23 year old international superstar, Bryson Tiller, from Louisville, Kentucky has linked up with West London artists, Wstrn. Both Tiller and Wstrn finished 2015 on a serious high and have certainly carried it on into 2016.Bryson Tiller took the global music industry by storm with his album, Trapsoul, and not only did he take the game by storm, but collected a huge fan base and continued to deliver exceptional pieces of work. After being co-signed by Drake and Timbaland he was elevated onto a major platform and delivered us Trapsoul which has sold almost 250,000 copies in the US. Not bad for his debut studio album. Similarly, Wstrn had everyone in the UK bumping their hard track In2. The hit track became one of the most heard and most popular tracks of 2015, and have only gone on to create and influence some heavy tracks. They delivered us more fire with hit tracks such as ‘Best Friend’ and ‘Got Love’, and also gave us the remix to In2. It is safe to say that they have grown into one of the most popular collectives in the UK. For me, Wstrn linking up with Bryson Tiller is an excellent move and you will not be disappointed with the end result of their collaboration. Listen below:
South West London lyricist Che Lingo delivered us a fresh track yesterday with ‘Channelling The Waves’. After linking up with the heavy producer SJ Reid they got in the lab and created a very wavy track for us. SBTV brought the track direct to us from their YouTube channel and the views are growing.
Personally, I had not come across Che Lingo’s work before, but I am definitely not going to be sleeping on this one. He has a very big catalogue of art, and after taking some time out to listen and analyse his work I was very impressed and taken back by his skippy flow and wavy style. It’s about time this kid got the recognition he deserves. Props must be given to Jamal Edwards and the crew over at SBTV for showing Che Lingo so much love and giving him the platform to bring this heavy material to us.
You can check out the video to ‘Channelling The Waves’ and to see more of Che Lingo’s work head over to his website. Links below:
Earlier this afternoon SBTV released the visuals to the big track ‘Mona Lisa’ by Teks Sinatra and J Lavaly.
The South London rapper comes at us with a very relaxed and mellow flow which is enhanced by J Lavaly’s powerful vocals. The simplistic hook engages you into the track and Teks heavy flow certainly has you gripped onto his clever wordplay.
Both Teks Sinatra and J Lavaly are making serious waves this year, and with their debut on SBTV we can be sure to see more of them.
You can check out the video and Teks’ soundcloud below:
If the track didn’t take you on enough of a journey Jorja Smith and her team have delivered us some dope visuals for the internet sensation that is ‘Blue Lights’.
The video takes us on a journey of a black male who has a number pathways open to him. As we join this individual on the journey you discover the struggles of his every day life and the on going battle with modern society. Credits must be given to Drew Cox who directed this excellent piece of art. I feel that the directors concept and ideas for the video created a real natural connection with the story that Jorja’s was expressing to us. For me, I feel that the lyrics, instrumental and the powerful vocals have been matched by an exceptional piece of work.
Not only did Jorja release the video to Blue Lights this afternoon but the track was also made available for download on iTunes. Serious movements are being made by the Walsall raised star, and theres only bigger and better things to come.
Props must be given to i-D ,who premiered the video this afternoon. Drew Cox, for directing the video, and once again Jorja for delivering us the track of 2016 thus far.
You can check the video out and download the track at the links below:
After Jorja Smith’s popular track ‘Blue Lights’ was remixed by Mistakay, Eyez and Scum Fam’s Kannan thought it was necessary to add a couple verses and jump on a remix. Personally, I thought it would be difficult to do the original justice with a remix or alternate version, but Mistakay’s version was complimented well by Eyez and Kannan. The duo delivered a series of heavy verses which gave another dimension to the amazing ‘Blue Lights’.
Artists all across the UK have been busy as of late and this week has seen a number of big tracks being released, but for me this remix has to be given Track Of The Week. It was extremely difficult to produce a track of such of high quality when the original was so successful, but this did not phase Eyez or Kannan and they definitely delivered with this one.
You can check out the original and both remix’s below:
Jorja Smith – Blue Lights: https://soundcloud.com/jorjasmith/blue_lights
Jora Smith – Blue Lights (Mistakay Remix): https://soundcloud.com/mistakayuk/jorja-smith-blue-lights-mistakay-remix-on-sian-anderson-show-bbc-1xtra-first-play-mistakayuk
Jorja Smith – Blue Lights (Mistakay Remix) ft. Eyez, Kannan: https://soundcloud.com/eyez_uk/jorja-smith-blue-lights-mistakay-remix-ft-eyez-kannan
Last night Charlie Sloth brought the highly talented AJ Tracey through to the Saturday Night Rap Show on 1Xtra to deliver a cold Fire In The Booth. His very distinctive flow and clever word play was complimented by 2 sick instrumentals. The skippy flow that AJ threw at us left social media in awe of his freestyle. The kids up to something.
