Here's the official photography from our Fresh Cuts Live event which took place at the Roundhouse back in March. Big shout out to Liz Amadi, an amazing up-and-coming photographer who shot this for us and got some great photos despite the difficult lighting.
Probably the best song from Thank Me Later that's dropped thus far. Drake's verse is classic Drake, but Jeezy goes in and kills the hook too. "I'm looking forward to the memories of right now..." is one of the nicest lines of the year to me.
Shout to Officially Urban who were following Bluey Robinson around all day on March 7th when he was at the Roundhouse for Fresh Cuts Live.
If you take the time to watch this video (which I suggest you do, I didn't JUST post it up because as well as being a video diary of one of my favourite artists, it's also effectively a recap of one of the biggest achievements of my own life), you'll see that Bluey really is mad cool. Humble and down-to-earth young man with a proposterous amount of talent. And he was an absolute pleasure to work with (pause). All the Fresh Cuts Live artists were great actually - Marvell have atrocious time-keeping (I don't think they'll mind me saying that!) but they, Bluey and McLean are prime examples of how to carry yourself if you're an up-and-coming artist.
Ahh watching that video brings it all back... In the spirit of reminiscing on past glories, here are the highlights videos if you missed out.
Closer from Drake's second mixtape Comeback Season is one of my favourite tracks of all time and probably my favourite Drizzy track. Here he spits the first verse from the original and then a brand new verse supposedly from a Kanye-produced track that didn't make the album. Unsurprisingly, the new verse is great, but then Drake is pretty much the most consistent rapper around at this point.
Here's the original too - this shit motivates me every time I hear it.
Check out my interview with Jay Sean in this month's Flavour Magazine, where the homegrown superstar talks about the highlights of his whirlwind past eighteen months, including signing to Cash Money, recording Down with Lil' Wayne and meeting Jay-Z and Beyonce. Click on the images below to read.
One hell of a comeback track from the Canadian singer. I wonder if Labrinth's golden touch (and developing sound) can propel Raghav back into the spotlight. To this day I love his debut album Storyteller - I actually prefer it to Jay Sean's Me Against Myself which I thought was a great debut album.
Even though Jay Sean's gone global now, I still can't help but think of him when I think of Raghav's debut. I suppose because they were both Asian R&B singers that blew at the same time so it's inevitable, even though they're nowhere near eachother any more. Anyway, rambling aside, I've always had time for Raghav and it's good to see him back.
Lotta people hating on Chip. I've got my own theory as to the superstar MC whom his strategy most resembles ("no dummy, that's the shit I'm sprinking the album with to keep the registers ringing..."), but I'll keep that to myself.
I wholeheartedly believe that he'll have the most career longevity of any UK MC right now though. And by MC I mean someone that raps lyrics, before some dumb bastard comes along and tries to tell me that "Chipmunk isn't an MC, he's an artist". Fuck off.
Nathan "Nathstar" Williams (undoubtedly the hardest drummer in the country) linked these up on his Twitter - footage from Tinie Tempah's MTV 10 For 10 gig in February.
Speaking of Tinie and February - Redtop Magazine's Spring/Summer 2010 issue, which Tinie graced the cover of alongside Mz Bratt, Eddie Kadi, Kevin J, Eliza Doolittle, and many more, drops this week. Look out for that in your favourite fashion and music outlets.