I didn't film any of the OG's set, which was heavy. Rusko was really good as well.
This is probably my last blog of 2008, so I wish you all a Happy New Year.
2009 = 2000 & Grime.
Its all up now on the Rinse.fm Blogspot. Some bits of classic radio here. Features Scratcha hosting for over 10 hours, and appearances from Durty Goodz, JJ, Vectra, Jendor, Badness, Spyro, Marcus Nasty, Reckless, Butterz and more. One of my favourite segments was Lil Shizznit doing Christmas carols grimey style on the roads.
Here's a little clip I did with Scratcha & Badness in the lobby.
Keep it Rinse.Fm
Merry Christmas all.
Here's a few of my favourite moments from 2008 that were on the blog at some point. Watch it sometime between the Queens Speech and Eastenders.
Here are the big parties over the holiday period, click each flyer for more information. The Forward>> line up is weighty. Get a ticket, this is definitely the last Forward at The End as it is sadly closing for good the next week.
While your watching the interview. Buy the Earth 616 EP's here. They feature production from Maniac, Waifer, Davinche, DOK, Wiley, DVA, Skeamz and Rude Kid.
Logan Sama from Butterz on Vimeo.
Download 'The Best There Is At What I Do' Episode 5 Here.
If you didn't know he is on Kiss Fm 11pm-1am every Monday night as well.
To skip the comment. Download Here
My favourite MC of all time. In all music.
This is the definitive collection of D Double E's best radio moments from the last 6 years. I have literally grown up on DEE. There has never been an official Dee solo project all this time which is sad, but this should hold us out until the Newham Generals album which should be landing in 2009 sometime, it is long overdue!
The compilation takes us through Grime, Garage and Jungle, and is a showcase of his versatility that not many MC's can compete with. My favourite moment is "Some Next Waifer Beat". Whoevers dubplate that was im sure it is fucked now, because of the dirty reload.
If your favourite MC is not D Double E by the end of this compilation, you are a very hard person to impress.
Props to Grimetapes.com
Old Skool Grime B Side Special. Apologies for the jump in the audio. Apart from that it is niceness. Skilliam don't write on his white labels, so anyone that can fill in the gaps, thanks in advance!
Skepta - The End
Skepta - ????????
Skepta- Destruction Remix
Skepta- Meridian Walk
Skepta- Are You Ready
?????? - ????????
Skepta - Pied Piper Remix
AllinOne- Pied Piper
Footsie - Dirty Skanking
Tubby & Footsie - Its War
Wiley - ???????
Wonder - Asia
Centurians - Speed Racer
More Fire Crew- Oi (Lstone Remix)
Wiley - ???????
Youngstar - Bongo Madness
Statik - Charge Allstars
Eastwood - Toothache
J.Sweet - Flute
Eastwood - Coalation
J.Sweet - Kerb Remix
Roll Deep - Roll Deep Regular (Bass Mix)
Bossman - Bongo Eyes
(Minor Jump In The Recording)
Slew Dem - Grime 2
Davinche - F - Loote
Agent X - Decoy (Triple Bass Remix)
Wizzbit - Breakdown VIP
Low Deep - Straight Flush 2
Ice Kid - Talk Of The Town
Dj Myrikal - High Roller
Lava Unit - 8 Bar Banger
DOK - Ackee & Saltfish
Jeeday Jawz- Swear Down (Butterz Special)
J Beatz - ????
DVA - Bullet A Go Fly
Joker - I Like What I See
Kano - Forum Nonsense
Swindle - Smooth Synths
Kano - Hunting We Will Go
Joker/Maniac/Gemmy - The One
Rinse - Put Em Up
Royal T - 1Up
DJ Myirikal - Bass Sound 10
Waifer - Gunman Skank
Rude Kid - Alien Skank
Rude Kid - Balaclavas On
Kano - The One
Mr Snowman - Triple Drop
P Money - Grime Scene
Wiley - 527am
Tinchy Stryder - Stuck On My Mind
Royal T - Tainted Love
Kano - Against All Oddz
Grime Digital Podcast Vol.2
DJ Silencer B2B DJ Spyro - Rinse FM (28/10/08)
Eskibeat Recordings Presents Wiley Mixtape Master (Mixed by DJ Furious)
DJ Cameo Ft. Vectra, Jammer, C.Gritz, Frisco & Diesel
Bashy.com is his 3rd mixtape following Your Mum Vol.1 and the Chupa Chups mixtape. Hosted by Ras Kwame and Masterstepz respectively this one drops the host and is scratched and mixed by CJ Beats. It follows the traditional format of a US hip hop mixtape: freestyles, wheel ups, interludes and skits. Bashy & I’s first debate was the format of the UK mixtape. He says 'a CD that has all original material with full tunes, with a video on television and a tune serviced to DJs and available on all digital platforms' is an album. It is a way of putting out a product and not expecting 10,000 sold, with the excuse “its only a mixtape". Bashy’s effort is solely to promote the launch of Bashy.com and give his supporters something to listen to until Catch Me If You Can the album comes in 2009. I think the different directions artists have chosen to take the mixtape format has been a positive thing for the music. If everyone did the same thing, it would be quite boring, and Bashy has the ability to put 25+ tracks on a cd, whereas others were under pressure to do the same, it could result in poor quality mixtapes. Tinchy v Maniac, JME’s BBK Series and Terror Danjah’s Hardrive CD have all had unorthodox formats and have worked well, so there’s no reason why this can’t.
Bashy - Drive
The highlights of Bashy.com for me are: Raving no more, Think They're Bad and Blacks & Gold. Superheroes is pretty cool for an old skool comic fan like me. Very clever freestyle that could go over a lot of peoples heads. It is mainly freestyles over recent hip hop tracks, I don't know the original tunes so it is hard to compare, but there is definitely a paper planes freestyle, swagger like us, and a freestyle over T.I's Whatever You Like. It is a shame there aren't more freestyles over good UK tunes. There are always sick tunes floating needing a vocal. Tunes like Virgo's Hypnotiq, Rapid's License and even tunes from people like Rusko & Benga who's tunes rarely have vocals.
