New Music Video: Week By Week – Skatta (ft. I3reaks & Y-ETizm)

Coventry’s no.1 grime artist SKATTA brings those sharp lyrics and tight flows, as he delivers the video for his new video ‘Week By Week’.

Produced by MPC finger drumming specialist Y-Etizm, this is the first video from a series of tracks between the two of them, which will be culminating in a collaborative project ‘Flavourz’.

Following widespread support from the public vote, SKATTA recently made it to the top five of the second instalment of Red Bull Studios project ‘Raise The Bar’, and he’s on to bigger stuff so keep a look out for his name popping up soon!

For now, check out the video…

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New Track: DBT (Remix) – Lioness (ft. Queenie, Stush, Shystie, Lady Leshurr, Little Simz)

 LIONESS has just dropped her ‘DBT’ Remix and it is one of the most socially significant and impactful records, arguably since Bashy released ‘Black Boys’. Receiving a wave of support and praise from her peers like JME, P Money, Clara Amfo and Funk Butcher, LIONESS takes a dignified, powerful and stealthy approach as she tackles colourism, marginalisation and sexism head on.

The stereotypes and insults that come with having a dark skin tone AND being a woman are not only raised but catapulted forward in this passionate, energetic and very real account, as they were in her original DBT freestyle. Alongside an incredible line up of respected black women and exceptionally talented emcees; Queenie, Stush, Shystie, Lady Leshurr & Little Simz, the remix, produced by grime lord Prince Rapid is a heavy hitting, energy laden vibe by all accounts but lyrically it is a power anthem that should not only be heard, but listened to, and listened to closely. But are we hearing it?

The response via social media and urban music platforms like MOBO, The Hype Magazine and Nation of Billions has seen an outpouring of support, praise and community for these incredible females that have gone against the grain, spoken out and empowered themselves, and those listening, with their strength and honesty. A small pocket of the grime scene is hearing it and standing proud of what is being achieved here, yet the wider media seems like it is not yet listening, proving one of the most important points that are being raised in the record.

This is some hard-hitting stuff…LISTEN to ‘DBT (Remix)’

Song of the Day: Control Me – BRKE

Adding to her rising popularity with bloggers and tastemakers after the success of her last release, ‘Cupid’ – which clocked over a million views on YouTube, BRKE launched her single, ‘Control Me’.

The last few years have been a progressive journey for BRKE, (pronounced Brooke) as she’s curated her sound, an eclectic blend inspired by the London Hip-Hop, Afro-swing and Grime movements, seen and heard in ‘Control Me’. Also influenced by, and echoing late 90’s to early 00’s R&B from the likes of Destiny’s Child (‘Writing’s On The Wall’) and Brandy (‘Full Moon’), her music sits in a distinct pocket, capturing the intricacies of love, sprinkled unapologetically with youthful undertones, as she openly invites you in to her own experiences.

BRKE’s attitude and determination is to never back down from a challenge and has a desire to have her voice heard, or as she puts it, “I just want my story to be heard”. With close to 2 million views on her own YouTube channel coming from just 2 previous singles her stealthy and unwavering approach to her music is unquestionable and clearly having the right effect.

Emerging as an entity not to be overlooked, BRKE has an ability to paint a vivid picture via her lyrics and with her sassy, loveable persona she is relishing the prospect of engaging new audiences, as she aims to become the defining sound of the UK.

New Track: Icey – Ironik (ft. Fekky)

As one of the most important cross generational/cross genre artists that originally put grime on the map globally, IRONIK  releases his latest record ‘Icey’, featuring Rap heavyweight, Fekky.

A grime and trap hybrid, IRONIK presents admirable confidence from his years of experience that definitely translates through his latest single and the body of work it is taken from. Featuring Fekky, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Skepta, Ghetts, Chip, Giggs and Shakka, the track is braggadocious and lyrically the hardest to be taken from the album.

With one of the most talked about returns of 2017 ‘Truth Be Told’ has received impressive recognition with over 200k+ album streams and making it on to BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Kiss FM and Capital networks, whilst PAPER Mag, The Hype Magazine, GRM Daily and Link Up TV have all supported his return online. The support adds to his lengthy list of previous achievements that include a number 5 official chart position, a top 5 single, one top 10 single, a top 10 album and over a million record sales.

Previous records such as ‘Watch Nuttin’ featuring Ayo Beatz climbed through radio playlists and ‘Icey’ is set to provide yet another benchmark for Ironik as he crosses in to the rap world…checkout the video for ‘Icey’ via GRM Daily:

Song of the Day: Gimme The Mic – Coco

One of Sheffield’s hottest property COCO is back, putting a splash of colour in your Monday with latest grime number ‘Gimme The Mic’.

The accompanied visual sees COCO effortlessly working his magic over an infectiously brash bassline. ‘Gimme The Mic’ is the first release from his five-track EP ‘No Rehearsal’ dropping on the 25th May.

Be sure to check out the video before you head off…