Posts tagged ‘Sneakbo’

November 17, 2016

Sneakbo Interview

Sneakbo was one of the first artists in the UK responsible for mixing Afrobeat with Rap, which is an impressive feat. A lot of artists are now following suit, building upon the increasingly interesting platform that Sneakbo has helped create.

After 6 years of being independent, paving the way and kicking down doors for UK Rap, he’s now signed to Virgin EMI and in an even better position to become bigger than ever. He’s not had an easy life, but Sneakbo is a fighter, and his passion for music has kept him going. I caught up with the intriguing artist to find out more.

You say music saved your life. Can you tell us how?

Before music I was just out and about. When I found music it kept me focused and I didn’t get into much trouble, and I was just doing what I love and I’m getting paid for it. I know what I’m doing now and I’m doing good things.

Let’s talk about you being signed to Virgin EMI recently. Tell us the story behind it, how did it happen?

I’ve been independent for 6 years and I think it was March or April that I signed my first actual deal with Virgin EMI. It was through my manager that played them 3 singles that I had and they liked it and they signed me. We were in talks for a month before I signed the deal. Other labels were in touch, but my heart was with Virgin.

Being home to Krept & Konan and Lethal Bizzle, as well, do you feel like you’re in safe hands with the label?

Definitely. I’ve seen what they can do and it made me more confident.

Do you feel you’ve done all you could independently or was there something else behind the move?

I wouldn’t say I’ve done all I can independently, but I felt like this was the right time to get back in and see what I do with these singles, what a label can do with these singles. It wasn’t really that I can do all I can independently, it was more to see what I can do with major backing,

Do you feel in this day and age that you can be totally independent throughout all your career or do you feel we still need labels?

I believe you can do it both ways, it just depends on the artist and the team they have behind them. You can do it both ways, if you’ve got a good team you can do it independently.

You’ve smashed it independently for around 6 years gaining Top 40 singles such as ‘Zim Zimma,’ where do you see yourself going from here on?

Hopefully bigger and better results. Hopefully higher chart positions, bigger shows, better video qualities. I just feel like everything should be better. When I was independent I was doing everything that the label is doing, right now I’m not sitting back, but a lot of things are getting done that I’m not doing. There’s a major difference.

Your style is very unique, mixing Afrobeat with Rap, do you see any other artists now being influenced from your style and how do you feel seeing this?

I see loads of artists doing it now, especially the newcomers. I’m happy and it shows I’m doing something right and what I’m doing people are following it. I don’t feel they are copying or nothing like that. I’m definitely proud. At first I can’t lie, I used to feel funny when I heard a song, and I thought nah this person is copying my style. Now that people are mentioning it to me, you feel proud that people are following your style, and I’m happy people can see that. It makes me feel better. I rate J Hus, I rate Timbo, I rate Mologo.

How do you make sure your sound is always different and distinct?

I’m just focused on making bangers and hits. I’m not fussed if anyone goes with that style, I’m just focused on myself, the wave, the jetski wave.

What’s your opinion on the UK Rap scene now?

I’m proud of it. I’m happy because it’s changed a lot. 4-5 years ago you would have had to make a certain type of music to get loads of radio play, but now they accept us for our music and what we like making. It’s changed a lot.

How would you compare it to when you first started out?

A lot more underground and unsigned artists are doing a lot more shows. Before you had to be signed to kind of be doing well and doing good shows, but now you can go on Link Up TV and drop a hot song and you can do well.

How has being from Brixton influenced your style of music?

Being from Brixton I grew up with loads of Jamaicans, I’m Nigerian, but in Brixton there’s loads of Jamaicans, and when I go to the clubs and that and they used to play bashment, bashment, bashment, that’s what made me love it and start jumping on it. My new single ‘Too Cool’ it’s on a bashment track called ‘Bookshelf Riddim’ that came about from me listening to bashment from young.

What’s a defining moment that changed your career and or life?

When I made ‘Touch Ah Button’, that’s when I started getting shows and that’s what started making the industry interested in me.

