Once again, we’ve compiled a ‘who’s who’ of what we think are the biggest artists and releases of recent times. Enjoy your dose of the freshest Hip Hop + Grime. This is edition number 18 of Tun Up Tuesdays!
Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker The Berry” (Audio)
Naturally we had to start with the most hyped about release of the week (and probably the year so far), Kendrick Lamar’s scornfully angry commentary on current black-white relations in the U.S “The Blacker The Berry”. With production from Boi-1da & Terrace Martin, and a badboy hook from dancehall artist Assassin, this track is very different from Kendrick’s all-singing-and-dancing “i“, which he is fresh from winning two Grammys for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. In this new tune, Kendrick tackles issues of racism head on and explicitly, criticising racists across the United States, and referencing issues that led to the Ferguson civil unrest. Kendrick’s back with fury on this one, and the energy behind it has us extremely gassed for the new album.
Eric Biddines – “Purple Gold Fishes” (Visuals)
Teaming up with star director Ryan Snyder, who has worked with the likes of Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Pusha T, Eric Biddines has come through with the poetic and ambitious “Purple Gold Fishes”, which comes off his planet coffee bean 2 project, which has some pretty great tracks on it. In this video, Eric portrays the struggle of a soldier in conflict, and uses the mythical ‘purple gold fish’ metaphor for the struggle towards locating something (whether it is physical of spiritual), that others say can not be found. Very different track here, and very wavy.
Vince Staples – “Screen Door” (Visuals)
Towards the end of 2014, Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, (who has featured on tracks with Mac Miller, Common + Earl Sweatshirt) released his first major-label project “Hell Can Wait”, a seven track EP which in our (and a lot of other people’s) opinion was up there with the best Hip Hop releases of the year. Staples plans to release his first full album, which will be entitled “Summertime” in July, but has whet our appetites by releasing a video for “Screen Door”. The video is the standard follow-the-rapper through his hood video, but with a creepy twist, including floating screen doors to nowhere and scores of zombified (they look reallllllly stoned) individuals sitting staring into nothing. It’s an interesting allegory, and is produced by Spike Jordan and C. Blacksmith. Also, check the DECODED video in which Staples picks apart the meaning of the lyrics, line by line.
Buggsy – Warm Up Sessions Freestyle | SBTV (Visuals)
Ever since we happened by chance to walk into one of his shows at Brixton Jamm (alongside Durrty Goodz and Dream Mclean, banging night) tiiiime ago, Bristol’s Buggsy has been one of our favourite MCs with his concious lyrics and distinctive skippy flow. He’s been fairly quiet since his last release “The Great Escape: Season 2“, but we’re extremely happy to see him back doing an SBTV freestyle. He’s still coming through with the realness, and we hope there’s more to come.
Blaydes – Gassums (Audio)
This one’s another one off the Grime Forum Freestyles Vol.2 project (we had Capo Lee on here last week) which you can download HERE. Blaydes is a 16 year old MC from Lewisham who has that raw youthful energy Grime seems to have been missing for a while now. Having only been on the scene for around 4 months now, Blaydes is gaining momentum. ‘Gassums’ is a certified banger. Look out for our Q + A session with this don later this week to learn more about him!
Dizzy D feat. Pepperboy – Never Look Down (Visuals)
Ahead of upcoming mixtape “Pine Grove”, Huntsville, Alabama’s Dizzy D brings through Arkansas legend Pepperboy for the release of “Never Look Down“. The track and video are kinda budget, but these guys have bars and the sobering tales of poverty in the U.S South are delivered with precision. Cool instrumental too.
That’s all for this week, but we hope you enjoy and tune in for more next week!
Compiled by @CareerEnderSam