Song of the Day: Can’t F With – J-Onyx

Emerging with an air of mystery J-ONYX has a presence that can’t be ignored. Commanding attention with her deep tone and dynamic flows, her first release ‘Can’t F With’ captures her innate and undeniable talent as an artist. Her latest release has already landed support by DJ Target on BBC 1Xtra, DJ Shortee Blitz on his KISS FM and KISS Fresh show and Charlie Sloth will be adding the track as his Hood Heat of the week and he will also support on his Apple Music playlist. Choosing to keep her identity concealed for the time being, J-Onyx wants to let her music do the talking, as often young female artists can be over sexualized in the music industry. Catapulting through the ranks she joins the ‘Champions League’ as she ‘eliminates all of the tournaments’ and earns a rightful place as a one to watch in the UK rap scene.

The serendipitous calling to become a rapper can be pinpointed back to November 2019 where she was teasingly dared by her friends to rap an off-the-top-of-the-head freestyle and upload it onto her Instagram. Gaining an overwhelming reaction, the freestyle uncovered her natural gift with rhymes and flows and allowed her to nurture the talent into a dream career. To date she has released 3 freestyles on Instagram and her second freestyle for ‘Murda Murda’ received some strong support and was picked up by DJ Shortee Blitz and DJ MK on the KISS FM Hop Hop show.

Her exposure to music was planted long before the freestyle and the London based British rapper, singer and songwriter grew up immersed in a musical household. Building the fabric of her musical DNA her mother and elder siblings introduced her to an assorted collection of music, which ranged from Reggae, Dancehall and Hip Hop to UK Garage, Afrobeats, Rock and Indie. Her musical roots grew beyond her immediate family as her uncle was also a member of reggae band UB40.

Going against the conventional route, J-Onyx followed her own path, although she had the encouragement of her family she dropped out of school at a young age and found herself in challenging situations. What became evident was that the music was a constant and the turning point was getting into Brit School and attending drama school. Since her studies her path has led her to explore performing arts as well as pursuing a career in the property business. She has now found herself gravitating towards music as solo artist and ‘Can’t F With’ is a great introduction to her sound.

Check her out below…

Song of the Day: All That Matters – Snowy

Joining forces with long-time collaborator Massappeals on production, the powerful yet dynamic instrumental on ‘All That Matters’ by Nottingham’s finest SNOWY, smacks you in the face and lets you know the GREEZE is here. First written and recorded in 2018, ‘All That Matters’ hasn’t been released until now and still sounds brand new. Snowy’s relentless flow and brash lyrics coupled with Massappeals’ energetic instrumental brings a refreshing 2021 take to the Grime genre. The duo made the record with one goal in mind – great music stands the test of time.

With the pandemic putting the brakes on the music industry at large, Snowy has kept up the momentum, continuing to release music and lending his versatility to many different genres throughout 2020. Funky House smasher ‘Honey Riddim’ with ‘Murder He Wrote’ went back in to the charts 18 months after release and the Dead Beat UK Bassline remix has been dominating dance playlists across streaming services. Drum and Bass ‘Wicked & Bad’ EP with Sam Binga, Hyroglifics and Riko Dan gained international recognition alongside a vinyl release and ‘Butterfly’ is still lighting up raves globally after its digital and vinyl release by underground pioneering label SWAMP81. During this time Snowy has also started his #STR8DROPS series including singles such as Nile Ranger, FOCUS which was featured in New Music Friday and 26 Personalities which helped raised money for the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

This sparse yet frenzied single (part of forthcoming EP release) brings Snowy back to his Grime roots and is here to show that everything else is noise, having bangers is ALL THAT MATTERS. Check this bad boy out below…

Rapper Queenie Comes Through With ‘One Thing’

A true artist in her own lane, South London rapper on-the-rise QUEENIE, slams down one slick delivery on her latest single, ‘One Thing’ once again showcases her lyrical prowess and effortless flow.

