STORMZY ALBUM REVIEW – GANG SIGNS & PRAYER BY CAPO


Capo founder of the Lord Of The Decks/Mics series, writer, and innovator has picked up his pen and decided to share his views with us. What a place to start but Stormzy’s iconic debut album

Stormzy has been consistently doing stuff for a little while now, releasing a number of mixtapes which have all made their mark. Hearing that he was releasing an album had me slightly confused for a sec, because of his EP/freestyle repertoire he’s had me feeling like I’ve already heard a couple of his albums already. 

Gang signs and prayer is a nicely balanced album, a debut that doesn’t feel like one. It almost feels too mature. This is just credit to Stormzy, he’s grown as an artist. Not only that, part of Stormzy’s charm is the fact that he’s comfortable in his own skin and it’s reflected nicely on the album. We know with the first single ‘Big for your boots’ and previous bangers like ‘Shut up’ and ‘Not that deep’ that Stormzy can hold it up wit the hype tracks but an album needs more. The interlude with Wretch 32 is one of my favourite tracks, 21 Gun Salute. Kinda wish the track was longer. Yet the poignant message still shines through. Same for tracks like Don’t cry for me, Lay me bare and 100 bags, all well penned verses. It’s so nice to hear a young voice telling the youts to “invest in life”. Shits refreshing!!!

On saying that my tune of the album is Mr Skeng🤣 What can I say shit does something to me differently. That’s the track man need to hear live.

Life’s an oxymoron and Stormzy beautifully portrays this with a very polished and I’d go as far as to say iconic debut.

Caps. 

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VIDEO: STORMZY – BIG FOR YOUR BOOTS

AFTER 9 MONTHS OF SILENCE STORMZY IS BACK GASSING UP THE SCENE FIRST WITH CRYPTIC BILLBOARDS THEN HE POPS UP ON MISTAJAMS BBC RADIO 1 SHOW AND THEN DROPS HIS VIDEO, ALBUM PREORDER LINK AND THE STREAMING/ PURCHASE LINKS FOR THE LEAD SINGLE BIG FOR YOUR BOOTS

BIG FOR YOU BOOTS IS PRODUCED BY SPYRO AND FRASER T SMITH,  THE VIDEO IS DIRECTED BY  DAPS AND FEATURES FEMALE GRIME POWERHOUSES! WITH NO BOOTY SHAKES OR ANY MISOGYNISTIC REFERENCES IN SIGHT [BIG UP STORMZY]

AND WELCOME BACK

ALBUM: PRESIDENT T – T ON THE WING

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PRESIDENT T ROUNDED OFF 2016 AS THE  YEAR FOR GRIME WITH HIS ALBUM, FOLLOWING RELEASES FROM KANO AND SKEPTA, PREZ T ADDED ANOTHER BANGER TO LIST.

PACKED WITH 12 TUNES ‘T ON THE WING’ FEATURES THE GRIME ELITE WITH FEATURES FROM JME, GHETTS, FRISCO AND MORE.

DELIVERED IN PRESIDENTS T’S INIMITABLE FLOW THIS PROJECT IS ONE YOU’LL BE BANGING OUT FOR A LONG TIME!

BUY HERE

 

EP: GRANDMIXXER -BALCONY MUSIC EP

GRANDMIXXER HAS RELEASED HIS EP BALCONY MUSIC

AVAILABLE ON BANDCAMP ARE 4 TRACKS OF GRIMEY SUBTLETY PROVING HIMSELF TO BE A PRODUCER TO BE RECKONED WITH.

BUY HERE

VIDEO: WILEY – HANDLE YA BUSINESS

THIS IS THE  LAST OFFERING FROM WILEY BEFORE HE DROPS THE GODFATHER ALBUM ON FRIDAY. HE EATS UP THE BEAT PRODUCED BY ZDOT & KRUNCHY FEROCIOUSLY IN THIS FREESTYLE SHOWCASING HIS INIMITABLE APPETITE FOR THE MUSIC. THIS ALBUM CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN RELENTLESS WITH SINGLE AFTER SINGLE, AND MANY INTERVIEWS EVEN BEFORE THE ALBUM DROPS.