You’ve just dropped your first single ‘Too Cool (Right Here)’ since being signed, what was the process behind the track, and how has the reaction been?

The reaction so far has been great. It’s getting loads of radio play, the video is doing well. I’ve had a great reaction, all my fans have been messaging me good messages about it. The video was shot in LA. My manager set it up for Nyla to be on the song, but I knew about her for a long time, she had a big song called ‘Love Is Wicked.’

Any plans for an album?

Right now I’m working on the album, I’ve got a couple songs ready, so hopefully next year I’ll have the album finished and ready to drop. The next single will hopefully be next November time, it will be wavy, even better.

What’s next for Sneakbo?

I’ve got to plan the video for the next single. Lots more work.

 

October 3, 2016

The Sounds of UK Rap: @ClueOfficial @ArdAdz @OfficialGiggs @Sneakbo @S_Wavey @SkeamberOJB @SkoreBeezy

Skeamer x Skore Beezy

Two of the OJB crew (Official Junction Crew) – that’s Clapham Junction for those of you who don’t know – link up for ‘Balance’. An Afrobeats-influenced instrumental sets the tone for their track, with the whole hood out with drinks in their hand for the video. Skeamer comes in first with lyrics about where he’s from, his upbringing and his struggle: “They wanna know my story, they want the beef they want the war they want the glory.”

Skore Beezy then steps up with strong, elevating bars coupled with his solid, passionate and perfectly executed delivery. The two then go back-to-back with their bars after the hook, complementing each other’s flows extremely well. This is how you make a collaborative UK Rap track.

Sneakbo and S Wavey

South London rappers Sneakbo and S Wavey give us one for the streets in their collaborative new track ‘Aigons’. The pair drop some heavy-duty bars over a powerful, marching, beat with Sneakbo repeatedly saying “gang” on the intro and outro, beginning his verse by talking about some real life situations, “Look at the life I’m living, went for the love of the money, I’m sinning. ain’t digging no L’s, I ain’t getting no sleep and winning from the beginning.” It’s directed at people who think he’s changed because of his fame, but this track proves he’s still bringing the heat to the underground as well as commercial landscape.

Giggs

The Landlord himself dropped the video to one of the more ‘party’ tracks from his latest album. The visuals certainly fit the track’s vibe with it being filmed at his own private party, with a bunch of women to keep himself – and Donae’o who features on the track – entertained. Giggs and Donae’o take over London’s arthouse North London cinema Screen On The Green, with Giggs at the entrance running the door and guests such as female rapper Stefflon Don. These two definitely know how to party and put together a very cheeky, rave-ready anthem.

Giggs announced his headline show at the 02 Forum Kentish Town on Friday 11th Nov and you can get tickets here

Clue

The first track we heard from Giggs’ Landlord album was ‘Whippin Excursion’ in July, which has since become a big anthem. South London’s Clue decided to take on the instrumental and re-fix it for ‘Gripping N Swerving’, spitting straight fire of his own, with fresh bars, and a fresh hook, whilst keeping Giggs’ adlibs present throughout the track.

It features Reepz (part of OJB) who comes through on his verse with a fierce and passionate execution that ends the track nicely. Clue’s own delivery and essence is laid-back with heated bars: “You ain’t a ganster, you just a gangsters version. My n****s wicked and bad, 67 man lurking, for a monkey I would tell my little n**** burst it.” Giggs gave the track his approval too, so if the Landlord did, it’s pretty certain that everyone else will follow suit!

Ard Adz

Ard Adz has a special way of bringing emotion to his words, like a true artist reaching out to his listeners. He brings an uplifting message for his new one ‘Worry Less, Smile More’ spitting thought-provoking bars over a harmonious, key-led beat and vocal hook. Adz talks us through some honest thoughts he has, coupled with his journey in life and what he wishes for the future, “sinning but I’m winning this s**t isn’t funny though, pray for me. If I told you that I’m coming would you wait for me? I hope the angels tell the Lord to hold the gates for me. I been on my grind but aint made it out this hood yet, my sons getting older can’t be following my footsteps.”

