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Phaze What – Situation

For those in the know, I work behind the scenes with a variety of acts, and in my A&R mode, have lined up artists with production, most recently WSTRN’s Louie Rei.

Having linked up with one of the front runners of the legendary Piff Gang, Phaze What, through conversation we discussed the reality of artists on the come up, the smoke and mirrors and false perceptions fed to fans, before playing him some production I felt he would suit. He liked one in particular, and I left him with it, only for basically a day later finding this in my inbox.

He’s always been authentic as a person, and that was portrayed through the music, however, on some what of a hiatus, with a couple gems dropped here and there, the European Champion of the rap game really pulled inspiration out of the realities, for this introspective and motivational cut. Phaze flows cool over the soulful production, courtesy of Nottingham up and comer, Ken Samson. Of late, we rarely get songs from such an angle, “still in the box-room..breaking down zeds, still in the bits, came back..but I left, that ain’t right, life hit me with the right..and the left”, he raps, speaking on the come up and his dip in and out of the game, further explaining, “snakes in the grass so I mind where I step, scarred from seeing my grandma die in her bed..”, I had to reload it, as a fan, this was rare, it’s an evolution for the artist, who does not always open to such an extent, following with, “battling my demons…fighting this stress, I’m a looney (luniz)..and I got 5 on that peng, Spark it! Can’t take me for no target, fuck the constable..and sergeant, see..I was going the hardest, then I disappeared like Wembley market”, it’s these local lines that had Brits hold him to such high regard, with the famous market in Wembley closing, leaving many disappointed, much like his fans as he went off the radar during his peak. As to why? He still confident as ever continues, “Real life got on top, but when it’s back to back, man know who’s top of top, sweet 16 make you stop and drop, I’m just waiting to flex like Big Poppa Pop”. It wouldn’t be Phaze without a wrestling reference, he’s been leading that Rap/Wrestling line with the likes of American counterparts Smoke DZA and Wale

I was heavily impressed, as are fans (who have his The Sweet Chin Movie still in rotation), with a good response to this insightful and personal offering. Stay locked with the Undertaker of rap, as he looks to drop more dope for your ears.

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Skillit – Swipe Left (Tinder Song)

Skillit aka Skillit Bang aka Tom Shanks returns for another comical cut, with Swipe Left..

I’m not on Tinder (but then again I haven’t even heard Despacito), however I don’t know anyone that isn’t swiping away on the popular app. To add to it’s popularity, comical rapper Skillit gives his take with this ode to Tinder. It’s really a good take, and no doubt people will be relating to Skillet’s experiences, as much of what he sings..I’ve heard from people. Expecting this to go viral to some extent, not just because the app is global, but because he’s hilarious in this as he continues to swipe left.

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Fat Joe – So Excited ft. Dre

Joey Crack is no stranger to a hit record, with one of the biggest singles of 2016 (the Remy Ma collab, All The Way Up), he returns for his solo joint, So Excited.

Produced by Miami production duo, Cool & Dre, and featuring the latter, the catchy anthem will sure to bubble, as Joe adds another quality cut to his discography of notable and underrated anthems.

With the classic Dennis Edwards sample, So Excited has that bounce to it, and add the infectious hook, it’s a recipe for a banger. More so I’m pleased for Dre, who has been overlooked for years as an artist in his own right, I’m one of the few still waiting for his 2006 debut (The Trunk) which never materialised. Hopefully this upbeat number helps bring him back, as it certainly maintains Fat Joe as one of the most consistent Hip-Hop hit-makers.

Expect bad bitches and luxury vehicles, with the larger than life cameo from DJ Khaled, and even an appearance from Ms Nikki Baby (of Love and Hip-Hop fame)

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Wiz Khalifa – Something New ft. Ty Dolla $ign

It’s finally here.

Having teased the record on social media for some time now, Khalifa man drops the anticipated Something New ft. Ty Dolla $ign.

The chorus is really what carries the song, with many initially thinking it was Ty’s record, before he released Love U Better, and to be fair, this would have been far greater of an option than his current single, and the argument could be made that Wiz picked one of the best for himself, but at the same time, we know full well that once the rollout begins, and the visuals drop, Wiz’s stardom will only help propel this record further and many in the know are aware as Ty Dolla $ign has showed us consistently that he can churn these hits out on a regular. More on the track itself, it’s cool Wiz, like we’ve come to know, with his current relationship in the limelight, and the assisted social media campaign, the track is relevant and you can expect for all platforms to pick it up. Produced by Hitmaka (aka Yung Berg), who is really beginning to dictate the sound of late, it’s just such a laid back, easy listening joint, and will only grow stronger upon each listen.

With the audio racking up over a million plays in under 4 days, the official video is released, filled with some beautiful ladies and some big name cameos, from Demi Lovato down to Jamie Foxx, though visually top notch, the concept goes a bit left. It might be because I was thinking or hoping for Wiz to maybe focus it around his relationship, with their matching ensembles really getting a lot of attention, I just thought something along those lines, with the two would really follow up the snaps that somewhat raised the profile for the track, but instead, the pretty ladies are running game as they steal from the guests, including Juicy J, G-Eazy & Jason Derulo (to name a few). Close to half a mill within 24 hours, and it’s only going to continue further..