THE VIDEO IS HIGHLY NOSTALGIC WITH CLIPS FROM LORD OF THE DECKS 2, THE ROLL DEEP DOCUMENTRY AND SHOT IN THE FABLED BASKETBALL COURTS IN WILEHOUSE. THE VIDEO IS ALSO DIRECTED BY KARNAGE AND EDITED BY MANGA, SHOWING AS EVER WILEY HAS INVOLVED HIS MATES AS HES DONE THROUGH OUT HIS LONG CAREER

 

EVENTS: LORD OF THE MICS LIVE SEPT 29TH

  

NEXT IN LINE [FREE DOWNLOAD INSTRUMENTAL PROJECT]

SO AS I HAVE A LITTLE ONE ON THE WAY, I HAVE DECIDED TO PUT A NEW PROJECT TOGETHER ON MY ROYAL SOUND OF GRIME LABEL

I NEED UNRELEASED INSTRUMENTALS TO BE SUBMITTED YOU CAN TAG THEM UP AS MUCH AS YOU WANT, BUT I WOULD PREFER IT IF THEY WERE EXCLUSIVE IF POSSIBLE.

SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED PLEASE SUBMT YOUR TUNE TO THEROYALSOUNDOFGRIME@GMAIL.COM

ALBUMS: AUTHENTIC BY DEADSTOCK GRIME

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ITS BEEN VERY EXCITING WATCHING THE CULMINATION OF THIS PROJECT; TERRY AND MUTE HAVE WORKED WITH THE CREAM OF THE CROP OF GRIME AS WELL AS SOME OF THE NEWEST NAMES AROUND TO PRODUCE OF THE MOST ALL ROUNDED GRIME COMPILATIONS IN A LONG TIME.

“With 34 tracks featuring over 50 MCs spread over 2 CDs, “Authentic” is the new heavyweight compilation from DeadstockGrime. Curated by people that have been around the Grime scene from the beginning, Authentic, as you would expect from the title, contains nothing but the filthiest Grime sounds from a range of artists including veterans such as Nolay, Rage, and Lewi White, and the best of those coming through now, like Ghostly, Snowy, Mez, and many more.

Available soon (pre-order link below), we aimed to drop the grimiest compilation to grace the Grime scene, and with further features from the likes of Jendor, Rival, Jammz, Opium, SNK, and Invasion Alert, we believe Authentic to be just that!”

Click here to pre-order Authentic.
For further information or enquiries, please contact Terrance or Mute @ DeadstockG@gmail.com

 

 

LORD OF THE MICS. BATTLE ARENA 22/12/14

WHATS XMAS WITHOUT A LOTM RELEASE?

THIS YEAR ITS THE INSTRUMENTALS THAT BROUGHT THE SERIES TO LIFE
WITH 17 TRACKS SPANNING TEN YEARS OF BATTLES THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR GRIME COLLECTORS AND FANS
GET IT HERE
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MASRO STEP 21 INSTRUMENTAL DJ TARGET RADIO RIP

DJ TARGET IS ALWAYS A BIG SUPPORTER OF GRIME SO ITS A BIT OF A NO BRAINER HE GAVE MASROS STEP 21 A SPIN ON HIS SHOW RECENTLY

FEATURED ON WHAT IS SUPPOSEDLY WILEYS FINAL SOLO ALBUM ITS A MASSIVE TRACK

ALBUM: WILEY ‘SNAKES AND LADDERS’

So here it is Wileys final album, 17 massive tracks from grimes great and good, new and old. After a few teasers and clips on Instagram the album finally drops on Monday the 3rd of November.

The album has a really good mix of features and absolute top quality production.