July 11, 2016

The Sounds of UK Rap: @ReekoSqueeze @Official6ix @Sneakbo @TherealWholagun @DonStrapzy_

Reeko Squeeze

This year, Reeko Squeeze has being working hard, dropping track after track. After his separation from infamous UK Rap crew Section Boyz last year, which left fans shocked and disappointed, he went on to drop his introductory mixtape Child’s Play as a solo artist. It proved he was strong on his own and made room for himself in his own lane, collaborating with artists such as Youngs Teflon and J Hus. His new track ‘Ring Ring’ takes on a production courtesy of Loadstar, bringing a different sound to the normal street bangers he goes for. We see him flowing effortlessly over an energetic instrumental, with a chorus that matches the vigor of the beat.

 

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One of London’s hottest UK Rap crews have released another heavyweight track titled ‘Traumatised 2’. It features a haunting, ghostly, and sinister beat mixed with raw and gritty chronicles of the streets, their lives, and what they see around them. ‘Traumatised 2’ captures their authenticity, “Mans on trapping, man got skills, g money got gwop like Tesco tills, peng tings wanna lurk on Brixton Hill.” Their real bars, teamed with their original sound, have pushed them already into the limelight.

 

Sneakbo

South London rapper Sneakbo sprays bars all over his new Dancehall anthem, sampling a classic riddim ‘Bookshelf.’ Produced by iLL Blu and featuring the vocals of Nyla, Sneakbo has a surefire hit on his hands for the summer – ready to hit the clubs or be played whilst relaxing on the beach. This is his first release since being signed to Virgin EMI, and it’s clear nothing has changed with Sneakbo’s style; it’s full of energy and charisma. Sneakbo lays his bars down about a female: “10 out of 10 girl your looks are nice, get what I like I don’t watch the price / I woke up like you see tonight, I’m living life, living like I’m about to die.”

 

Wholagun

Wholagun drops one for the streets with his new track ‘I’m Sorry.’ He matches ice-cold bars with a flow that switches up and quickens. The South London rapper isn’t new to the game, and has an undeniable sound in the UK amongst other rappers, pairing minimalist beats with sharp bars. ‘I’m Sorry’ shows Wholagun telling us he’s about to mess up the game with his unruly, boisterous bars and feverish delivery: “Been looking hard and observing, if I go hard then it’s curtains, they got bars and they murking, but they ain’t like this in person,” talking about how other rappers lie in their bars and aren’t really like that. We wonder who he’s aiming that at?

 

Don Strapzy

Another artist straight out of South London, Don Strapzy has been putting in the work this year. dropping strings of videos and headlining a show at Birthdays in Dalston. ‘Write Off’ finds him going hard with a passionate and fiery delivery over a lively, upbeat production that should be turned up loud in your car or in the club. “I’m Donny and I’m all about the dolla, loyal to my family I’ll die for my honour.”

News

Beyoncé has been in London for her Formation world tour and along with dancing to Skepta and JME’s ‘That’s Not Me’ on Saturday night (July 2nd), she also brought out UK Rap crew Section Boyz for a support slot on July 3rd.

Section Boyz also have a new track out with Chris Brown, Wiz Kid and Hoody Baby titled ‘Shabba.’ It dropped on Chris Brown’s SoundCloud, and is the second time the crew have paired up with the R&B singer (the first being ‘Whippin’).

May 6, 2016

The Sounds Of UK Rap @HazeTheTruth @SnapCapone @stefflondon @MicRighteous @Sneakbo @SectionBoyz_

I’m here to bring you the latest and greatest tracks from the world of UK rap. From Haze’s short film and forthcoming album, to Mic Righteous and news of an independent artist signing to a major label…

Haze

Haze is a seasoned hip-hop artist hailing from Croydon. His career began in 2007 with the release of Once Upon A Time, which included a collaboration with SAS, but he’s since worked with Harlem legend Max B, and American producer Harry Fraud. He’s known for pushing boundaries and has been a strong influence on UK hip-hop culture. His new project sees him presenting his music in a more visual way by releasing a short film to accompany his new album. Thinking Out Loud is the title of the short film and 21-track album, both set for release on May 16th. The album will feature Akala, J Spades, Maverick Sabre and Black The Ripper. Haze introduced the project with the video for ‘You Don’t Know Me’, produced by Edixion Beats, giving his fans an insight into the themes that will be uncovered with the full project.

