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A Look Foward To: Warehouse Project 2017

Ever since I started raving, The Warehouse Project has dominated club nights in the UK, with its incredible venues and crazy line-ups, showcasing talents from genres such as UK Grime, House and UK Hip hop like no other. This year is no different. Warehouse Project is back, and they did not come out to play.

If you have been under a rock for the past 12 years, let me give you the lowdown on the event that has been making waves in the underground scene for years. The Warehouse Project is a series of events held in large industrial spaces across 12 weeks, located the Greater Manchester area. Famous for its headliners, who are usually prominent artists dominating the UK scene, these events have accommodated nearly every DJ and producer of ‘Klout’ in the industry.

From 16th September – 1st January, WHP17 series includes a star line-up of some of the biggest acts on the scene right now. If you’re a grime head like me (as you should be if you’re reading this) here are a few nights that stand out the most. Lets start with October 6th.

Radio 1’s Annie Mac will be hosting ‘Annie Mac Presents’, and looking at the line-up for the night, looks like she bringing some friends along, including J Hus. Mr Ugly himself will be gracing the stage, most likely to perform some his hits including ‘Friendly’, ‘Did You See’ as well as performing some tracks off his latest album ‘Common Sense’.

Next up we got one of my faves right now, Stefflon Don. My gyal’s been active, gigging all over the gaff and I’m sure she won’t disappoint. With tracks like ‘Real Ting’, ‘16 shots’ and ‘Envy Us’, be prepared for pretty women in her section, a lot of twerking and a whole lot of booty.

Another notable artist coming on stage is Donae’o. This OG will be most likely singing his latest track, ‘Whole Life’ featuring Fredo, as well as performing the bangers off his latest mixtape ‘Sixteen’. Looking forward to see if any surprise guests join the stage with him.

The week after will be another litty night, with Giggs headlining the dance. With the amount of hits under his belt, be prepared to sweat. With hits like ‘Lock Doh’ and ‘Whippin’ Excursion’, I don’t know how anyone could just stand still.

Another OG to occupy the stage, will be East London rapper, Devlin. Expect to see him inspire with his philosophical bars over a dope beat. This guy has bars for days, this performance is not to be missed.

The line-up features Abra Cadabra, it’s safe to assume we’ll hear some of the tracks he’s featured in recently as well as his latest songs ‘Stay’ and ‘My Hood’. Heavy hitters such as Big Tobz, Nadia Rose, A2, and Lisa Mercedez will also be gracing the stage while Oneman, Chimpo + Chunky, Rude kid, Jonny Dub and DJ Target supply us with countless grime, garage and hip hop bangers in-between. What a night.

If that’s not enough excitement, November 5th ‘s headline act will be the legend, Craig David presents TS5, where he’ll be singing his greatest hits as well as spinning bangers on the decks in this multi faceted performance.

Other acts on the line-up include Big Narstie, David Rodigan, Mista Jam and special guests, Kurupt FM. It will be another hell of a night not to be missed.

Like house? Other headliners include Hannah Wants, The Martinez Brothers, MK and Gorgon City.

If any of the previous years’ are anything to go by, WHP17 will be an epic 12 weeks of pure vibes and great music. Tickets are reasonably priced as a standard ticket costs £35 + booking fee – be quick though, tickets will sell out fast.

For more information and to purchase tickets check out the website: https://www.thewarehouseproject.com/home
Written by Valerie Oladeinde

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Could a Stormzy / Jay Z collab be on the cards?

Recently Stormzy has been making a massive impact on the mainstream with his last album reaching number 1, and high profile collaborations with Linkin Park and Little Mix.

With the amount of heat he has been generating its impossible that he hasn’t already got the attention of US hip-hop heavy weights. Drake and Kanye have already been heavily involved in the Grime and UK Rap scene, and even P Diddy managed to do a grime freestyle with Skepta.

