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10 of the biggest #UKGrimeCypher freestyles

In September 2015 Grime twitter blew up with hundreds of freestyles from the best MCs around the UK – there were even a few international entries as well! We have picked 10 of the most popular freestyles. There were many more that we didnt pick – so stay tuned for part 2 of this article coming soon!

Cadet

We all know cadet was sick from day – and Grime Twitter clearly agrees

Isiah Dreads

West countries finest adds a couple of bars to the mix!

Dun D

Back then Dun D wasn’t as known as today. He has now gone to do one of the biggest rap remix tracks of the year “Badman”

Olivia Louise

This Chester based singer/songwriter brought an R&B style twist to her cypher

Boasy Blitz/ Big Tobz

You kno their style. Kool Nuh!

Youngs Teflon

U.K. rap veteran drops not one, but two cyphers!

Shystie

Grime/Garage Rapveteran Shystie dropped a massive verse. And then wheeled up and came back with a sequel!

Hardy Caprio

Back then, Hardy Caprio was a virtual unknown. Today he has gone on to release Unsigned and Super Soaker which has definitely been some of the biggest tracks of this year.

One Acen

One Acens cypher got a massive response from Twitter. This year having being featured on Unsigned, and Tion Waynes latest Transition EP, he is definitely set for big things in 2018.

Ffswhytho

This unknown mc from Northhampton came with a massive freestyle which put her on the map in the Grime Scene. This year she has released a track with Terror Danjah and is set to to take off in a big way in 2018.

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REACTION: GSAP Movie – Stormzy

​Stormzy manages to play both side and centre role in this brilliantly directed short film.

Two narratives are present. One of a young boy Thomas progression from an insecure adolescent, to swaggering gangster to dearly remembered and another of Stormzys progression from youth club mc to the leader of the new skool of Grime.

Sweeping drone shots of the estates, and tight framing of the main character Thomas as he goes through his local streets switch to shots of Stormzy, looking almost spiritual while he performs tracks from his album against a pastel backdrop of a church like building.

The way the story conveys a powerful message – that the street life ends in only one way, yet still entertains and keeps you focused will definitely resonate with many of his fans. In fact we all know or someone who is a little like Thomas – this is what makes the message hit home.

There were many cultural references in the film – nods to Stormzys past. The 3310 ringing, Thomas’ Avirex jacket and the clips of the infamous clash between Crazy Titch and Dizzee Rascal.

Overall this film makes the perfect visual accompaniement to the album – perhaps he should consider releasing it on DVD with the CD as a special release!

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1xtra Live Returns This Novemeber

​BBC Radio 1xtra has announced the date and line up of their biggest live event of the year.
On Saturday Nov 11th 1xtra live will take place at the Manchester Arena.

Acts announced so far are:

Travis Scott
Bugzy Malone
Bryson Tiller
Donaeo

More acts are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets will go on sale on Wed September 27th at 6pm for the bargain basement price of £15!! Tickets sell out fast, but as usual 1xtra Live will provide a full range of coverage including live videos and recordings of the performance highlights on their website.

Click here for full information on the event

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Spotify Announces First Live Event: Who We Be

Today Swedish music streaming company Spotify has announced their first live show – Who We Be, based on their popular urban playlist combining the best of UK and US rap, UK Grime.

The first round of headliners announced are Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, J Hus and Stefflon Don.

The event will take place on Thursday Nov 30th at the legendary Alexandra Palace.

Tomorrow select Spotify users will receive emails with an opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

General tickets will be available at 10am on Monday 11th September from www.whowebe.com.

Full press release below:

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Spotify Presents: Who We Be Live

Influential UK urban playlist inspires Spotify’s first UK live music event.

Artists to perform include: Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, J Hus, Stefflon Don

Friday 8th September, London, UK: Spotify is set to host its first ever live music event In the UK this November at London’s Alexandra Palace. Who We Be Live promises to be a celebration of the best of urban, grime and hip hop from the UK and beyond, all under one roof, inspired by the Spotify playlist which features the very best in Rap and Grime.

The event, which takes place on Thursday 30th November at the iconic north London venue, will see some of the biggest names in urban music performing in front of some of their greatest fans on Spotify.

