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Video: B Live feat. Skepta, Newham Generals & Spyda – Modern Warfare 2

This is easily the best song and video of the year, nothing more to say. When it’s silent you’ll hear the squeeze of the trigger. Click Clack

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It’s Our Generation


Myself and Joseph Patterson did a piece for The Creators Project (Vice/Intel) on the new generation of grime MC’s coming through, this is some of my part below, to see the whole thing go HERE.

East London has always been a factory for top grime talent, and this time around there is no exception. With the likes of Maxsta, Shrimpoz, Big Shizz and Marger all pumping up the flow with gritty kicks and snares, East London’s flag will continue to fly. Maxsta set the tone earlier this year with his “East London Is Back” track and brought a lot of attention to the new generation of young spitters that are ready to take the tone back from a poor excuse for pop, to the sound that started it all off. Big Shizz, formally known as Little Shit, was part of Lil Rascals from a very early age and has since returned with all his power to show that he isn’t just a great emcee, but can hold a note or two, as you can hear from the video above.

While Rival sustains a venomous flow and hollow tone, with his references to a darker side of grime with his “Funky House” track, he shows a lot of experimentation with dubstep which comes mainly from his involvement with Alien Musik. This track also underlays the value of just how important the pure grime sound and culture is to the new generation.

On the other side of the city, in South London’s Lewisham, grime is just as strong-hearted and a part of life and culture. Kozzie is one of the main emcees at the forefront of the new generation. His main drive is to take grime back to the days when it was all about the mixture of hype production and equally hype lyrics. With his Lewi White “Metal Face” vocals, Back Again, as well as his hardcore mosh pit-induced “Destruction,” it’s hard to not notice him at every angle: club nights, on the radio and the rest. Fellow Blue Borough representative, Merky Ace, follows a separate style of honest street tales packaged with an aggressive style and flow. “Do This Ting” is a great example of his raw, gritty formula and his collective, Family Tree, all show a hunger and passion that seems to lie at the root of the new wave of grime.

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Ghetts – Calm Before The Storm Review

While a lot of grime MCs are heading for chart success with pop excuses for grime, Ghetts brings us his long awaited ‘Calm Before The Storm’. Fusing the best elements of UK hip-hop and grime into his pre-album massacre, he dives right in with his fast pasted ‘Intro’ tapping on every issue that fans and critics have addressed since his last release. With topics concerning clashing P Money, grime politics, deals and personal lyrical levels, the introduction sets the stride for the hurricane yet to come…

His distinctive vigorous delivery on ‘Brainless’ and ‘Dosein It’ form together the best elements of his previous release ‘Freedom Of Speech’. With his selection of flows that are second to none and insane word play, he balances his hardcore aggressive road side tracks alongside insightful songs that have a ‘Ghetto Gospel’ (his 2nd release) ingredient. ‘Job For You’ and especially ‘Trained To Kill’ soften the edge to the harsher topics and concentrate on similar issues, but the angle is brought together by Dot Rotten’s aided chorus.

The tracks fundamental factors show just how helpful a constructive hook can empower Ghetts, commanding verses even more. Just how ‘The Greatest’ shined, ‘By Shy’ is an example of how his format had the potential to be a lethal flash of lightning, but the lack of a strong chorus left its impact to just a soft breeze. Further development with choruses and additional experimentation with better production could have taken tracks like ‘My Sperm’ from a good track to a strong song.

While the production combines elements of hip-hop, grime’s dominates the collection and with ‘Grimedaily’ Justin Clark addresses his personal love and battle with the grime sound, giving an understanding to the underlying echoes of the full thunder before the real storm. Collaborations are some of the best up and comers within the UK circuit, including Maxsta, Youngsta and Badness contributing, but it has to be ‘We Control This’ that combines the best bill with Devlin and Griminal holding their own corners adding their own exclusive splash of originality to the mixture.

Fans of Ghetts will definitely not be disappointed as the CD gives a collective meltdown of all the proclaimed previous releases into one release, although there does leave a space for improvement for the official cyclone which we hope these tweaks will be addressed on.


Ghetts: ‘Calm Before The Storm’ – is out now.

