Drake x Giggs?

We know that Drake has a thing for collaborations with UK grime artists, but this one is somewhat a surprise. The Drake and Skepta collab was pretty obvious that it was in the works. But, Drake and Giggs kept this one a secret till The Boy Meets World Tour as he gave fans a preview while performing at his postponed Amsterdam show.

It’s obvious that Drake wants to use his platform in music to help other artists, and this could just be what the underground scene needed. His powers were obvious with the worldwide buzz on Skepta shortly after they were seen to be collaborating, and performing together. However, it is unknown whether grime would change with the hype, or whether it could benefit from a bigger audience.

Now, the question is who will he work with next?

 

New Gen Album

If you haven’t heard about the New Gen album on any social media, where have you been hiding? This album is set to feature collaborations between some of the best underground artists such as AJ Tracey, Nines, Avelino and Ray BLK.  New Gen is said to bring the UK underground scene together with the help of XL Recordings.

We have had somewhat of an idea of the excellence which is going to come from this album, as the first track of the album features Tiggs Da Author and Avelino. The tracklist includes My Ways (Ft. AJ Tracey and J Warner), Money Haffi Mek (Ft. Stefflon Don and Abra Cadabra) and Loose (Ft. Wstrn).

This album is going to be something special.

Favourite Artists of 2016

2016 was an amazing year for music, from Chip’s and Yungen’s beef to the release of Konnichiwa and Views. So, here’s a few of my favourite artists as I look through my Top Songs on Spotify.

Bryson Tiller – Once I listened to Bryson there was no going back. Although Trapsoul was released in 2015, it wasn’t till 2016 when I discovered it and I can only wish that I found it earlier. From Don’t to Rambo, I can 100% say that there is a song for almost every mood.

Drake – I mean, who didn’t rate Views, every song is on my top songs of 2016. Drake just knows how to perfect any project that he creates. Then, the remix on Dave’s Wanna Know, that’s all I have to say.

Stormzy – Stormzy has been the name of grime in 2016. From his One Take Freestyle to Birthday Girl, he knows how to keep fans happy. Although, late 2016 he seemed to disappear off the face of the earth as he became inactive on all social media.

Skepta – The Mercury prize for Konnichiwa just sums up the year that Skepta has had, as he continues to create the best music while remaining as a top influencer for the UK grime scene.

The Weeknd – Released in November, Starboy was the cherry on the top for music for the year. There was a lot of hype around this album, which mostly creates disappointment; but not for The Weeknd. And how could we forget that he cut his hair.

 

New Years Resolutions

So, it’s a new year which means everyone has their own goals. I struggled to come up with some this year as I had such a good 2016 despite everything going on in the world like Brexit and Donald Trump. But, after some careful thinking I came up with the following three goals.

Visit at least three new countries.

Last year I didn’t manage to take a break from the UK as I was too busy saving for university, but this year I have made a big effort to plan in advance as I feel that travelling is such an important life experience. So, in the Easter break I’m going to Hamburg and Amsterdam. Now, that leaves only one more trip to plan.

Post more on my blog. 

I get so distracted with working part time and my university work that I sometimes neglect my blog. But, this year I am going to put my all into my blog. I’ve just purchased a new camera meaning that I can up the quality of all my posts.

Have a regular and persistent gym routine. 

Basic, I know. But last year I joined my university gym and I didn’t exactly stay motivated enough to have a regular routine. So, this year I’m determined to be the best version of myself and to make time for the gym at least three times a week.

Until next time,

Nic x

 

J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only Review

Considering there are no features on this album, it’s surprisingly good. At first listen I wasn’t sure on my opinion of the whole project. But, now that I have listened a few times I am certain that this is going to be one of my most played albums for the end of 2016.

With the simplicity of just J. Cole’s voice throughout the ten songs, this is somewhat a work of art. Keeping listeners engaged for the full running time of 44 minutes with only one artist, that right there is an achievement itself.

To truly enjoy and capture the beauty of this album you should listen from start to finish, taking time to process each lyric, each verse, each song and then the album as a whole.

For me, this is one of J.Cole’s best projects, maybe not THE best, but it is definitely one of them. It almost feels like he has gone back to the beginning of his music, which as we all know is where some of his finest can be found.

 

They don’t need him, but Drake will help grime go worldwide

It all started in the summer of 2015, when Skepta joined Drake on stage at Wireless Festival to perform Shutdown. This was the start of something special for the grime scene. Drake somehow created a platform for grime artists to showcase their music. Whether this be him playing songs on OVO Radio or remixing their songs.

Drake himself walks around with pride showing support to the grime scene. Earlier in the year he was repping a ‘Lukey World’ tee; these t-shirts are a tribute to one of Skepta’s friends who was stabbed to death in June 2015. He also took it among himself to get a BBK tattoo (Boy Better Know is the collective which features major grime artists such as Skepta and JME). So, to return the favours, Drake claimed to have signed to BBK, meaning that he was the only non-british, non-grime artist in the collective.

Drake has made some decisions which has shown how dedicated he is to the culture. February 2016, Drake chooses to ditch The Brits Awards after party, to instead be a surprise guest at the Section Boyz show, in which tickets were £10. That sounds mad if you consider that Drake tickets are £110…

Fast forwarding to October 2016, Drake does one of the most unexpected remixes on Dave’s ‘Wanna Know’. Only a week before this remix had Dave tweeted saying ‘Seriously. Who’s coming to Drake with me’, then a week later it wouldn’t be surprising if he is up there on the stage.

With all this in mind, it will be interesting to see which UK grime artists make a surprise appearance at Drake’s Boy Meets World Tour in at the O2 in London.