Jay-Z throughout his career has had an arms length relationship with the UK Grime and rap scene – K Koke was signed to his Roc Nation label, however there was never a collaboration and north London rappers S.A.S were also signed to Roc-A-Fella via Dipset in the labels final years.

The simple fact is that Stormzy hasn’t even reached the pinnacle of his career yet, but is in a great place and has no need to rush into any sort of collab to boost his name, and Jay-Z is like the Deathstar in the rap scene. He only makes moves when he wants to and when he moves people take notice.

However Stormzy has been booked to play at Jay-Z owned Made in America festival, and he is a co-headliner at V Fest so who knows? Jay-Z is keen at grasping on trends and working his style into them to keep things fresh and relevant so we’re going to keep our eyes peeled…

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Wireless Festival: Lineup and Location Released

The UK’s biggest urban festival Wireless returns to Finsbury Park from July 7-9th. The lineup is listed below:

FRIDAY HEADLINER

CHANCE THE RAPPER

SATURDAY HEADLINER

SKEPTA

SUNDAY HEADLINER

THE WEEKND

ALL HEADLINERS

BRYSON TILLER (UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE), NAS (UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE),
G-EAZY, RAE SREMMURD, TORY LANEZ,
YOUNG THUG, SEAN PAUL, WILEY, TY DOLLA $IGN,
LIL UZI VERT, TYGA,

Ticket Info

Wireless Single Day

Friday – £55 + B/F
Saturday – £62 + B/F
Sunday – £62 + B/F

Wireless Multi-Day

Friday & Saturday – £110 + B/F
Friday & Sunday – £110 + B/F
Saturday & Sunday – £117.50 + B/F

Wireless Full Weekend

Full Weekend (Fri / Sat / Sun) – £160 + B/F

Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com/wireless

All acts currently set to perform at Wireless

Abra Cadabra
AJ X DENO
Big Narstie
Big Tobz
Bryson Tiller (UK Festival Exclusive)
Cadet
Dave
Desiigner
DJ Charlsey
Flatbush Zombies
G-Eazy
Hilltop Hoods
Jez Dior
Lil Dicky
Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Yachty (UK Festival Exclusive)
Mike Skinner and Murkage Present TONGA
MoStack
Nas (UK Festival Exclusive)
Nef The Pharaoh
Noname
Post Malone
Rae Sremmurd (UK Festival Exclusive)
Sean Paul
Section Boyz
Stefflon Don
The Age of L.U.N.A
Topaz Jones
Tory Lanez
Ty Dolla $ign
Tyga
Wiley
WizKid
Young T and Bugsey
Young Thug (UK Festival Exclusive)
Yuna
Yungen
Zara Larsson

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J Hus and Nadia Rose SMASH Bristol performance

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Saturday’s In:Motion night was, as usual, an exhibition of the incredibly diverse range of music that Motion has to offer. From DnB and Grime in the Marble Factory to a combination of Garage and Hip-Hop in the other areas of the club, anyone and I mean ANYONE who didn’t attend really missed out on a crazy night!

Kicking off the night with the Marble Factory, I stepped into a crowd mid way through a a full UK Funky set with hit songs such as Egypt’s “In the Morning” and the ever-loved Kyla’s “Do you Mind” garnering big crowd reactions. The feel-good atmosphere in the room was undeniable, with even those unfamiliar with the legendary genre singing along to the occasional song- i mean who doesn’t know the lyrics to “Do You Mind” even if it is thanks to Drake’s “One Dance”?

Once the legend herself, and headline act, Katy B took to the stage the energy within the crowd only grew. With hit songs such as “Lights on” and “On a Mission” you could definitely feel the sense of intimacy in her set and nostalgia in the crowd. The positive vibes she infused in the building secured her, in my mind, as one of the UK’s most talented female artists.

