Posts tagged ‘MC’

January 3, 2016

Five Emcees To Watch Out For In 2016 @UncleMez @AJFromTheLane @Jammz @MsBanks94 @TheCocoUK

Mez

Mez is definitely the next in Grime. A young Nottingham artist from Crew 12, he started 2015 on a high by spitting bars on Sir Spryo’s Grime Show on Rinse FM. The rest of 2015 saw some pretty big accomplishments for him such as being on the legendary Lord Of The Mics series where he battled Trappy, putting out a single with DJ Cable ‘One Line Flows’, going on Stormzy’s ‘Live In The Flesh’ tour, performing live at the Boiler Room x Eskimo Dance alongside artists such as Ghetts and last but not least being asked to record for the Grime Live Orchestra at Maida Vale on a session back to back with AJ Tracey. He has serious energy and a lyrical badness that’s not to be messed with.

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 AJ Tracey

West London’s AJ Tracey has had a lot of heat surrounding his name due to the amount of hard work and consistency. He has flourished in 2015. He represents Grime’s original days, where MC’s would go to pirate radio as much as they could for the love and commitment they have for the music. He has been putting in the work on radio shows in 2015 from Rinse to NTS to Radar Radio and 1Xtra. This shine’s through in his bodies of work he has released in 2015, his two EP’s ‘The Front’ and ‘Alex Moran’, as well as individual singles such as ‘Spirit Bomb’ and freestyles where his wordplay shines.

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Jammz

East Londoner Jammz has really struck out this year. I’ve seen him MC’ing on sets with Plastician at festivals and raves such as Ceremony Festival where he drew the crowd in like a pro. This year has been a fantastic year for him; he released his ‘Hit Then Run’ EP in March, and if you listen to radio, well you can’t miss him as he’s performed on sets on Radar, Deju Vu and Rinse among others. Not only does he MC, he also produces too making him an all-round artist, producing his own tracks such as ‘Hit Then Run’ and ‘Warrior’. His lyricism and work ethic makes him a serious threat for 2016.

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Ms Banks

 21 year old Ms Banks is ready to make this year her year. The South London fiery MC is everything we need from a female MC; she’s genuine, commanding and confident. Last year saw her release a string of tracks such as ‘Hallelujah’, ‘The Get Back’ and more. Beware as she’s not afraid to take on anyone as she says on track ‘Halleljuah’ “any brothers can get it”, and you know she means it with her powerful delivery and clear cut lyrics. She means business and this year she’s also featured on Tinie Tempah’s new project on track ‘Been The Man’ with two other high profile MC’s JME and Stormzy. She will take no prisoners in 2016.

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Coco

Sheffield’s Coco has shown you don’t have to be from London to be accepted in Grime. He has come through full force this year with single’s ‘Target Practice’, ‘Big Bou Yah’ and the ‘Big Bou Yah Remix’ ft Jammz, Terminator and Trigga all produced by Toddla T and receiving airplay on Radio 1, and being on the playlist on 1Xtra. His Fire In The Booth dropped on Boxing Day, confirming his status as a next to blow MC, as his lyrics and flow are untouchable, changing pace to suit different vibes. Coco sound and lyrics are different and witty and this is why he’s shut down stages at Nottinghill Carnival, various raves and Ibiza Rocks this year.

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April 4, 2015

One To Watch: C Cane (@OfficialCCane)

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C Cane is an MC from North London, Enfield that is about to cause some serious waves in the scene. Not only can she rap, she can sing, play the drums, piano and the guitar. She’s been in the studio recently with the New Money Recording team and has gone from putting out some sick freestyles to now laying down and recording tracks in the booth and releasing visuals such as ‘Whos Dat’. She’s worked incredibly hard the past few years, doing as many live shows as she can and building the foundations to become a recognised, serious and talented artist. As a lyricist she has some serious bars and can go from a skippy, fast flow to switching it to a more relaxed one. Check out ‘Just Cool Nah’ her recent collaboration with DJ Cameo, Scrufizzer, Saskilla, Drifter & Lil Nasty.

