Preview: Rampage – “The Starting Line EP”

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Wellingorough based MC Rampage drops his first EP, “The Starting Line”, on Friday, and if you wanted a rough idea of what’s in store there, the main word is: grease. Whether Rampage lives that life, I neither know nor care, but the first thing that grabs me on playing this EP is how authentic he sounds, which automatically elevates this release above the majority of MCs that run a similar line in lyrics. Below is a closer look at “The Starting Line”, and why I believe Rampage is yet another MC that’s well worth watching. Continue reading

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Preview: Syer – A.W.O.L. EP

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“Syer is back spread the word”! Yep, May 17th sees the long awaited return of Syer, the former Roll Deep and O.T. Crew mic man and producer, with his perfectly titled “A.W.O.L” EP.
Having been absent for around 7 years now, it was always going to be interesting to hear how someone like Syer would sound if they decided to jump back on music. Would they be able to hold it down like they did before? Does their new material add to their back catalogue, or does it just feel like a pointless trip down Memory Lane? Well, with previews up now for A.W.O.L., you can make your own mind up on that, and I’ve given my view below. Continue reading

Interview: Ghostly – Grime Spirit

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I don’t think it’s unfair to say that, for the last few years at least, the instrumental side of Grime has been a lot more healthy than the vocal side. For years, wrongly or rightly, the MC was the focus of most things, but some time ago┬áthat stopped. JME said “a new MC is born every weekend”, and that may be true, but where the crews? Who really stood out after Merky ACE, Rival, Maxsta and the rest of them? Not many, but now it seems that the MCs are coming through again (click here for a taster courtesy of GrimeForum’s “Freestyles Volume 2”), and one young MC in particular who’s very much at the forefront of the charge is West London’s Ghostly, who I spoke to below about picking Grime over Rap, clashing and beef, his forthcoming projects, and more. Continue reading

Row. D – Elevated

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How many radio sets do you have to shell down before people notice? How many battles do you have to win? How many sick projects do you have to drop before people take notice? I don’t have any statistics, but one guy that has┬ádone all this and more this year is N3 mic man Row D, and it seems that, finally, after over ten years of graft, people are beginning to take notice. With that in mind, I thought I’d look back on some of Row D’s highlights in 2014 to show why he’s arguably been THE MC of 2014. Continue reading

Introducing: Blaydes

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It’s possible that, in a few years time, we might be looking back at 2014 as the year that the vocal side of Grime got a much needed shot in the arm. I mean, let’s be honest, for the last 4-5 years there hasn’t really been a buzz around many MCs, but the re-emergence of K9, and consistent work from youngsters like The Square could be taken as pointers to a turn in the right direction. But all of this will count for nothing if there aren’t more skilled and active lyricists following behind, which is where we come to Blaydes. Having just turned 16 years old, south London MC Blaydes is definitely one to keep an eye on over the next few years – which is why I asked him about growing up on Grime, his forthcoming releases, his views on the vocal scene at the moment, and what the chances are that he’d end up on Trap beats… Continue reading

M.I.K. – Ghost Writing (Interview)

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“Guess who’s back with a fresh one…”, yep, M.I.K. drops his eagerly awaited “Ghost Writer” album at midnight and, judging from the previews, it sounds massive. I caught up with M.I.K., who for me remains one of the most consistently sick MCs in the scene, to ask him about the new album, Family Tree, clashing, working with different producers, and more. Continue reading

Zdot – No Catching Z’s (Interview)

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Zdot could well be your favourite MC’s favourite producer. Need proof? Then just look at the list of names Zdot has provided beats for, a list that includes Wiley, Devlin, Ghetts, and, well, pretty much anyone that’s anyone. Never one to rest on his past accomplishments, Zdot is back again with releases with both Eyez and Opium on the horizon, as well as several more projects, as I found out when I spoke to him about starting out in music, forthcoming projects, earning money from Grime, and more… Continue reading