Squid Share Robert Wyatt, Steve Reich Covers

All proceeds to to Bristol Food Bank…

Squid have shared two covers, with all proceeds going to charity.

The group have placed the pieces on Bandcamp, and it finds them honouring two heroes.

‘Pigs (In There)’ is originally by the venerable Robert Wyatt, while ‘Clapping Music’ is an augmentation of a Steve Reich composition.

Turning these into something definitively Squid-like, all money raised from the release will go to Bristol Food Bank.

Say the band:

“We’ve all been affected by Covid in some way, but for people who were already struggling, the pandemic has increased the likelihood of lasting difficulties that will continue after lockdown comes to an end. All of the proceeds from this release will be given to the East Bristol Food Bank who are offering vital support in the local area, covering the whole city across five outlets. For more information go to www.eastbristol.foodbank.org.uk”.

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Natalie Duncan Shares Gilded New Single ‘Sirens’

It's the first release on Goldie's Fallen Tree 1Hundred imprint…

UK neo-soul vocalist Natalie Duncan has shared her new single ‘Sirens’.

The song is the very first release on Fallen Tree 1Hundred, Goldie’s freshly minted imprint.

‘Siren’ is also the first blast from the songwriter’s new album, with ‘Free’ set to land later in the year.

Stripping back her sound, the material on the record was sketched out at her piano, resulting in a fresh, organic sound.

She says: “I’m a pianist first and foremost and that’s how I always write my songs: they begin life on the piano before I start mapping out arrangements for other instruments. I knew that I wanted simplicity in this album, which is why there aren’t thick sonic layers and grand orchestration.”

The hushed tones of ‘Sirens’ have another root – it was penned while Natalie Duncan was recovering from vocal surgery.

Natalie says: “I initially wrote the piano and I whistled the vocals because I wasn’t able to talk at the time. It was a very frustrating writing process, but it was so euphoric the first time I was able to sing the chorus line ‘Can you make me fly’ — it felt like my voice was finally free and flying again.”

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Why Are UK Rappers Shooting Videos During Lockdown?

Sneakbo has been forced to apologise…

Sneakbo has been forced to apologise after organising a video shoot during lockdown.

The rapper gave fans a shout out on social media, urging them to get to Aylesbury to shoot his new video.

Saying he wanted “to see everyone on the block”, Sneakbo got his wish with more than 200 people attending.

Police and residents were shocked, with the rapper later forced to give an official apology.

Writing on Instagram, he said: “Last Friday I shot a video in Aylesbury. I thought I would be able to control the situation and keep everyone safe…”

Sneakbo continued: “I now realise how irresponsible and thoughtless that was and want to apologise for this totally regrettable decision.”

But he’s not the only one. Fredo has also received criticism for his new video, which contains a number of signs that it was shot after lockdown began and doesn’t use social distancing guidelines.

How we turning up after lockdown
 @fredo #crepplug pic.twitter.com/EYU7BQQO1g

— Crep Plug (@CrepPlug) May 19, 2020

So, why do it? Today – May 28th – the UK was reported to have had 60,000 excess deaths since the pandemic began.

It’s not worth it, guys…

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Southbank Centre Could Remain Shut Until “At Least” April 2021

London venue urges government to extend support to cultural sector…

London arts hub Southbank Centre could remain shut until “at least” April 2021, it has warned.

Established in the aftermath of the Second World War, the Southbank Centre hosts over 3500 events a year, welcoming enough visitors to fill Wembley Stadium fifty times over.

Currently shut due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the centre has now warned that it might not re-open until “at least” Spring next year.

Remaining shut until April 2021 is feasible, the centre warns, with reserves set to run out by September 2020.

The charity that runs the Southbank Centre says its best case scenario from the 2020/2021 financial year is a £5 million loss, and warns lay off could be inevitable if further support is not secured.

Elaine Bedell, Chief Executive, Southbank Centre, says:

“It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we today share further details about the future of the Southbank Centre. We know we are not alone in this and stand with our friends, partners, and colleagues – both here in the UK and abroad – during this time of unprecedented challenge.”

“With eight orchestras, the National Poetry Library, and Arts Council Collection all calling us home, and playing host to over 4.45 million visitors each year, we’re doing all we can to safeguard the Southbank Centre we currently know and love for the years ahead.”

“However, this crisis has hit hard, and we join a number of other organisations and venues in sounding the alarm about the long-term health of UK arts and culture. The Southbank Centre’s own history is traced directly to the 1951 Festival of Britain.”

“Here, the post-war government recognised how vital arts and culture were to the health and well-being of a traumatised nation. Just as the South Bank was a focal point of social and economic recovery then, we hope that we’ll emerge from this crisis to an even brighter future, throwing our doors wide open once more.”

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DarkStarGraver Hits Hard On ‘Seeing The Signs’

"I want to be real with my thoughts and experiences…"

DarkStarGraver uses music as a tool.

It’s his interface with the wider world, a means to prompt true communication – in short, he cuts a little deeper than most.

The south coast rap talent interpolates Stateside styles while adding some UK grit, the darkness in his sound coming from personal issues.

Introductory singles ‘CodeRED’ and ‘Snakes & Ladders’ caused a ruckus, with a full EP incoming.

The material is prompted by “the mental and spiritual changes I went through,” he says, “my personal chrysalis from light to dark…”

It’s a process that comes through clearest of all on new single ‘Seeing The Signs’ – road rap with some trap leanings, the bruising production underpins a stellar performance on the mic.

He says: “I’m not afraid of showing my deepest vulnerabilities or being open with my emotions, I feel it’s important to share my personal truths, and while this can be intense, I want to be real with my thoughts and experiences.”

“Making this EP was a moment of self-discovery for me, as I had to let go of the people and things that were no longer doing any good for me, in order to serve my highest purpose. I had to burn a couple bridges along the way to find peace within myself, this feels like a real journey start to finish.”

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Next Wave #965: The Mysterines

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Genre-bending band The Mysterines are Lia Metcalfe (vocals/guitar) and George Favager (bass). A classic rock-leaning sound with a fearless, punk-ish energy, they’ve toured with Miles Kane, Royal Blood and, most recently, The Amazons. “That was boss. It was a big learning curve, that tour,” Lia says about touring with The Amazons. Watching them play to big crowds was “great” with The Amazons offering “loads of advice” too.