The night however became a full blown madness when ‘Mr.Ugly’ himself Jhus touched mic. The crowd went insane. With his performance of songs such as the “Want from Me” remix and the universally adored “Friendly“ he had the crowd finishing his lyrics, skanking, whining, the lot! The highlight of his performance was undoubtedly seeing the ugliest up and coming UK Talent ditching the stage, and his top, to enter the crowd and dance with (but ultimately get crushed by) his fans! Being someone who did not hesitate to push through the crowd to have a dance-off with the guy, I can definitely tell you it was an interaction I cannot say i would have had the chance to have with any other artist. This is just one example of how the “Lean and Bop” artist does not hesitate to go all out for a stage show an attribute many artist need to adopt. In my mind J Hus was one the best artists not only of the night but of everyone I’ve seen live so thanks JHus for making it a night to remember!

MOBO award winning artist Nadia Rose was the next to dominate the stage owning performances of her old classic, “Station” as well as her feature on the “Big & Serious” remix. She took time to appreciate her fans by constantly taking snapchats on phones outreached to her during her performance and also reloading crowd favourites such as the ever-famous “Skwod”. Nadia was not the only one to impress, her DJ set the crowd ablaze with her beatboxing creating new unheard takes on beats as well as reminding fans of old classics such as the big banger “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus. From one Bashment classic to another I have to applaud Nadia on her “Tight Up Skirt” remix which was another highlight of the night.

Overall it was another flawless In:Motion event. As always, check the website, buy you tickets and head to an event: http://www.bristolinmotion.com

 

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UK GRIME @ the 2016 MOBO Awards

As we endured the freezing Glasgow night walking up to the Media hut to get our passes, we were serenaded by the sweet sound of bagpipes. Random we know – however the player had a purpose, we had just gatecrashed the filming of the intro sequence for the MOBO awards.

After finally getting our passes we were shown to what was supposed to be a red carpet…hmm. It looked a bit small and empty, so after some frantic running around and asking questions we managed to find the real red carpet where the UK Urban music scenes finest artists were running the gauntlet of various media channels – including us of course.

Now there is a spoiler of sorts.. due to a technical glitch our audio went down in flames, which means we cant bring you some of the most interesting conversations we had with the artists. However the show went on and we can share our review, photos and a short trailer of what went down at the MOBOS.

After the red carpet closed the show kicked off with the soaring vocals of the lovely Laura Mvula, who gave a high energy performance of her lead single “Phenomenal Woman” breaking down into an interesting rendition of “Ready Or Not”.

Without much ado the award show had officially begun. First up was the Best Male nomination, which was won by the comeback king of the year Craig David.

Craig David – Best Male Acceptance Speech

Next up for grime was a live performance by Lady Leshurr who took to the stage to give a flawless live performance of Queens Speech, and Where are you now, with lots of high energy dance routines.

Lady Leshurr Live Performance

Nadia Rose won the award for “Best Video” seeing off a lot of very strong contenders, including Bugzy Malone.

Nadia Rose – Skwod Best Video Acceptance Speech

Next up was a performance by the man of the moment Craig David, who did a medley of his hits from his breakout Rewind to his latest singles. Frisco came on and did his thing for grime, repping Boy Better Know to the fullest during Chase and Status performance.

Craig David – Live performance

Section Boyz won Best Hip-Hop, which was well deserved considering how much they’ve done to push the UK Rap sound world wide. One thing that was interesting was they were all decked in clothing emblazoned MORE LIFE, which curiously is the name of Drakes up coming project.

Section Boyz – Best Hip-Hop Acceptance Speech

Kurupt FM provided the jokes when handing out the award for Best Grime, which was won by Chip – a big achievement despite being blackballed to some extent by the industry over the past year. There were also some big contenders in that category including Skepta.

Chip – Best Grime Acceptance award speech

Next up was a live PA by the young RnB kings WSTRN. After this was the award for best song – and arguably the main controversy of the awards. Originally it was awarded to WSTRN, however something was immediately off when Abracadabra Robbery was played as they walked up to the stage. Later it turned out that the wrong award was awarded – it was meant to be Abracadbara – a mistake, but hey its showbiz these things happen! WSTRN did recieve a public apology from the MOBO Awards and they were very gracious about it.

