Sometime during Pharrell Williams’s promotion of Hidden Figures, he sat down with Clara Amfo on BBC Radio 1. During the interview, the legendary artist-producer-everything spoke on working with Skepta on Konnichiwa (he also revealed wanting to work with him again), the hope for a new N.E.R.D. record and the possibility of working with other UK (Grime) artists in the future.
DJ Vlad is currently (or was) in the UK, which saw him apparently sitting down with notable artists and figures within the culture. One such person is the legendary So Solid Crew frontman Megaman — during which, he spoke on his upbringing and being from Clapham Junction, as well as being influenced by Puffy (Puff Daddy, or Diddy) to get into music. He also touched on a rather personal topic of receiving an attempted murder charge at 16.
Check that out above. UPDATE: Additional clips below.
While in America, Little Simz made a return visit to HOT 97 — this time for Ebro In The Morning. During the sit-down, the Londoner spoke on racism in the UK, comparisons between Grime and Hip-Hop and more.
Currently, Jhené Aiko is on a media run to promote her new single (and visual for) ‘Maniac‘. Above and below, we’ve included her recent sit-downs with HOT 97 and The Breakfast Club, which sees her trying to avoid the elephant in the room — her boyfriend (?) Big Sean.
Here’s a dope interview from DJ Vlad: continuing his content from the UK, he reveals a sit-down with the legendary Tim Westwood. During the interview, Westwood broke out some classic stories regarding his career and the early day of Hip-Hop (both in America and in the UK).
Big Sean is making himself super-busy. Before the release of his new album I Decided., the Detroit emcee (and G.O.O.D. Music representer) has been hitting up press and releasing new media to get the fans ready. Below lies a new track from the album titled ‘Halfway Off The Balcony’, as well as his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live and sit-down with Zane Lowe over at Apple Music.
I Decided. is released 3rd February (pre-order via iTunes).
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware that Lethal Bizzle is blazing airwaves and digital formats with his Giggs and Flowdan-assisted ‘Round Here’. As we prepare for his forthcoming album, the legendary artist links with DJ Target for a super in-depth interview that you can enjoy above.
One of Grime’s greatest pillars (if not the greatest) is officially back in effect: today, the legendary Wiley liberates his new album Godfather, a 17-track offering that features many of his long-standing peers — Skepta, Jme, P Money, Chip, Ice Kid (!), Frisco, J2K, Lethal Bizzle, Scratchy, Manga, Ghetts, Newham Generals and more make an appearance.
You can stream/purchase Godfather below via Apple Music/iTunes…we’ve also included a recent freestyle visual and interview clip(s) with DJ Vlad for good measure.
Recently, Noisey did a pretty dope feature (that the author has a bit of a fine time trying to get done, apparently) on Wiley in lieu of his forthcoming album Godfather…within, the Godfather of Grime speaks pretty candidly on several different issues, including his latest claim of retirement, recent releases from his peers (namely, Skepta and Kano), Boy Better Know and much more.
I was hoping to see you at Skepta’s show at Ally Pally last month. It was weird hearing your verse on the backing track.
Don’t do that, man, don’t do that. You’re killing me. You know it’s really funny because look, I wanted to be at Skepta’s show but I didn’t make it there, and the mad thing is when we talk about these things like, “Why wasn’t he there?” or “Why wasn’t you there?” – as much as it’s a fair question – it can sometimes cause hassle. I wanted to be there too, and – you know what it is – I just wasn’t there because I’ve got older and, you know, I’m a parent. When I was young I used to go and do whatever I needed to do. As I’ve got older I’ve slowed down a bit, and sometimes just not gone out there – that’s all.
What do you think of the big grime albums of last year? Are you a fan of Konnichiwa and Made in the Manor?
Listen, I think Konnichiwa is the right album for what this guy [Skepta] was trying to do and where he was trying to sell it. That’s what I’ve learned from listening to that record. I think Made in the Manor was the wrong album to be made by him [Kano] at a time when grime was in fashion. It was a good Damon Albarn album in the first place, to be fair. Why do I know that? I like Damon Albarn. You know what I’m saying? I’m happy for him and all the success, but that was the wrong album to be made in this time by that artist. If grime is in and it’s popping, and you can see Stormzy and anyone else bringing it back, and you’re so good at it, you could have just given a fifteen track grime classic to follow up Home Sweet Home.
Is The Godfather a grime album then?
It could only be. I can’t call myself the ‘Godfather of grime’ and then make an album that’s got two grime tracks and the rest is Damon Albarn. They’re going to say I’m not. The thing is, if you listen to what’s going on at the moment there isn’t actually a barrage of grime out there. There’s a lot of stuff that’s between grime, trap, whatever it is, which I’m not dissing – I love it. So, yeah, no disrespect. Made in the Manor is actually sick, sonically and all the rest of it. It was just the wrong record to be made by that artist at this time.
Do you have an age in mind where you think you’ll stop?
This is my last album, in theory. You know, Wiley the brand, you’re not going to see me trying to cane the arse out of tens of Wileys, you will not. I’ll always use my money to do other, smart things. Like, I’m never going to just be like trying to squeeze money out of stuff. I’m always gonna be trying to do different things and properties and more properties. Shit like that can keep you and your family and brothers and sisters going when you’re older.
Make no mistake: Dapz On The Map is easily one of Birmingham’s most premiere artists. (Somewhat) recently, we were able to catch up with Dapz during a London visit, where he spoke on his long-awaited album ‘DSAW’ (Don’t Say A Word), Grime (and if he considers himself a Grime artist), longtime collaborator Jaykae and much more.
Taking a break from whatever the hell DJ Vlad is doing (he’s like the new Jerry Springer of Hip-Hop), Red Bull Music Academy recently liberated a full recap of their sit-down with Giggs, who spoke with The Is Grime author Hattie Collins on a numbers of dope topics (Giggs’ early childhood, being a DJ from early, mixtapes, being a father and much more).
Check it out above.
Boxer Dereck Chisora makes a recent appearance on Not For The Radio to — among other things — talk about his upcoming fight against Dillian Whyte. Check that out above.
As a bonus, below lies Chisora throwing a f***ing table at Whyte during a pre-fight press conference. Today will see if Chisora will be disciplined for his actions.