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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Birmz Is Grime 2

There is no doubt if I was still at Birmingham, I would've dragged someone along with me and reached this rave at the famous Custard Factory. Looks big.



Muhammad Ali - "Impossible is Nothing"

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men,
who find it easier to live in the world they've been given,
than to explore the power they have to change it.
Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion.
Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare.
Impossible is potential.
Impossible is temporary.
Impossible is nothing."


We Write The Lyrics

Lemme get that plug in there first and foremost, after all I did steal this from one of my co-editors who posted it today over at the We Write The Lyrics blog. Which is a website y'all need to check out IMMEDIATELY.

That shit is my mantra for 2009.

"First thing you wake up, I'm on your mind // first thing I wake up, it's breakfast time..." ( c ) Sincere


Kid Bass featuring Sincere - Good Girls Love Rudeboys

Seeing as there's no official video and I really do wanna draw attention to this future chart smash, I'm afraid I'll have to post this clip instead. Shout out to whoever's doing promo on this track, you're doing a great job.

I apologise to any women who read High Fidelity and were unimpressed by what they saw when pressing play on the above video. Unless you like that kind of thing. In which case, you're welcome. And call me sometime.

"Gaza death toll passes 300"

The Guardian: 'I didn't see any of my girls, just a pile of bricks'
Israeli air strike kills five daughters from one family as Gaza death toll passes 300

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/30/israel-and-the-palestinians-middle-east

I'm just going to post this link to an article from today's Guardian, which I highly recommend you read. The statistics speak for themselves. I'm not going to comment on it, despite my overwhelming temptation to, because I'd prefer not to find myself on any watchlists. I'm not even going to shout out who sent this link my way because he's probably already on a fucking watchlist.

Just read it. Thank God for the Guardian's shameless liberalism, someone's got to keep it real about what's going on here.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Dotcom Business

High Fidelity is now located at...

www.deekayonline.com

2009 = 2000 and Mine.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

"I love you, but I want her, girl I'm just being honest..." ( c ) Brutha




Brutha - Just Being Honest

"I'm not asking if you would forgive this man, for being a man..."

Them ones there. I'm pretty sure every guy that's ever been in a relationship can relate. Apart from me. I don't get down like that. And even if I did, I would never be stupid enough to admit it on the internet. Obviously.

These guys have disgustingly tight harmonies (JLS take note, THIS is how you do it), but the fact that they're apparently related and practice every day probably gives them an unfair advantage. Truth be told, I don't know if their album is any good because I had the misfortune of playing this track first and it's been on repeat for the last hour and a half. When I get around to listening to the rest I'll let you lot know.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

A R Rahman - Latika's Theme



The highlight of A R Rahman's stunning soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire.

"If I miss your call when you holla at me, I'll call back, until then don't holla at me..." ( c ) Ghetts


SWIIIIITCH!

Late-entry contender for grime tune of the year? It's no coincidence that Ghetts is on all three grime tracks of the year. This is massive, video girls on another level.

"...I might be going up north for the week // if I come back on a bassline ting, that don't mean that I think grime's dead // never that fam, I'll keep it alive, everyone knows what I represent..."

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Ashley Walters featuring Mutya - With You (Video)



I'll support Ash's projects standardly anyway, but I do actually like this track. Mutya looks like any Channel U chorus gyal though, hard to believe she was once a member of the country's biggest girl group. Her voice is still doing a lot but although this vid looks good, its not a good look for her at all. Hopefully the fact she's actually a big singer is enough to counteract that tooth and them tats.

Anyway, this tune is good, ain't gonna make an impact on the charts unless they've got an Electro remix hidden somewhere, but it's a pretty good video for a pretty good song.

Oh and Merry Christmas. Hope Santa shows up with the stuff you wanted. If I wake up with a caramel-complexioned buffting in my stocking then St Nick can call me a believer.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Slumdog Millionaire


So I finally got round to watching the massively hyped "Slumdog Millionaire" tonight. The film is hotly tipped to clean up come award season, having been nominated for four Golden Globes, amongst other prestigious gongs. The film's male lead, played by Londoner Dev Patel, is a candidate for a Best Male Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars. The Harroweigian (shout to Shaz) shot to fame as the most underrated member of an extremely talented Skins cast, and was brought to director Danny Boyle's attention by his daughter, who was a fan of the show. He excels here with a composed and subtle performance which neatly binds the movie's jumbled narrative.

Boyle's greatest triumph however is in the scenery - the captivating backdrop of Mumbai is the real star of the show. The city looks breathtaking. AR Rahman's score is beautiful, perfectly complimenting the movie's stunning visuals. Also stunning is Freida Pinto, the Mumbai-born newcomer who plays the adult Latika. I've officially got a new Bollywood crush.

Ultimately, there is no praise I could give which would sufficiently express my feelings for this great film (but of course that hasn't stopped me from trying!). It's a masterpiece, and one that is essential viewing upon it's commercial release on 9th January. I'm loathe to say much more for fear of either overhyping the movie or spoiling it in any way so I'll conclude with this: Slumdog Millionaire is the best film of the year, visually awe-inspiring, full of life and a triumphant ode to destiny. Fuck if I've over-praised it, this is unmissable.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

We Write The Lyrics


Get to know. This is a powerful movement right here. Sneak preview business for you lot.

Monday, 22 December 2008

Wiley - Westwood Set Video (20-12-08)



Fuck. The levels. Trust Wiley to do radio at at the end of the year and run away with the crown. Massive set.

DJ DeeKay - Grime Classics CrissMix

I know I said I was gonna do a Christmas thing, but I got bored and decided to do a lil' grime classics mix instead. So here's my CrissMix present to you all (yeah I know, it's a fucking awful pun, it doesn't even make sense, but seeing as it's the holidays, allow me). If you're a grime fan, it's something to bump in the car or stick on the iPod, and if you aren't then maybe this will give you a taste for it. Here's the tracklist:

Wiley featuring JME, Chipmunk and Skepta - No Qualms (remix)
Kano - Ps and Qs
Wiley - What Do You Call It
So Solid Crew - 21 Seconds
Heartless Crew - Heartless Anthem
Donaeo - My Philosophy
Dizzee Rascal - I Love You
Roll Deep - When I'm 'Ere
Lethal B - Forward Riddim
Low Deep - Straight Flush
Kray Twinz featuring Lethal B, Twista and Gappy Ranx - What We Do
Low Deep featuring Kano, Ghetto, Doctor and Seac - Get Set
Wiley - Gangsters
Ghetto - Top 3 Selected
Skepta - Single
Tinchy Stryder - Dance
Lady Sovereign featuring JME, Skepta and Jammer - Hoodie (Mizz Beats remix)
Panjabi Hit Squad - Hai Hai (Pulse X remix)
Dizzee Rascal - Stop
Kano featuring Ghetto - Hunting We Will Go

Download link

Seven Pounds

Just saw Will Smith's new movie Seven Pounds. Fuck the reviews, this film is amazing. It is bleak, it's draining, and you have to be patient (although to be fair, it's not that difficult to figure out what's going on fairly early into the movie). Smith's performance was once again stellar - this might actually be the best I've ever seen him act.

