Word on the street our very own Charlie Sloth has signed to none other than Ricky Rozay’s Maybach Music Group.
To what degree we are not entirely sure, but we have heard from some serious sources that this is happening. We believe the 1xtra DJ inked the deal when the MMG boss visited the UK last weekend for BBC 1xtra Live in Birmingham, where he headlined alongside Mary J Blige and more.
It’s likely the initial interest sparked from Rozay’s side during an interview with Sloth, where Charlie explains how he has “dethroned everyone in Hip Hop in Europe. In a similar fashion to what you [referring to Rick Ross] have done with the artists, I’ve done the same with DJ’s.”
To which Ross responded, “Ima tell you something, I like that attitude, and if you haven’t yet you surely will, you MMG now.”
Semi-confirmation has appeared on Charlie’s YouTube account, where Rick Ross plugs the forthcoming ‘Hood Heat’ album and announces his co-sign:
Ross has a roster of Belaire blaring US DJ’s signed to the MMG imprint already, however Charlie Sloth will be making history as the first ever UK member of the label. MMG is also home to a huge collection of artists including the likes of Meek Mill, French Montana, Wale and Stalley.
This could potentially be a big deal with regards to connecting the dots between the US/UK Hip Hop and urban scenes, considering Charlie’s dedication to propelling underground British talent.
If the news is confirmed, 2015 is about to be a big year for Sloth, who already hosts the most listened to show on BBC 1xtra (weekday drivetime) as well as the Hip Hop show on BBC Radio 1 Saturdays 9-11pm.
So Solid Crew’s Swiss essentially put the internet on pause earlier this week with the release of his latest single “Nigger?”, a track in which he identifies many of the overlooked factors and insinuations when the N word is used.
The thought provoking single comes before the release of a potentially controversial documentary with the same name, in which Swiss delves into the meaning of the word ‘nigger’ in 2014. In the trailer we see artists including Wretch 32, Fuse ODG, Akala and Ms Dynamite discussing what the word means to them.
On Friday night Swiss made history, visiting DJ Semtex on his BBC 1xtra show where he discussed the track and also played “Nigger?” in it’s entirety with the only censor being over John Terry’s name.
Swiss stated on the show: “I’m not trying to tell people not to use it and I’m not saying that you should use it. I’m just saying here’s the information that I’ve gathered. I’ve put it into five minutes, and I want you to take that information and go and research yourself.”
Before the show, 1Xtra explained to BBC Newsbeat that: “The track, which tackles the complex issues around the word, will be played in the late-night specialist show with full warnings ahead of its play and an appropriate introduction giving context to the song.”
“The decision to play the track is based on musical merit and it is in line with audience expectations.”
Before playing the five-minute track in full during his 22:00 – 01:00 show, Semtex reflected the mixed response the track has had online.
He said: “In case you haven’t heard it this is a track that stopped the internet this week. It didn’t break the internet it stopped the internet. It stopped everybody to put down what they were doing and think about what this guy was saying on the track. Some people got offended, some people were like ‘I’m glad somebody said that’, other people were educated.”
The track opens with a series of samples referencing black slavery, including quotes from Django Unchained and references several cases of when the media has reported the term being used in a negative way.
A sequence of lyrics, which ends with the song’s title, reiterate the point Swiss made during the interview.
“It can be a term of endearment or an emotional trigger//It can be the difference between jovial and bitter. It depends on how it’s presented, said, spoken delivered. But the expression presents a social dilemma// Everybody should understand the historical picture before we ever choose to use the word nigger.”
After the track was played a clip of Professor Randall Kennedy Harvard University, who teaches a course on race relations, explained the thought that some rappers put into their use of the N-word.
He said: “With hip-hop there have been some who have put great store on the spelling… because that differentiates from [the traditional spelling] which has principally been used a as racial slur.”
Following the clip Semtex added: “I think in hip-hop it’s confusing” before playing YG’s “My N*gga” and referring to a Rick Ross song which both contain heavy use of the word.
Swiss explained that during his research he found that some people the word comes from the Latin word negro before being used in the slave trade, while others believe it was first used in Ethiopia as a term for a king.
