Its been a while since I lasted posted on the blog. I apologise for the delay but don’t worry I have been collating ideas for new features on the blog for future developments. Thank you for still checking the website daily to see if there has been updates. Lastly I want to send love to my readers in the Caribbean Islands who are going through the most traumatic events right now from hurricane Irma my sincere thoughts are with you all.
Lets get into the playlist.
YXNG BANE – RIHANNA
Yxng bane is killing it right now. The East London-born rapper specializes in dance hall-infused R&B, but stays true to the culture with blending genres from across the board with the afrobeats sounds. Yxng Bane’s most popular song is the‘Shape of You Remix’, he has featured on songs with Kojo Funds, Yungen, AfroWave Tayá and many more. ‘Rihanna’ is receiving so much good feedback from DJs, bloggers. The song has over a million views on YouTube already. It’s currently played in the clubs overseas and most urban radio stations such as BBC 1xtra, Captial xtra. This song is definitely in my top favourites, it’s so sick I can’t get enough of it.
‘Rihanna’ is available on all digital outlets
Stream on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/track/5kJEUjZ…
Stream on Apple Music – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rih…
Buy on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rih…
STEFFLON DON ‘HURTIN ME’ Feat, French Montana
Another tune that has my ears is Stefflon Don’s new song “Hurtin Me” feat French Montana. The into where she belts out “Breakfast in bed, I got you begging for it” is just so catchy and the way she cries out “I heard you got a new girlfriend and its hurtin me”, those lines carry so much emotion we hear the hurt in her voice. I like it because its appeals to her female audience and as a female myself I know how it feels when we see the guy with a new girlfriend because we get in our feelings. So I can really relate to the lyrics. It’s a good song, with or without French Montana, I feel like this track is so diverse she could do various remixes.
Steff has already claimed the title of a real MC, her inventive rap and dance hall inspired wordplay has caught the attention of many grime artists, even Drake . Stephanie Allen was born in Birmingham (UK) before moving to the Netherlands and London with her family. Growing with both parents who speak patois her dancehall style came natrually as it is quite popular in the Netherlands. In 2015 she was turning heads with her version of Wretch 32 “Six Words” and Section Boys “Lock Arf”. Since then she’s been in high demand, appearing on tracks by the likes of Lethal Bizzle(Wobble remix) , Sneakbo (Work remix) and Angel (Hop On) .Rounding off her success last year she was named on the BBC Sound of 2017 longlist then the release of Real Ting Mixtape which has been a great success for Steff with the track such as ‘Real Ting’ where she actually embraces herself with lyrics like “belly fat, belly marked up” and she is still bad with diamonds in her rolly (Rolex). Although I do like her previous tunes, well 16 shots is one of my favs, Hurtin Me is a big tune and will grow on a lot of people the more it is played on the airwaves.
BUY/STREAM: Stefflon Don – Hurtin’ Me (feat. French Montana). https://StefflonDon.lnk.to/HurtinMeID
MELISA WHISKEY ‘BILLIN’
Melisa dropped her first track ‘Played’ in January this year and was featured as BBC Introducing Track of the Week on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Melisa followed this with the track ‘Sweetest Cake’ in March, this time gaining attention across both sides of the Atlantic from blogs such as Wonderland, AFROPUNK, OK-THO and Clash Magazine all featuring what they championed as a major new voice in UK soul and R&B.
Now coming with the second taster from her forthcoming debut E.P. ‘Moon & The Sky’, ‘Billin’ is outspoken and harder, which brings a whole new dimension to Melisa’s work. .It’s also an edgy, soulful banger that keeps the young star’s reputation building.
Melisa premiered ‘Billin’ on DJ Ace’s show at BBC 1xtra’s Live Lounge last month and later performed at this years Notting Hill Carnival. Billin is taken from her latest upcoming EP Moon +The Sky’ which set to be released this month. This is such as good tune with smooth melodies and its catchy.