I don't necessarily think it's on some cynical tug-on-the-heartstrings Hollywood bullshit (*cough* Changeling *cough*), it's not your typical Will Smith vehicle. Nowhere near as saccharine as the (excellent) Pursuit of Happyness. It's on general release in the UK in mid-January, and I'd definately recommend checking it out. Fuck what you heard.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Who Is Yung Dick?



Seeeeeeeeen.

Shystie - New Style



Fucked. Shy's looking nice in her hoodie too. I do like this tune but I really hope this isn't the future of UK "Urban", there's a few tunes like this bubbling away right now.

Anyway, this is big. Shout out to Shystie. I haven't really said anything about Master Shortie ever, so here's his "Dead End" video. Big tune. Dunno about him yet though.



Oh and here's Jelluz - "Hold On". You'll be hearing this track around soon, Puma picked it for one of their next advertising campaigns.

The Roots

Few live videos from recent performances by The Roots I happened to catch today. I had the honour of seeing these guys live last year and I can honestly say that's the best concert I've been to (and I've been to a lot, shit I just got back from Adele). Here they are performing with Estelle amongst others.



Saturday, 20 December 2008

Sway featuring Akon - Silver and Gold (Video)




"That girl ain't no joke, I love the way she roll..." (c) Akon

Sway's doing a lot.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Crazy Cousins featuring Kyla - Do You Mind (Video)



The track of 2008 finally gets a release in 2009. This video is big! The song is still fucked. Expect this to do big chart business, it's been bubbling away on the underground for literally a year now.

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 5th Edition

Shorter than usual this week, and about three weeks late, apologies for that, I've either been busy or in shock or just nowhere to be found. But hey, it's still 20 minutes of out-the-box freshness, mixed by yours truly. This probably would've been a Christmas special if it wasn't for me hearing that new JT last night. That shit just threw my whole life off balance.

Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. - If I
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved (Pharrell Williams remix)
Jamie Foxx featuring Kanye West and The Dream - Digital Girl
Bobby Valentino - Pull It Off
Digga - Broken (2008 Mix)
Shayal featuring Anton Gordon - Better Off Alone
N-Dubz - Strong Again
Jagged Edge - Part-Time Girl

That Justin Timberlake track is disgusting. I've mentioned it before but Shayal's "My Moment" is a great album, I sincerely recommend it. I'm sure I'll get around to that Xmas Special some time before Thursday, so look out for that.

In the meantime, download BoxFresh 5th Edition here.

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 5th Edition

Disclaimer:
For promotional purposes only. The sole function of this download is promoting the artists and songs featured, with a view to encouraging listeners, who are given the opportunity to preview the tracks in question, to purchase the full songs/albums when they become available commercially. In the day and age of the iPod, radio is (unforunately) a dying platform, and mixes such as this are vital for making the listener conscious of new music. With that said, if any party feels their rights have been breached as a result of being included in this promotional mix, please contact me and I'll rectify the situation.


Oh and by the way... I make this look good!

Thursday, 18 December 2008

"We could cut it up all night long girl, it ain't nothing to court ya baby..." ( c ) JT

There's a new Justin Timberlake track, featuring T.I., called "If I". I just heard it, it's fucking hard.

It started with Timberlake doing some rubbish and I was like "fuck this", and then the beat dropped and I was like "FUCK YOOOOOUUUUUU" (in the immortal words of Meera).

Might throw it on tomorrow's BoxFresh because in a couple of months y'all will be hearing this song everywhere. This is feel good music, instantly elevated my mood.

Yeah BoxFresh coming 2moro. I been in Birmingham all week working on some shit which I'm sure will be announced soon enough.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

"Love is not a victory march // it's a cold, and it's a broken Hallelujah..."

So Alexandra Burke went toe-to-toe with Beyonce on X-Factor last night, and then delivered a tearful and stunning final performance of her first single, "Hallelujah" to close the show. She delivered probably the two best performances in the history of the show, both coming on the same night. Beyonce once-again demonstrated her class last night, supporting but never attempting to outshine Alex, who clearly worshipped the former Destiny's Child singer.


Alexandra featuring Beyonce - "Listen"


Alexandra - "Hallelujah"

What an emotive final performance. While I personally feel that reality TV contestants have no place cynically covering a classic of this ilk in a transparent bid to reach Christmas No. 1, Alex's rendition here was beautiful.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Alexandra Burke

Anyone who's had the misfortune of speaking to me since Saturday night knows that Diana was my favourite on X-Factor and that I was particularly unimpressed with her departure. All this "Diana can't sing" business is garbage. Such was my displeasure that I made the rather bold statement that Diana was the only person left on the show that I cared about and that, as long as Egon the Irish pygmy didn't win, I had no real interest in the Final.

Which was odd because, from the second I saw Alexandra's audition, until perhaps the last fortnight, I was firmly rooting for her. And furthermore, my feelings about JLS and Eggnog are fairly well documented. With that in mind, and a few spare hours today, I decided to hit up YouTube and study Alex's progress from her audition to this point. Having watched her sing for the last hour, I can say that my interest in her has been reinvigorated and I'm firmly behind her to win. Here are some of her highlights from the show thus far.


"Listen"



"Unbreak My Heart"



"Without You"



"I'll Be There"



"You Are So Beautiful"



Has this girl ever had a wack performance?! As a bonus, here's the one of the only times JLS have ever convinced me vocally, performing a "Beautiful Girls/Stand By Me" medley for their lives (in the show anyway).

Monday, 8 December 2008

"And I've come this far, I'm in the Ghetto like Justin's yard, matter fact, Justin's heart..." ( c ) Wretch 32



One of the songs of the year finally gets a video. The highlight of Wretch 32's "Wretchrospective" album, complete with a disgusting Ghetto guest verse.

"From now, everything in my mind is foul, fuck a nine-to-five // I'm like gimme a nine of crack, a nine of brown, and lemme provide the town..." ( c ) Ghetto

Friday, 5 December 2008

"See I know my destination, but I'm just not there..." ( c ) Kanye West

Kanye West - "Streetlights"



If you read the review below, it's evident I'm a BIG fan of Kanye's new album, and this is without doubt the best song on there. This feels like my own personal theme music, it's a stunning, powerful, moving song. Nice to see it used on Grey's Anatomy this week.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak review

By DeeKay

Kanye West’s development from Roc-A-Fella’s in-house producer to worldwide style-icon, gossip-column fodder and A-List rapper in the space of just under five years has been nothing short of astounding. Emerging in an era where 50 Cent was at the height of his popularity and still Hip-Hop’s reigning King Midas, West’s debut album seemed to serve as an antidote to New York’s breed of gangster rappers and one-note punchline bores. Kanye’s feel-good movement was so strong it even triggered a brief and somewhat ill-advised comeback for Mase, the Father to his brand of mumbled-happy-rap. Fast-forward to 2008 and West’s fourth album is an entirely different proposition altogether. The product of a year that the rapper freely admits has been the worst of his life, 808s is a dark and brooding disc, sung (not rapped) by West, almost entirely with the use of T-Pain’s favourite studio tool, Auto-Tune.

Let me first admit that when I heard the premise of this album, I, like many others, thought it was a recipe for disaster. Admittedly, emotional turmoil has been a foundation on which many great singers have built albums which have gone on to define their careers, but Kanye, who at times is barely a rapper, is certainly no singer. It was unfathomable that an album comprised entirely of Auto-Tuned vocals could possibly be listenable, let alone the masterpiece that was being promised. Having had the album on constant rotation for well over a week now, let me next admit that I was wrong.