We also talked about the oddity of Black Boys not being nominated for a Mobo Award. We both don't know how the nominations and awards are decided so it just left us confused. Kidadulthood to Adulthood was nominated for best video, but is that an award for the director of the music video rather then the artist? Leona Lewis ended up winning that with Bleeding Love the most viewed music video on UK Youtube. No way an independent artist could of competed with one of the biggest pop acts this year. On the contrary this weekend Bashy picked up a UMA award for Most Inpsiring Act, I assume for Black Boys single and remix project. Hopefully this will be the first of many (awards not UMA's).
Catch Me If You Can Is Out In 2009
The Bashy.com website has gone live and the CD is out nationwide now. Check Bashy's Blog Here
This was the week that Wiley's new album 'See Clear Now' was supposed to come out, and Grimetapes thought to counter his major label effort, he would put together a Wiley collection available to download on the same day. The label flopped, and now it is out in 2009, but we thought it would still be appropriate to drop it today. Hopefully there will be a Volume Two for the actual release date.
Now onto the mixtape:
Imagine all Wiley's best radio and live moments in mixtape format free to download. Simple concept, continuing on from the Wheel Volume One theme.
Selection comes from Slimzee, Karnage, Maximum, Tubby and Darkside. Classic stuff. Includes a clash with Doogz and some vintage back to back moments with Dizzee.
Hit up Grimetapes.com and start the petition for D Double E Volume One.
Big up Slackk.
Check the Grimetapes.com article from The Wire here.
Best of 2008 - January to September - (All this stuff is out now)
Skepta - MOTD (Arsenal win celebration)
J.Sweet - Mash Up
Terror Danjah - Morph (Hardrive Vol.1)
OGs- Get Down (OG Season)
Killa P Feat Skepta & Jammer - Body Bag (Killa Instinct)
Griminal - Its alot (Not Just Bars Promo)
Tinchy Stryder - Six Four Fire Freestyle (Cloud 9 EP)
P Money - Dont Jump (No Hats No Hoods)
Tinchy Stryder Feat Chipmunk- Sorry You Are (Cloud 9 EP)
Mr Slash - What Did He Say (No Hats No Hoods)
Ruff Squad - RSMD (N0 Hats No Hoods)
Ghetto Feat Devlin - Buss 1 (Freedom of Speech)
Dirty Dangerous - Front Back (No Hats No Hoods)
Jammer - Before (Are You Dumb 3)
Terror Danjah - Trojan (Earth 616)
Jammer Feat Skepta & Frisco (Are You Dumb 3)
Wiley - Local Lad (Grime Wave)
Maniac - Salt Fish (Earth 616)
Wiley - Grime Kid (Grime Wave)
Wiley - Its A Par (Grime Wave)
Bashy Feat J2k & Ghetto - Over Here (Adulthood OST)
DOK - When Will I Be Famous (Dokument)
Kyla - Do You Mind (Terror Danjah Remix)
Waifa - Gunman Skank (Earth 616)
Random Impulse - Masks (Full Metal Alchemist)
JME - Shut Ya Mout (Famous?)
JME - P (Famous?)
JME - Standard (Famous?)
Dot Rotton - Grime & Bass (Rotten Riddims)
DVA - Nasty Nasty Nasty (Earth 616)
Lil Narsty - UFO (Hungry Season)
Sliverlink Feat Jammer & Badness - Message is love (NHNH)
P - Money - Pulse Eskimo (Pmoney.co.uk)
Rude Kid - Bandannas On (NHNH)
Kano Feat Ghetto - Hunting We Go (140 Grime Street)
Rude Kid - The Best (NHNH)
Kano Feat Wiley - Anywhere We Go (140 Grime Street)
D - Structo - Who wants what? (CDR)
Roll Deep - Club 7 (Return of the Big Money Sound)
Cant Remember - Cant Remember
Roll Deep - Give Up (Return of the Big Money Sound)
Butterz In The Mix
Nocturnal - The Real Best (Dub)
Rude Kid - Unknown (Dub)
DJ Myrikal - High Roller (Dub)
DVA - Bullet A Go Fly (Dub)
J Sweet - Other (Mixing Records)
DVA - Turn The Lights Off (Dub)
Skepta - These Mc's (BPM)
Roachee - Top 3 Reckless (Dub)
Mr Snowman - Triple Drop (Dub)
Ice Kid - Talk Of The Town (Dub)
Rude Kid - Unknown (Dub)
Lee Brasco - Computer Girls (NHNH Out Now)
DOK - Cant Remember (Dokument)
Jammer Feat Frisco & Tempa T - Big Man Ting (Are You Dumb 4)
Cant Remember - Cant Remember
G - Dub - Pure (Grime Forum)
Black Ops - Untitled (Dub)
Terror Danjah - Zumpi Hunter (Swindle Remix) (Zip Files Vol.1)
J Beatz- Unknown (Dub)
Rapid - License (Someone release this fuck sake)
Rapid - Advertiser (Dub)
Rude Kid - Time To Waste (Dub)
Rapid & Tinchy Stryder - Stuck On My Mind
Skeamz - Greengate Guyz (Earth 616)
Rapid & Kano - Its War (Dub)
Apologies for flopping it with the microphone at the start, I was only singing Arsenal songs over MOTD. Suppose it was best it was very low.
2008 looks like a good year from this tracklisting. This was only the released material, there is quite a bit of top quality material floating that hasn't seen a release yet so 2009 should be healthy as well.
Let me know what you think of the show please, especially the tunes towards the end. Got some promising producers coming through. Big up the new names.
Once again apologies for the break in transmission, it will be worth it when I am back, cheers.
For an alternative view on 2008 check out Blackdowns sum up of 2008 here.
Odd time to do a general up date, but here goes.
While Wiley is on RWD Forum (RIP) proclaiming grime is dead he is also gearing up for a release of an album with Asylum records. It is called See Clear Now, which is odd, and the music I heard on it from Logans Show last night, sounds odd as well, hard to describe, really hard to get my head around. This video gives a glimpse of what we are in for November 10th.