A review similar to this appeared on MTV The Wrap Up

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The lord is my Shepard, let’s get this beef measured and walk through the shadow of the valley of OG’z



Jendor who was a member of Essentials, which broke up and half of the collective (Jendor & N.E) went on to form OG’s. Dot Rotten was also a member of OG’s up until last year. None of the collective have worked with Dot since the split and since many of the current members as well as dot haven’t touched upon the subject, up until the Ghetts Vs P Money clash. Since then the whole situation has been become a bit of a touchy subject. I actually caught up with Dot Rotten a few weeks ago in an exclusive interview for Super Super. I asked him what was the reason behind leaving and to be honest behind all the hype and rumours there was no exciting hype. On his side, for which is what he can only talk for, he just felt he wanted to part ways and evolve as an artist by himself. He also went into depth about N.E and how much he has helped him (that’s why it was ironic to me when Jendor mentioned the interview parts).
Let’s get into the Jendor Dub for Dot, this isn’t exactly your typical ‘your mum’ send. It sounds very personal, especially the anger in his voice when he’s mentioning how much N.E looked after Dot. Jen comes hard but not with his classic flow but still has that grandmaster bars and terminology. The whole theme of the dub is pretty much Jendor implying that Dot has disrespected N.E. Everyone’s getting very excited about this but until I hear a reply from Dot Rotten I’m not to sure what to think of this or more where I stand. Jendor’s not really showed me a reason why Dot is resting in peace for? and if Dot has disrespected N.E what did he say or do? I sound so confused, because I genuinely am, let’s wait for the whole thing to unravel and hear it from a few different angles.
War Report Circa 2006? Let’s hope so.
It’s a sad day to say these type of tunes will never be made again.

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Impulse goes a little re-fix crazy woiiii

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Hyper Meets Devlin

He’s the underdog that is about to put Dagenham fully on the map with his venomous unique delivery. Devlin is about to leave you brainwashed through his journey of dark soulful rhymes of realities and a mesmerising flow. Laura ‘Hyperfrank’ Brosnan caught up with Dev for to discuss Kanye West’s blog, touring with Chase & Status and clashing Wiley when he was 16…


You’ve got a distinctive edge to your delivery, as well as the way you construct your lyrics. What type of music did you listen to growing up that influenced the shaping of Devlin that we know today?

I grew up listening to a bit of everything to be honest, but garage music was a big influence as it was what first made me want to start writing music. The music that was being made around the Maxwell D and So Solid Crew era was key music; even tracks like ‘Master Of The Ceremony’ and Pied Pipers ‘Do You Really Like It’ were tracks I remember enjoying listening to. Going back further though, I remember hearing a lot from Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Michael And The Mechanics and Bob Marley being played in my home. I think even though it was still popular music, it was more lyrical. I was listening to great songwriters at such a young age, like Bruce Springsteen is a blinding songwriter, as well as Bob Marley and that probably influenced the way I write lyrics today, they just had more depth to them I’d say. I just wanted to tell people a bit more about my life and where I’m from. Growing up I was listening to Ghetts, Sharky Major and other MCs from the end of the Nasty Crew days. You see Sharky; I would say he was a big influence back in the day, especially the way I was writing, because he was a big lyricist back then and probably one of the first of his kind.

How do you feel your specific sound has influenced the younger generation of budding MCs and rappers?

I think I took them more down the song route really. Before I came about in the grime scene it was notoriously bad anyway and people were making songs like ‘I’ll kick your mum’s door off and shoot your old man in the face.’ When I made ‘Community Outcast,’ which was one of my first songs, I tried to bring a bit more depth and make some music still keeping that underground vibe, but come away from the violence and try and make songs with meaning that get people thinking a bit more. I think after I brought a few songs out, the kids went away and thought more about what they were going to start rather than just spitting a lot of madness.

What was your thoughts on US rapper Kanye West blogging your Practice Hours freestyle and calling you a ‘Gangster rapper’?

He did a bit of free promotion for me, but I think he was most likely taking the p**s, wasn’t he? [Laughs] Gangster rappers…

Listening to tracks from ‘Tales Of The Crypt’ and hearing some of your latest album work, it’s clear that you’ve kept the same style that has made you so respected. How do you feel that your music has changed and developed since then?

It’s evolved now, to a point where I’m doing it on a professional level. Obviously I’ve got to keep the vibe that I’ve come from, but I’ve just matured and I’m making different kinds of stuff now, I’ve been around the block now and from experience I’m just learning things. Every time I’m in the studio I try and come from different angles but still keep that element of what I’m most known for.

Do you feel like now you’re signed that your style is changing? Is pressure on you to change?

See Island Records, they have been blinding with me really. They’ve given me free reign like, obviously they have been guiding me but they didn’t sign me to manipulate me into a pop artist. They let me crack on in the studio with no pressure and they’re happy with the music I’m making, so I just keep making the tunes. They’re not on my back, it’s a good relationship, I feel like they have faith in me and that’s nice. I wouldn’t say my styles changed either; I’ve been doing this for 6 years now so I’m just maturing a bit. There’s a few different elements on the album, but you’ll have original Dev on there as well.

You‘ve also been associated with The Movement. Were you ever actually in the group?

That thing for me, it died about like 3 years ago. The collective at the time, I thought we were the best MCs in the game and we all came together to raise our level and in that aspect it worked for everyone. When you’re around better artists, I knew I couldn’t just spit any old lyrics, so it raised everyone’s game. That was done on my account a long time ago; I don’t know what them guys are doing. Ghetts has always been my pal, but I don’t see much of Wretch or Scorcher, but I do see Mercston occasionally.

