DJ DeeKay - In The Mix

Saturday, 28 February 2009

"Embrace the martian, I come in peace, but I need y'all rocking with me..." ( c ) Kid Cudi

Crookers featuring Kid Cudi - Embrace The Martian

Kid Cudi is on that next shit. It's no secret that I'm a big fan of this new school of rappers (Cudi, Drake, Charles Hamilton, Blu, Wale, etc), and this guy is definitely my favourite of the lot. Widely acknowledged to be one of the driving forces behind Kanye's exceptional 808s and Heartbreak, Cudi's album is due in the Summer and I've no doubt it'll be one of the highlights of 2009. This guy's style is unique, he writes the SICKEST hooks, and as long as the fact that Kanye made his album before him doesn't hold him back, he'll do alot.

La Roux - In For The Kill (Skream remix)

Fuck off! This is fucking nuts.

Daniel Merriweather

I didn't really understand until I saw him perform "Stop Me" live with Mark Ronson at the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park last year. Since then he's appeared on Wiley single "Cash In My Pocket" and released "Change" in February, which the lead single from his forthcoming album Love and War. That was when I started checking for him but now I'm a believer, Daniel Merriweather is on another planet.

Check this out. It's a radio rip from Ronson's radio show and he's talking shit all over it, but this is just sublime.

Mark Ronson - Impossible

"Now I don't even know, where to start with you, you got me so confused, but I will not lose..." ( c ) Young Nate

Young Nate - I Wonder

UK R&B's next great hope? There isn't really an R&B scene right now, there's like 5 artists, only 2 of whom can still dent the charts, so I'm looking to people like Nate and Meleka to push things forward like Mike Skinner. It's painful watching artists like Nathan and FDM (Fundamental) not get the push they deserve despite releasing strong singles and being 'total package' artists. I'd seen FDM live enough times to know that before they went over to the States they were a polished act that could've broken into the charts had radio felt to support them. And where's Nathan? And when Craig David makes R&B tunes instead of airy pop ballads he gets aired! We need the UK R&B scene back!

This single is out next week on iTunes and Young Nate's EP "A Piece Of Me" is out March 9th. Oh and the Wretch 32 remix of this track is nice still, look out for it.

Friday, 27 February 2009

"I got that... digital spit, next level visual shit, I got that..." ( c ) Will.I.Am

Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow

Argh I can't even lie, I like this. I didn't really care about it when I first heard it, so it's quite possible that I'm gassed off the sunshine but with my sub turned up this sounds nice. Something to drop in the clubs come the Summer. And anyone who knows me knows how I feel about Black Eyed Peas. For me to co-sign anything they do, it has to get past my natural inclination to hate both cornball pop-rap and Fergie. The bass is alot.

"Truth or dare mami? Listen and learn // I got a drop, I just took off the top, it's your turn..." ( c ) Hov

Jay-Z - Show Me What You Got

Eff what you heard (yeah yeah, allow me, I'm trying to break the habit of swearing in my writing!), Kingdom Come was far from wack. Been listening to it this morning and Dre laced him with some hot beats. The title track (produced by Just Blaze) is Top 10 Hov to me. Not a bad album at all, I guess people (myself included) were expecting too much from Jigga after his brief flirtation with retirement.

"We need some more girls in here..." ( c ) Skepta

Boy Better Know - Too Many Man

"There's toooo many man, too many many man..."

I wonder if VIP is coming any time soon or if it's on that Race Against Time/Detox timescale.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

"My chain swings from the left to the right..." ( c ) Scorcher

Scorcher - I Know

Argh... why?! Where's J2K and Wiley? What's all that Space Invader business at the end? I'm not even on that "Scorcher's swag" bandwagon, I think the guy is a beast on the mic when he wants to be but what's going on here? The video does look good, well produced, bright colours, professional, there's no doubting the levels in that sense. And I liked "I Know" last year, when it had J2K and those big 8 bars from Wiley (fresh from the Rolex hype) on it. I'm still holding out hope that his album will tread the line between his sometimes disgusting flow, and making commercial music that'll get him that mainstream money.

