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 (six months ago) link

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 (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

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 (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

* remembered

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?

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 (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

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

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:

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

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

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 (six months ago) link

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:57 (six months ago) link

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 (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

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 (six months ago) link

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 (five months ago) link

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 (five months ago) link

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

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

- 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 (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

jesus

advice was one of tunes of the year

RIP

||||||||, 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

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 (five months ago) link

unknown t track is hard

||||||||, Saturday, 16 February 2019 20:09 (five months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (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

it's great

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

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 (four months ago) link

jammz/birdwatching interface delivers ty

imago, Thursday, 7 March 2019 13:05 (four months ago) link

another new dave

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

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

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 months ago) link

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

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Friday, 22 March 2019 09:55 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Three new decent grime tracks in a row

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urkF-m5k0h0

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQBQ_6dz0Jk

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0074W0ghhNM

This beat is just super cold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVHyHnguvO4

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:

https://soundcloud.com/gully-type/gully-type-radio

ttyl, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 02:27 (three months ago) link

this song's from 2018 but i don't think it was posted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZC9AJNtor4

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

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQBsQFeaBO8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jPyQ0L5HN8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEc2ZWIJKxc

Digga D's taken drill top 20. All the beats above are by Ghosty who is really rather talented

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

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

three weeks pass...

https://youtu.be/RXVyuWH_c78

Yes please.

Matt DC, Friday, 24 May 2019 08:00 (one month ago) link

That's ace! Scrufizzer is hard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD_qcH8GoQs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX159hnd8Lw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4X_CzRyVT8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy34kzP1isw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMGOea8LgAw

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkoX45IEuOk

This is a banger but the video makes me feel queasy :(

paolo, Friday, 24 May 2019 09:40 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0znnN0JQ8Q

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.

https://www.dummymag.com/news/diane-abbott-drill-artists-houses-of-parliament/

paolo, Thursday, 20 June 2019 09:03 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs_lVpB-8zo

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 >>>>>

||||||||, Monday, 1 July 2019 11:57 (three weeks ago) link

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

https://youtu.be/_1SNFlZDcS8

||||||||, 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biLIz5-ztg0

paolo, Friday, 5 July 2019 17:18 (two weeks ago) link

DigDat looks like both Rashford and Lingard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ApjvzH4Z3E

I think we need more drill tracks about household cleaning products

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp4q6qi6inQ

Skepta's making more of an effort to move with the times than any of the other grime guys from back in the day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkWCweyi2vI

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkWCweyi2vI

I'm a sucker for tunes with built-in reloads

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBjo7d8bTqI

Drill's even more male-dominated than grime ever was. Ivoriandoll's one of the only girls in the scene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWvIeN1Xs_o

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H09kLx-U1PI

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 phone
https://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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3GijQiyM4w

TS: Bucket Hat Alex v Ben Foster

paolo, Friday, 19 July 2019 20:21 (three days ago) link


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