Headie One is always so laid back, he makes Giggs look like Tempa T. Dave's verse on this is super duper
Bam Bam on an old school 90s boom bap type beat
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 (six months ago) link
did anybody read this, and if so, was it good?
― Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 4 January 2019 13:38 (six months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
Fact did one but not sure if there's any others
― paolo, Friday, 4 January 2019 14:51 (six months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
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
Scheduled for next autumn: Who Wants to Be a Drillionaire
― sbahnhof, Saturday, 5 January 2019 06:15 (six months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
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?
― paolo, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:01 (six months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
This would also fit in the afro bashment thread
― paolo, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:10 (six months ago) link
I don't follow this scene well at all, but I thought this was an amusing development:
― rob, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:31 (six months ago) link
That's wicked, good to see the Tories being held to account by the afro bashment scene
― paolo, Saturday, 12 January 2019 11:09 (six months ago) link
Octavian's won the BBC Sound of 2019 and rightly so
― paolo, Saturday, 12 January 2019 11:10 (six months ago) link
Listening to ILX Listen: 2019
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:57 (six months ago) link
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
Abz has the perfect voice for drill
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 (six months ago) link
Into the idea of Irish drill tbh.
― Matt DC, Saturday, 19 January 2019 11:03 (six months ago) link
Also Skengdo and AM have been given nine month suspended sentences for being rude about their opps
― paolo, Saturday, 19 January 2019 12:58 (six months ago) link
New Lady Leshurr freestyle. She is just the best
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
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 (five months ago) link
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 (five months ago) link
Skepta's done a Wiley diss track. It's OK
― paolo, Monday, 4 February 2019 17:25 (five months ago) link
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
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 (five months ago) link
not enough (any?) grime beats on the AJ tracey record in first pass
― ||||||||, Friday, 8 February 2019 09:36 (five months ago) link
enjoying this second time through in any case
― ||||||||, Friday, 8 February 2019 14:04 (five months ago) link
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 (five months ago) link
advice was one of tunes of the year
― ||||||||, Saturday, 9 February 2019 13:00 (five months ago) link
That's a real shame
― paolo, Saturday, 9 February 2019 13:37 (five months ago) link
AM on a non-drill track
DigDat is one of the best UK rappers around right now. This is #1 on trending, so that's nice
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
Happy valentine's day from Jaykae
Unknown T on a new version of Wifey riddim
― paolo, Friday, 15 February 2019 21:18 (five months ago) link
unknown t track is hard
― ||||||||, Saturday, 16 February 2019 20:09 (five months ago) link
skepta continuing his series of low-key collabs
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 (four months ago) link
Yeah I feel the same, that track's pretty good though
Wiley's reply to Skepta, better than his Flip The Table track. I don't know what 'Don't Bread Me' means :(
New MoStack freestyle
Section Boyz have changed their name, not sure why
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 (four months ago) link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32HG5UYPs1wMs Banks ft. Kida Kudz • Snack(produced by Ghanaian producer GuiltyBeatz)
― breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 March 2019 18:03 (four months ago) link
The Little Simz album has gone to #1 on RYM. Let's check it
― imago, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 13:17 (four months ago) link
...yeah it's sounding rly good
― imago, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 13:24 (four months ago) link
upgrade that to 'kind of amazing'
― imago, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:48 (four months ago) link
― monotony, Thursday, 7 March 2019 04:10 (four months ago) link
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
Wiley in not making the video shoot shocker
Jammz goes birdwatching
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 (four months ago) link
jammz/birdwatching interface delivers ty
― imago, Thursday, 7 March 2019 13:05 (four months ago) link
another new dave
― PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Thursday, 7 March 2019 22:30 (four months ago) link
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 (four months ago) link
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 (four months ago) link
yeah - I gave it a listen this morning. feeling it too tbh
love the burna track
― PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Friday, 8 March 2019 13:10 (four months ago) link
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 (four months ago) link
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 (four months ago) link
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 (four months ago) link
Comparing them is extremely dumb.
― Matt DC, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 09:11 (four months ago) link
The Daily Mail are going to be fuming when they find out about this (PS just got out of prison btw)
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
Tion Wayne on drill. Beat is super cold
AJ Tracey >>> MoStack on this one for me
Probably the best youngsters in drill right now
I don't know why T1 isn't bigger than he is
Four Tet does drill (sort of)
― paolo, Friday, 22 March 2019 09:44 (four months ago) link
that four tet is......................... gooooooood
― PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Friday, 22 March 2019 09:55 (four months ago) link
Three new decent grime tracks in a row
Fairly sure that this is the first grime video filmed (partly) outside the King Power Stadium. Bugzy Malone sent for Chip outside White Hart Lane one time iirc
This beat is just super cold
Would be great to see more drill rappers on tracks like this, really good to see these guys trying something different
― paolo, Monday, 8 April 2019 17:39 (three months ago) link
anyone listen to any mix series / radio shows with uk rap (especially the afropop or drill stuff)? i go through youtube channels like grm daily, link up tv and pressplay sometimes but it seems like there are a ton of forgettable songs for every exciting one. which is still kind of fun, but you know...