Go to C Cane’s Youtube channel by clicking here

 

October 16, 2014

Eyez (@Eyez_Uk) – Hard To Get Over (Prod by. Zdot) [Music Video]

Eyez is one MC who I took notice of after being on Lord Of The Mics 5. From Bristol the MC dives into deep into his thoughts for his track Hard To Get Over as he talks about life in general with some deep, reflective opinions.

 

November 27, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: P Money [Interview]

South London’s P Money has definitely earned his stripes as one of the most gifted MC’s of this generation. The early 20-something OGz member is known for his fast, skippy flow and crazy energy he brings to a track and on stage. He’s not one dimensional either, coming from grime you can also hear him spitting on dubstep beats and r&b. Growing up (like most grime MC’s) on pirate radio, he soon became a well-known figure after hits like ‘Ho’, ‘Slang Like This’ and touring with Magnetic ManThe Wrap Up’s Shireen Fenner catches up with him to talk about his forthcoming shows.

TWU: What do you think makes you different from other MC’s?

PM: Being an MC means it’s easy to just write lyrics, but it’s not easy for everyone else to be able to relate to you. Even down to things such as not using the ‘n’ word and things like that, I think that’s what separates me. A lot of people don’t take that into consideration and realise things like that do actually matter. The moment you say certain things you limit yourself – that is something I never wanted to do.

TWU: Do you think your lyrics reflects your personality? When you write or spit is there another persona that comes out?

PM: The only other persona that comes out is the loudness. If you were around me, I’m always quiet and I analyze stuff. I’m fine sitting down with a few friends watching something, I don’t speak – I’m fine just watching the TV. People who know me and hear my music are like “OMG who is this person? Your loud, you’re speaking.” I think that’s the only difference. When you listen to my lyrics its 100% me – the kind of sarcasm, funny jokes I make… everyone knows that’s who I am.

TWU: ‘Sweet Shop’ and ‘Slang Like This’ were tracks that were perhaps the ones that got you noticed. What are your personal favourite tracks?

PM: My personal favourite would probably be ‘Family’ with Ed Sheeran. He is one of the best people I’ve ever worked with. He broke a different side out of me. He brought a whole different flow, a whole different way of creating a song; I’d never done a track like that before. It means a lot to me because it’s a true story about a car crash I had a few years ago and it’s pretty deep. When I released the track I got feedback from people that had accidents before or knew people that had been in accidents, so it was good to know I related to them and touched them.

TWU: We have LOTM5 coming up. What MC’s do you think this year should clash, and what do you think of the ones already in the pipeline?

PM: I think the Maxsta and Lil Nasty clash will be a good one; they’re both from similar backgrounds, been in the game from young, they both have been around the same kind of people. They’re both grime at heart and they both go hard. I definitely think more of the bigger MC’s should get involved and come back and do it just for the fun of it. Even if they’re two friends. It’s got to a point where clashing is starting to become hostile again; it got to a point where it wasn’t, one week you would hear Ghetts and Wiley then Ghetts and Skepta on radio. It was never hostile, it was all entertainment and excitement, but now because no one really knows each other because it’s not just London based, they have no form of friendship so it can turn hostile. If the MC’s that are more established and know each other come back and do something for the fun of it, it will bring back the fun side to it again and it can go further.

TWU: You tweeted Jammer in regards to clashing Big H saying ‘Let’s do it, let’s talk business.’ What happened?

PM: Big H said he will clash anyone and someone said P Money and he can’t back down, because he said anyone. He tweeted ‘yea I’ll do it’ I said ‘cool let’s do it’. He’s been around a long time – you could say he has a legendary status. In terms of it definitely happening I’m not entirely sure, I think it will, it just might not happen on this one… it might happen on the next one.

