MUST LISTEN: Nick Brewer – “Jet Li”

Posted by: Caroline SM

Mr Consistent aka Nick Brewer has revealed the first track from his forthcoming EP ‘Warning Light’ entitled “Jet Li”.

Brewer has had a massive year, following his signing to Island Records back in February the Essex native released his critically acclaimed EP ‘Four Miles Further’ and has also collaborated with the likes of Little Simz, JP Cooper and George The Poet.

Pre-order the ‘Warning Light’ EP here.

Catch Nick Brewer at his headline show on the 26th of November at 229 Venue 2, buy tickets here

#GRMFLASHBACKFRIDAY Bashy Ft. Scorcher & Big Narstie – “Big Love”/Chupa Chups Mixtape Stream!

Posted by: Rene

For this weeks #GRMFLASHBACKFRIDAY we bring it back to another Channel U/MTV Base classic and take a deeper look at Bashy’s timeless ‘The Chupa Chups’ mixtape.

Hosted by DJ Master Stepz, Bashy’s project saw some of the then up and coming talent work together on the project, from Wretch 32 to Loick Essien to Katie Pearl.

One song which garnered heavy rotation on the airwaves and screens was “Big Love”. The track was produced by Naughty Boy, who sampled Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 Smash hit “Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies”.

With Naughty Boy flipping the script, Bashy drew for vocalist Rahma Ali to hold down the chorus. North London’s Scorcher aka Sky Walker, South London’s N Double A and Big Narstie aka the Base God all featured.

When it comes to dropping bodies of work Bashy has been one of the most consistent in the UK. His first mixtape ‘UR MUM VOLUME 1′ was hosted by the Home Grown King Ras Kwame back in 2004.

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Prior to this you could catch ‘Bashy Star’, as he was known, on pirate stations such as Freeze FM spitting alongside his crew (at the time) ‘Special Delivery’ and other North West lyrical vets such as SLK and North West Untouchables.

Fast forward to his second independent release, ‘The Chupa Chups’ mixtape, which featured a DVD as well as 29 tracks full of UK and American cover instrumentals and original beats produced by the likes of DaVinChe. On this mixtape you’ve got laughter, thought provoking topics and all in all lyrical content which definitely resinated with a lot of people.

To listen to tracks like “Crying Out Loud”, “Ooh Baby”, “So Little Time” featuring Wretch 32 and “Pryin” featuring Katie Pearl we can look no further than Spotify to hold us down for the stream.

While Bish Bash Bosh continues to drop new material we have to salute and highlight one of the biggest mixtapes which raised the bar for its time and will be remembered as a true classic.

Words By Ren_GRM

This Is Dope! When Cars Meet Music: Introducing The Lexus NX & NX-Illuminated

Posted by: Caroline SM

Alluring to our urban and active lifestyle, Lexus has introduced the first premium mid-size crossover, the Lexus NX.

The new vehicle is an efficient hybrid and boasts a variety of features including newly developed 2.0-litre petrol turbo – three engines, three transmissions with an option of front and all-wheel drive. Other impressive points include great fuel economy (Lexus’ stop-and-start system), wireless charging tray for our ever so dying mobiles, and a panoramic view monitor. This monitor has a comprehensive multi-information display, head-up display, blind spot monitor etc.

To celebrate the Lexus NX’s new and bold design they have launched an online digital art exhibition, NX-Perspectives.

A part of the NX-Perspectives project, NX-Illuminated is a collision of light and sound by Lunice.

Taking inspiration from the sharp and distinctive lighting of the Lexus NX, Lunice (DJ and Producer from Toronto) has teamed up with creative collective LuckyMe to embark on a project that takes the sharp and distinctive lighting of the Lexus NX as the backbone of a powerful video for his new single, “Can’t Wait To”. Using a combination of projection mapped op-art patterns and choreographed beams of light, Lunice and LuckyME mimic the all-LED headlights and rear lamps of the car.

Lunice – “Can’t Wait To”:

To find out more about NX-Perspectives click here

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WEEKEND DROPS: Air Jordan Retro ‘Wolf Grey’, KD7 ‘One The Road’ & The Good Will Out x Asics #CREPCHECK

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MUST WATCH: Nas Time Is Illmatic Documentary Trailer [GRM EXCLUSIVE]

Posted by: Caroline SM

Today we give you an exclusive look at the ‘Time Is Illmatic’ feature length documentary film which is out in cinemas tomorrow (October 24th). The film, produced by One9 and Erik Parker, took a massive 10 years to create. This was due partly to funding and trying to get Nas himself on board.

