Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor's Fitness riddim

Produced by Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor, this is sure to be one of the elite riddims for Summer 09. I feel he made mistake last year by releasing Day Rave too late for ATI/RTI. Should still be fresh for then!

As many fans of the young hitmaker will know, there is usually a thought process behind naming his riddims. This is called the Fitness and sounds similar to the Work Out from last year which featured Mavado's 'Inna Di Car Back' amongst others. Geddit? Both futuristic dancehall (I think that's what they call it) merging dancehall artists with dance/housey 4x4 music. I wonder if Sean Paul will have a piece for his album. If I were him this would have been the canvas for my first single.

Features pieces from Mavado, Beenie Man, Vybz Cartel, Elephant Man and many more but my pick is Aidonia. Most probably won't ring off in UK 'cos people seem to be slow on Aidonia and usually judge songs more on the name of artist than quality of song. Yes, 100 Stab was popular but you couldn't ignore that song, plus it was massive in Jamaica.

I can see what the sessions are going to be like when this riddim drops from now. I have a riddim and tune I could mix this with but I won't share (even though it is obvious to any DJ) in case they don't know!

Other pieces, Vybz Cartel

Mavado utilising Mr Vegas chorus

(Here is the Vegas hook)

Back on track, Black Ryno

Lol @ Ele up to his old tricks of using a popular chorus. This time its Daft Punk

And to the two Big Ship artists

Starting with Chino

Then "It's Laden. What's going on?"

Robbo speaks to Sean Paul

Said I'd link up an interview to whoever gets the answer to why the album was delayed. The big man Robbo asked him last week. If anyone asked it would have been him so watch...

Whataway a man can chat eeeh?!

Friday, 26 June 2009

Michael Jackson: My Rant

Right, I have a few things playing on my mind, so this will be the vehicle to vent/express. If you are offended by typo's and grammatical errors, this post isn't for you. It wouldn't be a rant if I went through and corrected. This is the raw version, not fit for airplay

First off, the news coverage by both BBC and Sky News has been nothing short of disgraceful. The greatest entertainer in history has just died yet all they want to do is focus on the negatives. I woke up this morning confused, wondering if another set of money-grabbing parents forced their brat to come forward with lies accusing Michael of touching him. The focus is more or less on child abuse charges, his face and other pointless hatin. The ITV documentary was the best thing on telly all night. Gave a nice reflection of Michael, focused mainly on his achievements, impact and put what I consider a true story behind his eccentricities. Think it was a program they had already made to air when MJ was scheduled to begin his series of 50 dates.

People say "It isn't normal for a grown man to be around kids" and I totally agree with everyone who says/believes that. Problem is the word 'normal'. Alright, so let's clarify what normal is:

nor·mal (nĂ´rml)
1. Conforming with, adhering to, or constituting a norm, standard, pattern, level, or type; typical

He hasn't had a normal day in at least 40 years of his short 50 years. How do you expect a superstar of his magnitude who had been a star from the age of 6 to be normal? So let's scratch that statement out.

It has been stated many times that he missed his childhood which lead to him envying the kids who used to play outside whilst he learnt routines. PR line possibly? I personally doubt it. If I recall correctly he stated that kids just see him as Michael. Well that's believable. We all know about 'yes' men who will support every decision in case they are ousted or don't get their seat so they can run the gravy train dry. Those people are not to be trusted and will pander to the stars every need, whereas the innocent child won't see a difference.

This is by no means me saying I would hang around children condoning those who do or think it's normal activity, but I can understand why he did it. Circumstances make people who they are. As long as he wasn't treating the kids inapproprately, where is the crime? Because it wasn't normal? Please! Would I let my kids around Michael Jackson? I couldn't say yes categorically, because as with anyone I would like to have first hand experience of dealing with the person face-to-face, but chances are I would.

Next thing, making jokes about someone in death. What pleasure can you really get from appealing to the lowest common denominator who even so much raise a smile let alone lol? They rank down there with jokes based on race, disability, sexism and anything else people themselves have no chance of affecting the outcome. If you want to cuss his nose, fair-do's, that's your perogative. To make matters worse, I heard a supposed Christian say words to the effect of "All of a sudden now he's dead you want to forget he was a paedo". Nothing to say on that apart from "He without sin cast the first stone". It's in your Bible isn't it?

