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Flavour mag Cover Story by moi

Flavour cover stars 23-year-old DaVinChe – who produced Kano’s smash hit Brown Eyes – and songstress Cleo Sol, 19, met through MySpace when DaVinChe heard her sing an unmastered song. Their new single Addicted is a funky tune guaranteed to be on your summer playlists. We caught up with the duo to talk music, school days, and lessons learned http://www.flavourmag.co.uk/davinche-and-cleo-soul/ You can head over to http://www.flavourmag.co.uk/ and read the whole magazine with feautures from Trey Songz, Big Boi and much more For more interviews that I've done in reggae (Morgan Heritage, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley, Beres Hammond...), UK Funky, artists from grime (Chipmunk, Tinchy, Skepta, Bashy...), US hip hop and r&b (TI, John Legend, Trey Songz, Akon...) click here

Damian Marley & Nas 'Distant Relatives' concert Review (MeView)

Disclaimer: I wrote this on my BlackBerry, whilst on holiday, so if there are any mistakes or bits that don't make sense, please forgive me. Catch the review of Distant Relatives here I've been told I go in on the reviews. I guess it's because I retell every nook and cranny. So I've decided to call it a MeView instead of review? Why? Because I'm weird like that :D So the day of the concert I predicted will be concert of the year was finally here; Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley & Nas Distant Relatives concert lands in London, England - Hammersmith Apollo to be precise - after the cancelled date in May due to volcanic ash. Two legends, united to craft the best hip-hip (can I call this genre-colliding project hip-hop?) album I've heard in a few years. Armed with an innovative, inspirational, introspective, incredible, (and again what I class as, and you should to, to be honest) a classic album sure to stand the test of time, will the concert live up to my

Marvin Sparks interviews Gappy Ranks for MTV UK

Marvin Sparks caught up with Gappy Ranks to discuss how recent commercial success by home grown urban artists affects him as a UK reggae artist, whether he’ll change his sound for the pop market, exclusive information about collaborating with Beenie Man and if he ever thought of getting the now famous gaps in his teeth closed... http://www.mtv.co.uk/music/urban/230349-gappy-ranks-the-interview Check it out and let the I know what you thought. Got a whole bunch of other big ones in the cannon ready to be deployed... www.mtv.co.uk/thewrapup is about to step on a whole bunch of other sites with their reggae and dancehall content. That them fi know (said in poshest English accent). Shouts to JP Check out a whole host of interviews I've done previously with the biggest names from Beres Hammond, Gyptian, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Morgan Heritage to Chino & Laden, and Busy Signal. here

Naomi Campbell: "I'm bringing borders back"

I was supposed to have done this post last week, but it slipped me. It's a bit old news in today's world but I still want to post it. Had to post this pic to see if anyone else thought the same thing as me. Who wants to tell me this doesn't look like the famous border shape-up black and Asian boys were donning in the late 90's-early 2000's? This was after patterns and Nike ticks, but before cainrow took over. (Still hate on him for this video to this day) Disclaimer: if she does have a problem with receeding hair like alopecia or something then I apologise. However, I'm making this post based on the assumption that it is to do with wearing too much weave as everyone has been speculated. Like Carlton Livingstone sung "Don't follow rumours," but for the sake of this post I will. In case you don't know the song I'm referring to:

Damn homegirl, in high school...

*holds out mic for the readers to sing along* I spotted this over at That Grape Juice, and quite frankly my heart sunk a little. The post started so well Now look I remember back in the days when she was that chick. Foxy couldn't talk to her, not even in tongues could she talk to Kim. I remember walking past the local independant record shop (remember them) with my mum, seeing the infamous Hardcore picture posted up. I'll say nothing more on that (#GoodTimes). I still would have (based on the video) circa "Lighters Up".