With previous tracks, for example ’Who’s Ur Girl’ and ‘Love’s Not Enough’, they have showcased their grungey, Bluesy sound and they took these songs on the road with them when they toured the UK earlier this year (in February). It was their first headline tour and it sold out. “It was good to play the new stuff and hear what people thought. The feedback was great”.

Their new single, ‘I Win Every Time’, takes them in a heavier direction. Their sound has been described as having elements of Nirvana at their wildest. “I think it reflects more of what the debut album’s going to be in terms of sound and lyrics,” explains Lia. “It’s definitely a new idea for the band. I think it’s just a lot more mature. When we released the earlier stuff, especially the first EP, I was really young when I was writing that.I think (‘I Win Every TIme’) is a bit more developed and thought out and there’s more of a plan ahead with the album and what we want it to sound like so it’s just a clearer vision really”.

Lia, a natural songwriter, has been penning her lyrics since she was “like 8 (years old) or something stupid”. “I’ve always liked writing,” she says. “I’ve always been inspired by lots of things. I couldn’t really pin point it to one thing”. She attributes reading a lot and watching films as helping inspire her songwriting. Matched with her killer vocals, Metcalfe’s lyrics make for a compelling listen.

The Mysterines formed as school friends from Liverpool. “We all just met when we were really young. We’ve been doing it for years,” Lia says. “It all went from there really”. They released their debut EP ‘Take Control’ in summer of last year and are now working on their debut album. “(We’ve) been writing a lot over lockdown. We’ve got a few demos and everything’s working together really well and all the sounds complement each other. All the songs are really strong so I’m looking forward to continuing writing it. Eventually, when it’s done, it should be great”.

Things are looking good for The Mysterines. With a banging new single out and more new music to follow, they’re definitely heading for big things.

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Words: Narzra Ahmed
Photo Credit: Phoebe Jane Barrett

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Rina Sawayama’s ‘Bad Friend’ Video Flips The Song On Its Head

It's an intense film-noir homage…

Rina Sawayama has shared the full video for new single ‘Bad Friend’.

The pop auteur released her storming debut album earlier this year, a record replete with near boundless highlights.

‘Bad Friend’ was an immediate fan favourite, but the new video for the song flips the meaning on its head.

The clip is an intense film-noir homage, in which Rina plays a man at a bar, ruminating on the past.

She explains…

“The ‘Bad Friend’ video was one of the last videos we shot before UK lockdown with director Ali Kurr (STFU!, XS). We had so much fun making this, as it was my first time doing stunts and being in prosthetic makeup. The song is about the heartbreak of losing a friendship and realising that you were the cause of the breakdown.”

“When you hear the song, this is not the video you imagine – but that’s exactly what we wanted. The music video is a reimagining of the themes in Bad Friend; of longing, loss, self-hate and ultimately self-love.”

“Choosing a slow, film noir style focuses all the attention on performance and acting, which was definitely very daunting, but I had so much fun making a video that is so wildly different from my previous videos.”

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Watch Damon Albarn’s Beautiful Isolation Performance

Previewing new album 'The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows'…

Damon Albarn has shared a new live stream performance clip.

The songwriter’s new album ‘The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows’ lands later this year, a record inspired by Icelandic landscapes.

A proposed tour was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with Damon Albarn forced into lockdown.

Joining forces with Boiler Room, the UK artist has presented a new live stream, performing the project solo from his studio.

It’s a beautiful watch – there’s a sense of longing in his voice, aligned to the perfect simplicity of the set up.

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Mercury Nominated Rapper Ty Has Died

He had contracted coronavirus…

Mercury nominated rapper Ty has died, it has been confirmed.

The British-Nigerian artist – real name Ben Chijioke – was much loved figure within the UK hip-hop community, both for his warm, outgoing personality and his skills on the mic.

Nominated for the Mercury with his album ‘Upwards’, he contracted coronavirus earlier this year.

Admitted to hospital, an online fundraising account was set up to aid him, and it was reported earlier in the week that his condition had improved.

Sadly, The Voice has confirmed tonight – May 7th – that Ty has passed away at the age of 47.

Enormously sad news, his passing has prompted a wave of mourning across UK music.

If ever there was a time to discover your new favourite MC, or to re-visit some old classics, it’s now.

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Raleigh Ritchie Details New Project ‘Andy’

Check out his new single 'Aristocrats'…

Raleigh Ritchie will release new project ‘Andy’ later this year.

It’s now four years since the songwriter released his debut album ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’, a period in which he has reflected on identity, and how best to express this.

An acclaimed actor – his roles include Game Of Thrones – Raleigh returns to music for new project ‘Andy’.

Due out this summer, it’s led by ‘Aristocrats’, a song that seems to pick up on fixations with national identity, the imperial legacy, and the manner in which this impacts on POC in the UK today.

Raleigh states:

“British history is complicated, especially as a POC. And history is everything, it’s what we learn from to help us build our future. In school I didn’t learn much about British history aside from the country’s victories and a version of some of it’s atrocities.”

“Sometimes it’s a confusing place, and although I love my country, I don’t always feel loved by it. With this video I wanted to explore this and my relationship to my own history and the history of those who came before me.”

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Snoop Dogg Re-Arranges UK Arena Tour

It will now take place in February 2021…

Rap icon Snoop Dogg has re-arranged his incoming UK and Ireland tour.

The arena dates were slated for this year, but the impact of coronavirus has forced the rapper to re-arrange his plans.

‘I WANNA THANK ME’ tour hits the UK in February 2021 now, opening in Manchester on February 21st.

Playing Birmingham, London, and Leeds, Snoop then plays Dublin and Belfast on February 19th and 20th, respectively.

Tickets are on sale now – find them HERE.

Catch Snoop Dogg at the following shows:

February
11 Manchester Arena
12 Birmingham Arena
15 London O2 Arena
17 Leeds First Direct Arena
19 Dublin 3Arena
20 Belfast SSE Arena

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Gorillaz Team Up With Skepta, Tony Allen On ‘How Far?’

It's being released as a tribute to the drummer…

Gorillaz have shared new single ‘How Far?’ – tune in now.

The multimedia collective team up with Skepta and the late Tony Allen on the single, and it’s being released as a tribute to the drummer.

Out now, the single was recorded some time back, with Skepta only recently adding his verse.

It’s a neat concept – Tony Allen’s gently inventive rhythmic explorations sitting underneath one of the UK’s most iconic MCs.