“When you speak about people using it today who are ignorant from where it comes from… I don’t think you can just put the blame of hip-hop.”
Semtex then suggested that tracks like Kanye West and Jay Z’s “N*ggas In Paris” are sustaining the term and referred to a show at the O2 when Kanye announced that white people in the audience could use the term during the song, which they played a number of times.
“Does he have the right? Does any black person have the right to say you can use it?” he asked.
Swiss replied: “I think if you accept that they have – then they have. It’s down to you.”
“If you choose not to use it based on your own conviction then you’re standing on your own two [feet].”
Sky, who produced the track, added: “It doesn’t matter if someone gave you the right. It’s how you feel about it. You’ve got to educate yourself and make your own decision.”
“I want people to think about how they use it and how it affects the mood of people about them.”
Semtex went on to ask if the rapper ever uses the word himself.
“Until the So Solid concert [at London's O2 in 2013] came up and I had to perform lyrics… which have the word in it… I always blocked it out i didn’t use it. I put brother there [instead].”
“But when the So Solid concert came up, when I was rehearsing and performing it with the guys I just felt like I needed to use it because that’s the word that I used at that time.
“So within the context of that song, in order to have the same passion and integrity I felt like I should use it.”
They discussed how some people outside of black communities, including Latin and white communities, now regularly use the word before Semtex asked why Swiss had released the song now and if it was a case of society having to “examine this issue”.
“I had the idea years ago,” said the rapper.
“I was invited to Cambridge University recently… the invite rekindled the idea because basically they asked me to come there and have a round table debate about the word itself.”
“I gathered all the information, started researching and due to unforeseen circumstances I couldn’t actually attend.”
He explained he was working on some new music with Sky at the time.
“We made a few tracks but there was nothing that was that hard-hitting thing. Obviously I had the N-word idea in my head.”
Nas released an album in 2008 which was untitled but it’s widely understood that he had planned to use the N-word as the title before changing his mind before release because of controversy surrounding the term.
Swiss said that he had seen some negative feedback online about the title of the track online but that he wasn’t too bothered about it.
“I use the word in its entirety because when you use the word it hits home. I feel like the word does need to be used properly.”
Sky added: “It’s not a race debate. It’s about the word.”
Despite raising three girls (his own daughter Hailie, adopted niece Alaina and Kim’s daughter Whitney), Eminem has a history of using distasteful lyrics against the likes of Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, the Olsen Twins and his ex-wife Kim.
Last week, the 42-year-old came under fire for threatening to punch Lana Del Rey in his ‘Shady Cypher’ video.
Is the excuse “oh it’s Eminem, he always raps about stuff like that” running thin? Rick Ross lost several endorsement deals and faced public outrage due to his controversial “put Molly all in her champagne” “U.O.E.N.O.” lyrics, should Em face the same consequences for his lyrics directed at Iggy? Give us your opinions in the comments sections.
After dropping ‘Wax Volume’ hosted by Benny Banks last month, Show N Prove returns with ‘Wax Volume 2′ hosted by the BDL general,Big Narstie.
The Scottish native provides a mixture of tracks from some of the hottest artists from over the pond as well as homegrown talent. Nothing but bangers full of BASE! This is essential downloading iPod music to provide you with a backdrop to your day to day depending on your grind.
From the UK talent selection of tracks you can expect to hear the likes of Little Simz, J Spades, Benny Banks, Skepta, D Double E, the host himself Big Narstie plus many more! Familiar artists from Jadakiss to Rich Gang to A$AP Rocky to Project Pat fly the flag for USA!
This week for #GRMFLASHBACKFRIDAY we take it back to 2005.
Making some of the catchiest Grime tunes, Bear Man’s subject matter and videos were not typical. However running the risk of being different paid off for Bear Man, the single “Drink Beer” gained huge attention via tv and pirate radio, as well as legal radio in the form of Kiss 100 and BBC 1xtra.
Some may have looked at Bear Man as a gimmick, but the South East London emcee was far from it.
