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Wiley 'Party Pooper' What happens when you listen to too much Drake and Lil' Wayne? I dunno exactly but I'd guess something like this Tune bangs! Beat is a proper jam. If I were A&R of an r&b singer I'd get to hook up with this producer. Wiley should have sold this to an r&b singer. You should have fam. This is a proper jam R. Kelly > your granny's tea and toast on a winters evening Kells brought one of the best performances I've seen at an awards show in a minute. Channeled his inner Sam Cooke (not on levels with but you get my motion? No? Aight den...) on the Soul Train Awards. I've watched it through three times so far. Vocals, stage presence, songs, lyrics, dancers, co-operation from the band etc. Trey Songz who? Bruno Mars who? NeYo who? None of them can talk to Robert Kelly. #RandomThought he should use his full name to match with the mature route, dontcha think? 2111282126 Uploaded by yardie4lifever2 . - See video of the bi

Nigerian Idol takes a dancehall twist

Recently we had Clarks on Canadian ' So You Think You Can Dance ', now this. I've waited forever to see something like this over here. Sadly it still hasn't happened. However this Nigerian repped hard! (Disclaimer: I think this is new. Video uploaded on Tuesday) This brings a smile to my face. I'm still laughing at the students partying to Serani's No Games in the middle of the protest/riot as posted here It's funny how Nigerians and Jamaicans cuss each other all the while over here (sometimes banter, sometimes ignorance), yet in Nigeria some of (could be a lot but I don't know) their music is clearly influenced by Jamaica and Jamaica sings about Africa (mainly Ethiopia but still). I remember Congolese entertainer Eddie Kadi's show at the o2 taking the piss out of Jamaicans in a way my Ghanaian friend thought was offensive (talking about Jamaican man coming home from betting shop after claiming benefits = wotless) before being joined on stage b

Thucking Thursday

Nicki Minaj joins Kanye to perform Monster jacked from Soul Culture Well apart from fancying every inch of Nicki Minaj from the top of her head to her ankles (never seen her feet, but not a big fan of feet. Call me immature, I'll just sulk. Big deal), her shape is out of the galaxy. I don't care if it's fake, it looks real and there aren't any receipts so until then it's down to genetics. Hip hop fans that criticise dancehall for being slack are hypocrites. I bet you see nothing wrong with his sexually explicit content on this song. But something I've always wondered is how does it feel to sing "N**ga" looking in the face of a bunch of white people? I cringe whenever I play a white person a hip hop song with that word. I know this is an age old discussion... but this is my blog, nah? Awoe! Random Tune of the Day: Alanis Morrisette 'One Hand In My Pocket' This tune goes hard. This and 'Ironic' (which will probably be another Ran

Wednesday tings

Kano on 'Game Over' Spotted this over at Soul Culture. This isn't another Kano jacking and stomping all over someone else's beat like Pow! 2011. This has an interesting background: "Having collaborated together in 2006 on Kano‘s “Hustler” remix from 140 Grime St, Swedish rapper Lazee and Kano teamed up again in Stockholm, summer 2009 to record some tracks with producer Ishi. One of these tracks was “Game Over”, a record you’ll probably recognise as Tinchy Stryder‘s latest release. Watch below as Lazee & Kano vocal the first version of the “Game Over” production in the studio before it became Tinchy’s cut." Full track: You hear he used the "Hood like little Red Riding" as he did on Pow! 2011? Random Flashback: Wiley x Kano x Ghetts 'She Glows' Received airplay on 1Xtra, not sure where it charted. Let's be honest this song is absolute garbage. Randomly crossed my mind today. 3 of grime's greatest lyricists ever put out