Lastly, ucfk Martin Bashir and the person/people who gave him airtime to send his condolences. That's the equivalent to a snitch telling the person he got locked up "Bang your doorrrrrs!" No Michael wasn't locked up, but he may as well be by the way he was treated and it was all instigated by his documentary.

Peep couple quotes from an interview he did with Vibe.om before release of Invincible:

What do you do for fun, for recreation?

I like water-balloon fights. We have a water-balloon fort here, there’s the red team and the blue team. We have slings and cannons and you are drenched by the time the game is over. There is a timer and whoever gets the most points in is the winner. I don’t do anything like basketball or golf. If I’m going to do some kind of sport, if you want to call that a sport, you have to laugh. I want to laugh. Basketball you get very competitive and so is tennis, makes you angry. I’m not into that I like to laugh, have fun, laugh with it. That’s what it should be, fun, therapeutic. I love that. I also like to go to amusement parks, animals, things like that.

Is there still a fantasy that you maintain of something that you’d like to do in your career?

I’d like to see an international children’s holiday when we honor our children, because the family bond has been broken. There’s a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day but there’s no children’s day. I really would I would mean a lot. It really would. World peace, I hope that our next generation will get to see a peaceful world, not the way it’s going now.

Are you ever lonely?

Of course. If I’m on stage, I’m fine there. You can have a house full of people and still be lonely from within. I’m not complaining because I think it’s a good thing for my work.

Tell me about the inspiration for your new song “Speechless.” It’s very loving.

You’ll be surprised. I had a big water-balloon fight, I’m serious, in Germany. And what inspires me is fun. I was with these kids and we had big water-balloon fight, and I was so happy after the fight that I ran upstairs in their house and wrote “Speechless.” That’s what inspired the song. I hate to say that because it’s such a romantic song. But, it was the fight that did it. I’d had fun, I was happy, and I wrote it in its entirety right there. I felt it would be good enough for the album. Out of this bliss comes magic, comes wonderment, comes creativity. It’s about having fun, it really is.

Is there anything that you would like to say to VIBE readers?

I love Quincy. I mean, I really do. I think he is wonderful soul and a beautiful person. And I think you should tell the readers, don’t judge a person by what they hear or even what they read unless they heard from the person. There is so much tabloid, sensationalism going on that’s totally false. Don’t fall prey to it, it’s ugly. I hate the tabloids. I’d like to take them all and burn them. I want you to print it, don’t believe tabloid press, tell them that. Don’t believe tabloid press. Some of them try to disguise themselves but they are still tabloid press.

They want to know about the plastic surgery that you’ve done.

Who is they?

VIBE’s editors.

Tell VIBE, you know, that’s a stupid question. Put it just like that. You should be embarrassed to ask that. That’s why I don’t do interviews for this very reason. That’s why for years I didn’t do them for that very reason.

Click for full interview

Sad stories

In my humble opinion, Michael was not a paedophile nor did he have an unhealthy obsession with kids. He may have lightened his skin, used a chemistry set to get kids and straightened his nose, but he was a misunderstood, lonely soul who knew no boudaries therefore had to create his own reality, and at the end of the day in search of happiness. Put yourself in his shoes and imagine what life would be like. I don't think he never really knew the word 'No'. Could say I'm biased but it's based on what I believe based on his character. The Gavin Arvizo case was weak. Literally a waste of time.

Unfortunately he found it in ways that weren't deemed acceptable to a minority of people with the media, especially tabloids included. I have witnessed Michael Jackson mania first-hand at the World Music Awards in 06. They said he was bored, but boos never rang out until after the chanting of Michael hoping he'd return to the stage for a performance of Thriller the media gassed us into believing would happen. Funny that Chris Brown did it. Surely the media would have known, no? I wish he could have made one last show to prove the critics wrong.

