Posts tagged ‘USG’

February 26, 2014

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

Last week was a bit quieter than usual as many people were working quietly behind the scenes for new forthcoming projects for example Peak’s new EP ‘Life’s Peak’ and Colours Miyagi ‘Sunshine & Rain’.

We saw a few video’s drop from the USG team last week and they also announced a new EP ‘Untouchable Street Generals’ will be being released on 31st March, a warm up before their full album.

Geko released his mixtape two weeks ago ‘Thoro In The South. The Manchester MC kept the buzz of this release going by dropping a video taken from the project of the same name. With no features from USG apart from one with Lefty, Geko shows his presence as an artist in his own right.

Squingy put out the video to ‘Like Me’ featuring Sky which looks like it was shot on a nice summer’s day in London. The content of the track helps you understand his and USG’s journey in music a bit better as he talks you through some of it, especially the struggle.

Part 2 of Essex rapper Potter Payper’s freestyle studio video was released to the public last week. He is very highly rated in the game right now, and will be a problem once he is released from prison. He released his first mixtape in Summer 2013 ‘Training Day’ which really caused a stir, check that out if you haven’t heard of him yet.

Brotherhood took to Link Up TV for their first Behind Barz freestyle and what a deep one it was. The sibling duo from Ipswich get serious as they discuss racism, enlightening people on their views. The pair are due to release their mixtape ‘Love Life Hate The World’ on March 9th, and from their impressive lyrics here it’s set to be a good one.

Lastly the list of the 2014 BOTB list was released last week and instead of gathering a panel to give the final list of the ten, the public were asked to vote on Twitter and the numbers were counted. The list should be revealed this week and I’m looking forward to seeing the shortlist and the discussions that come with it.

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January 17, 2014

Geko (@GekoUSGENT) – Mind Games [Audio]

Manchester based rapper Geko from the USG collective releases the audio to a new track titled Mind Games, which he says was influenced by Mic Righteous’ The Pen. Two word, headphones, bed…

 

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

December 10, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

Last week I attended Lil Nasty’s ‘Nasty Piece Of Work’ EP launch at Silk Club in Camden. The EP itself will be available to buy on iTunes on December 16. Lil Nasty, Flirta D and Jammer performed for us on the night.

On the subject of grime last week saw a few of the Lord Of The Mics hype sessions being released including the ‘headline’ clash between Lil Nasty and Maxsta. We also saw Grimmy and Grim Sickers, D2 and Eyez, Proton and Realz, Lil Choppa and Zeo’s hype sessions. More should be dropping next week.

Two of the finest South London rising rappers Dru Blu and Fekky came together for a collaboration on Dru Blu’s recent album ‘Double Or Nothing’.  Last week they released the video to this banger which sees Dru delivering some of his hardest bars and Fekky’s classic ad libs.

I talked about the release of Murda’s mixtape ‘A Brick From The Block’ a few weeks ago so if you missed that and want to see what he’s about go and get that now. Last week he also dropped a video from the tape titled ‘Murda’ where he talks through his experiences for this street track.

Next up we have more artists from South London, an area that’s always been strong in the UK rap game. Brixton’s DVS, Syikes and Naja (Mr Sozah) headed down to Westwood’s crib to showcase some new fiery hot bars for this outstanding freestyle.

More fire from Brixton this one called the ‘A Town Line Up’ and sees C1z (A Money and Lil Trev), Sneakbo, Lil Shak, Ribbz, Mr Sozah, Crazy, Feel Fr33 and more. The ten minute track sees them all spitting some hardcore bars on this ten minute long track. Make sure you go and check out this talent from Angel Town.

Musically he’s been quiet for a little while now not having released any tracks of his own. Last week Ex from USG took to Twitter to release two unheard tracks on his Soundcloud ‘Stack It To The Loft’ and ‘Wonderin’. We will probably see these two tracks on his forthcoming mixtape ‘The Ex Files’ which should be out this month.

November 12, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

Last week The Wrap Up headed down to the Fedz movie premiere at the Genesis Cinema in East London. The independent British film based on a policeman who resigns from the force after suspicions of corruption, instead investigates a terrorist group who have released a virus. The film has recognizable faces including Dexter Fletcher and Ashley Walters and the soundtrack is pure UK hip hop featuring music from Squingy, K Koke, DVS, J Spades, Ex, Joe Black, Logic and many more. The afterparty saw live performances from the USG team also joining them were South London’s Sho Shallow and Ard Adz.