If you have a day to sit down and watch people talk about music Here's a link to Red Bull Music Academy's lecture page. Featured here is Skepta, but on the page you can find loads of other people you can't read about on Butterz but are still pretty cool like David Rodigan, Sway, Kode 9, MJ Cole and Plastician. Makes you proud to be British!
If you haven't taken any notice of this image from the homepage, and the nice banner on top, let me remind you Forward v Rinse (The last at The End) is this Friday. Buy your ticket by clicking the lovely flyer below. Plastician do an old school Grime set please! Cheers.
After all the hate mail I got from the Mobo blog I am going to take it easy on the Urban Music Awards. Partly because most people don't/shouldn't care about them, and because they don't truly represent 'Urban Music". They could at least recognise some of the people that the Mobos chose to ignore. My top 3 selected pants categories are:
Best DJ: Fat Ted, Mistajam, Ronnie Herrell, Scottie B, Shortie Blitz. - Don't get me started.
Most Inspiriring Act: Bashy, Chipmunk, Duffy, Estelle, Natasha Bedingfield. - I don't think Duffy and Natasha Bedingfield are urban artists for starters. How do you prove how inspiring somebody has been? This is a joke right?
Best Producer: Burga Boy, Dexplicit, Fraser T Smith, Mark Ronson, T2 - Should of nominated Bless Beats, he produced a number 2 record, and it sold well, it is called Wearing My Rolex with Wiley on the vocals.
It is a shame Grime cannot be represented explicitly. These awards also ignore Dubstep and Funky, weird ain't it. They would rather chase Leona Lewis and Cheryl Cole, face it, they have better places to be!
.:Other Grime Elsewhere:.
The death of Electro Grime
Where is grime?
Wiley - See Clear Now
Doctor - Calm Down Anime Video
Bashy in Africa
Logan Sama - The Best There Is At What I Do 3
JJ ft Jendor, NE, Mega Montana & Fuda Guy 20/10/08
DJ Tubby Classic Mixes (Essential)
Westwood Ft. Jammer, C.Gritz, ASB, Direman, Red Hot Entertainment & More (19/10/08)
Other stuff you may have missed from October
Apologies for some of the sound quality. Maniac told me to move, but i'm an idiot, I didn't listen. Props to Matt Benson on the photographs as well. Check out the rest here.
I met up with him to talk about Grime, and he was fully representing the sound. Didn't sound interested in making other stuff at all, unlike other grime producers who are experimenting with other sounds.
We spoke briefly about Eskibeat Recordings, Wiley's new label that he was talking about doing last year, but nothing has materialized. There was a lot of confusion of who was in the team, and after a while, it just fizzled out. Wiley is still releasing his stuff on the label, like Grime Wave and She's Glowing which is out on November 24th.
He also explains how he had to meet in the middle with Stryder when deciding what beats to use for their collaborative project, Stryder vs Maniac, which is out November 10th. It is 6 vocals and 6 instrumentals, a format that hasn't been explored before in grime by an MC & Producer, although Terror Danjah did Hardrive Vol.1 that was half vocal and half instrumental but with various artists. I think this sort of project is the way to go with the mixtape, I never miss an opportunity to say I am not a fan of them in general, but these could work money wise for both MC & Producer and it will ensure a consistent sound throughout the whole CD.
The lead of song is 'Im rolling' featuring Roachee that is getting battered right now by all the big DJs and a video is coming soon. Instrumentals include What The Rass, Grime Kid and a remix of Little Dees Star In The Making. So DJs and instrumental enthusiasts will get their fix.
Maniac also has two tunes featured on Plasticians Rinse 06 compilation album. They are both big tunes, and flow together nicely with the rest of the dubstep cd. It makes you ask the question, what is the difference between Grime & Dubstep?
If you need to check out some of Maniacs previous work get onto iTunes and download these bits.
Wiley - Bow E3
Chipmunk - I Am Chipmunk
Bashy, Ghetto, J2k - Over Here
Bashy- Kidulthood to Adulthood
Wiley - Grime Kid
JME - Shut Ya Mouth
Big up Maniac for this and apologies once again for the wind.
Here's the interview I did with him when I was in Bow with Maniac. It is quite nice to hear MC's saying their influences are hip hop both local and overseas but sticking with the Grime sound.
Check out his set with Logan and Dzaman here.
The official Dog Eat Dog World mixtape is out soon.
*The views represented in this video do not necessarily represent the opinions of Butterz.co.uk, Grimeforum.com or any of it is partner websites.
£350 for a table at the Mobo's. It was the best shitty award show I have ever seen. Luckily I had top boy seats.
Most of you probably didn't see any of it (who watches BBC3?!), so I have compiled for you the best of the worst. The Z list celebrities were out in full force.
Highlight has to be Trever Nelson winning best radio show award. He clearly didn't care. He looked offended that he had to stand up to get it.
Anyway here are 10 better ways to spend £350. (In no order)
10. 49,000 grams of fizzy cola bottles from Keeping it Sweet
9. 16 bottles of Wray & Nephew white Rum from TheDrinkShop
8. PS3 with Metal Gear Solid from Empire Direct
7. £350 worth of Euros from any bureau de change.
6 Kota the Triceratops from Firebox
5. A return trip to New York from British Airways
4. A Nikon camera to take even better pictures for your facebook from PC World.
3. 10 different fake Ed Hardy garments from here.
2. A 26inch tv from Sharp
1. A real table and chairs that you can keep forever!
Congratulations to Chipmunk for winning best newcomer. How Wiley got nothing escapes me. He even turned up. Massive disrespect.
Here are a few other peoples take on it.
*(Swag is a common term used, for inferior)
Big up my VIP2 crew they have a thread on the new word to hate.
From this day forward, in grime at least, please do not record any more tunes with the word swagger, or any other forms (fly, flashy etc). Release what you have got fair enough, but please don't do any more.