Wouldn't it have been great to see this? Footage in 2001

Goodnight Michael. You'll be sorely missed. A real life superhero

Thursday, 25 June 2009

RIP Michael Jackson

I had a whole blog for Throwback Thursdays but due to the news, I am going to throwback some Michael Jackson classics. RIP the greatest Entertainer there will ever be. You will never be ecplipsed, hopefully now those who casted those evil words about him will treat and respect him as the great he really is.

It was just the other day I was rollin back the years doing the leaning forward bit on Smooth Criminal and parts of the Thriller video. If you never practiced Jacko's moves when you were younger you never lived.

Some of my faves (out of the ones I can embed). Special shouts to Smooth Criminal, Dirty Diana, Wanna Be Startin Something, Bad, Liberian Girl... the list really is endless

The most ufcked up thing is I refunded my ticket to his concert at the o2 yesterday because they moved my show until March. Luckily enough I saw him at World Music Awards in 06 and I'll treasure that forever.

RIP THE legend. Only Muhammed Ali can talk to you

Shunda Parl - So Fine [video]

See usually I don't do this (blog bait videos you will see at every other blog stop you do today), but erm...

First single off his album Imperial Blaze released August 18th (if I recall correctly). This ya one name So Fine, produced by Di Genius aka Stephen McGregor

I had the pleasure of attending his exclusive invite-only album listening BBQ @ Atlantic compound. Album is different to what I expected. Worked with some of the biggest Dancehall producers such as Leftside (aka Mr. Evil. You know from the tune Tuck In Ya Belly?), Don Carleon, Arif Cooper and others including a self-produced song and one by his brother.

Must admit, there is a lack of bass and unlike his previous efforts it doesn't reflect what's going on in the Dancehall scene right now. We all know Sean for jumping on the hottest riddims at the time later than the original pack, instrumental tweaked to distinguish from the rest (Diwali and Steps being best examples of tweaked ones) or riddims that will buss (Ice Breaker) but there aren't any examples of that - from the preview anyway. They played about 11 tracks and we know albums aren't completed until a few weeks before release date, but what happened to Future Planner with Erup and Shabba, or his tunes on Artillery and Work Out riddims?

Sadly, I never got interview time with him due to oversight (these things happen), so I can't tell you. Maybe someone else with the knowledge *coughs* will have asked him or you will have to wait until I get the opportunity (fingers crossed August) to read an interview the Dancehall fans and real Sean Paul fans wanna read.

Can't remember names right now but there were three singles I think could be very successful for him. One of them could be Now That I Got You, one he said he would have a US artist feature on, and the other was the one about his mum. When I find out/remember I'll fawud and edit or whatever.

Never knew prior to Monday that his commercial debut Dutty Rock sold in excess of 300k, was surprised to hear Trinity, which out of the 3 singles (We Be Burnin', Ever Blazing and Never Gonna Change) I think one was top 10 sold nearly 240k and over 850k single sales. That put his success into perspective to me. Those are some serious numbers for a Dancehall artist.

Sean Paul freestyling over UK Funky beat Inflation

Ratings to Shuna Parl actually freestyling for real. Major props. Question: why did Swerve use Inflation when Dancehall artist Aidonia already vocalled it?

Originality brejrin!!! Use Sirens, Chants or one of the other big UK Funky instro's

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Jammer "The Mukle Man" vs Lethal "Pow, Pow" Bizzle

Ding ding!!!

This beef is actually quite funny. Two Grime og'z different end of the spectrum making full use of technology to get at each other. Haven't seen a strictly trash talking visual beef in the UK for a while (can't remember the last time) and to me, this beef is realer than the two from the same crew (Wiley and Skepta).

Take note of 0:43 seconds (which sounds like and indirect to me) and BBK line from 1:48

Anyway, Jammer responded via key to the streets roads GrimeDaily

Lol must say I was entertained. "They throw piss at you", "if my son sees it on YouTube I'm gonna have to beat you up" etc. are good quotables

Mr. Pow responded with this:

No disrespect but I'm sure many will hope this stays on video...

