For their latest two episodes, Not For The Radio sits down with the very dope NoLay — who speaks on a variety of topics: the “industry”, being a female emcee and more — and Stormzy, who is about to release his sure-to-be-successful new album Gang Sings & Prayer (below).
Continuing his release of UK interview, DJ Vlad (or, as we consider him, the Jerry Springer of Rap) sits down with Brixton Hill collective 67.
We presume that more clips from this interview are set to arrive soon. UPDATE: More below.
Images source: Daniela Monteiro/Nation of Billions
UPDATE: He has four songs with Giggs in the cut. Four.
During tonight’s OVO Sound Radio, the world got to hear a brand spankin’ new interview with Drake and DJ Semtex, which saw the Canadian star speaking pretty candidly on everything from what the hell is up with Kanye West to his now well-documented beef with Meek Mill (and everything and everyone in between). Currently, an audio rip is available for listening below (we’ve also included some juicy excerpts); much of the interview is also transcribed via Semtex’s Nation of Billions website. The full video clip will be available on Monday.
IN RELATED NEWS: Drake, Giggs and Skepta recently crashed Smoke Dawg and Nafe Smallz XOYO show, which can also be seen below.
ON MEEK MILL: I’m sitting here thinking you’re ready for it… I thought this was like 3 months in the making. When I dropped ‘Charged Up’ just to see what the preparation level was I realised ‘you’re not ready’…I knew I had to retaliate because I realised he was unprepared.
[Meek] decided to create this narrative that I don’t write my own music… Anybody that was in those rooms, that worked on that project knows that I am one of the best writer period.
ON A NOTABLE KANYE WEST RANT, WHICH ALSO TARGETED DJ KHALED: I went from being… like working on a project with him, to him sorta publicly s***ting on me and DJ Khaled for being on the radio too much. But yeah I’m not really sure, everybody’s got their own thing going on. Again me when I hear that, I just distance myself from it you know, alright if that’s what it is I don’t really even understand the point you’re trying to make but whatever it is that you’re going through, I accept it, I don’t respect it at all. You know cos I feel like me and Khaled are just good people, I’m not sure why we’re the target of your choice that you made that night. And yeah I accept what you’re going through, and I just go and continue working on my own thing. You know the more and more this progresses, the more and more I just feel like keeping to myself, cos its just so unpredictable, you never know which way people are gonna go.
In the latest episode of Not For The Radio, rising star Abra Cadabra stops through with his Ounto Nation crew to speak on the music, his stomping grounds (Tottenham) and more.
In addition to a crazy celebration of the 10-year-old Ghetto Gospel at Roundhouse, Ghetts also recent sat down with SK Vibemaker to speak on the project’s legacy. He also talked about being in prison, his upbringing and more.
On 24th February, Stormzy will be dropping his long-awaited album Gang Signs & Prayer; before that, the South London emcee sits down with Julie Adenuga on Beats 1 to talk about the album. In addition, he’s also announced a slew of UK tour dates for this Spring; you can see that below. UPDATE: More dates added and other dates were quickly sold-out, seemingly because of ticket poachers and secondary websites jacking up prices (an issue across the planet, to be fair). You can see the updated schedule below.
If you missed it, you can check out ‘Big For Your Boots’ here.
Both Brixton shows sold out in 7minutes, we've added a final date: https://t.co/OsXd2qKaXN
— 24/02 (@Stormzy1) February 9, 2017
So, while the United States of America continues its journey further into Cheetos Hell, its former president — Barack Obama — and wife Michelle are enjoying their much, much deserved vacation on Moskito Island with the island’s owner, Sir Richard Branson. Honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised if he never went back to that country.
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.
Ever since we heard him on the hook of — what was found to be — his own song, Sampha has been leaving us absolutely entranced by his soulful, piano-driven ballads — Dual is still a project that gets regular rotation as if it were released last week. As a result, we’ve been going fairly rabid waiting for the Londoner’s debut album; this week, we’re happy to finally have that, titled Process, in out possession. So, how does it fare?
As expected, the slower, melancholy cuts featured on the project (which sees no features, and certainly doesn’t need any) are absolutely breathtaking…emotions hit peak level on ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’, a dedication to Sampha’s late mother. He does change things up occasionally (ex. the single ‘Blood On Me’ and the Prince-esque ‘Timmy’s Prayer’), and, while it doesn’t move us as much as tracks like ‘Take Me Inside’, it’s certainly no less beautiful to listen to.
Simply put, we’ll definitely be living with Process as it continues to grow on us a la Duel; we’d be hard-pressed not to believe that Sampha’s latest won’t be considered one of the best drops this year (yes, we know it’s only January…no matter).
The name of the game for Big Sean is consistency and growth. Since the release of his big debut Finally Famous (hell, even the mixtapes prior to that), the Detroit rhymer has continue to push his craft forward, building upon catchy records, meaningful substance and — of course — rapid-fire, ever-changing bars…now, we get to see even further into Sean’s evolution with I Decided., a semi-conceptual project meant to be a reflection on decisions he’s made in his life (and what might’ve been if he chose differently).
In addition to the quality packed into this album, we’re also impressed with with the minimal amount of features, all of which still provide maximum impact: Eminem completely slaughters ‘No Favors’ (yet doesn’t overpower the main artist), Migos (who are sailing thanks to their latest release, CULTURE) continue to show their abilities on ‘Sacrifices’ and R&B Stalwarts Jeremih, The-Dream and (girlfriend/TWENTY88 member) Jhené Aiko all provide a nice dose of melody and soul on their respective tracks. The closing track — ‘Bigger Than Me’ — also features Starrah and The Flint Chozen Choir, adding to the powerful, inspirational message(s) peppered throughout the album.
I Decided. is polished, but still raw; it’s a continuation of Big Sean’s growth as an artist, perhaps proving just how much he deserves the crown over other, seemingly lazy hitmakers in his group (*ahem* Drake *ahem*).
Images source: Beyonce.com
UPDATE: Following the big reveal yesterday, Beyoncé has now liberated a bunch of pics from her “I’m pregnant” photoshoot (some of which include a fast-growing Blue Ivy). She also revealed some pics from when she was pregnant with Blue Ivy — the conspiracy theorists who believe that she was never with child will hopefully be checking this out as well. Check ’em out below.
Congrats to Beyoncé, JAY Z, Blue Ivy and their entire family! The fact that this was all kept secret is in itself incredibly amazing.
We guess this means that Beyoncé is well past the whole cheating thing…
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.