Ed Sheeran - Small Bump
Anyone that has been following the blog for a while now will know I began gassing about Ed last year March on a next level (if you're interested click this, this or this). He's one of the only artists I'm most excited about. Genuinely excites me. Me and that girl Leatz were on his talent from mad early, alie Leatz?
Watched his performance at Glastonbury where he headlined the BBC Introducing Stage, literally brought a smile to my face to see every one going mad for him. He doesn't have a plastic image, girls don't think he's drop dead gorgeous, but it's just top quality music in it's purest form as it should be.
I like this quote: "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!" from this post (by me) last year April. That song entered the UK charts at number 3 more than a year later. Straight blowing trumpets. *Moves on to saxophone*
He performed this, "Small Bump", a song I hadn't had before. Automatically plugged in as I watched. I won't tell you what it's about because it has a twist, but it involves the joy pregnancy brings based on a true story about a friend and her baby. Joy it brings is only the beginning of the story.
Yet another emotive tale. His album is an automatic purchase. Pre-order ting.
Some man 50+ year old man I know said Ed reminds him of Tracy Chapman. Can definitely hear it on this. And I get annoyed by the "He reminds me of..." sometimes like you, but a comparison doesn't take away from the talent. Especially, when he's just doing him. And Tracy is such a class act.
Rick Ross ft. Lil' Wayne - 9 Piece
Saw Ricky Rozay perform last week. Banger after banger followed by another banger. He has the roads on smash. Loads of roadmen were acting like big fans, moshing, fist pumping, rapping along to everything. The atmosphere was electric. To show how he has man dem on a fan vibe, he took of his white t-shirt, bared his chest, then threw his sweaty white tee in the crowd. Now you've all seen the size of him, so you know the amount of sweat isn't like normal human beings. And men jumped to catch it. Yes, in 2011. Hip hop isn't what it was.
Concert vibe is definitely the best place outside of a car to hear those anthems. They're good set-up for the real party club tunes. Don't make me wanna dance or grab a girl, hence starters.
This here is one of those bangers that gets grown men gassed.
Ace Hood - Hustle Hard
Here's another one of those hip hop anthems. Lex Luger has the roads on smash right now. All his beats sound like they're cut from the same thread, but they do knock. Busy 808's + heavy synths = Lex Luger
Stylo G - Call Me A Yardie
In times where people of Jamaican decent in England are more about cussing their parental/grandparental country, praise assimilation over having their own identity within Britain like previous generations and use the term "Yardie" as a derogatory term, Jamaican born (I think) UK dancehall artist Stylo G wears his Yardie badge with pride.
Definitely one of the bright sparks of the new generation holding up for the Yardies on this hip hop banger. And good on him
He performed at Showtime, the bashment stage show. Check the review of the best non-arena event I've been to here
Starboy Nathan ft. Wretch 32 - Hangover
This is a good track. Heard Ronnie Herel premiere it couple weeks ago on 1Xtra. I dunno why I get Blame It (on the alchol) vibes from it. And I still chuckle at the Starboy bit, he's more "Next door neighbour" Nathan, really.
The ultimate best song right now is
DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne - I'm On One
I got gassed when Ross performed this. This is my jam. I actually like Drake now by the way. I didn't get him before 'cos I always said he's an r&b artist masquerading as a rapper. But that's what his lane is. He isnt a rapper, that's why girls love him. Mentioned it before but he has raised the bar for r&b artists. So, now I treat him as an r&b artist making hip hop I get him. Ross is a rapper, Drake is an r&b dude doing rap. He's like Ja Rule except he caters to the man dem more. And I liked Ja Rule because he didn't blur the lines, so I understood.
So yeah, now I've stopped rejecting him as a rapper, he's good. Plus, he likes dancehall and friends with Mavado.
Krept & Konan freestyle
Not a song, but I just came across this. It has been out since January, surpassed 500k views, so yea, I'm extremely late. I know who these two are, haven't heard a great deal of them, but this makes me wanna get mixtapes.
UK road rap ting is the ting. Straight emotional road life bars. Love Krept's talking about the battle between pursuiting religion but living the road life (despite the Arabic(?) words). Konan goes all the way in. This is the stuff I don't get from US hip hop anymore. The hungry street rap. I like the Adele - Hometown Glory sample too. Sure I've heard that somewhere else from a proper song. Can't remember who's though. Knowing my luck, it's probably them lol.
"They say money won't buy you happiness
But I rather be unhappy inside a Range
I'm sick of cells like my body's not well
If I ain't in a ringer then I got probably got scales" - Konan
South man stand up!
Sidenote: Hometown Glory is from Adele's first album 19 (not the current, 21). I know it through this drum & bass version I prefer Jungle to drum & bass (not base - dunno why people spell it like that), but I can admit that goes hard.
Mavado - Do Road
"Do Road" is simplified from "do my thing on the road". I love when Mavado services the streets. This is ZJ Chrome's new riddim, name Contra. I'm trying to figure who built it. It's either Jordan or Stephen.