Here's Bizzle and the Big Dawg talking about the "throwing piss" incident

Currently lol'n @ this

PALMERSGREENDON (11 hours ago) Show Hide

Stop hating on westwood, hes done alot for the grime
scene. If he wern't around the grime scene wouldn't be as big as it is


UPDATE 25/6/09

Remember in the first vid Lethal said he hadn't seen the vid properly? Well the smart dudes at Grime Daily made use of technology and brought up YouTube on iPod or iTouch

To watch his reaction and hear a little bit of chat

For more chat about the history and that

Jammer saw this and responds with

Jammer is hilarious!!! Can't stop laughing. Keep it like this lads. Think there's room for inclusion of the "youngers" and maybe a face-off on Westwood or Logan (won't happen). Oh and Jammer needs to clarify which line he's speaking about.

UPDATE 26/6/2009

Jammer kills me!!!

UPDATE 27/6/2009

Lethal left the car park in the ends and returns to the countryside. Talking about the piss throwing incident, his yard getting robbed, Jammer getting robbed and Ozzie B fornicating with Jammer's baby mother! Sounds a bit hurt. Flipped it on Jammer nicely on this. Accuses Grime Daily of botched editing.

Jammers reply

Shortest time Jammer has spoken, skips the Ozzie B beating his baby mother, Walthamstow issue, Napa incident (although we can see he still has the dreads, but did he lose a few?). Sounds like a broken man but still has the best quotable "When I had the leotard on, I had the leng!" PMSL

UPDATE 30/6/09

Jammer takes it to the streets bare chested. Addresses the baby mother debate this time and goes on a rampage!

Jammer >>>>>>>>>

Man is so entertaining. Unlucky to Lethal tryna pull a Fifty by taking Jammer's baby mother out and copping a fail. At least be original and/or make sure Jam and his baby mother are on bad terms

UPDATE 4/7/09

Not bad you know. Better than I thought a diss track would have been if I'm honest. This will end in tears

Monday, 22 June 2009

Busta Rhymes feat Mavado and Bounty Killer - Kill Dem remix

Busta hooking up with Alliance father and son

Busta = blergh but thanks for showing appreciation to Dancehall and shining a light on real talent

Mavado = what the hell are you playing at? Don't know why this guy always feels to play the prat and lace his verses with f words when doing these Hip Hop collabs. People like you for who you are, don't dumb down to hit the market

Killer = The General. Best I've heard Killer since "Nutt'n nuh change wid di Killer yes a mi same one" and his tune on Final Warning riddim 'Dem Nuh Bad'

I remember when Neptunes were the shit...

Seff feat Swiss - Need a Hero

Feelin this tune. Got a nice vibe and ting to it. Good to see King Mega still deh bout! Hol's tite chica like DJ Ess Dot getting her cameo game on strong throwing up the 'M' for Marvin and ting and ting (nuff luv f4 dat bbz xxxx). Not sure about Swiss' Autotune drenched, Weezy F. flow but all is forgiven cos he made 'Cry'.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Twin of Twins 'Trials and Crosses'

Entitled 'Trials and Crosses', sees 2 well-known Dancehall beefs played out in a court scenario:

Bounty Killer vs. Roundhead
Vybz Cartel vs. Mavado

Twin of Twins - Trials and Crosses


From Pecknarm to Pum Pum Shorts

I SMH'd (shook my head) with what I can only describe as disgust (the word I want to use hasn't been created yet) thinking to myself "What's happened here Rio?". Not only because he is a Manchester United player a.k.a. the best team in the world, but he's from ends and should know better. Anyway, see the picture yasso:

I 'llowed Cristiano Ronaldo when he wore them kind of garments due to him not being from here and me accepting that's most probably acceptable behaviour in other cultures.