TWU: Dot Rotten called out Jammer. What’s your take on this? What do you also think of this statement? He said ‘Insects – (the grime scene’s like a flea circus)’

PM: I think that statement is nothing but disrespectful. You can’t diss something that made you, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like the people in it there, it’s a part of what made you. Everybody has your old CD’s, your old mixtapes and vinyl releases of ‘Bazooka’ when you were producing grime tracks that made you. You weren’t Dot Rotten, you started out as Young Dot so it’s disrespectful to do that. If I started doing rap now and went and dissed grime, it’s disrespectful, that’s what made me and got me where I am now. It’s just rude.

In terms of him calling out Jammer I’m not sure, I think they may have a personal thing… I’m not sure. I think he’s trying to say Jammer’s the host but he’s never clashed. I know he had his thing with Snakeyman but that was all fun and games. Snakeyman doesn’t take music as his thing – clashing isn’t his thing. Normally when you look at rap battles the host is not an MC or a rapper, he’s literally a host. So I think what Dot is trying to say is ‘you can’t be just the host because you tried to clash Snakeyman.’

TWU: You’ve also got your headline shows coming up. How are you feeling about these?

PM: You can expect to hear my EP live along with one or two tracks off my album. The first track I start with is the intro off my album. I’m going to be there early, not sitting backstage… I’m going to be out there; if people want to talk to me, they can. I’m giving people free t-shirts, I’m going to have conversations… I like talking to my fans. That’s normal, I think that’s how it should be. I’m not some alien.

You can get P’s ‘Round The Clock’ EP now.

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November 1, 2012

Copywrite: Exclusive lyricism at its best [Interview]

Shireen from Flavour talks hip hop with Ohio’s Copywrite, an rapper who has brought together artists from the UK and US for his brand new album ‘God Save The King’  (Proper English Version)’, released 13th June. We talk about the hip hop scene in Colombus, Ohio, his reputation as a battle MC, and working with the UK’s finest MC’s.

How did your journey as a hip hop MC begin?

I actually started off by accidentally freestyling, spur of the moment in my friend’s basement, while he banged on the table and recorded it into a boom box. This was in 1990/1991 I was about 13/14; people in the neighborhood heard it and told me to keep going. They said it was good which we knew it wasn’t, but at the time and for people that we knew thought it sounded decent.  After that we thought lets try and write something.

Tell me about your early days with Megahertz?

Basically we started in Columbus, Ohio, Megahertz went through a few different phases with different members, but we were just a group of kids who really wanted to make a career out of it and go worldwide with it. We got a good response locally in Ohio and in Columbus, and we hoped the rest of the world would feel the same way the people locally did. We took it a little bit further every year.

You come from Ohio, what is the hip hop scene like out there?

It’s cool you’ve got a lot of people from out here who made a name for themselves. We’ve got Blueprint, Illogic; we have ten worldwide acts from Ohio, Columbus from the same area who just did their own thing on their own merit without help.  It’s quite a hip hop scene out here, the only downfall is we don’t have that many venues to perform at, so most of us go out of state to do our shows. Artistically it’s an incredible place, its birthed a whole lot of great artists and it continues to do so.  There are a lot of people on the come up, new artists that are just getting their names known.

As an MC what do you think is the most important to have; content, delivery, wordplay or flow’?

Flow. You can have the best lyrics in the world, but if you don’t have flow who would want to listen. I’ve heard some MC’s that don’t have the greatest lyrics in the world, but their flow is nice, so they’re listenable. Personally I cant listen to an MC if he doesn’t have timing.

You’ve got a reputation as a battle MC. How do you prepare yourself mentally?

I’ve never really prepared myself; I just go out there. In my earlier days I was just so hungry, and so angry, angry that other people were rapping so good. This was coming from when I was like an arrogant little 19/20 year old, and I would just have an arsenal of my legitimate thoughts. It was already there, these were the thoughts I had trapped in my head, and I was ready to direct them to whoever I thought was in the way or a lesser opponent. I’ve been doing it for so long, but there’s a time and a place for the cockiness and arrogance, which is important to but you learn that along the way. The studio and the stage is the only place for it.

