Flex,Youngz, Ish ,Gio & Bandz are a collective of friends from Ipswich (ips) J-block. They started doing music in 2010 just for fun. 2016 they saw that they were receiving good feedback and support so they took their music more seriously and upped their game in the studio.

‘YTBYTN’. Young Trap Niggaz

Young Trap Niggaz from the J-Side, realist in ippy trying to beat the system. The rest is in our music.

Check out their track ‘Poverty’

 Doubt Me
Thats all for this week. Keep a look for next week for more new music by fresh artists and also a special guest feature by the “Manny”( male nanny, child carer) who is doing bits and changing old ways and paving the way for more male nannys.
Words By Vanessa Ryan


Hi Readers,


Happy love day.

So here is the Inspire Mysmile ‘Give me the greenlight playlist’ with a special mix from DJ Noah Powa. Also check out valentines mix from Cut The Chat podcast and DJ Jigga

Enjoy the playlist.



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Noah Powa

Cut the chat (Scott J)

DJ Jigga


Hi Readers,

So I’ve been on the hunt for fresh creativity, something different. A few weeks ago I responded to a tweet on Twitter and I just said that Inspire Mysmile is always looking for new artists, creativity to feature on the blog. To say the least I was over whelmed by the response that was received from artists who are so passionate and just want to be heard as so many are often ignored by industry masses. Let me say it was hard going through all of the music. So here are some of the early entries so far. As I didn’t receive enough singers to add to my ‘Green light’ playlist, I thought it would be easier to just have separate features on here instead.  More artists will be added next week.

Lucas J Rowe

Lucas has been singing/rapping/songwriting since the age of 14.  Now at 26 years old he has taken his music career to a more professional level. Lucas describes his sounds a combination of genres, covering afro beats, garage, rnb, dancehall.  Lucas is putting Cardiff, WALES on the map with performances in various clubs supporting artists such as Not3s, Dj Ironik, Kojo funds as well as support from BBC radio wales, Captial xtra, Radio Cardiff and many more stations that have played his songs.

Currently Lucas is working on a few behind the scenes projects and a new Ep which will be released on digital platform sometime this year.

Check out ‘Next Time’ feat.Brenna




Dede Davi is a singer songwriter from Croydon.  Dede was studying at University Of Manchester where she started to do a few gigs here and there. Soon after one of her songs was featured BBC Introducing on 1xtra.  Dede went to the Academy of Contemporary Music, and from there signed to Schubert Music Publishing, where is she is  currently working on an E.p. Dede released her first song ‘Calling the Clock‘, which was recorded with Alan wilder from Depeche Mode just over a year ago and went to  no. 11 on the german alternative charts.

Recently Dede did two London Live television performances 1 being Sofar sounds and has upcoming shows.

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Hayden Jamal

Matthew-Jamahl Hayden also known as Hayden Jamal, is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. Hayden Jamal initially gained recognition as a rapper and video creator on youtube in 2017 creating videos about home studio equipment. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he writes and records all of his music from home. Hayden Jamal is also known as to have coined the term “Igloo” and “Little Igloo” for the state of Minnesota.

Check out Hayden’s soundcloud he has mad flow, very unapologetic.

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Afrobeats has been popping for a few years. However in my opinion I feel that it started to become popular in the UK when D Banj released “Oliver Twist” and Fuse ODG “Azonto” around 2011-2012. Also around same time other artists such as Mista Silva, Moelogo, Sarkodie were also breaking through. What’s more exciting about the whole Afro sound is that now it has taken over bashment/dancehall music. Although Alkaline, Aidonia, Kranium, Beenie Man, Popcaan and Busy Signal keeping the dancehall sounds alive, personally I think the genre isn’t as strong as it once was and this is where the Afro sounds plays a pivotal part because both genres have entwined. This has created sub genres off the back of Afrobeats. We have established Afro pop and Afro house music. They are all elements of Afrobeats. Afrobeats originates from Ghana but has Nigerian instruments such as Congas drums, bass guitars, horns and percussion sounds. We hear Ghana’s native tongue ‘Twi’ which is dialect to ‘Patois’

What I like about this movement is that now dancehall artists are collaborating with Afro artists. I was inspired by Lotto Boyzz recent EP “Afrobean” for this playlist. Their definition of “Afrobean” is spot on for this genre and for the tunes I have selected for this playlist.

Lets get into it. Some of the tunes were released months ago.


D’ BANJ x THE FEDZ “Comment ca va”

MI CASA “Nana”


MALEEK BERRY “Pon my mind”

TOOFAN Feat Patoranking ” Ma Girl”



SHEEBAH “Wantama”

NUTTY O “Bugatti”


MR EAZI “Leg Over”



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Greetings Readers

Lets not play around with this weeks new favourite track. As always please feel free to send me your feedback.

 Bruk Out Records 2nd release comes from E.Mak and Big Zeeks with their ‘Yo’ remix. They return with features from Stylo G, Frisco and TE dness to add a little spice to the track. Think we can all agree that Yo is BADASS!!


