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UK NEWS: DIZZIE RASCAL SAYS HE’S ‘NO SELL OUT’

Dizzee Rascal wants us to know that he is not a ‘sell out’, and has dismissed claims that his new single ‘Dirtee Disco’ is mainstream cheesy trash. He disclosed to the ridiculous Daily Star that, “People say I’m selling out but it doesn’t get to me anymore. It depends on what people mean by selling out, and who’s saying it. “Some people think it’s morally wrong of me to not ‘keep it real’ but a lot of the time this is coming from drug dealers and robbers. Talk []

UK MUSIC NEWS: TY AND AKALA OFFICIAL SUPPORT ACTS FOR NAS AND DAMIEN MARLEY ‘DISTANT RELATIVES’ UK TOUR

Rappers Ty and Akala will support Damien Marley and  Nas in concert, when they tour the UK in July. Click HERE for ticket information. *Please note that the timings for the Manchester show are slightly different, as doors opens at 8pm, and curfew is 2am, therefore the set times will definitely be later than normal.  Support acts may begin around 10pm (TBC)* Ty’s Album Launch Party will take place tonight (May 31st) at the Jazz Cafe in London. Click HERE for more []

UK MUSIC: SWAY FT DONAE’O – ‘POP A BOTTLE’

Rapper Sway’s new single featuring Donae’O  Pop A Bottle is your typical “urban” mainstream track designed to infiltrate the UK single chart. It will sell. Donae’O sings he wants a “Coca Cola bottle shape”.   Singing about wanting a woman with a Coca Cola bottle shape is  so Reggae/Dancehall circa ‘1992’. The video – Well it’s not particularly original. Woman dancing in a nightclub, champagne and silhouette shots. Yeah seen it all before. Pop A Bottle will be released July 12th on iTunes. []

UK TV: RAPPER TINIE TEMPAH APPEARS ON TONIGHT WITH JONATHAN ROSS / JAY-Z CLONE

Last Friday I tuned in to Tonight With Jonathan Ross and watched rapper Tinie Tempah perform with the Gorillaz. What I witnessed stunned me! Tinie had turned in to Jay-Z and stole Jay’s stage persona for the evening. It was actually embarrassing to watch. At one point I kept thinking is Tinie joking? Is he doing this deliberately? I understand that a lot of UK rappers look up to Jay and cite him as being a major influence, but this was just []

UK MUSIC: LIL SIMZ – FALL TO THE FLOOR

Check out 16-year-old singer, rapper and producer Lil Simz (real name Simbi Ajikawo) debut single Fall To The Floor. I wasn’t expecting to like this at all, but the track is really catchy, with an old skool vibe running through it. I can also  see the youngsters really going for this and embracing her. Lil Simz here could have a mainstream hit on her hands. Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss? *Am I the only one who thinks she sounds like a []

UK MUSIC: TINIE TEMPAH – FRISKY

Tinie Tempah’s latest single Frisky sounds pretty good. His style of rapping sounds familiar though. But I can’t quite put my finger on who he reminds me of yet. Anyway I like the track but cannot stand the “chocolate biscuit”  line. It sounds out of place. Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

UK MUSIC: CHIPMUNK – SUPERSTAR

Rapper Chipmunk tells us he wants to be a “superstar” in his latest single.  He wants the money, the fame blah blah blah, but “doesn’t want the stress”. Yeah good luck with that Chippy. When I look at Chipmunk and read his posts via Twitter, I can just tell it’s all gone to his head. The guy has one of the biggest ego’s out there. Yes as a rapper you’re supposed to have a certain air of confidence and swagger, but there []

VIDEO: DRAKE – FIND YOUR LOVE

When I first got word that Drake was flying down to Kingston Jamaica to film the video for Find Your Love I said, I bet the over-rated singer/rapper and crew members visit one of Kingston’s notorious Garrisons (Ghettos), and film “sweet boy” Drake surrounded by poverty and zinc housing. It was obvious to me that they were going to go down this predictable route, and portray Jamaicans as being nothing more than heavy weed smoking, sweaty, gun-toting murderers, who reside in some []