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.

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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 !!


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@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’ :-

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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 :-

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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.

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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.

Click the photos to watch Joe Budden perform :-

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.

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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.

Post Malone @Birthdays, Hackney #UK

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’ :-


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


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


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

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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 :-


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


Click the pic below to watch @wretch32 perform :-


Click the pic below to watch @therealkano perform :-


Click the pic below to watch @lethalbizzle perform :-


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.


D’Influence – Couple Years L8r !!!

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The 90s were an eclectic time for a natural amalgamation of modern contemporary club sounds fused with the harmonies and retro feel of yesterday’s soul heroes and heroine’s. From a UK point of view that would have been Soul II Soul, Brand New Heavies, Massive Attack, Young Disciples, Omar, Jamiroquai, D Influence and many more. A time when  multi genre black music venues were incorporating Hip Hop in their playlist mixed with dance music and classic retro soul funk, jazz and boogie.

Circa late 80’s/90’s and DJ’s Eddie Piller and Giles Peterson formed a uniquely London ‘Acid Jazz’ music scene and record label encompassing audiences and fans exploring their love of this fusion of black and latin music.

One on my 90s club residencies ‘Gon Clear’ was privileged enough to have D Influence perform at one of the club nights.


The performances on the night kicked off punctually at 9pm (ish) to a very packed an intimate Jazz Café; many music journos and record company  personnel being visible and present.

Click the photo below to watch D’Influence perform ‘Good 4 We’ at Jazz Café :-


Click the photo below to watch D’Influence perform ‘Hipnotize’ at Jazz Café :-


Click the photo below to watch D’Influence perform ‘Im The One’ at Jazz Café :-



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Slick Rick – The Return To Blighty !!!

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It’s a Saturday evening in the big smoke and apart from waiting to peep the latest results in the English Premier Football League and an encapsulating last race in the Abhu Dhabi F1 World Champs..I’m gassed / excited, even anxious to go see Slick Rick in concert tonight in leafy Kentish Town.

MC Ricky D, like sooo many of my Carribbean immigrant bredren’s have a similar story, parents / grandparent’s came to the UK / Canada or the States in search of a life with more oppurtunities. My early teens were immersed in all aspects of Hip Hop, witnessing breakdancing at the Olympics ceremony in LA and after spending the summer of 1984 in Toronto with my cousins I embraced the UK expat Slick Rick when he burst unto the music scene.

Having worked in music for decades plus, I have been priviledged to see most of my fav rap artists but never Slick Rick, I was punctually early and caught the full line up of artists and festivities which heralded a plethora of quality UK acts. The famette Amy True, a gifted wordsmith and affiliated with Logic Army held court to a captive audience with live drummer.

Durrty Goodz, Ransome Badbonez, Hijack, DJ Supreme and Billy Bizzniss all represented the UK to the fullest with their performances to an atmospheric an exuberant audience.

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The most popular UK support act on the night was definitely the don gargan Rodney P (London Possee). Joined on stage by the revered (DJ 279 pka Numbers). He duly ran through a selection of his profound catalogue spanning over two decades.

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The headline act and star of the show; truly entered centre stage to stupendous applause…joined for the full performance with the duo songstresses named ‘The Rickets’. With costume changes and a catalogue of hits from Mona Lisa, La Di Da Di, Children’s Stories, Hey Young World, Lick The Balls, The Show, etc the performance was truly memorable.

Click the image below to watch Slick Rick enter center stage :-


Click the image below to watch Slick Rick perform ‘The Show’ :-



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NYC – Will Hip Hop Help with the new President Elect ?

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So after traversing the Atlantic for over two decades and been an ambassador for Hip Hop and Rap culture via numerous record companies and brands; I have been privy to witness the inauguration of the first Afro American president in 2008. Hussein Barack Obama was duly elected with a huge demographic.of youth voters. The modern world of social media heralded a new platform in the collating of information and penetrative direct advertising. From Jay Z, to Wyclef Jean, Killer Mike to Talib Kweli; a multitude of politically aware Hip Hop personnel giving Obama’s campaign momentum.

It’s a warmish day in November and it’s British Airways touch down in JFK and its election week USA.. Stateside news and the weekly interaction with worldwide listeners via my Itch FM #BigPromoShow has kept me well informed as to the sentiment and mindset of many a Hip Hop loving US citizen. Of course I’m gna be doing a lil obligatory tourist ish in the big apple (just coz) but predominantly it’s sit downs with beat makers and record label personnel.

Penn Street enroute to hotel :-


On day one, my Canarsie producer Music 4 LIfe, scooped me from the hotel and we were rolling, it was road a trip to White Plains, South Bronx to link beatmaker Jack O Beats; who is currently working with the rekindled Ultramagnetic MCs.

The Tuesday (day of election) was tense and expectant; even though there had been a positive endorsement for Hilary Clinton from many RnB/Hip Hop stars (Jay Z, Beyoncé) and many within the acting community (Robert De Niro), the realists and observers of UK’s recent Brexit were more wary. The honest front page headline of the very popular New York Post newspaper reflecting the true sentiments of the city and many more across the USA.


I managed to get to a few vote spots and peep the sentiments and ethnic demographics of the voting populous.

Peep the line downtown East Manhattan.

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Election night was stuntin at the trendy meat packing district Apt 732 with the famette Tanya Brown, my longtime homie from the world of publishing A&R and management. The soiree, an intimate rendezvous hosted by Salt n Peppa, with lavish drinks; nibbles and ensuite Jacuzzi.

And the President Elect 2016 is :-


On the night after Trump’s historic victory; the people of New York when to his swanky plave of abode Trump Tower to protest. Click the image below :-


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