Sway and Ghetts headline I Luv Live, Monday March 9th

This lineup is madness. Sway and Ghetts headlining is massive, Crazy Cousins, Ava Leigh and Charlie Brown are all sick. Ava's nice live, I saw her at the Obama thing at Indigo2 in January. All of that for £8. Damn. I'm there.

Monday 9th March 2009
ILUVLIVE SPECIAL: Sway, Ghetts, MPHO, Crazy Cousinz & more!

Venue: Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY
Doors open at 7:30pm
Ticket: £8 in advance / £12 on the door
Tickets: or Cargo ticket shop
Info call: 0208 671 2161/0208 536 0630

UK's premier homegrown live music event is back at Cargo with a stellar line up that is sure to cause a roadblock. UK hip hop hero Sway leads the charge for this ILUVLIVE Special, showcasing songs from 'The Signature LP', his highly acclaimed album. Akon's UK homeboy will be joined by grime impresario Ghetts, electro-soul siren Mpho Skeef, funky house-frontrunners Crazy Cousinz, reggae-pop princess Ava Leigh and soulful singer/songwriter Charlie Brown. Talk about value for money.

Make sure you get your ticket sorted in advance!

Regular host Ras Kwame will also be in attendance, but this time with something extra to celebrate as he launches his Urban Goodies compilation. With forty tracks across two CDs, Ras has selected the cream of the UK scene featuring tracks from Chipmunk, Wiley, Skepta and Crazy Cousinz alongside exclusive re-rubs of the likes of Jordin Sparks and Jennifer Hudson. The Sony team will be in the house with goodies so arrive early!

Behind the Scenes of The Dream - Rockin' That Thing (Def Jam All-Star remix) Video Shoot

Shout to Nah Right. You already know that I rock with this joint.

Monday, 23 February 2009

"Realise I got the same wings angels fly with // with louis vuitton feathers now, that's some fly shit..." ( c ) Kanye West

T-Pain featuring Kanye West - Flight School

Kanye's rhyming again! I really hope this is new Yeezy, as much as I loved 808s and Heartbreak, Mr West is spitting like it's 2005. And that can only be a good thing.

"...Certain things I can't doctor, and you say I'm the worst //
I ain't have enough patience (patients) but I needed a nurse //
That'll come by my bed late, see if my head ache //
Then get my head straight, then give me head great //
Every time I popped up like the VCR //
I took your breath away, then we performed CPR //
With all the cars, the clothes, the lights, the boats //
I guess I was just trying to sow my royal outs //
In the penthouse position with Penthouse bitches //
See I pimped my crib so I must exhibit (Xzibit) //
Shit, this year's been a haze (Hayes) like Isaac //
So I close my eyes tighter than Asian eyes get..."

( c ) Kanye West

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Perampay and Dee featuring Katie Pearl - Something In The Air

For a song so sick, that looks like it's picking up some commercial heat, why they'd shoot this ridiculous video I don't know. FYI, this was on my High Fidelity (Volume One) Mix CD back in like August, and it's been around since before even then. Still a big tune. Rumour has it that Dee is in fact heavyweight producer Davinche. Anyone clarify that?

"I'm ambitious, my business acumen's vicious..." ( c ) Fallacy

UK Classic! I think I've got the CD single of this somewhere, might have to dig it out for the instrumental.

R.I.P. Tubby T.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

"The Black List"

"As a new chapter begins in this country, The Black List offers a dynamic and never-before-heard perspective from achievers of color. This series of inspired—and inspiring—observations on African-American life in the 21st century forms a roll call of some of the most compelling politicians, writers, thinkers and performers ever to tackle their fields of endeavor. Watch the interview-portraits and get a sharper snapshot of where this country has been and where its headed. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Interviews by Elvis Mitchell. Stars Collin Powell, Toni Morrison, Sean P Diddy Combs, Slash, Chris Rock, Susan Rice, Lou Gossett Jr., Russell Simmons and many more."