Swagger and being 'fly' has become the new default topic for an MC to talk about. It used to be violence, but as that got out of control, and basically exempts you from any 1xtra daytime play at all (what most people can realistically get with a decent tune), mc's have stepped away from it totally.
This may sound ignorant. But I PREFER lyrics about violence. Not because I particularly enjoy MC's talking about how they intend to eliminate their foes, but it is all in delivery. I am going to be careful on using examples, but when MC's are talking about how fly they are, they seem to slow down, and put little energy into delivery. Intense flows and energy is what I to listen to Grime for, not somebody talking about what brand their T-Shirt is or how great their flow is compared to another MC, especially with such a lazy delivery. Surely if your t shirt is great, let me complement you on acquirying such a fine piece of fabric, don't big yourself up. Or if your the 'realest' MC that would be an opinion I could generate from listening to what else you have to say, rather then you having to dictate that to the listener
The actual term swagger originates from the U.S. If you want to hear swagger in its most irirating form check out T.I's Swagger Like Us track.
When MC'ing in this fashion, other American slang creeps in, and it actually dilutes the authenticity of what they are saying, as it just seems like imitation to me. When I hear terms like "getting my guap" and "trapping" or "dawg" it just screams Dipset imitation to me. And as a man that doesn't really follow hip hop or American culture in general, it is pretty distasteful. (Not saying Americans are by the way, I am saying the people that imitate you guys!)
To finish off, I'd like to say this wasn't aimed at anyone in particular, but we don't want to hear anymore of you guys talking about your free clothes you get, or your paperweight Del Boy chains.
If your not convinced. Listen to this
O yea, stop bragging about PRS money. Just because you didn't know it existed when you first picked up a pen and a pad. Actually, I wonder if MC's type their lyrics in this day and age?
As promised, a present this time courtesy of Grimetapes.com. I asked Slackk to give me some words with this, I was going to do it over the phone, but he is a scouser so I asked for it via email.
"It's an odd one, this. I only started, in truth, after a journalist for a magazine I won't name asked me a few questions regarding the site and the idea of putting together the "biggest clashes/moments" from the site for their own site. After I while I got back to them and they wanted something bigger- "don't you have Wiley Vs Dizzee?"
The ignorance was a lot and after a bit of back and forth, the idea for the article- and the attached "biggest moments" disappeared.
The idea pretty much laid dormant until about three weeks ago when someone brought up the idea of the biggest wheels etc on the site. As much as it was a good idea, I didn't like the concept of focussing on the stuff everybody had already heard. In addition, constant wheels sound odd in the car- I've tried it before. So, instead, here's a load of snippets that kind of flow into one thing. I've tried to stay away from the biggest "moments" and all that because most people have heard them before anyway. As good as, for example, Wiley Vs Doogz is, I don't really think it needs to be here. Maybe on a clashes compilation. The bigger names aren't all here either. There's the odd exception, but I just wanted to make something that wasn't bait and flowed like an album, to an extent.
So, it's not perfect, but it's done and here it is.
Wiley Volume One is next, you can guess what that is already I presume.
Make sure you give feedback for this one because nobody has done anything like this before.
Join the Facebook Group then I don't have to keep posting these EVERY WEEK. If you missed the studio set with Roll Deep get that here. Personal favourite moments are.... anything with Killa P or Flow Dan.
As promised, the second in the weekly mixes from Sama. Early as well, weird, Grime Time seems to be ahead of GMT these days.
Here for the rest you have missed out on.
The winner of that JME competition was Amy Somers. So if I find her the beers on her. Cheers to Dirty Canvas for that.
Season One Episode One.
Is that the longest name for a free download ever? If you want to skip the opinion about the idea and the actual mix download HERE. To join the Facebook group to receive the freeness every Friday click HERE.
I have got mixed feelings about the free mix culture that the Myspace, Facebook and Blogger make so effortless to push. It has worked well for Bassline & Funky but Grime has only ever had a few here and there. Normally they are one offs, nothing consistent or worth keeping. Rinse.FMs DJ Vectra is doing a good job with monthly mixes called "In Control" but they are a mix up of all UK underground, as are our Butterz Volumes.
When I say work well, I mean well circulated, and highly influential on what gets battered in the clubs and on the radio. One of the main problems I find when playing Grime out is that a lot of people in the audience are not up to date with the music.
Not everybody wants to/can be asked to/does listen to Rinse or Logan on Kiss but still is interested in the music, and I think as long as these are consistent it provides a healthy & convienient alternative. It is pretty frustrating seeing top DJ's play the same old Grime favourites like Forward Riddim to get a reaction in a club, as the sound and scene has come a long way since then. It makes the raving experience a lot less exciting knowing you ain't going to be hearing much new stuff in the raves. As they are few and far between these days as well, the last thing you want to hear at a Grime rave are the tunes that were signed by labels in 2004 and battered to death.
Logan has chosen not to include a tracklisting with this mix. Quite a few other DJs have taken this approach because they don't want other DJ's to imitate or ask the producers for exactly the same tunes. But with Grime I think the artists name should be included. It is hard for MC's to make a name for themselves enough as it is with no pirate radio or regurlar raves. If people know who is on the songs, they will look out for more material from them.
One thing that frustrates me about Grime is the lack of documenting throughout the years. We have got a lot of classic music from 2004 onwards that will be forgotten. This makes it difficult for someone new to understand the history of the scene. Or have a legitmate way of owning Grime music without paying £7 for a poor CD in one of the dwindling independent stores. Dubstep has Dubstep Allstars and various other compilations that you can buy in HMV, Zavvi and is the logical route to understanding a genre. Grime just seems to have 100s of classic mp3s, DVDs full of hype talk about stuff that never came out and a handful of good CDs. We need a well represented compilation album out there, especially because year after year so many sick tunes don't get released for whatever reason. These free mixes would devalue paying for a product like that in my eyes. Giving away too much for free isn't good especially as Logan is guranteeing us one every Friday.
Back to the actual mix. There are tunes on here that Logan has been battering for months, and as im not a radio rip on my ipod kind of guy songs like Nasty Jack & Stormins - One Spliff A Day & Ghetto's Sing For Me are the highlights, even though they are familiar. If you were in any doubt about downloading it, Wiley's - Wheres My Brother is on there.