‘Time Is Illmatic’ delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album ‘Illmatic’ and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty years after its release, ‘Illmatic’ has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.

The film tracks the musical legacy of the Jones family, handed down to Nas from his jazz musician father, Olu Dara. It also examines the social conditions and environmental influences that contributed to Nas’ worldview.

Along the way, ‘Time Is Illmatic’ shows how Nas—with the support of his Queensbridge neighbourhood crew, the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Jones, and sacrifices of his mother, Ann Jones—overcame insurmountable odds to create the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era.

Tomorrow we will be premiering an exclusive interview with Q-Tip about Nas and ‘Illmatic’, keep a look out!

Click here to see which cinemas will be screening ‘Time Is Illmatic’ and book your tickets.

 

Jammer To Host MOBOs 2015 After We Got It Trending On Twitter?!!

Posted by: Caroline SM

Jammer, who took to the stage when Stormzy and Skepta won their awards at last nights MOBOs, was the real MVP of the show. Known for his heroic, unfiltered ways the BBK pioneer took over the mic effortlessly during their acceptance speeches. Many tweeted he was even better than the actual hosts Mel B and Sarah-Jane Crawford.

So during the ceremony we decided to do what we do best and play devils advocate on Twitter. Ta-da, the hashtag #JammerToHostMOBOs2015 was born. And apparently it worked.

In the last hour we have learned that the MOBOs may actually be taking on the public opinion and are looking to recruit Jammer for hosting duties at next years massive 20th Anniversary show (which will also, according the to post, be aired on BBC).

Whilst the story hasn’t been confirmed, and the source of Jammer’s Instagram screen shot cannot be found, this is something we would definitely like to see.

To see the full list of winners and performance highlights click here. Don’t forget we have ‘The MOBOs via Twitter Trolls’ here too.

KEEP WATCH: Scotty ATL Releases ‘Spaghetti Junction’ Mixtape & It’s Dope

Posted by: Caroline SM

Following the release of ‘On The Road To Spaghetti Junction’, Scotty ATL – the Atlanta rapper on everyones whose in the knows lips (and ears), has released the sequel project ‘Spaghetti Junction’.

Scotty continues to make power moves despite being an independent artist. Hosted by DJ Burn One, DJ Scream, and DJ Mike Mars, notable features on ‘Spaghetti Junction’ include Bun B, B.o.B, Mookie Jones, IamSu, Starlito, Young Dolph and Doe B. The production credits are more than impressive too, with DJ Toomp, K.E. On The Track, DJ Burn One, Childish Major, Sledgren, Sean C & LV all supplying the beats.

Scotty ATL is definitely an artist you should be paying attention too. Check out the project below and download for free.

Check out his latest video release “Nun But A Party” featuring IAMSU! and B.o.B here.

Follow: @ScottyATL

Listen: Show N Prove – Wax Volume One Hosted By Benny Banks

Posted by: Rene

If Show N Prove is not making bangers he’s dropping mixtapes. Before producing, the Scottish native had a passion DJing. Continuing to excel in his talent behind the wheels of steel Show N Prove has dropped a new mixtape entitled ‘Wax Volume One’ hosted by rapper Benny Banks.

Listen as the likes of Fekky, Loick Essien, Giggs, Squeeks, XO Man, Meridian Dan, Drake, Rick Ross and French Montana get the Show N Prove treatment.

Full track listing below:

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Let us know your thoughts on the mixes.

Words: Ren_GRM

LMAO. Twitter Responds To The 2014 MOBO Awards

Posted by: Caroline SM

So MOBO Awards 2014. Where do we start?

Well you can read our full review and watch all of the videos here. But sometimes a Twitter review is that bit more comedic.

Over the last 5 years Scotland has been host to the MOBO awards, for the 2014 ceremony, the award show was back in London.

While there were major positive talking points for this years MOBO Awards show it was inevitable that being broadcasted live on ITV2, with social media being so prominent, the masses would brutally express their thoughts on any hiccups.

Although the more popular categories graced our screens live, the ‘Best R&B/Soul Act’, ‘Best Reggae Act’, ‘Best African Act’, ‘Gospel Act’ and ‘Jazz Act’ didn’t. These are defining genres in ‘music of black origin’ however for some reason, we the public, never got the chance to see who received what for their efforts.

Of course we had to start a #GRMTalkBack debate.

WATCH: All The Performances & Funniest Moments From The 2014 MOBO Awards

Posted by: Caroline SM

Last night the 19th annual MOBO Awards took place in London at the SSE Arena after a 5 year hiatus.