Part of Gorillaz ongoing Song Machine series, it’s being released as a tribute to the drummer, who died earlier this week.

Check out ‘How Far?’ below.

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Five Essential UK Jazz Releases To Grab On Bandcamp

From dancefloor fare to spiritual jazz and beyond…

Today – May 1st – Bandcamp have stepped in to waive their fees, allowing musicians to claim 100% of the profit from sales.

It’s a bold gesture, one we certainly appreciate – after all, like many music fans, we’ve spent hours wandering through Bandcamp’s global archive.

A system that seems to reward collective communities, Bandcamp has become a hub for many different genres, with the UK jazz underground using it as a means of fostering awareness, and distribution.

With memories of International Jazz Day still strong, we picked out five essential releases from current UK jazz projects that simply have to own.

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KOKOROKO – ‘KOKOROKO’

London-based Afrobeat jazz group Kokoroko’s self-titled EP is full of funky, West African-inspired beats that are a fresh take on UK jazz. The eight-piece is young and new to the jazz scene, combining soul with night-time energy for eclectic jazz-infused tunes.

Kokoroko’s name translates to “be strong,” which makes sense given the powerful collaboration of sounds in their music. The EP consists of four songs, inspired by afrobeat and legends such as Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, and the late Tony Allen. The band experiments with a vivacious horn section, bringing different levels and layers to their organic sound and brassy melodies. The sounds on the EP are crisp with elements of grit. The sound is experimental, combining elements of African folk, London sounds, and Western classical music with flavourful riffs, resulting in deep-cut grooves and synth-funk tunes.

A standout from the record is ‘Uman,’ which begins with strong horns, before being bet with a soft bassline and the track transforms into melting melodies of sound. (Caroline Edwards)

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Nubya Garcia – ‘When We Are’

Nubya Garcia’s 2018 project ‘When We Are’ puts tenor saxophone at the forefront to create bright and vivacious jazz music. The London-based artist’s music is groove-led, bringing in elements of hip-hop, funk, pop, and R&B to create unique, euphoric tunes.

Dubbed one of UK jazz’ rising stars, Garcia experiments with electronics and different instrumental rhythms and beats to create climatic and exciting sounds. ‘When We Are,’ released in 2018 consists of four tracks and is a follow up her 2017 EP ‘Nubya’s 5ive.’ Garcia explores her capabilities as a composer and musician, infusing energetic keys with brass saxophone.

The songs are mesmerising, taking listeners on a journey. Risk-taking is Garcia’s strong suit, most evident in ‘When We Are (K15 Remix)’ off the record. As an electronic jazz track, the cross-over creates a strong dichotomy of old and new jazz, adding playfulness to the project. (Caroline Edwards)

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V/A – We Out Here

Recorded at East London hub Total Refreshment Centre, ‘We Out Here’ brought together some of the most inspirational musicians from the current wave of energy rippling through UK jazz.

Shabaka Hutchings acted as nominal producer / overseer, and it’s a compilation defined by its potent atmosphere, and heady camaraderie. Maisha take the gorgeous opener to heavenly climes, before Ezra Collective blast ‘Pure Shade’ out on to the dancefloor. Moses Boyd shows off his compositional chops on ‘The Balance’, while tuba player Theon Cross delivers his South London ode, ‘Brockley’.

The final track became perhaps the breakout moment of ‘We Out Here’, with the hazy, languid, sunset afrobeat rhythms that underpin ‘Abusey Junction’ sending KOKOROKO viral. Take a moment to absorb Oscar Jerome’s succulent guitar on that track, too – just superbly relaxing. (Robin Murray)

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Sarathy Korwar – My East Is Your West

Indian born and London based, Sarathy Korwar has a rich awareness of jazz heritage, pulling and pushing it into fresh areas as he sees fit. ‘My East Is Your West’ is the recording of one night at London’s Church Of Sound, a real-life church in Hackney that doubles as one of the capital’s most astonishing jazz venues. Piecing together a phenomenal band, Sarathy Korwar overhauled a number of spiritual jazz standards, allowing musicians of colour to write themselves back into their own story. A radical take on Joe Henderson’s ‘Earth’ is a standout, but truly it’s something to experience from beginning to end. Oh, and the 3LP vinyl edition from the always-phenomenal Gearbox Records is a thing of beauty, too.

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Moses Boyd – Dark Matter

Not necessarily jazz by any standard definition, Moses Boyd’s ‘Dark Matter’ cannot escape the shadow that the genre throws over his work. Certainly, jazz is just one starting point on this phenomenal LP, one that allowed the acclaimed percussionist to show off his chops as a producer, but it’s aligned to grime, left field electronics, dancehall, and much, much more.

Saxophonist Nubya Garcia and keys player Joe Armon-Jones both guest, and this collaborative air helps Moses build something much bigger than one singular vision, reaching out and absorbing fresh ideas from those around him in the process. A true feast of music, it’s heady, improvisational approach yearns towards true freedom, and feels utterly in tune with the sounds of London in 2020.

Absorbing the past to build the future – if we ever need a definition of where jazz could go next, ‘Dark Matter’ is a succinct manifesto.

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Johnny Marr, Nick Cave Sign Letter Calling On UK Government To Support Creative Industries

They fear Britain could become a "creative wasteland…"

Johnny Marr, Nick Cave and PJ Harvey are amongst the artists who have signed an open letter to the UK government.

The letter was put together by the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) in order to urge Prime Minister Boris Johnson to allocate more support for cultural enterprise.

With COVID-19 shutting cinemas, theatres, and venues, there is little scope for escape from the economic impact coronavirus has wrought.

The letter fears that Britain could become a “creative wasteland”, stating:

“A Creative Industries Federation survey of 2,000 creative organizations and freelancers revealed that 1 in 7 creative organizations believe they can last only until the end of April on existing financial reserves. Only half think their reserves will last beyond June.”

The full text of the letter can be found HERE.

Caroline Norbury, CEO of CIF, spoke to the Guardian, commenting:

“While government support measures for businesses and the self-employed are welcome, we know that there are still thousands of creative organisations and freelancers who are falling through the gaps, and who simply will not get through this crisis without urgent cash support.”

Rufus Wanwright added: “Artists are creating so much content online that people can experience in their homes. They have not stopped producing and it would be a crime as a society to not support them through this crisis as they are nourishing us.”

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Don’t Feel A Way: Yizzy Interviewed

Clash chats to the Prince of Grime…

The Prince of Grime has one eye on the throne.