If you haven't listened to Grime for a while it is an easy way to catch up, but if you haven't listened to Grime for a while, you have come to the right blog!
Just download and enjoy.
Good look for grime. Everybody behaved. Watch the video below, and then read my analysis of the evening.
Opening up, was Manny Norte and Shorty Blitz. This clueless booking bothered me, blazing rnb and hip hop at the greatest grime show ever? Do you think at Why Not Rinse.FMs Dubstep festival earlier in the year they had rnb and hip hop openers to warm up the crowd? I think not. Spyro was in the building could of had him doing the warm up set, then a PA - Chipmunk perhaps, he was there as well. Not exactly rocket science. Instead we were treated to old Joe Budden, T Pain and two people shouting UK music over some of the worst American music I have ever heard.
On came the break dancers. One of three appearances of the night. They could of at least prepared some sort of routine to grime, you know sticking with the theme of night. They didn't. It weren't even girls man, like who wants to see males do that to themselves.
The Thirst. Yea they are some band i've never heard of, and not grime, so I thought that would be an opportunity to sink the first of four pints.
Logans Set. In the right environment, he would of murked. But Kano fans, aren't all grime fans. It was kind of heart breaking to see people not reacting to some of the best grime tunes ever made. It was a par with Manny Norte and co hosting the set turning it into some playground MC'ing competition. The way Logan cut off the girl when she was spitting was class. The set needed a host, like in a Crazy D sort of role you know "Who knows about this one" "Logan wheeeel that selector type thing. Not two hip hop and rnb lovers shouting out all their friends on Kiss. Air. Big up Logan though sick set otherwise. Rarely are we treated to stageshow riddim in 02 arenas.
Tinchy Stryder was big. Proffessional, worked the crowd well. Having the teenage girl friendly tunes helped him a lot. Something about your smile and Stryderman went down well. Catered nicely for the man them as well entering to Mainstream Money and Not Like Me.
Kano's intro was epic, came out like a star. All of the performances where flawless. The only reason I didn't enjoy some of it, is because I think some of the tunes are so awful. He even performed the poor tunes from London Town.
Highlights of the night though were the cameos from Ghetto, Wiley & Skepta. They all came out two a big reception. Ghetto's performance was sick. I think Ghetto needs to tour with a punk band like Lethal did, they would love him. He fell of the stage, he did all these weird dances as well (I go do grime and dubstep raves, I haven't seen somebody dance for real since like 2003). The major disapointment of the night was having the scenes best MC's on stage and no sqeeze of session. They parred it really with the electro medley, because individually they could of all done tunes that would of seriously tore the place down.
It was historic. Like it or not. Hopefully it will be the first of many.
My final word on this.
Kano is a star, imitating a legend.
- The F Leakers EP is out now. Buy HERE
- No Right Turn is sounding fucked. It's coming "Soon"
- Faction G is a sound bloke. He bought me a drink and even gave me a lift home.
- Scratcha is on Rinse.fm 8-11am doing the Grimey Breakfast show every week day.
- He also does "Powerhouse" a house show every so often. His tune I'm Leaving is tidy. Check that out here.
- Also filming black and white in the dark is a bad idea. Ah well, you live and you learn.
Lethal B, Jammer, Kano, D Double E in Germany. It's a shame the top boys in the scene can't work together now.
For Parts 2 & 3 click here.
P Money, Roll Deep, Kano reviews coming this week, along with interviews with Scratcha and more. Stay tuned.
Rinse MC on Mistajams Show
Dot Rotton - Talking The Hardest
Vectra w/ C Gritz, English, Vilence & Kipo
I always wonder who reads this. Occasionally people say they like it, and sometimes people say they hate it. Then one day you get this:
Gotta love GrimeForum init. Im going to print this out and put it on my wall, I needed something to put next to my Lady Sov poster.
Rinse.fm was fucking nang last night man. Vectra 9-11 then Spyro b2b Maximum until 1am. Spyro v Maxi was pretty special, new stuff, old stuff, rarely played stuff, top mixing. Very hype. Heres an artists impression of them in the studio.
This is essential listening. Download Here
Heres something else for your iPod from Slew Dems DJ Spooky. 3 deck instrumental mix. Here
Mz.Bratt Interview Pt.2
Mz.Bratt Pt.2 from Butterz on Vimeo.
James from Creative 30 looked very uncomfortable in the first shots of this interview with Scorcher.
Miquita said the G word. Grime! The physicals are out tomorrow I believe, so if you like it, buy it init.
Spyro B2B with Marcus Nasty on Rinse
Westwood Ft. Dot Rotten & more + Bless Beats, JJ, Little Dee & Manga (14/09/08)
Nocturnal & Tinchy Stryder - Go Get'em
Loudmouth - Body Language
Logan Sama Ft. Gritty Committee, Tinie Tempah and Slix (15/09/08)
Kano - 140 Grime Street Sampler
Cotti vs Mr Party feat. Jammer - Dem Fi Know
Plastician Rinse 06
.:Other Grime Stuff, Elsewhere:.
Tickets for JME concert 10/10/08
Dot Rotton Interview with Blackdown
Bunch of Podcast Interviews including Fuda Guy, Tinchy, Skepta
140 Grime Street Ticket Competition
Grime Tapes latest uploads
4-0 mate. Where them Red Devils at! Spurs you still got 1 point!
Till next week
My headings get worse and worse.
Should of posted these bits a while ago. Here you go.
P.Money- A little back then with now later forever tomorrow soon come (Free Mix CD).
He flows over a heap of classic grime tunes, and features "Grime Scene Pt.1" over Dot Rottons classic Grime & Bass instrumental. Click Here to Download
Here's his set from Logan on Monday, over loads of classic instrumentals.
Rinse 06 is out next week. I would do a full review, but my mate Dane's done a good enough job already for Time Out Magazine. What kind of magazine has 6 star reviews? Click the article to buy it over at Dubplate.net
Here's my road friendly alternative.
