MEZ: Artist Profile // ‘Tyrone’ *EP Review*

Danger in a durag is the phrase that comes to mind when I listen to the wise but young uncle Mez from the forest (of Nottingham to be precise.) Since 2013 Mez has cast his durag over the Grime scene to make some serious waves. His debut EP ‘28’, dropped in 2015, and early releases 'Sike', 'Normal shoe', 'Magnum' and ‘One line flows' served to increase Mez's popularity; eventually earning...

Treddin’ On his Own: Cadell ‘L.O.N.D.O.N’ *ALBUM REVIEW*

Which brings us to 2018's brilliant 'L.O.N.D.O.N' (Lots of nig*as don't observe nature) album, where Cadell completely and undoubtedly comes into his own on his second full length project. There are no production elements or conversational soundbites on this album which link him to his elder brother. Listening to L.O.N.D.O.N an image formed of..

Honourable Mention: ‘Outbursts from the Outskirts’ by Manga Saint Hilare & Lewi B

Manga unleashes his startling outburst detailing how he doesn’t fit in anywhere and how he was more concerned with creps than his parents struggles to make ends meet. As Manga digs even deeper into his soul, his voice cracks and breaks with the pain of reminiscing about his difficult past and the emotions Manga had to revisit to provide the most honest piece of work I have heard all year. Manga poignantly admits “Grime nearly killed me and Grime saved my life, grime gave me an in and grime kept me outside” ...

Eternal Sunshine of a (Semi) Spotless Mind: Tyler the Creator, ‘Scum F*ck /Flower Boy’ Album review

The above is how Tyler the creator’s abstract fifth album ‘Scum f*ck / flower boy’ plays out. Tyler has created a beautiful body of work full of lazy summer days spent barefoot meandering aimlessly through lush filled sprawling fields that are post card pretty in a place where time stands still...

Who runs the North? GIRLS!

But what’s going on outside of London? Does Grime exist up North? Is there a UK rap and R&B scene beyond Birmingham’s bull ring? Errrmmmmmm does Marcel mention blazing squad all the time? Duh!! Of COURSE there is! Last year I brought you various interviews, articles and gig reviews from the Manny mandem, but it’s long overdue for the Miss Manny’s to get their time to shine. Step forward ‘angels (and devils) of the North’ …

Our Godfather: The Legend, The Legacy, The Longevity (Part 2)

Last week we looked at Wiley’s musical roots as a youth, his sonic creation - the Eski beat instrumentals, his discovery of Dizzee Rascal and the alliances formed which would stand the test of time. During the interlude you should have become acquainted with the ice rink armed with the avalanche of riddims I left you with at the end of Part 1 (If not skate backwards to Part 1, have a listen and re-join us here.) It’s now time to put down the skates and pick up your skis...

Our Godfather: The Legend, The Legacy, the Longevity (Part 1)

The rise and rhymes of the Godfather of Grime is a perfect example of seemingly random events (some of which were triggered by Wiley himself and others pulled Wiley in like the mass gravity of a faraway planet) swirling and colliding in complete chaos and as a result something complete and wholly organic, which made perfect sense, began to emerge...

Expand your Vision with BLAYnoculars: The Vision Album Review

With 3 Mixtapes in his back catalogue Blay ‘Broke the ice’ with his first Mixtape in 2008, he seemed to go ‘Blind’ in 2010 and thankfully regained his sight to give us 2013’s epic mixtape ‘Welcome to vision gang’ in which he spits the standout lyrics “I can’t live like a drone in the system, invisible chains tryna latch to my wisdom” on the autobiographical ‘I must’ he experiments spitting over guitar riffs (‘Grind’), he sings (‘Steal the show’) and produces the forlorn instrumental of ‘Forest’ and the hype instrumental of ‘Zan’ giving a clear indication of the landscapes Blay’s skills are able to span.

Next hype is Frontman Vipzz – ‘Paradigm’ EP Review

Vipzz opens ‘Paradigm’ with a bemused cry of “Oh my god” which reminded me of D Double E’s signature soundbite featured on many of his tracks. Vipzz shouts out the mans who have left the endz or passed away and vows to carry on in their honour. On the opening track ‘Trap Grime Freestyle (T.G.F) Part 1’. He wittily drops the double entendre