With 808s, Kanye has delivered a powerful account of, and journey through, the emotions of depression, anger, restless ennui, recovery, jealousy and, as the title suggests, heartbreak. Far from pretentious, West’s album is impactful on a base emotional level, exploring universal issues that everyone can relate to, which is perhaps the reason it works so well. Neither is the Auto-Tune as imposing as it might have been – it is rarely cranked up to its maximum, and for the most part, plays supporting act to the great songs Kanye has crafted. The album has its unnecessary indulgences – extended instrumental outros on Say I Will and Bad News, as well as the first two verses on Welcome To Heartbreak all come to mind, but it would be churlish to criticise West for these brief lapses on an otherwise exceptional album. Take the aforementioned Welcome To Heartbreak - despite its cringeworthy first two verses, the song features one of the album’s best beats and one of the best bridge and hook combinations in recent pop history.

This is no normal album – whether it came about as a result of his single-minded stubbornness and unfaltering self-belief or is a product of his artistic vision and bravery, the fact that it was even released is a testament to Kanye West. If this isn’t good enough for West to win the Best Album Grammy award that he so covets, nothing ever will be.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Tinchy Stryder featuring Taio Cruz - Take Me Back



"It's an A-List hook on the track..." (c) Chipmunk.

Smash hit business.

Friday, 28 November 2008

"We see the best examples of humanity in the face of the worst..." ( c ) Talib Kweli

No BoxFresh this week.

I know there are readers of this blog in Mumbai, so if you're reading this and you haven't done already, please get down to a hospital and try and give blood ASAP.

This tragedy didn't really hit me until a few minutes ago when I saw the list of the names of the dead and injured - the time it took me to scroll down past each of the names hammered home the point that this is something different to the random acts of evil permanently populating the news that I think most of us have become desensitized to at this point.

Understandably, the natural reaction to atrocities of this magnitude is to question humanity itself and wonder how those terrorists could commit such vile acts and kill innocent civillians so brazenly and without any sign of hesitation. That thought process is valid and very much necessary but perhaps we should also take time to recognise the humanity of the scared individuals in Mumbai who have rushed to give blood en masse and do everything they can to help the victims of these attacks. And to acknowledge the bloggers in India who offered their help in assisting families seeking information about their loved ones in Mumbai. A trivial gesture in the face of such violence perhaps, but as Talib Kweli said six years ago with regard to the aftermath of 9/11, humanity's finest characteristics shine brightest in the face of its most deplorable.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Eastern Jam VIP



That's huge.

Oh and on a side note, remember I told you: the club remix to "Let You Go" is gonna do disgusting things. I haven't even finished the original yet, but boy... the remix. I'm not one for hype. No hype. Just wait and see.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

"I make the gyal dem sing for me... who you calling a joker?! ask your girl why I call her Leona..." (c) Ghetto

2009.

That Stryder single with Taio Cruz. And better than that, the big remix to that tune with Sway and Chipmunk. The Ghetto (or is it Ghetts?) "Sing For Me" remix. Wiley's got "She Glows" remix with Ghetts and Kano, and "See Clear Now" with Kane and Scorcher. Sway's got "Silver and Gold" with Akon. Jay Sean's "Tonight" remix with Lil' Wayne. And that's just the top of the year, looks like that Mainstream Money is coming.

So here's a treat. Just a radio rip for now, this tune is too fresh.



Tinchy Stryder featuring Taio Cruz, Sway and Chipmunk - Take It Back (remix)

Monday, 24 November 2008

"Are you mad?! I got a number one to make, chicks to recieve that you wouldn't believe!"

"Oi T, show off your voice!"

A lotta people have a lot of stuff to say about N-Dubz. Loved and hated in equal measure, their album "Uncle B" debuted at #11 in the UK album charts yesterday. In a week where Beyonce, Leona, Dido, Nickelback, Simply Red and Rod Stewart all droped albums, that's a phenomenal performance.

I've personally always been a fan - their stuff might be poppy and very commercial but from when Better Not Waste My Time first dropped it was obvious they had something special. Where groups in a similar mould have fallen flat at the first hurdle, N Dubz have grown in stature from a Channel U group with major backing to the All Around The World signed hit machine they look to be from here on out. There are 15 actual songs on the album and I have no hesitation in saying that at least 12 of those songs could be released to radio and perform respectably. Most already have! Re-releases included, "Uncle B" will probably have had at least eight singles by the time its run is over. Eight singles! Not including re-releases, 8 of those 15 have had videos shot and aired for them already. These guys have been building a buzz for a long time and it's paid off.

Anyway, the album is fucked. It's a cliche to describe an album as having something for everyone, but this album really does. Ultimately it's got the most for the kids, N-Dubz fans are predominantly teenagers and apart from a handful of more adult-orientated tracks, the material reflects that. That's no slur on the quality of the music though - the album is packed with catchy hooks, big vocals from Tulisa and potential hits.

Personal favourites are "Wouldn't You", "Work Work", "Don't Get Nine" and "Strong Again". It would be the whole album if they hadn't made half the album singles and I was hearing smashes like "I Swear", "Better Not Waste My Time", "Feva Las Vegas" and "Defeat You" for the first time and not the 400th. Hits for days.

There's an argument that without Tulisa, these guys wouldn't be anywhere. That could be true, but for all we know, the sometimes anonymous Faze writes all of those killer hooks. It's irrelevant anyway, because, for now at least, she is an integral part of the group, and it is the group who have worked themselves into their current position. This album might be slept on (it doesn't look likely given the success it has already had), because so many of the group's singles have been all over Channel U, Base and Kiss for at least a couple of years already, but that shouldn't count against them. They've managed to cross over into the mainstream, and are doing exactly what they were doing on Day 1. Don't hate, congratulate.

"Everything slow motion, first the flash of light, then the rise of emotion... and I'm still in slow motion..." ( c ) Natty



Nitin Sawhney featuring Natty live from the BBC Electric Proms (at my second home The Roundhouse nonetheless) performing possibly the song of the year. Natty's potential is astounding, and paired with the bonafide genius of Sawhney (and that's no hyperbole), "Days of Fire" (from the Indian musician's latest album, "London Undersound") accurately reflects the mood of a burning city with a haunting poignancy that most artists can only dream of achieving. Stunning song from an amazing album by one of the greatest talents this country has ever produced.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Jay Sean - Tonight (Video)

"I see the glow in you and it, felt like when I spoke to you..."

Wiley featuring Kano and Ghetto - She Glows (Video):



The video is finally here. And it is most definately alot. The amount this tune has grown on me is unbelievable. Disgusting.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

"Hot girls make great clothes"

So apparently there's a little outrage at this Ecko advertising campaign which insinuates that their clothing is manufactured with love in factories by an army of bikini-clad hotties. I can't really see what all the fuss is about. I mean to me it's a great advert - memorable, visually stimulating... so what if there's a few women running around not wearing a lot. I mean does it REALLY matter?!



And if you enjoyed that advert, here's the campaign's YouTube channel where you can see more of the same tasteful and... visually stimulating output. Anyone who knows me knows that my Ecko game is invincible, and not the generic JD Sports shit either. I only rock off the rack exclooos material. I don't think they make the best t-shirts anymore, but they're still up there and have such a huge range and variety of styles. It still kills me that I could never get my hands on one of those Vader Mark Ecko tees.