Both of these are genuinely inspirational. As you might expect, Chris Rock speaks pure truth. Russ has been someone I've always admired, the guys at Roundhouse Radio got to meet and interview him last year, shout out to them. I hope at some point in my career I'm lucky enough to get that opportunity.

Christina Milian - King Magazine 50th Issue Anniversary Photoshoot

She's doing alot. She's top five hottest women in the world. I mean to me personally, she's probably number one, but I can appreciate everyone's taste is different. Fellas, if Christina Milian ain't in your top five tho... maybe women just ain't for you. Pause.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Tinchy Stryder featuring Dappy - Number One

Tinchy Stryder featuring Dappy of N-Dubz - Number One

Yeah this is a Top 10, no doubt. This has Kiss 100 daytime playlist written all over it. Shout out to Tinchy. Dappy is in demand these days, can't wait to hear the Jay Sean and N-Dubz record. Tinchy is supporting N Dubz on tour this spring, no doubt they'll be performing this track as it starts to blow up.

Oh and support UK music! Request the track on your favourite radio station and when it comes out, buy it on iTunes. It's only 79p!

"And everybody's like who's the king of the grime scene // f*ck that, I'm the king of the island..." ( c ) Kano

Wiley featuring Kano and Ice Kid - Hello People

All Kane needs is one 16-bar to remind us that at one point he was LEVELS above everybody else in the scene, and it sounds like he's got his flow back. Eski and Ice Kid do what you'd expect, but Kano owns this one.

Oh and I just heard the new Tinchy Stryder single featuring Dappy from N-Dubz... Tinchy isn't playing around is he. I might post that in a bit, it's definite hit single business.

"In the night I hear them talk, coldest story ever told, somewhere far along this road he lost his soul, to a woman so heartless..."

The Fray - Heartless (Kanye West Cover)

Well this is amazing. Beginning to end this is pretty much perfection.

"The lonely stoner seems to free his mind at night..." ( c ) Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi - Day N Nite

Cudi is sick. This is the official US video for Day N Nite and it's pretty damn nice.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Anoop Desai

American Idol contestant Anoop Desai singing American Idol (this is the audio of him from the audition stages). I like this guy, from the audition stages until the last 36 he's been delivering soulful performance after soulful performance. Not sure if he'll go through because only 3 of the 12 who performed last night can progress, but he's impressive nonetheless.

NOTE: Well the video's gone now, that's a pisstake. And as I predicted Anoop didn't make it through. He is however a ridiculously talented guy, and I hope this isn't the last we hear of him. I've put a video of him singing "Thank You" from the audition stages up.

"And my head keeps spinning, can't stop having these visions, I gotta get with it..." ( c ) Kid Cudi

Kanye West featuring Kid Cudi - Welcome To Heartbreak

There's nothing wrong with your computer. It's supposed to look like that.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

"I used to watch her skin glow from my window..." ( c ) Ghetts

Wiley featuring Ghetts and Kano - She Glows (remix)

High quality version of the video finally drops. Top three selected on a tune together, it's a shame that it's some autotuned nonsense. I mean I actually like the song, it's really grown on me, but let's keep it real: for the three best MCs in the scene to work together, and the first thing they release is them singing, that's nonsensical. Enough negativity, the video looks nice, the song is really catchy, and it's great to see the top boys working together and getting along!

Transformers II - Revenge Of The Fallen (Trailer)

IMAX is gonna be very necessary for this film, and Watchmen which comes out in March. There's waaaay too many explosions for this to be anything near a good, but for once I'm willing to sit my hypercritical ass down and watch the damn movie. I'm putting off watching Notorious because I'm genuinely worried it's gonna be too bad for me to handle.

