Last nights MOBO Awards were definitely one to remember. A night where Thornton Heath were definitely at the forefront of the success. There were a number of highlights for me from last nights ceremony and I will run through them in this article.
The night began with grime legend Lethal Bizzle performing a compilation of his top hits, including ‘Fester Skank’ , ‘Pow’ and fresh new track ‘Dude’. Bizzle definitely got the crowd hyped as he walked through the audience and brought nothing but positive energy to the stage.
Krept and Konan kick started the night when they won ‘Best Hip-Hop Act’ and collected their award accompanied by Section, Yungen, Stormzy and more. During their acceptance speech it was extremely humble of them to give a shout out to Nines who they felt deserved the award. Nines has been putting in work this year and has dropped one of the best mixtapes of 2015. The Thornton Heath duo were gassed to pick up the award, but their night wasn’t over there.
Shortly, after collecting their award Krept and Konan performed a compilation of their tracks with a live band. For me, the live band put a different spin onto their usual approach and it definitely worked. This performance reminded me a lot of Jay Z and Kanye’s ‘Watch The Throne Tour’, not just because they were elevated on individual podiums, but their stage presence gave of a similar vibe as to watch HOV and Ye put on for us 3 years ago.
Fat Man Scoop came out to present an award, and whilst doing so he discussed how grime is being received in the US. He had nothing but positive words to say about the movement, and said that people in America are catching onto the scene. I’ve gathered that there is a split opinion on whether this is good or bad for the grime scene. For me, so long our home artists are not influenced by US culture too much then it will only mean that our scene will progress. It would be interesting to hear what you lot think about it?
There was no surprises for me when Stormzy picked up ‘Best Grime Act’ for the 2nd year on the bounce. He collected the award with Section Boyz and a large group of his close friends. It was refreshing to hear the South London MC tell us that God has got him where he is today. He was extremely appreciative and humble at that. It’s been a mad year for Stormz and he is only going to continue to blow up.
Section Boyz followed their older brother Stormzy’s success when they collected ‘Best Newcomer’. Definitely well deserved as Section continue to make serious waves across the whole UK music scene. I picked up massively on how gassed Section were to collect the award, but who wouldn’t be? They appear to have a huge passion for success and that it will only stand them in good stead as they continue to tear up the rap scene. Shortly after Section collected their award it was time for Rita Ora to perform. It has become common knowledge that Rita rates Section and at the end of her performance the beat to Trapping Ain’t Dead dropped. The crowd were definitely as gassed as me when that happened. Section took over the stage and killed the track. Like winning Best Newcomer wasn’t enough, Rita gave them a serious push in the right direction, as she exposed them to her huge fan base.
Stormz went on to pick up his second award of the night when he picked up ‘Best Male Act’. He really is setting the pace for everyone this year isn’t he??
Shutdown was given ‘Best Song’ and for me that was a no brainer. With the track receiving instant attention, Skepta took it to another level with the Shoreditch gathering. It was a massive tune without that, but we all know Skepta doesn’t play when it comes to his art form.
To top off the night Krept and Konan brought Thornton Heath through again when they won ‘Best Album’. The Long Way Home was one of, if not, the biggest album of 2015. With a huge amount of impressive features and a number of heavy tracks, Krept and Konan definitely deserved their second award of the night. They’ve been putting in serious work all their career and never gave up once. They came through the hard way and are no getting the rewards for their hard work and dedication. Personally, seeing them picking up this award really does show that anything is possible.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and won an award!