Friday, 21 November 2008

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 4th Edition (R&B Classics)

BoxFresh Special this week - R&B Classics. I know technically the first track is Hip-Hop, but shit, Juicy is R&B enough. This week was a lot of fun to do, R&B was so much better in the 90s. No streaming link this week.

Notorious BIG - Juicy
112 featuring Notorious BIG and Mase - Only You (remix)
Dazz Band - Starship
Montell Jordan featuring Slick Rick - I Like (remix)
Ruff Endz - No More
Dru Hill featuring Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat - In My Bed (So So Def remix)
TLC - No Scrubs
Sporty Thievez - No Pigeons
Ginuwine - So Anxious
Mase featuring Total - Tell Me What You Want
Jon B featuring Tupac Shakur - Are You Still Down
SWV featuring Wu-Tang Clan - Anything (remix)
Brandy featuring Mase - Sittin' On Top Of The World
Horace Brown featuring Jay-Z - The Things We Do

Click here to download.

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 4th Edition (R&B Classics)

For Promotional Purposes Only.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

"Just because I'm losing, doesn't mean I'm lost // doesn't mean I'll stop..." ( c ) Chris Martin

I know I already posted this tune way back when (over a month ago in fact), but here's the video to Coldplay and Jay-Z's "Lost (remix)". This shit is a fucking anthem. "Anthem" must be the buzzword of the day.




"With the same sword they knight you, they gon' good night you (with),
Shit, that's only half if they like you,
That ain't even the half of what they might do,
Don't believe me, ask Michael,
See Martin, see Malcolm,
See Biggie, see Pac - see success and its outcome,
See Jesus, see Judas,
See Caesar, see Brutus - see success is like suicide,
Suicide, it's a suicide,
If you succeed, prepare to be crucified,
Media meddles, n-ggas sue you, you settle,
Every step you take, they remind you you're ghetto,
So it's tough being Bobby Brown,
To be Bobby then, you have to be Bobby now,
And the question is, "Is to have had and lost,
Better than not having at all?"
Because dawg..."

( c ) Jay-Z

"This is that get crunk, move bitch // get drunk stupid // high like space, .45 on waist..." ( c ) The Diplomats

"The Diplomats" was a name that used to ring out in Hip-Hop, loved and hated in equal numbers by heads and critics alike. It took me a while personally to understand that Cam' and his boys were a lot more than just borderline-wack with basic bars. Those guys made anthems. Best beat selection in the game, lyrics steeped in steadfast confidence (I didn't wanna say "swagger"!). Hard to believe that this was nearly 5 years ago, but at one point I even fully rated Juelz as one of the best of the breed of up-and-coming MCs (which included Joe Budden, Lloyd Banks and Fab... none of whom even remotely reached their potential).

"Get Crunk Music" is probably my favourite of those Dipset bangers. There are others that are more well known, but this shit here is my personal theme music. I happened to stumble across the track this morning and as a result of the flood of memories it brought back, I thought it justified it's own post.


 
The Diplomats - Crunk Music

"Me? Human crack in the flesh // I'm the last of the best // One word to describe me? Spectacular, yes!" ( c ) Juelz Santana

Sunday, 16 November 2008

"To think I might not see those eyes..."

Leona Lewis on X-Factor last night performing her cover of Snow Patrol's "Run", which I believe also happens to be her next single.

A reminder to this year's contestants of the levels that have already been set? Comparing this to Mariah's performances on the show last week, Leona was a different class.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 3rd Edition

Ah it was a fucking chore this week! But I persisted, eager not to disappoint my leigons of (possibly imaginary) fans, and so here is the 3rd Edition of BoxFresh, featuring (mostly) the newest Hip-Hop and R&B mixed (pretty mediocrely this week) by yours truly. I did manage to slip a couple of tracks from the incredible Chase and Status album, "More Than Alot" in there (I'll post on that sometime next week). Shout out to Shaz.

Mixing into the D&B wasn't too difficult but mixing out and back into Hip-Hop was a nightmare, hence me ending up mixing two Chase and Status tracks into eachother in an attempt to buy myself more time. How's that for honesty?!

Please do drop comments if you feel to, Blogspot randomly has urges to delete comments and even my posts sometimes so I can't guarantee they'll stay there, but all feedback is appreciated.


 
DJ DeeKay Presents... BoxFresh 3rd Edition

Kanye West - Heartless
Charles Hamilton - Brooklyn Girls
Shayal featuring Wesu - Rupal
Shontelle featuring The Dream - T-Shirt (remix)
Slim (of 112) featuring Fabolous - Good Loving (remix)
Jessica Mauboy featuring Flo-Rida - Running Back
Chase and Status - Hurt You
Chase and Status - Take Me Away
Lloyd Banks - I'm So Fly
Ne-Yo - Something About Her (Miss Independent remix - produced By Grand Larceny)

Probably something themed next week. Maybe slow jams, or R&B from the 90s. Or a Funky House mix. Or... I dno, suggestions are welcome. That Shayal album is pretty good as well. That's the guy who did Ginuwine's Baby (the hindi Ginuwine track). That album and "More Than Alot" have my endorsement, definately worth buying them both.

You can stream it in the player above, or else download it by right-clicking and selecting "save target as..." here.

Alternatively, here's another link link:
DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 3rd Edition.

And if that link doesn't work, right click and "save target as" here.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

"I'm willing to run... smash into you..." ( c ) The Yonce

A slice of pop perfection.

I haven't heard Beyonce's upcoming double-disc album "I Am... Sasha Fierce" in it's entirety yet, but I can almost guarantee this will be the best song on there. Surprisingly, it was written by The Dream and produced by "Tricky" Stewart, the team behind Mariah's "Touch My Body" and The Dream's own "Shawty Is A 10". Both the beat and the melody betray a degree of subtlety and measured reflection that I thought was beyond these guys. Not to mention the lack of any "ella, ella, ella, eh eh eh"'s. It's Beyonce's controlled vocal performance however that makes the song great - this has to become her biggest hit to date. Beautiful song.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Obama seeking to shut down Guantanamo Bay...

He's not wasting any time. Closing down Guantanamo Bay, reversing Bush's block on stem cell research, lowering taxes on the middle class and increasing taxes on the most wealthy. Looks like our boy is living up to his hype.

Click the link below to read the full article taken from the The Times Online.

"Barack Obama plans quick transfer of Guantanamo Bay suspects to US".

"The revolution will not be televised, get from around here..." ( c ) Styles P

Over four years ago, the classic remix to Jadakiss' "Why", featuring Styles P, Common and Nas, dropped amidst great anticipation. In my opinion, it was one of the great "all-star" remixes of all time, with each of the guest verses standing out, and nobody letting the team down with a wack verse.

I heard it in it's entirety for the first time since 2004 when my iPod was on shuffle over the weekend, and it occured to me just how good this song actually is. Common's verse stood out as personally relevant to me now. Notice the "Obama For President" bars, over FOUR YEARS before it would become a reality! Nas does alot on this tune too. Littered with Nas' standard factual inaccuracies (half of America has AIDS?! That's news to me!), he still smashes it, but it's Common's verse I've chosent to highlight below, mainly because of one line I particularly emphathise with.


