Thursday, 29 April 2010

Princess Nyah 'Hooligans' [vid]

Think this is the 3rd video for a song off the 'Diary of a Princess' EP



You see at 1:40, they filmed someone (guessing it's Princess) wearing some peep toes. The next shot is of Ghetts face. Not gonna lie, I chuckled at the thought of Ghetts wearing them shoes. Also, bit disappointed it's in black and white. Why did they show so much of Nyah when Sadie Ama is in the video? Not one close up you know. #Fail

I like this song. Ang tite Ill Blu on the buttons; they're doing a lot right now (remember Crazy Cousins? LMAO). Hold tight Princess Nyah, the one I said is the best female in the scene from last years UK Funky Live (coughdebaclecough) concert. I don't care that she isn't the greatest singer, she blatantly has best written songs for the galdem. I'd standardly get her to write couple tunes for my female artist (if I had one).

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Melanie Fiona interview by Marvin Sparks

Melanie Fiona was born and raised in Toronto to Guyanese parents. Having been signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation management after writing a song for Rihanna, she also opened for Kanye West on his European Tour in 2008. 20th July sees the release of her debut album 'The Bridge' through Universal Motown, lead by the hot single 'Give It to Me Right'.

Marvin Sparks caught up with Melanie Fiona to talk about the "It" in 'Give It to Me Right', being cheated on, to opening for Kanye, her favourite things about UK including her favourite UK artist.

Marvin Sparks: I first heard you when David Rodigan used to play 'Somebody Come Get Me' on his Reggae Show. On VP records annual compilation Reggae Gold the artist is listed as Melanie Hall a.k.a. Syren. How did you come to Melanie Fiona?

Gappy Ranks 'Longtime' [vid]

Second video from the Rising Out of The Ghetto EP (click here for the first). I've actually got it in my yard. Will digest then review in due course.



Tune mad! Mr. Ranks has released some good material over these past couple years. Hope the momentum stays until the eventual release of his long-awaited as-yet untitled album.

Check my interview with him by clicking here.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Little Update Ting

I've looked through my blog and come to the decision that there could possibly be too much bashment on here. I've decided to dedicate this post to some other stuff that has caught my ear/eye recently.

Hold tight Giggs finally getting his own club banger to his name. Track 9 aka Talking The Hardest was a freestyle in 07, dunned dances in 08, still knocks bloody hard. Look What The Cat Dragged in gets numerous wheels. Giggs' ability to jockey a beat leads me to believe he is the ONLY rapper that can handle a dancehall riddim. Giggs better know (female) arse is better than breast.



On a related note, Shadrack and the Mandem have built up a serious rep on the underground and Internet through their videos depicting life on the roadside. The video boasts appearances from street heavyweights Pecknarm rapper Giggs and Jaja Soze from PDC. Beat bangs, video's hard, lyrics heartfelt. Say nada



Yup, it's that time again where I blog about Ed Sheeran. Said it in the last post about him, get familiar with the name and voice 'cause you'll be seeing a lot of him around this blogside. I'll never forget the day I first heard this song on his EP. Instant repeat. In fact, I don't remember hearing the second song off the EP until the second time I listened to the CD, because I'd reached home by the time I'd heard 'The A Team' over 10 times, no hype. Some real emotional soul music right here.



I haven't done an opinionated piece recently. Main thing consuming my brain is politics, and I won't be entering that on here. LONG TING! I'm gonna do one this week. Find I usually tweet my good ideas then forget to blog. Follow me @MarvinSparks. I'm gonna upload some interviews I did, but never posted here in the next few days.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Ciara Riding It [vid]

I don't post these videos for any old reason. Ciara, mmm mmm mmm, damn gurrrl!!! You bad as hell, ma


Check 3:05 she goes to lean on the car but it isn't there so she styles it out hahaha (well I lol'd)

Tunes alright; beat bangs, suggestive lyrics, singer can't sing (more off-notes than on), feature from Ludacris... video's alright; sexy whining, not much clothing... but what more do you expect from modern day r&b? Not much more than this nowadays. Ciara is a badass dancer though. Definitely throws herself back into the mix of the sexiest dancers. Keri Hilson can't move like B, RiRi and CiCi. What's the star abbreviation for Keri? Kez? Kezza!!! Ooo are ya!

