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Rest In Eternal🎤Peace🙏🏾#2020

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It’s like nearly June and we’re half way through the calendric year and where do I begin..???

I’ve been an avid record collector, a DJ and an A&R man at major labels the best part of 3 decades now and I absolutely love it 🎼 🎚. From working in Wyldpytch Rekords in Soho.. it’s the passion that’s driven me to  run my own night clubs, artist showcases and music events looking for new talent. The first half of 2020 has left me in total shock and annoyance that artists whom I’ve been supporting are being taken from earth and sent to heaven regularly.

I’d been in Los Angeles and New York on A&R duties for Edel/Island Records working with Kanye West and Freeway, mutual music links hooked me up with Derby producer Baby J. He was then getting involved in Skinnyman’s ‘Council Estate Of Mind’ album and I began managing him, the next year we put out the hot ass record ‘Let It Go’ Feat TY (amongst others)  and it exploded at daytime commercial radio.. straight after the homie Mark Ronson gave us the parts for his ‘Valerie‘ single Feat Amy Winehouse and Baby J’s remix again exploded at daytime commercial radio and MTV Europe. Baby J was crowned Best Producer at the Urban Music Awards by Ras Kwame in Covent Garden and as a lotta artists/labels were hollering I started Big Promo.

Fortunately we had Blak Twang as a guest on my Itch FM #BigPromoShow years ago and one of the hottest rap records around that time was his ‘Dettwork London Revisited’ remix and I was privileged to see the career rise of Black The Ripper subsequently.

Having spent over two decades running back and forth to New York on A&R duties, I managed to meet Andre Harrell and was in awe of his achievements.  Being an avid fan of Hip Hop music from my school body popping days dancing to Kraftwerk and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, I saw Andre’s rap skills take him to music mogul with an empire that gave the world some individuals who would be the future of black music. (Jodeci, Mary J Blige, Puff Daddy, Heavy D & The Boyz, Guy, Al B Sure, Father MC, Soul 4 Real, Christopher Williams etc).

This NYC bonding always kept me coherent with what was hot.. from the lyrical dexterity and wordplay of Fred The Godson’s mixtapes to the modern streaming world and social media assault of Pop Smoke.

The Hip Hop/RnB culture I am immersed in regularly pays homage with the sample, and it brought joy to see an old Betty Wright soul  record in my collection be transformed into a modern day hit for superstar Beyonce Knowles. A musical Caribbean household as a boy schooled me on the catalogues of yesterday and the influences of Millie Small and Little Richard for black music on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

Click the photos below to hear the records from all these 2020 deceased artists which have influenced me in some way.. May they rest in eternal peace !!!

Baby J Feat Rukus, Ty, Klashnekoff & Yogi – ‘Let It Go’ (Remix)

Pop Smoke – ‘Welcome To The Party’

Fred The Godson & The Heatmakerz – ‘Alpha’

Blak Twang Feat Jehst, Rodney P & Black The Ripper – ‘Dettwork Southeast’ (Remix)

Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde (Andre Harrell) – ‘Genius Rap’

Kraftwerk (Florian Schneider) – ‘Trans Europe Express’

Little Richard – ‘Tutti Frutti’

Betty Wright – Girls Can’t Do What The Guys Do

Millie Small – ‘My Boy Lollipop’ 

Coast2Coast Conference / Miami 2018 🌴

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…so once again we’ve just celebrated the Notting Hill Carnival in London and it’s approaching Labor Day  holiday weekend in the states. Last year’s Coast2Coast music conference in Miami was intense and this years event is on an even grander scale. It’s the 10th year celebration of the now seasoned and established Hip Hop networking event.

Rap artists congregate en mass to Miami Beach after winning their respective regional battle. This year I’ve met artists from Australia, Europe and a lot of America, the grand prize being $50,000 and distribution via Coast2Coast. The first two days are rap heats to have the shortlist for the FINAL !

A plethora of urban music personnel on panel attendance, music managers, major label a&r’s from both records and publishing and social media and PR guru’s.

Click the image below to see full list of panelists :-

The first place winner and the recipient of $50,000 was John Streetz from Philly.