Princess Nyah new vid & Camera Sketch DVD

Princess Nyah 'Take Control' Song = meh but damn, I'da give her a pam still (Jamaican's will know what that means, the rest of you can use your dirty mind to imagine) Cameraman Sketch's new DVD Live events, mini music videos, interviews and freestyles. Features from OG'z, Boy Better Know, Bloodline, Asher D, Rude Kid,Wariko, Fangol, Desperado, Trilla, Roll Deep, Nasty Crew, Don Strapzy & many more. The DVD will be available to buy from www.cameramansketch.co.uk , all HMV stores, UK Record Shop and any independent record store on the 29th November 2010 Got this through email. Hold tight Sketch. Quite interesting seeing his figures. Over 2k sold on "London To Nottingham", and over 3k on second DVD "UK Touring". Thought the D-wi-D game died. That's good still. Will definitely be checking for this. FIND SKETCH AT www.youtube.com/user/sketchkraverrip www.twitter.com/cameramansketch That's all for today. Disclaimer:

Marvin Sparks interviews SAS part 1 [AUDIO]

Trust, this interview is a lot. I haven't listened/watched every SAS interview but from the ones I have, none are like this Wrote up a feature for Flavour magazine August/September issue (you can read the feature here ). I did the best I could but it is impossible to turn this into a 900 word feature. When I say this interview is REAL please don't take me likely. To quote Mega "Yeah I liked that. Usually I give generic answers but I was just venting on some 2Pac me against the world shit!" Here is the first part of the interview: In the first part of 3 (maayyybe 4 x 10mins) we spoke about meeting Memphis Bleek whilst battle rapping in Marcy Projects in New York a.k.a Jay-Z's former stomping grounds, SAS rejecting a production deal with Kanye West, exclusive on how Kanye stopped them getting a major label deal, and rappers/MCs in the UK not staying true to the artform and rating "success more than talent". @MarvinSparks interviews @MegaSAS a

MiRecommend: Di Genius 'Winnings' riddim

You know I say you should never lie to artists or producers about shit songs that we have to suffer hearing? Well did I ever tell you about the riddim me and my cousins gassed one of the best dancehall producers about the day he made it? Mutual followers may have seen this tweet : "@DiGenius1 I saw the vlogs. Crazy vibes in Japan! Ship ah sail outernational. But yo, hope you voice that riddim. Capsize everything!!!" To which he replied : "@MarvinSparks mmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#SHIP" Then if you don't believe it's this riddim I replied : "@DiGenius1 "No man to mi riddim again" Yow! Big up Stephen" Convo took place on the 28th August. Yeah I searched it. You may not think I'm gassing but that doesn't mean they don't... Well this is it. Can't wait for the CDQ of the riddims to drop. The instrumental for this riddim is absolutely friggin crazy on a next ting. Swear down, if the pieces on there match

Shower Down Saturday

Exhibit A: Maxsta sends for Chipmunk Today's post title is dedicated to this. "Showering down" = rapping seriously good lyrics. I jacked this Grime Daily exclusive from Soul Culture - ironic, much ( soul as my source for grime )? I'm not grime so I only know this story as far back as Chipmunk allegedly getting Maxsta removed from Pow 2011. Tinchy Stryder's signing Maxsta gives more reasons why he doesn't like Chipmunk "You try badmind me to Colin (think he say Colin anyway)/ Try badmind me to Terror Danja/ Like it's my fault Mz Bratt broke you heart..." Wow is all I can say to this. He will have the whole scene behind him for this. Chipmunk must be thinking "Again... and again... oops here we go again". Dot, Grim, Lowkey now this? Cussing man's mum was a bit far though As grimestress Hyperfrank wrote: "Now the music market has shifted to a more harder sound being embraced, the real question is, can chipmunk have t

J Cole wants to work with grime MC

So I got off the phone to my favourite rapper J. Cole about an hour ago. If you don't know about him, he's Jay-Z first signee to Roc Nation and crashed his website with over 4,000 people trying to gain access to his site to download latest mixtape Friday Night Lights ( click for download ) at one time last Friday. So yeah, if you haven't heard of him, you live under a rock (or in Twitter terms #SlapYourself). Often compared with Drake. Many of you may like this This song goes hard off the latest tape. Check the 3rd and final verse. Anyway, I interviewed him today for free urban lifestyle, music and fashion magazine Flavour Magazine (website and read latest Pioneers issue of mag by clicking here) (follow 'em on Twitter ). We spoke about a lot but you'll have to wait and see that. I won't tell you what we spoke about because you never know who's reading and may... let's say "be influenced". I think it's interesting, hope you will too