At only 20 years old, the Lewisham artist Yizzy has already been on the grime scene for three years. His recent ‘Prince Of Grime’ freestyles have been gaining traction, bringing the fire back into the genre as he goes for everyone’s neck, old or young.

Yizzy wants to take grime further than it’s ever gone before, in the UK and overseas. We spoke to him over the phone to see what his future aspirations are as an artist and for the grime scene.

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Have you been keeping yourself busy?

Yeah, I’ve still been working remotely, writing drafts down for songs and getting verses back. Catching up on things and planning for the rest of the year.

You’ve been in the game a few years now; do you think it’s made you grow up quick?

Not necessarily, I had already grown up quite quickly, so I applied to same mindset to my music. Meeting good people, making experiences, it all adds up.

On the subject of meeting good people, Dizzee Rascal produced your latest single and he featured on a track last year. How does it feel to be working with a legend?

It’s great to be working with someone you looked up to growing up. Asking him questions I’ve always wanted to ask. It’s quite surreal and hard to put into words, it’s just something you never thought would happen. And when it does happen you can’t compare it to anything else. The penny still hasn’t dropped, I haven’t taken it in that I’m working with a ridiculously talented artist, it’s still not sunk in fully.

I’ve heard you rapping in Spanish on cyphers and Turkish on other tracks, how do you find it bringing in other languages?

The thing for me is, not just that I want to pioneer grime and take it to the next level from where it’s at now. I’ve always wanted to break the international barrier. Even though it’s a big sound in some areas of the world, I don’t think there’s been a UK artist to pull it all together. I’ve got a natural passion for languages, both my sister and dad both speak about four languages and my sister herself is French-Canadian.

I have a lot of Colombian and Ecuadorian friends in my circle, so the languages naturally come into it. I’ve always spoken Spanish here and there, took French in school so I always try to remember as much as I can and converse with my sister.

Why not put it into music, everyone wants to be unique now or have a unique selling point. You can have the punk, angry or anxious kid, I just wanted to be the one that’s full of surprises. I want to show people I can rap faster than Eminem, show people I can rap in three different languages and then go back to English, I want to do something that people would never expect.

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Once you talk in another language you communicate with more people.

100% – I think it’s the surprise factor. People look at me and assume I’m from an African/Caribbean descent and yeah, I’m from both. But hearing me speak in other languages on a certain tempo of beat which is predominately quite fast, it definitely catches people off-guard because I don’t look like I’m from there. The way that music is consumed in this era means we’ve only got 5-10 seconds of someone’s attention. You either grab it in that time or you don’t and they’re going to keep scrolling past. If you can get their attention in that 5-10 seconds, they’re going to stick and watch the whole video. Which nine times out of 10 people seem to be liking.

In the UK, do you feel that you’re the person carrying to torch now for grime?

I do, and that links in with where the name ‘Prince of grime’ came around. For me, the definition of a prince is the next person to lead charge of whatever is it someone’s trying to carry forward. Typically, the role of a king is to manage and oversee and maintain. The prince is next to takeover.

Regardless of who people think the king of grime is, you’ve got to always know who’s going to be next up. Whether its rap, grime, drill or whatever. You need to know that the future of the sound is going to be pushed by a group of people or at least one person.

Me with the ‘Prince of Grime’ is a statement saying that I’m the frontrunner of the next wave of grime, because you have Stormzy who’s on the younger side of the scene who’s really pushing grime. Obviously, you’ve got the Skepta’s, Dizzee’s and Wiley’s but I don’t know anyone that’s younger than him who’s pushing grime.

So, I’ve said okay… I’m going to do it; it’s going to be me. I’m going to put out grime records and work with people internationally, I’m going to open doors where grime music didn’t have a look in before.

In the past few months there’s been controversy about what other artists have said about the grime scene, do you want to change their thoughts?

I’m not here to persuade anyone to do anything, I’m here to give you enough information so you can come to your own balanced thoughts. Same way you shouldn’t just believe someone that says grime is this or grime is that.

Do your research and don’t go off what one of your favourite artists has said. I’m not saying believe or don’t believe me, just come to your own opinion. Listening to rappers and what they’re saying doesn’t mean it reflects the overall picture. Their opinion is just a smaller part of a larger puzzle.

With Clash, we’ve teamed up on a competition for people to feature on your new track ‘Don’t Feel A Way’. Have you liked what you’ve heard so far?

Yeah, I do, I’m quite surprised by how many people have contributed in such little time. The quality has been great and we’re letting it run for a little longer and then we’re going to go through and react to a couple.

We’re going to post them up online because there’s a lot of music people that follow me and I know that they will give me their honest opinion. We’re going to have four people on a remix plus myself which will be a very good track.

‘Prince Of Grime 3’ is coming out soon – Is anyone safe?

No one’s safe. I said when 1 and 2 would hit 500,000 views combined on YouTube I would make a third. I’ve got some really special ideas and some interesting information to bring to light, let’s put it like that. I saw how much people liked 1 and 2, and I’m someone who definitely wants to deliver a quality product that people enjoy.

Especially if the situation calls for it… which it currently does.

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Track Of The Day 24/4 – Cam Wild x INFAMOUSIZAK

'My Ting'

Cam Wild is set to soar.

When an artist’s debut single surges past one million streams – and counting – then you know you’re on to something good, and this newcomer isn’t about to let obstacles get in his way.

Inaugural single release ‘Crazy Life’ paired Cam Wild with Young Adz, a surging, roaring piece of music that could only come from the UK in 2020.

Poised and provocative, ‘My Ting’ is the follow up, and it takes Cam to another level.

Out now, it’s a real scorcher, with its crunching production owing a debt to London street culture while looking internationally.

Matching Cam Wild against underground polymath INFAMOUSIZAK, ‘My Ting’ fell into place entirely naturally, with the track essentially being written within a matter of hours.

Refreshing and organic, it’s a sign of Cam Wild’s dedication to the craft. He comments:

“My Ting came to life in our first studio session last year. It was actually the first time we’d met. The plan was always to release it earlier but there have been so many obstacles. My mantra is everything happens for a reason so hopefully now is the right time. If we can put a smile on people’s faces then I’m happy.”

We’ve got first play of his phenomenal new video – check out ‘My Ting’ below.