A few of the tracks have been around for a while and show you Wiley is absolutely not messing with this his last solo album.

Appearing on the album are Flirta D, Chip, Stormzy, Novelist, Footsie also Cam’Ron and more.

The production credits also include some of the top grime producers Masro, Teddy, Skepta and Zdot to name just a few.

Buy the album here you won’t be disappointed.

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VIDEO: WILEY ON A LEVEL

WE ALL SAW THE TEASER PICS

SKEPTA DIRECTED IT

EVERYONES IN IT

WILEY HAS RELEASED HIS LEAD SINGLE FROM HIS NEW ALBUM WHICH DROPS ON THE 29/09/14

AND ITS GRIME AT ITS BEST!

LISTEN TO THIS WITH BLACKLINK SOUND

Here’s a fab interview with one of my faves Big Deann of Mixclique all about branching out and working away quietly but successfully.

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Big Deann is one of the prodigious new wave of producers working in grime over the last few years. He’s a key part of the Mixclique Records crew who brought us Lemzly Dale’s brilliant State of War EP earlier this year, along with releases from the likes of Trends, Spooky, Flava D and of course label head Neon Beats. Producing, college and helping to run Mixclique clearly not enough to fill his hours Big Deann’s now got a brand spanking new label, Blacklink Sound.

We’re pretty excited about it so we caught up with him to find out about making music, running a label and what music’s floating his boat right now.

N: How did you first get started making music?

BD: Hmm, well i think the its the same as most producers really. An obsession with a genre – Grime being my chosen niche. From the age of 14…

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VIDEO BLACK THE RIPPER ‘GET BACK’

BLACK THE RIPPER IS BACK WITH A BANG

DROPPING THIS VIDEO AND THE NEW PROJECT WITHIN DAYS OF EACH OTHER

FULL OF POWERFUL MESSAGES AS EVER AND BIG BEATS

MAKE SURE YOU DONT SLEEP ON THIS!

LOTM: OPIUM HYPE SESSION SEND FOR DIALECT

ITS THAT TIME AGAIN!

OPIUM KICKS OFF THE LOTM6 HYPE SESSIONS WITH HIS SEND FOR DIALECT

THIS YEAR THEY HAVE CHANGED THINGS UP AND ITS A CLEANER MORE POLISHED APPROACH

LOOKING AT THE YOUTUBE COMMENTS, THE LOTM TEAM ARE DAMNED IF THEY DO AND DAMNED IF THEY DONT!

LOTM6: LOTM 6 CD/DVD OUT SEPT 28TH

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KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR THE PREORDER LINK

LOTM6 LIVE: A ROUND UP OF THE DAYS EVENTS

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WITH MY ALARM RINGING IN MY EARS I WOKE YESTERDAY AT 5AM TO BLARING SUN, A THRILL RAN THROUGH MY BODY AT THE THOUGHTS OF WHAT THE DAY MAY BRING AND BELIEVE ME IT WASN’T TO DISAPPOINT……

I HIT THE ROAD AT 8 AM TO HOPEFULLY HIT DALSTON NICE AND EARLY, THIS PLAN WAS SCEWED SLIGHTLY BY THE ARSENAL PARADE, AFTER A SLIGHT 15 MIN DELAY WE WERE HEADED TOWARDS BIRTHDAYS OUR VENUE FOR THE DAY TO ACTUALLY WATCH LIVE LOTM CLASH’S.

NEVER BEFORE HAVE THE PUBLIC BEEN INVITED INTO WITNESS LOTM CLASH’S, NEVER HAS A CLASH BEEN SO HYPED OR SO ANTICIPATED. THE LOTM PUBLICITY MACHINE HAS BEEN IN FULL FLOW HITTING UP 1 XTRA, RECORDING MINI DOCUMENTARIES AND TONIGHT IT IS CROWNED WITH A LOTM BOILER ROOM.