 
Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton, Styles P, Nas and Common - Why (remix)


"Why do they say I changed for a girl?
Why you worried about my clothes if my flows gonna change the world?
Why you wait 'til you're 30 to try to be hard?
Why I gotta have religion if I believe in God?
Why is Bush actin like he trying to get Osama?
Why don’t we impeach him and elect Obama?

Why ain't Rick James remembered for classic hits?
Why do we remember Rick for smacking a bitch?
Why did Ricky Williams retire? They mad in Miami.
Why did Justin sell Janet out to go to the Grammy’s?
Why you kill on every song? Why you frown at the screen?
There's so many thrones, why we argue who is the king?
Why's it over for the gangster? Why's over for bling?
Why they hype Britney up? They know she can't sing!
Why a whip and a chain the black American dream?
Why I know it in my heart it remains unseen.
Why?"

(c) Common

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Chipmunk featuring Loick Essien - Beast



Big tune and a big video to accompany it. Mr Monk's doing a lot right now on the back of his MOBO win.

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 2nd Edition

Ladies and Gents, here's the 2nd Edition of BoxFresh, a day early as well! Told you I was gonna step up the levels. Unfortunately, my hosting server doesn't share my enthusiasm so has decided to par me. Which means no streaming player this week, just a download link. Here's the tracklist:

G Frsh - Do It
Jay Sean - Tonight
Craig David - Insomnia
Sway featuring Akon - Silver And Gold
T-Pain featuring Chris Brown - Freeze
Chase and Status featuring Kano - Against All Odds
Chris Brown - Fatal Attraction
T-Pain featuring Ludacris - Chopped and Screwed
Pretty Ricky - Shonin'

So that's BoxFresh 2nd Edition, half an hour of the hottest new tunes, mixed by yours truly. That G Frsh tune at the top of the mix is just fire. Click the link below to download the mix:

DJ DeeKay Presents... BoxFresh Second Edition

Monday, 3 November 2008

"Got me smiling, I don't smile... you got me changing my expression, I don't express..." (c) LeBron James



Oh my god, Nicole is alot. I mean I knew before now, but I didn't BELIEVE. Now I'm a believer. Damn.

"I rocks with Obama but I ain't no politician..." (c) Jay-Z



The world NEEDS Obama to win tomorrow. Hov talking at a rally about just how important it is that the Obama/Biden ticket triumphs in the US elections on November 4th.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Levels...

So I've been inspired by Logan Sama's pledge to drop a weekly grime mix, which's he's entitled "The Best There Is At What I Do". It's regularly quite fucked so be sure to check it out.

In the vein of Sama's announcement, I'm going to drop a weekly 30-Minute mix of the hottest new tunes of the week and maybe some classics dropped in for good measure. It will span across genres where possible: I'm gonna try and include some of everything, but obviously tempos might make mixing this week's R&B and this week's D&B together more than a little difficult. Might also drop some themed mixes... slow jams, UKG, grime classics, 90s R&B, them kinda things.

So stay tuned for Volume One, which should be online, complete with tracklisting by this time tomorrow.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Viva La Hova

This joint right here... Best thing I've heard all month.


It's the brainchild of Mick Boogie and Terry Urban, and is, in their words, "a project honoring two of our favorite musical forces... Jay-Z and Coldplay". Put simply, it's a "Grey Album" style mashup using Hov and Coldplay's music, but unlike the multitude of such projects which followed Dangermouse's success, this is exceptional. The DJs reached out to producers ranging from 9th Wonder nVMe, laced them with samples and snippets with which to work their magic, and the rest is history. The result was an incredible prjoect, which successfully blends Shawn Carter's bars and Chris Martin's songs in a mixtape which should appeal to Hip-Hop and Indie fans alike. All the hyperbole in the world won't demonstrate just how good this shit is better than a little preview:

 
Coldplay and Jay-Z - Know My Place (Produced By The Amps)


 
Coldplay and Jay-Z - No Love Coming Home (Produced By The Kickdrums)


Download Mick Boogie and Terry Urban's exceptional "Viva La Hov" mixtape here. Be sure to check out the official website for the project. Mick Boogie has always been one of my favourite DJs. And as a DJ it pains me to admit there are people out there who do what I do better than me, but this guy has creativity and talent at levels which I can only hope I might one day be blessed. Support this project, download it, tell your friends about it. Not only is it important, it's actually fucking amazing too.

Here's the download link again.

If that doesn't work, try this or even this. That's Sendspace and ZShare respectively. Notice how many time's I've given you the download link. It's because you need to hear Viva La Hov, and you need to hear it as soon as possible! Pay attention!

T.I. Interview



T.I. interview on American show Chelsea Lately. This is actually pretty damn funny, the host's got jokes.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

"Back in the day..."

Less than 10 years ago, British R&B was as strong as it had ever been, with great groups making great songs and having chart success with them. With the huge buzz that JLS are currently generating, I can't help but be nostalgic for the days when we had a world-class R&B group in the form of Damage. With that in mind, let's reminisce on just how good our R&B stars used to be.


Damage - Rumours


Damage - Ghetto Romance


Fierce - Dayz Like That


Craig David - Fill Me In (Acoustic)


Beverley Knight - Made It Back '99


The Reelists - Freak Mode (Big up Sef!)


Kele Le Roc - My Love


Aaron Soul - Ring, Ring Ring

I guess more than anything this is a study of wasted potential. Of the artists featured, only Craig David still holds any real mainstream sway (Beverley Knight maybe). I know Kele Le Roc has a new track out, and Bev is always around, but our R&B scene never evolved the way that it should have. Damage had nine Top 40 singles, four of which were Top 10 and seven of which were Top 20. They actually deserve to be legends in the scene but they don't get half of the respect that their achievements demand. Vocally and performance-wise they wiped the floor with man like JLS. We had a polished group that were ready to represent in the form of Fundamental, but having hit a brick wall in their attempts to blow up over here, they've fucked off to America. The scene is desperate for a group of artists to dominate - maybe Jay Sean, Craig David and Lemar all dropping singles in the same quarter might be the way to do it, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Monday, 27 October 2008

"Sometimes I wake up early in the morning..."

I know the tune's been around for ages but I hadn't seen this video yet. The song is blowing up so hopefully it does some business in the charts. The Crazy Cousins mix of Do You Mind is still one of the tracks of the year to me. And this "typical dance music video" with a twist is very big.


Crazy Cousins - Bongo Jam

Friday, 24 October 2008

"If you haven't got a vision then fam, where you going? // all I can see is my fanbase is growing..." ( c ) Wiley

This tune is fucked. Lemme warn you before you press play, if you haven't heard this song already, there's no way in the world you'll be prepared for what's about to come out of your speakers.

 
Wiley featuring Kano and Scorcher - See Clear Now

Shit's a bit... different eh? It's the title track taken from Wiley's forthcoming album, which, by his own admission, will be a chart-friendly commercial outing. That 1980's chorus and cheesy beat (sounds like some OLD school Kylie Minogue ting) should've resulted in a craptastic piece of trash that would've fit nicely on Ironik's album, but somehow it turned out pretty damn nice. It sure as fuck ain't grime, and I don't really understand why, but I love it.