If you locked into pirate radio, or even attended certain Grime sets you would catch The Bear merking alongside his crew Master Mind Trooperz. The Bear also featured on sets and tracks with other South London crews such as South Agents, Essentials and N Double A.
Bear Man had flow, mic presence and distinctive bars which really helped propel him in the industry.
The Big Brown Bear had rustled the feathers of Newham Generals member Footsie. The disagreement came down to pronunciation and usage of “Bear” sounding like “Bare”.
Footsie would mash up sets and shows with the bar “You’ll get bare right hooks”, the line got instant reloads and sent crowds into a frenzy. Feeling like there was a infringement on his style, the Newham General called out Bear Man only to get a reply from the South East London Native.
Showing he was on a lyrical war the drama fizzled out between the two, this meant Bear Man could go back to making more comical, catchy tunes such as “Brown Bears Picnic”.
We’re unsure of where The Bear Man is at in 2014, or even if he’s still involved in music. But when it comes to Channel U classics and Grime songs that will be remembered for their originality, “Drink Bear” and “Brown Bears Picnic” definitely make the list.
Salute to Bear Man, Lioness, Fender and the rest of the Mastermind Trooperz for what they contributed Grime over the years.
Stay tuned for next weeks instalment of #GRMFLASHBACKFRIDAY.
George The Poet is proud to announce his first headline nationwide UK tour. The tour kicks off on 19th February 2015 in Glasgow at the Glasgow Berkley and from there will travel to Manchester, Birmingham, London, Bristol and Brighton (dates and full details listed below).
George The Poet is one of the most unique new artists to emerge in the UK in recent years. He has regularly appeared on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky TV, blending poetry and rap to hypnotic effect, and over four million people have watched him on YouTube. He has featured on the tracks of a variety of noteworthy artists – including Labrinth, Naughty Boy, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Emeli Sandé and Paolo Nutini – and has recently been in the studio with Idris Elba guesting on Elba’s forthcoming album, ‘Mi Mandela’
George the Poet has put on frequent live shows, including his recent sell out gig at The Scala. He has notably earned the praise of the legendary Nas after supporting him live, while this Autumn has seen him support both Maverick Sabre and Common on tour.
This December will see the release of George’s debut EP ‘The Chicken and the Egg EP’ (out on 1st December via PALM), and single “1,2,1,2″.
Tickets for George The Poet’s 2014 nationwide UK Tour will go on general sale on at 9am on Friday 21st November 2014, with presales available from 9am on Wednesday 19th November.Tickets will be priced between £8 – £10 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee).
The brotherly duo, Star.One return with their latest single entitled “Never Give Up”. Earlier this year the pair linked up with the likes of Grime legend Trim and singer Thabo to brings us “No Way”, prior to that their track with D Double E entitled “Birthday” was also garnering major attention during the summer of this year.
Linking up with former South Agents emcee ‘Doctor’, “Never Give Up” has already made its way on to the Radio 1 play list.
With the track being a fusion of multiple genres and high energy, the visual comes across perfectly fitting for the song.
This week we bring you the 13th 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…
Swiss – Nigger
Swiss shook up the net this week with the release of “Nigger”, the thought provoking new single with equally thought provoking visuals. This is one of the most powerful and positive releases of the year. Swiss analyses the term from every angle- this is not only a song that sounds good but history and education that we can all learn from. Years after the anthemic “Cry”, Swiss has given us another timeless gem that we can hold onto for years to come.
Wretch 32 – Malcolm, Wretch
Sir Wretch dropped this freestyle around the same time his new single “6 Words” was officially released. So on one side Wretch gives us a melodic masterpiece that’s bound to secure a respectable position in the UK top 40 and on the other hand another seemingly effortless display of bars, bars and more bars. Not much else to say really apart from listen and appreciate.
Bonkaz x Renz – (nothing)
Bonkaz has been a frequent contender in our top 5 as of late, quite simply because he is showing one of the highest work rates and most consistency in quality. This latest release featuring Renz is an example of the versatility he has in his locker and why his name is constantly popping up everywhere. This is one everyone can appreciate for different aspects of the track.
