Over the Christmas break i settled down to Channel AKA (formerly Channel U), the legendary music TV channel that gave many of the UK’s current stars their first TV appearance. Now, like many underground things, it’s a little more commercial and more glitzy than before, however I did catch this gem by JME. ’96 Fuckries’ sees him spit, well, 96 bars of pure grimy bliss. Filmed with a steadicam over various locations in England. It’s out on Jan 15th.
“I had a Durag straight at birth,
God sent me here to make shit worse,
Nobody wants a punch in the face
Coz when you get punched in the face it hurts”
Tim Dolla’s soundcloud is on fire! In the last week, the Brick Bandit DJ has uploaded two Jersey club remixes of hip hop heavy hitters – ASAP Rocky’s ‘Peso’ and Young Jeezy’s ‘Super Freak’, alongside two of his own hip hop productions, an instrumental and a vocal. Check two out below and the rest over at his page.
Robert Beatty is the man behind some of our favourite Mixpak covers: Andy Petr’s ‘Rapper Turned Singer’ and the two Vybz Kartel singles, ‘Half On A Baby’ and ‘Go Go Wine’. He was asked by Vice Italy to put together a mix for their Friday Mixtape series, and he delivered one hour of ‘paranoid, sick and beautiful’ music, running from Clipse to Francoise Hardy.
It’s no secret that Wiley is into his bashment (we’re still sitting on the edge of our seats waiting patiently for Showa Step to drop), but here comes the confirmation it’s here to stay. This brand new dancehall riddim sees Wiley taking his inspiration from Tenor Saw’s classic ‘No Work On A Sunday’. Fellow UK MC Maxwell D also jumps on the riddim, taking his cue from ‘Pirate’s Anthem’. Here’s to hoping there’s more of this in 2012.
Our first single with bright new Jamaican star Popcaan is dropping tomorrow and it got its first airing today on BBC 1Xtra as part of their Hot 20 for 2012 feature and will continue to run on its playlist from here on in.
After blasting onto the scene in 2010 on the biggest dancehall tune of the year, “Clarks,” Portmore’s Popcaan has since proved himself as one of the most talented up-and-coming vocalists in the genre and now 2012 sees Popskull and Dre Skull teaming up for an emotional gallis anthem, a slow-burning and euphoric bashment tune that showcases Popcaan’s versatile singjay style. Watch for it dropping, head here to watch the BBC interview and be sure to leave us your feedback!