Watch out for the She's Glowing video, featuring Kano and Ghetto, as well as a host of other Grime superstars. More behind-the-scenes pics here. The collaboration between the top three selected is for the lead single for Wiley's other album, "Race Against Time" which will be dropping on an independent flex soon. Can't front of Eski's workrate. Seems like the scene is finally coming together and building something serious with the top boys finally realising they need to make moves together. Shame they're doing it over 80s pop tracks with the copious use of autotune. But it had to start somewhere. History in the making.

"See Clear Now" (the album) drops on 10th November. Pre-order it here.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

The $16,000 (and rising) PS3

Morpheon Mods have put this Customised 60GB PS3 up for sale on eBay, with 15% of profits going to Child's Play. Now I'm not even a PS3 guy, I own a 360 and I haven't played Metal Gear Solid in about 8 years, but this shit right here is still amazing to me.



If you happen to have a spare £8,000 (at least, the way this shit is rising it'll probably be £20,000!), you can view the auction (and more amazing pics of this customised console) here.

Monday, 20 October 2008

"I love Soul II Soul, and So Solid sold because they never sold their souls..." ( c ) Bashy

A while back Bashy appeared on MistaJam's Jam Sessions with his live band The Truth Movement, and performed three tracks. Pay attention to the last track he performs, "Just Don't Know".




Bashy is top three selected. Deal with it.

"Why am I bothering, making real music if they're gonna sign Sovereign // love black music, not the acts, sign the opposite // called our music "urban", they should've called it MOBO // music of black origin..."

"In British music, they don't wanna see us excel // tried for years but they couldn't hold back Estelle..."

"This industry is gazing, I'll say it openly // how the hell did they miss out on signing Floetry..."


Bashy is saying alot. His album "Catch Me If You Can" out next year will probably be a UK classic. Remember I said it.

"If I could be who you wanted // all the time, all the time..."

Entourage was phenomenal this week. Jeremy Piven delivered a performance which exceeded even his own high standards. Those last five minutes were golden. They, like many of the show's memorable moments, were driven and beautifully supported by the music selection: in this case Radiohead's classic single "Fake Plastic Trees".


Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees

The song, taken from Radiohead's 1995 album "The Bends", was featured at #376 in Rolling Stone Magazine's "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time".

It's placement in the final few minutes of this week's Entourage was inspired, setting the tone perfectly for a scene laced with disappointment, hope, new possibilities and driven by Ari's desperate desire for Vince's non-forthcoming approval. A great scene and a great song from one of the few genuinely great shows still on television. Heroes this is not.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

"Giving up, is so hard to do... I've tried, but it just ain't no use..."

One of the greatest slow burners of all time. Donny Hathaway's vocals on this track... Jeez... This is actual soul. R&B singers need to take note.


Donny Hathaway - Giving Up


And this cover by Aaliyah is pretty nice as well. Not quite on the same levels, but she does the song justice.


Aaliyah - Giving Up

"Where's Your Love"



Craig David featuring Tinchy Stryder and Rita Ora - Where's Your Love (Video)



Craig David featuring Tinchy Stryder and Rita Ora - Where's Your Love (LIVE AT THE MOBOs)

Friday, 17 October 2008

"See Jesus, see Judas, see Ceasar, see Brutus // See success is like suicide..." ( c ) Jay-Z

Hi Haters!


Coldplay featuring Jay-Z - Lost (remix)

Big tune, Hov's bars are alot. Whoever mixed his vocals down needs a lesson though, they're barely audible.

Oh and on another note, I just wrote and produced one of 2009's biggest R&B tunes. Just remember I told you, the strings are fucked! When this shit gets vocalled, it's a hit.

The MOBOs 2008

So I wasn't at the venue (I didn't chase up the offer of free tickets like the unmotivated bastard I am, and judging from everyone's reaction, I don't seem to have missed out on much) and I didn't watch the BBC3 broadcast, so now I'm at home doing nothing at all, I figured I should fire up iPlayer and watch the show for myself... and blog my running commentary as though I didn't already know the results.
  • Estelle won Best Female! And if you read this blog you'll know how glad I am that the girl who deserved to take the award home did.
  • As Butterz pointed out, you can judge popularity based upon the crowd's reaction to the nominees. Adele and Duffy got air. They're obviously gonna takeover The Brits, I don't see why they deserved to be nominated here.
  • Chipmunk is the future.
  • Everyone's hyping Leona getting booed - from what I could hear, they didn't really boo Leona, they booed the fact that she couldn't be there. Movado got a huge boo when it was announced that he wasn't there. So did Wayne.
  • Sugababes sounded good doing their bit on She's Like A Star.
  • LOL @ Clichy! Sick guy, he was obviously just haps to be making his "premiere".
  • Estelle - Come Over is a nice tune.
  • Erm... Carey and David Grant?! What?!
  • Oi I just clocked Mel B's hair... it looks overly stupid. And what the hell was she wearing on the red carpet?! That space-suit thing?! She's too peng for this stupidness.
  • Okay I just saw Sunita's speech... they really did boo Leona.
  • Err... Flo-Rida's actual performance was differently swag. I wonda what they paid him for that performance, woulda been better off booking Wiley to do a WMR/In The Summer medley or something.
  • Fuck the idiots who boo Westwood... I wasn't supposed to swear in this post! But seriously, just fuck off. You might not like him, but have some respect for what the man's done for black music in this country.
  • LOL @ Chris Brown tryna pretend he cares about winning a MOBO. Let's hope he's not hoping to move into acting.
  • Umm... Grace Jones... seeeeeen.
  • Craig David is sick. That performance was live... okay Craig's "bars" at the beginning were not necessary but all three of them up there sounded really good, Tinchy did his thing.
  • Somebody please take the mic away from Alesha. Now.
  • Wiley or Jay Sean should've won Best UK Male.
  • RIP Daniel De Gale.
  • Big up Frosted Ice Inc.
  • Jay Sean's voice is much improved from his first album. I said this when I saw him live in February, and it was evident again here. He's developed into a pretty solid vocalist.
  • LOL @ Ace and Vis bumrushing the stage when Trevor Nelson won Best Radio DJ.
  • Congratulations to Jay Sean.
  • Shout out to the Commander... afta seeing Heidi from the Sugababes at the podium I understand exactly what you mean brother. Wasn't a good look when she was struggling to read the prompter though! My usual favourite Sugababe Amelle didn't look that great.
Hmm... well two hours later... I could've watched Heroes, Grey's and Desperate Housewives in this time... Only the Craig David performance was stellar, and possibly Estelle's performances. All in all, I'm glad I went Nandos and Empire Casino over Wembley Arena!

Jay Sean Signs To Cash Money!

As in Baby and Slim's Cash Money... Lil' Wayne's Cash Money... distributed by heavyweight parent company Universal Music Group. I guess this was the soon to be divulged "huge news" described by Jay Sean's manager Billy Grant at the U-Discuss Seminar on 6th October.

And big news it is - an American record deal with a major label for the Asian R&B star, and of course, the possibility (rumours) of Wayne showing up on the remix to Jay's next single, "Tonight". Whether this move ultimately proves to be a successful one, we'll have to wait to find out, but it's definately a huge step towards breaking the States, and gaining the backing and connections to build on his recent momentum (chart performance of "Stay" excluded).