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Elison 404 – Pebbledash

404 Guild’s Eliot and Sonny present a collection of languid, smoke filled, collages of the everyday…

Musical collective 404 Guild went on hiatus last summer following the passing of lead member Mina aka Silvertongue. In this space for healing, two members decided to create together again.

Born from a kitchen in Catford, Elison 404’s Pebbledash is an observation of bleakness and hope in 13 staggering tracks. With their history stretching years back to origins in Eastbourne, the collective’s recognition in the past year or so – cemented in a signing from Dirty Hit records who seem to have made it their mission to take on some of the most exciting artists in the world right now (see: Rina Sawayama, Gia Ford). 

‘Pebbledash’ creates a blistering but sedative experience, existing just songs apart. The pair strike the match hard and fast before the opening track ‘Perfect Dark’, has a chance to settle. “Joy not fear”, they declare. A call, a chant, an outlook arching through an album where the narrators are both blessed and plagued by modern life.

The collaborative nature of what 404 set out to do is clear the pair’s expansive musical knowledge. References pooled together from UK garage, jazz, lo-fi R&B keep everything flowing seamlessly.

‘Pebbledash’ is constantly moving forwards. The production on ‘Chip Pan’ transitions seamlessly from a gritty breakbeat backdrop to something akin to eurodance piano, a standout moment. Elison 404’s anxieties hit their peak in ‘Government Name’ and ‘F1 Hotel’, where lyrics feel spat rather than sang. Patterns emerge: distortion, calm, disruption, calm again.

Woozier tracks require zero patience, the hypnotic flows of ‘PS2’ and the stunning addition of labelmate Gia Ford makes for slush covered, soulful listening until an AI voiceover brings the song to a close.

Penultimate track ‘Harvest Assembly’ demands ‘if you have something to say, go ahead and say it’. Elison 404 have taken their own advice, creating a fluid, visual album that stands as a clear contender for one of the UK’s most exciting releases in 2020 so far.

9/10

Words: Shannon McDonagh

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Dapper Dan – 2 Step Skank lyrics

[Hook]
Two step skank,
Two step skank,
Two step skank,
Two step skank,

[Verse 1]
Ayyy,
I’m an English dude with an English groove,
Fuck dabbin’ in the club I’ve got an English move.

I’m a uk man, a big 2 step fan (Are you ready for the Dapper Dan man).
Let me tell you about uk “G” and how uk “G” has inspired me.
Two step to the girl with the two step walk,
Check out my skank, we don’t need no talk.

With a little bit of luxury, Ma garage girl.
21 Sec’s to get to the hotel.
Imagine I was sorry for the things I said,
I gotta get through this, get her to the bed.

Do you really like it when I give you what I love,
Am I moving to fast with my 12 inch dove.
She likes the way that I fill her in,
Right about now wanna hear you sing.

[Hook] (x2)
Two step skank, (Come check out my 2 step skank)
Two step skank, (You’re not ready for my 2 step skank)
Two step skank, (Come check out my 2 step skank)
Two step skank, (You’re not ready for my 2 step skank)

[Verse 2]
Now you wanna get more? Flip up the script and go 4×4,
My donk plays so get the encore, when I drop this one on any dance floor.
And I keep on reppin’, from London to Manny we keep 2 steppin’
Snapchat blowin up everybody checking, I am the teacher and this is the
Lesson.

I remember when I was at school, I smoked the reefer tryna act cool,
It was a battle being the class fool, now this little man is showing them
All.
This tune here is bound for the reload, we bring joy everywhere that we go,

7 days a week I’m doin’ my thing, right about now let me hear you sing.

[Hook] (x2)
Two step skank, (Come check out my 2 step skank)
Two step skank, (You’re not ready for my 2 step skank)
Two step skank, (Come check out my 2 step skank)
Two step skank, (You’re not ready for my 2 step skank)

Trio Mandili – Apareka lyrics

Zetsas shakheneo ap’arek’av,
Mtvare datvisjvrisk’en it’oleba,
Kalav shav tvalt raad map’arebav,
Anamts ch’erkhoshi rad miqolebav?!
Dghes me shen sts’orperi viknebio,
Ghame gavit’anat saubarit.
Kalav, nu amiri pikrebio,
Mamshord gaigone naubari!
Mamshord gaigone naubari!
Zetsa uk’etsia varsk’vlavt pardas,
Mtvarets gats’eula datvisjvrisk’en,
Vazhav, sad ts’akhvedi, aghar schankhar,
Net’av, shen sts’orpersamts damitsdide.
Ghame ut’ekhia mat saubars,
Dila gatenebul namiani,
Rizhrazhs arqiani botla uqvars,
Botla nach’relian-sasmliani,
Botla nach’relian-sasmliani.
Sts’orperm mout’ana botlit araq,
Dilam shuadghisk’en gaits’ia,
K’atsma qants’it sasmel gadatsala,
Mere eshmak’urad chaitsina.
Kalma luk’ma mistsa tav dakhara,
K’idev erti stkvio khevsurisa,
Sasmelm k’atsis goni gadapara,
Tanats is sts’orperi gverds uzis da,
Tanats is sts’orperi gverds uzis da.

“Raebs vazrob ghmertma mariskhas da…”
Shertskhva, gadaek’ra sakhadis per,
Nela gadavida datvisjvars da,
Bilik’s gadauqva khakhmat’isk’en.

“How” Vybz Kartel Roast Popcaan In New Song: Listen


Vybz Kartel quietly disses Popcaan on his new song “How” and barely anyone noticed.

This is the second song that Kartel released this week after dropping a new joint dedicated to his mother on Monday. Recently, the Gazanation deejay has been quietly taking shots his former protege Popcaan who he previously ousted as being a disloyal member of the Gaza over his alignment with Drake. In one of his recent songs, Kartel accused the Unruly Boss of stealing some of his styles and now on this new Dunwell Productions-produced single, he calls him bad mind.

“Judas by time you say a who that / Back fly go Cuba, wat time now Muller / Time fi you stop watch man give thanks for what you have / Red eye will blind yo or make man wine yo / How yo fi badmind yo friend wa the bloodclat do them… / Cut them off like Gillette / How yo fi badmind yo friend unni fi move and go weh / Give them a spinners with six shots Russian Roulette / Bout yo rate me yo no rate me talk yo a talk / But mi naan hear nutten just blah blah blah,” Vybz Kartel deejay over a dancehall beat.

