But what’s going on outside of London? Does Grime exist up North? Is there a UK rap and R&B scene beyond Birmingham’s bull ring? Errrmmmmmm does Marcel mention blazing squad all the time? Duh!! Of COURSE there is! Last year I brought you various interviews, articles and gig reviews from the Manny mandem, but it’s long overdue for the Miss Manny’s to get their time to shine. Step forward ‘angels (and devils) of the North’ …
Last week we looked at Wiley’s musical roots as a youth, his sonic creation - the Eski beat instrumentals, his discovery of Dizzee Rascal and the alliances formed which would stand the test of time. During the interlude you should have become acquainted with the ice rink armed with the avalanche of riddims I left you with at the end of Part 1 (If not skate backwards to Part 1, have a listen and re-join us here.) It’s now time to put down the skates and pick up your skis...
The rise and rhymes of the Godfather of Grime is a perfect example of seemingly random events (some of which were triggered by Wiley himself and others pulled Wiley in like the mass gravity of a faraway planet) swirling and colliding in complete chaos and as a result something complete and wholly organic, which made perfect sense, began to emerge...
With 3 Mixtapes in his back catalogue Blay ‘Broke the ice’ with his first Mixtape in 2008, he seemed to go ‘Blind’ in 2010 and thankfully regained his sight to give us 2013’s epic mixtape ‘Welcome to vision gang’ in which he spits the standout lyrics “I can’t live like a drone in the system, invisible chains tryna latch to my wisdom” on the autobiographical ‘I must’ he experiments spitting over guitar riffs (‘Grind’), he sings (‘Steal the show’) and produces the forlorn instrumental of ‘Forest’ and the hype instrumental of ‘Zan’ giving a clear indication of the landscapes Blay’s skills are able to span.
Vipzz opens ‘Paradigm’ with a bemused cry of “Oh my god” which reminded me of D Double E’s signature soundbite featured on many of his tracks. Vipzz shouts out the mans who have left the endz or passed away and vows to carry on in their honour. On the opening track ‘Trap Grime Freestyle (T.G.F) Part 1’. He wittily drops the double entendre
Lady Ice’s latest release ‘Take Two’ presented by P110 Media (which sees her invert the title of ‘One take’ – see what she did there, you can’t fault the wit) is a continuation of her ‘One take’ freestyle as the scene has changed from a day time settings to after hours with street lights and neon shop signs highlighting lady Ice’s on trend Adidas tracksuit and trademark crop top
‘Konichiwa’ opens like an atmospheric movie, our underdog the protagonist Skepta is strolling through an oriental garden barefooted, trickling streams meander lazily under his feet, birdsong sweetly serenades the microphone champion but suddenly a sense of danger breaks the serenity of the day and a sword is drawn from its sheath. Skepta is poised and ready to clash with the approaching threat, calm is broken and the track becomes ominous and tense with an ethereal vocal introduced, we are then plunged into
Kano displays his polaroid’s from the past expertly as the album opens on a red-hot summers day and you can almost feel yourself melting in the manor as Kano tells us it’s ‘T-shirt weather in the manor’ we are transported to a time before the release of Kano’s first album where Heartless crew ruled the airwaves; as you try to cool down with a “Screw ball 99, flake it out” the instrumental is subtle with a simple piano melody underscoring Kano’s story ensuring we can hear what he has to say.
Lunar C’s devilish delivery first came to prominence with the MC clashes “Don’t Flop” a battle ground for Lunar to body his opponents one by one as though he were knocking down toy soldiers. Most noticeable of these clashes were his epic rounds with worthy opponent Oshea which saw Lunar destroy him with crushing bars such as
You are powering through on the jagged platform; you’ve failed this level a good few times now but it’s those failures which have enabled you to plan a water tight strategy that cannot fail. You’ve observed, you’ve persisted, and you’ve persevered and now it’s time to execute. There he is! The big red bloated octopus… Continue reading AJ Emerges from the Lane to find Fame