Hot Wuk x Sticky + Free Kartel = this post

On the 25th November, Hot Wuk returns to celebrate Sticky's birthday at East Village London's maddest bashement party gets madder - Watch out for surprise appearances from Sticky's nearest and dearest MCs, who will be celebrating his birthday by chatting on classic dancehall rhythms. If you've ever raved to a Sticky tune or gone mad to one of his remixes, its time to come and buy the big man a drink! You can buy advance tickets for only £5 here : http://hotwuk.eventbrite.com/ Know that I will be in the building! Always a good night with great music! If you wanna join me, the first to email dan@theheatwave.co.uk with "Marvin Sparks / Hot Wuk Guestlist" And Free Kartel . Nah he isn't in prison, but I do have a free download to his track Dancehall Hero released on his Adidjaheim Records. I've got it in my email but I've stolen Look Hear See's link .

UK Music tonight >>>

Sorry but this just in Game Over reeeeemiiix Ghetts on this > Ghetts on Pow 2011. Griminal's second half is sick! Maxsta goes in! Dot Rotten fux it! Nearly everyone goes in... just listen for yourself Game Over Remix Ruff Sqwad, Tinchy, Ghetts, P Money, Maxsta + Others by user2297205 Original Game Over; Tinchy Stryder featuring Giggs, Pro Green, Tinie Tempah, Example, Devlin and Chipmunk And this? This? Kano, this? Kano F64 on Pow 2011? Kano pow2011 64bars by GRIME2011 The intro is recording of Jay-Z biggin him up on Semtex's show. Bruv, I quit. When was the last time anything US got me this hyped? Apart from J. Cole's latest mixtape? Nothing really. #TeamUK (well #TeamGoodmUsiK) Shouts to GrimeForum for the audio. Topic on Game Over and Kano's extended Pow! 2011 p.s. I feel sorry for Sway. If you didn't know he isn't on the original Pow 2011 because Kano took a 16 bar so Sway wanted equal or nothing. Sway has been on Twitter saying he

Thursday Things

Scorcher 'Terms of Agreement' Got this through an email. But I'll still give you my honest opinion (unlike other blogs). Not my cuppa tea. Should work for them Oceana types. Said it before and I'll say it again, I think Scorcher should concentrate on making songs for girls. That isn't to say he isn't a very good MC. Is that a sample of Estelle's 'Freak' in there. He kills the freestyle on the end of this with deep bars so I'm not saying he is a one-trick pony by any stretch of the imagination (Don't flick out the Skywalker on me bruv) Mr. G 'Swaggerific' Another track/video sent through email. I love both riddims featured on here. One Day (the first) was probably riddim of the summer when I was in Jamaica. If you know it, you'll know it for 'Drinking Rum (and Red Bull)' by Future Fambo and Beenie Man or Khago's anthem 'Nah Sell Out'. 'Swaggerific' always snuck in on the juggling. However, S

Wiley TweetViews Chipmunk's new video

Yeah, another TweetView. Yeah, I'm killing it. Don't for a second think this is lazy blogging though. Trusssst me, TweetView'ing XFactor is not simple feat. I missed the whole episode. Well I heard it, but I didn't watch it.Twitter is such a funny place, I'm documenting this for future. Anyway, Wiley and Chipmunk were beefing not too long ago. Anybody that knows about Wiley know's he forgets most things in short space of time so I don't think he was sending (dissing), more like he's bussing commentary. Now remember, Wiley is a 31 year old, legend, pioneer of grime. First up, here's the video Now Wiley's commentary: @WileyArtist Wiley im running this jungle cant touch me im hammer and im a lion king hakuna matata @WileyArtist Wiley was that helicopter really above chipmunk @WileyArtist Wiley when chipmunk is next to the lion you can see me in the distance by a tree doing the crip walk @WileyArtist Wiley im in chips video driving that hel