The Bug - Skeng feat Flow Dan & Killa P
Chockablock next week should be pretty good. Noticed they saved the best until last on the flyer. Seriously, we will probably be on early, so if your hearing J.Sweet mixed with Nocturnal it's probably Butterz. Will probably get the audio recorded for this one I know people are after Marcus Nasty sets all the time. Word of advice, DON'T google Marcus Nasty, unless your after blue movies from America.
Real Football is back on tomorrow. So see you Sunday. There should be a couple of cool interviews .
P.S I noticed a few of you guys adding me on Xboxlive. I've already destroyed Tariq from West LDN at Pro. Proper challengers only please.
First of all props to all the Grime artists that got nominated. Even though these awards are a joke, it is still good to get free promotion from having a Mobo Award Nominee sticker on your CD.
Click Here for the full list of nominees. I would love to scrutinize every Award one by one, but that is pretty long, I mean when all the best international acts come from America, you know this award ceremonies a joke.
The DJ nominees are kind of odd to me, like, you only hear these guys names every year, when these awards come around. Who even listens to these guys? Seriously?!
Best Radio DJ Nominations:
Ace & Vis - These guys are big. If they don't win, they might as well just close down 1xtra.
Masterstepz - Really?
Steve Sutherland? Nobody listens to Galaxy. End of.
Tim Westwood - Still a relevant DJ. Tims Youtube Channel has done a lot over the past year or so. Another person who could win, but after last years reception, how likely is that.
Trevor Nelson - Don't know what to say about this really.
I wonder what this is rated on. How many hit records they have broken? In a lot of those cases will be zero. Growth of audience levels - probably none for most of these, unless they have taken on another show. Maybe it is their relevance to their respective audiences that is important. It's a shame Pirate Radio isn't recognised.
Best Club DJ is jokes as well, it basically means that Mobos don't believe that Grime, Dubstep, Funky or Bassline is Music of Black Origin. I think they should just rename it to Rnb & Hip Hop awards. The nominees for that are EZ, Hotsteppa, Masterstepz, Rampage, Sarah Love, Scottie B, Semtex, Shortee Blitz, Steve Sutherland and Tim Westwood. Apart from EZ they are predominately Rnb & Hip Hop DJs in my eyes.
Here's my winners list for this year. I don't even care if they aren't nominated.
Best UK Male - Wiley - Basically ruled the underground and was merking the charts at the same time. What everyone has been trying to do for a long time supposdely.
Best UK Female - Leona Lewis - Shes from the ends init.
Best UK Newcomer - Benga - Basically had the biggest tune for a long time. Only Dubstep heads would of heard of him before. The albums good as well.
Best International Act - Its weird how all they picked where American people. Maybe nobody else in the whole world apart from Jamaica, America and Africa makes Music of Black Origin.
Best Reggae - Who got it last year? I think it was Sean Kingston. I will spare the person I want to win any embrassment.
Best Gospel - Yawn
Best Jazz - Don't listen to it.
Best African Act - JME & Skepta - Well they are African! I don't listen to any African music, somebody hook me up!
Best Song - Wearing My Rolex really. Anything else would be uncivilised.
Best Hip Hop - Ermmm Dizzee?
Best Video - In a Corner In a Corner.
Best Album - If Axiom could count.
Bit of bias goes a long way eh.
I think we need Tempa T and Jammer as presenters next year. Just to spice things up a little.
P.S Why isn't Black Boys in the Best Song category?
Two of the best MCs for raves in one dance. D Double E over old school garage and Riko over Jungle. Sick, even though Riko turned down a b2b with DEE. That would be like having your 21st birthday on New Years Eve in 1999. Ah well.
I should of posted this a few weeks back, but in true grimey style, better late then never. Apologies for the darkness, I asked for the lights to be switched on by they were going on funny.
D Double E & Riko @ FWD from Butterz on Vimeo.
While i'm here I might as well post the Kano video.
This video is good quality, I don't like it though. This is the kind of music that alienates a lot of people from UK artists. Imitations of whats already been done over in the US of A. He even shouted out Rick Ross. You know that guy that made that song... Everyday i'm hustling. The video didn't really embrace any element of Grime culture. Where was the pirate radio station? Where was the grimey club? Where was the chicken shop? Putting music in the shop?
I would of approached this from a totally different angle. It could of had a young black boy in school putting his head down, a single mother grinding at work, a market stall guy selling fruit, at least people could relate. Maybe thats not why we listen to music, we don't have to relate to something to enjoy it do we? But I don't think the cliche comparison of moving CD's like drugs is the way to go. Especially when the money is in digital sales these days.
It is funny he goes through all that effort to sell one CD to a crackhead who listens to it in his cassette player though... Yea, watch closely.
For an equally entertaining Dipset/Lil Wayne version click here.
If you need something to listen to here's big up Vectra last nights Westwood Sets
You know when you talk to somebody in Grime and they fully get their David Brent on.
Politics - What does this mean? Nothing to me. It is a common excuse for something not happening most of the time.
How it could be used in a conversation:
Butterz says "When's your mixtape out Grime Dude?" Grime Dude says "There's a lot of politics with that right now"
Alot (One word) - Most of the time this I hear this used is when plans haven't gone the way they intended.
How it could be used in a conversation:
Butterz says "Are you still doing the clothing line and movie?" Grime Dude says "Its alot for me right now fam"
Independent - Gives me jokes when people brag about being independent like they could be signed if they wanted to be. It is used as an excuse for everything being late, available from one store online and being promoted only on Logan and Westwood.
How it could be used in a conversation:
Butterz says "Is your mixtape going to be on Itunes" Grime Dude "Nah fam im staying independent I don't want Apple taking mans peas"
And finally the biggest buzzword in Grime is actually Grime. It is an umbrella term for anything UK that has somebody MC'ing or rapping on a beat on. It is used to represent a particular sound that evolved out of UK Garage but that went out the window for most people a long time ago!
When I talk about Grime, I am talking about music that is influenced by UKG yea, not Channel U garbage or sped up vocals on a hip hop beat by somebody from England.
