Holy s***. Logan Sama is back with a brand new mixtape, done in conjunction with Trapstar and premiered via Hypetrak. We’ll let him and Mikey Trapstar tell it (you can read their full interview here):
Mikey Trapstar: The first thing that led to the tape is that I was driving, listening to old school tapes from 2002—the tape was a rave, a night called Sidewinder, featuring Dizzee Rascal and Slimzee. So I was listening to that and the sound of that era was very personal to us. At that time, this was in winter 2014, or just turning into winter, so this led us to call Logan in January 2015, and that was the reasoning behind the tape.
So the tape is like us capturing that era of grime, roundabout 2002 to 2005, the period of golden-era grime. And then we have the new emcees of grime with the veterans and poster-boys of grime on the tape. So it’s bringing in the new generation and the old generation together. And the whole theme of it is that they were allowed to pick a track that inspired them, which they fucked with and made them fall in love with grime, and then spit over it. Some great homage—like Section and Stormzy because they was way younger at the time, so it’s something that got them into grime, and then you have some emcees, such as like Kano and NJ Fever on tracks that they spat on when they came out!
Logan Sama: This is very much in the style of a US-style mixtape; firstly, they’re all individual tracks. It’s basically freestyles over other peoples’ beats collected together. It’s a compilation. To be honest with you, if this was done in a different way I think it would be a legendary album. But the way that we’ve put this together, it’s still going to be a legendary project. The way that it does reflect that pirate radio style is in the sounds, man. These are the instrumentals and beats that we were cutting on dub-plates and going to the pirate radio studios and playing over the airwaves 15 years ago, when we were first starting out. You’re getting it in a digestible format that a wider audience can understand in terms of tracks, but the sounds are important and vital. It’s that authentic, early sound that made me honestly fall in grime in the first place and that’s what we’re tryna get out to the people. It’s kinda like we’re giving people something they don’t know about but in a way that they can digest it. It’s basically an album, but with subversively introducing sounds and elements to the tape that are gonna be educating a whole new audience, which is what excited me about the project in the first place.
Features on the mixtape include pretty much any and everyone important to UK Hip-Hop, new and old: Kano, Ghetts, Newham Generals, Roll Deep, OGz, Wretch 32, Stormzy, Section Boyz, AJ Tracey, Jammz, Bonkaz, Novelist and more. Stream this awesomeness below…hopefully a downloadable version is on the way.