Abracadabra – Acceptance speech

However it wasnt all bad – WSTRN won the best newcomer, and it seemed like they had just begun to drown their sorrows, until they found out that they had won!

WSTRN – Best Newcomer

Kano won best album, however he wasn’t able to make it for the AWARDS so the crowd were treated to an acceptance speech over Facetime. The joys of technology ay ;).

Kano – Best Album Acceptance Speech

Lady leshurr took the best Female Award, well deserved after having some of the most watched UK Grime and Rap videos on YouTube and her single WAYN was one of the summer anthems.

Lady Leshurr – Acceptance Speech

Fekky (Big Fekky) joined by Section Boyz closed out the show with a killer performance of his latest track “Mad Ting/Sad Ting” – which had the Scottish crowd doing their maddest skanks and gun fingers, it was almost like being at high point of Eskimo Dance.

Fekky – Mad Ting Sad Ting

To wrap things up – this years Mobos was a big year for UK Grime and Rap music and hopefully it will help push the scene to bigger things in 2017.

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CHIP poses with his new MOBO [Credit: TRYANGLE MEDIA]
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Nadia Rose – Winner of best Video [Credit: TRYANGLE MEDIA]

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Music streaming service Deezer launches Grime channel and Grassroots Programme

The streaming service Deezer has launched a dedicated channel for Grime music. This is definitely a good thing as it will make it much easier for Deezers users to find and stream the latest in Grime music anywhere anytime. This is also being backed up by a grassroots programme designed to support up and coming Grime talent and them get discovered through Deezer. You can view the channel and sign up to a 30 day free trial here here.

The full press release is below

London, 21st October 2016: Deezer has today announced the launch of a dedicated Grime channel and grassroots programme to further nurture and support the scene, and provide a digital platform for one of the UK’s fastest growing most exciting cultural forces.

The new programme will see Deezer support up-and-coming artists, promoters and content creators where they need it the most, by providing bursaries, mentorship, guidance and a central platform that will help take them to the next level in the entertainment world and assist in exposing the genre to a wider audience.

The channel will be available globally from today, and will see Deezer collaborate with 36 talents over the next 6 months to produce playlists, podcasts and videos, in addition to promoting new albums, artists and live radio stations.

2016 has already been a landmark year for Grime, with Skepta performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and taking the Mercury Prize for Konnichiwa, propelling a rapidly growing movement even further into the limelight. But, with nearly 80% of artists not signed to a traditional label and zero nominations for Grime acts at this year’s Brits, it’s clear that the UK’s major music players could do much more to provide the next generation of homegrown talent with the support it deserves.

“It’s time for the British music industry to step up and recognise that it needs to identify new ways to help support this unique genre which, by its very nature, is typically anti-establishment. By launching a channel dedicated to championing Grime, combined with our grassroots programme, we will help identify the best new talent and give them the ability to showcase their work on a global scale,” said Roman Tagoe, Head of Content and Editorial, Deezer UK & Ireland.

“It’s a great time for the Grime community to start moving forward, but important it maintains its DIY ethos and heritage. For a long time, brands and the industry have ignored us, or simply exploited the Grime scene for their own gain. However, Deezer have chosen the right approach and are celebrating the entire culture, and looking at how it can play a genuinely positive role within their own sector to push a genre that rarely gets the credit it deserves. If you want to align yourself with this authentic British sound then it’s compulsory to invest in the music in the long-term and support these extremely talented creatives in the right way,” said Laura Brosnan (Hyperfrank), music journalist and Grime expert.

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WILEY, GHETTS, LADY LESHURR set to to perform at the 2016 MOBO Awards

After keeping us in suspense yesterday, the MOBO Awards have made a second announcement about who will be performing on the night. Its a strong line up for Grime music, with heavyweights Wiley and Ghetts and arguably the first lady of Grime – Lady Leshurr.

