It’s getting icy, as eskimo season looks to be approaching in full force. Shortly after dropping his Eskiboy autobiography (we’re still reading it – review pending), Wiley has dropped visuals for his new ‘Call The Shots’ track. Filmed by Kaylum Dennis on the streets of west London, it features lyrical dexterity from JME, and shows that Wiley’s still got as much creative fire as ever.
‘Call The Shots’ will be available on Wiley’s Godfather II album, which is set to drop on Feb 16th.
Tre Mission and Merky Ace are a grime force to be reckoned with. Having only released the Opps Next Door album earlier this year through their Tizzy Gang outfit, the guys are already back to the drawing board. Their newest track ‘Black & Decker’ is everything you’d expect – greezy visualisations accompany Tre and Tizzy’s aggressive back and forth. Keep them coming lads!
In 2017, it appears to be getting more and more difficult to capture the authentic sound of ‘Grime’. It’s become a buzzword, which the mainstream media seem happy to apply to any UK genre that has a rapper. With acts such as Stormzy bringing elements (albeit the ‘softer’ ones) of the genre to a wider audience, there appears to be little going in the way of the rawness of the underground that the sound originally had.
That was what we thought, until we saw this new video from Fusion. The track’s instrumental has a snappy directness to it, with Fusion offering a blistering lyrical attack on the Feds. ‘For The Crime’ is instantly recognisable, and cements the reasons that Complex picked him as one of the thirteen British artists to watch our for this year.
If you didn’t already know, Manga Saint Hilare is grime royalty. Having been part of the original Roll Deep Crew, Manga has kept longevity in the UK music scene by being consistent with his release of bangers. In May, he dropped his Outbursts From The Outskirts project, alongside frequent production collaborator Lewi B. Outbursts was a happy marriage of classic grime with the sounds of 2017, and created a space to bring fresh talent to the table. Included on the album’s features are upcoming mcs Jammz, Snowy and Grim Sickers. It’s the track with Grim which has got the latest video working. Using his now infamous ‘Kane flow‘, Grims joins Manga on track over a symphonious Lewi B instrumental. Check it above.
One of the biggest musical upsets of this year so far (for us, anyway) was when neo-jazz outfit Yussef Kamaal broke up due to creative differences. Formed of Yussef Dayes, Kamaal Williams, and band members Mansur Brown and Tom Driessler, the band brought Jazz to a modern electronic and grime audience, selling out a number of historic venues along the way. Whilst we may never know just what musical possibilities Y.K may have reached, it seems that they inspired Mez to bring new life to their music.
Taking on the 8:32 instrumental “Strings Of Light” which appeared on Yussef Kamaal’s Black Focus album, Mez brings his grimy Nottingham flows to entirely new levels. We’re so excited he even tried this, and he actually kills it. Listen in above – this is big.
Boy Better Know legend Frisco comments on the current scene with sinister new track ‘It’s Changed’. Uploaded via JME‘s ManBetterKnow YoutTube channel, a crimson draped Fris explains his current thoughts on his position in music. Frisco’s always been one of the hardest barrers, and this video doesn’t disappoint.
The Boy Better Know team (including Frisco) are conducting their very own ‘BBK Takeover’ of the 02 on August 27th. It will take place across six stages, and will feature loads of fun stuff including cinema, BMXing, football tournaments and more. Tickets are still available here.