FRENCH MONTANA – turns up the heat with the Long-Awaited, Highly Anticipated release of (CB5) C.O.K.E. Boys 5 (Creation of Kings Everywhere) features all-star line-up – Pop Smoke, Benny The Butcher, Jim Jones, Lil Durk, Jack Harlow, NBA Youngboy, A$AP Rocky, Chinx, Curren$y, Lil Mosey, LGP Qua, Max B, Rafi Malice, and Zak.
Track-list Below –
1. ‘Too Late’ (feat. Jim Jones) 2. ‘Brothers’ (feat. Lil Durk) 3. ‘Double G’ (feat. Pop Smoke) 4. ‘Hot Boy Bling’ (feat. Jack Harlow & Lil Durk) 5. ‘FTMU’ 6. ‘Could It Be’ (feat. Chinx) 7. ‘Paradise’ (feat. Rafi Malice& Max B) 8. ‘So Real’ (feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again) 9. ‘Wave Blues’ (feat. Benny The Butcher) 10. ‘Yes Sir’ (feat. Lil Durk) 11. ‘I Know’ (feat. Chinx) 12. ‘Phenomenon’ (feat. Max B) 13. ‘Corner’ (feat. Zak & A$AP Rocky) 14. ‘Straight For The Bag’ (feat. LGP QUA) 15. ‘How We Doin It’ (feat. Lil Mosey) 16. ‘You Deserve An Oscar’ 17. ‘In The Sun, Pt.2’ (ft. Curren$y) 18. ‘Who Dat’ 19. ‘Big Gap’
On a chilly rainy Wednesday evening, my phone rings, and its Mr Karl Ryan on the screen, I answer the phone and he’s asking me “Why is Chip sending for Stormzy?”. Totally side tracked by the question being asked, I proceeded to explain the bars Chip delivered in Waze, which would have started the beef, and Stormzy sort of responded in “I dunno”. Karl then tells me that Chip has released 2 diss tracks on GRM Daily, so straight away the call is ended, and I’m on GRM watching “Killer MC”.
Killer MC comes with that fast pace, 140bpm energy which Chip dominates always, no intro, no build up, just straight to the lyrical bars. As I’m watching the video, taking in the lyrics and visuals, its clear that this isn’t a usual diss track and video from Chip, this people, is a very clear message to Stormzy.
In the still shot from the video, Chip shows the body bags of Tinie, Bugzy, Saskilla, Big Narstie, Devilman, and Yungen, and now Chip is glad to add Stormzy to the body bags, with ease. I can appreciate the mics on fire from the lyrics he is spitting, it all makes perfect sense visually. Now the question in my head as i’m watching this, is why has Chip snapped?
Time to press play on Flowers, and now we are back to a very familiar setting for Chip when he is burying MCs. we are at the Shell petrol station, oh sh!t is all I’m thinking. The beat starts, and straight away, its a recognisable hard hitting, hip hop drum pattern. which makes me know it’s a Dready beat. Now, it’s a death by lyrics, and beats type of track incoming.
Dready doesn’t make soft beats, so my head is bopping straight away, and then Chip enters explaining now why he is going for Stormzy’s neck. It’s clear that Waze got to him, and wanted to pull up on Chip at his home with 2 cars full of goons, now this could have gone a different way, back in June when he actually did this, I don’t need to spell it out for you, Chip does this in Flowers very clearly.
Now, the whole industry woken up, the fans have been excited, and we are waiting patiently for Stormzy to respond. Will he deliver a 24 hour, 2 for 2 reply to Chip, or will it be subliminal lyrical shots of future features with heavyweight artists again? We can only wait and see.
Another disappointment from 2020, Bobby Shmurda‘s early release has been denied. Originally set around mid-August, Shmurda’s parole hearing was pushed back by a month.
There were high hopes for the rapper’s release from his affiliates and those close to him — even his mother claimed that it would be his last birthday spent in jail — but the rapper will remain behind bars until he finishes serving his maximum seven-year sentence: December 2021.
“Following his Sept. 15, 2020, interview with the Board of Parole, Ackquille Pollard was denied release and given a hold until the maximum expiration of his sentence on December 11, 2021,” stated a spokesperson from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
According to sources, Bobby had over ten violations of drug possession, fighting and owning a weapon, among other offenses, while in jail — possible factors which may have led the parole board to reject Bobby’s early release.