Oh and I'll say it again, Tonight is a smash in the making. Big up Jay Sean.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

U-Discuss Seminar (13/10/08): Urban Regeneration

So I'm sitting in the Roundhouse Studios in one of the MIDI Lounges with a MIDI keyboard that seems to want to work only sporadically (today's been a terrible day for me as far as working computers are concerned!). Having spent the last hour trying to get down to work producing a beat sampling the Veer Zaara theme tune, as the computer and the equipment pars me at every instance, I've just about given up.

I figured I might as well take this time to pen an article I was inspired to write having attended last night's U-Discuss Seminar again at The Roundhouse. The seminar was put on by Urban Development and featured industry insiders ranging from artists Bashy and Wretch 32 (who's album "Wretchrospective" is in stores now... dun kno "Ina Di Ghetto" is one of the biggest tracks of the year!), to Bashy's manager Desmond George and MTV Base's Jasmine Dotiwala. Ray Paul, 1Xtra's Executive Producer of Mainstream and Live Events (in his own words, he deals with what happenns on the station between 6am and 7pm), as well as experienced publisher Paulette Long and Urban Development's very own Fusion (who is the same fusion responsible for Fallacy's Groundbreaker and Big and Bashy!) were also on the panel. The seminar was hosted by 1Xtra's Ras Kwame, who is of course a famed proponent of the UK's "urban" scene himself.

The subject of the seminar was "Urban Regeneration" - the future of black music. What became clear as the night unfolded was that black music has an exceptionally bright future - the open mic showcase held at the end of the night was evidence of this: a number of exceptional talents emerged, and the eventual winner, Your Opinion, was chosen by Bashy and Wretch to perform at the Urban Development night of the Roundhouse's Emerging Proms. The night is on 30th October, and will feature Shola Ama, Wretch 32, Donaeo and beatboxer Faith SFX. And tickets are only £5! That's a massive lineup, and for that price, you'd have to be dumb not to reach.

Back to the matter at hand - the night was a huge success. The panel dropped some real science about the ins and outs of the industry, and the struggle that they've had to go through to push black music away from the margins so that it would generate the respect it deserved. Three points stood out to me as important to take from the night's discussion:
  1. There has never been a time when black music in the UK has been stronger. Desmond George argued that we were witnessing the birth and growth of a scene that could eventually be as big as the "urban" scene in the States, provided it's given the time and support to do so.
  2. The powerbrokers have never been more accessible - whether via MySpace or e-mail, or even a telephone, the people who hold sway at crucial outlets like Base and 1Xtra are contactable these days. It pays to build and maintain a relationship of mutual respect with them.
  3. On the subject of respect, artists and managers alike need to learn to approach these international media outlets (Base is part of an international media superpower in the form of Viacom) via the proper channels and with the right attitude. This is big business, and you might come across suits and people with no understanding of the scene - approaching them agressively and with a road attitude will get you nowhere.
Anyway, the post I was inspired to write was about the strength of the scene and how we can work together to help build it. It's 11.45pm now so it's not gonna happen tonight... maybe tomorrow! But I hope the summary of events at U-Discuss might be of some help to someone.

Oh also big up Wretch, over-safe guy... Like I personally do think he's a top-tier lyricist in the UK, but I didn't approach him telling him that, so I could've been any breh at the seminar who didn't know shit about him and still in that really brief interaction of giving him the High Fidelity Mixtape and exchanging a few words, he was bare respectful. Same with Fusion and Ras Kwame.

The last thing I wanna say is that these events are CRUCIAL to the development of the scene and for the birth of young enterpreneurs who fully understand the game. Too much money has been wasted because artists didn't understand the business side of the industry, and so to learn from people who have already been successful is invaluable. I'm very grateful to the people on the panel who gave up their valuable time for free to speak to us and dispense firsthand information that there is no other real source for and to UD for putting the event on. And I actually live in the Roundhouse these days... I was there for like 12 hours today, 4 hours yday... they should really charge me rent. Fuck knows what I'm gna do when I hit 25 and they don't let me in anymore.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Craig David on the comeback trail...

Now I was only 11 years old when this tune first dropped on garage pioneering label Ice Cream Records, but I still remember sitting in my dad's parked car outside Charing Cross Hospital, hearing it on one of the late night house and garage shows on radio.


Colours - Hold On

10 years later, Ice Cream have hooked up with Craig David to put out two new tracks, the first a Wittyboy remix of "Are You Up For This" - Craig's vocal of Fish Go Deep's "Cure And The Cause", and the second a vocal/remake of "Colours" featuring Tinchy Stryder, called "Where's Your Love".


Craig David featuring Tinchy Stryder - Where's Your Love

I'm not sure that "Where's Your Love" or "Are You Up For This" will be on Craig David's Greatest Hits which drops next month, because the word is that "Insomnia" is the official lead single for that disc, but the "Colours" remake is scheduled to drop on November 10th (according to the Ice Cream Records myspace). I miss garage, funky house kinda has some of them party vibes but it's just not the same. I only really started enjoying funky house when I attempted to mix it, which was when I really felt the vibes, but it's not really up to the levels of UKG.

I do like this Craig David record though, it's a shame he didn't make it the official single, instead of going for the bait synthy sounds of "Insomnia". I mean that tune is good, don't get me wrong, but it sounds too much like it wants to be Neyo's "Closer" instead of coming off as authentic the way that "Where's Your Love" does. And I'm pretty sure people want that old Craig back.

Oh and here's the link for "Insomnia". I hope it stays up instead of being pulled down by over-enthusiastic staff who haven't yet grasped how to deal with new media. I'll have to put a streaming player up if it does. Hold tight the labels without serious departments dedicated to online promotion, y'all need a new plan, shit is officially different now. Anyway, I've posted Lemar, Craig David and Jay Sean's singles now, can't accuse me of favouritism!

The more I listen to this track, the more it grows on me, and I really hope it's the smash it deserves to be. It's getting playlist adds at major radio stations as you read this. And most importantly, with all three of the songs he has out now gaining airplay and positive reviews, Craig is building up a buzz again. Let's hope the success of his Greatest Hits disc gives him the momentum to drop another classic album next year.

Just for the record, I personally feel every album he's released has been good to excellent at what it was trying to do. "Born To Do It" was an undisputed classic. I thought "Slicker..." was a great R&B album, just not what people wanted to hear. "The Story Goes" had some underrated gems such as "Seperate Ways" on it, and "Trust Me" was a more mature R&B album and a departure from his previous material, but again filled with great songs.

This is a guy I will consistently support because as far as I'm concerned, he always delivers. I've seen him live many times now and every time he puts on a GREAT show. That Ronnie Scott's week long residency was a lesson to the scene on how to do it. His single choices might be questionable ("Hot Stuff" anyone?!) but his albums are always strong. This blog post wasn't supposed to be this long: I originally intended to just post the top two videos and go to sleep, but as I started typing I realised I was doing one of my favourite artists a disservice. It might not have been trendy to admit to being a fan of Craig David for a LONG time, but I'm not so bothered. UK R&B needs him back as soon as possible.

"It's just my thoughts... just what I was thinking at the time..." ( c ) Jay-Z

First thing's first... Lemar's new single "If She Knew" - here's the video. It's out on 7th November and the new album "The Reason" drops two weeks later on 24th November.



