Maxsta and JME drop visual for 'Born On Your Own'

Producing your own track is one milestone, being able to bring through none other than JME for a feature is another. That’s exactly what Maxsta has managed to do for his latest single Born On Your Own, taken from his forthcoming project ‘Maxtape 2’ dropping on November 20th.

The two wordsmith’s stay true to the sound whilst laying down lively bars over the East Londoner’s well-crafted progressive riddim. The visuals are on lock too, as the pair stunt in urban Bromley along with pedal bikes and violins also featuring in the colourful set.

Big Zuu and JME drop heavy visuals for 'Fall Off'

Big Zuu and JME have upped the ante with this visual for their new track 'Fall Off' as they are seen firing hadoukens and standing tall next to the London skyline.

The track itself, from Zuu's new 10-track mixtape Content With Content out October 19th, is a stomper. Produced by 169, the duo exchange their skippy flows over the trap-induced beat - a refreshing collaboration and one of JME's coldest for a while that will no doubt be hitting mass views this week. One for the anime fans also!

Boy Better Know bring their fans an intimate show in Shoreditch


The whole of the Boy Better Know team have gone from strength to strength over the years, performing at Glastonbury, to filling up the O2 arena and at the weekend, performing on top of a pub in Shoreditch.

It doesn't come much intimate than that and that's what the couple of hundred die hard fans found out on Sunday night. The 'icy' weather warnings weren't going to stop the true fans from witnessing the whole of BBK turn up to the max.

The third installment of The Den was taken back to it's former hunting ground, The Old Blue Last. On top of the boozer, there was a whole host of acts ready to pick up the mic and give us a grime and rap showcase to remember.

As the dark room started to fill up, Shauna Shadae jumped on stage with her melodic vibes - a perfect way to warm up for what was to come.

After everyone had got a few drinks down them, we were ready for The Square's Blakie, who brought the energy straight away with his hit single 'Can't See Them'. The Lewisham emcee also spat his rendition of 'We are the champions' in the middle of the crowd (not the be confused with Queen's) after throwing his left over pint all over the onlookers at the front.

Then, to my surprise, Newham MC who's doing the most at the moment grabbed the mic, Fusion. He managed to fit in most of his recent bangers, including 'Don't Get Me Mad', which I was half expecting JME to feature with him but beggars can't be choosers...

If that weren't enough, Splurgeboys came through with the whole PAP crew, bringing their Chill + Bill vibes. Tee, Rocket, Showy Danger, James Pyke were in attendance and even Olos sprayed a few bars!

As warm up acts go, that was pretty special. However, we had to get our breath back quick for BBK...

Logan Sama started the journey with 'Go Thru Face', which saw the main man Frisco and JME go back to back - a calm intro before Skepta came on from the shadows in his No Fear cap and Shorty hopped on in his Santa hat.

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Each MC hit the riddims with their own old and new bars as well as performing their new track 'Athlete' (which sounded dangerous), before they went back to the original BBK days with Jammer, Frisco and Shorty barring on 'Don't Know How To Relax' and the whole team went in on 'Too Many Man', arbubably the best reload of the night:

Freestyles from JME, Skeppy, Frisco, Shorty followed, with Discarda, Fusion and even Stylo G, Zeeks and E Mak took some of the spotlight.

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The successful night was drawn to a close on a funny note, with those three having to do an acapella because Marco stopped the music bang on midnight.

The set was complete, but there was one thing left to do and that was to sing Happy Birthday to the main man Risky Roadz. Orchastrated by Jammer, all smiles were on everyone's faces leaving the venue/boozer.

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One thing is for sure though, only Boy Better Know could stay that grounded and bring their show to such an intimate venue for the die hard fans, after their recent success.

If you missed this one, make sure you keep a look out for the next shoobs, which are hopefully popping up at city's across the country. The next one is January 21st, so bring your gunfingers for that one!

Watch the whole set from the night below:

Splurgeboys link up with JME and P Money for 'Donny MC' remix

Splurgeboys have already took off this year and it looks like they're not stopping anytime soon with this one.



The duo have released 7 videos off their highly rated and partly produced 'Chill and Bill' EP; which exceeded all expectations, along with Rocket's collaboration with former Ruff Sqwad member Fudz on 'Johnny'.

The original of 'Donny MC' was already one of the stand out tracks on the tape and now, with the added skippy flow of P Money and the wordplay from none other than JME, they've turned the original into a certified banger you're likely to hear in the club in the near future.

The way JME and Rocket exchange bars on this one is a madness. Also, with P Money appearing everywhere on features and videos, it was only right to have the grime originator on this one.

The track was Premiered on DJ Target's show on 1xtra last Satuday. You can stream it on Spotify below:

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Wiley is Calling The Shots right now

Wiley has been grafting a lot this month alone, appearing on Channel 4 News and releasing his new biography 'Eskiboy', he's now dropped the first track off his Godfather II album.
This one features no other than JME and although we heard snippets of new material on his Instagram, it's good to here the final product.
Wiley has always been unpredictable, including his live shows, however now he seems to have everything in check and he's not stopping for nobody.
Godfather II is to be set free on February 16th so we have plenty enough time to read his book.
Take a listen to the track below, order his book HERE and pre-order the new album HERE

Glastonbury 2017 – The Year of Grime

Glastonbury. The festival of all festivals. Known for its mud, rain and star-studded lineups. However, this year a was time for a new sound to make the headlines. Grime. 