Click image below to 👀 :-

@djhardhitta

@mogulstatus

@majorplayersmusicglobal

@swede808mafia

@johnstreetz_610

@rockwildermusic

@yougotgrant

@lilfatsc2c

@nickhiersche

@weworking

@jizockk

@rapjuggernaut

@dannymixtape

@coast2coastlive

Salute all the @coast2coastlive judges in 2018 and we welome the process of finding hot new rappers and doing it all again for next year’s FINAL !

 

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Ghostface Killah / Raekwon @TheBox (Soho)

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So Wutang be in the UK; having only recently seen a dope headline show from Killah Priest… tonite all roads lead to the sold out Ghostface Killah and Raekwon event at the Troxy in East London and to the homie DJ RD’s residency at The Box in Soho. 

The queue oustide The Box is spectacular, with excited patrons waiting to see Shaolins finest. The entourage following Ghostface, Raekwon and Killah Priest (surprise guest at The Troxy) roll into the venue.

DJ RD takes stage and Ghostface and Raekwon perform classic hits 🎤’Incarcerated Scarfaces‘, ‘Cherchez Laghost‘, ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’‘C.R.E.A.M.’ and ‘Ice Cream’

Click the image below to see Ghost & Rae perform :- 

Click the image below to see Ghost & Rae perform :- 

Celebrating 25 years since the conception of the legendary Wutang Clan, they justifiably continue to be a force in the culture of Hip Hop, inspiring many rap artists that have come after them. Wutang Clan will be headlining the Lovebox music festival, July 13th -14th in London, UK !!

Socials :-

@GhostfaceKillah

@Raekwon

@KillahPriest

@Iamdjrd

@thadboogie

Bahamadia / Jazz Cafe !

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It’s the weekend after a sunkissed Bank holiday in the big smoke; the New York homie Jeru The Damaja already ripped mic midweek. It’s Friday night and my Philly famette Bahamadia is headling the legendary Jazz Cafe in Camden Town. I’ve been familiar with her superlative spit game from working in the record shop in the 90s and her time working with Detroit’s very own Dilla.

The venue is packed solid from early and warm up support duties are from Cali beatmaker and rapper, Shunaji. The enthused audience gave Sunaji a raptourous response for her talent and performance.

DJ Eclipse from the legendary Rock Steady Crew takes centre stage with precision beat juggling and crowd hyping. Dressed in authentic B Girl attire, Queen Bahamadia arrives and starts rocking mic to thunderous cheers.. Running through a catalogue spanning two decades of both major label and independent releases, she effortlessly embraces the art of story telling, caressing the mic and changing tempos like a seasoned vet. In a sea of animated faces, we lock eyes and of course being fam I get my obligatory ‘shout out’ !

Click image below to see Bahamadia rockin mic 🎤

From her spittin ‘off top’ freestyles to classic hits like ‘Wordplay’ and her ‘New Forms’ collab with Roni Size, Bahamadia and DJ Eclipse showcase the authentic facets of Hip Hop culture. With imminent new music coming… we wish Bahamadia another two decades of success and touring !!

Socials :-

@Bahamadia

@ItsDjEclipse

@Thadboogie

Jammer / #AreYouDumb / XOYO

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Jammer a stalwarth contributor and member of Boy Better Know is a legend is the UK Grime / Rap scene.. Both an MC and a producer, he has seasoned tracks for his foundation Nasty Crew and nowadays works with Boy Better Know; he’s also one of the organisers for ‘Lord Of The Mic’ arguably Grime music’s biggest annual event. It’s a decade ago since Jammer jumped on my producer Baby J‘s ‘Baby Food’ mixtape and I was keen to witness BARS !!!!  🎤

‘Murkle Man’ as Jammer is fondly referred to by the peers in the scene, had a star studded headline show Monday night in trendy Old Street venue XOYO. As the first sunshine of summer 2018 was in the air, the guest list line and venue made for a packed out affair.

Support act Jammin had the place lit with bars and an upbeat vibe, leaving the stage to great applause.  Jammer the main man of the night entered centre stage dressed in all white.