DJ DeeKay - Grime Classics Mix

I did this mix back in December 2008, and listening back to it today, I figured it deserved to be brought back from the dead. Obviously this isn't definitive (let's face it, Low Deep doesn't need to be MC'ing on anything you'd describe as classic) but it's a nice bit of hype for the iPod or for those of you who want an introduction to the scene.

DJ DeeKay - Grime Classics Mix

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 here.

Monday, 16 February 2009

"Who The Hell Is Kamaljit?!"

So I interviewed Jay Sean today and I've gotta say, I was rather impressed. I mean yeah okay, it's not the best kept secret amongst people who know me that I'm somewhat of a "vocal supporter" (*cough* massive fan *cough*) of the recently-signed Cash Money crooner. Are men even allowed to be massive fans of R&B singers who have a fanbase that generally consists largely of screaming teenage girls?! Fuck it, I'm a Jay Sean fan (pause). I said "pause" so that makes it alright anyway. Not that there's anything wrong wi... let's move on...

Anyway, the interview was for Redtop Magazine, which is the Roundhouse's magazine, put together by young people aged 13 - 25, and will be part of my feature in that magazine about the future of British "Urban" music. Yes, in case you're wondering, I die a little inside every time I use the word "urban". That magazine drops mid March, and once it's out, I'll post the audio of my full interview with Jay on this website. I might even drop a teaser later on this week. I've got quite a few more interviews lined up this week, will keep you guys posted about how those go. In the meantime, Jay Sean's album "My Own Way" was re-released today with a bunch of new tracks. Here's one of them, my favourite by far, and possibly my favourite Jay Sean track ever. I mean it's early days, but I like this a lot.

Jay Sean featuring Sway - I Won't Tell (remix)

Once again, remember where you heard it first! And then tell all your friends about it, and call your radio stations to request it. If this record picks up on radio we might get a video, let's make it happen.

The Deluxe Edition of his album, My Own Way, is out on iTunes now, and you can buy it by clicking here. It's got a bunch of brand new tracks, including this one, current single "Tonight" and a nice acoustic number called "I'm Gone".

Oh one more thing I've gotta say, Jay Sean was very much about UK artists working together this year, putting all the politics to one side and just getting music done together. He's worked with Skepta, Chipmunk, N Dubz and of course Sway recently, and is fully on the scene getting together and making great music. He said a lot of stuff in the interview that I agreed with, but this moreso than anything else is CRUCIAL for the future of British urban music.

"Sweet music..."

2Face Idibia featuring Sound Sultan - Enter The Place

I wonder if this tune has a chance of going mainstream now. It's got that bounce that could light up the Summer. Maybe.

Alesha Dixon - Breathe Slow (Video)

I'm not going to lie to you, I ain't posting this video because I really like the song. Somehow I hadn't actually seen this video until today. I don't know how, but I'm glad I have now. My life feels richer. Alesha Dixon makes me wanna get Sky HD.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

"Sway plus Jay Sean, that's napalm // Cash Money, Konvict, Weezy and Akon..." ( c ) Sway

Jay Sean featuring Sway - I Won't Tell (remix)

Jeez... Remember where you heard it first! This remix is fire. I really hope this is the next single and that this is the mix that's released! Shoot the right video and push it right and this is the biggest hit of both their careers.

The Deluxe Edition of his album, My Own Way, is out on iTunes now, and you can buy it by clicking here. It's got a bunch of brand new tracks, including this one and current single "Tonight". Fingers crossed I'm interviewing him tomorrow, but in no way has that influenced the tone of this post. I'm fair and balanced like Fox News!

Now where's that "Tonight" remix with Lil' Wayne?!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

"Ladies, lemme see you get down low..."

K.I.G. - Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toez

Never catch me in the rave doing this. Gangsters don't dance, and neither do rhythmically-challenged DJs. Wanna see me "keep it sho"? Find me at the bar.

