Shout outs to Fredo on the realise of his new project Get Rich Or Get Recalled. After his recent Fire In The Booth I know the streets have been waiting patiently for this one & he hasn’t disappointed.
Big up Bonkaz on his release of Control 2.0. 11 tracks of heat. Buy & stream it NOW on Apple Music & Spotify.
South London producer Carns Hill has dropped a new mixtape entitled ‘Family First‘. The body of work has some huge features from the scene including; 67, Blade Brown, Reeks Mb, Youngs Teflon plus more spread out over an impressive 23 tracks.
‘Family First‘ is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Carns over the years. Hard, Rap & Drill style beats with the infamous samples he’s become so well known for using at the start of tracks. This is one of the hottest UK Drill records out. To promote it BBC Asian Network aired a Carns Hill set featuring many of the same artists and it was fire.
You can download & stream ‘Family First’ from iTunes & Amazon.
The last two weeks have been huge for the grime scene. We’ve seen Skepta & Wiley pick up awards at The NME Music awards. Then we had the BRITs hype. Kano, Wiley, Skepta & Stormzy all nominated for various awards. Skepta performed a live rendition of ‘Shut Down’ but the real talking point came from Ed Sheerans decision to bring out Stormzy. When the hype from the BRITs settled it was finally time. Gang Signs and Prayer is here!
The debut album from the man many refer to as the Grime saviour or the chosen one, Stormzy, has finally arrived & it’s causing a storm. This album has been met with so much anticipation and excitement, it almost feels like every Grime fan, old & new is gassed for it. And let me be the first to say, Stormzy has not disappointed.
The album begins with the track First things First. A subtle but strong introduction for what’s to come. The album has a great combitination of the old era of grime and the new. This gets highlighted perfectly on Bad Boys ft. Ghetts & J Hus. The track begins with a sample from the famous Ghetts & Bashy ‘Carlos’ incident. Hard bars & a grimy beat follow. How do you top that? You get J Hus on the hook.
Big Mike shows his versatility with tracks like Blinded By Your Grace, Velevt & Cigarettes & Cush.
The Crazy Titch feature had a lot of people talking & all the Grime fans that remember the days of Titch will be happy to hear his thoughts on Stormzy. In the interlude he refers to Stormzy as Neo & himself as Morpheous, which is met by laughter from Stormz.
This album has a feel that it could of been made in Grimes yesteryear, but is so perfectly at home in the current scene. Ghetts recently said in an interview that Stormzy could of made it in his day of grime & Gang Sings and Prayer is proof.
The album has not disappointed & Stormzy has cemented himself as one of the best in scene.
Gang Signs an Prayer OUT NOW!!
Cashtastic’s new album is a must for all the rap fans. Coming off the back of his deportation scenario the cleverly titled UKBA is a real gem.
UKBA begins with Cash addressing a live audience at his album release listening party where he thanks the selected crowd for coming out and being a part of this. Then drops ‘Staying up‘. Hard drums, strings & solid bars. Cash raps “Staring at the full moon on my balcony through binoculars, I decided ain’t nobody stopping us, I decided no ones gonna break us down, I decided ain’t nobody tuff enough.” Clearly a message that even after everything he’s gone through, he didn’t let it get him down, and in fact he’s ‘Staying Up’.
‘Staying Up’ is followed by the highly rated ‘Netflix‘ single that has an accompanying video on Link Up TV.
‘Ain’t That The Truth’ is more strings and snare rolls, a real head bopper. Towards the end of the track Cash gets philosophical when he states “The truth hurts… this is my opinion init, but women are like the gateways to the future, when the fute-her gives birth, she only indures pain because the truth hurts, & when the future gave birth it placed a smile on the face of those slaves around the world, to know that it was true, to know that the truth was you. You are the truth, set them free!”
‘I Remeber ft. Moelogo’. Is one of the stand out tracks on the album. Cash sings “Too young to get a 9 to 5, but I needed them Air Max 95s, that’s when I decided to grind, cos my mummy and daddy couldn’t provide for mine.” Moelogo’s singing adds something different to the song and gives you a real feel of where Cash is while recording.
‘Where I’m From‘. If you watched his Sankofa documentary, you’ll understand the concept to the track. More thought provoking bars as Cash paints pictures of his early childhood in Jamaica. “I remember being younger sleeping on the floor with grandma just incase a stray bullet came flying through the window.” Cash ends the songs with a sample from the documentary where he says “there was no fear, not one second did I fear coming here. Because at the end of the day, this is where I’m from.”
Next up is a real anthem. ‘Hustlers Anthem ft. Ratigan’ Ratigan featured on the Sankofa documentary as well. Cash speaks about knowing him through music long before ever arriving in JA so it was only natural that the two would link up on the album. The beat for this one is HARD! The track begins with the words “Being broke is motivational.” This is a real banger. Ratigan’s hook takes it to a new level.
The vibe switches up for ‘Potential’ Cash speaks on the trails and tribulations of women & relationships. With a mixture of intimate thoughts, story telling and wisdom. This track has real substance. Cashtastic raps “I’m astonished, how you live life for likes a comments” a real statement to the modern world we live in, full of media hype & social networking.
Cash gets philosophical again for ‘Time Will Tell’ he begins by saying “one of the many lessons I’ve learnt in The the past 2 and a half years is that people are fickle, you know, people only need you until they don’t need you anymore. So everything has a time limit, including your life, including your friendships, including your relationships, ya get me. Times painting a picture that eventually we will all see. So if your in doubt about who’s real around you, who’s gonna stay down. I promise you. Time will tell.” Again Cashtastic’s lyrical ability is clear for all.
‘Humiliation’ Is a solid track. Nice beat, more great bars with substance delivered with a catchy hook.
‘Pain’ is another deep one from Cash & you get a feeling of where is minds been at troughout the last few years with everything that’s gone on.
‘Round Of Applause’ is the album beginning to come to an end. The track slows down slightly but stays strong.
The album rounds of with ‘Listening Party part 2′ where Cash thanks everybody for coming out in an appreciative and humble tone.
The bonus track ‘Real Reason’ is only 36 seconds long but it’s had a lot of people talking. Cash touches on the reasons he believes he was deported. At the start of the track he raps “The Feds say they no about my visa problems they can make it go away, I’m gonna be deported but if I snitch on Giggs then I can stay, that’s when they found out me and these rats ain’t the same cos shortly after that they had me flying on a plane.”
This album is a real great. The thing that impresses me the most is the fact that apart from 3 tracks Cash produced every beat on it. He said in an instagram post that if he had waited for producers to send him beats the album would still be in production so he taught him self. If that’s not motivational I don’t what it is.
I hope this album gets the recognition it deserves.
Official rating from THE RAP GRIME PLUG – 5/5