The international dancehall/reggae artist Popcaan will also make his first appearance at the MOBOs.

Lady Leshurr is currently nominated for Best Female Act while Wiley and Ghetts are on nominations for Best Song. 

To see the full list of performances you can go here, and to view all nominations you can go here.

Want to see these artists perform live? Tickets are still currently available so hurry before they sell out!

 

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1xtra Live – Grime and UK Rap Take Over

Previous 1Xtra Live concerts line ups tended to be dominated by international urban acts, but recently this has been reversed with Uk artists gradually taking more and more of the spotlight.

This year’s 1Xtra Live event was the year U.K Grime and Rap Music took over. With two of the main acts dropping out close to the event there was chatter on the socials that the event some how would be lacking.

Any doubts were put conclusively and solidly to rest.

Every artist brought their A-Game, starting with Craig David. Arguably one of UK’s most successful urban exports and riding the wave of a legendary come back he got the party started with his trademark combination of singing, Dj-ing and rapping (UK Rap thinks he should stick to singing and production) but Craig’s overall talent and contribution to the scene is undeniable so he got a pass.

Next up was Lady Leshurr, with a high energy set of her latest hits including her single WAYN (Where are you now).

Professor Green made an appearance showing he was back on the market, getting a good reaction from the rapidly filling central area.

Mistajam came on and did a killer set as well, bringing on House/RnB singer Kyla performing her house smash Do You Mind.

One of the good things with this 1xtra Live was that the DJ/ Presenter intermissions were kept short, giving the night a fast moving high energy tempo with performance after performance hitting you in quick succession.

Bugzy Malone, a last minute addition came forward with his recent hits “Watch Your Mouth” and “Moving” which got a good reception from the mainly northern crowd, plus he previewed his new single.

Wiley.

Yeah that’s all that needed to be said really. There was never any doubt Grime progenitor and veteran was going to shut it down. As the crowd sweated and heaved it seemed like the audience had a achieved some kind of critical mass, but the show still was not over.

Taking the island stage Wretch 32 came in with an impressive and emotive set dropping tracks from his latest album, classics like “Traktor” and his Fire in the Booth freestyle. At some points he was surrounded by fire and there were even indoor fireworks. I’m sure they must have looked much more dramatic on camera during the live performance.

Giggs came through like a wrecking ball. His set had a few of his classics including the freestyle which launched him “Talking the hardest” and “Lock Doh” sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Charlie sloth brought his now legendary fire in the booth to the live stage, with surprise guests Liverpool local Aystar and J Hus, who tore it up with his hit “Friendly”.

However everything was building to that one moment where the star of the would make his last appearance of 2016.

The lights dimmed, fire spread across the stage and synth choir ah intro of “Scary” filled the air.

Like some a kind of grime version of the second coming, a white clad Stormzy rose on to the stage.

It was clear what almost two years of touring and live performances had done to his stage presence. Here the crowd witnessed the completion of an evolution from park freestyler to headline act.

He made rocking a full arena look easy – and the crowd were loving every second of it. Sadly with only about 20 mins per act just as it seemed like he was hitting his stride it was all over.

The lights came on it began – the mad dash to the car park to avoid the inevitable exit jam.

If there is any think to take away from this years 1xtra live – it would be that major Labels need to start watching and backing these artists – or they will do it themselves and reap the spoils. UK Grime and Rap are a serious force in UK music and can only move on to bigger things.

Relive or Catch up on 1xtra Live 2016 here

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Interview: Isaiah Dreads

Hailing from the an area more associated with farmers, tractors and tasty pasties rather than MCs with the hard bars, catchy flows and stage presence – Isaiah Dreads has been making un-expected waves in the scene, recently signing to 101Music / RCA / Sony Music UK.

