Song of the Day: Grinder – Johnny

Making an impressive music debut, producer/rapper JOHNNY is emerging from the home of some of the biggest names in the UK scene including Dizzee Rascal, Lethal Bizzle, Wiley, Kano and Roll Deep – the epicentre of today’s black music explosion, BOW E3. With such a rich tapestry of influence, culture and inspiration plus such a high pedigree of neighbouring artists to contend with, JOHNNY has studied the blueprint of his peers enabling him to step straight into the mix with strength, confidence and skill as he drops his aptly titled single ‘Grinder’.

The East London rapper has already started turning heads on the underground. Delivering on both production and vocals, JOHNNY creates the perfect blend for ‘Grinder’ as the heartbeat of the record thumps with kick drums and sharp snapping sneer drums before mix with his luxurious, melodic rap/singing. He nails the ability to automatically make your head bop along to the riddim and winds it up to a belter of a sing-a-long hook.

Setting the bar even higher, JOHNNY teams up the audio with a well thought-out, one-take, vlog style visual on his stomping ground Roman Road, premiered on GRM Daily. Slick camera edits, angles and the vibrancy of colours, culture and the London skyline, package ‘Grinder’ into one of the most impressive, refined and cultured debuts of recent times.

Check out the video below…

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Song of the Day: Come Down – Ironik (ft. Ayo Beatz)

Producer, DJ and artist IRONIK links up with one of the hottest producers in the UK, Ayo Beatz for a smooth summer banger ‘Come Down’.

Hot on the heels of his collaboration with K Koke on ‘Prayers For Life’, which gained huge support from the likes of Tim Westwood at Capital Xtra, DJ Shortee Blitz at KISS Fresh, BBC London, BBC Asian Network etc, IRONIK follows up with a track full of summer feels and good vibes.
The pair previously collaborated on 2018 joint ‘Watch Nuttin’, and IRONIK is no stranger when it comes to features as throughout his career he has working with top talent including Skepta, Chip, Wiley, Wretch 32 and most recently with JME, Fekky and even went Stateside with Snoop Dogg for 2017 release ‘Tuff’.

Whilst IRONIK has a lengthy list of musical achievements as an artist that include a number 5 official chart position, a top 5 single, a top 10 single, a top 10 album and over a million record sales, he is also a hugely successful international DJ that has regular stints in clubbing capitals such as Dubai. His producer credits include tracks for Tinie Tempah, Chip & Wiley.

Check out the visuals for ‘Come Down’ below:

Song of the Day: Control – Davido x Django23 x Big Narstie

Following on from becoming the first Nigerian Act to reach 100 Million views on Youtube for ‘Fall’, which is also the longest charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history, DAVIDO teams up with rap sensation DJANGO23 and the biggest Rap personality in the UK, BIG NARSTIE for the bouncing summer slam ‘Control’.

Snappy clicks, punching bass and percussive shakes are layered with sirens and ad-libs as producer mastermind Rymez, responsible for chart hits including Wiley ‘Heatwave’ and a string of Stefflon Don smashes including – Hurtin’ Me, Senseless and Don Walk, delivers a masterful creation that lives for this three-strike rapper combo.

As the sounds and worlds of global rap, entertainment and genre gaps rise and merge, ‘Control’ is the perfect example of how music is crossing more boundaries than ever before. Having become Nigeria’s biggest rapper to gain success in the United States and subsequently be the leader of Afrobeats in the Billboard charts, DAVIDO has been key in spreading Afrobeats globally. Meanwhile former UK promoter and Rap star DJANGO23 has blown up to become one of the most hotly tipped entertainment acts in recent months following releases ‘Suggardaddie’ featuring Tekno and ‘Give them Django’. His experience in delivering sell-out concerts and parties with A-Listers including Kanye West, Nas, The Game, Madonna, Damian Marley and more has made his transition between the worlds of entertainment business and music a seemless one. Finally, needing no introduction, Entertainer, Bafta nominated TV presenter and rap star BIG NARSTIE seals together what the all-star cast for this certified smash.

Check out the summer banger ‘Control’ below:

New Track: Prayers For Life – Ironik (ft. K Koke)

Producer, DJ and Rapper, IRONIK links up with one of the UK’s biggest Rap exports, K Koke for new single ‘Prayers For Life’.

The collaboration comes as no surprise as IRONIK has been dropping impressive music featuring the cream of UK talent throughout his career including records with Skepta, Chip, Wiley, Wretch 32 and most recently with JME, Fekky and even went Stateside with Snoop Dogg for 2017 release ‘Tuff’.

Produced by Lizzy Beats, ‘Prayers For Life’ is an honest lyrical insight to both rappers journeys. With a retrospective narrative, the pair delve into the blessings, mistakes and hardships that they’ve encountered and how it’s shaped them and their lives. With the sleek visuals set in a church, the cutaways to balaclava clad women and dark close ups of onlookers represent the elements of hardship and hope that are explored in the record.

Whilst IRONIK has a lengthy list of musical achievements as an artist that include a number five official chart position, a top five single, a top ten single, a top ten album and over a million record sales, he is also a hugely successful international DJ that has regular stints in clubbing capitals such as Dubai, Japan and all across Europe. His producer credits include tracks for Tinie Tempah, Chip & Wiley

Premiered on Tim Westwood’s Capital Xtra show, ‘Prayers For Life’ is out now on all DSP’s. Check out the video for the track below:

Song of the Day: Imagine – Alex Dutty

Having picked up hundreds of thousands of streams, ALEXY DUTTY has played support slots for the likes of Kano, Ghetts, Wiley, and Bashy.

When he isn’t opening shows for grime royalty, the London-based rapper is renowned for trawling up and down the country selling his mixtapes. The buzz of the support slots and his DIY work ethic saw him sell 60,000 copies of his mixtapes collectively, earning him a nomination at the coveted Official Mixtape Awards two years running.

Taken from his new album, ‘Knock Down Ginger’, the fiery spitter once again step up to the plate and drop his latest reflective track titled ‘Imagine’ with some serious swagger…

Check out the video below: