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No Hats No Trainers Cypher 1

No Hats No Trainers brings a collective of artists together for a series of Cyphers, this is the 1st in the instalment, featuring veteran rap duo SAS (Mayhem & Mega), a long with lyrical geniuses Mystrogen and Wretch32, “spitting” over the ‘Kanye West – Power’ instrumental, each artist brings a powerful presence to the set.

UK STAND UP!

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Dotstar – Xpensive

Lagos Boi aka Dotstar continues the surge of hits with his next single, ‘Xpensive’.

Dotstar is on quite a roll with the success he has received from previous singles, ‘Stick Up‘ and the current MTVBase chart topper ‘She’s Killing Me‘, so he brings you this exclusive snippet for ‘Xpensive’,

From the sounds of the infectious beat and catchy flow, this will be another club smash!

Dotstar has created quite the hype, this record will definitely add to and continue that for him, with the potential is being quite high as he is builds on the momentum of his new style and sound, he can cause quite the wave within the music industry on a global scale, already rising to prominence in Europe and Africa, he is without doubt off to a great start!

Stick Up:

She’s Killing Me:

In demand.

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Lowkey – Something Wonderful

A man who uses his talents for the good, somebody who wants more from life than money and fame, somebody who wants to make a change, that somebody is UK’s own, Lowkey, one of the most gifted artists with his mind in the right place, here is his new single, the captivating, Something Wonderful:

Something Wonderful is quitely simply a beautiful song, it speaks for itself in volumes, it is an honest record (something you can always expect from Lowkey), it is a positive record and most of all it has a meaning, his ever-growing fanbase will love this as will new listeners. An ode to the female, Lowkey has come into more prominence recently and has not stopped to enjoy the accomplishments but rather work harder in order to acheive his goal, as a person he is humble and honest, I can only support and offer praise for such a person, especially when the music being created is so powerful and even comforting.

Having already topped the Amazon download charts, with Long Live Palestine, surpassing the likes of Jay-Z, Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas in doing so, he has shown that you can still have a career and a following despite a lack of help from the media and corporates.

Continue to support the rightous rapper, as he continues to deliver quality and honest music.

Lowkey - Something Wonderful ..available for purchase on February 14th

Follow Lowkey on twitter @lowkeymusic1

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Skepta – Bad Boy

Bad Boy is the new single from Boy Better Know’s self proclaimed ‘Microphone Champion’, better known as Skepta.

With this record, Skepta has provided an all-round anthem for a broader range of audiences, it sounds good on radio, sounds great in the club and even through your headphones, Skepta does not use any vocal enhancers, nor makes any major changes to adapt to a commercial sound, instead it is just a well constructed track that feels natural, with Skepta’s distinct style neatly fused into the track, it is no surprise why Bad Boy record has reached way over 200,000 views on youtube.

A lot of people will criticize and expect a more underground sounding Skepta, until those people put their money where their mouth is and actually purchase the records, they should expect this, even then I feel this is a great UK record, as if you cannot help but to sing along, I’ve always been one to deminish stereotypes and this song does that and happens to be catchy whilst doing so, definitely looking forward to more hits from Skepta as he continues this surge of good music.

The video is courtesy of Staplehouse with fellow North London artist Scorcher continuing upon his recent success as a Director, he really has come a long way in such a short space of time and this video fully justifies his credentials, along with the rest of the Staplehouse team, who help create a great visual for a potentially huge track.

Skepta - Bad Boy (available 10th March), the album 'Microphone Champion' ..OUT NOW!!

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M.I. – Hustle (Remix) ft. SAS

MTV Africa award winner M.I. reaches out to UK’s European representers, Eurogang’s SAS (Mega & Mayhem) for the remix to what is becoming an African classic, Hustle.

Mega & Mayhem have been consistant with the quality of their music, they were one of the earlier artists I tipped for success, this was back when I did not even write, I was just a fan, they went on to work with Dame Dash and there was talk regarding Dipset, but all that matters is that SAS are well respected both in the UK and in USA, that is a rare accomplishment, with this track the Flygerian brothers have now justified their reputation in Africa, a good look for the two, representing the United Kingdom with two honest and heartfelt verses, M.I. has a style of his own and you can tell why this song is such a hit, so combine the two and you have an even bigger record and another step forward in spreading unity through music.

Runway Fly ..UK Stand Up!!

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Wiley – Take That (Official Video)

The track has been heavily rotated on radio and the video is doing the same on TV, having already gathered over 150,000 views of one video alone (there is this particular one which is taken from Wiley’s own Youtube channel, there are then two more videos courtesy of Universal and Island records’ Youtube channels).

The unique production is courtest of Chew Fu, who fuses Electro, Drum & Bass and Grime to create an edgy up-tempo platform for Wiley to step up a level, Wiley sounds as comfortable and in his zone as ever, Wiley’s lyrical delivery is Grime, sounding like he has a point to prove, whereas the structure itself is more suited for a commercial audience. A clever anthem, as well as a much needed approval to end the year with after this years chart domination from fellow Grime rooted artists Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder (who makes a cameo as Wiley refers to stryderman in the song) and Chipmunk, Wiley is more than an emcee, he has created a legacy in regards to UK urban music, with many strongly beleiving that Wiley should have been where Dizzee Rascal is a long time ago, however everything happens for a reason, each artist has their position, While Dizzee Rascal plays his role in diluting if not ending stereotypes, Wiley has helped build a large family of talent, continously bringing through new artists, such as recent Number 1 chart topper..Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder has always been tipped for success by Wiley himself, therefore I beleive many do not give Wiley the respect and acknowledgement he deserves, those who feel that he has fallen off, should listen to the lyrics clearly as he is speaking to you.

