Following on from the release of “D.W.I.D”, a high octane track featuring none other than UK chart-topper Professor Green, and acclaimed rapper, CASisDEAD, Dream Mclean has officially unveiled the stream of his debut album ‘GREYSCALE’.
GREYSCALE will be released on November 3rd, 2014, on Chase & Status’ label MTA Records, and solidifies Dream’s place in the UK market. The album takes you on a journey of euphoric highs shadowed by the gritty lows of honest anguish, whilst delivering a new insight into the raw and visceral depths of the man that is Dream Mclean.
Partnered with accomplished authentic productions from the likes of Chase & Status, Nightwatch, High Frequency, The Purist, Benson, and more, GREYSCALE is set to turn heads.
Reece West, North London’s rising urban star unveils his new EP ‘West Life’, which will be available for download on January 1st 2015 via iTunes.
Eagerly awaited, the EP contains key contributions and collabs with Goldie1, Sho Shallow & Ard Adz on the title track, whilst Ayo Beatz weighs in on “Under the Night”, the lead single from the EP.
Also gracing the EP are tracks ’”Guilty” and “Poison” which you may already be familiar wit. The latter catapulted Reece onto the dance and urban music landscape in 2013 and carries a massive pop hook courtesy of featured vocalist Caitlyn Scarlett, a hot tip for breakout next year.
Launched with a video about a young couple trying to separate but unable to let go, the visuals were shot in Malia, the destination of choice for UK youth, where partying hard is an understatement.
Ayo Beatz, completes the guest roll, producing “Westy”, another West-written track that showcases his lyrical mastery.
Always prepared to work hard and shape his craft, Reece West became resident MC for High Frequency and hosted and performed on the world renowned Lord of the Mics 3 tour.
Not resting on his laurels, Reece has continued to perfect his live presence and increase his fan base online by playing at various showcases. He is currently the resident MC for Acquila Events with regular events at XOYO, No.5 Cavendish, District and many more.
This bedrock of activity continues his earlier work with shows at venues such as Matter (O2), Batchwood, Lock 17, Ministry, Pacha, SE1, Cable and Lock Lounge. Such exposure has enabled Reece to work with the likes of 360 Mastering (Dick and Dave Turner) and Mediadisc.
Reece’s hard yards foundation looks like it’ll pay off in 2015, with the potential to make him one of the most exciting urban artists of the year.
Listen in and let us know your thoughts on the EP’s first reveal “West Life”:
“Ice Rink” was a clear favourite for the DJs, Emcees and fans that grew up in the TDK era listening to pirate radio sets. However you could argue that “Eskimo”, which was also produced by Wiley, was the bigger of the two in the time of its circulation.
True Grime fans know that anytime either one of the two instrumentals was dropped it was a certified reload, given that the Emcee could ride the instrumental and deliver bars for the selector to have no choice but to spin it back from the TOP!
For emcees, this was the only other time to shine on pirate radio besides being there to spit those bars. Laying Dubs on popular beats would help gain recognition and respect for the artist depending on how they merked it.
From Roll Deep, to N.A.S.T.Y crew, to Boyz In Da Hood, to Wolfpack, they all skated on the “Ice Rink” riddim.
Below we have included a list of cuts to refresh your memory on who said what, scroll through and sing along with some of your favourite Grime artists past and present.
Wiley kicks it off with “Getting Them Hyper”.
Kano told us way back then he was “looking to run tings and take over”.
Dizzee Rascal had the masses singing along “Sorry Pardon What?” Remember that infamous bar?
Sharky Major didn’t like the “funny style”.
Crazy Titch let us know “he makes emcees, brakes emcees,and really cant stand these fake emcees”.
Scratchy hit them “hot shot flow”.
Tinchy Stryder was doing this ting “on a regular”.
All In One, once a member of The Mucky Wolf had one of the skippyest flows around at the time.
Riko Dan gave the reggae Grime twist on his.
