The MOBO Awards 2015!!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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FRESH IN: Skrapz (@skrapzisback) – @SBTVonline Warm Up Sessions

It’s been a minute since Skrapz has linked up with SBTV, but it was definitely worth the wait.

As usual Skrapz came through with a calm and calculated flow, which was complimented well by the beat. The London-based MC linked up with Jamal to drop the Warm Up Session in order to get out active in order to promote his new album ‘End Of The Beginning’ which is set to drop on 13th November!

He tells us next year he’s gonna problem and I hope he lives up to his talk. If Skrapz can keep up with this kind of performance, he really will be a problem for the UK rap scene.

You can watch the video below, feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

Don’t forget to watch out for his album on 13th November!

@WileyUpdates receives the MOBO ‘Paving The Way’ award!

Today it was announced that Wiley had received the new ‘Paving The Way’ MOBO award for his contribution and hard work to the movement of the UK underground sound.

After being the scene’s figure-head for so long it was only a matter of time before he received the recognition he deserved. Some would say it is not enough due to the amount of opportunities he created for such a large number people. He was a main factor into why so many people started expressing themselves through different art forms, and he can not be thanked enough.

The legend has chosen to lay the stone at his an his father’s school, Bow School, in Tower Hamlets.

All day artists have taken to social media to congratulate Wiley and thank him for all he has done. Out of such a large number of artists it was Jammer’s post that really got my attention as he was another artists who came through with Wiley and paved the way for the New Gen Grime artists.

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This award is not just to commemorate the work Wiley put in, but also the likes of Jammer and many more. After being held back for so long doors are finally being broken down and those who deserve recognition are receiving it.

Thank you Wiley and all the original Grime legends for giving us everything that we have today. Salute!

@Skepta premieres ‘Halloween Mix’ on OVO Sound Radio!

Last night Skeppy dropped a surprise mix for us all on Drake’s OVO Sound Radio.

The 5 minute mix consisted of 3 remixes. Drake and Future’s ‘Jumpman’, Sy Ari Da Kid’s ‘Bankroll’, and Section Boyz ‘Lock Arff’ were the tracks that the Grime lord chose to remix.

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Skepta is really showing his diversity to jump on SyAri’s track fresh out the Bronx and Drake and Future’s combination of the Canadian and American sound. The London MC bodies both beats and calmly gets Maximum to switch up the track. Of course Skepta had to bring it back home and jump on Section’s beat, where he puts his own spin on things.

The current King of Grime is showing he ain’t playing with anyone.

You can listen to the mix below:

‘Happy Halloween you pagans’