Kanye West’s One Off Show In London With BBK And Others!

Live Nation surprised everyone yesterday evening when they announced that Kanye West would be doing a one off show in Koko, with doors opening at 11pm, on that same night.

If this was not enough to surprise you, it was also announced that Skepta alongside BBK would also be appearing at the show to perform as well. From the Brits performance with Kanye West & the Grime scene, if people did not know much about Grime, they will definitely start showing interest now.

At Koko last night, Kanye West brought out Big Sean, Raekwon, and Vic Mensa, whilst Skepta appeared on stage with BBK, Meridian Dan and Novelist.

(Kanye West performing ‘All Day’)

(Big Sean perfoming ‘I D F W U’ with Kanye West etc on stage)

(Skepta performing ‘Its Not Safe’ with BBK etc on stage)

By Kanye West doing this one off show, he has helped to begin bridging the gap between the UK and the US. He has helped Skepta and everyone else in the Grime scene to be more recognised, so when they do break in the US, everyone will already have an idea about them all.

Where Kanye West was known to be untouchable it seems now he is openly collaborating with various artists, as if he is giving back to the industry, which is always a great thing to do, and you do not see many artist’s doing this. It is pretty much what Skepta is doing over here for the UK music scene.

With Drake also showing interest in Skepta, hopefully we will soon see a Drake x Kanye West x Skepta track soon to surface.

Kendrick Lamar releases new single ‘The Blacker The Berry’

Kendrick Lamar had a good night last night as he won 2 Grammy’s for his track ‘i’.

Today he has released  ‘The Blacker The Berry’, where King Kendrick does what he does best.. unleashes on the track, expressing his thoughts, whilst leaving everyone else thinking about his message..

Listen to the track below:

 

The Grammy Awards

So The Grammy Awards was on last night, the biggest music event in the world, which music fans across the globe always constantly anticipate!

I stayed up past 4am till the very end to watch all the action that happened in the Staples Center.

Sam Smith did indeed do the UK proud, as he scooped up all the Grammy’s he was nominated for, which included ‘Stay With Me’ winning best song of the year and best record of the year. He also won best new artist and best pop vocal album for ‘In The Lonely Hour’.

When Sam went to pick up the award for the best record of the year his speech was dedicated to his ex as he said “Thank you so much for breaking my heart, you got me four Grammy’s.”  I had a bit of a Adele flashback there at that point, as I am sure she said the same thing when she cleared up the Grammy’s last time. However the awards were well deserved for him, as he was the only solo artist to sell over a million albums in the UK & US.

Album of the year went to Beck, and there were a few unhappy individuals, which included Kanye West who thought the award should of gone to Beyonce. Kanye did a Kanye on the night as Beck went to accept the award, as he walked up the stairs to be on stage with them, but he did not interrupt, instead he smiled and laughed it off and kept his thoughts to himself! Even Jay Z and Beyonce looked on horrified about what he was going to do, but instead everyone just ended up laughing about it, which kept the night running smoothly. Kanye did however share his true feelings after the show claiming that he believed Beck should of given the award to Beyonce as Beyonce’s album had so much creativity, that it deserved the award more.

(Kanye going on stage when Beck received the award)

(Beyonce & Jay Z’s reaction to Kanye going on stage with Beck)

However regardless of loosing out on album of the year, Beyonce did still win three awards, as did Pharrell Williams and Rosanne Cash.

Rihanna and Eminem were also amongst the Grammy winners for their collaboration for ‘The Monster’, as well as him winning best rap album of the year as well.

The line up of performances included Katy Perry, Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Sia, and many more. Duets included Jessie J and Tom Jones, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett and Hozier and Annie Lennox.

Ed Sheeran was nominated for three awards, however did not win any, which was unlucky, but still put on a great performance!

Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne won best dance recording. Aphex Twin won best dance/electronic album for Syro.

@Rihanna, @KanyeWest & @PaulMcCartney – ‘FourFiveSeconds’

Like me, I am sure you have all been patiently waiting for Rihanna to release her first music video, since her last album in 2012. This is way overdue! Finally Princess RiRi is back!

The video is shot in black & white, and comes across simplistic, yet iconic with the denim choice of attire, as it seems Kanye’s creative skills are written all over this video.

“Kanye came up with the idea of doing just some real street, denim, all-American-type look,” said Rihanna. “Denim never goes out of style; it’s classic, it’s iconic, just like the fucking Beatles.”

Watch Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – ‘FourFiveSeconds’ below:

‘The Den’ at Old Blue Last

Last night, Frisco launched ‘The Den’, which is a new grime night that could be held on a monthly basis. The venue  was small and intimate, as it was at the Old Blue Last, upstairs.

The performances began at 10pm starting with Smila & Frisco, which got the crowd buzzing. Then Shakka came on after to get the crowd even more hype.

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Skepta joined the stage straight after to perform ‘It’s Not Safe’, and literally at that point, the mosh pit, yeah it was not safe at all! I can’t even lie, I even joined in myself, it was too good, I had been waiting to hear Skepta perform the single live as well, as I never caught it at Eskimo Dance.

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Jammer & Discarda came on to perform, with Frisco joining them as well as Skepta, as they were all on stage performing individually, as well as together.