Speaking of USG, they were in the studio last night with StayFresh. This joining of the West Midlands grime collective with the North West London rap collective means we will be hearing something epic very soon. Despa from the Stayfresh crew last night tweeted “That studio session was h’immense big up @kkokeusg @SquingyUSG the rest of USG & all my @stayfreshtweets homies.”

Peak has been a bit quiet recently, I hope this is because he’s been hard at work in the studio creating something good for us. Last week he dropped a ‘Penthouse’ freestyle video showing why he has a lot of potential to go far. Make sure you check that out.

Peak also dropped a ‘Pound Cake’ freestyle for the Rap City Back2Rap freestyle series. They talk about everything from the music scene to women telling truths in their bars.

Another South London collective STP released the video ‘Bout To Blow’. This one comes from Mitch featuring Leaanneah Lauren and Windy Music’s Sho Shallow as they spit some inspirational bars and how they’ll keep going to reach their dreams. This track can be found on The STP 2 mixtape available for free download.

Moving over to North London, Islington we saw three artists from there drop a track a together.Face and Squeeks provided the bars for ‘They Think We Made It’ joined by Frostie who delivered the hook. The track is produced by Westy and Weezy Brown.

If you haven’t already make sure you go and buy Dru Blu’s street album ‘Double Or Nothing’. On a recent interview he explained the name behind it.

“Everyone knows me as Don Strapzy Don Dru Blu everyone calls me Donny anyway so D.O.N just gave it an acronym.. ‘Double Or Nothing’ that’s how we live anyway. We put everything into this so it’s either doubling it or man’s lost everything.”

June 11, 2013

Geko – The Note [Music Video]

Geko‘s Voice Of The Future mixtape dropped in December but check out the video to a track taken from there The Note.

May 24, 2013

The Art of UK Rap – [Documentary]

Rap Up UK return with another mini documentary this time looking at the Art Of Rap where they talk to emcees such as Jaja Soze, Political Peak, Fem Fel, Dru Blu, Pepstar, USG, Young Mad B, Yung Meth, Sho Shallow, Lyrican, Mike GLC, Pane & Yardz, Wholagun, Pound Sterling, Marger + More

 

April 16, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

Last week I went down to Geko’s show in north London to find a queue and crowd of screaming, fanatical fans (mainly girls). The young rapper from Manchester who is part of USG performed tracks from his mixtape ‘Voice Of The Future’, bringing out special guests Ard Adz and Sho Shallow, also bringing in other young talent as support acts which was great to see…

Yungen dropped his ‘Topic Of Discussion’ mixtape which has 16 tracks and includes features from SqueeksCashtasticG FrSH and others with production from Steel BanglezKnox BrownRymezS-X and more. The video to track ‘F**k Them’ off the tape featuring his Play Dirty family Krept & Konan was also released, with some dark visuals.

Coops is an artist I have been hearing a lot about recently, with his name buzzing around on the scene. He released his debut mixtape ‘What Do You See’ in February, showcasing his ability on the 24-track tape. Last week saw him release the video to ‘My State Of Mind’, which samples Nas’ classic joint ‘NY State Of Mind’.

From the Str88 Cash team comes Kerz ‘Real Rap’ mixtape with a good 22 tracks produced by DJTR Beats the whole way through. Kerz delivers a good tape, making more people take notice. He covers a variety of topics, showing his depth and versatility as an artist.

Mozart’s Shizzle releases the video to ‘Crown Me’, a motivational and emotional track at the same time. The track is taken from his ‘It’s Mozart Baby’ mixtape which dropped right at the beginning on 2013.

The audio to Sneakbo’s new track ‘Ring A Ling’ was put online for all of our listening pleasure and samples Shabba Ranks, fusing bashment and bass music, and is musically different to anything heard from Sneakbo before. He talked to Mistajam on his BBC Radio 1Xtra show on Wednesday where he announced he is still working on the new EP ‘Certified’ and we can expect it this summer.

If you’re free on Saturday, April 20, get yourselves down to ‘Hip Hop Isn’t Dead’ at The Garage in London where there will be live performances from English FrankSkinnymanKlashnekoffDurrty GoodzBlack The RipperMic RighteousLogicMystroGenesis ElijahJaja Soze and others. The night will hosted by Charlie Sloth, A Squeezy and Big Cakes; plus there will be an open mic competition. See you there!

March 11, 2013

USG – Do Dis Ting [Music Video]

As part of the SBTV special takeover as promo for the release of K Koke’s latest track Lay Down Your Weapons, a music video was filmed for Do Dis Ting a new track from USG.

February 10, 2013

Don Jaga ft Ex – Find My Way [Music Video]

USG’s Don Jaga and Ex drop the video to track Find My Way, check out the video below.