Farma G on a Baby J production. Love and Peace was performed live at Maida Vale Studios for Radio 1 in 2009.
BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds) is the UK’s only month-long celebration of Black Music and Art, and it returns this June for a celebration of African music and culture. Taking place for the fourth consecutive year, BASS will play host to a range of events in venues across London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester and Derby. There will also be satellite events in Manchester and Edinburgh. Below are some of this year’s highlights.
Over Baby J's new signature stripped back live instrumentation sound (which is getting better) Alex Blood does a sing song rap making light of a bad situation that most of us can probably relate to in some way. It's a funky but simple track that requires no effort on the listeners part.
February 23rd 2009 sees the release of the latest album from Ashley Walters. The self titled release is his first under this moniker having previously gone under the (stolen) name Asher D.
From the opening out-of-tune bars of ‘If I Could Do It All Again’ through to the rambling ‘Midlands Anthem’ one can’t help feeling disappointed with ‘Baby Food’. Sure, the album has its good moments, but for someone considered a pro, it’s awfully amateurish.
Seasoned UK producer Baby J took time out of his busy, pre album launch schedule to answer a few questions for Britishhiphop.co.uk / Certified Banger with questions put by Aidan Severs. Read on to find out what Baby J had to say about his latest LP amongst other things...
Baby J has rapidly become well known in Hip Hop, mainly in the UK but as a result of working with Wu-Affiliate Shabazz the Disciple, Brand Nubian and Dead Prez and others there are some in the US who will also know his name. His knack for sampling already insanely catchy songs and matching them up to MC's and singers who are actually decent has seen him score a few successes.
Baby J is a producer from the UK currently splitting his time between the UK and NYC. An experienced producer he has worked internationally for the last eight years. He was first found back in 95 when an A&R at Wu-tang heard a demo he had produced and brought him in to work with up and coming acts.
Wake Up is the latest release from the UK producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the game. This time he returns with fellow midlander Alex Blood. The track, surprisingly for its subject matter is rather upbeat and jolly. The beat reminds me of Redman's Smash Somthin' a bit, but different of course with the main refrain played on a tightly strung guitar or mandolin.
Confirming his status as music’s most heavyweight visionary, critically acclaimed Mark Ronson returns on October 15th with the stellar new single ‘Valerie’. Featuring the powerhouse vocals of eminent songstress Amy Winehouse, it’s a blazing, bold revival of the dynamic Zutons track and follows the smash-hit singles ‘Oh My God’ & ‘Stop Me’.