Blog comments give me jokes. They'll learn that music started before they were born. I mean one commment on ThatGrapeJuice suggested Ciara copied Beyonce by wearing a fur coat, and chewing gum! Puh-leaze gurlfrend, get ova yaself, shawtay

Which brings me to my next point; before Pop Idol, it's American counterpart etc., and the countless behind the music type documentaries, did casual (emphasis on "casual") fans of music critique music so hard?

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Ed Sheeran - The A Team - A64

Not sure how many times I've blogged about Ed Sheeran (think it may only be the once after seeing him perform at Wired click here), but get used to him. I'm fully on supporting this guy 100%. I'm literally a fan, one of few artists I actually can say I'm a fan of and anticipate hearing stuff from. His 7 track EP 'Loose Change' is definitely worth the loose change (£5 we ballers out 'ere SAN!) paid for it.



The above track, 'The A Team', is my favourite track on the CD. First track on the EP, instant repeat material, so standard was set quite high but I really enjoyed every track on there. Good lyrical content, singing, beats etc. Where the labels at? Sign this guy up!

Hold tight SB showcasing singers on A64, the spin off to the popular F64 series,. Acoustic is the way forward. Not even a Hovis/Warburtons bread ting, this guy SB seems to make right decisions all the time, and has a great ear for talent (maybe 'cos his mum's a good singer too). Deserves all the success he's seeing. Big up yourself three times SB (and thanks for giving me so much blogging material). Check out http://www.sbtv.co.uk/

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Sway F64; my thoughts

You may or may not know the background between me and Sway, so I'll tell yous. I don't think he liked a post I wrote about him (http://marvinsparks.blogspot.com/2009/09/sways-new-song-do-we-care.html). He commented on it then hit me up on Twitter, calling it "interesting". He asked me to review his mixtape, The Delivery, which quite clearly I haven't done. Not because I couldn't be bothered; more I've listened to it, thought it was alright, but haven't got around to reviewing it.

Anyways, his F64



First off, shouts to SB on the 2nd series. Doing a lot fam! F64's have fully got the internet going NUTS!

Absolute demolition job! Quotables and punches for days (although he said "They couldn't see me coming if they were vaginas with spectacles" before. See I listen intently Sway ;) ). I liked "Life's a bitch and I'm C. Brown... I'm just taking the piss with the seat down", "I'm not patient I want to see the doctor first/ Tell them knobs they can hang on - do not disturb", "A lot of rappers talk Bold when they've got the Curve", "I'm the teacher, you're a student you better come to terms/ With it...", "We make your lady gaga with a poker face/ I poke her face so much they call me Pokemon" (or something like that. Flow was too skippy)... you get the point. His delivery was up there with Bashy. I feel he bettered Bashy mainly because he's original. Definitely top 5 F64s

You know what, I'm gonna sum up both the F64 and mixtape in the same paragraph because I think it's that easy. We always knew he could spit, his problem to me (my opinion and all that jazz) and those who tweeted me to say they agreed with my post, is we know he can spit, but spitting is only half the job. Many rappers can spit, problem is when they come to put a collection of serious work together, something falls short/lacking. You have stand out tracks, then the others.

The Delivery mixtape review

When I've played the mixtape in my car, people have said "Who's that Sway? He's fallen off man." I tell them the tape isn't that bad, because it isn't. It isn't that great either.

Stand out tracks: Just A Matter of Time (feat Akon), How Low freestyle, he goes in on I Declare War ("I'm still 20 but the people I move with are close to 50 like Whookid"), CB (feat Bigz), I Wanna Rock freestyle, Skool Woz Kool (sounds like his version of Asher Roth's 'I Love College) could easily be an album cut.

Can't remember what track he said it on, but "You're 279, no listeners" hard line. The singing on Broke Love gave me joke. Even with Autotune, Sway's voice didn't cut it, bless him (if it isn't him, llow me). Overall good beat jack selection (Luda's 'How Low', Rihanna's 'Hard', Snoop's 'I Wanna Rock', as well as David Guetta's 'Sexy Bitch' and a reworked version of Eurythmic classic 'Sweet Dreams' where Sweet Dreams is switched with 'CB' (cock blockers) aka industry blockers.

