Grime and UK rap 2019

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4jpQMUScUk

Headie One is always so laid back, he makes Giggs look like Tempa T. Dave's verse on this is super duper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfgw7ffTsiU

Bam Bam on an old school 90s boom bap type beat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgsaYgYhquI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_f7R5qGQwU

It'll be interesting to see what happens with drill this year, there's plenty of talented MCs and producers in the scene, I'm hoping they can take it up a level

paolo, Friday, 4 January 2019 13:06 (two months ago) Permalink

did anybody read this, and if so, was it good?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0008257132/?coliid=I2BVJTBY756HFR&colid=2X0PVPDUAXF49&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 4 January 2019 13:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, and it was. I can also recommend This Is Grime by Hattie Collins and Olivia Rose, Eskiboy by Wiley and Grime Kids by Target

paolo, Friday, 4 January 2019 14:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks for the new thread! Has there been any good roundups of the 2018 uk rap/swing/grime scene(s) yet? I enjoyed quite a few of them this year but I have no idea which songs were actually the most popular.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 January 2019 14:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Fact did one but not sure if there's any others

paolo, Friday, 4 January 2019 14:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Hmmm, that list's a bit too hard for my tastes. Surely someone somewhere must have rated the more afro-dancehall adjacent rap stuff at some point?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 January 2019 15:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Why did no one mention there was a rap music comedy game show? Made by ITV?! I'm still not sure if I can believe it

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Don%27t+Hate+The+Playaz+ITV2

Scheduled for next autumn: Who Wants to Be a Drillionaire

sbahnhof, Saturday, 5 January 2019 06:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Longneck - I'm not sure there's any kind of critical focus around that stuff even now. Non-grime UK rap still isn't really written about enough (except in a tabloidy drill panic way) and the afropop stuff barely at all despite being legit chart music now.

Is there a drill or afroswing track that enough of us can rally around to get it into the ILX poll? I'm guessing Homerton B/Vroom/I See You Shining?

Matt DC, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 08:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Stylo G - Touchdown is a fave. I also like J Hus - Dark Vader and Yxng Bane & Maleek Berry’s Corner, plus Afro B’s Drogba. And EO’’s German. Not sure if I or anybody else actually rememebered to nom them though, lol.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 10:06 (two months ago) Permalink

* remembered

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 10:06 (two months ago) Permalink

German and Dark Vader were definitely nominated, I remember checking as I would have nominated them otherwise.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 10:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Good. I also like the ones you mentioned and am ready to vote for at least one of them.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 10:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Vroom will def get a vote, and I can probably be persuaded to vote for Homerton B too.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 10:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Those were the two I was thinking of as well (although I'll probably vote for two or three others at least).

Matt DC, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 10:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm not sure there's any kind of critical focus around that stuff even now. Non-grime UK rap still isn't really written about enough (except in a tabloidy drill panic way) and the afropop stuff barely at all despite being legit chart music now

I'm surprised there isn't more coverage of UK rap, everyone in the media was banging on about grime a couple of years ago (and with good reason). Maybe a lot of journalists just find it too poppy to take seriously. This article/interview was pretty decent. Who know that Mabel was Neneh Cherry's daughter?

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/nov/02/everybody-is-looking-at-us-right-now-how-black-british-pop-reclaimed-the-charts

paolo, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Why did no one mention there was a rap music comedy game show?

I don't know but I'm glad you did!

paolo, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:09 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P8OvKbrs7o

This would also fit in the afro bashment thread

paolo, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:10 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't follow this scene well at all, but I thought this was an amusing development:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZCmvyzOAJo

rob, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:31 (two months ago) Permalink

That's wicked, good to see the Tories being held to account by the afro bashment scene

paolo, Saturday, 12 January 2019 11:09 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC1e9F7VaNw

Octavian's won the BBC Sound of 2019 and rightly so

paolo, Saturday, 12 January 2019 11:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Ta!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fG7F9hIKHM

Russ has taken drill into the top 40 with Gun Lean, not really feeling it tbh but the remix is a bit better. Good to see Lethal B keeping up with the youngsters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEZxuNEyz4k

Abz has the perfect voice for drill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr0cladAIyY

67 link up with some German drillers and the results aren't very good. There's an Irish drill scene now as well

paolo, Saturday, 19 January 2019 10:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Into the idea of Irish drill tbh.

Matt DC, Saturday, 19 January 2019 11:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Also Skengdo and AM have been given nine month suspended sentences for being rude about their opps

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/drill-rappers-skengdo-and-am-given-suspended-jail-sentence-a4043391.html

paolo, Saturday, 19 January 2019 12:58 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2SFY-YC1us

New Lady Leshurr freestyle. She is just the best

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvOEZ9_UMPE

Not much new drill to share with you I'm afraid but this one's good, beat's a bit different from your average drill track, reminds me of sinogrime tunes from back in the day

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jan/31/skengdo-and-am-the-drill-rappers-sentenced-for-playing-their-song

Dan Hancox writes about drill and violence in an interview with Skengdo and AM. I've noticed there's a lot more self-censorship in drill tracks over the next six months or so

paolo, Sunday, 3 February 2019 11:48 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7ujy8qV7Uw

This is the track that got them in trouble, best thing they've done recently. Skengdo and AM are two of the biggest names in drill but weren't great last year (especially Skengdo)

paolo, Sunday, 3 February 2019 11:50 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3S0NsqnSik