The big mic man Flow Dan let us know it’s “too real in the ghetto”.
Last night at the Red Bull Culture Clash we saw Grime play a big part on multiple sound systems sets. With proof that Grime is still blossoming and reaching a world wide audience, let us salute those who paved the way by sticking to their dream, along with not giving up to make the Genre/Culture what it is today.
Let us know who you think had the best version of “Ice Rink”. If this so happens to be the first time this cold beat is hitting your ears then enjoy and learn some more about the history of Grime.
If there is any other emcee that we missed or you felt needed to be added to this list then let us know in the comment section below.
Stay tuned for next weeks instalment of #GRMFLASHBACKFRIDAY
The star of Harry Potter and one of the UK’s top actors, Daniel Radcliffe, is also a follower of ‘Rap Music’ apparently.
Being a fan of Plan B and Eminem, Danny Boy appears to have a passion for learning intricate bars.
Now watch as Daniel Radcliffe gets these bars off, reciting Blackalicious “Alphabet Aerobics” backed by The Roots band live, Jimmy Fallon himself claims that the song is “one of the fastest trickiest songs he knows”.
Let us now if you’re impressed with his rendition? Peep the original of the 90s hit if you’re not familiar!
Last month TDE’S Kendrick Lamar dropped possibly the first single off his new album. As Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q dropped their albums over the Summer it would appear Jay Rock may be the next artist from the TDE camp to unleash his latest works.
For Jay Rock’s newest single he is joined by fellow rhyming spar partner Kendrick Lamar, with singer Chantal contributing sweet vocals on the track.
Police in London have tested software designed to identify which gang members are most likely to commit violent crimes.
The 20-week pilot study is thought to have been the first of its kind in the UK.
It used five years worth of historic data, but officers would analyse current data if it is deployed.
The study used data gathered about known gang members across London’s 32 boroughs across a four year period to forecast their likelihood of committing further violent acts.
This was then compared to known acts of aggression that took place in the fifth year to give an indication as to whether the software was accurate.
The software works by merging together data from existing systems already used by the Metropolitan Police and carrying out predictive calculations.
Types of information ranged from previous crimes to social media activity.
The company behind the software, Accenture highlighted the potential benefit it offered.
Muz Janoowalla, head of public safety analytics at the company said: “You’ve got limited police resources and you need to target them efficiently.”
“What this does is tell you who are the highest risk individuals that you should target your limited resources against.”
“For example if an individual had posted inflammatory material on the internet and it was known about to the Met – one gang might say something [negative] about another gang member’s partner or something like that – it would be recorded in the Met’s intelligence system.”
“What we were able to do was mine both the intelligence and the known criminal history of individuals to come up with a risk assessment model.”
A spokeswoman for the Met’s Trident Gang Crime Command added: “It’s previous offending and various different sources that are used for intelligence, in terms of who they are involved with and who they associate with.”
The software has met opposition from privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, who have asked for more information to be made public about it.
Their research director Daniel Nesbitt said: “The police need to be very careful about how they use this kind of technology.”
“Big data solutions such as this can run the risk of unfairly targeting certain groups of people and potentially making them feel stigmatised as a result.”
“The Metropolitan Police must ensure that they are fully transparent about how they intend implement this technology and what type of information will be used in the process.”
Will the software help reduce crime or will gangs find a way around it? Give us your opinions in the comment section.
On Tuesday the world was expecting the release of Lil Wayne’s ‘Carter V’ albums.
However with fans learning the disappointing news that the project had been pushed back, Weezy F Baby has decided to compensate with a new single entitled “Gotti”, featuring Yonkers finest, The LOX.
While some may be questioning the reason behind the delay to the fifth instalment of the ‘Carter’ albums, Wayne has made a video explaining the real reasons why, along with a new date and new plans for the album.