As of late AJ has been making a lot of noise in the UK scene and has been letting everybody know he’s got a lot of talent to share with us. The West London rapper has already got quite a strong catalogue of bangers, with big tracks such as Naila, Spirit Bomb, Trapsuit and he recently dropped a heavy EP labelled ‘Alex Moran EP’. I’d highly recommend checking out the EP, which you can download for free from his website. If his flow isn’t heavy enough for you he’s linked up with some majorly talented artists on tape, such as Jammz, Merky Ace and Big Zuu.
AJ From The Lane recently dropped a Link Up TV #MicCheck where he gave us ‘Packages’. After being active as of late all of this hard work is gaining him a lot of love and I’m sure he will soon be reaping the rewards very soon.
You can check out his Fire In The Booth and #MicCheck below.
Fire In The Booth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU3ylQOWw_Y
#MicCheck : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBISXD_ufI0
Aswell as this, you can keep up with the West London rapper on social media at:
Last night was possibly one of the most game changing dates for UK music.
If you brought a ticket for Section Boyz sold out show in Shoreditch last night you definitely got your moneys worth. For £11.50 you got to see Section Boyz, Skepta and October’s Very Own, Drake. They weren’t lying when they said there would be special guests. The crowd thought they were being treated when Skepta stepped on stage and performed a number of his top tracks, little did they know that Drake had rushed over from performing with Rhi Rhi to make a special appeareance at the Sectioned tour. When they subtly brought him when ‘Jumpman’ dropped the crowd took the roof off the Village Underground.
To bring out a global superstar to perform at an underground UK event is massive, not only for the grime scene but the UK’s music scene in general. We all know that Drake and Skepta have formed quite a strong bond over the past year or so, with Drizzy even get the BBK emblem tattooed on his skin. If that doesn’t show his love for the UK then I don’t know what does. He has also made it quite evident that he is reppin’ the grime scene through a number of posts on social media and when he brought out Skepta at last years Wireless Festival.
Other than respect it is difficult to see what Drake would be gaining from bringing through UK artists. And that is what makes all of this even better. Something that I have learnt from the grime scene over the years is that to be successful you need to be real and true to yourself, and it is blatant for all to see that Drake is being exactly that. He clearly has a love for the art and is using his platform to bring the likes of Section Boyz through.
When everyone was sending social media crazy over the events that took place Drake thought he would add to the whirlwind and let us all know that he has signed to Skepta’s label, Boy Better Know. I cannot wait to see what art they’ve got planned for us, and this has certainly made the future of the grime scene even more exciting.
Personally, I am ecstatic for all of the original grime heads and the new generation of artists that this nation is producing. The scene has come a very long way from Jammer’s basement, and it just goes to show that hard work and perseverance can see you reach whatever you want. Congratulations to Section Boyz, Skepta, Drake and everyone involved in the UK music scene right now, you’re breaking down doors and will continue to do so for years to come.
You can watch the madness that occurred last night over at Link Up TV or the official Section Boyz YouTube channel. Link below:
The freshest upcoming clique in the UK scene, 67, have linked up with UK legend Giggs. This collaboration is definitely one of the biggest moments of the year so far and with 67’s work rate you’d be mad to say that they aren’t going to make some serious noise this year.
67 have had a big year already with a heavy series of Link Up TV Mic Check’s which were well received amongst listeners. Many members of the crew have worked on solo tracks and have all been putting in work both individually and as a collective. There is some serious talent amongst this movement and I am excited to see what they’ve got in stall for us.
With the likes of Giggs bringing them through and working with them this is only going to enhance their sound and open more doors for them to express their talent.
As for the platform they’re working on, Link Up TV must be given props for bringing a large number of tracks and sets to our screens. Link Up themselves have had a busy start to 2016 and have been working hard to deliver us the freshest new sounds.
You can pree the heavy collab between 67 and Giggs below, just click the link:
It’s getting very heated now, and the whole situation is moving at 100mph.
In 24 hours, Yungen has responded and Chip had everyone up all night anticipating his response. If you took Chip’s advice and didn’t go to sleep, then I feel sorry for those of you who had to be up and active this Monday morning.
And to rub salt in the wounds..after everyone stayed up, Chip dropped it on us that it was coming at 9am.
