Bryson Tiller – True To Self Review

Trapsoul part two? It may as well have been.

On 26th May, Bryson took to twitter to announce the release of True To Self, a whole month earlier than the planned released date. With a huge track-list of nineteen songs! With a two year break from his previous album, and no single releases in this gap, Bryson has been touring the world as he sold out various venues.

Can Tiller only do so much? This is the main question I found myself asking when I listened to his second album. The only song throughout the whole album which sounds like it didn’t belong on his debut album, Trapsoul’s tracklist is Money Problems/Benz Truck which is a vibeee!!!! If every song could have been on the same wave as that, the album could have been another timeless masterpiece. But unfortunately it isn’t.

I’m not saying that Bryson’s sound isn’t good, because it is. But, two albums in and it just ends up sounding all the same-ish. Sometimes you just have to mix it up. For a lot of R&B lovers, Trapsoul is hands down one of the best albums. However, I have to say, Bryson’s music has let me down this time.

Click here to stream the album on Spotify.

 

Stormzy Brixton Finale

From a freestyle in a park in a red Adidas tracksuit, to selling out three shows at the Brixton O2 Academy (obviously in an Adidas tracksuit again).

The finale was of course going to be something special, but no one could have called it. Stormzy had them all: Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32, Ghetts and Chip. Each brought even more energy to the already hyped-up crowd, from Hear Dis to the Shape of You Remix. Although, everyone could still appreciate the slow, gospel touches of Blinded By Your Grace, Velvet and Cigarettes and Cush, which seemed to give a more personal touch as Stormzy sat on a stool singing to an academy of five-thousand people.

The production levels were honestly next level. If you didn’t know any better you would think that it was an arena tour. Every single touch was perfected, the lyrics flashing behind him, Stormzy’s face singing along on the screen behind.

The main moment of the whole gig which will always stick in my mind, was when Stormzy sang 100 Bags to his mum who was stood on the balcony. She was singing and rapping along word for word throughout the whole song, as the majority of the crowd looked up with their hand on their heart, emotions were running high.

What a way to end such a phenomenal tour, no one has ever deserved a sold out tour more than Stormzy. I’m sure I can say this on behalf of everyone who attended any of the shows on the GSAP tour, I left feeling very proud of him, almost as though I felt his struggles and accomplishments through his truly emotional yet energetic performance. The fact that he sold out three nights at the Brixton O2 Academy shows how appreciated Big Mike truly is in the world of music.

Jafro – Am I Me

Singer and songwriter, Jafro from Leicester has released a new album, Am I Me which is highly influenced by comics, as he celebrates his love of cartoons from a young age. Due to the influence, the album features artwork from comic and anime artists from across the globe including Brotherman Comics, Red Origins and Angry Vikings.

The album features artists from across four different continents including Europe and North America. The songs from this EP which stand out for me personally are: Dark Knight, Bankai and We Ready as they truly showcase his lyrical talents, bar for bar. The whole concept of the EP is clever, and is accurately presented through each track.

Jafro is celebrating his album launch rightly so, by performing at some of the UK’s largest common conventions including Birmingham’s Comics festival which is open to 5,000 visitors. Jafro definitely has a talent when it comes to spitting bars, which was demonstrated earlier in his career as he featured in the Red Bull UK rap battle, reppin for Leicester. (Click here to watch)

Click here to listen to the EP. 

Kwakzino – 2 Legit 2 Quit

Inspired by a mixture of artist’s including, Oxide and Neutrino, So Solid Crew, Styles P, Kirk Franklin and Mary J Blige; Kwakzino has released his new project, 2 Legit 2 Quit. With a sound which can only be described as different, the messages portrayed in Kwakzino’s music can take some time to grasp. However, he is working on perfecting his craft so that listeners can understand the message after the first listen.

Coming from Croydon, London, Kwakzino talks about many issues surrounding him including drugs, guns, women and money. However, he points out that he does not celebrate these, as he portrays positive messages about the reality of living in South London. The positive spin on these issues creates a refreshing sound.