Watch as Tunechi breaks down everything you need to know about the ‘Carter V’:
Dre ousted Diddy from last year’s top spot largely due to the $3 billion (£1.87 billion) sale to Apple of the Beats Headphone company he founded with music executive Jimmy Iovine.
Forbes said Dre’s estimated annual earnings for the 12 months between June 2013 and 2014 are the highest of any musician in any genre it has ever evaluated and more than the combined takings of the other 24 names on the hip-hop list.
The 49-year-old also made money from other financial ventures, including cognac and vodka brands. In total he earned $620 million (£387 million), that is a staggering $560 million (£349 million) more than joint second placed Diddy and JAY Z.
Diddy made $60 million (£37 million) in the past year with earnings coming from Cîroc, Sean John clothing and REVOLT Television Network.
JAY Z made a substantial amount of his $60 million (£37 million) from touring. The ‘On the Run’ tour with his wife Beyoncé grossed over $100 million (£62 million), his solo ‘Magna Carta’ world tour made the 44-year-old $22 million and his joint ‘Legends of the Summer’ tour with Justin Timberlake saw the duo make over $70 million. Mr Carter’s venture into the sporting world with Roc Nation Sports also help assure him a place in the top five of the list.
Drake came in fourth with $33 million (£21 million), takings came from his album ‘Nothing Was the Same,’ an endorsement deal with Nike and a world wide album concert tour.
Grammy-winning duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis rounded out the top five with $32 million (£19 million).
Forbes compiled the list by looking at income from record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, tours and endorsement deals. The earnings were calculated based on data from Pollstar, RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and Nielsen SoundScan.
Below is the list in full:
1. Dr. Dre: $620 million
2. Jay Z: $60 million
2. Diddy: $60 million
4. Drake: $33 million
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: $32 million
6. Kanye West: $30 million
7. Birdman: $24 million
8. Lil Wayne: $23 million
9. Pharrell: $22 million
10. Eminem: $18 million
11. Nicki Minaj: $14 million
12. Wiz khalifa: $13 million
13. Pitbull: $12 million
14. Snoop Dogg: $10 million
15. Kendrick Lamar: $9 million
16. Ludacris: $8 million
16. Tech N9ne: $8 million
16. Swizz Beatz: $8 million
16. 50 Cent: $8 million
20. Rick Ross: $7 million
20. J. Cole: $7 million
20. DJ Khaled: $7 million
20. Lil Jon: $7 million
20. Mac Miller: $7 million
In the music industry a lot of emcees have managed to perfect their craft with self taught methods. While soaking up game from your favourite successful artists via videos and interviews can give off some key knowledge, many upcoming artists still face an issue with the confidence barrier.
Deciding to give back, Lady Leshurr has linked up with Grey Wolf and Uthink to help and mentor up and coming artists who wish to pursue their dreams in the music industry.
This is Miss Leshurr’s first lesson with the students, the aim is eventually to get the program rolled out into schools to assist the creative individuals that may need that extra push or instalment of confidence.
Documented by Certified UK, it is inspiring to see an artist take time out of a busy schedule to help others. With youth clubs fading out, if more rappers were to open music work shops do you think it will help stop some of the youth from going down the wrong path?
Look out for more information on future work shops.
Believe it or not ‘The Slim Shady’ LP will be celebrating its 15th year since its release. In light of the celebration, Marshall Mathers has put together a double disc compilation CD entitled ‘Shady XV’.
On disc one fans will be treated to new music from the likes of D12, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, Yelawolf and Shady himself, along with special guests.
Disc two will feature timeless classics from the likes of Obie Trice, 50 Cent, D12, Nate Dogg and other members of the Shady Roster.
