There are certain Grime artists who have matured the genre into something listenable. Some of those artists (Wiley, Asher D, Wretch 32, Bashy, Virus Syndicate and Skepta) are assembled on HHB Radio’s ‘Grime’ mix CD. Other artist on this CD generally fit into the mature mould although there are a couple of Channel U moments, ya get me?
BET have announced the nominees for the Best UK Act at this year's BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, GA on 18 October. The 2008 UK nominees are:
Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Doctor Who, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, West 10 LDN) returns as Sam Peel, picking up his story six years after Kidulthood, 2006’s critically acclaimed portrayal of life for 21st century teens. Alongside Noel Clarke, Adulthood re-unites several of Kidulthood’s cast including Adam Deacon (West 10 LDN, Sugarhouse, Ali G Inda House), Femi Oyeniran and Cornell S. John (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian).
Big Dada, home of some of the most maverick, forward-thinking and innovative artists in hip hop and beyond has just hit double figures. To celebrate, the label are proud to present "Well Deep", not so much a 'best of' as an overview of the label's history and philosophy, available on double CD and DVD which are sold separately.
UK Hip Hop is beginning to grow at a rapid pace because of the genres unique mix of sounds that everyone can adapt to. Overall, Hip Hop is beginning to embrace people to the point where everyone now wants to become the ‘next big rapper’ to hit the scene. Crossing over to the UK shores, it seems as though UK Hip Hop has its own big conservatoire for everyone to go and learn the art form.
The Dirty Diggers are to release a remix EP this year and with appearances from Wiley, Kidkanevil and Umod it looks set to be a powerful mix of tunes. This will be their second release this year, following the album 'The Pleasure Is All Mine', which was released in march this year.
Anyone who claims to have their ear firmly to the ground as far those hot prospects on the UK urban unsigned scene go should no doubt then have already heard of Nyomi Gray. Already at the tender age of 20 Nyomi who goes by the performer name NY and who was born and raised in Kentish Town North London, has made quite a profound impression and by all accounts is close to translating this success into the mainstream.
Urban singer song writing sensation Ny (pronounced - nie) is set to establish herself in 2007 as one of the leading lights of UK music with her new street album, Split Endz Volume 2. Fusing grime, UK garage, R&B, hip hop and rock, Ny is blazing a trail on the traditionally male dominated urban underground, so much so that Mutya Buena has name checked her as one of the UKs current leading females alongside Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse.
The crème de la crème of UK talent gathered in Nottingham on Monday for the fifth annual Takeover. The UK Takeover has quickly generated a reputation for being the Mecca of UK hip hop, and will probably be the biggest show in any artist’s calendar, and rightly so.