AS WE ARRIVED THERE WAS A LOT OF BLEARY EYED GUYS AND A FEW GIRLS 🙂 STOOD OUTSIDE BIRTHDAYS LOOKING NERVOUS AND TOO BE HONEST A BIT SHIFTY, LOTS OF LOCAL DALSTON RESIDENTS WERE WITNESSING THE GROWING CROWD I WAS ASKED SEVERAL TIMES ‘WHATS HAPPENING?, IS IT AN AFTER PARTY?’ AS WE HAD ALL BEEN THREATENED WITH BEING LOCKED IN THE TOWER OF LONDON IF WE LEAKED THE DETAILS OF THE CLASHES LOCATION, MOST PEOPLE WERE UNDERSTANDABLY RELUCTANT TO ANSWER PEOPLE OR IF THEY SAID LOTM THEY WERE MET WITH QUIZZICAL LOOKS.

AFTER THE QUEUE BEING MOVED SEVERAL TIMES AND IN THE SWELTERING HEAT PEOPLE WERE GETTING QUIET AND DRINKING LOTS OF NICE COLD BEER FROM THE SHOP, THERE WAS ALOT OF JOKES TOO AND BANTER I SPOKE TO TICKET HOLDERS FROM BRISTOL, KENT, NOTTINGHAM, MANCHESTER AND MANY MORE.

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ONE OF THE FIRST FACES I SAW WAS JAMMIN WHO ARRIVED WITH THE LOTM GIRLS FOLLOWED BY BLIZZARD, STORMIN, NASTY JACK AND THE HEAVY TRACKERZ AS WE ENTERED FOLLOWING SWIFT AND STRICT ID CHECKS AND SEVERAL MULTI COLOURED STAMPS LATER WE RECEIVED OUR GOODY BAGS [TEES, CDS KEY RINGS LOTM BANDANA AND  THE LATEST COPY OF RWD] THE ATMOSPHERE HEIGHTENED JAMMER TURNED UP ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYWHERE YOU LOOKED THERE WAS PRODUCERS AND MC’S

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PHOTO COURTESY  OF LOTM 

IT WAS A FAB MIX OF OLD AND NEW EVERY CREW WAS THERE THE INVASION CREW TURNED UP [SOX WAS WEARING THE MOST AMAZING OUTFIT I’VE EVER SEEN] TO BE STOOD AMONG THE GREAT AND THE GOOD OF GRIME AS A FAN WAS FANTASTIC EVERY ONE WAS HAPPY AND IT WAS NEARLY TIME FOR THINGS TO START.

AS WE WERE ALL HERDED DOWNSTAIRS FOR MORE SEARCHES AND INTO THE BASEMENT FOR THE DAY  THERE WAS LOTS OF SHAKING OF HANDS AND NODDING OF HEADS AS OPIUM AND DIALECT TOOK THE STAGE FOR THE FIRST CLASH.

JAMMER TOOK TO THE MIC TO ANNOUNCE THE START OF THE CLASHES, THREATEN US ALL WITH DEATH IF WE ATTEMPTED TO FILM AND AFTER CHECKING EVERYONE WAS READY IT ALL KICKED OFF WITH OPIUM OVER A DULLAH BEATZ TUNE. IT WAS A SUPER HARD CLASH OVER 3 ROUNDS AND A BONUS ROUND WITH BOTH GUYS SAYING ALOT!!! YOU COULD TELL BOTH GUYS WERE SEASONED BARRERS, DIALECT BECAUSE OF DON’T FLOP AND OPIUM FROM BEING ABOUT THE LAST FEW YEARS, I WOULD SAY OPIUM’S BARS WERE EASIER TO HEAR AND I’M SURE ONCE THE DVD COMES OUT MAYBE A FEW MINDS WILL BE CHANGED!