Who We Be is curated by Spotify’s in-house urban music team, led by Senior Editor, Austin Daboh, and is one of Spotify’s most listened-to playlists in the UK, with over 140,000 followers. The event will bring to the stage some of Who We Be’s most popular and exciting urban artists: Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, J Hus and Stefflon Don, who between them have had over half a billion streams on Spotify.

The artists
Playing on the night is Manchester-born grime heavyweight Bugzy Malone who has cemented himself as a key player in the UK grime scene, producing hits including ‘Watch Your Mouth’ and his second EP ‘Facing Time’, which saw him storm the top ten.

Joining him is Cardi B, the US hip hop artist who is currently storming the Billboard Chart with her thunderous single ‘Bodak Yellow’.

Also performing will be pioneering grime and Mercury Award winning artist, Dizzee Rascal, who will bring huge energy with his iconic mix of grime, garage and hip-hop.

Fresh off the back of an incredible summer festival season, London rapper Giggs will light up the stage with tracks from ‘Landlord’, as well as collaboration tracks including ‘KMT’.

Also on the bill will be London’s latest superstar J Hus who will be performing his unique blend of rap, Afrobeats and bashment from his huge album ‘Common Sense’.

Last but definitely not least, Birmingham-born grime queen and this year’s most popular up-and-coming female MC, Stefflon Don, will be performing her amazing new song ‘Hurtin’ Me’ from her eagerly anticipated debut album.

The event marks an exciting milestone for Spotify, not only moving into the live music arena – working together with promoters SJM – but also continuing its investment and support within UK urban music. Spotify has played a major part in promoting new rap, grime and urban talent, with artists such as Bugzy Malone starting out on the New Music Friday playlist, progressing onto Who We Be and then ending up on Hot Hits UK – the UK’s largest pop playlist.

Austin Daboh, Senior Editor at Spotify, said: “Spotify has worked tirelessly to support British talent over the last year, and we’re proud to have played a key role in the success of various urban genres such as grime and rap. Who We Be Live at Alexandra Palace is Spotify’s first ever concert in the UK and will bring together some of the biggest and most exciting artists under one roof for an unforgettable night.”

From tomorrow, Saturday 9th September, Spotify will be emailing fans of the artists performing (that is, the fans who listen the most actively to those artists), and followers of the Who We Be playlist in the UK, with an opportunity to purchase presale tickets.

General tickets will be available at 10am on Monday 11th September from www.whowebe.com.

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LISTEN: HeavyTrackerz – Odyssey: A Musical Journey

The HeavyTrackerz have cemented themselves as one the leading producers in Grime music – originally rising to prominence on the production of Meridian Dans underground smash ‘German Whip’ and following it up by producing Stormzy’s “Where Do You Know Me From”.

Kicking things off at their launch party with a host of big names performing includingBig Narstie, Lethal B, Manga, Double S, Lady Chann it set the scene to drop one of the best Grime albums of 2017.

For their first album they have got together a whos who of the UK Grime scene, bringing in all the heavyweights including Ghetts, Lethal Bizzle, P Money, JME and D Double E. However they also give a nod to their diverse musical influences even including veteran R&B singer Shola Ama and Nikkii Pane.

Somne UK Rappers also make an appearance including Big Tobz and Yiung T and Bugzey.

If you have Spotify you can stream the album below or to buy the album for download click HERE

Tracklist

1. Odyssey Intro (Noel Clarke & P. Money)

2. Meet Paul (Interlude)

3. Control (JME, P Money, Kurt & Donae’o)

4. Rude Boy Flex (Face, Ghetts & Lethal B)

5. Welcome To My Office (Interlude)

6. Survivor (Doctor, Inch of Section Boyz & Joe Grind)

7. Feel The Love (London House Cats, Mikill Pane, Glorynade & Paije)

8. Days Like This (Tizzy)

9. Sorry (Monstaboy, Mark Asari & Big Narstie)

10. Kore wa odessei desu (Manga)

11. Hand Up (Teddy Bruckshot & Big Narstie)

12. In The Air (Alika & Lady Chann)

13. Lights (Shola Ama)

14. Concrete Jungle (Moelogo, Footsie & Duurty Goodz)

15. When I Wake Up (Tizzy & Face)

16. Way 2 Much (Young T & Bugsey / Big Tobz)

17. Black Widow (Ghetts, Capo Lee, Prez T & Double S)

18. Home (Tom Walker & Mikill Pane)

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MADE Festival 2017 Set to be its Biggest Yet!