The Triumph of Grime

Article in today's Guardian by Dan Hancox.

"'I'm not very happy with the name 'grime', but that's what a lot of people seem to be calling it." The word may have grated on the late John Peel's ears back in May 2004, when he showcased it on his Radio 1 show, but the music certainly didn't. Glacial melodies, beats made on PlayStations and lyrics giving voice to the voiceless, delivered in a style so uniquely British that it barely even acknowledges the existence of American hip-hop: it's not hard to see why the legendary DJ would be a fan.

As with Peel's other great passion, punk, a noxious-sounding genre name belies an attitude of fearless innovation. No one doing anything in rock music pretends to be creating anything new any more; the best most bands hope to achieve is a slight re-whittling of the same old wooden guitar tropes. But among grime's young musicians and fans, the best accolades you can have are to be "next level", "pushing things forward", "going on differently".

The mainstream media had a spasm of excitement in 2003 when Dizzee Rascal emerged from his London tower-block to win the Mercury prize. Grime comes from Britain's own orient, the poor east of the capital, exoticised but unappreciated - and the exceptional talent behind the hype about "Britain's own hip-hop" was quickly forgotten. Since then the music has been abandoned by record labels unwilling to "gamble", derided by kneejerk critics as too violent, and nullified as a live music form by the Met's discriminatory and clumsy approach to policing clubs.

"It takes five, 10 years to build a scene," grime godfather Wiley once said; but build it they did - all by themselves. Fed up with being shut out of the mainstream business, teenage grime fans set up a number of websites under the banner of non-profit organisation Grime Digital, creating the online infrastructure necessary to support an entire music scene. Next week sees its first anniversary: in that time the Grime Forum has accumulated 450,000 posts, the exhaustively referenced Grimepedia has 5m page views, and the online store and podcast, as well as a healthy blogosphere, amount to a sort of web-enabled version of punk's DIY ethic.

This ethic has come from the musicians as well as the fans. MC and producer Jamie "JME" Adenuga, long touted as a potential crossover star, has resisted major label interest and used his design degree to cultivate his own label and brand, releasing his own music, designing his own sleeve artwork, and selling an astonishing 30,000 of his Boy Better Know T-shirts to boot. This independent spirit is even yielding chart success now. Young grime artist Tinchy Stryder is now in his third consecutive week in the top 10 - his record, Take me back, released on a label run by two grime fans who saw the music's potential and, at the tender age of 18, took out a bank loan to fund their passion.

The established British music industry has consistently failed to nurture black talent - somehow conjuring failure from success, releasing weak songs by talented artists - because it rejects the idea that innovation, vitality and wordplay are qualities people like in their music. And when there are indie rock and pop production lines that are easily maintained, and ready-made, ready-marketed, ready-sold American hip-hop imports available, why even bother?

Some of the most maligned young people from the poorest parts of Britain have defied music business apathy, a patronising media and ignorance from the police to create a resilient, flourishing music scene all of their own. If you want a bit of it you're welcome to join in, but they don't need you any more.

• Dan Hancox is a music journalist who blogs on grime at

Friday, 13 February 2009

The Relationship Litmus Test

Read this on Very Smart Brothas.

"its an inevitability.

a forgone conclusion.

an inflexible and inescapable eventuality.

it all starts the same way. champ enters room. champ announces his presence, usually by either giving a head nod to noone in particular or verbally stating “the champ is here” in a forcefully hushed tone. outrageously attractive woman approaches champ. champ and outrageously attractive woman immediately leave room and have wild shitake monkey sex. champ and woman speak. woman is impressed with champ’s diction and banter. champ is impressed with woman’s diction and banter, but more impressed with her ass.

eventually, the champ and this woman will go on 2-4 extremely irrelevant dates, filled with aggressively nonchalant flirting, subtle promises of breakfast making, and extremely irrelevant questions, sans for one…the champs most tried and true relationship litmus test