The Awards show was broadcasted live for the first time ever on ITV2, so the fans could enjoy all the action along with those attending the show. The night saw an abundance of urban and more mainstream stars showcasing their talents and picking up awards for their outstanding achievements in 2014.

As we know a lot of independent artists were recognised for their efforts at the 19th anuual MOBO Awards last night in London. Acts such as Ghetts, Meridian Dan, Little Simz and Fekky took to the stage to give their live performances and regardless of opinion it’s fair to say they did themselves and the ‘urban’ scene proud.

As per usual, BBK kept it super trill. Skeppy jumped on stage to receive his award for ‘Best Music Video’ (“Thats Not Me”) and took the mic wearing just a plain black jumper and nike hat to match. The acceptance speech was short, sweet and inspirational. Letting the fans plus up coming artists know that an £80 video was able to capture the masses and bag them an award. For the young kids sitting at home looking to be the next big thing, the lesson to take from this is invest in yourself, big budgets are cool but work with what you got and have faith.

Another positive moment to highlight is that within the space of a year, 21 year old Stormzy has managed to quit his day job, top the iTunes chart with his independent EP release ‘Dreamers Disease’ and receive the MOBO award for ‘Best Grime Act’. Clearly overwhelmed and humbled by the occasion, Stormzy was lost for words and thankful for the achievement, continuing to thank god first and foremost.

After last years success winning ‘Best Newcomers’ the South London duo Krept and Konan bagged another MOBO for ‘Best Hip Hop Act’, as well as giving one of the best performances of the night for “Don’t Waste My Time” and a brand new “Don’t Tell Em” remix with US R&B crooner Jermih.

No stranger to the MOBO stage, Ghetts (who in previous Awards shows he has accompanied good friend Kano for the single “Typical Me”) was up for 3 noms and set the stage alight with a live band despite leaving without an award.

The MOBO AWARDS in association with HTC One (M8) 2014 Winners:

MOBO Best African Act: Fuse ODG
MOBO Best Reggae Act: Stylo G
MOBO Best HipHop Act: Krept and Konan
MOBO Best RnB/Soul Act: Sam Smith
MOBO Best Gospel Act: Living Faith Connection Choir
MOBO Best Jazz Act: Zara McFarlane
MOBO Best Grime Act: Stormzy (In association with BBC Radio 1Xtra)
MOBO Best Newcomer: Ella Eyre (In association with HTC)
MOBO Best Male: Sam Smith
MOBO Best Female: Jessie J
MOBO Best Intl: Beyoncé
MOBO Best Video: Skepta ft J.M.E ‘That’s Not Me’
MOBO Best Song: Sam Smith ‘Stay With Me’
MOBO Best Album: Sam Smith
MOBO Inspiration Award: Idris Elba

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:

That moment Skepta won ‘Best Video’ for “That’s Not Me”, brings all the man on stage, states his video cost less than his ticket to attend (“eighty English pounds”) and bigs up Stormzy and Novelist.

Meanwhile his brother JME (who also won the Award) is at home tweeting this:

The emotional moment Stormzy was presented ‘Best Grime Act’ by DJ Cameo and Charlie Sloth. Being an unsigned artist this is a historic achievement!

Last years ‘Best Newcomers’ Krept & Konan picked up ‘Best Hip Hop Act’…

They also did a massive performance of “That’s Not Me”:

Then finished off the show with a special remix of “Don’t Tell Em” linking up with US sensation Jeremih:

Fekky and Meridian Dan performed a mash up of “Still Sittin Here” and “German Whip”:

Stylo G wins ‘Best Reggae Act’, bigs up his baby mums and tells MOBOs they need to broadcast the Reggae Award live on TV next time:

What was your favourite moment from the 2014 MOBO Awards?

Words: @Ren_GRM

Jeremih, Krept & Konan Hit The Studio Together In London

Posted by: Caroline SM

US R&B crooner Jeremih aka Mr “Don’t Tell Em” has clearly caught wind of our talented UK rappers, as last night he hit the studio with Young Kings, Krept & Konan, in London.

Whilst we can’t be sure what they were recording, we’re certain there’s a banger in the making.

Jeremih is currently in the UK to perform at tonights MOBO Awards, where Krept and Konan (who are up for 4 noms) will also be hitting the stage.

This is what we love to see, keep bridging the gaps!

LISTEN IN: Meridian Dan Ft. President T & Wiley – “So Much Cash”

Posted by: Caroline SM

Ahead of tonights MOBOs, where he is up for 3 awards, German Whip pioneer Meridian Dan has delivered us some brand new heat entitled “So Much Cash”. The North Londoner has recruited the Godfather of Grime, Wiley and President T to add their 2 cents (or pennies… as we’re talking cash) to the catchy release.