"Produced By Jim Beanz courtesy of Timbaland Productions".

Didn't like this track at all when I first heard it earlier this week but it's really grown on me (might have something to do with finally being able to listen to it on my speakers as opposed to through headphones!). Video's not bad either. And Jim Beanz has both Craig David and Lemar's lead singles, all he needs now is to produce Jay Sean's next track and he's taken over the UK's entire (commercial) R&B scene.

Where the fuck has the scene gone?! Why haven't we got solo singles from Loick Essien and Tension? Surely in the aftermath of "Black Boys" Loick coulda dropped something (his chorus on Chipmunk's lead single "Beast" is disgusting btw) which would've got some attention! Why did Darren B's momentum stop at MTV Base?! He's got a great voice and Stand By Me and Shorty's Got It Bad were both sick. Like Loick, he's too talented to be wasted doing choruses for MCs for the rest of his career.

It's hard out there for a UK R&B singer. Unless you happen to be a white woman who sounds like you're about twice your actual age and were from a different era. Then you can do the most watered-down crap and people will hail you as one of the saviours of British Soul. Estelle better win that Best Female MOBO. Chasing Pavements and Warwick Avenue are nice tunes, but if anyone other than Estelle or Leona takes that statue home it's a par. And really and truly it needs to be Estelle who also needs to take home the same Brit Award in 2009. And everyone knows that I really LOVE Leona.

Oh and Jay Sean's new single "Tonight" is fucking fire. Just like the Craig David and Lemar singles, it's tryna capitalise on the trancey/techno/europop sound of the recent Chris Brown and Ne-Yo smashes ("Forever" and "Closer") but it's much better than "Insomnia" or "If She Knew". Funny that the three pretenders for the UK R&B crown all have similarly-styled upcoming singles. In my opinion Jay is the current incumbent, so it'll be interesting to see how these singles fare.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

"How many banks gotta collapse 'til you know what you're doing is wrong?!" ( c ) M.I.A.

M.I.A. featuring Jay-Z! You what?! When I first accidently stumbled across Maya Arulpragasam's (first person who can repeat that surname correctly gets a cookie!) XL Recordings webpage and discovered this Sri Lankan Tamil vocalist and her debut single "Gulang", I doubt even she could have imagined that four years on she would have had a top five US Billboard Hot 100 smash, or that this very same smash would be sampled on the chorus of the greatest hip-hop "event" record of all time. Suggestions that one of the greatest rappers alive would lay a guest verse on a remix to one of her tracks would have been laughable.

Yet in October 2008, the sound of Jay-Z's voice on the remix to M.I.A.'s "Boyz" is ringing in my ears. Better still, Hov's bars, which initially sounded underwhelming, are, upon closer inspection, great. I personally don't like his new flow, but he's actually saying something, and he demonstrates exactly how skilled he is by adapting his style so it sits nicely alongside the words of his collaborator. When he's trading bars with her, it's magic.



M.I.A. featuring Jay-Z - Boyz (remix)

Fresh off the success of "Paper Planes", Interscope are re-releasing M.I.A.'s sophomore CD, "Kala", and the single "Boyz", the video for which was first released over a year ago. Rumour has it her people are trying to score her an appearance in the Swagger Like Us video, which would bring her even more profile. This news is literally music to my ears, not just because she, like me, is Tamil, but also because she has something to say. She's by no means the best technical lyricist, she's no rapper, but she has a lot to say and knows how to say it concisely and effectively. Now she's been sampled by Kanye and blessed by Jigga, it appears as though it is finally time for all the critical praise and underground hype to translate into success.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Man Shot For Wearing Obama T-Shirt (In London!)

Article swiped from the Croydon Guardian.

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Dube Egwuatu, 36, was buying a mobile phone top-up card at an off licence near his hime in South Norwood when a man saw his top with the US presidential candidate and the word “believe”.

The man then shouted racist abuse at Mr Egwuatu, saying he “f****** hated n*****”.

He left the shop but when Mr Egwuatu, who worked as a systems analyst for Croydon Council, came out of the shop the man was waiting for him with a vicious dog and a gun behind his back.

Mr Egwuatu told a national newspaper he zipped up his jacket to cover up the offending image in the eyes of his attacker and tried to walk to his car. But the attacker followed him and pointed the gun at him after opening the passenger door. As Mr Egwuatu turned the ignition key he was shot three times by the gun, which was a ball bearing pistol, in the face, hand and shoulder.

In fear of his life, he sped off and went to be treated at a south London hospital.

Mr Egwuatu said: “The venom in his voice was frightening.

“He was telling me that he was going to kill me.

“I couldn't believe it was happening - and just because I was wearing an Obama t-shirt.

“He was trying to make me walk somewhere quieter, saying: 'I've got something for you,” and 'I'm going to kill you’.”

He added: “Obama inspires me, his educational track record alone is quite unbelievable, that is why I was wearing the t-shirt.

“I did not think for one minute it could stir up such powerful feelings of hatred and I never said a word to him.”

Mr Egwuatu's wife, Angela, 35, said neither of them had experienced anything like it during their childhood in Nigeria.

Mrs Egwuatu, an immigration officer, said: “At first my feelings were pure horror and now it is pure anger.

“If he had been carrying a real gun I would have been a widow. It is just ridiculous.”

The Met said it was investigating and that police searched a nearby house which the attacker was seen going into. No one has been arrested.


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I cannot believe this shit happened in London. Some people... Trust I believe in karma, that shit best even itself out one way or another.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

"Before I let the feds take me away, I'll cause a scene like Amy and Blake..." ( c ) Ghetto

Kano's "Hunting We Will Go" from his latest album is so fucked it deserves a post of it's own. More specifically, I wanna talk about Ghetto's duppyage of his verse on the track, and his appearance at Kano's 140 Grime Street concert at IndigO2 last week, where by all accounts, Ghetts lifted the roof off the arena when he showed up to spit his bars.



You can see the crowd's reaction at around 2:20 on this video, when they go crazy for Ghetts, and he goes on to deliver a performance that justifies the hype that his appearance created. Rumour has it that the remix of "Sing For Me" is on the verge of being signed and if that turns out to be true, it'll be a well-deserved milestone in Ghetto's career. He's apparently now officially known as "Ghetts" - I guess the major labels really ain't feeling the ghetto. It's a pisstake that an artist as talented as Justin Clarke has to change his stage name because of the negative connotations associated with it - it seems that "Ghetto" ain't cool but large up "The Killers" right? Major label racism and the fuckeries of modern day "liberal" society are doing alot.

Irrespective of that bullshit, this is without a doubt the highlight on "140 Grime Street" - Ghetts steals the show no doubt, but Kano's bars are big:

"I run this house but I'm hardly a Simmons // so you can run your mouth and I'll be the villain // 'coz anyone violates anyone now, they'll hunt man down like Mugabe and kill 'em // any given sunday like carvery dinners // n*gga this is new rules // find you like Sadaam and watch the views grow on YouTube..." ( c ) Kano

"Convict like Akon, Kano, Ghetto, Stringer Bell and Avon..." ( c ) "Ghetts"

Maybe I'm just hyped off watching The Wire... for those of you who haven't heard the studio version of the track yet, you can stream it below and judge for yourselves.


Kano featuring Ghetto - Hunting We Will Go from 140 Grime Street.