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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’ !

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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 !!!!  πŸŽ€

‘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 πŸ’‘πŸ’₯🎀

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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’

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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’

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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

Joe Budden @Dingwalls Camden / Feb 2017

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So it’s early evening in the leafy n happening surroundings of Camden town and it’s the New Jersey native, Joe Buddens show at the infamous Dingwalls nightclub. A legendary venue that has hosted residencies for Giles Peterson (Jazz) and UK’s very own Tim Westwood (Hip Hop,). Fresh from doing my weekly two hour Itch FM show I go to meet the ‘event team’ for soundcheck. 

The obligatory local caribbean cuisine set me up with sufficient energy to hit Dingwalls early enough to catch the vibe and supporting acts (well basically i only caught rapper JMC) who performed ‘Snapchat The Whole Night’ to an appreciative crowd.

Couple minutes later Budden’s DJ opens up with grime MC Solo 45 ‘Feed Em To The Lions’ festival anthem.. then we hear Joe’s voice and he appears centre stage. The venue erupts and a couple hundred die hard fans surge to the front of the stage; cellphone cameras at the ready.

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A thoroughly vibrant nite that was packed with emotion with a more than excited crowd spiting every bar and verse with Joe; his performance is as passionate as LIT as his pen game.n Many thanks to the promoters Vault LIVE for the event.

Socials :-

@joebudden

@jmcvault

@DingwallsLIVE

Post Malone / Electric Brixton (Dec 2016)

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So its a chilly Monday night our here in Brixton Town and the queues stretch totally around the block, all hail new Hip Hop singing sensation Post Malone.

I’ve known Dre London for over a decade now and am over the moon with his new managerial success, from south London rapper Cerose to New York born singer Post Malone. I was privileged enough to see Post Malone only recently at Birthday’s an intimate venue in Hackney.

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From the moment Dre came thru, showed love and blessed us with some AAA passes the show was LIIITTT !

A rambunctious crowd of all races and predominantly under age 30, they were very much in a party mood. Having navigated my way through the throng to see the ‘mandem’ back stage, I was met with a very full backstage arena, with radio DJ’s and UK RnB wonder group WSTRN and their manager Morgan Keyz.

Click the image below to watch Post Malone perform ‘White Iverson’ :-

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Click the image below to watch Post Malone perform ‘Too Young’ :-

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Click the image below to watch WSTRN perform ‘Best Friend’ :-

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In literally a calendric year Post Malone, his manager Dre and steered by Wendy Goldstein at their Universal Republic record label, has seen the fanbase quadruple. The fans are intensely passionate and Post’s does already embrace stadium oriented choruses in his songwriting.

#PostMalone #AGr8Show

Socials :-

@Thadboogie

@PostMalone

@WSTRN

@DreLondonEnt

@MorganKeyz

 

 

 

Skepta/Alexandra Palace (@YourAllyPally) – And Indeed It Was A Shutdown !!!

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So the week has already been a lil hectic; old skool rap legend Slick Rick and reformed RnB group D’Influence all providing great shows. It’s now the weekend and all roads lead to a scenic and historic London venue, Alexandra Palace, rapidly weaving through traffic the excitement and anticipation increases. A die hard fan of rap music for eons, and having worked in the industry and helped sign and promote artists music at record labels and radio station it’s a proud moment for the Tottenham MC, Skepta sell out a near 11,000 capacity venue in record time. The plight of my peers in the UK rap game has not been a smooth and easy one in comparison to other music genres. Grime, a uniquely British rap art form, is the contemporary evolvement of domestic rap culture. A diverse congregation of young, old, black, white and asian, with a high female constituency filled the auditorium of Alexandra Palace.

Stuntin with @djabrantee @jezwelham :-

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Click the pic below to watch @skepta @jmeBBK ‘That’s Not Me’

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Click the pic below to watch @wretch32 perform :-

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Click the pic below to watch @therealkano perform :-

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Click the pic below to watch @lethalbizzle perform :-

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Skepta and his Boy Better Know click were  great ambassador’s for the scene and had the ‘mandem’ come through, from Giggs, Novelist, Section Boyz, Shorty BBK and many more. In a year when Canadian rap megastar Drake endorses Skepta and Crew, makes an impromptu appearance at a Section Boyz show after his Brit Awards performance and does collabs with RnB singer Kyla and south London MC Santan Dave; the future may be looking brighter for UK Grime/Rap..

The few vids here are just a snapshot of monumental performances throughout the night.

The event was a huge success; being streamed worldwide and  showcasing the stars of the UK Grime/Rap to a global platform.

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