Keep a look out for Melisa’s music as I feel we will hear more from this artist.
‘BILLIN’ is available on all media outlets
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CASISDEAD ‘THE CODE’
OMG this is another song that I cant get enough of. The lyrical content is humoureous, the flow and production is just BAD!! Instanly it makes you bop your head. For those that may not be familiar withCASisDEAD, also known as CAS and formerly Castro, is a UK Rap/Grime MC, producer, visual director, entrepreneur from Tottenham (London). He has is own record label under the name of imreallydead, through which he releases his own music. He began rapping in 2005 under the name Castro Saint, a moniker he kept until 2007. In his first spell in music, Castro made no music videos. He resumed a music career in 2012 under the name CASisDEAD.Since returning to music in 2012 he has worn a mask during all public appearances and videos, this has led to speculation over his true identity.
CAS has released several songs this year such as ‘Do It Again’ (Mineo ft. CASisDEAD), ‘Too Much Drugs’ (feat. Chase & Status), ‘The Grid’, ‘Danger’feat (Shola Ama x CASisDEAD), ‘The Code.’
WRETCH 32 FEAT. DONAE’O, KOJO FUNDS ‘WHISTLE’
Wretch 32 is back and has teamed up with Donae’o and Kojo Funds on the track ‘Whistle’, produced by one of the Birmingham’s finest producers Rymez. This is a strong line up as we have Wretch highlighting how Black lives matter, Donae’o belting the hook “We got to get the money, beacuse the money is ours” and Kojo giving us the deep voice vocals. The collaboration also works because I feel its a long time over due project for Wretch and Donae’o together on a track but also ideal for Kojo to be on this track with Donaeo because I personally feel that both artists sound quite similar. Wretch has been a little quiet since the success of the ‘Growing Over Life‘ album last year but he has also spent time in Jamaica and is currently working on his forth coming album. I think we can expect to hear to some serious music from Wretch towards the end of this year into 2018.
“Whistle” is out now: https://Wretch32.lnk.to/WhistleID
JORJA SMITH x PREDITAH ‘ON MY MIND’
This collaboration surprised me. I didn’t see it coming at all, but it works. It’s a rare occasion to see two artists who both equally successful from the West Midlands linking up on projects such as this. As I typed this I was listening to Jorja on Charlie Sloth’s 1xtra show explaining how this collaboration came about, where she said that herself and Preditah paired together about 2 years ago in a session with singer-songwriter Ed Thomas.
Jorja Smith started 2016 with her career-making number “Blue Lights”, a slew of high-profile singles and collabs with the likes of Drake and Kali Uchis I like how ‘On My Mind’ has hints of how garage sounded in 1998-2000 where producers like Arftul Dodger x Craig David, Wookie and MJ Cole who were and still are masters at putting together their productions with R&B/pop artists. The collaboration also reminds me of when Wookie linked up with Eliza Doolittle on ‘The Hype’ track. Preditah is definately one of the best producers to come from Birmingham (UK) along with Rymez and both have a catalogue of classics with probably most of the top UK grime mc’s and rappers.
Listen to ‘On My Mind’ – http://smarturl.it/JorjaSmithOnMyMind
Tayá FEAT YXNG BANE ‘WHEN UR SOBER’
Tayá singer-songwriter from Liverpool has teamed up with Yxng Bane on her latest song ‘When ur sober.’
“’When Ur Sober’ is probably the most personal song I’ve ever released. I think pretty much everyone can relate to going through a rocky patch in a relationship, and finding themselves needing reassurance, but not getting it. Sometimes it’s just good to hear that you’re not the only one” – Tayá
I truly agree that the lyrics are relatable and may hit home for many people. Tayá is signed to Atlantic Records, has her 6 track self titled E.P which is available now. Tayá is also about to headline her first show on the 4th October @ Thousand Island you can purchase ticketshere
Yxng Bane https://twitter.com/yxngbane
As always please let me know which songs are your favourites, lets talk readers.