True Stories has a big line up which includes labelmate Kardinal Offishall and a surpise appearance from Styles P.

So yeah, it's alright innit. I'd give it 3/5 for a mixtape. Would this have translated well as an album? No. Unlike the Drake's and J. Cole's of this world who released mixtapes that could easily sit on shelves next to the best albums that year, this is a mixtape where he's flexing his muscules as a spitter that we know he is capable of.

Maybe we can do an interview to clear up a few of these bits you claim I missed out. Give us the fans who think like I do a clearer view to Sway, dispel a couple of misconceptions. Remember we the fans don't see the whole picture including behind the scenes struggle. What see most of the time is the end result. Holla at me chale ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Gyptian featuring Nicki Minaj - Hold You remix

In my blog (Blogged about the video for the original here: http://marvinsparks.blogspot.com/2010/03/gyptian-hold-you-video.html If you like it, you can purchase from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hold-you-single/id359487865), I requested remixes of this tune, so you can imagine how happy, but moreso surprised to read "Gyptian feat Nicki Minaj Hold You remix" all toghether on one line, and it actually being real, not a cut and paste jobby!



Nicki deal with the riddim a way (very well)! I think she has Trini in her. Goes in, nice to hear an non-cringeworthy Yard accent without outdated. She all took time out to big up garrison areas Waterhouse, Jungle and Rema.



Is hers better than Mama Saw?



Said to my friend, it's like all the best female rappers have a sort of connection to Jamaica/Caribbean; be it blood or imitation. Foxy Brown is half-Trini (half deaf too, and pretty rubbish but she's still hot); Lil Kim used to bang out the Yardie accent regularly (RIP her looks), was being sued by Lady Saw (or Tanya Stephens) for using her lyrics (what happened with that?); Lauryn Hill married and had kids with Rowan Marley (they still married?), both loved and heavily influenced by reggae music; Eve once tweeted Jamaica is her favourite place, Tambourine dance in the song of same name; Missy uses the accent, song with Vybz Kartel, used heel-and-toe in her choreography towards the end of Get Ur Freak On, and was in Jamaica when Aaliyah died; I bet Queen Latifah and them all smoked weed at one point so yeah, all of them.

Jah blessed that island

Disclaimer: I am not calling Nicki Minaj a legend or putting her on par with the artists mentioned, she's currently the hottest by a long shot though

Friday, 9 April 2010

My Top 5 Tunes For Summer

Sun is in the sky, music sounds so much better with sun, especially my chosen genre, reggae/dancehall. Well obviously, it's made in the sun so naturally it feels summery.

Anyways, I always get asked about hottest songs, 'cos many people don't keep up with dancehall/bashment and reggae like I do plus they appreciate my ears to the streets and the speaker box. I appreciate that trust greatly, there are DJs I rate that rate my opinion. My top 5 picks for summer from a Euro-centric point of view, as of songs released to date, in no particular order are:

First up, the "Gully Gad" Mavado's seductive 'Come Into My Room' featuring vocals on the chorus from the Gully Squad's first lady Stacious. Guys you are guaranteed to get a slow whine this summer to this tune, unless it's the stush UK Funky girls that like high-tempo music so they can dance with their girls



Next up, Gyptian's 'Hold You'. Bwoy, this tune has the reggae world in the Caribbean, mainland Europe and US going crazy but yet to take off in the UK. As blogged before, I see 1Xtra playlisting this in due course, not sure if it'll take off in them top 40 urban clubs with the UK funky/Choice FM crowd. but I can see it taking off in Africa for sure. Verging on 2million hits on audio + 70,000 hits for the video in one week is big, especially for a reggae tune with near enough 0 marketing spend! Most played on US radio, UK usually on a follow back tip, so possibly.



I have 100% faith that 'Clarks' by Vybz Kartel is going to be a smash in top 40 urban clubs. Everyone will mix it with 'Click Mi Finger' by Erup (quote me on that). One of the staple songs in every DJ's "bashment" playlist.