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Iskaba is such a tune I dont know why it has taken me so long to upload to the playlist, I have been sitting on this banger for weeeeeeks. Iskaba was actually released year 24/11/16 to be exact. The highly anticpated video came out April this year.

Who is Wande Coal?

Wande Coal is the CEO of Black Records Entertainment, he  has recorded tracks with other Nigerian artists including Ikechukwu, Naeto C, Dr SID, D’Prince, Wizkid and many more. In 2012 following a fallout between record label Executives Don Jazzy and D’banj, Coal, Dr SID and D’Prince signed on to Don Jazzy’s new Record Label Mavin Records with the addition of Tiwa Savage from 323 entertainment acting as the first lady of mavin records. Coal left Mavin Records in 2013. In October 2013, he released a single called “Baby Face”.

After a long hiatus, Coal dropped his  album Wanted.

Find out more about DJ Tunez in his recent interview with The Fader


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Its been a while since I have uploaded music from Donaeo, however he has been the curator for bringing back UK Funky music and was asked to do the #Bringbackfunkyhousechallange. With the help of the ‘Link Up TV’ they were able to document the process. Donaeo vocalled and mixed his new funky track within 30 minutes. Donaeo announced last week that ‘Link up’ is available to download. Since putting it out, the feedback has been great. Supporters have been posting videos of them listening, creating shapes (dance) to his new track.

I am excited for Donaeo and for UK Funky to come back and I’m hoping all of the producers and Dj’s who kept it alive grave us with some new productions.

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ALSO you can catch Donaeo’s concert Jan 28th @ Islington Assembly Hall





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Greetings readers,

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 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.

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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).



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.



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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  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.


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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.

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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


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As always please let me know which songs are your favourites, lets talk readers.


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When music sounds so sweet again and I have to really say thank you to the artists who go in the studio and record their tracks and know within themselves that the track BANGS!!. I also have to say thank you to the DJs who are constantly playing new music from artists who I have to research on because that’s what keeps the blogs alive.

Right now  I have some beautiful, beautiful songs that range from R&B and Reggae.

TANKIA “Kingston 13”

It’s been a while since we have heard new music from Tanika but this tune right here so is beautiful the lyrics are meaningful and I love the inspiration she has expressed from Jamaica. I love the beat it reminds me of the old time reggae accoustic sounds.

After releasing her independent EP ‘Out Here’ last February (featuring Stormzy, Wretch 32 and Chip). Tanika is back Kingston 13 taken from her upcoming EP “Birthdays In Jamaica”. Part one of a two part release written and recorded in various parts of Jamaica. Birthdays in Jamaica sees Tanika draw for various experiences from being a young lady in Brixton, London, growing up with a Jamaican father and finding and loosing love along the way.

Kingston 13 is the lead single from the release, a song Tanika made about a love interest who since record has sadly passed away.

Birthdays In Jamaica EP will be out on iTunes/ Spotify /Apple Music on 18th August 2017.

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The Birmingham Roots, Reggae & Dancehall Singer, songwriter Claire Angel caught  my attention when I heard this track on David Rodigan’s BBC 1xtra show and I really like the melody and lyrics that enocurage us to “Never give up” no matter how life pans out. I have heard of  Claire Angel before but never really checked her out until now. Never Give Up a Ang- UK Production. Claire won Britian Got Reggae 2016

Here is a 30 secs snippet


Never Give Up is out now


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SHAGGY feat. ROMAIN VIRGO “Promises”

I am loving this song right now. I just love Romain’s smooth vocals and the way he emphasises”I don’t want to see you cry” just makes me feel like I want to cry but with happy tears.  Recently Shaggy was featured on the “Crazy Glue” riddim by DJ FRASS  which is probably one of the best riddims thats around right now. Promises was produced by a producer called Llamar “Riff Raff”Brown. Riff Raff he has produced tracks for top artists including: Damian Marley, Queen Ifrica, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure, and the list goes on.

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I am not really a big fan of James Arthur, however James is one of those artists who makes tracks every so often  that gets a pass in “non commercial” or “urban”scene with some tracks. This track “Sun Comes Up” is a BANGER!! I can not lie. Maybe it’s because Rudimental have cooked up another banger.  I have recently heard a remix from Steel Banglez feat Mist, who has a nice intro. Now i’m not sure if the version with Mist is available to download  but I really like the idea of Rudimental, James Aruthur Steel Banglez and Mist all one track.  I am so happy that Rudimental are back with new music and on the search for new singers to vocal their productions after some great successes with Anne Marie, Elle Eyre, Will Heard and many more.



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Sober is available everywhere now

I don’t know too much about Mahalia other than that she is singer- songwriter from the midlands towns Leciester  and she is what I call a refreshing artist. I absolutley love “Sober” because I resonate with the lyrics and love  love Mahalia’s vocals simply because she sounds like nobody else and has done a great job at identifying her own sound. I like how diverse her music is.

Check out the EP “Diary Of Me”

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This week playlist has pure bangers, I really mean top notch music. Check out the new favourites and let me know which songs you are feeling right now.


Words By Vanessa Ryan