the closest thing i've heard is gully type, where the mixes start with uk drill for a while before switching to different material, talking and stuff. i've never actually listened beyond where they change tempo. but for example i love the first 20 mins of this one from 2017:
― ttyl, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 02:27 (three months ago) link
this song's from 2018 but i don't think it was posted:
― ttyl, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 03:00 (three months ago) link
I only really get this stuff from YouTube. Kenny Allstar's got a show on 1Xtra and Carns Hill has a show on Rinse. There's a Drill & UK Rap playlist on Spotify that's pretty good as well
― paolo, Thursday, 11 April 2019 07:58 (three months ago) link
Digga D's taken drill top 20. All the beats above are by Ghosty who is really rather talented
New Unknown T. The video features him rapping in a meat locker and getting some sexy laydeez to cook him a steak :/
― paolo, Friday, 3 May 2019 08:04 (two months ago) link
― Matt DC, Friday, 24 May 2019 08:00 (one month ago) link
That's ace! Scrufizzer is hard
Some Christian drill for ya. Not a lot of Christianity on show in the lyrics though
― paolo, Friday, 24 May 2019 09:38 (one month ago) link
This is a banger but the video makes me feel queasy :(
― paolo, Friday, 24 May 2019 09:40 (one month ago) link
Drillers getting political. Krept and Konan have started a Change.org petition to stop the police taking down videos
― paolo, Saturday, 15 June 2019 18:00 (one month ago) link
Lady Leshurr with the best pair of trousers you'll see in a rap video this year
― paolo, Saturday, 15 June 2019 18:04 (one month ago) link
Diane Abbott's defended drill in the House of Commons and brought Krept and Konan and Skengdo and AM in to speak about censorship. The right wing press are going to love that.
― paolo, Thursday, 20 June 2019 09:03 (one month ago) link
I found a Scottish driller. He's absolutely rubbish tbh but big him up anyway
― paolo, Thursday, 20 June 2019 09:06 (one month ago) link
jed mcneill 5 days ago
The deadest thing ever to come out of Scotland
― paolo, Thursday, 20 June 2019 09:07 (one month ago) link
NSG’s “OT Bop” is so good.
― breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 07:15 (three weeks ago) link
we stan bucket hat alex
― ||||||||, Monday, 1 July 2019 11:57 (three weeks ago) link
bucket hat alex truthers can >>>>>
He’s got truthers??
― gyac, Monday, 1 July 2019 12:12 (three weeks ago) link
there are people out there who insist he was a plant
why can’t we just have this one beautiful thing
― ||||||||, Monday, 1 July 2019 12:41 (three weeks ago) link
Truly honoured to have been in the crowd for Bucket Hat Alex. The tension, the look of fear on his face and the explosion of joy when he pulled it off was up there with any penalty shootout I've seen.
― Matt DC, Monday, 1 July 2019 17:42 (three weeks ago) link
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― ||||||||, Thursday, 4 July 2019 10:56 (two weeks ago) link
The Piers Morgan interview was the exact moment when this went from amazing to terrible.
― Matt DC, Thursday, 4 July 2019 11:13 (two weeks ago) link
That Corella track is big, would also fit in the afro bashment thread
― paolo, Friday, 5 July 2019 17:18 (two weeks ago) link
DigDat looks like both Rashford and Lingard
I think we need more drill tracks about household cleaning products
Skepta's making more of an effort to move with the times than any of the other grime guys from back in the day
This one sounds like it's got a bit of a dancehall influence. I think it's good that Unknown T's been trying to do things differently since Homerton B but at the same time it'd be nice to hear more bangers like that.
I'm a sucker for tunes with built-in reloads
Drill's even more male-dominated than grime ever was. Ivoriandoll's one of the only girls in the scene.
I just found out that Bandokay is Mark Duggan's son. Feds can't stand me just cos I look like my daddy :(
― paolo, Friday, 5 July 2019 17:31 (two weeks ago) link
Oops, here's the built-in reload track. Also Bucket Hat Alex is my new hero <3 <3
― paolo, Friday, 5 July 2019 17:34 (two weeks ago) link
can’t remember if this was linked - can’t see the embeds above on phonehttps://youtu.be/EkWCweyi2vI
― ||||||||, Friday, 5 July 2019 18:13 (two weeks ago) link
oh duh now I'm on computer, I see paolo posted it...
― ||||||||, Saturday, 6 July 2019 05:11 (two weeks ago) link
TS: Bucket Hat Alex v Ben Foster
― paolo, Friday, 19 July 2019 20:21 (three days ago) link