Big news for Boy Better Know member Shorty: next week (9th December), he’ll be releasing his new album Moesh Music. First, he decided to liberate a new Risky Roadz-shot visual for ‘Meant To Be’, featuring Skepta; you can check that out above.
Pre-order Moesh Music here. Currently, the two are making history at Ally Pally for Skepta’s headliner.
Top Of The Pops is gearing for their Christmas Day and New Years’ Eve broadcasts, and the line-up for both look pretty good. Christmas will see Mercury Prize winner Skepta alongside Zara Larsson, Olly Murs and Clean Bandit (sans Neil Amin-Smith). Meanwhile, Due Lipa, Craig David and Blossoms will be hitting the stage for New Years’ Day.
The shows will be hosted by Reggie Yates and Fearne Cotton; you can check out more info on Top Of The Pops here.
When we first heard Wiley’s latest track (via Beats 1), we were pretty much stamped in regards to how great Godfather would be. Now, said track — U Were Always, Pt. 2, which features Skepta and Belly — gets a crazy new visual courtesy of Ceon Broughton.
Check that clip out above; Godfather — which drops 13th January — can be pre-ordered via iTunes.
Great news for those who weren’t able to nab tickets to Skepta’s forthcoming Ally Pally show: the sold-out date will be live-streamed via Apple Music. Nothing else to say except to get your devices ready.
Levi’s Music Project continues to make strides in London; this time, they head north to Tottenham for mini-documentary (courtesy of Noisey). Within the clip, we get to see the likes of Skepta (and his sister, Julie Adenuga), Wretch 32, Manoj Ambasna, Stafford Scott and Avelino speaking on where they coming from, and how the youth clubs, estates and more helped to make their part of North London home.
Check out Once Upon A Time In North London in North London above.
This is MADNESS. Last Friday, Giggs did something that has been all but impossible throughout his career: he performed a headliner at London’s O2 Forum in support of his latest album Landlord. If you missed it, here’s a bit of FOMO for you: just look at the response during his performance of ‘Whippin Excursion’, both on stage (Skepta!) and in the crowd.
Shout out to GRM Daily for the recap footage. UPDATE: Link Up TV blesses the world with a full documentary of the entire concert. Check that out below.
In a recent interview with the Evening Standard, Mercury Prize winner Skepta revealed that he is currently working on a Grime film that centres around his famous collective Boy Better Know (“It’s going to be about Boy Better Know but not in [a completely] autobiographical way”). He also confirmed that he’s working with Drake (as a consultant) for the revival of the legendary series Top Boy and that he would be open to working with Adele:
With Drake and Adele, I’m happy firstly that they respect me as an artist and a man… Adele texts me all the time and keeps me in check. She speaks to me about how things are going. She’s one of the people I know that, from her example alone, you can move in a certain way where you’re not inviting fame.
Before the release of his new album Live & Direct, P Money links with Boy Better Know’s Jme and Wiley in the new visual for ‘Gunfingers’, produced by Skepta. Liberated via The FADER, the OGz representative explains the track:
Gunfingers is a sign of expression… It’s a positive move, something a grime beat or vocal naturally makes us do. It’s a symbol we promote in response to a tune we love. It’s been with us for decades hence the old school feel of the track and video. I wanted you to feel and see the atmospheres of pirate radio, studio, and the ends.
Check it out above and pre-order Live & Direct via iTunes.
This year’s Q Awards is set to take place tonight at London’s Roundhouse, and there are some big names expected given the nominees listed:
The most notable name is David Bowie, whose Blackstar release was posthumously nominated for Best Album, alongside Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams, The 1975’s I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, Bastille’s Wild World and Christine And The Queens Chaleur Humaine.
Other notables include Skepta (who was nominated for Best Track thanks to ‘Man’), Muse, U2, PH Harvey, Noel Gallagher, Lady Leshurr, Beyoncé, Jack Garratt and more. You can check out the full nominees list here.