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It was hard to get proper clear pictures, as the crowd was jumping up & down all night, including me of course!

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Just before 11pm Frisco brought out Stush to perform her single, which featured him too. She had the crowd cheering!

At 11pm  Shorty v Skepta the clash begins! This was actually too hilarious, me being a big football fan myself, I really enjoyed the banter and clearly everyone else in the room did, as everyone was laughing out loud and cheering. This was a nice touch to the event.

Later it was seen that Logan Sama was running late, as he was performing at Boiler Room that night as well, however this did not phase Frisco, as he kept the night going regardless. He let Maximum cut to the music to keep the night flowing. That was very well handled.

The event was purely good vibes, with a chilled atmosphere, as everyone’s attire clearly showed, until the performances began of course! Then it went manic, but a good manic!

Cheap drinks & cheap entry, what more could you ask for? Frisco definitely did a good job with everything, there are no criticisms.

The only thing I would say is that I feel the venue should be bigger next time, as there is clearly a big audience this event appeals to, therefore a bigger venue would be just what this event needs. However I understood the intimate venue aspect of it, I think it did fit in well with the launch for the event. It almost reminded me of back in the days when everyone had their Grime clashes & performances in the underground type venues.

Overall very pleased with the night. I will be so happy if this was a consistent monthly based event, as this is something that was missing in the scene. To be honest I felt I enjoyed the Den way more than Eskimo Dance, as I felt Eskimo Dance lost it’s touch when it became too organised. Last night The Den was not organised as each MC came on stage to perform individually but they also performed alongside each other then they had a clash as well, including freestyles. This shows it was not organised one by one, everyone just joined together as Grime should not be organised, it should flow naturally, and big up to Frisco for clearly demonstrating that. Well done!

 

 

Princess RiRi is back with a new single!

Rihanna recently released her single ‘Four Five Seconds’ which features Kanye West and Paul McCartney. This is her first release since her album Unapologetic, which was released in November 2012. The song is very different, as Rihanna is the type of artist who never makes any tracks which sound the same. This is what makes her a good artist. With each album she always brings a different sound to her music. This one is definitely different as all three artists feature on this acoustic track, where Rihanna’s vocals do sound pleasing to the ear. If that is not enough to make you like this single, also be prepared to hear Kanye sing as well, you wouldn’t want to miss that!

Charlton v Brighton

10 January 2015

When arriving at the valley, the question at mind was whether Charlton would beat the Seagulls, as the last time I saw Brighton play, they won 0-2 against Fulham. So this was the second time I was seeing Brighton away and as they played really well the last time, I entered the valley expecting to see them perform well again.

The problem was that even though Charlton did play good at times, they could not seem to finish off any of their chances. They really lacked  power upfront. Their shots were either straight to the goalkeeper or off target. The player that disappointed me the most was Lawrie Wilson, as he was playing so poor. He literally was nowhere near the ball or when he was, he would quickly pass it to someone else rather than creating any chances for Charlton. It seemed like he did not actually want to be anywhere near the ball to be honest, so he was terrible to watch on the pitch.

The first half was equal for both sides, however in the second half Brighton took the lead and it seemed to be Brighton to be the team that dominated more and were actually trying to create chances, however Charlton did come close in the last remaining minutes but sadly did not quite get there. The match ended Charlton 0-1 Brighton.

 

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Eskimo Dance

27 December 2014

I don’t think that Eskimo Dance will ever match up to the first one they brought back in 2012. That Eskimo Dance had all the MC’s on stage freestyling and performing together. Since 2013 I feel that Eskimo Dance has become so much more organised, but not in a good way.

Grime should not be organised, as it is known for freestyles and everyone just spitting their bars on the mic one after the other. Now it’s like an MC is set to perform a time slot of 15 minutes, no crews just an MC. We want to see OGZ but on the line up we just see P Money. We want to see Newham Generals but on the line up we just see D Double E. The time their on stage is not even long.

For the 2014 London Eskimo Dance we saw P Money grace to stage but he brought out Little Dee and Blacks which was a great surprise. BBK shut it down in the end, whilst having majority of them on stage, however I felt like these sets were not long enough so sadly was not enjoyable overall. I feel like majority of the time for the event is spent on DJ sets and playing random Garage tracks, which is understandable as that is where Grime originates from, but at the same time is not what people have paid to see.

For the past year we’ve seen Eskimo Dance has gone abroad, I feel like the London fans cherish the London Eskimo Dance, as it is now once a year. So as we wait so long for the event to approach us, it is sad when you don’t see and experience what you expected to.

I did not even get to hear Skepta perform ‘It’s Not Safe’ . Ghetts didn’t even get to be on for that long. OGz and BBK’s set was too short as well.

The below pics are from the last performance of the night, which was BBK.

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Fulham v Brighton Live

29 December 2014

As I was seeing Fulham at home for the first time, I was excited to see how Scott Parker would play. However Fulham were poor during this game, including Scott.

Brighton were more clinical up front, which therefore gave them the advantage to win the match. Fulham lacked any creativity and were not creating any chances.

The final score was Fulham 0-2 Brighton. The Fulham side was as quiet as there fans were, whereas Brighton fans were cheering to the top of their lungs, chanting everything throughout the whole match. They had as much energy as the Brighton players on the pitch.
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