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Rhymin' since day... curious is a multi-tasking microphone vandal. Hiphop poetry is the dish of the day. Whether served fresh acapella or over baking hot beats, the elements of this feast are best enjoyed raw. Catch a portion of curious online or on stage, spitting like a pig on a spit roast. Check in to keep updated...peaCe

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Freeness is my weakness




Free music, without fear. These are two artists that I have been checking hard this year. I can't say I was surprised to see this collaboration. After banging Skream's Dubstep remix of In For The Kill for months, I was hoping there would be something similar along. Major Lazer have the tech-bash ting on lock and La Roux's razor-sharp sweetness never gets hard on the ears.

Summer steppers all the way...PRESS HERE

Thursday, 27 May 2010

The Mask and the Moustache



They Say:

In 2006, during a stint out west to promote his then new movie, Sacha Cohen, (aka Borat) met Daniel Dumile, better known as Zev Love X, or MF DOOM. Their blazing freestyle ciphers and mutual love of Purple Kush led to an impromptu recording of Doom’s ‘My Favorite Ladies’ verses (see Herbalisers’ Something Wicked…album) over a beat Borat had made back in ’05 with Kulki Boolchek, a Khazak producer. Later that year Doom ventured east, and recorded three more gems with Cohen at the castle of Rudolf II in Prague, renowned for its stone acoustics. DigDug bought the master off a based-out gypsy in East Oakland and the rest is history!

**Please FREELY DOWNLOAD THESE GEMS**, as they have been labeled ‘Degenerate Music’ by the Putin administration and the whole album is banned in the greater East. Censorship will never extinguish true heat!

I Say:

I just had to post this cos it's late at night and I need some evidence that I didn't dream it all up. MF Borat - f@#King genius.


Wednesday, 26 May 2010

BangBangBang



MNDR (aka Amanda Warner) features with Q-Tip on this cut, Bang Bang Bang from Mark Ronson's upcoming album Record Collection, dropping in September:

The Roots: Dilla Joints on Soundcloud

Poets in a Pogo

So this was the line up at Pogo Cafe last night. Check them out here then come see them perform live some time...

Angry Sam kicked things off and played host for the night:


After my set, Hackney legend Tim Wells brought some cockney colour to proceedings:


Heavyweight transcendentalist Yap killed it - see him (and Angry Sam) at Hammer&Tongue at the Green Note on Parkway in Camden on 7th June:


Fashionable and late was microphone pugilist David J who dropped his ever-evolving style of lyrical gum-running - sick!


All this talent, performing for free, because people need help and support. Yet, they can still put on a free night of poetry, dub vibes and home-cooked curry.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010


Late notice and a head full to capacity means this post is going up as a review of, rather than as promotion for, what was a really cool night of curry and hard bars from some of London's sickest wordsmiths. Pogo cafe was the host for the second Hammer&Tongue/Hackney Unemployed Workers benefit gig.

Performances from Angry Sam, Tim Wells, Yap, David J and myself were all hotter than the mild vegan curry that was served alongside the sharp and sour poetry. This venue is a really cool space, serving vegan food and opening it doors to some really good causes to use their space as a performance/gallery/meeting place.

Collectivism and community are important to all of us, but Pogo put its curry where your mouth is and long may it continue to do so. I will try and give more notice for the next event.

Big up to everyone that helped last night's event raise money for those who need it raising and for the hot curry and cool vibes. peaCe

Sunday, 23 May 2010

The Roots - Dear God 2.0 - DOWNLOAD


First single off The Roots new album, How I Got Over.
This is due to drop 22nd June.
Download it here.

Bunnin'

Damn, the sun has had his hat on this weekend and it weren't no fitted Era neither. The sun's got more style than that.

WOOD happened this weekend. I took an evening set at the Hammer&Tongue tent and after way too much sun was relieved to find a wicked crowd who just wanted to hear some raps. The bouncier the better, and the crowd got rocked as is standard procedure. I got to say thanks to Sam and Maria and Big Steve Larkin for hooking me up with the gig - Good Times!

