Big Zuu makes his Radio 1 debut on the Residency with Logan Sama
Zuu has been non-stop this year; from dropping his EP ‘Big Zuu’ to selling out a headline show @ Birthdays. Going from strength to strength, he’s making his mark in grime. And now he has shelled his way through his first set at Radio 1. Big Zuu is definitely one to watch in the coming year.
Stormzy gives us a hit of nostalgia as he takes on the garage anthem ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’. Appearing in the Radio 1 live lounge earlier this week Stormzy showed us his versatility as he performed with a live band. In a soulful rendition of the hit he demonstrates his undeniable talent. Check it out above.
Wiley has officially dropped the trailer for his upcoming book ‘Eskiboy‘. From grinders to gunfingers this trailer truly captures the Eskiboy essence promising a gripping read. Your eyes will be kept locked to the screen from the beginning, I swear.
Eskiboy is the official autobiography of Wiley, from childhood to stardom. A new holy book for grime fans, featuring unseen pictures, lyrics and two decades of success.
Grime DJ and producer extraordinaire Sir Spyro welcomed the Grime Originals onto the Grime Show this week. Sharky Major, Fumin, Ozzie B, Saskilla, Flowdan, Dizzle Kid & Royal teamed up to grace the studio with some original shellings. Check out the video above.
We Don’t Play is Bugzy Malone’s latest hit to come off his album King Of The North. As the title entails Malone is showing he doesn’t play. Directed by himself and Connor Hamilton, We Don’t Play is cold and definitely one to stunt to. Get out your Dom Pérignon, stacks of cash and Rolexs with your man dem for this one. Check it out above.
AJ Tracey takes us on a psychedelic trip from London to LA as he drops the visuals for LA4AWEEK. Paying homage to his London roots Tracey starts the video with a shot of the Grenfell Tower before flinging viewers into a trippy LA scene. A video fitting for the track we literally experience the visual excitement of going to LA for a week. Check out the video above.
Mez’s love for Magnum Tonic Wine has inspired his latest single appropriately titled: ‘Magnum’. We expect nothing but the best from Mez, he never fails to deliver and Magnum is no exception to this. Beyond the track being hard the visuals are waves. Check it out and let us know what you think.
The sky was clear, the sun was beating down. Stepping out of the tube station there was a sense of greatness in the air. The O2 was about to experience a takeover like never before, an experience it would never forget. This was a BBK Takeover.
On Sunday the 27th of August Boy Better Know set out to pull off one of the biggest grime events the UK has ever seen. With a capacity of 20,000 the O2 is home to the tours of international superstars. Was it ready for an all grime/rap line up?Well, this was more than just your average concert. This was a takeover! From head to toe the arena had been given the BBK treatment.
Before even entering the arena there was enough action to feast on all day. In the surrounding grounds there was a stage for Radar Radio. This hosted a line up of their finest DJs as well as an outstanding performance by Big Zuu. Zuu delivered an energised performance of his new EP Big Zuu mere meters away from the Nike Football tournament. Takeover goers were able to get close up and personal to BBK as they played a game of footie hosted by Nike. Sun, shellers and football? What more could youwant? It turns out the cherry on top of this outdoor experience was a skate park! There were boards to borrow and lessons being given out to beginners.
Yes, BBK really had thought of it all. There was even an outdoor bar, food stalls and barbers! So after being fed, watered and given a fresh trim you were finally ready to enter the arena.
Ight so boom, you’ve entered the O2 but you’ve got a couple hours till the main arena opens. What could you do? There was no need to worry BBK had niced us all as treats galore awaited inside.
The Den hosted a star studded line up to prepare us all for the madness of the evening; Ghetts, Donae’o and Casisdead to name just a few graced the stage. Transforming the pm to the am as the crowd raved through daylight hours.
A tropical roller disco and tropical bar where ready and waiting for those that wanted to take an exotic break.
Film screenings from Noisey and Skepta ran continuously through out the day to entertain the masses. Attendees were blessed with a premier viewing of Skepta’s latest documentary ‘Greatness Only’ featuring fellow BBK members and Julie Adenuga. The lucky things!
Julie Adenuga had her own section of takeover to host Back2Back where she showcased a range of artists in an intimate live music setting. It gave us those cosy music café vibez.
As if that wasn’t enough BBK created a gaming room that gave takeover goers a first chance to play Call of Duty: WWII.
So now you’ve had a sick day out, what could top this? How about a BBK, moshpitting, shellers of an evening?
This is were it gets intense.
Starting as they meant to go on the main arena was lit up as Mabel . Promptly followed by Chip who brought his catalogue of hits from League of My Own II.
Bringing Afro Trap from across the Channel was French rapper MHD, who was next to grace the stage. Westwood was on in between sets delivering the vital tunes to sustain the good vibes. Drawing ever closer was BBK’s headline but there was one more superstar to be seen: J Hus! Common Sense was being spat from everyone’s lips as J Hus took to the stage for his debut London performance.
And then came the legends that set up this glorious event: BBK! Bursting onto the stage BBK brought the flames both lyrically and physically as they performed hit after hit to the roaring crowd. It was the climax of the evening; JME, Skepta, Wiley, Frisco, Jammer, Shorty and DJ Maximum were all on board. But there was more to come. Rumours were circulating. Giggs brought out Drake at Reading, could this be repeated at BBK?
Now I want you to deep this.
The ‘Man Don’t Care’ instrumental starts. JME is spitting. He couldn’t do it without Giggs could he? Of course not, Giggs burst onto the stage to deliver his verse. Everyones gassed, the crowds gone wild. KMT fades in, the anticipation, the excitement. Then out comes Champagne Papi himself Drake!
All in all BBK Takeover was not only an amazing day but a mark in history. The answer to whether the O2 was ready for an all grime/rap line is undoubtedly Yes. Grime has come a long way over the past decade and it was a pleasure to witness the success of BBK Takeover.
By now I am sure that you are all aware of Nottingham’s flourishing grime presence. Notts has already blessed the scene with the likes of Mez, Kyeza and Snowy. But there’s a new kid on the block; if you don’t know about Kaz then brace yourself for the incoming because he’s here to stay.
From Basement Studios to Radar Radio, JDZ Spitfires and live bookings. Kaz has been grafting away, making big movements in the game and all before his 18th birthday?! To add to his 2017 successes Kaz has now dropped his first single ‘Whoosh’ produced by fellow Nottingham native Riddla. From the opening second climax is built by the numerous recordings of praise for Kaz which is only heightened by his fierce entrance. Kaz’s consistency and pure talent oozes out of Whoosh supported by the hard instrumental, an all round certi track.
Whoosh is more than a single it is a statement that Kaz is here, and he’s here to stay.