Every major city has that one festival that it becomes associated with. Manchester has Parklife, Bristol has Lstd, London has… well London has several.

MADE has grown to become the major Birmingham dance and urban outdoor event – spread over the unique Rainbow bars/Custard factory complex. Formerly an old factory and a few warehouses bisected by a railway line perched on a railway viaduct, the area is experiencing a regeneration as the heart of Birminghams creative scene.

This year is set to be their biggest line-up ever, with GIGGS, Chase and Status, DJ Target, Daps on The Map, JayKae and many more massive names from the world of Grime, Hip-hop and dance.

Sadly all daytime tickets are totally SOLD OUT, but theres still limited space at the afterparties.
UK Grime will be there to bring you a review of what went down, and check our socials for live updates!

Check out the aftermovie above of all the madness that went down last year in 2016!

Made Festival Tickets
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Twitter: @made_festival

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REVIEW: Wireless 2017

Photo by: Lauren Maccabee

Finally after months of hype, the weekend unofficially dubbed ‘Wireless Weekend’ had begun. From 11am on Friday the first of what would be 100,000 revellers over the weekend showed up to see some of the biggest names in hip-hop and grime perform at a sell out event.

Friday was headlined by Chance The Rapper, supported by Bryson Tiller and G Easy. Holding it up for the UK was a strong line up of UK Rap and Grime artists including AJ Tracey, Big Narstie, Geko and Steel Bangles.

Big Narstie – Photo by Jordan Hughes

By the time Saturday came around the party was in full swing. Section Boys kicked things off with high energy set on the main bringing out underground/soon to break out artists Drilloski (of Harlem Spartans) and SL VP, which set Twitter ablaze.

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MO Stack absolutely killed it – reeling of hit after hit, from Liar Liar, To Screw and Brew and Ussy Ussy He even took time to bring his family out, including his mum and sister. He even brought out long time collaborator Mist.

Dave gave an emotional performance, opening his set up with an emotional performance of ‘panic attack’ of his six paths EP this had brought Dave to tears and really moved the crowd when he started to discuss his brothers current prison sentence and his warning message “I’m telling you beef isn’t worth it, my brother is doing a life sentence for an attempted murder stabbing” Dave then continued his set performing his hits (Samantha, wanna know, 100M’s and JKYL+HYD) 

Young Thug also brought out Kojo Funds on the main stage – another sign that UK Rap is fast approaching and even exceeding what US Rap is doing now.

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Skepta was last and his set was phenomenal. The whole of BBK plus DdoubleE, A$AP Nast and A$AP Bari aka Young Lord joined him on stage. He performed most of ‘Konnichiwa’ and some of the his classics this also included a 15 min set where BBK just did a classic grime set, bringing back echoes of their early days on pirate radio.

Photo by: Lauren Maccabee
Photo by: Lauren Maccabee

This went down well amongst the old school grime lovers heart melt in the crowd. The crowd was great everyone was racing to get in the front, it was all love. Skepta ended his set with ‘Man’. Displaying the rainbow flag at the end was a powerful statement of how far Grime has advanced and matured as a genre.

Finally Sunday – the final day arrived and in the same way as past Wireless events – things were going to go out in style. Manchester rapper Bugzy Malone gave a strong performance, showing that he has plenty of fans down around the London area.

Meanwhile over at the Pepsi Max Stage Kojo Funds showed why he was man of the moment, and dominating the urban airwaves and Youtube.

Every track he dropped banged – but the biggest reaction was to arguably his biggest track – Dun Talkin’ where he was joined on stage by Abracadabra.

Wireless veteran Wiz Kid gave a feel good set performing all his hits – Come Closer, and even managed to bring out Yxng Bane and Tinie Tempah.