If all this sunshine and good vibes isn't for you though, let Task Force remind you of the good (c)old days on this track off Skitz soon-dropping Sticksman album.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Money Making Jam Boys

The first I heard of Dice Raw, Truck North and P.O.R.N was as guests on The Roots, Rising Down album. Teamed with Black Thought of that same legendary crew, the quartet of lyricist perform under the name, Money Making Jam Boys - recognise the name?. Featuring heavily on The Roots soon-coming LP, How I Got Over, 2010 could turn these money makers into hiphop household names. Here's some BTS footage in the studio courtesy of 2DopeBoyz:

The Roots:Dilla Joints - mixtape


While the true geeks get excited over the cover and tracklist for The Roots new album, How I Got Over, posted today on 2DopeBoyz, the real heads hit the link to The Roots-Dilla Joints Mixtape, available here.

WOOD performance (pause!!)

They say:
Wood is Truckfest's folkier, younger, cleaner, greener and mysteriously beardier brother. The third annual Wood festival celebrating music and nature in the beautiful surroundings of Braziers Park, Oxfordshire will take place on May 21st /22nd/ 23rd 2010.

I say:
Come and see me spit like concrete for Oxfordshire's wood-loving, crusty community. This meeting of the elements is facilitated by Hammer&Tongue, the UKs premier spoken word collective. As well as sick poetry, there will also be a Hammer&Tongue cafe run by the artists.

Come and bring the family along for a weekend of folk music, poetry and all things wood - PAUSE!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Leaky Fiasco

As Lupe Fiasco explains at the start of this interview for okayplayer, his imminently-dropping album Lasers (Love Always Shines Every time Remember the Smile) is a reminder that, no matter how bad things seem, there is always something new to strive for - beautiful.

He then goes on to slag off 'malicious', music-leaking; free-distributing; taking-the-money-out-my-mouth; jealous, beg-friends and criminals who have leaked, blogged, downloaded and shared his tracks that now appear in posts such as this one.

Personally, I think Lupe is a mad talented guy; I consider myself a fan (and at 35 it's not a term I use regularly), however, I'm sure I am not the only Lupe fan that doesn't have the time or motivation to trawl through artist websites in eager anticipation of their next release. Sorry Lupe, I like you, but, your just not that important in my life. Without bloggers raising the awarness of artists and their work (for which they receive no direct income), I and many, many others wouldn't have a clue when the next hot album by our favourite artist is dropping. At least, not until we saw the billboard; glossy magazine ad; TV interviews; single; video and sticker campaign that the labels have had to spend millions on in the pre-internet sales environment.

And all for you to dub it on the twin-deck cassette recorder; you should be ashamed...

The arguments put forward by artists (and labels... mostly labels) and the counter-arguments of bloggers and the millions of file-sharers/downloaders are well documented. In fact, they have been being documented and discussed both in and out of the music industry for years now. However, what's the answer...or answers? Well, it would seem they are many, and varied. Even this week, Eskay from NahRight encapsulates some key issues from a bloggers perspective in his article, On rap blogging and music leaks and Just Blaze attempts a more balanced representation of the issues of rights, access, promotion, fame and finance that fuel this debate:



Well, it seems the answer is unclear. Seemingly, all interested parties are having far more success describing the problem than they are with developing solutions that offer a compromise position for all stakeholders. But who is holding a stake? On the industry side it is much easier to identify the stakeholders. This is not entirely to do with them whinging around the internet about thieving bloggers and free-loading kids but also because, what is at risk (£$£$£$£$£), is more easily recognisable to most consumers and producers than the stake put-up by the consumer of the product. To summerise, in the current climate of expanding blogging and file-sharing, the labels lose money and the artists lose money. But what is it that justifies the free music downloading consumers actions in denying the artist, label and distributor their fair cut of the product they produced? The question here is about what the consumer has been denied in the time before the unsolicited intervention of the internet into a previously flourishing industry. Umair Heck on Bubblegeneration, offers some context on the history of the situation; some specifics regarding the breakdown of the contract between producer and consumer and, most interestingly, some models for future reorganisation:



The argument for the consumers negation on its contract with the record industry is a persuasive one but does it justify mass-boycotting of payment for music being produced now? This argument is harder to back. Do we want record companies acting like art dealers and claiming the vast majority of the profits for the endeavours of creative minds? Hell no! but, do we want artist to be rewarded for supplying us consumers with meaningful experiences? well, yes, really we know that should be a yes, definitely a yes. Am I justified in denying the artist his cut (however disproportionate to the industys) in order to protest about my mistreatment at the hands of record labels? harder to answer that one. It is worth remembering though, that despite all the theories and analysis, people act out of greed with great regularity, and there is much scope for that as the battle to get a foothold in the future music industry continues online.