Wiley has stepped up the work rate and this is the first single from his forthcoming album, he has a new record deal, a new motivation it seems and definitely expect quality new music for a man who will forever be known as a pioneer in defining a sound that the UK can call their own.

The video, like the song is unique, it is has a dark essence to it whilst mixing lighting and colour to maximize effect and emphasis, the effects work well and overall Take That possesses an epic element, a track certainly deserving of support especially from the UK, if this record makes it to number 1, it will bridge the success of this year with the success to come in the next one.

Wiley - Take That ..Available to purchase December 28th!!

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Nu Brand Flexxx – Emergency

Many of you may remember them from one of the previous ‘UK..stand Up’ segments, well they’re back with a new club banger, Emergency’.

Nu Brand Flexx bring a lot of flavour and colour to their music, as you can tell from the videos, they have a style of their own, this is evident from this record. It is not serious or sensitive, it is a feel-good track, one for the ‘skankers’, those that just want to enjoy themselves and have fun, put it in your playlist as you get ready for a night out, or request your DJ to play it when you’re in the club, either way you will be dancing away, enjoying yourself.

Look out for more smashes from the Nu Brand Flexxx collective, the talent is there, the determination and desire is as well, so expect big things from the guys.

New Brand Flexxx

New Brand Flexxx

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Frisco – Eyes On You

Frisco is back with a funky-inspired track.

With tracks like Kyla – Do You Mind and Egypt – In The Morning being played heavily across the UK club scene, Frisco joins Ruff Sqwad’s Dirty Danger in representing the guys.

Eyes On You, is a simple track, the concept is pretty simple and fully justifies the statement ‘less is more’, I can see this being a big success in clubs, Frisco is fully representing with this banger. More about feeling than content, this is something new and different from the Tottenham resident, but Frisco has always had a presence on track and this is no different, there is no over the top use of autotune, it is all done with simplicity and it comes of well, he is not singing completely, it is a good blend, the beat has elements of funky and grime embedded and that helps it fit in whilst standing out at the same time.

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Click image to visit official myspace

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Black The Ripper – My Lyrics are Forever

During a recent trip to New York, I asked the locals which artists in the UK they knew about, I wanted if they have the same exposure that we have of their artists. The majority knew of Tim Westwood and used words to describe him that I can’t really say but you get the point, Dizzee Rascal it seems is the most famous prospect over there, I was hoping someone would say Wretch 32 or Ghetts, however that was not the case, for ages we have had Hip-Hop dedicated radio shows, our own awards ceremony ‘the Brits’ and ‘Mobo’ give out awards to more overseas artists than homegrown, the likes of Tinchy Stryder(that was before the recent awards) Ndubz and Chipmunk are changing that I agree, however if we can know about the likes of Currency, Wiz Khalifa and Slaughterhouse here in the UK then why do they not know of our talent?

There are a few reasons, their population is far larger which means more rappers, so everybody is too busy following what is ‘hot’ rather than having a real passion and allowing themselves to be naturaly inspired by a wide variety of influences. The Duo of Mega and Mayhem, better known as SAS were another name I heared a fair bit, could be due to their once affiliation with Dipset and Rocafella records, or just the fact that they have put the work in over there.

This article/review is to silence anyone who argues that the UK does not possess the talent or the fact that it is because of our dialect, as Americans have a different accent to us yet for years we have been listening and supporting.

After hearing this track, I felt the same feeling that I would get from listening to Wu-Tang, or even Rakim, Black the Ripper aka Samson takes it back, the production is Hip-Hop, it possesses the feeling of a classic, the potential is amazing, A real music fan anywhere in the world can appreciate this, Black the Ripper is talented and is clearly not phased by the problems many face to progress into mainstream, he celebrates the idea of being underground, using the internet to reach his audiences, he has come a long way through his own hard work and ambition, expect to hear a lot more of this artist because real talent can never be denied!

Fáris Rating:
8.5/10

Click Image to visit his Official Myspace page, listen to more and see new videos from the highly talented emcee

Click Image to visit his Official Myspace page, listen to more and see new videos from the highly talented emcee

Over 1 Million myspace views!!

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Lady Ny – Dangerous

Lady Ny has been consistent within the scene, with a voice to match her looks, she fits the word beautiful just right.

She is back, and with a banger, the track ‘Dangerous’ will be available for you all to hear soon and take my word for it, it is a hit.

Lady Ny – DANGEROUS (Exclusive Snippet)

Dangerous is catchy to say the least, it’s a fusion of sounds that can be labeled in multi-genres. “I’m about to explode, I’m Dangerous”, Lady Ny’s voice is smooth as ever and combined with the production, it really has an edge to it, it is urban but it’s easy listening values mean it could so easily be lighting up the charts, given the right promotion this could be a big hit for Lady Ny (She does deserve it).

Production wise, ‘Dangerous’ possess the funky house vibe that is currently blazing the country, you can’t help but to move to it, when this comes on in the clubs, even those that cannot dance will be moving someway or another. Obviously a voice for the Ladies, Lady Ny has a strong vocal presence on this song and it is such a feel good song that it really does have the power to break down any barriers, So the male audience can appreciate this as much as the ladies.

“Does it have to be, Something that I see, Or can I feel it..I’ll be just fine, and Do you even know..anything at all, What I’m thinking deeply down inside”

Keep an ear out for Lady Ny and this sure hit, I’ll be back with the track soon.

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