“do you like “the wire”?”

although seemingly innocuous, this simple five word question tells me everything i need to know about the potential somewhat significant other. “how, omnipotent champ?” you ask? its all about the answers.

lemme walk you through it

1. “no. it sucks”

there’s two types of people in this world: people who love the wire, and soul-less hemophiliac viking pedophiles. there’s no inbetween. if you don’t like the wire, than you’re a soul-less hemophiliac viking pedophile. since the champ doesn’t date soul-less hemophiliac viking pedophiles unless they look like post-”in the house”/pre-crack maia campbell, this answer lets me know there’s no future between us. also, usually at this point i offer to go dutch.

2. “no. i can’t watch it because it reminds me too much of home”


i dont want to hear how. i don’t look back. i don’t ask for the check. i just run.

3. “hmmm. the wire? never heard of it”

obviously, this means that this person is living in a pop culture vacuum. although her pop cultural ignorance shows that we wouldn’t be compatible, women living in pop culture vacuums tend to be freaks (ie: palin, sarah) so you can find an eventual use for her if you’re creative.

4. “i actually haven’t seen it, but i’ve heard good things about it.”

5. “yes!!!”

the only completely acceptable answers. if she follows up with “in fact, i just bought the complete dvd set”, i might even make her some buttermilk waffles.

whether conscious or subconscious, blatant or subtle, intentional or accidental, we all have relationship litmus tests we put prospective prospects through. unambiguous measuring sticks, these or our standardized ways of weeding through the mucky modern-day relationship morass.

***along with the wire query, i also give potentials the stair test. to expound, i live on the top floor of my building. if a walk up to my apartment makes you sound like an emphasemic darth vader, maybe its time to head back to training camp***

—the champ"

Shout out to The Champ and Very Smart Brothas, consistently the funniest read of my week. My personal litmus tests, not just for a relationship, but pretty much in whether or not I even bother to talk to a person ever again, usually focus around music, television (namely Lost and The Wire), and movies. If you own You Got Served on DVD, if Step Up 2 was your highlight of 2008, or if you think Epic Movie is funny, we're not going to get along. Oh and Cheryl Cole. If you like Cheryl Cole, more likely than not it's a wrap. Fuck it, I'm a snob. At least I keep the best company!

"The streets got the best of ya, your whole gangsta's a replica and you gotta take that to the death with ya..." ( c ) Jadakiss

Jadakiss featuring Barrington Levy - Hard Times

Man I remember when Jada was in my Top 3. Feels like an eternity ago. Why don't more rappers get Barrington Levy for their hooks? I mean do T-Pain and Akon need to do all of them?! Can't someone else get a little love?! I would've thought that for the way he massacred those two tracks on Shyne's first joint alone, he would've racked up way more Hip-Hop features.

Taken from Kiss and Green Lantern's "Kiss My Ass" mixtape, which you can find here.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

N Dubz Live On GMTV and BBC Sound

N-Dubz - Strong Again (Live @ GMTV)

I guess they heard the criticism of their lip-synching last time they appeared on GMTV. Dappy's keen to make it known that they're performing live this time, announcing it within the opening seconds of a solid performance. N-Dubz, formerly of Channel U, have been on GMTV, which as far as I can tell is about as Middle-England as it gets, twice in the last couple of months. Think about that for a second. Short of them co-hosting "How Clean Is Your House", they've pretty much made it big-time.

Oh and here's a bonus, because I'm generous, and not because I fancy Tulisa. N Dubz performing the same song on BBC Sound. I was actually supposed to be at this recording, but something happened that meant I couldn't make it. Can't remember if it was because I had to be on radio or I had a lunch date with David and Victoria in Milan, but whatever the reason I couldn't get to what looks like an N Dubz performance in a school classroom in Hammersmith. Because the taping was in Hammersmith. Not because all classrooms in Hammersmith look like that. Obviously. Safe.