In conclusion: Catch me rocking this autumn/winter 2010!!!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Guess The Sample

I love hearing songs where popular samples/interplotations come from, so this may be another idea I play with. Going to do it in reverse order because it's kind of bait when you hear the original. So guess the original, I guess lol

What do you get when you put Biggie's 'One More Chance'. Couldn't get the vid so I chose a live performance. Haven't seen many live performances by Big. Taken from the infamous Source Awards
"I hear the east coast not feelin Snoop Dogg", "If you don't want people dancing all in your videos... come to Death Row
Biggie was no performer lol

p.s. Lol @ Styles holding up the plaque @ 1:26

And Ashanti's jump off single 'Foolish'. Don't worry I won't subject you to a live performance by her

Together with Mariah Carey - Loving You Long Time. Single shouldn't have failed man. Had all the elements to save what turned out to be a poor, poor album.

You get this! Won't front at all, I only heard this song today. Before any smart arses come along, I know who DeBarge are, just never heard the song before, alright?!?!

Never would have guessed the two songs were both samples from the same original. There is a big difference between the two. I can think of another (easier) example of this but I'll save for another day. Now you, like I, can say we learnt something new today

When Wrestling was the Sh*t! pt. 1

I think I may make a habit of these throwback threads. Everyone loves to reminisce. We'll see. For now, we'll call it 'Throwback Thursdays'

To today's topic; Wrestling; WWF to be precise (today). Yes, oiled up men in tights who weren't really fighting (it's closer to synchronised dancing than fighting). Any 80s baby-90s kid who claims they never liked it never had a childhood. Let's face it, you must have been washing dishes by 8 years-old, ironing the households clothes by 10 years-old and in your bed by 9pm on weekends until 17. Sorry your childhood was so shit. I'll try to dedicate one to you early birds in the next few weeks (I have one in mind).

This post is for all the real mandem and gyaldem/ all-a my famdem who used to watch Raw is War on a Friday night, maybe caught that par of a show Superstars on Saturday (Gorrila Monsoon was the commentator on that, no?) and Heat on a Sunday (if my dad ever took me to that I would suplexed him. Some diet version). These days were before Smackdown cos The Rock was on top, but they didn't have it init(!) and before the F was switched with an E.

Alright so enough long talking, YouTube time. Today I/we appreciate 3 top theme tunes. Squeeze it now my selectorrrr-torr-torr-tor (echo effect innit!)

If this tune didn't scare you, you were either too old or a heartless bastad! Lol @ not trying the eye roll thing then being told by an elder "If the wind changes direction it will stay like that". 'Ang tight man like Paul Bearer, man was like the walking dead for real.

The glass break was got me hyped from the beginning. When it was a surprise appearance like, if, say Vince McMahon was chattin none sense *glass breaks* = me up out of my seat making noise

Last but not least another one where you got hyped from the needle drops. Lol @ not trying to spit bars to this in 9T9

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Mavado changed by money?

For those who don't know, Foota Hype hails from Casava Piece, the same gully where Mavado bigs up. He's also the DJ who introduced Mavado to Bounty Killer prior to him getting his big break with Real McKoy.

Says the Gully Gad has changed with his ego being the main problem. Well, we all know what happens to people's career/standard of music when this happens. Not to mention the back room staff at the Alliance being a certain way as reported in quite a few places, what holds for the future if the real people aren't around? Can't be surrounded by 'yes men' cos you'll get gassed.

Foota Hype Parts Way With Mavado from 876radio on Vimeo.

Lol @ the kid trying get some camera time

Monday, 15 June 2009

Dancehall @ Hot 97s Summer Jam

Energy God Elephant Man

The Gully Gad, Mavado

Will update when I find a full Serani

The Streets & Giggs - Slow Songs

Slippin again. Was meant to blog this couple weeks back after Mike Skinner debuted it on Mistajam's show when he took over. Tune is emotional. One of the unlikliest of pairings you will ever hear. Who would have thought Giggs would not only still have it but he's learnt his trade and improved IMO. Think its for Dubplate Drama or some shit. Either way big tune

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Drake feat Serani - Best I Ever Had remix

Heard this on Friday, think its alright actually. I like the change up of beat to give the dancehall vibe, song sounds a bit dead after when it resumes.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Lloyd Banks classic 'Victory freestyle'