Lil Baby has dropped yet another collaborative track, this time with Future in the form of “Out The Mud.” The ambitious partnership follows Future’s interview from January with Big Boy, wherein the older rapper tagged Baby and Gunna two of hip-hop’s current GOATs. “I already did what I did. I done been the Trap GOAT. I’m solidified. But right now, they them dudes. They the next dudes to get the new deal, the new money, the new this, the new that,” he praised of the youngins. With flows that fuse almost perfectly above the Quay Global-produced beat, “Out The Mud” turns into the meeting and understanding of the trap’s different phases.
Stream Lil Baby and Future’s “Out The Mud” on Spotify and Apple Music
Two years after its initial announcement, Rick Ross has finally dropped off “Act a Fool,” a first taste of the highly-anticipated album Port of Miami II. Assisted by “Gemini (2 Sides)” rapper Wale, the track contains an undeniable callback to 2006’s Port of Miami, but modernized to fit current soundscape of hip-hop. Rozay’s flow is strong as ever, kicking off the chorus with a laidback yet confident bar: “20 billboards in the city, who the f**k is you?” Basing off the record’s debut single, the Florida native is definitely making it seem like the two-year delay was more than worth it.
Stream Rick Ross’ “Act a Fool” featuring Wale on Apple Music.
Most people would say the summer of 2019 started when Mostack dropped his album, not for me, the summer begins when J Spades drops a project, this is fact. J Spades is a East London rapper that I’ve found myself becoming a fan of upon the release of MMMP2 years back, it’s a album I can play at anytime and just vibe to.
It’s been a long time coming, and his new album MMMP 4 doesn’t disappoint, not that I expected it to. J Spades voice and flow is very unique, from a first listen you would think he should be doing bashment tracks with the biggest Jamaican artists out there, although as you keep listening, J Spades mixture of true ghetto Patois, and East London lingo makes his flow original and refreshing in a musical era of “auto tune clowns, I mean clones”.
MMMP 4 is 13 tracks of bangers, some club bangers, something for the girls to twerk to, and tracks for the streets.
3 tracks that stand out to me on this project are
Wake Up , Popping, and Fire over Water featuring Uncle Murda
“Fire over Water”, is not the first international hip hop link up that J Spades has done, and on this track, he gives Uncle Murda the lead where he give you that genuine New York rap flow. But as soon as J Spades steps on the track, and starts rhyming over the banging Brooklyn influenced beat, you’ll understand why he is one of the hardest MCs we have here in the U.K..
Other artists you can cover to hear featured on MMMP4 are Donae’o, Vershon, and Fabian Secon.
I rate the full project 10/10. Another album that will be on repeat over the summer, autumn, all seasons. Thank you J Spades, the summer has begun.
Friday 31st May – Ending weeks of fevered anticipation since its announcement and punctuated by two brilliant singles and accompanying videos (‘Bullet From A Gun’ and ‘Greaze Mode’), SKEPTA’s fifth album ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ is out today.
Released via SKEPTA’s own Boy Better Know label, ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ is brilliantly uncompromising, authentic and unwavering in its desire to push boundaries and is set to go down as SKEPTA’s best album to date. SKEPTA takes the lead / sole producer role on the majority of the record alongside the likes of Ragz Originale, Ayo, IndigoChildRick and Trench, and collaborations with Nafe Smallz, Key, J HUS, Cheb Rabi & B Live, Lancey Foux, Lay Z & Wizkid and BBK.
‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ is the follow up to his era and genre-defining, UK gold certified 2016 album ‘Konnichiwa’, which won the coveted Mercury Music Prize and saw SKEPTA picking up awards and collaborating around the world, including multiple BRIT Awards nominations. From early UK pioneer to global icon, SKEPTA’s influence is felt throughout contemporary culture.
‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ (Track list)
1. ‘Bullet From A Gun’ 2. ‘Greaza Mode’ (feat. Nafe Smallz) 3. ‘Redrum’ (feat. Key) 4. ‘No Sleep’ 5. ‘What Do You Mean’ (feat. J Hus) 6. ‘Going Through It’ 7. ‘Same Old Story’ 8. ‘Love Me Not’ (feat. Cheb Rabi & B Live) 9. ‘Animal Instinct’ (feat. Lancey Foux) 10. ‘Glow In The Dark’ (feat. Lay-Z & Wizkid) 11. ‘You Wish’ 12. ‘Gangsta’ (feat. Boy Better Know) 13. ‘Pure Water’ (Clean) 14. PR | Press Photos | Label Copy | Artwork
Meanwhile, SKEPTA is set to perform across Europe throughout the summer. These shows include a headline appearance at this year’s Field Day Festival (7th June) which takes places at London’s Meridan Water – a stones through from the Meridian Estate where SKEPTA grew up – and is set to be a huge homecoming show. He is also a headliner at this year’s Manchester International Festival alongside Yoko Ono and Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah, where we will be debuting his truly unique, immersive DYSTOPIA987 show. Continued Enclosed!