Wow Bass Level 1 is your first Vinyl and Digital Release, how did you choose these tracks for the EP?
I realised that them tunes were getting a lot of airplay and I liked them personally so I decided that those tracks are going on my first vinyl release.
Have there been any official vocals of these tunes? As the whole EP is instrumental.
Yeah there are but we will just have to wait and see because they may not get released. Lets just pray Butterz!
How important has your Rinse.FM show been in promoting yourself as a DJ?
It's very important because without radios no DJ will have promotion, radio stations get you bookings. I think me being on Rinse has given me the chance to promote 'Wow Bass Level 1' (Adverts and plugging) so radio is important. I first touched down on Rinse.FM in June 2007 and my fan base wasn't really there then a year later a lot of people know about Silencer.
What do you think Grime DJs should be doing to push the scene right now?
Work together because i'm realising that every DJ is out there for themselves they don't care about no one but themselves but lets just see if people take i what i say seriously. radio shows, bookings, tunes, just respect each other also.
Underground Unit are your crew, you have a couple of videos floating about tell us a bit more about them.
We have done all this grime stuff already a lot of people know we can do it we just taught ourselves to do things differently. Sticking to one genre isn't going to get a lot of money in your pocket. Now we have tunes like poison that's like a sweet boy tune in a different way not just obvious lyrics like ' your my sunshine and my everything!'. We are working on a album but we are really taking our time to make it really professionally. For instance if we are making a track and if it needs a person to play instruments into it then we will do that. It's all about making your album worth buying not just simple tracks with a kick and a snare and a bit of melody.
What tunes are you planning to release for Wow Bass Level 2?
It's going to be very powerful no producer is going to touch this Level 2. There's no point using the word 'level' if you can't up your game on the production every time you bring out new music. that's why I take time thinking about the names I use for CDs and vinyl.
Would you do a producer mixtape project where you get big MCs to vocal your beats?
Im working on that right now but im not going to update anyone until it's finished then im going to plug it like crazy on radio and internet.
Any Final Words Silencer?
Wow bass Level 1 out now in all good record stores and on download (Itunes, 7 Digital, Napster Etc) on 1st september never stop what you do musically if you love it.
Buy Wow Bass from Uptown HERE.
I was going through some old bits on the hard drive, and came across this when Fire Camp met Ego 6 in Paris. It is filmed by Lethal B and 2-Face mainly, and is pretty funny in places, especially where Lethal B is writing the lyrics to the song Mr towards the end. The usual cut and shut editing from myself, and I will apologize for some of the French they use in advance.
Fire Camp - In Paris 2005 from Butterz on Vimeo.
P.S If you want to see the performance from that night click here.
I never do my blog titles in CAPS. But I thought this may be worth it.
Couple notes from last night.
- Seeing Dubstep heads dancing to funky house was funny.
- No Wiley appearance
- My ears are still ringing
- Every DJ still drops Night.
- Flow Dan>
- FWD on Sunday is going to be ram
Mak 10 gave me a mix CD. I ain't listened to it yet. I don't have a clue whats on it. Download it HERE.
FWD V RINSE HIGHLIGHTS from Butterz on Vimeo.
I was going to write more but I am in a net cafe costing £1 every 20 minutes.
Im not really good at the whole pun thing am I.
Neway, there was one of them 3 minute things on Channel 4 last night before my favourite program How Clean Your House? It features experts in Grime like Dotun Adebayo who describes Grimes Mcs as todays Shakespeares, I beg to differ.
I don't talk about Dubstep much, probably because this is a grime blog, but I thought I would share this with you. It has Flow Dan on it, before you call me a sell out. It is the highlights from the Dubfiles launch party. Check out Dubstepedia.com by the way.
Dub Files Launch from Butterz on Vimeo.
Rinse FM been uploading classic sets. Theres only Jungle ones up right now check them out HERE
Spyro b2b Mak 10 - Apparently Mak 10's last fully grime set. Download Here
Logan Sama Ft. Marvell (Double S, Vertex & Shocka) From Monday show Big set. Download Here
Tunes on repeat right now
DVA- Bullet A Go Fly
Frisco, Jammer, Tempa T - Big Man Ting
Lil Nasty - UFO Vocal
* Edit Chase & Status - Eastern Jam* Maybe all this dubstep is killing my ears
Who's going carnival?
It doesn't even have to be true what you say, nobody is going to bother checking. Here are the top 3 things to do if you want an article published.
1. Name drop every underground genre that exists and compare it to the one you are focusing on. Even if they are polar opposites! The genres currently doing the rounds are; Tribal, Electro, Funky, Baltimore (or B-More if your cool enough), Baile Funk, 2 Step, Jungle, Dancehall, Broken Beat and GRIME. The more genres you can name, that proves how much different music you listen to doesn't it right? I see all these fassy Shoreditch DJs with genres on their Myspace profiles that they have only heard mentioned in Guardian blogs, it's because of the writers, they can't keep up with whats cool!
2. Have a paragraph debating what you call it? This is normally the only debate element. If the only debate you can think of with the music is the name of it, then you need to write about something else. Wasting a paragraph talking about whether it's called Garage or Grime, Niche or Bassline, Nu Rave or shit. If you include this, it proves it is a new scene, and you are writing about something that hasn't even finished forming yet. Cutting edge eh!
3. You have to say the music is going mainstream otherwise the article is pointless isn't it! Signing a song to a label isn't guaranteed success, it means that song is going to be exposed more then any other, and they will use the scene as a buzzword to make the song they are pushing "authentic". What have been the recent chart positions of all them Bassline songs that got signed? U Wot U Wot!
Is this the best RWD competition ever?
Couple things i'm bored with right now.
- The Term "Politics"
- UK Funky vocals. The instrumentals are cool, theres a lot of good tunes out there right now. Made by loads of grime people but hey, some of the singing is worse then bassline vocals.
- People taking my idea, and not giving me credit here.