The motivation behind the music is his family, having two young sons under the age of two years old, and a partner who has supported him throughout his journey in music, he wants to provide as much as possible to them.

The new project 2 Legit 2 Quit is definitely one to inspire, motivate and empower those who are living in similar situations. As he says that he wants to motivate anyone who’s living a negative lifestyle to switch to a more positive approach. After listening to the project it is clear that Kwakzino is one to watch, I’m excited to hear any future work from him.

Click here to listen to the full project.

Buy the project here.

 

nobodyisMAINE – Eenie Miney Moe

MAINE is a 20 year-old musician from West London who also goes by the name nobodyisMAINE, following his lifestyle brand NobodyIsUs. NobodyIsUs is all about finding an identity within a misfit culture and owning the stigma that society has given you as a ‘nobody’ by confidently making it known that you shouldn’t fit in because you are one of a kind. Maine feels as though this is reflected in his lyrics, as he aims to reference situations or subject matters that others will be familiar with.

He describes his sound as a mix of rap/hip-hop/indie/rock/pop. While being influenced by a number of artists, both new and old school including Wretch 32, Skepta, Drake and Tory Lanez. As well as some more old school artists, including JA Rule and 50 Cent. Although, he doesn’t have a set genre as he also listens to musicians such as Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and Arctic Monkeys who inspire him to experiment with other sounds. As he says, his experimental approach to music is what sets him apart from everyone else.

Eenie Miney Moe is Maine’s latest song, following his debut song’s Hitta and Rockstar which are available on Spotify. Eenie Miney Moe is about his experiences with a certain type of people, those who will complain about the promoting of his own songs but when it suits them they claim to be proud and supportive. Although the song is mainly addressed to his female interest, the song can be applied to almost everyone including ex’s, old friends and fake friends. This certainly hits the criteria of being relatable, one of those situations earlier talked about in which others will definitely be familiar with.

Maine definitely has his own unique sound mastered, a fusion of many different genre’s as well as a unique voice, but it works. Eenie Miney Moe showcases both his production and vocal skills. He is definitely one to watch this year!

Listen to Eenie Miney Moe below:

@nobodyismaine on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook

Click here for Maine’s Spotify

 

Tinie Tempah – Mojo Club, Hamburg Review 05.04.17

This was the second from last show of Tinie Tempah’s European Youth tour, with Cologne being the penultimate, ending the tour on the 6th April. This tour showcased Tinie’s career from the release of Pass Out in 2010 all the way through to some unreleased songs which come from his studio album Youth which is due to be released on 14th April.

Although he performed many songs which were unknown to the audience, he kept us thoroughly engaged. Most of his unreleased songs came with a great deal of energy, obvious from Tinie’s on stage topless antics and champagne spraying in the crowd. While DJ Charlesy launched himself into the centre of audience completing Tinie’s job of making sure everyone was drenched in champs from head to toe.

The venue was very intimate, with a capacity of only four-hundred, as Tinie said himself on stage ‘It’s hard to get shows in Germany’. Nevertheless, Tempah can easily entertain a packed out O2 arena capacity of twenty thousand as well as a cosy capacity of four-hundred.

Tinie obviously wanted to accommodate the German crowd, as halfway through the show he brought out the national flag, as well as occasionally using some German phrases. This most defiantly won some fans over as they put their all into participation from singing along to moshpits and the Tsunami dance.

Pre-order Youth on iTunes by clicking here. 

 

Artists to look out for in 2017

6LACK – I came across 6LACK on Spotify and haven’t stopped listening to him since. With his recent release of ‘First Fuck’ featuring Jhene Aiko, similar releases and collaborations will make 2017 his year.

Yxng Bane – What a year it has been for him already and it’s only the beginning of March. With rumours of G Frsh becoming his manager, he will have the whole Disturbing London team behind him including the expertise of Dumi and Tinie. All this success mainly coming from his Ed Sheeran – Shape of You remix and his debut single Fine Wine.

