Jhené Aiko Talks Big Sean, New Music & More In New Interviews

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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.

Big Sean – ‘Halfway Off The Balcony’; SNL Performance (Video)

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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).


REVIEW: Wiley – Godfather

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First off: let’s not waste any time here — Wiley’s new album, Godfather, is one of the best Grime albums we’ve heard in a long time. With that said, here’s why:

For starters (and this is not a diss), Wiley eschewed the approach of other recent Grime projects that have pushed the culture further into the mainstream with a more Hip-Hop approach (this includes in inclusion of big names from that realm); instead, Godfather remained as close to the core of Eskibeat as possible while keeping things fresh. Twisting that dial even further, Wiley chose to stick with Grime vets over members of the younger generation this go ’round, specifically members of the collectives that he’s affiliated with — Skepta, Jme, P Money, Chip, Ice Kid, Frisco, J2K, Lethal Bizzle, Scratchy, Manga, Ghetts, Newham Generals and more make appearances.

The production is no joke, either: in addition to his own contributions behind the boards (example: the hard-hitting opener ‘Birds n Bars’), he also linked with Preditah, Rude Kid, Teddy Music, Darq E Freaker, Zeph Ellis, Swifta Beater and Kid D. All adding to a cohesive body of work that improves upon 2014’s Snakes & Ladders.

Long story short: Wiley’s here to keep what he helped to create going strong. If you like pure, unadulterated Grime, here’s one hell of a way to kick off your 2017.

CHECK OUT: Lethal Bizzle Talks Past & Present With DJ Target

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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.

Wiley Is Officially Back With ‘Godfather’ (Stream)

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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.


Wiley Talks (Theoretically) Retiring, Grime, Kano & More In New Interview

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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.

You can check out the full editorial over at Noisey; we’ve included a few excerpts below. Godfather is released this Friday (13th January).

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.

DOPE: Dapz On The Map (Video)

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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.

Marvel Creates More Hip-Hop-Inspired Covers

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UPDATE: Just added three more covers. We’ll continue to add as we see them.

UPDATE #2: All covers have been revealed, which you can check out below.

UPDATE #3: Three new covers added, inspired by Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon and Kool Keith.

UPDATE #4: More covers — this time, in honour of Ice Cube, Digable Planets, Method Man and more.

UPDATE #5: In the latest batch, Iggy Azalea, Drake, Future, Tupac Shakur, Missy Elliott, JAY Z, Mos Def and more have their classic covers reimagined.

UPDATE #6: Yep — more variants added below! Chance The Rapper, LL Cool J, Wu-Tang Clan and Kevin Gates get nods.

UPDATE #7: The variants continue: Future, Consequence, Masta Ace, Blackalicious and Czarface get some great looks this go ’round.

UPDATE #8: Even more variants, this time for Kanye West, Vic Mensa and JAY Z. You can probably see even more in the coming days via (Marvel Editor-In-Chief) Axel Alonso’s Twitter.

Marvel is no stranger to Hip-Hop culture, and their latest project shows just how connected they still are — the comic book entity is releasing a collection of alternative Hip-Hop covers featuring some of their most known characters. Both superheroes and villains join in on the fun, re-creating the likes of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Trying and more.

Above and below, you can check out 11 initial artwork variants…according to Marvel, we can expect more than 50 of these before they’re finished. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso spoke on the artwork project:

For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue. Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces.

CHECK OUT: Giggs’ Red Bull Music Academy Lecture (Video)

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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.