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50 Cent ft Robin Thicke - Follow My Lead...

Published by Warren Dell under on Sunday, September 23, 2007

Jay-Z ft. Pharrell - Blue Magic (Trailer)...

Published by Warren Dell under on Sunday, September 23, 2007

Rap News Top Ten UK tracks...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, September 17, 2007
My ten favourite UK tracks at the minute in no order...

Tinchy Stryder – Something About Your Smile

Shameless – Every Day

Smasher – Back In The Day 2

JME, Skepta, Kano – Fuckin Widda Team

Example – Posh Birds

Akala – Bit By Bit

Durrty Goodz – Switching Songs

The Nextmen feat. Sway – Camera Tricks

Mitchell Brothers – Michael Jackson

Skepta – You Dun Know

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Kanye West - Good Life video...

Published by Warren Dell under on Thursday, September 13, 2007

Whoops, no it's this one...


Published by Warren Dell under on Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Kanye you done done it again...

Early highlights for me are the Goodlife, Flashing Lights, Champion and Big Brother. The artwork is pretty hot too. Isn't it ironic that Kanye's embarrassing moment at the MTV Europe awards last year has seen him stumble across the sounds Ed Banger and other dance music, which are a clear influence on a few of the tracks. Those that like that Kanye boom-bap and sample sound needn't fret though as that's catered for too. I won't be buying Fiddy's album to compare as it's not my thing and I doubt he will make a better album. I'd expect he will out sell Kanye though as his name has a bigger reach in buyers than Kanye.

Akala - Bit by Bit...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, September 10, 2007

Akala - Bit by Bit

Akala is one of those artists that ticks all the right boxes yet never leaves you feeling that you've heard anything groundbreaking or that makes you go 'wow that's hot'. Yet he is nice on the mic and has plenty of substance in his lyrics. The guy also has his head screwed on business wise with his Illa State imprint putting out his first album and mixtape. But despite this he hasn't made the sort of noise previous Best Hip-Hop MOBO winner Sway has made. Bit by Bit though could be start of the breakthough as he spits over the electro heavy track sure to gain love from those outside his usual Hip-Hop/Grime fanbase. Already MTV Dance have started playing the video and with acts like Justice, Simian Mobile Disco and any dance act to have ever been near the Eifel Tower in vogue right now, this track will do Akala no harm at all.

Ali Love takes it back...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, September 10, 2007

Ali Love - Late Night Session

The amazingly talented and seriously overlooked Ali Love drops the next single from his hotly anticipated album Love Music on the 1st October. Late Night Session sounds like something the great Earth, Wind & Fire would have done and the video director has acknowledged this with a promo that looks like it came out way back with it's neon lights and plenty of special effects that may look dated in these CGI times, but suit the vibe of the track perfectly.

Fiddy Vs Kanye...

Published by Warren Dell under on Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Next week sees the two undoubtedly biggest Hip-Hop artists of present day go head to head when their albums are both released on the same day. But while the artists, both cocky in front of any microphone and camera, may be a little worried at what they risk to lose when the record stores open on Monday.

Fiddy has been boasting that if he doesn’t outsell Kanye in first week sales then he will leave the rap game and looking at it, would he really be that missed. When his second album came out despite relying on a week rap about sex first single the buzz was still there.

Third time round and he doesn’t seem to be straying too far away from this formula. But it seems the listening public aren’t greatly enthused, as numerous singles have been floating around to promote the album with the latest finding him playing the third wheel to Justin Timberlake and Timberland on what was surely leftovers from the Future Sex/Love Sounds album.

Kanye on the other hand has seen his cockiness annoy and made many overlook his obvious talents because of this. But sonically Graduation will see him embarking on a new sound as the Daft Punk sampling first single showed. Ironically it was his cringe worthy drunken stance against fellow French Dance act Justice for winning the MTV Europe Best Video award, that had him directed towards the electro sounds by someone close to him.

While Late Registration wasn’t as strong lyrically as The College Dropout, his lyrics may now come under closer scrutiny with his boasts of how great a rapper he is, now he is going as far to say anyone not putting him in their top 3 greatest rappers of all time are losing credibility.

When both albums drop, no matter how good the albums are they will ultimately be overlooked in favour of comparing their sales and in the current climate of records being bought it may not match the highs they’ve been used to. My money is on Kanye to come up with a better album and personally wouldn’t see it as a bad thing he outsold Fiddy, if only to see if he keeps his promise.

Jack Penate - Second Minute or Hour...

Published by Warren Dell under on Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Can't wait for the album.

Kate Nash - Mouthwash...

Published by Warren Dell under on Tuesday, September 04, 2007

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