Clarkes by Vybz Kartel, Popcaan & Gaza Slim is available to own legally via iTunes. Click here

For those who don't understand what I mean by "top 40 urban clubs", they are the mainstream crowd, those that don't really have a passion for music, they go out to clubs to dress up, be out in a safe/corny club/event, have fun dancing to the most popular songs then go home. They play the most dated, cliche reggae/"bashment" songs known to man, and that's all they play. For a new song to be played in there, it's like dancehall breaking into the UK commercial top 40 to me.

Anyways, on to the roots reggae listeners, I got you. All my mainland Europeans will love this too, as I'm sure the Africans will. Jazzwad, producer that went from UK to Jamaica (worked heavily with Bounty Killer when he just buss, plus many others including Sizzla, Capleton etc.) turned Autotuned up singer drops what I feel will be the lovers tune for 010 in Your Place or Mine. Pirates will rinse this. Ahh man, this is straight evening, sunset, dinner on the balcony, car windows down bass thumping, stroll in the park music. Love it!



Click to buy 'your Place or Mine' by Jazzwad from iTunes

Lastly, this is a riddim want to do well. Isn't getting much play at the moment, but I think it's a bloody good riddim, so DJs if you can hear me, get the Rose Gold produced, Christopher Birch (member of Shaggy's Big Yard camp) built 'Roof Top' riddim. This is off the back of the popular Street Bullies riddim (Vybz Kartel 'Slow Motion' which may actually do well cos it buss quite late), as well as the Baddaz riddim (Lisa Hype ft. Vybz Kartel 'How You Do It Like That'). Previously known for Elephant Man's Gangsta Rock, plus many other big riddims in the early to mid 00s.

Listen out for the Flippa Mafia ( free Flippa), Beenie Man and Mavado (give them back their VISAs), and Charley Black who is doing well.



Honourable mention to Cosa Nostra riddim. It was a toss up between Cosa Nostra and Roof Top.





If they do well, refer to this post

Vybz Kartel "Clarks mi prefer"

Despite falling out with some/most/damn near all of the main players in the reggae/dancehall industry through either disrespectful lyrics on songs, explicit pictures, accusations of ordering beatdowns on former members of the Gaza camp/Portmore Empire, deejay of the year in both 08 and 09 has released a banger for the summer.



Who said traditional dancehall was dead?! Once again, dancehall is starting to kick again this time of the year. Nuff riddims released from earlier this year seem to be picking up heat as well as new riddims dropping. Maybe it's down to sun in sky for me.

Even former B2K front man Omarion tweeted "Waan gwaan popcaan!! "CLARKES" VYZB KaRtel!" (click here for the proof) We'll excuse the minor typo, it isn't that big a deal.

My bredrin in Jamaica told me you can't find Clarks to buy in stores in Jamaica. Kartel, tell Clarks "cut di cheque!"

Clarks will be dropped next to Nuh Linga, Click Mi Finger and/or Sweep throughout the year. The talk will be "If you got Clarks on, show them off" or words to that effect then Nuh Linga, followed by Sweep if the DJ & mic man have sense

Russian produced the remix Clarks Again



Despite the more "international" sound, this isn't the one getting the most play of the 2. Guess it goes to show what the public prefer to hear from dancehall...

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Gappy Ranks - Rising Out Of The Ghetto [Video]

Check out UK dancehall/bashment/reggae's hottest property Gappy Ranks' new video Rising Out of the Ghetto (Produced by Dolomite for Suncycle).


(Filmed & Edited by Simon " Spliffberg " Favier)

Taken from " RISING OUT OF THE GHETTO " - DIGITAL EP - IN STORES APRIL 16TH

Check my interview with Gappy Ranks by clicking here (yes click what you are reading for the old dears)


What you think? Good song? Bad song? Can gwaan? Mad decent? Shot? Sell weh?

Memorial for Martin Luther King

I think this is something the people dem will be interested in.


The month of April marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are commemorating the life and work of Dr. King by creating a memorial in our nation's capital. The Washington, DC, Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial will honor his life and contributions to the world through non violent social change.

After years of fund raising, the memorial is now $14 million away from its $120 million goal. This will be more than a monument to a great humanitarian, the National Memorial will be a place for visitors from around the world to share the spirit of love, freedom, and peace.
For more info: http://mlkmemorialnews.org/

www.BuildTheDream.org
Twitter @mlkmemorial
www.Facebook.com/MLKNationalMemorial

RIP Martin Luther King