A (stylized as “A”) is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Usher, released in collaboration with American record producer Zaytoven, who also produced the album. … The album is an homage to the city of Atlanta, where Usher and Zaytoven grew up. A features guest appearances from Future and Gunna.
I grabbed this album as soon as I saw it on Apple Music. Usher is still undoubtably the truth when it comes to R&B, and teaming up with Zaytoven I was expecting something special, and this album did not disappoint…apart from it only being 8 tracks in length. Is this worth a listen? YES if you are a true R&B fan, and not a fan of mumble R&B that many artists seem to produce.
The stand out track for me is Birthday, Usher delivers a “ATL In The Strip Club” banger, I can hear this being rinsed in sets, and if its not, well, I sure will. My second certified banger on this album is “She Ain’t Tell Ya”, this sounds like classic Usher, explaining to a female friend of a female he obviously was doing something with, this track will have you wanting to sway with a large drink in your right hand, and left hand on her waist, remember i told you about this one!!
All in all, this project gets a solid 10 out of 10 from me, and I’m looking forward to more music from the great one Usher.
With the much anticipated Lil Wayne project, Tha Carter V being released today, that will be what the hip hop community is focusing on. Kanye West has also announced he will be releasing his new project Yandhi as well this weekend.
In a tweet Ye, has paid homage to Lil Wayne and respectfully announced he won’t release his project on the same day, but a day later. This is what I call Real Recognising Real, and Legends work together instead of against each other.
After a short break, I am back with my Tunes Tuesday feature, i know this upload is on a Thursday, I forgot to set up the post schedule.
Smerker and his manager Magic, brought me in as his PA DJ for his Butterfly Effect Festival performance in July, which in simple terms, was a shut down over all other performances in the mixtape madness tent on the day, FACTS.
Smerker was toying with the idea of remixing his hit banger Stars in the Wraith, but didn’t want it to be the same cliche MC’s doing this, so he sought out 3 of the current U.K. realist rhymers, Pak-Man, Deep Green, and my favourite J Spades. Shout to Dukus on the beats as always.
Have a watch of the video, and then watch it again, because its a certified banger! Look our for Smerker’s next track dropping soon, we got work to do.
This is the first track released from Kenny Allstar’s upcoming album Block Diaries, which features Headie One. I feel the track speaks to me, as most of my time out and about, is always spent in tracksuits and sneakers. It’s all about that comfortable lifestyle.
DJ Argue interviews grime legend Jammer. I’ve now had the time to watch the interview in full, and I have to agree with what Jammer says through out. DJ’s, Rappers and all type of entertainers, in the current time don’t put in the foot work on new music, and the rise of social media has watered down the work rate that many fore fathers put in for tracks to blow. Have a watch, and make the opinion for yourself.
6 God aka Drake, just dropped the visuals for his latest single “God’s Plan”. Have a watch, at how Drake helps out many people in this video, by giving away the video budget, instead of making a CGI filled video as I’m sure he was suppose to. Good on you Drake, other artists could learn something from this.
Yungen has been delivering fresh music, it would seem monthly. Last Friday I received his new street single “Chosen”, and today I’ve woken up to another new single, this time featuring AfroBeat star Mr Eazi, titled “All Night”. Fair to say Yungen has gone from the bestie friendzone, to All Night! Check it out.
South London natives YoMenza & EazyMan have linked up to bring you a fresh U.K. street banger, “Tripple OGs”. The track it self, is solid, no mumble raps on this track, just the raw U.K. hip hop as we appreciate. The visuals for this track was filmed in our home town of Croydon, and the creative on this video is a release from all the same old videos with booty shaking and no story telling content.
Check out EazyMan’s mixtape available via – goo.gl/XmzD56
London based J Hus has enjoyed a continued flow of success with his music, and the working machine has no signs of slowing down. This week he released the visuals for his album based track “Spirit”. I’ve been playing this track in the clubs since the release, it has that noticeable “reggae swing” which the crowds are loving. Check the video out and be sure to check out more music from J Hus.
Fekky keep delivering quality music, if you don’t recognise this, then you need to really tune in. His latest track of his debut album ElClasico titled “AVIREX” has taken me back to my days of being on Upfront 99.3FM & Delight 103fm, when I had, and still have to this day, my all black, triple leather Avirex jacket. Back when UK Garage was the sound, and Grime was making its start. Fekky has teamed up with So Solid legend MC Neutrino, and Grime ambasador Chip for this one. The video, is a glimpse of what the UKG life was like, and a glimpse into a true pirate radio set up. You can pre order ElClasico now.