This freestyle officially sold Lloyd Banks to me. He can never reach these dizzy heights again, but damn, they were up there in the nose bleeds. Mazy flow, each metaphor brings a "oooooooh" from the list of too many quotables. Would pay to see him perform this on repeat! And these were back in the days when beat jacking was regular so it was harder to stand out. I don't care, for all the quotables the original had, he bettered Biggie's verse

"Shit can get uglier than the Master P sneaker"

"I know the watch bothering ya vision, the reason I put a dot on your head like it's part of your religion"

"Niggas rather hate you or love you when you disappear, catch me on a boat with weed smoke and fishing gear. Heavy when I toke with C notes from different years..." Disgusting flow

Westwood = Legend

Funniest interview since the one with Ironik. disrespect. Bow down and kiss the ring

Lol @ bareface calling the Chris Brown situation "the beat down"
Lol @ offering to take her to Primark
Lol @ "the troops will be home before 50 drops his album"

Can't get over how plastic she is though. Proper losing some of that sex appeal simply from the way she speaks

Doesn't deserve the hate he gets. People who hate him either listened to him religiously when they were getting into Hip Hop or Napster onwards gen just showing complete. BOW DOWN AND KISS THE RING

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Jeremih covers Ribbon In The Sky

The 'Birthday Sex' dude covers a Stevie Wonder record whilst playing the piano. Brave move, sounds alright stiyull. Got the feelin this dudes gonna be quite an R'n'B star but there's something missing. Need to hear what the uptempo stuff's saying or he'll just be another J. Holiday who sadly failed to follow-up the success of both the first album and the smash 'Bed'.

Young Money - Every Girl

Criminally slept on this - don't ask why. Feelin it though. Videos mad funky as well. Drake > Lil Wayne on this once again. I remember back when Carter II dropped, before all the hype, during the time no one knew what was good (great times), Lil Wayne was that guy. Still hot, but Drake betters him on this. I remember when people kept telling me Jae Millz was gonna bust circa Bad Boys first Making The Band series (remember him battling E. Ness?). Never believed it then, don't believe it now. Top spitter though

Pull Up Dat Big Dutty Stinkin

Was meant to blog about this tune from tiiiiiiiiiiiiiime. First heard this at Princess Nyah's 'Frontline' release party. Ill Blu, the producer, dropped it during his set. Jammer was pullin off his lean back-esque skank (will have seen it in Boy Better Know's 'Too Many Man' vid. Yes, he really pulls that skank in real life). He llowed it shortly afterwards, resorting to just holding his forehead with his other hand placed on the DJ booth. Was like he couldn't take it anymore then plead for the DJ to "Pull It".

During this time, I took a break from networking and watching gal to ask Ill Blu the name of the tune. I was much more reserved opting for the "Ergh, what's that smell" look. You've may have heard it before but, damn it's taken long to blow. The party was in February. Swear Shystie said she filmed the vid for this one the other day but the music was a bit loud. I know she did one for the original (this is the remix).

Anyway, enough long talking.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

"You The Fkcuing Best!"

Alongside Jeremih's Birthday Sex, this has been on constant rotation for the whole of May. Definite summer jam. I'll admit I slept heavily as far as Drake is concerned. Mainly due to not feeling anyone else who had stupid buzz. Shame really cos he's by far the best of the pack. Lucky thing is I wasn't too far behind on the buzz of this record, seems I was just in time.

Hit goes without saying. Videos being shot so expect this to crossover into one of the biggest urban records of the year.

For as good as he is, really and truly he is a Lil' Wayne mach II. Autotuned up, same flow, similar metaphors - "Sex Love Pain baby, I be on that Tank shit. Buzz so big I could prolly sell a blank disc... She call me the referee cos I be so official, my shirt aint got no stripes but I can make your p***y whistle" are straight Weezy F mixtape material.

Won't even take the Michael by saying next to blow [pause]. You already knows this. Girls love him, mandem secretely rate him (I'm buying it for my sister still).

Him live @ SOBs with some of the biggest industry heads in attendance including former Def Jam big dawg now head of Warner Music Group Lyor Cohen and Hip Hop living legend Kanye West (if you disagree, I don't really care) amongst many others (who I honestly can not remember, but I'll style it like I know shh...).