Meanwhile, here's the first single from Lupe's new album - I'm Beamin


Don't worry Lupe, no charge for my representation, this time.

Friday, 14 May 2010

New Skool, Old Skool, get to know.


Renell Shaw is one of the most unassuming and rawly talented artists picking the lock of London's tight-knit musical heritage. A new school boy, bringin' old school back, Renell already has an impressive CV, having worked with Orphy Robinson, Soweto Kinch, Nitin Sawhney and The London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Student Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing with his band Descendants of a Quest.

I was lucky to work with Renell and fellow descendant Yao on a schools project in Hackney. They were inspiring characters and mature ambassadors for their craft. Check out the rest of the tracks on SoundCloud.


01 Whats My Name (featuring Kaz Hussain) by Renellshaw



SAVE PLASTIC PEOPLE!!

This is how all clubs should be...don't let it close - sign the petition:

http://www.petitiononline.com/PP2010/petition.htm


props to MK and the Gullyvers locals.

Funhouse on BBC2!


The FUNHOUSE TV/radio show on www.spine.tv is a hiphop broadcasting revolution that is expanding faster than the world economy. The love-child of Djs MK and HARRY LOVE, FUNHOUSE is a big ting happening right now. The establishment got wind of this and have sent the boys from the beeb to check it out.

In the second episode of BBC Two's new urban music series NO HATS NO TRAINERS, 1Xtra's Mista Jam gets the scoop on the strongest look in music broadcasting in time!

'No Hats, No Trainers' on BBC 2 London at 12:50pm May 15th, 2010.


Thursday, 13 May 2010

NEWS: Lil Wayne assists D.E.A.


Environmental Graffiti Pt2: The Tape Guy

Aakash Nihalani is a student and artist living in New York creating and documenting the tape installations he throws up on the city's streets.

The Tape Guy is pretty cool - more posh graffiti!


The Welfare Poets: Warn Them (video)

The Welfare Poets with MC Rayzer Sharp drop conscious with some mad tricky word play. I like how Rayzer's E40-esque delivery mirrors the urgency of this piece of social hiphop poetry...

UK - Go hard!

Saw this clip of Jargon on DJGone and it got me thinking about how many sick British MCs there are. Below are some of my favourites...

JARGON
Chester P
Mystro
Skinnyman
Jehst
Supa T
...shout to Dialect, Chattabox, Ken masters,M.Dot Rich and dem man dat know they hot on the mic too. peaCe

A gang of laughs...



Bang!Bang! [shout to Youcef for the link]

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Art! Attack!


They Say:


Phil Ashcroft and Scrawl Collective
at Tate Modern:
No Soul For Sale,
Friday 14 - Sunday 16 May 2010

To celebrate Tate Modern’s 10th anniversary, the gallery will host:

No Soul For Sale – A Festival of Independents.

For this free arts festival, Tate Modern is inviting over 70 of the world’s
most innovative independent art spaces, not-for-profit organisations
and artists’ collectives, from Shanghai to Rio de Janeiro, to take over
the Turbine Hall. The festival will fill the iconic Turbine Hall space with
an eclectic mix of cutting-edge arts events, performances, music and
film on 14-16 May 2010.

Scrawl Collective artists' Phil Ashcroft, Will Barras and
Cat Johnston have been invited to participate in No Soul For Sale.
Over the course of the weekend, the artists will be taking part in a
live-painting collaboration across a six-metre wall on Tate Modern's
Turbine Hall Bridge.

Scrawl Collective is an artists, illustrators and designers agency.
It’s main purpose is the discovery and promotion of new talent
and to continue it’s 10 year commitment to challenging the small
‘c’ conservatism of the British street art scene the collective sprang
from, and by doing so, widen the scope and the definition of street
art and urban graphics.

I Say:

More posh, free art in the capital. Rinse it till the Tories fu@k it all up again!

Dephect's welcome...



They Say: Founded by friends from London in 1999, Dephect is a product of the lifestyle and culture that has inspired us over the last decade. Growing up as skaters and listening to Hip Hop in the early 90’s paved our way for a love of underground art, music and sport, and a passion for drawing, painting and graphic design. While remaining under the radar of the masses, Dephect is now an international brand in its own right, progressing via graphic collaborations with unknown and established artists alike.