- DJs not being up to date in the clubs. At chockablock, barely heard any 2008 grime music. Only 2008 tunes I remember where Rolex Sweep, Whos Got? and Mountain. There has been enough music out to play a good set of 2007/2008 and unreleased grime. Hearing 06/07 certified hits is not doing it for me.
- People sending me music that you can't play in a club. Im not into grime ballads or story telling, I can appreciate it, but if it ain't sitting well next to UFO, WW4, The Best, Stay Down The Road instrumentals it's a par for you.
- Reading press releases written by fucking idiots. If you want to get a PR company to push your stuff, check all the collateral BEFORE it is sent out. I got a classic recently with the ARTISTS NAME spelled incorrectly. Bloody interns eh. Who gave you my personal email anyway.
Plastician Rinse 06
1 Flying Dagger - Plastician
2 Thugged Out 9 - Darkstar
3 Fick - Skream
4 3K Lane - Jakes & Joker
5 Guilty (Plastician Remix) - Kosheen
6 Humans - Crissy Criss
7 Wreckage - Maniac
8 Trigger Finger - Benny Page & Zero G
9 Digidesign - Joker
10 The Clouds - Plastician
11 10 Bit Dreamz - Skream
12 Three Crowns - Maniac
13 Fackin Ell - Crissy Criss
14 Starboy - DJ Narrows
15 Age Of Dub - Ed Solo
16 Pushkin - Plastician
17 Headrush - K Rio
18 Examination Of Time VIP - Babylon System
19 Step Out VIP - Benny Page
20 Modem - Jakes
21 Beneath Your Blouse - Sukh Knight
22 Filth - Skream
23 Soap Dodger - Crissy Criss
24 Coco Butter - Crissy Criss
25Walk In The Carpark - Plastician
26 Thoughts (Japan) - Plastician feat. Unkle Sam
*Props to Maniac*
Tinie Tempah - Tears
Two videos ending in car accidents. Talk about tempting fate. Thankfully the rest of the video isn't a car crash, it is a top notch video. Davinche on production helps as well.
Newham Generals Show Featured Dizzee Rascal on Sunday, always a good listen, DJ Dan on decks. Download HERE.
Heres what it could of looked like in the studio. Without Annie Mac
Last but not least.
Don't you just love green screen.
P.S don't try and book butterz to play anything other then grime.
I was listening to Meshek N.A.S.T.Ys radio set earlier and observed what he was doing on the decks with the quick mixes, so I thought to myself "let me have a go".
Well here is my attempt. 20 minutes long.
The Zshare Link
I took on the mentality of "once the needle is on the vinyl/dub it can't be touched until the tune is mixed out" having one shot at mixing.
It also had to be dropped in before the main drop.
So excuse any mixing errors because I'm still brushing up and have a fair few practice hours to go.
Track listing is as follows:
Davinche - The Stick Up
Wiley - Colder Rmx
Dex - Change Formation
Dizzee - Wheel (or Chung Li as I've written on my dub, don't know why)
DOK & Magnum - Crazy Beat (Terror Danjah Mix)
Jammer - Right Hooks Instrumental
Dizzee - I Luv U (Pulse Remix)
Centurions - Speed Racer
Plasticman - Cha
JME - Serious Thuggish Instrumental
Jammer - Murkle Man Instrumental
N.A.S.T.Y - Good You Know Instrumental
Wizzbit - Breakdown
Terror Danjah - Love Is Here To Stay Instrumental (Bonus Remix)
Black Ops - War
Ruthless & Spider B - Grimey Frontline.
I'll do a proper one in the near future with some more old school grime vinyls that I have which are collecting dust.
I might even do this one again.
That is all.
*EDIT: I couldn't wait so I did it again. Not as rushed and a bit more pleasing to the ear mix-wise!
This will sum up some of the things that frustrate me most in this scene.
Vol.1: The Music Video
The Top 5 Errors people make when doing a music video.
1. Has a music video ever been in time with a products release? That is why artists from other scenes do music videos, to promote the product you will be able to buy. I remember Top 3 Selected Video coming out long after Ghetto Gospel was out, or videos for tunes coming out, then a year later the song coming out on a mix cd (if your lucky). Imagine if a music video came out at the start of the month, to promote the upcoming release from that artist, and a month or so later, the product was in stores, and on iTunes there for people to purchase. Crazy idea, but I think it is worth a try.
2. Choosing the wrong songs for videos. Your music video should be your biggest tune, the one you want everyone to know and the tune that will take you to another level. Normally this is the hype song, or the peoples favourites in the clubs or on radio. 9/10 people choose the wrong song for their videos, think Wiley's 50/50 & My Mistakes and Tinchy Stryders Breathe.
3. The outlets for these music videos on television is only really Channel U. You might get C list on Base as well, but count everything else out. Even saying that, it may get played on Channel U for a week or so, and then they will go back to playing N Dubz and whoever else is paying £500 for power play. Is it really worth the hassle? Putting only a preview up on Youtube is a par, you lot should be feeding Youtube with good content, as more people have access to that then Channel U believe it or not!
4. The amount of money some of you lot spend on your videos is criminal. Why would you spend £4,000 on a video when you haven't invested that into your actual music. The balance isn't there. It is even worse when the song isn't for sale, as you will never get that money back. It is a gross waste of money. Could do something good for £300 and bang it on Youtube, and most of the time it will have the same effect. Especially if the tune is a "hood smash" Look at what Giggs has done with "Track 9". Actually Dizzee is at number 1 right now with a video that cost under £4,000.
5. The most frustrating thing of all, is most are crap. Recurring themes, same free adidas tracksuits, poorly constructed graphics on Green Screens. How bad was Lethal B's Uh Oh and Wiley's Gangsters? There are not many music videos I rate. But to end on a positive note here are my all time favourites in no order:
Crazy Titch - I Can See You
Lethal B - Forward Riddim (Original)
Jammer - Murkle Man
Skepta - In A Corner
Bear Man - Drinking Beer
Bruza, Demon, Kano, D Double E - Get Out Of My House
Wiley - Wot Do You Call It
Bruza - Get Me