Update

So I didn't have a creative topic title. This is just a couple videos I enjoyed over the weekend and a song I'm feeling really. Thought I'd give you an insight into the psyche of the elusive Marvin Sparks (that's me hyping this post like it's something more than just a few songs I feel to post). Starting with Mr Wayne Marshall This song has been getting beaten very hard recently. Sounds like something that will sit nicely on play lists. Jamaican directed and produced dancehall (well this isn't dancehall as such) videos have been far superior to those by Yanks (Little X). Next up, Bounty Killer & Busy Signal Taken from the JukeBoxx produced Damage Control riddim (check the Buju on that), the Killer seems to be back to his poor people governer circa 1999-2001 times again. Fierce flow, potent delivery etc. Possibly the 'ardest UK rap tune right now, Chipmunk, Wretch 32, Sincere & Loick Essien - Last One Standing That beat is cinematic! Wret

Ricky Blaze 'Just You and I'

Yeah so I'm late on this. Partially my fault for being ignorant to any other song on the Hold You riddim. I meant to click this one from a long time ago, but something always diverted my attention. Slipped I know. Main reason I wanted to hear it is because this 22 year-old produced the riddim. I wanted to hear his interpretation of his own riddim which is usually an interesting take. So in my opinion, how did he do? I think this is another infectious tune on the riddim. Could end up doing what Serani did on Unfinished Business riddim with No Games when he ran off with all te commercial food. I say could because Hold You will be a hard task to beat due in a big way to the Nicki Minaj factor. I think this is a better pop song than Hold You. Ricky's from Brooklyn so his voice sits in a way that's comfortable to Americans.

New Funky Dee vid/The day UK Funky died?

Yes, you read correctly, "new Funky Dee" in a sentence. I know you probably thought/think "What? He has a new tune?" If that is your question, I can confirm you assumptions are in fact incorrect. Funky Dee has recorded and released a video for the year-old club islands banger Are You Gonna Bang Doe Why did he think... Who funded... what possessed him to do this?! I thought Migraine Skank got released late, but this takes the pee (no "... Wee Herman". I promise to stop that soon). Why would he want to? Made a mish-mash dead, no vibes video to a song that I feel no way in saying I liked, yeah likeD . Talk of him being a one-hit wonder will continue for a while longer. He remixed this for the uni students ( Are You Gonna Pass ), even threatened to sue Lady P for the pro-veg anthem Are You Gonna Yam . I wonder if Apple decided to break bread for Mr Dee to use the hijacked instrumental Chantes/Chants (delete as you see fit) Good luck to him though. It'l

Spragga Benz 'Shotta Culture' [video]

I'm late on posting this but please believe I heard and rated it from while ago Will this be 2010's Welcome To Jamrock or Ghetto Story? Remains to be seen. I personally don't think it's as strong, but I hope for the best. Hold tight Salaam Remi on the buttons. Big man in the game worked with Amy Winehouse on Back To Black, Ms Dynamite on Mercury music prize winning album A Little Deeper (he did 'Dy-Na-Mi-Tee'), Ini Kamoze 'Here Come's The Hotstepper' (the original, not the one in the charts), Toni Braxton 'You're Making Me High' and Nas 'Made You Look' (Street's Disciple was SH*T!, but he produced Theif's Theme and Suicide Bounce) plus many many more big tracks. Good to see Spragga back on the ting! Never knew there was a video for Tiny Tot! Tune gets numerous wheels wen I'm 'ere. Sounds like my (fantasy) biography

Vybz Kartel & Russian 'Straight Jeans & Fitted'

Vybz Kartel teams up with producer-now-apparantly-artist Russian to create what he hopes is a fashionista follow-up to the successful Clarks trilogy (more the 2nd) I now like this song. Didn't have much of an effect on me first time round, but it catchy nuh fk. Big tune That isn't the only reason I posted this; it annoys me to see the infiltration of American culture by Jamaican artists/Jamaican. Remember when Jamaica used to set the trends? Why decide to follow? Have some originality. And what's good with the face? Whilst on the subject of Kartel, this video's jokes. Mad Collab will probably be riddim of the year