Skepta's done a Wiley diss track. It's OK

paolo, Monday, 4 February 2019 17:25 (one month ago) Permalink

xp Skengdo & AM's label manager Ian McQuaid has written about the history of music censorship in Britain. It doesn't add much, but it does make me very angry

- https://www.dummymag.com/features/behind-bars-uk-banning-music-censor-drill-alarming-new-ground

The protest letter to the Met police is signed by rappers Saskilla, AWATE and Drillminister, who appears to have changed his name to "Drilliminster"

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 08:05 (one month ago) Permalink

not enough (any?) grime beats on the AJ tracey record in first pass

||||||||, Friday, 8 February 2019 09:36 (one month ago) Permalink

enjoying this second time through in any case

||||||||, Friday, 8 February 2019 14:04 (one month ago) Permalink

It's being reported that Cadet died in a car accident on the way to a gig last night. I was just listening to 'Trendy' yesterday and thinking I should hear more. RIP.

Matt DC, Saturday, 9 February 2019 11:21 (one month ago) Permalink

jesus

advice was one of tunes of the year

RIP

||||||||, Saturday, 9 February 2019 13:00 (one month ago) Permalink

That's a real shame

paolo, Saturday, 9 February 2019 13:37 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK_cCiRg-3E

AM on a non-drill track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lILZHz8XdBs

DigDat is one of the best UK rappers around right now. This is #1 on trending, so that's nice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VaB1y1i2_g

This one's produced by Zeph 'Dot Rotten' Ellis. This is the first time I've heard a grime producer making a drill track I think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T13Ovuu0jf0

Happy valentine's day from Jaykae

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TFSeNXLnZs

Unknown T on a new version of Wifey riddim

paolo, Friday, 15 February 2019 21:18 (one month ago) Permalink

unknown t track is hard

||||||||, Saturday, 16 February 2019 20:09 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gljjM0cPO4

skepta continuing his series of low-key collabs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDUPSNdmFew

dave's new single. not really a big fan of his conscious stuff - wish he'd err more towards thiago silva

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Saturday, 23 February 2019 09:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah I feel the same, that track's pretty good though

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdzjiNAfpcI

Wiley's reply to Skepta, better than his Flip The Table track. I don't know what 'Don't Bread Me' means :(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jshAf_zweg

New MoStack freestyle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-ljUqb0rj0

Section Boyz have changed their name, not sure why

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTw_3O1Hw7g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVkcA1zVucY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB5s8VqGMmU

This is the best thing Loski's done for a while, he's done some more chart friendly tunes but they haven't been that great

paolo, Thursday, 28 February 2019 18:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32HG5UYPs1w

Ms Banks ft. Kida Kudz • Snack

(produced by Ghanaian producer GuiltyBeatz)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 March 2019 18:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Little Simz album has gone to #1 on RYM. Let's check it

imago, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 13:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

...yeah it's sounding rly good

imago, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 13:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

upgrade that to 'kind of amazing'

imago, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's great

monotony, Thursday, 7 March 2019 04:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That Ms Banks tune is ace. I see the police have been taken down that Loski track :( It's Hazards 2.0 if anyone's interested

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huaE85-V8u4

Wiley in not making the video shoot shocker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xudyx3ES1U

New Octavian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0s_Ux1SGpc

Jammz goes birdwatching

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_klecf-FIz8

Scratcha's made a weightless grime track. This has just come out on Keysound, I used to buy loads of their releases but I didn't even know they were still putting stuff out

paolo, Thursday, 7 March 2019 12:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

jammz/birdwatching interface delivers ty

imago, Thursday, 7 March 2019 13:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

another new dave

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkMQNRYlVAQ

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Thursday, 7 March 2019 22:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Feeling that Dave track and Black has grown on me as well. I heard there was some controversy about it being played on Radio 1 which is rather depressing but not entirely surprising. Only listened to his album once but it's really good, lyrically he's probably the best MC in the UK

paolo, Friday, 8 March 2019 13:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was all ready to give the Dave album a miss but I'm listening now and it's really fucking good (if incredibly emo).

Matt DC, Friday, 8 March 2019 13:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah - I gave it a listen this morning. feeling it too tbh

love the burna track

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Friday, 8 March 2019 13:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This and the Little Simz album in as many week suggests a general levelling up in the way MCs are approaching the album format.

Matt DC, Friday, 8 March 2019 13:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Little Simz loses a bit of steam at the end for me, but the first half absolutely bangs. Get her and Koffee on a track together asap

rob, Friday, 8 March 2019 15:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the dave album is decent and he's an engaging if on-the-nose presence (he's 20! he'll do something amazing soon enough i'm sure) but if you prefer it to the little simz i straight up don't understand you

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 08:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Comparing them is extremely dumb.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 09:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA3ROsHN_hs

The Daily Mail are going to be fuming when they find out about this (PS just got out of prison btw)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByaAJGFlVbk

Someone has finally made a Match Of The Day themed drill video. Got so much players from back in the day, we gotta come first on Match Of The Day, all we did was attack like Robben and Drogba, we didn't need no Makelele

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1TJE5b2Lys

Tion Wayne on drill. Beat is super cold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cnEoKLsQQc

AJ Tracey >>> MoStack on this one for me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiKtGbmJUk4

Probably the best youngsters in drill right now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDJK1cJX7uI

I don't know why T1 isn't bigger than he is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P76hOiutujg

Four Tet does drill (sort of)

paolo, Friday, 22 March 2019 09:44 (four days ago) Permalink

that four tet is......................... gooooooood

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Friday, 22 March 2019 09:55 (four days ago) Permalink


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