You’ve kept to yourself when it comes to clashes, apart from the dub you dropped during The Movement VS Wiley war report. A lot of people have mentioned your name, but this has been the only time that you have replied. What was the situation at the time that made you reply and get involved in the clash?

I tell you what, I was only young then, I was about 16. Wiley’s a nutter anyway and he just piped up and I just went and made the tune about him. I wish I’d never done it, but like you said, I never clash anyone I just watch myself, make my music and that’s it. Anyone can say what they want as long as they leave my old dear out of it. That’s how you know you’re doing well when others are having a pop at you, but that dub was just silly. You won’t hear me sending for anyone else, I’ve got too much to focus on.

How do you feel coming from grime? The scene has changed from when you were rising up the ranks. I mean, what are your views on artists that are jumping on certain bandwagons just so they can make a quick pound?

As we were saying before about how the platforms of coming up have changed, now everyone is trying to have a pop at it and now it’s cracking off everyone wants to jump on, fair play because everyone wants to make a quick buck and I suppose we’ll see who’s good enough to stick about. I wouldn’t knock someone for having a try or doing different things, even if it isn’t my cup of tea.

How do you feel about the comparisons to you being the new Mike Skinner or the UK version of Eminem?

I don’t mind the UK version of Eminem, because that geezer in his prime was possibly one of the best ever. I don’t really like the Mike Skinner association. I think any comparisons to him come from me being white and because I wear a Ralph Lauren shirt mate. Eminem obviously as well, I don’t want to really be compared to him either because I’m my own artist, but that’s a bit more of a compliment if you know what I mean.

At the end of last year you, along with 14 other artists from all different genres, were announced as rising stars to watch on the BBC’s Sound of 2010. You were the only artist on the list that wasn’t signed at the time. Why do you feel you were on the list compared to other artists working hard in the scene? Do you think it played a big part in you getting signed?

I can’t even answer that, it’s just mad. All I ever do is my music, come back to Dagenham and just live life, so when that happened I was like, ‘F**k, people must recognising.’ It was a lovely compliment when it happened, I don’t even know how I got on there but maybe it’s because I’ve been around long enough and people started to catch on. Lovely stuff. It definitely played a part in my favour in me getting signed.

You’ve just finished touring with Chase & Status. What was it like touring with them?

Devlin: It was a proper good time man; we went to a few different cities so it was pretty hectic. Their ‘Take Me Away’ drum and bass tune is big, I like that one. We had a little show and I was spitting some grime bars over some dubstep, did a few performances and then slipped in a few drum and bass bars at the end of the show. The crowds were loving it and in this experience the audiences were at a much bigger levels to what I’ve been used to, so I suppose that helped me because now I’m coming up the ranks I’m going to be playing to bigger crowds. I never really get nervous, I usually just get butterflies because I just want to get it done so I can look back and analyze what we’ve done. To be honest, it wasn’t even like performing, we just had such a good time, and we were just enjoying ourselves. I might even get on a track with Chase & Status, I know they make a lot of styles at a high level so I wouldn’t mind doing one of each maybe; they do make some nice dubstep though. They’re good geezers; they know what they’re doing.

What kind of sounds and subjects will you be touching on with your new album?

It’s a bit more of a personal look into my life and my journey over the last couple of years on the way here. Listening back to the album now, that’s what it feels like. Sound wise, you’ve got the ‘Community Outcast’ vibe, there’s a few where I’ve gone on deep with the concepts and there’s some rap beats on there along with some faster s**t and of course some grime. It’s definitely some of my best work…

Devlin: ‘Brainwashed’ – is out now.

Stay up to date with Devlin on Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/DevlinOfficial

A version of this featured on MTV THE WRAP UP

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I’m doing my ting in a war, know that I do my ting, man wanna try do my ting don’t gwan like say you never knew my ting….


D Double E is possibly one of the best just as much as he is one of the most unique spitters we have within grime, the way he delivers every bar I don’t know whether to laugh or break my TV. His street figher Riddim is out now on itunes, so if you haven’t copped that yet then make sure you grab at it quick before he sends you a fly quick bluku bluku. Newham General’s as a collective are so damn strong & relevant right now, I’ve been lucky to see them perform at a few festivals this year including Love Box and they tore it up on the mainstage, had little kids screaming ‘HARDDD HARDDD’. I’m really looking forward to not only the collective’s mixtape but also the Bluku Bluku solo mixtape from Double.


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Video: P MONEY Freestyle

P Money’s style and levels have completely grew over the past 6 months, and if you haven’t heard his new tracks then this freestyle,outside Alibi in Dalston after Just Jam last week, will definitely do the damn deed. (Notice I randomly passed a little drunk half way through the bars not realising what’s happening)

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