In the lyrics, Kartel is saying that Popcaan badmind (envy) him for the things he achieved and then always talk about how much he rates (respect) Vybz Kartel, but now him Kartel stop listening to all of that and sees him for what he really is, badmind and disloyal.

During an interview back in July in the UK, Popcaan opened up about the hate that he has been getting from Vybz Kartel and the rest of the Gazanation fan base which makes up more than half the dancehall fans population in his opinion. Poppy also said that he learned from the hate that he has been experiencing and that is helping him stay on top.

“Since I’ve been around Vybz Kartel like a lot of people use to hate Vybz Kartel but he stayed on top and I learn that from him,” Popcaan explains. “That is why if Vybz Kartel hate Popcaan today I will forever be on top because I learn that from him.”

Listen Popcaan New Conscious Single “Family”


Popcaan drop a conscious new single titled “Family,” produced by Delly Ranx & PMGJA.

The track is featured on the new Cotton Swab Riddim and features Popcaan calling out some fake people around him. “Mi nuh know if heaven is real / But mi know fi a fact a no every man real / Some boi heart dutty not clean / Dem nuh want see a next yout livin’ in the hills / To every evil demon / Dem can’t stop mi nor Dre Island,” Popcaan deejay over the Cotton Swab dancehall beat.

Popcaan has a chance to create history this month by winning a third straight MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act in the UK. The Unruly Boss deejay won the award for the past two years, but this year he has stiff competition from the likes of Alkaline, Aidonia, Damian Marley, and Chronixx.

Yo Gotti – Around the World Lyrics

[Intro: Children Singing]
Lala la la lala la la la
Lala la la lala la la la
Lala la la lala la la la
Lala la la lala la la la

[Chorus: Children & Yo Gotti]
I been ’round the world
Reppin’ where I’m from (where I’m from)
Right back to my hood
Right back to the slums
Right back to my hood
Right back to my, where I’m from
Right back to the Crest
I been ’round the world
Reppin’ where I’m from (where I’m from)
Right back to my trap
Right back to my slums

[Verse 1: Yo Gotti]
I just left Dubai
I just left Hawai’i
I just left, I just left NY
Headed to M-I-A, hey
I just left the bank
Headed to LA
I just left all my dogs a plate
Put ’em on a plane
Passport, I just left UK
Hustlin’ out the States
I got weight
Yah they call it freight
Hood call it yay, yay
I can prolly say that I ain’t never took the stand
My lil, Asian bitch she do my feet she from Japan (ayy)

[Chorus: Yo Gotti & Children]
I been ’round the world
Reppin’ where I’m from (where I’m from)
Right back to my hood
Right back to the slums
Right back to my hood
Right back to my gun
Right back to the Crest
Right back to my bunk

[Verse 2: Yo Gotti]
Where you from Gotti (Gotti)
Why your hoes exotic (why)
Why your car foreign (skrt skrt)
What your jewelry doin’ [?]
What your fashion be
Bitch why you askin’ me (huh)
‘Cause you a drug dealer
Why you look like fashion week
This outfit a half a brick and they come from Milan
I can’t rock no skinnies, it won’t hold my gun
I got a Chinese bitch a Chinese Uzi
Say her favorite rapper Lil Uzi
Told her I’ma put her on to Lil Boosie
Introduce her to the gangsta music

[Chorus: Yo Gotti]
I been ’round the world
Rappers and their drug life
2Pac, Outlawz, yah this Thug Life

[Chorus: Yo Gotti & Children]
I been ’round the world
Reppin’ where I’m from (where I’m from)
Right back to my hood
Right back to the slums
Right back to my hood
Right back to my gun
Right back to the Crest
Right back to my bunk

[Outro: Yo Gotti & Children]
Lala la la lala la la la
Lala la la lala la la la
Lala la la lala la la la
Lala la la lala la la la
I been ’round the world
Reppin’ where I’m from (where I’m from)
Right back to my hood
Right back to the slums
Right back to my hood
Right back to my gun
Right back to the Crest
Right back to my bunk

Popcaan Drops New Song “Can’t Box” Shows Off Expensive Jewelry


Popcaan sends a clear message to his enemies in his new single “Nuh Bwoy Can’t Box.”

The Unruly Boss dropped the new gangsta anthem last night and took a moment to show off his pricey jewelry collection. The gritty single is featured on the Panic Riddim, produced by JAM 2 Records and DRE Swade. “If bwoy diss me in a day mi naan go kill them night / Same place deso him a loose him life / Bombohole head buss off like a f**king sprite, unruly / No pu**y cyan diss mi pon god earth, no / Unless me bloodclat hand naan work / Mi guns and mi killy them alert,” Popcaan spits.

Popcaan also took the opportunity to show off his expensive watches and chains including a massive Unruly chain. Poppy has been having a great year and has a chance to make history at next month’s MOBO Awards in the UK if wins. The “Party Shot” deejay is going up against artists like Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Aidonia, Chronixx, and his arch nemesis Alkaline. Popcaan won the MOBO award for Best Reggae Act for the past two years and this year could be his third straight year.

#popcaan showing off his jewelry collection

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Alkaline Is As Big As Popcaan Internationally Says Producer Lee Milla

Is Alkaline as big as Popcaan on the international scene? Dancehall producer Lee Milla thinks so.

Since breaking onto the scene, Alkaline has had a big rivalry with former Gaza prefect Popcaan, and this year that beef reached an all-time high with diss tracks coming from both sides. Both artists are arguably among the top five deejays in dancehall currently, so the argument is who is bigger internationally. This debate is going on right now and while fans of both sides think that their artist has the edges.

Lee Milla, who has produced songs for Vybz Kartel, is now producing songs for Alkaline, Mavado and Jahmiel. The beat maker thinks that the Vendetta boss is definitely as big as Popcaan globally. Speaking with Anthony Miller on ER last week, Milla was asked what direction is the artist currently taking his career. “As you can see from the year start he has been doing a lot of international collabs so obviously a international him thing deh,” Lee Milla said.

Anthony Miller then suggested that Alkaline is not doing it internationally on the same level as Popcaan while saying that Popcaan has the edge. “I wouldn’t say that,” Lee Milla responded. Poppy has been linked with Drake and has collaborated with international acts like Young Thug and UK rapper Giggs. Alkaline recently collaborated with French Montana on his new album “Jungle Rules.”

Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom lyrics

Music by elton john
Lyrics by bernie taupin
Released as a uk single in february, 1975

I used to be a rolling stone
You know if the cause was right
Id leave to find the answer on the road
I used to be a heart beating for someone
But the times have changed
The less I say the more my work gets done

’cause I live and breathe this philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born Ive waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man
Yeah gave me peace of mind my daddy never had

Oh philadelphia freedom shine on me, I love you
Shine a light through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine a light shine a light
Shine a light wont you shine a light
Philadelphia freedom I love you, yes I do

If you choose to you can live your life alone
Some people choose the city
Some others choose the good old family home
I like living easy without family ties
Till the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me
Right between the eyes

Onyx & Dope D.O.D. – Doomsday (Shotgunz In Hell Album)

[Intro: Jay Reaper]
Ey yo move mate I’m getting moody
Cause your music you don’t move me
I’m in the mood today to just shoot away
Nigga too cray Paul Mooney
Ya bitch niggas just tomb raid em
We crusade from here to UK
Like a new plague Its to late
We bring it, Doomsday

[Verse 1: Fredro Starr]
[?]
Not with the time but she a snowflake
In the bathroom taking a coke break
Doing crooked shit to get the dough straight
Fuck a jimbo we whole weight
Pushing pounds through the whole state
I got bullets in your brain just rotate
Leave a nigga body in a cold state
Rigamortis that’s when you go against niggas orders
Electric tape like Biggie thought us
The type that’ll kidnap niggas daughters
Half my niggas is brain dead
Eyes the color blood stained red
(now is not the time for fear, that comes later)
Like Bane said

[Hook: Jay Reaper]
Ey yo move mate I’m getting moody
Cause your music you don’t move me
I’m in the mood today to just shoot away
Nigga too cray Paul Mooney
Ya bitch niggas just tomb raid em
We crusade from here to UK
Like a new plague Its to late
We bring it, Doomsday

[Verse 2: Skits Vicious]
Gimmie the title I’m killin my rivals
And any beside them with evil intent
Trap it, Onyx D.O.D on it
We quick to demolish your feeble event
Read all about it we out here
[?]
Sticky and Dro fill em with holes
Vicious and Reap put em to sleep
Deadly vapors plastic tubes and respirators
Stack of paper, back to Vegas
Crack a bottle, smack a waiter
So and so they sew you up
Comatose you roasted duck
Back on the scene with a banger
Handle the heat with the hammer

[Verse 3: Sticky Fingas]
I’m still on paper fresh outta jail
No heavenly father i was raised in hell
Billy had her mother she was raised in bail
Sister around the corner selling fruit cocktails
Bitches on your knees niggas get your hands up
Whats it gonna be? either way imma bust
I’m movin overseas America is so fucked
Must’ve got drunk woke up and voted for Trump?
Its the end of the world and I’m holding a pump
Dick to your girl while she’s rolling my blunt
Drink in my hand while I’m slappin her butt
If its doomsday imma go nuts
Take you apart see what you’re made of
Playing a part, your whole life’s made up
Take out your heart, see what your brain does
Soon its death what you afraid of?

[Outro: Jay Reaper]
Ey yo move mate I’m getting moody
Cause your music you don’t move me
I’m in the mood today to just shoot away
Nigga too cray Paul Mooney
Ya bitch niggas just tomb raid em
We crusade from here to UK
Like a new plague Its to late
We bring it, Doomsday

Ace Hood – 2 Fux

Beast
( Renegade, renegade, renegade )
Uh, I wake up every morning, thank God, then I gotta get to it
I never had a role model, money was the only influence
While they was talkin’ ’bout it in the city I was really out doin’ it
Hundred bands I was 19 and the man, I knew it, okay
Thats around the time I shine had these niggas all hatin’
Same time I was grindin’ same time I was patient, you was standin’ with your hand out waitin’, yeah yeah
Imma keep it real, how it feel? I don’t give 2 fucks
Count another bag on the road I could never get enough
They wanna hang when I’m on where they were when the shit got tough
And what a nigga think about me? I don’t give 2 fucks
You don’t pay my bills, you don’t feed my kids, your opinion don’t matter
My pockets still gettin’ fatter
God damn and the last time I looked in the mirror I was starin’ at a real one
And fuck makin’ friends, where the ends at ’cause all my dogs need a million
I don’t give a fuck about poppin’ no bottles in the club
I’m focused on the money, I ain’t never going back the way I was
A lot of people asked why I drive it here then it get missin’
Sorry to my fans, I’ll be way more consistent
Haters get the middle finger, Lord be the witness, listen
Got a crib out west out in Cali when I touch down
Fired my old jeweler went and got a new jeweler made him [?]
I thinks it’s funny how they wanna be down all of a sudden young nigga gettin’ up now
Yeah, king of the city nigga, king of the state, turn beast when the sun down
I’m just really having fun now
Funny how that slick talk minimize when ya boy ’round
I just landed in the UK, in a suite with a pretty little freak sippin’ D’Ussé
Murda murda in the booth, aye
I’m a killer on the beat, increasin’ the crime rate
I need a mill, not an entrée
I need a Jay, no Beyoncé
Smoke like a choo train
Showin’ niggas how to do things
Boys biting on the flow, I changed up like a mood ring
Young nigga with a new flame
Don’t compare me to no mane
Top of the food chain, uh

Vanessa Hudgens & Ashley Tisdale – Ex’s & Oh’s (Elle King Cover)

[Verse 1]
Well, I had me a boy, turned him into a man
I showed him all the things that he didn’t understand
Whoa, and then I let him go
Now, there’s one in California who’s been cursing my name
Cause I found me a better lover in the UK
Hey, hey, until I made my getaway

[Pre-Chorus 1]
One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
Cause I’m the best baby that they never gotta keep
One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
They always wanna come, but they never wanna leave

[Chorus 1]
Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ’em O
They won’t let go
Ex’s and oh’s

[Verse 2]
I had a summer lover down in New Orleans
Kept him warm in the winter, left him frozen in the spring
My, my, how the seasons go by
I get high, and I love to get low
So the hearts keep breaking, and the heads just roll
You know that’s how the story goes

[Pre-Chorus 1]
One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
Cause I’m the best baby that they never gotta keep
One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
They always wanna come, but they never wanna leave

[Chorus 2]
Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ’em O
They won’t let go
Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ’em O
They won’t let go
Ex’s and oh’s

[Pre-Chorus 2]
One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
Climbing over mountains and a-sailing over seas
One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
They always wanna come, but they never wanna leave