Dave – Dave had a massive year in 2016 with Drake’s remix of ‘Wanna Know’. But, this is the year he can truly make anything of himself with the platform provided by Drake. With 6 Million views on Samantha in only one month; his first song of 2017  feat. J Hus shows just what he is capable of.

Jorja Smith – She killed it in 2016, there’s no doubt about that. But with a sneak peek of Drake’s More Life tracklist, she’s featuring on it. That is big. We all know the capacity of attention that is on an artist once they are associated with Drake.

Top 5 Fire in the Booth

  1. Avelino and Wretch 32 – The word play is phenomenal, every bar has a meaning deeper than what you may first think. ‘I can’t swim but i’ll be the anchor for the scene, how do they expect musicians to stay afloat, when all our sales keep going down the stream.’ Just one of the memorable bars.
  2.  Bugzy Malone – I think the 9 million views speaks for itself. Although the whole Bugzy vs Chip situation may have gained him most of these views, Bugzy raised the bar. He’s Manchester’s best MC and he knows it.
  3. Stormzy – This FITB from the start of his career shows us why Stormzy is in fact the problem. Three years later, we’re expecting his debut album and if it’s anything like this freestyle, we’re in for a treat.
  4. Nines – Nines has been slept on, watching this it seems almost unbelievable that it has took four years for him to be signed and release an album. But, it was worth the wait. This was definitely an underrated FITB.
  5. Dave – A more emotional take in the booth, but that is Dave’s whole aura. Only 17 years old at the time of the recording and he touches on highly intellectual topics such as politics and racial issues. Now, appearing on stage with Drake at his Boy Meets World Tour, it’s obvious that Dave is a problem for the UK rap scene.

Tinie Tempah @ The O2 Shepherds Bush 14.02.17

This night was a part of the War Child BRITs week, which is kindly sponsored by O2 to raise awareness of the charity as well as raising money with all of the profits from tickets going to children who’s lives have been devastated by war. There are twelve intimate shows going on throughout the week with acts such as The 1975, New Gen and Craig David.

Youth is going to be a phenomenal album; that’s one thing that I walked away from the venue thinking. Tinie performed four new tracks for the first time ever; Something Special, Text From My Ex, Chasing Flies and Lightwork ! These will all appear on his up and coming album Youth which will be released on March 31st 2017. From what I heard and experienced, Something Special and Lightwork are definitely going to be ones for the festival season.

This was Tinie’s first show of the year, and he came through with a bang. He obviously started as he meant to go on, giving us songs from Pass Out to Text From My Ex. But, the main songs which truly reflected the energy of the audience were Tsunami and Miami 2 Ibiza in which the whole venue went crazy. Tinie performed for around 5o minutes, pleasing the crowd most definitely, while also raising awareness for such an amazing charity.

Click here to pre-order Youth on iTunes

 

Boy Meets World Tour Review – O2 London 01.02.17

Rating 5/5

It’s fair to say that I was pretty lucky and attended the best show of the tour. Why? Travis Scott had an incident on stage when he fell into a hole on the stage which was meant to give the globe hologram, the biggest feature of the show. As a result of this, Drake announced that he was refunding everyone who attended the show due to it ruining the set. (I SAW DRAKE FOR FREE!!!)

The special guests included Travis Scott, who performed Pick Up The Phone, Antidote and Goosebumps. Section Boyz who performed Bimma. And, Giggs who performed Whippin Excursion.

The production on this tour was exceptional. Although our night missed out on the hologram, the rest of the features made the show something special, definitely worth the £10o tickets. Entering the arena, the most obvious feature were white balls on the ceiling. When Drake came on the stage, they lit up in various colours and almost moved with every beat, creating some amazing illusions.

Drake covered all albums from his career. From Thank Me Later to Views, and a preview of his new song with Giggs, Drake. The scheduled end time was 22:30, however it went on till 23:20. Giving us almost 2 and a half hours of Drake.

All in all, whether it was to be free or not, Drake gave a once in a lifetime performance, it’s the best gig I have ever been to and it will take a lot to ever beat this.