What proportion of your battles is pre prepared and what is off the top of your head on the day?

When I battle it all it is off the top of my head. I wouldn’t go in there with any pre-written or pre-thought out stuff. I would throw all my thoughts in right then and then.

Can you remember a punchline that destroyed your opponent? 

There was a 50 Cent show I did and Jay Z was there, Just Blaze was the judge and there was a kid named Skyscraper and I said, “This aint event fair game, if you’re a skyscraper I’m the Taliban in an airplane.” It was like a crowd of 10,000 they all went crazy.

Which international battlers really stand out to you and why?

There’s a dude names Dirtbag Dan from San Jose, he does a lot of Grind Time battles, I like him because he has a different approach. He has all the basics an MC should have, but he has random stuff and will sometimes come off like a stand up comedian. He’s really good and really funny.

You’ve worked with various UK MC’s in the past. What initially led you to work with MC’s from across the Atlantic?

Early on in my career I got the chance to work with different cats. We went on our first tour in 1998, and Creative from Denmark was one of the first people we worked with. A kid named Formula 1 from Sweden we worked with. I learned early on that everyone has skill. Slick Rick was always one of my favourite MC’s, and to me he’s one of the top MC’s and he hasn’t fallen off. That always blew my mind, and people don’t really stop and think where Slick Rick’s from. As far as me being an Italian, a white dude or whatever, in the same manner I didn’t want people to discriminate against me for being white, I never discriminated against other MC’s for being from different countries. Music’s very transcending and I’ve always seen that.

On your forthcoming album you work with UK MC’s such as Genesis Elijah, Context, SAS, Bigz, Dru Blu and Akala. Why have you continued to develop this relationship with MC’s from the UK?

I think it’s just something different and I feel like with the Internet we have a real bridge. We speak the same language the only thing different is the slang and the accents. This border between us (the US) and the UK is real silly at this point. There’s a lot of politics in music, but I’m just really trying to show people there are a lot of talented people out there, and it doesn’t matter where they’re from. What I like about Context is his flow is real smooth and he has lyrics and he’ll rhyme in particular parts that you don’t expect to hear. Genesis Elijah is real raw and energetic and I always like that. SAS is real street with it. I like the kid Bigz a lot because he has a lot of punchlines and energy and bounces all over the meat. He’s really really dope, I get a really live visual when I hear him. Akala, just forget it that dude’s crazy.

You also feature a lot of US heavyweights. Why the decision to have so many features? 

A lot of people I’m really cool with in the industry, and it was a strategy of mine to get people to pay attention to the MC’s that they may not otherwise pay attention to. I’ve been doing this long enough to know the games that people play. I’m not really into the whole names thing, I base it on talent. I figure if I throw me and Royce and Genesis on a song, people are going to hear it. People are going to listen to it and it might open up their eyes to an artist they otherwise wouldn’t have paid attention to.

Do you think by having such a mixture of UK and US artists that your album becomes fully trans Atlantic or will one side still favor it?

I honestly think it will be trans Atlantic, I think both people will dig it. A lot of people out here really like the song I did with SAS and they’re not pressured into the fact their from the UK, there is no negative feedback. I don’t see how an accent can get in the way of people enjoying the music.

After the album, do you still intend to work with artists from all over the world?

Yes. It’s pretty much an ongoing thing. I get a kick out of putting people onto new artists. My biggest dream would be to do a song with Radiohead.

What is next for Copywrite?

Were working on the Megahertz record with RJD2 and the rest of the group. Our brother passed away from cancer, we’re doing it in honour of him, a tribute to him. We never got the chance to make a proper full length so that what were trying to do.

June 1, 2012

Tre Mission – T.A.P

Canadian grime MC Tre Mission drops the visuals to T.A.P