Man like Jammer came out to applause and a crazy atmosphere 💡💥🎤

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Grime OG and east London legend D Double E came out to collab with Jammer.

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Boy Better Know MC JME came  out and ripped up the show..

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Boy Better Know MC and Mercury Music Winner Skepta came on stage and did a few bars,

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All in all, a very sucesful headline show for the independent artist with an electric atmosphere inside and Desperado, Frisco, Shorty etc all blessing mic for Jammer. All the cameo’s and the multitude of artists, bloggers, camera people all in the venue was a solid testament to Jammer’s role and creative greatness in the Grime scene. 

@jammerbbk

@DDoubleE7

@desperado_ogz

@BigFris

@JMEBBK

@Skepta

 

Chip ‘LOMO 2’ @Koko / Camden

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So it’s been a decade since Always Recording artist Chipmunk released League Of My Own 1… a lot has changed for him as an artist and for the UK rap scene at large. The world of internet music blogs was at it’s embryonic stage, BBC 1Xtra was only 5 years old and at best the few specialist radio shows on ILR were the best chance a rapper had of exposure.

The next decade of UK rap went through a period of a few artists getting signed to major record labels, and experiencing very short longevity after being told to make making nothing but ‘pop music’. With the predominant driving force to propel UK rap being the internet, the scene has since exploded to a youth demographic all over the UK and the home counties. Content is now easily accessible on smart phones; tablets; laptops and any device with WIFI. UK festivals have been keen to secure British MC’s in conjunction with the US global rap talent; the music now reaching an unprecedented larger audience are making British rappers chart regularly and a lot of them achieving this success independently.

This was obvious to see on Thursday night at Camden’s legendary music venue; Koko (formerly Camden Palace). It was the celebration of Chip’s ‘League Of My Own 2‘, Eeager fans getting to the sold out venue en mass,what a sight to witness die hard’s mobbing the front, 300 deep reciting every rapper’s bars on every song.

A who’s who of the UK rap/grime scene engaged in collab duties on stage all orchestrated by a sublimely confident and inspired Chip.

Giggs reppin mic at Koko #LOMO2

Chip, Stormzy, Lethal B, JME, Ghetts… a lotta mandem

LethaL B; stage diving on a mad one…

Chip in full regal flow ‘Can’t Run Out Of Bars’

An invigorating and potent performance from one of the finest mic men of his generation. Chip has proved he ‘can’t run out of bars’ and now in an era of the internet and social media; him and his peers and getting the domestic and international recognition they deserve. #TeamUK

Socials :-

@officialchip

@ddoubleee1

@stormzyofficial

@officialgiggs

@solo45bbk

@bigfris

@lethalbizzle

@jmebbk

 

 

Coast2Coast Conference 2017 (Miami Beach, Florida)

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So after leaving the hectic and enjoyable festivities at the annual Notting Hill Carnival in west London, immediate preparations begun for the Coast2Coast Music Conference in Maimi Beach, Florida. Coast2Coast being a platform via which independent artists get to promote and distribute their music with MAJOR oppurtunities. They provide the largest artist showcase in the world in front of celebrated and knowledgeable music personnel, in essence ‘like a live version of American Idol for Hip Hop artists’

Touchdown in Miami at the start of their annual Labor Day (September) celebrations, and met with a wall of heat at Miami airport. The event revolved around Miami Live, situated in Miami Beach, after passes were collected.. I was set…..

The panels proved to be informative and enlightening; speaking to an international plethora of artists, musicians and industry personnel.

Click the image below to see full list of panels and panelist’s :-

producer Rockwilder @rockenoch13 doing press :-

click image below to hear Atlantic A&R @successREADY spreading knowledge on the panel :-

Click the pic below, @djepps getting busy on the Coast2Coast VIP Yacht Party :-

Click the pic below to see the winner of the Coast2Coast $25,000 first prize…. Becky Cane !!