Now one of the most dominant genres from the UK shores, grime’s resurgence in the past couple of years has shown it’s a musical force not to be reckoned with. It was only right the pioneers of the scene bowed to that, down in Somerset.

The likes of Kano, Boy Better know, Stormzy, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Nadia Rose, Kurupt FM, AJ Tracey and Jaykae all graced to the stages across the weekend.

Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee kicked things off for the scene Friday night and proved he’s still got it and to his dismay, should have really headlined. A debut performance of his new single ‘Space’ got the crowd jumping right from the off and you just knew his set was going be jam-packed with the highest energy. 

Raskit’s performance included hits from the most iconic grime album ‘Boy In The Corner’ such as ‘I Luv U’ and ‘Stop That’, but to top off the grime showcase, the killer anthems Bonkers and Dance With Me really took us back to those Bluetooth days. Dizzee orchestrated the crowd well and also teased fresh ones from his forthcoming album ‘Raskit’, Dizzee set the bar high for the rest of the weekend.

Watch the full set HERE

HIGHLIGHT FOR ME: When Dizzee got the crowd to reply with a series of ‘Oiiiii’s before dropping Fix Up Look Sharp. Man, I wish I was there to witness that.

Stormzy

Before winning yet another BET Award for Best International Act, Stormzy took to the Other Stage on Saturday evening in front of 20,000 people, bringing his mad energy and skippy flows with him. This was yet another massive chance to remind everyone and his mum by shouting “Hey Mumzy, look at your boy now”, just how far he has come along with his Number 1 Album Gang Signs And Prayer. 

Stormz was never going to stop churning out the bangers here! Despite hyping the crowd to ‘Shut Up’ and ‘Big For Your Boots’, Big Mike took a break to pay tribute to those that lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower tragedy and called out those responsible before continuing to take Glasto by storm with Know Me From getting just about everyone moving. Grime’s trendsetter made history with this set, showing why he’s one of the best performers in the scene.

HIGHLIGHT FOR ME: Stormz asking for the crowd's energy on Big For Your Boots, boy they delivered. Even the youngers on shoulders were skanking!

Watch his full set HERE

Boy Better Know

Grime’s biggest group headlined the Other Stage on Sunday evening and I don’t think anyone was ready for this one... except for JME in his snowboard boots. DJ Maximum spun “The Boys Are Back In Town” remixed with Rebound X’s “Rhythm and Gash” to kick off the biggest grime performance to date. There was no waiting around though; JME tore up the stage early on with Don’t @ Me and 96 Fuckries; Skepta went all out with Man, It Ain’t Safe and of course Shutdown; Wiley sent the crowd into overdrive with Can’t Go Wrong; Frisco dropped Swindle-produced 123 from his album System Killer; Jammer performed Murkle Man, which went off; not forgetting Shorty donning the stage with 'Mad Ting'.

All of them got a chance to spit their own hits along with the BBK party starting-anthems to the huge Glasto crowd. Finally, there was only one way to end the party and that was with Preditah’s Feed Em To The Lions (I don’t know how anyone had enough energy left at this point). It’s fair to say this was yet another milestone for Grime!

HIGHLIGHT FOR ME: Has to be JME spitting Man Don't Care in those boots. What a G.

Watch the full set HERE



Kano

Kano returned to Glastonbury for the second year running at The Park stage and with ‘Made In The Manor’ still very much a Summer hit-list, his performance was no doubt going to top the last one! While Ed Sheeran was on his own with his guitar down the hill, Kano was smashing it with his live band and this performance proved beyond any doubt Glastonbury 2017 was the year of Grime. 

The Brit nominee shouted “Got anyone here who’s been following me for five years plus? Ten years plus?” The crowd responded loudly both times. Kano was right where he wanted to be and rightly so. His band accompanied his loud and clear bars, making it a standout performance from the weekend. He wasn’t joking when he took the time out of his rammed set to say grime is “real f***ing music” before sending the crowd into pandemonium with the final track GarageSkankFREESTYLE. Bowing off to a 'There’s No Limit' style chant of his name, Robinson shouted “It’s KAAA!” just to remind everyone something very special just happened.

HIGHLIGHT FOR ME: Too many so I’ll give you three – Bossman security guard throwing his gun fingers up to P’s and Q’s, Kano wheeling up his very own live band on 3 Wheel Ups and also Home Sweet Home which really sent a shiver down my neck at how a grime track 15 years old can get still a reaction like that. Wow.

Watch KA's full set HERE

Wait, there was more? AJ Tracey, 67, Mist, Dave were on the Sonic Stage on Friday; Fekky, Jaykae and Ms Banks at The Blues on Saturday, while P Money and Abra Cadabra set alight the Wow! Stage on Sunday. 

All in all a very successful weekend for the very best MC talent this country has to offer. As Grime continues to grow, we are all blessed to see how our favourite acts can take charge of the biggest crowds at the most famous music festival in the world. As a grime kid myself, what a time to be alive.