"Couple months off, I'll be right back shawty..." ( c ) T.I.

Busta Rhymes featuring T.I. and Akon - Number One

T.I. cements his status as the best (relevant) rapper alive not named Carter? This is gonna have to get a spin on the radio tonight.

Chase and Status - Duppy Man

Yeah I'm late. I'm also speechless. This is... I have no superlative for this, I'm just genuinely upset that because it's 01:30am I can't play it at the volume it deserves to be played.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Q-Tip, Live @ The Roundhouse, March 14th 2009

Q-Tip with live band supported by Giles Peterson, Benji B and DJ Semtex.

It's at The Roundhouse so there's no doubt I'll be there. Tickets are £20, and you can get them here.

"She rockin' that thing like..." ( c ) The Dream

The Dream - Rockin' That Thing

This video is SICK. And I LOVE this song. Pause.

"When Amir hit the canvas, everybody cheered like Amir's been abandoned..." ( c ) Wretch 32

Wretch 32 on SB.TV

Fuck what you heard. Wretch has got bars for days.

"When Amir hit the canvas, everybody cheered like Amir's been abandoned //
I realised, when you're the best or the champion //
Nobody wants to see you rest in that Phantom..." ( c ) Wretch 32

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Celebrate Originality

Only saw this Adidas advert for the first time in the cinema last night. It's awesome, peep the plethora of celebrity cameos.

Grammy Awards 2009 Highlights

The Swagger Like Us performance was impeccable. Definitely the highlight of the show. That's a masterclass on how to make a statement in Hip-Hop. Wayne and Robin Thicke's "Tie My Hands" was pretty impressive too.

M.I.A. featuring Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil' Wayne and T.I. - Paper Planes/Swagger Like Us

Lil' Wayne Wins Rap Album of the Year Award

T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake - Dead And Gone

Lil' Wayne featuring Robin Thiche - Tie My Hands

Coldplay featuring Jay-Z - Lost/Viva La Vida

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Noel Clarke wins Rising Star BAFTA

Congratulations to Adulthood writer, director and star Noel Clarke on winning the Orange Rising Star BAFTA Award at tonight's ceremony in London. Just shows the power of the people. Big up to him still, seems like a level-headed guy and he definitely deserves his success. I hope it's the first award of many.

India Arie - Voyage To India

For some reason I listened to this album today, for the first time in a few years. Not wanting to sound like one of THOSE guys, I wish somebody was still making music like this. I haven't checked her new album yet, so maybe she's still making music like this, but this CD is amazing.

"So just one yourself, the girls love me more than I love myself..." ( c ) Chipmunk

Kid Bass featuring Sincere, Scorcher, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Mark Henry and Chipmunk - 6Am

It's not even that I really like this. It's just that one Chipmunk line, which is pretty much what got this tune a reload the first time I played it, and convinced me to post it up. This kid most definitely has what it takes.

"I swing through like a monkey and take your chick (gimme that) //
The best newcomer ain't new to this //
The bar tender don't wanna sell me drinks //
*Took off my glasses*, "eh bitch I'm Chip" //
These haters wanna stare blud (tell me why)//
They ain't even on the level of my haircut (that's low)//
So just one yourself //
The girls love me more than I love myself..."
(c) Chipmunk

P.S. Having just seen the studio vid above on Semtex's blog, I switched mine up for his. Shout out to Sem.

"I know you're waiting on another one, so girl here go the other one // grind on me while you snap your fingers..." ( c ) T-Pain

T-Pain featuring Lil' Wayne - Snap Your Fingaz

Well this is infinitely better than I was expecting it to be.