Queenie began making a name for herself on the grime scene during its grassroots stages, being known for a Female Allstars track, and her part in DVD’s like ‘Southern Hospitality’ and ‘Practice Hours’. Fellow female rapper Lioness also called on Queenie to join with five other powerful female rappers on the huge ‘DBT Remix’, that went on to gain wide spread support online and across radio. Following this, Queenie decided to give music a real chance and went on to release ‘Smoke’, ‘Laid Out’ and ‘Anymore’. Queenie featured on a track with Taliifah, entitled ‘Open Season’ and her biggest release to date ‘Letting up Now’ is still making the rounds. Right now, Queenie is focused on building her catalogue and finding her tribe of people.

On this project we see Queenie diversifying her sound and showcasing a more rhythmic style pattern, in comparison to the more grime-esque skippy flow we’ve become accustomed to hearing from her. ‘One Thing’ is a sign of great things to come from Queenie.

Look out for the her Forté EP dropping on the 21st May…but for now, wrap your ear around this….

Song of the Day: Justin Bieber – Smoke Boys (ft. Dizzee Rascal)

The most prolific, innovative and defining British acts of the past ten years sadly announced the news that their forthcoming project “All The Smoke” due 23rd October will be their last.

After Dizzee dropped track ‘Act Like You Know’ the Smoke Boys single off of his forthcoming album ‘E3AF’, SMOKE BOYS have now announced their new single ‘Justin Bieber’ featuring the Grime legend off of their new and last ever project. With the whole EP produced by MK The Plug, this track combines both the strength of drill & grime for a futuristic style beat, track and video.

Their lyrical energies ride with ease over the vibrant production, with it’s skippy drums, garage-esque vocals, big 808’s and metallic eastern samples, with Dizzee Rascal gliding in for the final verse on top form, adding his charm, charismatic delivery and effortless flows. Smoke Boys and Dizzee Rascal have both shown how two genres can fit so fluidly and gracefully together.

Although this will be their last project as a group, there will be more to follow from Deepee, Swift, Sleeks, Littlez, Inch, and Knine as solo artists, and their last project together promises to end with a bang.

Check out the Smoke Boy’s final video for single, ‘Justin Bieber’.

Song of the Day: Triggz – CGAF

Making his debut on grime legend D Double E’s independent label ‘Bluku Music’, East London rapper TRIGGZ delivers his hard hitting single ‘C.G.A.F’.

As the first signing to the label, D Double E explains what it is about Triggz that led the way for the partnership, “we go way back, he is one of the coldest rappers, he’s been rapping before it was the ting in the UK”.

Bringing a mix of grime, trap and rap with a visual blessing for ‘C.G.A.F’, D Double E’s comments are quickly confirmed as Triggz touches the mic. The single has a dark and gritty feel with a ‘matter of fact’ delivery from Triggz with his cold punchlines and metaphors. Having always been in the standing of grimes legends since the early 2000’s, Triggz first found his status as part of ‘G Force’, making tracks including ‘Blast You’ featuring Kano as well as working with D Double E, Jammer and the wider East London grime scene, quickly gaining a reputation for his weighty raps and emcee skill.

With Bluku Music being the brainchild of D Double E and his cousin/manager Danny Dixon, the duo have welcomed major success to the label via D Double E’s independent releases and first studio album ‘Jackum’. Based on a strong foundation of grime and DIY experience, it is now that they are branching further into the scene to nurture the genuine grime sound and major players as demonstrated with Triggz and further signings that include Mytus and producer Diamondz.

Hinting at a slew of further releases, that also include a collaborative mixtape that will undoubtedly include more hard hitting lyricism from Triggz, D Double E says “We got some special bits for you to hear very soon. And trust me the Bluku Music Mixtape is going to be a mad ting”.

Get your first taste here and check out the video for Triggz’s ‘CGAF’ below…