After Chip’s ‘Michelle Riddem’, Yungen hit us with the ‘Oopsy Daisy Riddem’, which could end up getting pretty political between Chip and Link Up. For me the ‘Oopsy Daisy Riddem’ was where Yungen really came at Chip and attempted to expose him. He talks about how he promised Krept and Konan that he wouldn’t send for him, and then did. Yungz also goes on to suggest there is a snake in Chip’s circle. There’s been talk about whether it is Jammer who is the snake. But he shut that one down before anyone had chance to talk too much. So who is it then?
Yungen did go in on his latest diss and showed everyone that he is not one to be tested, and I think that Chip isn’t going to come out on top of this beef as comfortably as he has in the past. The Play Dirty member seems to have a lot of info about Chip, e.g living in Essex etc. This saw Chip needing to really pull out all the stops to get one over on Yungz. But we all know Chip has been in the game long enough to know how to deal with this one.
This morning Chip finally delivered his response and gave us ‘L’. Worth the wait? Some might say not, due to the delay. But forgetting all the minor details, Chip has definitely matched Yungen’s send.
‘L’ has got this beef ting real political now. Very early into the track Chip delivers the bar ’67 are on your clart, and you aint on nuttin’. Yes, clever word play and to make it all the bit more interesting Chip has draw the very raw and talented 67 crew into the situation. It’s believed that 67 came at Yungen, and Chip has just lifted it to the surface. Will Yungen dare to go at the crew? Or will he just stick to beefing Chip?
At the end of the track Chip warns Link Up that they either need to take down the ‘Oopsy Daisy Riddem’ or pay him some money. After all it is his track?
The past 24 hours have been mad. It’s not only took Twitter by storm, but the grime scene in general. Krept has spoke his views, Jammer has been involved, 67 have been drawn in, and we haven’t heard the end of this beef and we will all be eagerly waiting to see whats next. Chip’s twitter suggests that the beef isn’t going to escalate? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
You can view the latest diss tracks from both artists in the links below.
Yungen – Oopsy Daisy Riddem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h5raKetn0U
Chip – L (Lil’ Clive Diss 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkZA4ceicwg
Chip’s at it again and decided to cook up another beef with South London MC, Yungen. After releasing his One Take freestyle it was evident to all listeners that the bars were directed at the Play Dirty member, Yungen. After the drop of Yungen’s track ‘Comfy’ back at the start of the month, Chip clearly felt it necessary to come back at the bars which he felt were coming at him, even after the Twitter feud that took place shortly after Comfy’s release.
Yungen responded to Chip’s diss with a 1 hour warning to remove the video, followed by a series of reminders to let him know how long he had left. Obviously Chip didn’t back down, but the warnings from Yungen are an extremely brave and powerful message to let him know he isn’t playing…and he definitely proved that when he released ‘Punk’, labelled the ‘Shitmunk diss’.
There was not one discrete bar and Yungen gave Chip his views, and backed them up with some pretty strong evidence. As soon as the track begins Yungen has ripped Chip’s ‘Fire In The Booth’ where he discusses his track ‘Pizza Boy’ which featured Meek Mill, then switches to a Meek interview where he struggles to remember Chip’s name. The young powerful MC kicked his diss track off from early and flowed in with some heavy, and very real bars.
It didn’t take Chip long to get a response in. Despite Yungen’s powerful diss track, Chip showed that whatever facts Yungen had to throw at him, Chip can take them all in and still come back with something equally as strong. In the ‘Michelle Riddem’ Chip gives off a heavy vibe that Yungen was influenced by Chip and followed his footsteps. With a ripped interview of Yungen bigging up Chip and then talks about how Yungen jumped on ‘Pepper Riddem’, an ‘In2 Remix’ and also filmed the visuals for ‘Punk’ at a petrol station, which Chip did first.
It’s definitely early days in this feud, and to see two young powerful MC’s, from North and South London, going at each other with nothing but raw talent and bars is only going to bring positivity to the scene.
Chip’s clearly prepared for this beef, but not to worry because Yungen’s cooking something up to come back at the ‘Michelle Riddem’.
Large up GRM Daily and Link Up TV for providing the platform for two of the diss tracks.
You can check out all the sends from both MC’s below.
Yungen – Comfy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d9PJ5tCcQY
Chip – One Take Freestyle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlAlS29-Mno
Yungen – Punk (Shitmunk Diss): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCBjwkAtB5g
Chip – Michelle Riddem (Lil Clive Diss): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3zIKWTDijs
Yungen – ….to be released.
Comment to let me know what you think about this beef and the diss’ that have already been put out there. Who do you think will come out on top? Is it gonna top the Chip vs Bugzy saga?