This is my first post of 2017 and I’m happy that its a review of the highly anticipated Godfather by Wiley. I waited up until midnight last night to listen to the album for the first time and I have listened to it few times through now and have developed my opinion of the project. “Godfather”, a term Wiley is now happy with, is reportedly going to be his last album and lets see if its one of his best. Begin the review:
The M1 EP is a 6 track EP by artists Mez and DaVinChe. Mez also known as ‘Uncle Mez’ from Nottingham has built reputation as an one of the top young MC’s in the grime scene with his songs being played on national radio and also being a supporting act on Stormzy’s ‘Live in the flesh tour’. DaVinChe from South London is a very talented self-taught studio producer who has produced some very influential tracks in the grime scene such as ‘Kano – P’s and Q’s’ and ‘Rider feat. Ghetts, JME, Steelo, Keedo.’ DaVinChe’s talents extend further than being a grime producer, he is a pianist, guitarist and has performed a classical concert for the BBC.
In any scene of every profession there is always competition to be the best and so one way of proving your superiority in the music scene, especially in rap, is through rap battling or by releasing ‘Diss Tracks’. I feel that this is a sign of a thriving and healthy seen and so recently there have been many so called diss tracks about in the grime scene. This post is just just a list of some of my favourites that I have heard. I have left out any clashes and live events such as LOTM or Don’t Flop and focused on actual recordings and song that have been professionally produced. I have also limited the list to one track per artist:
Kamakaze is a MC from Leicester City, I first heard of him when I heard his SBTV warm up session. Then recently I was impressed when I heard him on Red Bull’s Grime-A-Side series and so I decided to check out some of his music that he released. Kamakaze is obviously a very talented lyricist but his talents extend further than this as he is also a professional footballer. You can listen to the SBTV Warm Up Session as he draws the comparisons between football and MC-ing. Aswell as this I would recommend listen to both parts of his Road Rage on JDZ Media.
As we draw to the end of another year, I feel it’s time to look back at some of the best Grime & UK rap songs of 2016. With the genres surge in popularity not showing any signs of slowing down, its been a great year for UK artists with their work getting more worldwide recognition. So with out anything further to say lets get into this:
This will be my first post on this blog and so I think it’s only right we start off strong, with an album that really defined the UK urban music scene. ‘Boy in da Corner’ was released on 21st July 2003 by an 18 year old Dylan Mills, more commonly known as Dizzee Rascal. The album, consisting of 15 songs, has certainly held its weight in the Grime scene as to this day it is regarded as one of the greatest grime albums ever released. At the time, the record peaked at number 23 on the British Album chart and even went on to win the prestigious Mercury Award.