Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Kendrick Lamar - Backstreet Freestyle


KENDRICK LAMAR 
New Single 'Backstreet Freestyle' 
Out January 7th 
SOLD-OUT UK TOUR BEGINS JANUARY 15TH 

“Compton MC matures quickly on this stirring major label debut” – BBC.co.uk 
“big-balling hip hop anthem of the year” – NME 
“The year’s most significant hip hop release” - The Observer 

2012 was the year Kendrick Lamar stepped into the spotlight to claim the biggest-selling debut album (Good Kid, m.A.A.d City’), for any new artist in the US – selling over 240k copies in one week alone. As well as being hailed as the new voice/face of West Coast Hip Hop from his peers and winning numerous accolades such as BET’s coveted ‘Hip Hop Lyricist of The Year’ Award. Simply put, Kendrick was the name on everyone’s lips. Continuing his success into the new year and following up his hit single Swimming Pool (Drunk) and street track, The Recipe ft Dr. Dre. Kendrick will be releasing the fan favourite Backseat Freestyle (produced by Hit Boy), on January 7th through Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records. 

Taken from his critically-acclaimed album, ‘Good Kid, m.A.A.d City’, the 25 year old Compton native will be supporting this release with a six date, sold-out UK tour in January, kicking off in Newcastle on the 15th and ending the UK run at Hammersmith Apollo, London on the 20th. 

UK TOUR JAN 2013: 
15th – Academy, Newcastle 
16th – ABC, Glasgow 
17th – Ritz, Manchester 
18th – Institute, Birmingham 
19th – Academy, Bristol 
20th – Hammersmith Apollo, London 

Monday, 17 December 2012

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

First Look: New Will Smith/Jaden Smith Movie ‘After Earth’





One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to escape from planet Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.

“You have to remember, fear is not real. It is a product of the thoughts you create. Don’t misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.”

ETA: June 2013

Monday, 10 December 2012

Daley - Remember Me ft. Jessie J























What do Maxwell, Angie Stone, Jill Scott and Pharrell share in common? They all love Daley. This adoration for a new and relatively unknown 22-year-old blue-eyed boy from Manchester from some of the most respected voices in neo-soul speaks for itself; Daley is THE one to watch. If this is the first you’ve heard of Daley, then be sure to listen to his jaw dropping acoustic performance of Maxwell’s ‘Pretty Wings and you’ll see what all the fuss is about.

There aren’t many new artists releasing their debut single in the UK alongside two US Soul Train Award Nominations (The Centric/Best International Performance) and a sell-out performance in New York. Daley’s long-awaited debut single, ‘Remember Me’ featuring fellow Brit Jessie J will be released on December 9th through Levels/Polydor Records/Universal Republic Records, a track which has already gained early spins from BBC Radio 1 as well as being added straight to Choice FM, KISS FM and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s playlists. The single even trended at #2 on UK Twitter during it’s first ever radio play.

‘Remember Me’ is a bass station stomp smash featuring two of the UK’s most exciting vocal talents. The track samples Blue Boy‘s 90s dance track of the same name (itself a sample work of Marlena Shaw‘s “Woman of the Ghetto”) and has already gained 80k views on YouTube. The track was produced by The White N3rd and Ballistiq (the production team behind some of Delilah’s best known tracks) and Paul Heard (Wretch 32, ‘Don’t Go’).

Daley released his first solo material last year. What was intended to be a low key self-produced EP ('Those Who Wait') has now achieved over 100,000 downloads and was immediately picked up by all the big blogs. His videos have already created quite a stir on both sides of the pond, clocking up over six million hits on YouTube; a mighty feat for an established artist, let alone a new one!

It doesn’t stop there either. Daley’s also featured on some big songs over the last year or two including: ‘Long Way Home’ from Wretch 32's Top 5 debut album, ‘Alone Together’ with ex-Floetry singer Marsha Ambrosius (for which they’re nominated for a Soul Train Award and is currently in the Top 15 of the Urban/AC) and ‘Doncamatic’ the Gorillaz track which he co-wrote with Damon Albarn.

Daley abandoned the idea of working a nine to five shortly after leaving school, investing every penny he had into his music. He began by singing in bars, on stage and to anyone and everyone that would listen. He quickly attracted the attention of DJs Mistajam and Ras Kwame, and soon after that created enough momentum through social media and word of mouth to make him one of the most talked about arrivals to the UK and US underground neo-soul scene.

Daley recently supported Maverick Sabre on his UK tour and has previously supported Jill Scott, Jessie J and Emeli Sande on their UK tours.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Jsky, Thomas Knight - Black And White

Pictured: Jsky [left], Thomas Knight [right] aka Black And White