Mostack – No Buddy
As far as sounding original goes, Mostack definitely does that! His flow stands apart from the majority of what’s out there at the moment, his unique way of putting things and wordplay combined with AraabMuzik’s production is a combo that works. This one’s got the ingredients of a banger- turn it up and you’ll be singing along in no time- 100% gas music!
Ninj Ft. Ghost & A-Man – My Squad
Some new artists that hadn’t previously crossed my path make a statement on this seriously catchy tune. “My Squad” fits into the ‘DJ Mustardish’ sound we’re hearing everywhere at the moment and this squad might have a few new faces to add to the group of younger generation artists coming up and making noise. Give it a listen and support the new talent.
The cannabis based products are set to be released next year and will be marketed under the name ‘Marley Natural.’
The brand say it is “committed to cultivating and crafting every product we will offer with respect for nature, responsibility, and compassion.”
The products will initially be sold in the United States (a worldwide release is still being negotiated) and include lotions, creams, herbs and other accessories.
Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella Marley, said her father would welcome the move.
She added: “My dad would be so happy to see people understanding the healing power of the herb.”
The Marley family has developed ‘Marley Natural’ with the help of US firm Privateer Holdings.
Brendan Kennedy, the chief executive of the company, said: “Bob Marley was someone who, in many ways, helped start the movement to end cannabis prohibition 50 years ago.
“It was just a natural fit between Bob Marley and this product. You know if you were to look for the most famous human being who ever walked the face of the earth related to cannabis, it would be Bob Marley.”
Bob Marley died of cancer in May 1981. He embraced cannabis as a key part of his Rastafarian faith and supported it’s legalisation.
Cannabis use for recreational purposes is legal in the US states of Colorado and Washington.
Several other states may follow suit and others are permitting the sale of marijuana for prescribed medical purposes.
As news of a new album breaks, you expect maybe to hear a lead single from the artist to recapture the audience. But as we found out earlier this week, J Cole is not intending to follow the typical promo tactics for his ’2014 Forrest Hill’ album.
Cole stated he will NOT be dropping any singles off the album, the project will be released December 9th on the same day Lil Wayne drops the ‘Carter V’.
These days most artists host album listening parties in luxurious venues, normally you would have to be somebody of stature to gain access to these high class events.
J Cole has always expressed and showed he truly appreciates the support and love from his fans. For this album the rapper is giving the fans a chance to revisit his old home.
The lucky few who are selected will have to take their shoes off when entering the North Carolina natives home, the supporters will be able to kick it with Cole in the place where he began rapping along with being one of the first to hear and experience Cole’s new album live in his crib.
(The rappers old house)
“What’s good? This is Cole. I just bought my old crib back. This is the house I started rapping in at 13 years old. 2014 Forest Hills Drive. As a kid, moving into this place changed my life in so many ways. Too many to type. Unfortunately, the house was foreclosed from my mother when I was 18 and I always dreamed of buying it back one day for closure. It’s the first house I have ever owned.
My new album is called 2014 Forest Hills Drive. I’m not dropping any singles. I want you to hear the album straight through, front to back. The only way to hear the album before it’s release is to enter for your chance to be invited to my house, 2014 Forest Hills Drive Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303. There are very limited spots. Good luck.
And please take your shoes off before you walk in my crib!!!” – Cole.
Fuse also released a statement on the situation, he said: “The message of the Band Aid 30 song absolutely did not reflect what Africa is truly about and I started to question whether this was something I wanted to be a part of.”
“I pointed out to Geldof I did not agree with some of the lyrics, as I have spent the past four Christmas in Ghana for the sole purpose of peace and joy. So for me to sing these lyrics would simply be a lie.”
Geldof responded to Fuse’s comments, he said: “His thing was you have to be positive about Africa, but then you have Angelique Kidjo and Emeli Sandé were of the same attitude and I said there’s the world’s press, tell them about your point of view.
“If there’s a line you can’t sing, change it but he said he just felt ‘awkward’”.
The 2014 edition of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” raised £1 million in just five minutes on Sunday night after debuting on the X Factor results show.
Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa since it’s outbreak in March this year.
Are the lyrics to Band Aid 30 offensive? Was Fuse right to reject the track? Give us your opinions in the comment section.