 

Socials :-

@c2cliveevents

@djepps

@rockenoch13

@lilfatsc2c

@successREADY

@BigChrisRnB

@majorplayers1

 

 

@OfficialAvelino @XoyoLondon

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It’s been a sunkissed kinda day and perhaps the first offerings of the summer are apparently on our doorstep. Tonite i’m only interested in going to see Tottenham MC, Avelino spit flames in the city. I have been aware of his presence for a couple of years and I’ve know his co-sign; Wretch 32 and his manager Zeon for way over a decade now. Supremely lyrically astute with concise diction and penmanship; young Avelino is fast becoming one of my guilty rap pleasures.

The venue XOYO; situated in Old Street is popular for record label and industry showcases, only a fortnight ago I was present for Island/Universal new signing Donaeo’s event..

The atmosphere outside being the usual throng of fashionably attired personnel and security scrutinising ID’s. The host and DJ being Charlie Sloth from BBC 1XTRA and fam from Camden Town. Die hard fans at the front and centre stage spitting bar for bar along Avelino’s whole set. Joined on stage by many guests and performing tracks from his catalogue and from the recently released ‘Young Fire, Old Flame’ mixtape ; the standout highlights being Wretch 32 performing his flawless #FITB Freestyle and Dave, newly signed to Island/Universal performing his single featuring Drake ‘Wanna Know’

Click the image below to see Avelino in action :-

Click the image below to see Avelino in action :-

Click the image below to see Wretch 32 perform #FITB Freestyle :-

 

Click the image below to see Avelino perform ‘Outstanding & Outrageous’ :-

Click the image below to see Avelino rip thru a dope #Freestyle :-

Click the image below to see Dave perform ‘Wanna Know’ :-

Socials :-

@officialavelino

@wretch32

@santandave1

@xoyolondon

@charliesloth

@thadboogie

Ludacris @EventimApollo

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It’s the penultimate Saturday of March and the Hip Hop community converge in the busy suburbia that is Hammersmith Apollo to see Atlanta rapper and movie star Ludacris. The obligatory UK support from BBC 1xtra’s DJ Ace and budding new comer Steph London certainly getting the crowd hype. Even tho a seasoned actor nowadays Ludacris was majestic and courted the crowd interactions like a seasoned veteran.

Running through his discography of hits Area Codes, Fantasy, Move Bitch, Fantasy, Roll Out, Southern Hospitality it was obvious to see why Ludacris and his Disturbing Tha Peace conglomerate have been a top the southern rap game for over a decade.

Click on the image below to watch Ludacris perform ‘Fantasy’ @ Hammersmith Apollo :-

Click on the image below to watch Ludacris perform ‘Stand Up’ @ Hammersmith Apollo :-

Click on the image below to watch Ludacris perform ‘Move Bitch’ @Hammersith Apollo :-

Socials :-

@ludacris

@dtpent

@stefflondon

 

Isaiah Dreads @camdenassembly

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So it’s a warm Wednesday nite in London city; the people still buzzin from the first sunshine of the spring; Isaiah is a young rapper hailing from the Bristol region but now resides in Dorset who has recently been signed to RCA/Sony Records. The venue is intimate based in the heart of Camden Town. Camden Assembly is poppin with an eclectic throng of young Hip Hop heads, I have seen so many wordsmiths upstairs at this venue from Tinie Tempah to Mic Righteous.

A salute to the potential of this Dorset MC; his subject matter is varied and his diction is sublime, his set floated between his domestic grime rap flows and his self professed love of Hip Hop.

His ‘Lone Wolf’ EP is out now; watch this space for more; I look forward to his debut album

Press the image below to see Isaiah Dreads performing ‘Celebrate’

Press the image below to see Isaiah Dreads performing ‘Shape Of You’

Press the image below to see Isaiah Dreads duppy the double time flow

Tonite, particularly excited cos of Isaiah pen game and flow; the kid is a lyrical beast with concise and succint delivery. There was very good rapport between Isaiah and his DJ; a very entiusiastic crowd with many goin ‘bar for bar’ with Dreads throughout his whole performance. Joined on stage with very few guests; the stand out collabo was his cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’ with an acoustic guitarist.

Socials :-

@isaiahdreads

@rcarecords