The track will be taken from Dan’s forthcoming album ‘I Am London’ which will be released via PMR Records.

Rio Ferdinand Spits Bars With BBK & General Levy At Kieron Richardson’s Party

Posted by: Caroline SM

Last night a video found its way onto the internet (by way of Skepta’s Instagram – thanks Skeppy) of QPR centre back Rio Ferdinand joining BBK and General Levy in spitting a selection of bars at Aston Villa player Kieron Richardson’s party.

We can’t help but hope that someone has the extended footage, 15 seconds just doesn’t do this justice.

Could we see Rio switching up his day job? Only time will tell.

Rio Ferdinand and General Levy on the microphone. Very fucking elite. Very monumental.

A video posted by HALLOWEEN 2014! #ItAintSafe (@skeptagram) on

COP IT! DeJ Loaf Hits Us With A Brand New EP ‘Sell Sole’

Posted by: Caroline SM

Recently signed to Columbia Records, Dej Loaf is the name on every lips right now.

The hype came about when her mellow thug rhythm “Try Me” began to circulate the blogs and radio, catching the attention of Hip-Hops number one co-signer Drizzy Drake amongst others including Wiz Khalifa, Remy Ma and Ty Dolla $ign, who have all added their touches to the original.

During a press run across all of New York’s must attend and TV show, the Detroit starlet has delivered us with a brand new free mixtape entitled ‘Sell Sole’. The 13 track project includes the aforementioned never-before-heard “Try Me” remix and a collab with guys of the moment, Young Thug and Birdman. 

What do you think of Young DeJ?

Tragic… Indian Footballer Dies After Goal Celebration

Posted by: Raphael

Peter Biaksangzuala died from the injuries he suffered as he landed awkwardly while celebrating a goal.

The 23-year-old damaged his spinal cord doing a somersault after scoring an equaliser for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC against Chanmari West FC in the Mizoram Premier League.

Biaksangzuala was taken to hospital and had surgery, but passed away.

The match in which he sustained his injuries was a state level game in the Mizoram Premier League.

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A statement from the MPL said: “It has been a sad day for Mizoram football and the demise of the footballer shook his team-mates, footballers and fans alike all over Mizoram.”

“Peter was a defensive midfielder who had always been aggressive and hard working, a true team player.”

“Peter’s club Bethlehem Vengthlang FC will retire his jersey no. 21.”

Watch the harrowing footage below:

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced To 5 Years In Jail For Killing His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Posted by: Raphael

The South African Paralympic athlete was handed the term after being found guilty of culpable homicide last month for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius was also given a three-year suspended sentence for firearms charges.

However Pistorius’ defence team believe he will spend a sixth of the term in prison (10 months) before being placed under house arrest for the remainder of his sentence.

But Nathi Mncube, a spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, said he was likely to serve one third of the sentence behind bars, before adding “it’s not for the NPA to decide.”

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp told the assembled press outside of court that they were “happy” with the sentence and were “relieved” the case was over. Her mother June added: “The sentence brought a sort of closure, but that full closure was not possible unless you can magic her back.”

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As she delivered her final verdict, Judge Thokozile Masipa stated that there must be a balance between retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation when it came to sentencing Pistorius. She then said the decision to give the 27-year-old five yeas behind bars “was hers and hers alone.”

She added: “Sentencing is about achieving the right balance. Sentencing is not a perfect exercise. Having regard to the circumstances in the matter, I am of the view that a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community.”

“On the other hand, a long sentence would also not be appropriate either, as it would lack the element of mercy.”

“What may appear to be justice to the general public may not be justice. Society cannot always get what they want.”

Ms Masipa also stated that Pistorius skill using a gun was an aggravating factor but that she also “recognised his remorse.”

She then claimed Pistorious had made an “enormous contribution to society” through his charity work and in “changing the public perception of disability.”

There was no legal limit on the length of a jail term, but experts say the typical maximum sentence for culpable homicide is around 15 years.

However, despite the sentencing being announced, the case may not be over.

Both the prosecution and the defence have the right to appeal against the sentence.

Watch Judge Masipa deliver her final verdict below:

Is the sentence handed to Pistorius too lenient? How long should he spend in jail? Give us your thoughts in the comments section.

WATCH: ILoveMakonnen Ft. Drake – “Tuesday” Remix (Official Video)

Posted by: Rene

ILOVEMAKONNEN has had the club going up on a Tuesday since earlier this year, but it didn’t take long until the OVO boss, Drake dropped a verse on the track only to sign the ATL singer to the OVO label a short time later.