So how did you get started in music – tell us about the time you wrote your first bars?

My older brother is also a rapper and when I was younger Channel U (Now AKA) was always on TV. I knew classic grime tunes word for word when I was 5 or 6 years old and I think that’s why my flow is good now. He took me to the studio for the first time when I was 9 with a song I’d written and from then I knew music was what I wanted to do. Through all of the phases I went through when I was younger I never got bored of rapping.

What 3 tips would you give to aspiring artists?
Experiment with different genres/styles of music to find where you sit best, listen to types of music very different to the type you make, write as much as possible


When you started rapping you were still at school – how did you balance the demands of music with education?

I didn’t really balance school and music, I put all of my focus on my music but I think that’s why it’s working so well now. In lessons I just wanted to write more and more so I’m thankful I’m now at a point where I can do what I love everyday.


There aren’t a lot of grime MCs that have come up from the West of England – how do you feel about pressure coming into a scene dominated by London, Birmingham and Manchester?

I don’t think there’s any pressure being in the scene and coming from the West Country [South Western tip of England, U.K]. I feel like there’s a lot of people who can relate to what I’m talking about and it’s cool for those from the city to see it done differently I guess. I definitely try and use it to my advantage and talk about things other rappers might not have experienced


You were name checked by Nicki Minaj – how did you feel about that?

It’s cool that Nicki posted my video, I was just starting to make videos at the time so it was nice to see people appreciating the music.

How did it feel performing live at Glastonbury?

Performing at Glastonbury for the second time in my career so far was crazy. The first time I performed there was in 2012. It’s crazy to see/hear how much my music has progressed since then. I also got to perform loads of new music this year which was fun.

Describe your MCing style

I think my musical style in general is very creative. I’ll happily step out of genres and try new things just to say I have. I love all kinds of music so I try and show that in all of the tracks I make.

What grime artists would you say were your main influences?

Ghetts, Kano, Chip.

What about artists outside of grime?

Kanye West

Best part about being an MC?

The best part about making music is being creative and being someone who others can relate to through music

Worst part about being an MC?

I can’t think of a bad thing when it comes to making music…that’s why I love it so much. Writers block is annoying though…but in recent years I’ve found if I have writers block I’ll leave it for a few days and then it’s fine.

What artists would you like to collaborate with?

Chip, Wiley, Mark Ronson.

Tell us about your coming projects

I’m currently working on loads of new music and I have a new EP coming out soon. I’ve recently released several freestyles on Youtube available for people to watch also.


What are your plans for the future – do you think you’d want to stay independent or get signed to a major?

In the future I just want to make great music and work with loads of new people. I want to try as many new genres as I can and hopefully travel the world doing what I love.

*Isiaih Dreads is now signed to Sony Music


Where can people go to see you live?

Anytime I perform I post information about it on my Instagram/Twitter which is IsaiahDreads – Hopefully I’ll be performing alot over the next year as that’s my favourite thing to do.

More Isaiah Dreads

Twitter: @IsaiahDreads
Instagram: @IsaiahDreads
Soundcloud: @IsaiahDreads

Check out his most recent freestyles

 

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DICE Summer Party – Review

DICE the über ticket app taking the London and UK club scene by storm brought a carefully curated lineup of UK grime, rap and DJ heavy weights together for the perfect summer Sunday shutdown. With tickets only a fiver and available exclusively through DICE app, it was bound to be a sell out and the venue was absolutely packed.

On a warm Aug 21st the crowds descended on hipster haunt Micks Garage for a day of drinks, good food and good vibes. Live PAs included Nadia Rose, the breakout female MC of 2016, and leading UK Rap/Grime crew Section Boyz. Jamz Supernova was also on hand to drop some killer DJ sets to keep the crowd bubbling nicely.

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Good food, Drinks, Good Vibez
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Section Boyz Lock Arrf the dance!
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Jamz Supernova spinning the tunes
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