one next year.

Franko Fraize is an artist who makes really original music with heart. His sound is totally British and he appeals to the modern day generation painting a picture of life and culture here in the UK. His new track ‘Treasures’ is about love but not in a cheesy way, he delves into the subject in a way that we can all relate to. The Last Skeptic produced the track and he is also working with Mike Skinner and Pete Cannon.

Calibar returns with another release enlisting fellow North Londoner Wizzy Wow who takes care of the production and hook for him on new track ‘Animal’. The track is definitely one for the clubs but still hip hop as Calibar serves up punch lines with the bass. We hear his next track is with Ghetts be sure to keep an eye and ear out for that.

I never would have put Jaja Soze and Scrufizzer together on a track, but the outcome is a good one and I like the fact as a young MC Scrufizzer is thinking out the box and reaching out to different people. The track titles ‘Decisions’ also features another rapper called Faithy and sees the three spitting positive and reflective lyrics over an upbeat production.

South London’s Pak-Man has a new project dropping very soon, a mixtape called ‘Grams 2 Grands’ which I hear is set to be special. In the lead up to this he put out the visuals to ‘Beatboss Freestyle’ which will be on the tape. I’m looking forward to hearing what else he has to offer.

Young Mad B’s album was released this week, ‘MV3 Stress Relief’ which is the third installment in The Malbum chronicles. The album is an earnest look at his life and experiences in music and fatherhood. It couples the struggle with determination over some relaxed beats.

November 13, 2013

Franko Fraize – Treasures [Music Video]

Franko Fraize is an unassuming guy from Thetford who just happens to be one of the most exciting and original talents in UK music. Let me introduce new track Treasures. The story of a relationship told with a very British sound, the track sums up all those good bits and bad bits that drive you crazy about your other half. From the point where you want to pack your bags and leave to the point where you have to butter them up because you know you’ll have to put up with them forever, Franko captures what love is all about without the cheese, but in a way that will make you smile as you relate to certain situations.

 

May 15, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

Supa Dupa Fly for me is one of the best old school hip-hop & r&b nights in London, with music from the 90’s through to early 2000’s. Last Friday I went along to Jazz Café for one of their nights which saw Kings Of The City and Franko Fraize perform live. Franko’s British sound and modern take on his life and culture has led to comparisons with Mike Skinner, who is a fan of his work. He has a new track ‘Hand Me Downs’ so check it out…

Dizzee Rascal released two tracks last week, the first being ‘H-Town featuring UGK legend Bun B and Trae Tha Truth. Dizzee absolutely smashed it with this track, which is based on Houston’s culture. He also dropped the video to his collaboration with Robbie Williams called ‘Goin’ Crazy’, which sees the two on pimped out mobility scooters. What did you think about the track and video?

On Friday Dizzee also did an interview on 1Xtra’s breakfast show with Twin B where he finally spoke out on Wiley. Twin asked what he thought of other MC’s in the game, where he responded, “I want to put it out there openly, I haven’t got an issue with anyone.”

To confirm who he was talking about Twin asked if he meant Wiley and Dizzee went on to talk about their history. “[DJTarget cared about me, early. Wiley never cared about me [from] early.

“Wiley eventually got me involved in the Roll Deep thing after I built a little name for myself. And it worked. We got on really well. I looked up to Wiley, I looked up to Target… As far as all that, I’ve actually not known Wiley longer than I’ve known him.”

He ended on saying just because people think he should work with Wiley it doesn’t mean he should and he’s just focusing on what he has to do – I think that’s all the clarification needed on the matter.

 

There are two mixtapes out that I definitely think are worth downloading. The first is from S-Squad’s Birmingham rapper Meeks, hosted by i Records DJ Cage. ‘Co-Lab-Adoration’ is a mixture of collaboration tracks showing an ample range of ‘who’s who’ in UK rap talent.

Mic Righteous released a free mixtape ‘Mic Wasn’t Thinkin’ as a thank you to the people who have supported him over the years. Make sure you get down to his headline show at The Garage in Islington which will see him celebrate the mixtape and also his birthday.

K. Koke released the lyric video to his new track ‘My Time’ with another Roc Nation singer, Bridget Kelly. The combination of the two blend well together and tells a story of the struggles of life and getting to where you want to be.

I’m going to end on Giggs’ Fire In The Booth which was his second on the Charlie Sloth hosted show. I was pleased to hear a variety of instrumentals from ‘Pop’ to ‘Started From The Bottom and ‘F**kin’ Problems’, which showed him switching up flows. He later said on Twitter: “Watch when I drop this bludklart album, that fire in the booth was light as day.” If that was easy work for Giggs, then we will be in for a treat when his album drops.

Until next time…

 *published on Monday 13th May