THE CROWD BEHAVED IMPECCABLY TO BE HONEST UNTIL THE  MAIN CLASH NO ONE HAD THEIR PHONES OUT, NOR DID THEY SHOUT OVER THE MC’S ETC.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF  JONEZYMC

AS THE FIRST CLASH FINISHED WE SPILLED OUT INTO THE DALSTON SUNSHINE AND MORE AND MORE MCS HAD APPEARED AND EVERYONE WAS GRABBING WELL NEEDED WATER AND CIGARETTE BREAKS BIG H’S MANAGER WAS STARTING TO LOOK NERVOUS AS H HADN’T YET APPEARED AND P MONEY WAS IN THE BUILDING READY.

Congratulations to Dialect on a successful performance! Did Don’t Flop proud! Was a memorable afternoon!”

AS WE ALL HEADED BACK DOWNSTAIRS FOR THE DORRIS V HAZMAN CLASH THERE WAS MORE EXPECTATION AND EXCITEMENT AS THE MC’S MOVED THROUGH THE CROWDS, THE CROWD AGAIN SETTLED DOWN TO WATCH IT ALL GO DOWN. I WAS STOOD WITH CAPO, MAXIMUM, LITTLE DEE AND SPYRO AND TO WATCH THEM AND TO SEE THE CROWD IN FRONT OF ME ENJOYING IT ALL WAS PRICELESS. IT WAS A SUPER HARD CLASH BOTH THE MC’S GIVING IT THEIR ALL, TO BE HONEST THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD ENTERTAINING CLASH AND EVEN IF BEFORE YESTERDAY THE TWO WERE THE LESSEN KNOWN ELEMENT OF THE DAY THEY WONT BE ANY LONGER!! AT ONE POINT I GOT A BIT SQUASHED AND  HAD TO RUN OUTSIDE TO GET MY BREATH BUT ITS THE NATURE OF THE BEAST.

  was liiiiiveee. History in the making.”

AS EVERYONE CAME BACK UPSTAIRS FOR THE SECOND BREAK YOU COULD FEEL THE ANTICIPATION BUILDING, AND THEN BIG H TURNED UP!  THERE WAS SUCH A RIPPLE OF EXCITEMENT THROUGH THE CROWD THAT H WAS HERE AND ITS ON! I FEEL A FEW PEOPLE WERE QUITE WORRIED HE WASN’T GOING TO TURN UP. BY THIS TIME  SKEPTA, SHORTY, BLAY, J2K, MANGA, CHRONIK RAGE AND NAMIX HAD TURNED UP AS WELL AS FEW OTHER FACES, I HONESTLY DON’T THINK I’VE EVER SEEN SO MANY FACES IN ONE PLACE APART FROM AT ESKIMO DANCE AND TO BE STOOD IN THE CROWD NEXT TO LETHAL BIZZLE WAS NOT SOMETHING I EXPECTED. ANOTHER SURPRISE OF THE DAY WAS THE AMOUNT OF LADIES IN THE BUILDING  FROM THE LADIES OF LOTM TO THE LIKES OF SIAN ANDERSON AND JULIE ADENUGA, I SAW AT LEAST 10 LADIES IN THE QUEUE WHICH TO BE HONEST IS NOT SOMETHING I EXPECTED.

Was great to see the grime scene out in full force today at the clash Djs Mcs Producers Bloggers everyone”

THERE WAS A CAMERA CREW MILLING ABOUT ASKING PEOPLE THEIR OPINIONS OF THE CLASH, HOW THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD GO ETC, OVERWHELMINGLY THE FAVOUR WAS IN P MONEYS I HEARD LOTS OF ‘HE’S TECHNICALLY BETTER’, ‘HES GOT MORE BARS’, ‘HE’S AN ANIMAL’ WAS ONE ON MY FAVOURITES.

You jus had to be in the building to feel what was going in with wooah looooool ogzzzzzzz”

SO AS WE ENTERED THE LAST CLASH I SWEAR THE AUDIENCE TRIPLED IN SIZE, OR THE VENUE SHRANK! IT’S MY FIRST EXPERIENCE OF ARTISTS BEING AT AN EVENT AND THEY WERE JUST AS HYPED AND EXCITED FOR THE MAIN EVENT AS THE FANS WERE!!