I Say: I've seen these guys stuff popping up on sites for a few years but I've only recently got on it with this brand. Their website is mad cool with loads of video and music downloads. They are always dashing out discount codes for the mailing list and they are super reliable, fast and friendly -

I like Dephect - so should you!

shout to Chris P Cuts - check his mix on the website...peaCe

New Ways of Seeing?

They say:

'New Ways of Seeing’

@ artrepublic Soho
42 New Compton Street,
London, WC2H 8DA

28th May – 18th June 2010

STATIC’s first solo show at artrepublic Soho invites us all to re-evaluate our perception of the society we are part of, and the hypocrisy that surrounds us on a day to day basis.
artrepublic Soho have given STATIC free reign to utilise their two-floor gallery space on New Compton Street, Central London; the show will be split into two main themes.

The 'Fight for the Right' series upholds their satirical approach to history by focusing on the eternal struggle of society to be seen and heard when confronted with social, political and economic injustice. Raising a wry smile as well as a few question marks.

The 'Luxury Vandals' collection explores the idea of street art’s desirability and commercialisation within the consumer market context. Including beautifully crafted leather cased aerosol cans and glass caskets containing STATIC's personal collection of hand painted spent cans. The mix of fine art and street style has never looked so good.

Private View: Thursday 27th May 2010

rsvp: soho@artrepublic.com

I say:

I'm not sold on the importance of this work for critiquing society or offering any particularly original insights into contemporary existence, but, I still can't help liking this stuff . It might just be a lot of helicopters and chandeliers and Mexican wrestlers and police, but, it's pretty - Nice colours; good technique; high quality printing; heavy paper; limited edition; vaguely political; good size to hang in the lounge etc.

Call me shallow if you will but I might just go check this out and pretend to be a rich white man buying Art; rather than a broke white guy getting fleeced for a poster.

On a positive though, artrepublic get props for keeping artists in work and off the crack that informed their earlier works!!





Guilty!





Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Lemme hear you say K-OS...

They say that music moves on 20 year cycles, in and out of vogue and relevance. That would explain the shallow fascination with the decade that brought us Britain's first reptilian prime minister; a proper recession; rioting in the streets; social inequality and 'problems that our kids will have to solve'. Well kids, put the problem-solving away for a minute, in, 4, 3, 2, 1...

BOOM! It's 2010 fools and that means - The 90's are coming!!!!

K-OS seem to have realised that earlier than most in this release from last year. It's got those 90's R&B swinging drums, that were ripped from classic hip-hop tracks by the likes of Puffy and JD (having already been ripped from classic soul tracks by the likes of every hip-hop producer EVER!) while remaining raw and honest. I like this - BUT - I am 35 years old!! - link?


peaCe




Share and share alike...

...that's the spirit, right?

The Sore Losers clearly agree as they offer their album of experimental head-nodders as a free download for all the freeness freaks. Straight out of Dallas, Texas and doing things the right way, Free Loaders:The Soundtrack is their debut release; cop it while its hot (and free!)

Bang! Bang!

Check out Inua Ellams at Bang Said The Gun this Thursday at the Roebuck SE1. The self-proclaimed love-child of John Keats and Mos Def will be rocking his smooth brand of afro-sensible poetry alongside Anti-poet... who I guess is a poet!

Inua performed at a Hammer&Tongue night I hosted in Camden shortly after finishing a sell-out run at the South Bank Centre - mans doin' big tings, check him out.

peaCe

Sunday, 9 May 2010

We need more Yes Men!!

If you don't know, the Yes Men are political activist pranksters that play high-stakes charades posing as employees and representatives of unethical global corporations for the purpose of exposing the hypocritical and inhuman practices of off-shore, free-market capitalism. One such company is Dow Chemicals:


The robots are coming...

Well, it would seem that when voting, protest, poetry and music fail to change the tide of returning right-wing/dickhead (Tory/Lib Dem respectively) politics; our last chance for freedom might just be this pair of satirical robots, created by Giles Walker. Check out more of their views at "Now's the time", a new exhibition of post-graffiti (don't!) /streetart works by some really big and expensive names, including Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Barry McGee, Faile, Os Gemeos and one very elusive gift shop owner. Prints will almost definitely make up the bulk of this show and turn the most coin. Personally, I'm getting a little tired of graffiti's rich relative's polite conversations, but at least they're still trying to speak.

The show is on now at The Black Rat Press - Rivington Street, London. EC2A 3AY