This week we bring you the 8th instalment of #GRMFreshestOut. Each week our team of experts, headed up by Dwayne Gordon-Harris (BANG Radio’s Head of Music) and DJ Sarah Harrison, deliver to you the biggest hiphop, urban and rap bangers in UK and US music.
DWAYNE’S TOP 5 HOTTEST UK TUNES THIS WEEK…
BBC 1 Xtra Fire In The Booth Cypher
If you haven’t already seen this then shame on you! This week the internet has been going mad with opinions about this cypher. A lot of praise for the concept and artists, opinions on who stole the show but also some criticism about the lineup/ how it was conducted (most of all from So Solid’s Swiss). All of the artists showed up and delivered, representing the UK scene well, from artists that have been around since the beginning to newcomers- bottom line is we need more things like this including more of our talent.
Potter Payper – TBH/ Cocky
Potter Payper has been exciting the UK scene for a good while, with freestyles here and there but no real visuals- until now! The wait definitely hasn’t been in vain, this track is solid with Potter showing all the characteristics as an artist that have gained him so much attention. The main tracks a banger, and the snippet of “Cocky” at the end sounds like there’s still some elements of Potter that we’re yet to hear.
YJ – Saxaphone Cry Freestyle
YJ has been releasing material for a while now, showing that he’s a force to be reckoned with. This freestyle displays what we’ve been consistently seeing- he can really spit. A short, fun freestyle with a refreshing angle.
Kyze & Youngs Teflon – Rap Giants
This tracks title is pretty accurate as far as the UK Rap scene goes. Tef and Kyze are among the few who have stood the test of time and are still keeping our attention. Both show why they’re still relevant maybe now more than ever.
Scrufizzer – Do Me Something
The Dancehall/Rap combination rarely fails and we’ve seen some of the best music as a result over the years. Scrufizzer’s versatility has always been one of the things that made people pay attention and this latest instalment is no different. Scru handles the rhythm properly and much like Kyze and Giggs’ recent collaboration “Punani”, this is the kind of track that can translate to the club scene with ease.
Make sure you check out DJ Sarah Harrison’s Top 5 Hottest US Tracks Out This Week!
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.