Artwork & track listing below:
01. Eminem – Shady XV
02. Slaughterhouse – Psychopath Killer (feat. Eminem & Yelawolf)
03. Eminem – Die Alone (feat. Kobe)
04. Bad Meets Evil – Vegas
05. Slaughterhouse – Y’all Ready Know
06. Eminem – Guts Over Fear (feat. Sia)
07. Yelawolf – Down
08. D12 – Bane
09. Fine Line
10. Skylar Grey, Eminem & Yelawolf – Twisted
11. Eminem – Right For Me
12. Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf & Trick Trick – Detroit vs. Everybody
01. 50 Cent – I Get Money
02. D12 – Purple Pills
03. Eminem – Love Yourself
04. Obie Trice, Kuniva, Bobby Creekwater, Ca$his & Stat Quo – Cry Now (Shady Remix)
05. Yelawolf – Let’s Roll (feat. Kid Rock)
06. Slaughterhouse – Hammer Dance
07. 50 Cent – P.I.M.P.
08. Eminem, 50 Cent, Ca$his & Lloyd Banks – You Don’t Know
09. D12 – My Band
10. Obie Trice – Wanna Know
11. 50 Cent – Wanksta
12. Obie Trice – The Setup (feat. Nate Dogg)
13. 50 Cent – In Da Club
14. D12 – Fight Music
15. Yelawolf – Pop The Trunk
16. Eminem – Lose Yourself (Original Demo Version)
The compilation project will be available for purchase on November 24th.
Fresh from an international tour with Naughty Boy, seeing him share stages with Emeli Sande and Wretch 32, South London wordsmith Yungen is set to take to the stage with US sensation Future for his UK tour dates at the beginning of next month (2nd, 3rd and 5th November) and then the next day go straight into his sold out headline show on 6th Nov.
Sunday 2nd November – The Library at The Institute, Birmingham
With the recent release of Show N Prove’s Wax Mixtape hosted by Benny Banks, the Scottish producer has decided drop another banger out of no where. Bars on the beat are curtsey of the BDL general Big Narstie, the BASE & GASSSS level is a lot!
Listen as Rinse FM’s Sir Spyro drops the brand new works from the pair on the track entitled “Gas Pipe”…
ASICS have revealed their exclusive NYTE-LYTE Pack, which is available to buy online right now exclusive to JD.
The ASICS NYTE-LYTE has been seen at their stores in other colourways, but this new NYTE-LYTE pack of black/white and navy/blue is only available at JD. The video unveiling shows the slick navy/blue and just how perfect it is for standing out in the crowd this autumn. The upper is crafted from textile and mesh with a multitoned midsole and split tongue, and features reflective 3M detailing.
The ASICS NYTE-LYTE will suit any casual occasion, and are yours in men’s UK sizes 6-13 for £95.
This week we bring you the 12th 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…
Giggs – Glover Style
Giggs rarely disappoints us, and definitely didn’t with this one. The “Danny Glover” beat has seen remixes and freestyles from a slew of rappers, both US and UK, but few people’s flows are as suited to this beat as Hollowman. Listen to this in a system with proper bass and appreciate the effortless murder of this beat, London style!
Colours Miyagi Ft. Blade Brown – No Vevo
Two of the undergrounds most respected team up on this one for that ‘bang this in your whip’ type track. Good to see Colours back dropping some new stuff. Can always count on these two to give us something worth listening to!
Loick Ft Stormzy, Squeeks & Young Teflon - Nobody RMX [GRM Exclusive]
The track has been floating around for a few months and had the official remix featuring Chip and Wretch 32. GRM have released this exclusive remix featuring Stormzy, Squeeks and Young Teflon and it’s definitely levelling with the initial remix, worth your attention!
Big Tobz – Take A Look
Stows finest Big Tobz has been steadily releasing music and growing his fan base for a while now. With this latest release, we see a lot more focus on his outlook on life and reality driven bars that make you sit up and listen. The combination of the light production and reality in lyrical content gives an insight into Tobz and where he’s coming from, some motivation music. There’s nothing not to like about this track.
Sneakbo Ft. Krept & Konan – Right Here
This one was in last weeks 5, but now the visuals have dropped it’s definitely set to do big things! If you’re looking for a banger this week, it’s right here.
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.