NEXT UP: An interview with upcoming artist, LECS BLVCK [@LecsBlvck]

Earlier this week I caught up with promising new artists Mabutho Mkoba, more commonly known as Lecs Blvck. He is a 20 year old from Coventry who is currently studying at Birmingham University. A man of many talents, when he’s not studying Lecs is putting serious work into his music, and his clothing brand, Solsupply.

After being put onto his work I was immediately engaged to his track ‘No Lie’. With this track he ventured into a area of underground music which is very hard to create a professional and distinctive sound. But, unlike when listening to similar sounds there was something about this guy that really stood out to me. Whether it was his individuality or just his sound in general that engaged, I knew I had come across someone with serious talent. It was at this moment that I got in touch with him and decided to learn a little bit more about him.

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RG – Represent Grime

LB – Lecs Blvck

RG: What influences your sound and style of writing?

LB: Artists like Kendrick Lamar, King Krule, Frank Ocean influenced me when it comes to lyricism and paying attention to the content of my language and playing with it. Other Artists like Tory Lanez, Bilal etc helped me to pick out a bit more vibe in it which touches your soul when listen to melodies.

RG: Who did you grow up listening to?

LB: I was exposed to everything from a young age, from rock, pop, rob, hiphop etc. Mainly from the age of 15 my cousins put me on a lot of stuff and allowed me to open my mind a little bit more, they put me on on the whole TDE crew, Odd Future, Flatbush Zombies, a bit of grime, mainly Wiley, The Underachievers etc. From there I built on it and started listening to a lot of King Krule. Now I still listen to all of them but mainly trap, i’d say since this past year Mike Ray put me on that due to his upcoming project ‘Trap Ba$in’, which is a different kind of trap. Remember it’s TrapBa$in, not just trap.

RG: Where did your inspiration come from for ‘No Lie’?

LB: ‘No Lie’ is based on a true story, all my songs are based on true stories and events that took place. For ‘No Lie’ I just wanted this girl to know how I feel, since I’m not so good at expressing myself in person I put my feelings into a song dedicated to her.

RG: When was it you decided that music was your direction? Was it your passion for music? Personal experiences?

LB: Music was always going to be my direction from the age of 11 – 12. Whether I make it, or not I was still going to do it as it allows me to express my feelings. There’s certain scenarios that you can’t just talk about normally.

RG: Do you solely work on music? Or what were you doing before you started making music?

LB: I am a Uni student right now, and I own my own clothing brand called ‘Solsupply’, so I do everything I like pretty much.

RG: Did you see yourself in this genre? Is there any other genres or ventures you’d like to move into?

LB: I wouldn’t say I am in any genre I’d like to think of my self as a open artist for now. If I have a feeling in my heart I do it, if you look at other music I have done I always switch it up depending on my mood and how i am feeling. I want to stay true to myself, and express myself.

RG: If you had the choice of one artist who would you like to work with?

LB: That question is too hard for me to answer i have one too many.

RG: When do you like to write music and how do you write?

LB: I write better under pressure. If I know I have a studio session tomorrow, the closer I am to the hour the better I am.

RG: Without it sounding too cliche, how do you get in your ‘zone’ when writing?

LB: I picture myself back to what happened and try to see how everything was around me, then i write it down.

RG: Do you have any interest beyond music?

LB: I’m into fashion as I have my own clothing brand called , Solsupply. Thinking is one of my favourite hobbies, I’m always deep in thought.

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As you can tell, Lecs is an extremely creative individual and has a lot to offer, not just musically but in a variety of art forms. I advise everyone to check him out and not to sleep on him.  You can follow him on his social media accounts at the links below.

Instagram: @lecs_blvck // @solsupply

Twitter: @lecsblvck

 

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FRESH: @KingPMoney – 10/10 Remix ft. @KingBlacks , @AJFromTheLane , @TheReal__PK , @CapoLee100 , @SafOneStayFresh , @TheCocoUK , @Jammz , @Discarda

The King has done it again. Anyone would think 10/10 wasn’t good enough, but now P Money and SBTV have delivered us the visuals for the 10/10 remix, and this time he’s took it national. He’s got London, Birmingham and Sheffield on the track, and to hear such diversity on what was already a big track, it sounds like this combination was organic and natural and this is what makes the remix so sick.

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To hear the likes of Safone and AJ Tracey on the same track is very exciting for the grime scene. On this track there is a variety of flows and each artist delivers their own style, this alongside Sir Spyro on the beat, this is definitely a work of art that can’t be slept on.