The Class A drug was stuffed within ropes used to secure a pallet, in what investigators said was a “sophisticated” bid to smuggle 28lb (13kg) of cocaine through the airport.
The rope concealing the drugs, was used to secure a pallet of imported food, including yams, sweet potatoes, avocados and soursop, which arrived on a flight from Jamaica.
However when Border Force officers examined the rope closely they found it was stuffed with “high purity” cocaine.
Border Force south regional director Carole Upshall said: “As this seizure shows, smugglers often employ sophisticated methods, this time using the external rope packaging to try to conceal the drugs but our officers are on constant alert at the borders to prevent the trade in drugs like cocaine and stop it from reaching the streets.”
She added that Border Force officials were working with the National Crime Agency to try to trace the organised crime gangs behind the smuggling bid.
UFC fighter Leslie Smith (above left) had her ear EXPLODE during a fight at the UFC 180 event on Saturday night.
A doctor called the fight off, one and a half minutes into the second round, when Jessica Eye threw a punch that obliterated Smith’s ear.
Eye’s punch connected so viciously with the side of Smith’s face that it actually ripped part of the ear off, remarkably it did not even seem to faze Smith.
The determined bantamweight fighter, had a record of seven wins and six losses before this fight, continued to approach her opponent before the referee stepped in to take a look at the damage.
Eye actually connected with another punch on the nasty cut before the fight was stopped.
Smith had previously had her left cauliflower ear ruptured in the first round, but nobody could have predicted the extent of the damage that was caused in the second.
The fight was awarded to Eye as a TKO victory.
After the fight Eye’s said: “When I connected and saw her ear blow up, that became my main target.”
“I was going to keep hitting it until they stopped the fight or it fell off. My goal is to be the first girl in the UFC to get a knockout win. I know I’ll do it.
“Now I’ve climbed another rung on the ladder, and I’ll look around and see what my options are, but I’m almost to the top.”
Smith was praised on social media for wanting to continue the fight after the horrific injury and retired wrestler Mick Foley, who lost his own ear during a match in World Championship Wrestling tweeted his support to her:
When it comes to Aaliyah’s music and legacy anyone trying to re-enact or use past works from the late, great singer should have the common courtesy to ask for the family’s blessing before proceeding. The singer captured the hearts of millions before and after her passing.
In 2012 we saw the backlash that came when Drake and Noah ’40′ Shebib released “Enough Said” using classic Aaliyah vocals. Due to the public response along with Missy Elliot and Timbaland clearly expressing their thoughts plus Aaliyah’s family saying they didn’t want it out, the so called album which was meant to follow from the pair was subsequently cancelled, and rightly so.
Ignoring the warning signs, Lifetime still reached out to the family only to be told by Aaliyah’s closest that they do not want any involvement in the movie.
The producers who include well known television talk show host Wendy Williams still had the audacity to carry out production of the movie entitled ‘Aaliyah The Princess of R&B’ which aired in America recently.
(Talk Show host Wendy Williams)
Timbaland who worked closely with Aaliyah aka ‘Baby Girl’ wasted no time in slamming the inaccurate and disrespectful portrayal of himself and others in the movie.
The Memes about the Biopic began to takeover social media.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, then by looking at the pictures below. Do you think the cast have any resemblance to the real life characters?
Below is a image from the movie which is meant to be R-Kelly and Aaliyah… Really?
Here is another damming shot from the movie as they try to portray Dame Dash and Aaliyah.
As you can imagine the one and only Charlamagne Tha God had no choice but to put those responsible for this disrespectful movie as his “Donkey Of The Day!”
Peter Rosenberg of New York’s Hot 97 also slammed Wendy Williams in this argument…
Before Beyonce became the global success she is, at the beginning stages of her and Destiny’s Child career they stated they were nervous about meeting Aaliyah as they were only beginning in their journey to stardom. By the age of 22 Aaliyah had secured major movie rolls, was a platinum selling artist and made some of the dopest music to date.
Her legacy will live on forever, despite Lifetime’s attempt to possibly tarnish Aaliyah’s image to those who may not be aware of her history.