The film will preview on May 11th at Vue Cinema in Westfield, Stratford and you can buy your tickets by heading here.

Snap Capone

Snap Capone is one of the UK’s most respected rappers and for good reason – starting out as a teenager and gaining acknowledgment in ’09/’10 releasing freestyles and mixtapes as part of the S.I group, they became a pretty instant underground hit. In 2013, his debut mixtape Return Of The Shooter was released and ever since he’s dropped enough projects to firmly secure his position as one of the hardest UK rappers around. We saw the release of the visuals for ‘The Rain’ featuring Dex Man taken from his January 2016 mixtape The Gift & The Curse. The video doesn’t have Snap in due to him being incarcerated but shows another individual playing him. The two rappers take the introspective route lyrically over a soulful, hip-hop beat. Shot on a block, Dex Man raps, “had a bit of hunger, I started getting paid,” taking us through a snapshot of his life. Snap’s verse starts off about his adult lifestyle, “playing in the rain rose gold chain,” and then goes back to his childhood, “I remember playing knock down ginger in them hallways,” in this lyrically hard tune.

Stefflon Don

Stefflon Don has been creating waves in the scene, especially this past year with her remix of tracks such as ‘Lock Arff’ with Inch from Section Boyz, Rae Sremmurd’s ‘No Type’, and Rihanna’s ‘Work’, where she joined forces with Sneakbo to make it their own. She comes hard with her new track ‘Hot Prop’ over a Zeph Ellis-produced track. The visuals are as dope and icy as her bars and really match her hard-edged lyrics and the beat. Her delivery is as powerful and strong as her bars, “don’t ask me no questions, don’t mention my name in your sentence, there’s levels I don’t see progression.” Her image on the main screen in Piccadilly Circus might prove to be a prediction for where she’s headed.

Mic Righteous

Mic Righteous is known for his lyrically hard-hitting, conscious, and sometimes emotional tracks. He’s been compared to U.S rappers DMX and Eminem thanks to his ability to provoke emotion through his storytelling abilities and the delivery in his tracks. He’s been a bit quiet as of late, but that’s because he’s been working on his debut album. We’ve been given a track off of the album, ‘When I Die’ feat. Daf Evan, with visuals to match. The track is the official soundtrack to a new UK indie film out now called Hard Tide. We can see clips of the film in the visuals along with Mic Righteous and his feature singer shot in his hometown of Margate. This is an inspiring and empowering track about going for your dreams and believing in yourself, but also the trials that we have to go through. “I believe I can see my dreams, I close my eyes I’m going blind.” The ambient, melodic beat matches Mic’s bars and Daf Evan’s soulful tones.

In Other News

Sneakbo has signed a deal with Virgin EMI after being an independent artist for 6 years. He’s dropped chart-topping tracks as well as street tracks and future classic mixtapes such as Jetski Wave. Hopefully this deal will take his career to the next level, and see him get the success he fully deserves.

Section Boyz have linked up with one of the biggest names in R&B, Chris Brown, for his new single ‘Whippin.’ Swift from Section Boyz tweeted “Mummy thinks I’m lying about having a song with Chris Brown.” It was quite a surprising collaboration when we got a little preview of it early in April on Chris’ Instagram page It’s taken from the recently released joint mixtape between Chris Brown and OHB, Before Da Trap.

April 18, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @LittleTorment @Sneakbo @stefflondon @NafeSmallz @shizzmcnaughty @140Aks @CapoLee100

Little Torment 4am In The Streets

Little Torment has been quiet recently, bar his track on Fumez The Engineer’s mixtape, so it’s good to see him drop this new one “4am In The Streets”. This is taken from his Behind Closed Doors II mixtape, and proves the South Londoner spitter has not lost his edge, but has more fire in his belly.