We're back

Went in hard over the weekend with blog posts including 3 TweetView's so I thought I'd let my "Thoughts of the day" breathe for a day of few. And nah, I won't stop referring to myself in plural. It sounds cool-er RIP ODB Spotted over at Soul Culture . The Ol' Dirty Boy (it's Bastard really) died 6 years ago 13th November. There will never be another ODB in this current climate. Like wise Eazy E and Flavor Flav. Real characters. The game's too serious at the moment. People would say things like "Ergh, he's basic" because they don't drop #DrakeBars (them stupid punchlines like "My chain so icy... freezer"). Or people will say "He needs media training" or even "That's a publicity stunt". WTF (what the f***)?! Rappers are meant to be wild and unruly if that's what they are. It's about freedom of expression and rebellion. Too many former pop fans comment like they are hip hop these days. Before

TweetView: Take That ReUnite 15-years later: 1st Xfactor perfomance

Think I'll put this down as a Real Badman Never Afraid . I'll blog about Take That cos they had couple tunes. Pray, Everything Changes and Back For Good get wheels on decks. For those unfamiliar with the Take That story, the popular boyband split up in '96 following Robbie Williams departure in '95. Robbie embarked on a successful solo career shifting over 55 million albums, plus singles Rock DJ, Millenium and all-time anthem (and his solo career saver) Angels. Take That reunited without him in '05, releasing well-received album Beautiful World in '06 with big singles Shine, Rule The World and Patience, and went on tour. Robbie Williams career began to fail with two critically-panned albums, Rudebox and Reality Killed the Video Star. Surprise, surprise Take That managed to convince Robbie to re-join last year. Today was their first performance in 15 years. If there are any inaccuracies Wiki them both ( Take That and Robbie ), I checked album names and confi

JLS 'Love You More' XFactor Live performance TweetView

Didn't plan to do this but too many good tweets to leave it out Another Real Badman Never Afraid kinda thread. Brief history: JLS were runners up on 2008 XFactor, losing to Alexandra Burke. Have since gone on to have a successful career. For other TweetView episodes click here KEY: RT aka ReTweet = Repeating someone else's tweet for everyone of your own followers to see @[insert name] = Twitter username. www.twitter.com/[name after @ sign] For example: @MarvinSparks = www.twitter.com/MarvinSparks Follow everyone who wrote tweets you like. If you'd like your tweet removed ask and I'll think about it Last but not least Disclaimer: Tweets do not reflect the opinions of us (me) here at Marvin Sparks dot Blog Spot dot com. We (I) found them funny/relevant Forget what the papers will say, here's what the tweople say @madnewsblog Janice Miss Mad News Its JLS everyone!!!! @thatgrapejuice Sam GrapeJuice Gotta love this gassing-up promo for JLS. Can't st

XFactor TweetView Finals Week 6

Didn't do it last week but the popular TweetView series is BACK! Forget what the judges say, be up with what the Tweople say. For other TweetView episodes click here KEY: RT aka ReTweet = Repeating someone else's tweet for everyone of your own followers to see @[insert name] = Twitter username. www.twitter.com/[name after @ sign] For example: @MarvinSparks = www.twitter.com/MarvinSparks Follow everyone who wrote tweets you like. If you'd like your tweet removed ask and I'll think about it Last but not least Disclaimer: Tweets do not reflect the opinions of us (me) here at Marvin Sparks dot Blog Spot dot com. We (I) found them funny/relevant @thatgrapejuice Sam GrapeJuice X Factor time! @KojoTweets Kojo #XFactor time! Let's get it in people!!!! @naijaboymikey Mikey A Abegunde Elton John week!!! Yesssss hunnays!!! @Wretch32 Wretch 32 elton john week guess cher aint doing movado @KojoTweets Kojo #XFactor Best part of the show is seeing what Cheryl is we