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PHOTO COURTESY OF BRMG

THE CROWD WAS ASSEMBLED THE NOISE BUILT AND BUILT! THERE WAS GUYS BANGING THE BAR, THE AIRCON DUCTS, THE AIRCON MACHINES, I’VE NEVER WITNESSED SUCH FEROCIOUS ENERGY AND ANTICIPATION IN SUCH A SMALL VENUE. FORGET GROVES AND FROCH FORGET WWE SUMMER SLAM THIS WAS THE BATTLE! THE CLASH! THE LORD OF THE MICS! THE CROWD WAS READY JAMMER WAS READY PMONEY WAS READY! BIG H, WELL BIG H STARTED READY.

THE FIRST ROUND KICKED OFF AND THERE WAS SOME INCREDIBLE BARS FROM H THE CROWD WAS GOING MAD, NO ONE CARED IF THEY WERE FROM NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST OR THE MOON, JUST THEY WERE THERE AND THE SMACK TALK WAS ENPOINT!

AND THEN , WELL, IT ALL GOT A BIT HEATED…

 P Money Vs Big H. I just witnessed the UK equivalent of Canibus pulling out his notepad. I am speechless.

 May 18 I was there!!! All I’m saying is looooooool too much joke shout out to

H WANTED LOGAN TO JACK THE RIDDUM, JAMMER AND P BOTH SHOUTED NO RELOADS!!, THE CROWD STARTED TO TURN THE NOISE WAS JUST GETTING LOUDER. THEN CAME LOTS OF HEATED WORDS BACK AND FORTH FOLLOWED BY H SPITTING SING ALONG BARS TO WHICH P MONEY RETURNED BUT DEMANDED A PROPER SECOND ROUND NOT TUNES !! AT THIS POINT IT ALL GOT VERY HYPED FANS AND ARTISTS ALIKE WERE ALL READY TO SEE THE NEXT ROUND. THEY WANTED BLOOD AND THEY WANTED IT NOW!

 No footage is gonna represent today. NONE. It’s a be there ting.”
 That was a MADTING mad Respect did still enjoy that glad I could be part  “
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT NO ONE COULD PREDICT! AND TO SEE WHAT WENT DOWN YOU’LL HAVE TO GRAB THE DVD WHICH WILL BE OUT FOR RELEASE IN JULY
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PHOTO COURTESY OF  PMONEY
THE DAY ENDED WITH LOTS OF SOCIALISING AND LOTS OF SPECULATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA, MEMES STARTED POPPING UP AND THEN RUDEKID TWEETED THIS TO TOP OFF A SURREAL DAY

Today in dalston i saw this pic of on the wall… So random but sick.”

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VIDEO: TRIM ‘VENDING MACHINE’

STRAIGHT FROM TRIMS NEW ALBUM #CRISIS IS THIS LEAD SINGLE VENDING MACHINE.

ITS A STUNNING VISUAL AND AN ABSOLUTE BANGER

BUY THE SINGLE HERE

NEWS: LOTM RELEASE RING SIDE SEATS FOR P MONEY VS BIG H

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LAST NIGHT THE LORD OF THE MICS TEAM ANNOUNCED THEY WERE STAGING THE CLASHES LIVE THIS TIME!!

“Get you tickets now http://t.co/MpGRSfOvKx ticket includes #LOTM6 on release a free limited edition T-shirt and a goody bag on the night!! ”

SO NOW YOU CAN SEE FOR YOUR SELF WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP.

http://lordofthemics.bigcartel.com/product/lord-of-the-mics-6-live

NEWS: WILEY ANNOUNCES ALBUM RELEASE DATE

“@WileyUpdates: #SnakesAndLaddersOutJune16th . The final solo studio album by Wiley. The godfather knows every dog has it’s day. I wasn’t born last night.”