Sneakbo & Steff London – Pull Up

This isn’t the first time Brixton’s Sneakbo and Steff London have collaborated and it probably won’t be the last either. “Pull Up” is the new one from the pair and they both bring the heat to this Hydrolix produced track. Sneakbo’s flow and bars compliment Steff’s. This tune’s is too hard!

Nafe Smallz – Digits

Luton based artist Nafe Smallz has just come back off tour with Future in America. Fresh off the back of this, he keeps things current remixing Young Thug’s “Digits”, giving it his own adaption of the track.

Shizz Mcnaughty and 140Aks ft. Allstars – Wickedest Sound Remix

Shizz Mcnaughty and 140Aks dropped the original “Wickedest Sound” track at the beginning of Feb, and after the track has done really well, have decided to give it an Allstar remix. Produced by Ras Eye and 10 Billion Dreams, the remix has been gifted by Blittz, Mercston, Izzie Gibbs and Capo Lee.

Capo Lee ft. P Money, Footsie & President T – Liff Remix

Capo Lee enlists fellow Grime MC’s and some of the best in the game too to give their take for the “Liff Remix”. OGz P Money is joined by Newham Generals Footsie and Meridian Crew’s President T.

February 1, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @PotterPayper @MaverickSabre @Bonkaz @Novelist @UncleMez @Sneakbo @Stefflondon @FekkyOfficial @Blademusic

Potter Payper ft. Maverick Sabre – Normal

Potter Payper is kicking off the start of 2016 with some great new music and begins with the impressive video for “Normal” featuring the vocals of the soulful Maverick Sabre. The rapper delves into real life issues faced by many, the problems people go through and how it’s normal life for them. It’s a reality check which will relate to people in some way. You’ll be able to get this track on his forthcoming EP One Time, but you’ll have to wait until March!

Bonkaz – And Dat (Feat. Stormzy)

For some time now Bonkaz has been teasing fans with snippets for his new mixtape, Mixtape of the Year and the most popular was his and Stormzy’s collab on “And Dat”. This weekend we finally received the mixtape with the full version of “And Dat” that has the two MCs going back to back on their Croydon memories. Bonkaz’s new tape has the South London MC displaying His varying rhyming ability and confirming 2016 will be a landmark year for the MC.

Novelist – Break In Your House

Novelist is known for dropping tracks regularly on his Soundcloud and over the weekend we got another one. “Break In Your House” is a self-produced track from the young future star from Lewisham, who freestyles with defiance and boldness that solidifies the fact he is not an MC to be messed with. Word is out that Nov will be dropping his debut album this year too, so we have that to look forward too.

Mez – Hunt For The Pumps

Mez is putting Nottingham on the Grime map and is a serious one to watch this year. His flow, energy and bars bring a real freshness to his music, which is why he is rising fast and has the support of many in the game. “Hunt For The Pumps” showcases Mez’s humorous and witty side on a Kidda Beat production. It’s a catchy track that will get you bouncing.

Sneakbo and Stefflon Don – Work

Sneakbo and Stefflon Don wasted no time recording and releasing a remix to Drake & Rhianna’s new track “Work” the day after it was released. Sneakbo and Stefflon Don’s wavy bars fit the track perfectly like it was made for them, with the pair also sounding wicked together. We hope to see more collaborations with them soon.

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Fekky ft. Blade Brown – Racks

Two of South London’s finest rappers joined forces for Fekky’s track ‘Racks’ taken from his recently released free mixtape Brandy & Coke, and now we get the visuals to match. A trappy beat is the setting for the two to present their hard bars. Watch out for Fekky’s El Classico album which should be dropping soon.

