Lowkey & Akala speak on the tragedy of Grenfell & Lowkey interviews his friend, a survivor who after 3 and half hours & 4 attempts eventually managed to escape from the 15th floor. Heart wrenching interviews.
I know this dropped a couple of weeks back now but I’ve been mad busy & forgot to post but for all the Hip-Hop fans out there, if you haven’t already I truly recommend you watch it. Cole reaches out to community’s and people to talk about a range of subjects.
Yesterday, JME met up with the leader of The Labour Party to discuss why so many young people don’t vote. In the build up to June 8th snap general election this is a very important question to ask. The voice of The younger generation needs to be heard.
After the meeting JME took to Twitter to post links and encourage the younger population to register to vote and do some research on who they’re voting for.
The term classic seems to be thrown around way to lightly these days and I think it’s unfair to call every other album that drops a classic, especially after only a day or two of its release. This morning, BBC 1xtra’s twitter page tweeted this
I rate Kendrick just as much as the next guy, I mean, he’s definitely one of, if not the best rapper out right now. But to call his album a classic after only 2 or 3 days is a bit much.
The dictionary definition of a classic is
- judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.
“a classic novel”
The keys words to point out here are clearly “over a period of time“. Sometimes good music gets released, charts well, has everybody singing/rapping along but 6 months down the line it’s forgotten.
For me, for an album to be tagged as a classic it should be at least 3 years old and still holds up. Lyrics should still hold relevance, beats should be timeless and not one track on the album should be skipable. What makes up these points of an album will clearly come down to personal taste but for me, from a strictly rap/Grime point of view. Classic albums are works such as; 2pac – All Eyez On Me, Eminem – The Marshal Mathers LP, Kanye West – The College Dropout, The Fugees – The Score, Wu Tang – 36 Chambers, Nas – Illmatic, Skinnyman – Council Estate Of Mind, Klashekoff – The Sagas Of. I could go on and on but that’s a small list to get the point across.
I’m not saying the new Kendrick Album isn’t going to be a classic, because on first listen it is a very good album. But only time can make it a classic. It’s almost like social media just over hypes everything these days. A few good tracks and people are calling rappers the GOAT. Greatness, like the term classic needs to be earned.
Kojey Radical has teamed up with SBTV to drop a short documentary on music he made inspired by the Sky Atlantic series Guerrilla which is out on 13/04/2017.
Guerrilla is Oscar winner John Ridley’s story of two lovers taking a stand amid the racial struggle of 1970s London. Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay star, with Idris Elba.
Ghetts passes through the BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge to drop a rendition of Warren Gs Regulate & perform Know My Ting Ft. Shaka.
Ard Adz popped in for a chat with The Not For The Radio team to talk on a few a subjects including the new Hard 2 Smile EP, his come up, his work with Sho Shallow, Brixton & religion.
Last night Skeppy put on a charity gig in aid of the UK charity Shelter. Shelter.
Shelter is a registered charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Scotland. It gives advice, information and advocacy to people in need, and tackles the root causes of bad housing by lobbying government and local authorities for new laws and policies to improve the lives of homeless and badly housed people.
If safe to say the show was a huge success with Skepta announcing on Instagram he had raised over £30,000 for the cause. If you would like to give money to Shelter you can via there website, or text shelter to 70444 to donate £3.
Big up Skepta for giving back. Huge look.