With a new album on the way, the Taylor Gang boss has got himself a sure hit to kick off his new album with, and we can expect a blend of this new maturity with the wildness for a dope audio experience.

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Lowkey – Ghosts of Grenfell ft. Mai Khalil

“Did they die or us?”

With the tragic events that took place, the Grenfell tower in a blaze, innocents families trapped, helpless, the powers that be have yet to really take blame or accept any fault, let alone help or show remorse. Understandably that the inquest continues, and though policies and procedures are in effect, it’s still something that often has us questioning humanity. A sad day as public attempted to help, but none the less, there have been reports of coverups and false information being put out through the media, with the death toll considered far greater than the numbers initially released.

Rapper and activist, Lowkey is no stranger to speaking up, especially using his ability and platform to raise awareness and help make a difference, happened to live opposite, and not only witnessed, but lost acquaintances to the horrific incident. While he continues to assist in putting the pressure and bringing some form of justice, he pours his soul out with this lyrical tribute..

In no ways attempting to capitalise or profit from the situation, the heartfelt song’s visuals do not feature him, but rather the community emphasising the emphatic words. One of the positives (if we can even see it as such) was seeing the community of various ethnicities and religions bonding together, and the visuals here help portray that. Though it contains a verse and a chorus over instrumentation, this really is another step in raising awareness and demanding justice, for the souls lost. With the gripping ending as you hear the community call for the whereabouts of the people, including children who have had their futures snatched away, for what?!

It is a statement of a record, and highlights the questions that need to be answered. Endless respect for Lowkey, blessings and prayers for the fallen, featuring the angelic vocals of Mai Khalil, the track really captures the every essence of what has been endured by the community and the pain of the friends and families, whilst serving as an honourable mention for the true selfless heroes.

“The blood is on your hands, there’ll be ashes on your grave, like a phoenix we will rise”

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Mike GLC – Behind Barz

Link Up TV have been on a hot streak with the talents lined up in their Behind Barz series, from Terminator, Reeko Squeeze, and now the veteran wordsmith and hustler, Mike GLC

Most of the younger audiences may have heard his name surrounding the Tulisa drama, but that shit is irrelevant when you realise rapper has actual classics to his name, from ‘Channel U’ days, with tracks like My Life and Make It Home. With that recognisable deep voice with the drawl, he carved his own style, and though of recent he has been more active as an entrepreneur (including his Hit Men Sagas comic), he returns for a fourth edition with a lot to get off his chest. The OG starts it off addressing whoever it applies to, with some real guidance, before an acapella that borderlines into spoken word, with his poetic take on some real experiences based off the street life and eulogies.

There has always been potential for Mike GLC to go further, creating music with authenticity and substance, and so I’m hopeful that there’s more to come.

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Manga St Hilaire – Shell ft. Grim Sickers

Following the abstract visuals for Young, Manga releases the video for the Grim Sickers featured, Shell

“Make the ting pop like it’s tryna chart..”

More of a performance based visual, it’s simplicity in shots with the addition of animation on top, somewhat compliment much like the track itself, with it’s lyrical content being the standout, anything more might distract from that, and so with a couple decent aesthetic shots, director Saoud Khalaf is able to bring the track to life without overdoing it, and more importantly, utilising the location and weather, with some decent editing to give us a clear, crisp visual overall.

Big up Manga, continuing to deliver to his fans, and check out his recent and received, Outbursts From The Outskirts EP

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RNC – All Out ft. Tippa Dior & Wizzy Wow

Newcomer RNC gets quite the introduction, as the Tottenham rapper links up with Wizzy Wow, who handles the hook duties as well as providing the catchy synth-heavy production. All Out also reunites us with the underrated Tippa Dior, as the trip state their ambitions..

RNC with his vocal presence looks to establish himself, with this boasy cut, whilst Tippa flexes his lyrical prowess, neatly structured with the infectious Wizzy Wow chorus. The production alone really sets this track apart from most tracks, something Wizzy is no stranger to, and allows RNC to drop a lil’ fly flow with the pyrex raps. They should definitely stay working together, as the three compliment each other with their styles and sounds.

Tottenham continues to flourish, with an array of talent already out and more to come, with these guys up there in the mix of whats hot.

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Shaker – Jupiter Freestyle

The Baker returns with this new freestyle..

Entitled Jupiter, Shaker drops some out of this world bars, as one of the most critically acclaimed lyricists on the come up. Even with a couple videos, a hard body mixtape and features, Shaker has managed to develop a loyal fanbase, as proven turning up to each of Pak-Man’s shows, to witness the rapper in the flesh during his supporting act duties, he stepped out to crowds cheering before rapping word for word to his Power verse.

Speaking to him after the show, he stated his intentions to keep at it, though evident he was in transition, and Jupiter highlights that very statement, as the self proclaimed, “Trapper of the year”, looks to step further into the artistry and it’s rewards, “had enough of bandos, need a couple millions, need to get a lambo..that’s yellow like the minions”. The potent lines continues to flow throughout the track.

With his raw delivery, and emphatic punchlines, Shaker is certainly shaking up the block as he continues to whip up more dope for your ears.

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