Steff London gave a mad performance – the highlight being when she got some of her fans to join her on stage for her performance of ‘Real Ting’.

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Tory Lanes shut down his set at the main stage with his unique blend of singing and rapping. However as the evening drew to a close, after the UK acts had done their thing and shut it down the crowds began gathering around the main stage for hip hop legend Nas.

Nas knew what he was doing. With his extensive back catalogue plus the legendary classic Illmatic, there was no need for him to be creative. Dressed in casual sportswear with gold jewellery around his next he just kept it simple, breezing through hit after hit the crowd following every word. He knew what the people wanted. He also stopped to pay tribute to recently deceased fellow New York rapper Prodigy – performing Shook Ones. The final twist of the performance was when he brought out Damian Marley, and they both performed distant relatives. It was a little disappointing he didn’t perform Jamrock, but you can’t have everything.

Finally the headliner, the Weekend came on. Mr Steal-yo-girl in the flesh his Michael Jackson channeling falsetto drifted over new school alt-rnb, Prince inspired pop funk and house music, captivating every female in the audience. When he said how much he loved London all you heard were screams from adoring fans. If you brought your girl to that set for the hour or so he was on, she was no longer yours.

Photo by: Sam Neill

Last year it seemed like Wireless had lost its way – with an overwhelmingly negative response to the 2016 line up, however this year it has come back stronger and we are already excited for 2018.

Hashtag: #wirelessfest
Instagram: @wirelessfest
Twitter: @wirelessfest

2018 TICKETS will are now Available at 11/7/17 at 10am via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/wireless

Words by Adwin [@UKGrime] and Gurdev Tumber [IG: @gurdevtumber twitter: @gurdst]

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Wireless 2017: Offically and Totally Sold Out!

Wireless – the U.Ks biggest urban festival has totally sold out.

Melvin Benn, MD of Festival Republic, said “It’s no surprise that tickets to Wireless have sold out in record breaking time with the phenomenal line up this year. Grime and urban music is no longer an ‘underground sound’ but instead the sound of the moment, and more importantly – the sound of London.”

The line up features headliners Skepta, Chance The Rapper and The Weekend supporting bill that includes Travis Scott, Bryson Tiller, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd, Wiley, Young Thug, Desiigner, Section Boyz, Yungen, Dave, Zara Larrson, Stefflon Don and many more.

If you got tickets then well see you there!

Hashtag: #wirelessfest
Facebook: WirelessFestival
Instagram: @wirelessfest
Twitter: @wirelessfest
Snapchat: wirelessfest
Spotify: Wireless Festival (Official Playlist)

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New fund for songwriters and producers offers 10k grants to take career to next level

The PRS Foundation in association with the BASCA Trust have launched a new fund offering grants of up to 10k for songwriters or writer-producers to help develop their careers.

The scheme is open to UK based artists that have released/ or are credited on three commercially released products – this could be a track that received radio play, or a track out on a service like Spotify or Apple Music.

Grants can be applied for to cover:

  • Recording costs 
  • Costs relating to songwriter camps/ co-writes/ collaboration 
  • Musician fees
  • Creative / professional development
  • UK studio space rent
  • Training / Skills courses 
  • Marketing and promotional costs related to songs/tracks reaching an audience
  • International activity that could build your profile and benefit your creative development (other than international conference events which can be covered by the International Showcase Fund) 
  • Project related maternity or child care costs

Applications can made through the PRS Foundation website here. Applications must be submitted with at least five pieces of work, preferably tracks which show your full potential. The first deadline for applications to be submitted is on 19th June 2017.

The fund is also supported by Grammy nominated songwriter Carla Marie Williams – who is most known for writing Beyonce’s “Freedom”. She goes on to say:
“I’m so delighted the Writer Producer Fund has been created. As a professional songwriter of 10 years, I can seriously say The Writer Producer Fund will most definitely be a crucial new resource for songwriters wanting to invest in themselves and create new opportunities for their careers, whilst maintaining momentum. The fund will inspire and motivate a community of songwriters and will hopefully help to increase UK songwriters success worldwide! Exciting times!”

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