Phaze What – Neva Dat

Consistency might have been an issue for his fans prior, but never again it seems, as the rapper remains on course with his Thursday releases, entitled Burstdays, this time with Neva Dat..

Though his last release, Stone Cold was taken down for apparent copyright infringement, it did not knock him off, as he only went and dropped an even harder track, and if you’re checking for him on his social media platforms, has stated that there is more to come. The ambient track, produced by Blay Vision, a well crafted piece of production, with it’s choice of sounds layered, creating an almost atmosphere of it’s own, with the tempo allowing Phaze to highlight his intentions, “Me fall off..slack, Neva dat..”.

There’s definitely a new energy surrounding him and it’s only proving beneficial for fans as we’re getting an array of quality sounds, with visuals set to follow. If you’re new to his sound then you definitely want to stay tuned to the pioneering wordsmith and he looks to continue establishing his wave of style and sound.

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Naomi Wild – Lessons (Produced by Bizness Boi)

Some of the best music has been drawn from real life experiences and emotions, and Lessons is no different, introducing the talent not to be overlooked, Naomi Wild..

Lessons, produced by Bizness Boi (one of the best up and coming production talents available), with his musical ear, a versatile understanding of sound and an ability to establish not only an atmosphere but create a musical moment, he provides the beautiful singer the right vibe for her to really accentuate her feelings with this record.

The song itself, inspired by previous relationships, and developing an understanding from the lessons learnt through such experiences, a sense of finding one’s self and reassurance, Naomi tackles it with ease, with the catchy verses further emphasised by her enticing vocal tone. Not to compare, but if you were to categorise then she sits somewhere amongst the Kehlani’s of the game, as a fresh new energy, who is as dope with the pen as she is behind the mic.

Growing in popularity, Lessons has accumulated well over 40,000 plays within a month, proving not appeal and relatable-factor amongst listeners, whilst further justifying her potential as one of the ones to watch out for, as she continues to develop. I definitely would want to hear more collaborations from her and Bizness Boi, as it clearly makes for quality music.

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Donnie – No Money No Funny

It’s not long until the world recognises the Prime boys and in this case, the talents of Donnie. Following up to Been Through and Running, the Canadian comes through this new vibe..

If you’ve been following Donnie for a while, or even if you’ve just heard the previous couple tracks, there is no doubt that money is the motive, as he looks to continue the run from last year (where he was racking up the plays with tracks like Pretty City, Heat ‘Em Up, Come Through and as part of the Full Circle gang), so with this Murda Beatz produced mid-tempo island vibe, Donnie gives us a similar concept to Running, as he sings, “Love don’t make no money”, he’s no stranger to catchy hooks and this is another one. Having really catered to the streets, records like these really offer more versatility, and you can imagine the girls singing along (in comparison to say..his verse on I Heard), “She always checking for my next style, snaked skinned belt like a reptile, I got all these stripes like a ref now..”, he sings with his signature flow.

In an era where so many just copy what is hot, it is rare to find acts creating their own sound that is sonically relevant, and the Prime boys have been doing just that. While Canada continues to pretty much dominate, for those expecting it to slow down, the Prime boys are basically the nitrous that will only push them further in the lead. If you’re feeling this, make sure you stay tuned, as there is definitely more to come from Donnie, and the rest of the gang.

Prime forever.

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Phaze What – Never Let Your GF

Having only recently dropped Situation, the European champ follows up with another laid back track, Never Let Your GF..

Within a week, Phaze What has another dope cut for his fans, with the rapper continuing to personify cool, and authentic in his approach, over this wavy Jon Phonics production, Never Let Your GF is from the perspective of the rapper, playing on stereotypes as he locks in, “she loves the bright lights flickering, milk bottle looking for your liquorice, dip between them n***az..you Pick N’ Mix”, as always he provides the witty lyricism which may go overlooked with his slick flow, similarly to Curren$y, who people in the past have likened him to.

Expect more to come as the London rapper looks to further establish his style and sound.

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Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

The V&A gallery is currently hosting the Balenciaga exhibit, a first ever in the UK, it’s a lot of insight on the life and creative mind of Spanish designer extraordinaire, Cristobal Balenciaga.

The exhibition, which marks the centenary opening of the brand’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of it’s Paris fashion house, the £15 ticket (with concessions available) is ultimately worth it for two levels of past, present and future of fashion dominance from not only ‘The Master’ himself, but the many whom he inspired.

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The exhibit dominantly features pieces from over the years, as well as visuals (pictured above), with an array of information on the forward-thinking designer, his pioneering silhouettes, exploring textiles and pattern-cutting which shaped the modernity of the 60’s and still hold relevance today.

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It could be argued that there is a lot of the information provided available online, however, the opportunity to see such a variety of pieces from different generations is not as obtainable, including the redefining ladies suit, not to mention many designed throughout the years by other established designers, such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Calvin Klein, Paco Rabanne and more..

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The exhibit (which is running until the 18th of February 2018) is great for fashion fans and students alike, a chance to not only learn about ‘The Master’, but see some of the finest works, influence and adaptations within fashion today.

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A great exhibit all in all, one I definitely recommend checking out, especially if you appreciate the finer details to Fashion.

 

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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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