 

December 14, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @TheCocoUK @Jammz @TRIGGASDC @DynamiteMC @Sneakbo @realmostack @REAL_JSPADES @FekkyOfficial @KingPMoney

Coco ft Jammz, Terminator & Trigga | Big Bou Yah Remix 

The original for this track was big and now Coco drops the remix video on SBTV ft. Jammz, Terminator and Trigga. The momentum building for Coco is huge for him as an artist and this track where it’s on the B List at 1Xtra and is one of the best remixes of the year! Toddla T has pulled it out the bag on the remix and got in some of the UK’s hardest lyricists. Annie Mac has also named Coco as a ‘Hot For 2016’!

Dynamite MC – Ride (Dillinja VIP)

Dynamite and Dillinja bring us the VIP version of ‘Ride’ which was first released in 2004, and is sounding crisp and brand new for 2015. Premiered on Drum & Bass Arena’s site ‘Ride (Dillinja VIP)’ is sounding meatier and full of twists and turns and a naughty bassline.   Dynamite MC took to the Drum & Bass Arena Awards this month to take the Best MC title for the second year in a row and also released his solid 30-track album of heard and unheard tracks with productions from some giants in the game such as Zed Bias, Andy C, Zinc, High Contrast, Danny Byrd and more. The most well-known MC in the Drum & Bass scene is back with a fury!

Sneakbo ft. Mostack & J Spades – Right Now

Sneakbo freshens up his ‘Right Now’ track which he originally dropped on his Soundcloud back in September, enlisting another two talented MC’s Mostack and J Spades who provide a verse each. Sneakbo has kept the fire dropping all year and remained consistent and this track is no different. Mostack and J Spades add special flavour to the track giving it extra zing to make it a hit.

Fekky – Up

As we’re all waiting patiently for Fekky to drop his ‘El Classico’ debut album, he’s helped us out along the way with a brand new surprise project ‘Brandy & Coke’ which can be streamed on Soundcloud. Last week he also dropped the visuals to The Heavytrackerz produced cut ‘Up’ which has kind of quenched our thirst for the meantime. The ghostly beat and video match each other perfectly and shows off Fekky’s trappy lyrics.

P Money 10/10

P Money work’s with Sir Spyro once again for another cut which is a certified banger. ‘10/10’ is a hyped track from P, with the visuals shot at Eskimo Dance with some Grime A Lister’s such as Footsie, D Double E and Kano.

 

September 3, 2015

Sunday Review: Reading Festival 2015 [Review} (@OfficialRandL)

Sunday feeling a little bit tired after sleeping in a tent we awoke and livened ourselves up hoping to catch The Skints with Grime MC Rival, which unfortunately we missed.

Walking past the BBC Radio 1 Dance Tent I was enticed in by some banging tunes played by 99 Souls who I’m ashamed to say I’d never heard of before, but this is what I love about festivals finding new artists! The DJ’s got me raving as soon as I stepped into the festival!

I headed over to the 1Xtra Stage next to catch Isaiah Dreads. The young, West Country, Grime MC who pulled in a decent crowd even though it was early and had people singing along to his lyrics which included ‘Wait For Me’ off his recently released mixtape. You could see he had impressed crowd, some who hadn’t heard of him before too.

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Fekky was the next live artist we chose to see. His live performances always win over more fans for him. He set the stage alight more than I’d ever seen before, with pure energy and charisma. Performing tracks such as ‘Still Sittin Here’ ‘Way Too Much’ ‘Hot Boy’ and more he sprayed water over the crowd and handed out plastic cups filled with champagne. His two surprise guests brought a huge buzz especially when General Levy came out performing ‘Incredible’ and fellow South London don Sneakbo who performed ‘The Wave’.

Taking some chill out time we headed to the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage to watch a band completely unheard of to our ears; Glass Animals and yet again they won us round. It’s amazing what listening to a band live can do and how it can change your perception. I really would advise checking them out as they blend R&B, soul, hip hop and indie.

Next up was Young Thug the American rapper who made his debut appearance in the UK at Reading Festival and what a chaos he caused over in 1Xtra. He certainly made an impression on festival goers with his incredible energy and stage presence, showering fans with water who knew every words of his lyrics.