"I ain't planning to make it up there all alone // it's lonely at the top, I'm planning to make it feel like home..." ( c ) Tinchy Stryder

Tinchy Stryder featuring Ruby - Problems On My Own

Next single maybe? I was having a conversation the other day about how long Tinchy's shine is gonna last, and we came to the conclusion that it all depends on what his follow-up single is. With that said, given the track record this guy has of putting out mainstream bangers, I've got faith that whatever he follows up TOP-THREE SMASH "Take Me Back" with will serve to build upon his success. As Stryder himself says on his blog, Radio 1 have currently playlisted records by Chipmunk, Tinchy, N Dubz, Chase and Status featuring Kano, and Crazy Cousins. It's gonna be a good year.

Friday, 6 February 2009

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh (7th Edition)

Yeah I know you lot have been waiting on the edge of your seat, checking the blug every day to see if a new BoxFresh mix has been uploaded. (Fuck me, I just saw a dog walk past my window wearing a bright red coat. That's just thrown my game right off...)

Anyway, yeah new BoxFresh. That's 30 minutes of the best in fresh new music, mixed by yours truly. Quite a bit of funky house this week, I dropped that Attacca Pesante mix of Jazmine Sullivan's "Bust Your Windows" and then just wanted to keep the vibes going. Definitely my favourite music to mix, get the mix right and you can let it just ride.

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh (7th Ed.)

Tinchy Stryder featuring Tami Chynn, Sway and Chipmunk - Take Me Back (remix)
Jay Sean - Tonight (Panjabi Hit Squad remix)
Wiley featuring Kano and Ghetto - She's Glowing (remix)
Teriyaki Boyz featuring Pharrell and Chris Brown - Work That
Jazmine Sullivan - Bust Your Windows (Attacca Pesante remix)
Donaeo - Party Hard
Floetry - Superstar (Quentin Harris remix)
DJ Perampay - Time To Let Go
Enur featuring Beenie Man and Natalie Storm - Whine
Kid Cudi - Day N Nite (Crookers Mix)
Kid Bass featuring Sincere - Good Girls Love Rudeboys

That Jazmine Sullivan remix is the truth. Laidback funky house groove. You can stream the mix in the player above. Hope y'all enjoy.

Monday, 2 February 2009

The Saturdays

Evidently I don't pay enough attention to pop music, because I was barely aware of these girls until Christmas this year, and thought their most widely-known single, "Up", was actually by Girls Aloud. That single is a slice of pop perfection - high-quality production that could rival any American act, strong vocals and an infectious hook.

Oh and did I mention that they're so ridiculously fine? Now obviously that's not the reason that I made this post, but it certainly doesn't hurt. Here they are performing a cover of Madcon - "Beggin'" for the Live Lounge. Peep the vocals, this ain't no weak-ass (insert overproduced non-singing five-piece girl group name here) shit.

"Sing for me..." ( c ) Ghetts

Look, I've covered this tune in its various forms so many times that there aren't any original post titles left! Anyway, there's finally a decent quality version of the video, so I figured it was worth posting up. It's out in February on All Around The World/Universal. Get to know. Fuck, it's February already! Hold tight Kane in the video. There's no way there isn't a remix to this tune out there somewhere with a Kano verse.

Ghetts - Sing For Me (remix)

Sunday, 1 February 2009

"Now she the definition of fine, but I told her that her body looks better with mine..." (c) Ludacris

The Dream featuring Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Rick "Officer Ricky" Ross, Ludacris - Rockin' That Shit (Def Jam All-Star remix)

Oh my. This shit here. If this track dropped in June instead of January, it'd be a guaranteed problem. British weather being what it is, it's now sunny now, with blue skies, despite the fact it was snowing an hour ago, so I'll imagine it's summertime. It's alot.

Skepta - Sunglasses At Night (Video)

Skepta - Sunglasses At Night

Yeah I'm a few days late on posting it up. Been a hectic week. I do like this tune. It's a bit different, but I like it still. Lived up to the promise of that snippet from last year. Drops on iTunes on 16th March. But if you want something a bit grimier, here's a little bonus. New Skepta bars. Must be Christmas. Microphone Champion out end of March.

Skepta - Jetlag Psycho