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You can check out the remix below:

HOT: @DapzOnTheMap – Shinobi (Part 1) [ Credits. @ThomasMellorUK @kyleSHOXbrown ]

The 0121 Champion has arrived. Dapz On The Map is back with a very dark tune, labelled Shinobi (Part 1). His ice cold flow compliments the very dark and eery beat produced by the talented Thomas Mellor.

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Credits: @dapzonthemap [Instagram]

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Dapz, but it was definitely worth the wait. He promises us that his work in progress, Don’t Say A Word, is going to be the best music we’ve heard from him, and if Shinobi is anything to go by, then I’d say that he’s not lying. Very refreshing to hear the Brum Town legend back spitting and delivering us another top class piece of music.

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Credits: @Dapzonthemap [Twitter]

Although the legend has been around since the come up we are still awaiting his first solo album. We all know our grime artists have their own lives to deal with but if Dapz’s previous projects and work are anything to go by then it will be more than worth the wait.

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Credits: @dapzonthemap [Instagram]

Props must be given to Kyle Shox Brown who directed and filmed the very dark and edgy video. A very effective and engaging piece of art.

You can check out the fresh new video below:

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Dapz On The Map’s album, Don’t Say A Word, which is coming this year!

@RISKYROADZ – Bluku Bye Allstar @RadarRadioLDN Set [@OfficialChip @Stormzy1 @DDoubleE7]

Risky Roadz brought grime all the way back to it’s roots and delivered us a very raw and traditional grime set. Extremely refreshing to watch and I feel that these types of sets really show how talented grime MC’s are. Just a speaker blasting a grime beat and a bag of MC’s with a microphone. The simplicity of this set made it way more powerful, and anyone who loves grime will appreciate this.

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Credits: @OfficalChip [Instagram]

A large number of top MC’s from our country came together at Radar Radio in London. Chip, Stormzy, D Double E, Frisco, Footsie, Hyper, Double S, AJ Tracey, Capo Lee, Jammz, Bruza, Mez, Novelist and more all linked up for this one, and each and every one of them delivered pure heat to the mic. Every artist drew me in, not just to their flow but lyrical content aswell, and that is how you know that the art is powerful and needs to be appreciated.

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Credits: @NovelistGuy [Instagram]

There was a variety of ages, areas, and experience involved in the set and despite all of these factors separating them, they all found a common love and this sick genre that we all worship brought all of these pioneers together to deliver this art to us.

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Credits: @UncleMez [Instagram]

Major respect must be show to Risky Roadz and Radar Radio for helping make this happen.

You can watch the Bluku Bye Allstar Set below:

 

 

FRESH: @TheRealKano – Fire In The Booth

Charlie Sloth and Kano surprised us all today as they dropped the Grime legend’s Fire In The Booth. The Radio 1xtra Twitter account let us all know that Charlie would press play at 5:30pm and it had social media in uproar.

We were not disappointed as Kano came in with his traditional flow, did you really expect any less? The legendary MC has been very active lately and has worked closely with Ghetts, recently they shut down Eskimo Dance which you can watch below:

Not only has he been shutting down sets, he released his heavy new album, Made In The Manor. This album brought to us what felt like a journey has been on since the release of his last album 6 years ago, Method to the Maadness. His flow and lyrical content tells us all that Kano has been there and done it all and he portrays all the different energies he has come across on this adventure.

It’s good to see someone with so much experience in the game still so active and still coming out on top. You can watch Kano’s Fire In The Booth here:

Made In The Manor can be purchased at the link below:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/made-in-the-manor/id1068913842

 

 

AUDIO: @brysontiller – Don’t (@WSTRNmusic REMIX)

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.

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Credits: @brysontiller [instagram]

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.

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Credits: @brysontiller [instagram]

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.

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Credits: @wstrnmusic [instagram]

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:

HOT: @Che_Lingo – Channelling The Waves

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.

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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.

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGLapvOmd24

https://chelingo.wordpress.com

FRESH IN: @Teks_Sinatra ft. @Artist_JLav – Mona Lisa

Earlier this afternoon SBTV released the visuals to the big track ‘Mona Lisa’ by Teks Sinatra and J Lavaly.

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXZeWSq45MY

https://soundcloud.com/teks_sinatra

 

 

 

FRESH IN: @JorjaSmith drops video for hit track ‘Blue Lights’

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’.

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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.

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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:

http://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/article/video-premiere-jorja-smith-blue-lights?utm_campaign=iduk&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1456835280

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i59Klb0S1Uw

https://play.spotify.com/album/3hqkL1FQosgL8PeOeGUmYG

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/blue-lights/id1088330739?i=1088331226

 

Track Of The Week: @JorjaSmith – Blue Lights (Mistakay Remix) ft. @Eyez_UK , @KannanScumFam

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’.

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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