Excitedly rushing over to the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage I knew I had to catch Jamie XX live and in all his glory. The DJ literally left me in awe and dancing for the 30 minutes I witnessed of his hour set. The atmosphere of the crowd was pure entrancement. This set was definitely another favourite of the weekend, and one I had never witnessed before.

I caught some of South London’s Stormzy set over at 1Xtra. He played again to a full house where the energy was high performing hit ‘Not That Deep’, ‘Shut Up’ and more, bouncing all over the stage with the vigor transferring to the crowd. Krept & Konan were next up on 1Xtra and they drew even more of a crowd performing tracks from mixtape ‘Young Kingz’ such as ‘MDMA’ and ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ and also tracks from their new album ‘The Long Way Home’ such as ‘Freak Of The Week’. The South Londoner’s also shut down their performance bringing mad energy and special guest Yungen on with them.

West Coast, American rapper Kendrick Lemar was up next on the main stage where he brought the mood up and down performing hits from his album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ and ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D City’ such as ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Swimming Pools’ and more. He showed Reading why he deserves his mainstream success as he lit up the stage.

The next two artists I wanted to watch were luckily at the same stage (BBC Radio 1 Dance) and finished off the Sunday night perfectly for me. Hudson Mowhake was first and warmed me up nicely for the headline act over at the dance stage BBK. Hudson Mowhake shone with his amazing productions mixing hip hop, soul and electronic and I was amazed to be in his presence while he stood on stage.

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The Dance tent suddenly became more and more packed as it seemed like the whole of Reading Festival had come to watch Boy Better Know for their hour set with Frisco coming on stage first, followed by Jammer and then the rest of the crew through from Shorty to Skepta, JME, Maximum and Solo 45. They performed a whole host of tracks such as Frisco’s collaborative ‘Walking With The Elephants’ with Shakka, ‘Shaky’, ‘Too Many Men’, ‘That’s Not Me’ ‘It Ain’t Safe’ and ended with ‘Shutdown’. They showed Reading why Grime will always live on and why they are the Grime Kings.

June 1, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @KreptandKonan @AR15UK @NeroUK @JHusMusic @KingPMoney

Krept & Konan – “F.W.T.S”

As their debut album is fast approaching with its release in just over a month on July 6, South London UK rap stars Krept & Konan drop another video”‘F.W.T.S”. We will get two versions of this track though as the official one on the album – unlike this video – will feature Boy Better Know’s Skepta. For this track they take it more back to their roots and serve the streets.

 AR15 Presents ‘Out In The Jungle’ ft Squeeks, Sneakbo, Dubz, Stormzy & Bigz

The AR15 mixtape is due to be one of the biggest releases of the year and features a whole host of the UK’s best rappers such as Skepta, Stormzy, Kano, Devlin, Wretch 32, Chip and many more. This is the second track to be heard from the tape and features an all-star cast with Squeeks, Sneakbo, Dubz, Stormzy & Bigz going verse for verse over a Nana Rouges produced haunting beat.

Nero – “Dark Skies”

Electronic music trio Nero drop a new track off their forthcoming highly anticipated album Between II Worlds. “Dark Skies” is the fourth track to be heard, and fans of Nero who have witnessed their live sets will recognise it as they have been playing it for a few years now. Full of metallic synths and vivid subs it has an eerie deposition, while still sounding futuristic. The album arrives August 28.

J Hus – “Lean & Bop”

You’ve heard this track on the radio after the audio was unleashed and it’s safe to say this is one of the biggest tunes of the year for many. Now “Lean & Bop” has a video and it features some well-known faces such as G Frsh, Krept & Konan and Tim Westwood who J Hus teaches how to do the dance too. The feel-good anthem features Doccydocs and is going to be heard everywhere this summer.

P Money – ‘My Lingo’

OGz P Money keeps up the good work rate and drops a new visual for “My Lingo” where he talks some home truths and encourages people to do better. The Thomas Mellor produced track is a cut from his forthcoming mixtape ‘Money Over Everything’ which is released on June 28th.

 

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.