[Chorus 2]
My ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ‘em O
They won’t let go
Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ‘em O
They won’t let go
Ex’s and oh’s

Watsky – London Eclipse Lyrics

Come, the moon is over the sun
We’ll use the shadows to run
No one can stop us from leaving
Come, the moon is over the sun
We’ll use the shadows to run
No one can stop us from leaving

Breathing’s boring
What a stupid task it’s
Only 8 a.m. this train’s a moving casket
Brew it black and spike your coffee with your flask
Before you leave the house each day pull on your ‘fuck you’ mask
You know that sad disguise
You know that patch of lies
Commuters pull their papers wide so folks can’t catch their eyes
We let these years of tears build up and now it’s heavy stakes
And we might drown this city if we let these levees break
So I gotta get a grip
Show ‘em I won’t let it slip
I know that what’s done is done and so that’s why it’s dumb to trip
I’m not scratching at the walls, that’s London at my fingertips
They use the news from yesterday to wrap tomorrow’s fish and chips
So you can print me on pretty, colorful paper
Right next to the psycho bitch who allegedly stabbed her neighbor
And I’ll be looking back up atcha until you’re ready to crumple me up
Oh, oh, oh

[Hook]

At the last eclipse, I was living as a single man
My girl’s looking through a pinhole camera
That she made out of a Pringle’s can
Pointed upwards at a gray London sky, pretending she could see the sun (the sun)
And I’m really looking right at her thinking maybe she could be the one
We could run
New York, L.A., UK, what do you say
Got no plans
Got no faith
Another new sun, gonna bring a new day
I wait to queue for the Baker loo, then I take the tube
30 minutes heading to Kent
And I’m coming straight to you with a big bouquet
We’re not anchored
We got our freedom and we can wander any path that we wanna on the planet
Damn it we don’t even need a answer
And I’m looking at all the 9 to 5ers on the train
But all the 9 to 5ers on the train are lookin at your pretty faces
Lookin at the sun that only you can see up in the Evening Standard
This could be home to me
Home could be anywhere
We could be anywhere
We could be free
I’m happy with you
If you were somewhere new
Do you think you still could be happy with me?
Timing is key and our timing was keen
And time is as slow and so why should we baby
You make me weak in the knees
We could move every weekend but only if we can agree to where
Home could be anywhere
We could be anywhere
We could be free
I’m happy with you
If you were somewhere new
Do you think you still could be happy with me?
Timing is key and our timing was keen
And time is as slow and so why should we baby
You make me weak in the knees
We could move every weekend but only if we can agree to where

[Hook]

P Money – Keepin’ It Real

[Verse 1: P Money]
I just wanna make music
Hit the studio, create music
My fans purchase, download and play music
Seek melody, metaphor and rave music
That chill on the sofa and play music
Don’t want a beat, just wanna play music
Who am I kidding? I’ll beat when I play music and
If her boyfriend is talking smack
I’ve got that lead your girlfriend away music
I’ve got that wild, you’ve got that tame music
I’ve got that real, you’ve got that lame music
I’ve got that cosign, labels wanna sign the work of art
Belong in the Tate music
Grime, rap, UK bass music
That real easy to embrace music, and
Any MC that is thinking they’re rough
I’ve got that punch a man in their face music
That serve you [?] ace music
Black, white, don’t watch race music
Still here, kept my faith music
Ten years, never made no fake music
Man have been making that great music
You need to make that stay in your lane music
Cuh 2016, I’ll be touring Australia
Second time round like

[Pre-Hook: P Money]
I’ve been killing shows with no deal
I always keep it down to earth, I’m so real
I’m ready, I’m itching to go, can’t sit still
They’re so fake, they don’t even know how it feels when you’re

[Hook: P Money]
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, they don’t even know
How it feels when you’re
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it

[Verse 2: Stormzy]
If you’re gonna send then send for the top
Look, trust me, I get it (calm)
I’ll take that shot and I’ll take that shot
Yeah, I’m photogenic (calm)
But when I spray back and I ended careers
Don’t tell me to dead it (‘llow it)
Bare of these MCs hate me
But they still see me and beg it (pussies)
And I still came back with the game on my lap
Like “nobody move” (no one)
Tryna take care of my Gs
Ain’t tryna see nobody lose
But man try come for my team, I’ll dun him off
My man thought he’s a G, stop running off
I’ve got a crown and you’ve got a crown
But rudeboy, this crown here ain’t coming off (‘llow it)

[Pre-Hook: P Money]
I’ve been killing shows with no deal
I always keep it down to earth, I’m so real
I’m ready, I’m itching to go, can’t sit still
They’re so fake, they don’t even know how it feels when you’re

[Hook: P Money]
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, they don’t even know
How it feels when you’re
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it

[Verse 3: P Money]
Yo, I was one of the youngers that you couldn’t send shop
Yeah, I was a mummy’s boy, but never soft
I boxed man that thought they couldn’t get boxed
Topped MCs that thought they couldn’t be topped
When I flow on the riddim, I never get lost
When you flow on the riddim, you’re told “get lost”
Labels wanna know how I keep going hard
Thought I took a pill cuh my ting never went flop
Complete control, I could never get dropped
There was never a show that never went off
Milking it for so long and it never went off
Don’t know why, maybe it’s cause I never went pop
Helped out the game, man did that a lot
Bring us down to festivals, did that a lot
Man can chat shit about me doing dubstep
Told grime police man never bread cops
So I still spray on dubstep now, and what?
Wait, cut the beat out, let me talk to these lot
Let’s talk P, I’m on about me
First grime act packing at Wireless? Me
Spraying on “Eskimo” at Wireless? Me
Five years straight and still tireless? Me
When everybody got a deal and did what they feel
Who was here releasing grime CDs? Me and Jme
Grime tracks on every single EP? Me
Young MC that was duppying pirate? Me
Big MC still duppying pirate? Me
Doing shows worldwide, play a man’s vocal
Showing their country that it’s not just me
Who was doing that at the time? No one, me
There was more but I can’t fit it in a sixteen
Man just better respect me

[Pre-Hook: P Money]
I’ve been killing shows with no deal
I always keep it down to earth, I’m so real
I’m ready, I’m itching to go, can’t sit still
They’re so fake, they don’t even know how it feels when you’re

[Hook: P Money]
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, they don’t even know
How it feels when you’re
Trill, keeping it real
Trill, keeping it