Produced by Metro Boomin and Sonny Digital, ironically the visuals have in fact dropped on a Tuesday…

For ILoveMakonnen 2014 has been a good year, with 2015 on the horizon the ATL singer is destined for great things.

Words By: @Ren_GRM

What City Will You Be Repping Ladies? #CREPCHECK

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Nike will be dropping these bold coloured beauties on Thursday and the Air FOrces with matching sliders too.

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Tokyo Red.

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London Olive.

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Milan Mustard.

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Paris Blue.

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NYC White.

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Shanghai Burgundy.

The Nike Women’s City pack will be dropping on 23/10/14 on nike.com at 8am.

What city will you be repping?

Hottest UK Tunes Out This Week – #GRMFreshestOut [011]

Posted by: Caroline SM

This week we bring you the 10th instalment of #GRMFreshestOut. Each week our team of experts, headed up by Dwayne Gordon-Harris, deliver to you the biggest hiphop, urban and rap bangers in UK.

DWAYNE’S TOP 5 HOTTEST UK TUNES THIS WEEK…

Rapman – Blue Story Pt. 3

Rapman is fast building a reputation for himself as one of the best storytellers in the scene. Over the past year, ‘The Blue Story’ has been leaving viewers desperately waiting to see what will unfold, part 3 has been eagerly anticipated as the story of Bricker and Y.Madder continues. This track takes storytelling to another level, press play and let Rapman take you on a musical journey with a powerful tale about friendship, gangs and betrayal. (Check out parts 1 & 2 first if you haven’t already seen them).

Sneakbo Ft. Krept and Konan – Right Here

This track sees the triple threat, Sneakbo and Play Dirty come through with a banger! The beat is accompanied by strong contributions from all three and a very catchy hook. Just turn it up and enjoy this one!

Youngs Teflon – I Don’t Respect It

Tef has been a regular in our recent Top 5′s, simply because his work rate is one of the highest in the scene at the minute, and the quality matches the quantity. This is a cover of a Bonkaz freestyle released earlier this year, Tef does what he does, just press play and respect it.

Benny Banks - Famous

Benny Banks hasn’t dropped anything for a few months, so it’s good to see something new from him and it’s sounding good. Solid track with the visuals to match, Banks has always been able to rap, it will be interesting to see what’s next in the second phase of his career.

Little Torment – Warmup Freestyle

Torment has dropped this freestyle to keep the momentum going ahead of ‘Chapter 20′ and it’s a sign of good things to come. An effortless display that the bars and flows are there, judging by the past 2 releases, ‘Chapter 20′ is definitely going to be worth the wait when it’s dropped.

Meet The Writer – Dwayne Gordon-Harris

The real musical journey started for Dwayne as a kid trying to mix cassette tapes with radio recordings on his dads dual cassette deck. In his early teens, after a year or so dabbling with grime and emceeing, he reverted to his first real interest within music – DJ’ing.

Dwayne began collecting music, studying pirate radio and old Jamaican video footage and familiarising himself with any music software he could find. By the age of 15 his collective ‘Strictly Music’ (with partner G-Star) was on pirate radio stations and within the first year, being booked for house parties and clubs throughout London.

Strictly Music grew in experience and skill and successfully played at and put on events in London, Kent, Nigeria and Ayia Napa up until 2011. After many years in clubs, he turned his attention to not just playing music but exploring the artists behind it. Starting as a contributor at The Cut Magazine before taking the position of Music Editor up until 2013- interviewing artists in all musical genres from Miguel to Flirta D to Tarrus Riley.

Today, Dwayne is the Head of Music at one of the leading urban radio stations in London as well as managing talent and providing audio production services for a number of organisations.

Follow: @dstrictlymusic

MUST LISTEN: PW Releases His EP ‘From London With Love’

Posted by: Caroline SM

After teasing the project with tracks such as “Blow”, “Cause”, a feature on Angel’s banger “Instagram” and even the collab with Nas’ signee Dave East (“Look At My Face”) at the top of the Summer, we finally get our hands on 22 year old Edmonton hailing rapper PW’s EP, ‘From London With Love’.

7 tracks deep, ‘From London With Love’ seriously distinguishes PW’s development as an artist since the first few hits you might remember hearing a couple of years back, such as his hugely popular “Here With You”. Displaying his immensely improved wordplay ability, the aptly titled project talks you through his adventures back and forth working in New York and London, as well as the troubles that came with a long distance relationship between the two.

FLWL highlights include “Down 4 Me” featuring Hefna Gwap and Dymez-a-Duzin, “Eat” and “Tell Me” produced by Greatness Jones, featuring Ari Lennox.