“URBAN”

LABRINTH HAS SOME ADVICE FOR THE MOBO AWARDS – SCRAP ‘MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN’ CALL IT ‘MUSIC OF URBAN ORIGIN’

In an interview with that poor excuse for a newspaper The Daily Star, artist and producer Labrinth says the MOBO Awards (Music of Black Origin) has lost it’s identity followed by: “I think it is a bit weird because Ed Sheeran doesn’t make black music, and neither does Conor Maynard – he makes commercial pop. He added: “Even I’m not making black music. It’s commercial music, but at least it is more related to hip-hop so it makes more sense. I don’t think []

UK NEWS: OUTRAGE AFTER BRIT AWARDS SNUBS UK “URBAN” ARTISTS

The nominations for the “prestigious” 2012 Brit Awards were announced yesterday afternoon (click here to view list) and once again people are outraged because “URBAN” artists ( i.e. Wretch 32) received no nominations even though 2011 was a very successful year for the rapper. Why the shock? Why the outrage? This is just how the UK music industry rolls. Wake up folks! It is to be expected. In response to the grumblings fellow blogger/radio personality Miss Lala said, Are we really that surprised, they do this to “urban”/ black artists nearly []

UK EVENT: BIGGA FISH LIVE

Bigga Fish are back with another exciting line up for their new under 18’s night. Bigga Fish Live will feature some of the hottest UK urban talent including Scorcher, D Double E, Ghetts, Mz Bratt, Griminal, Gfrsh and hosted by DJ Policy and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Charlie Sloth. Having produced a successful nationwide tour in October 2010 and having sold out previous events at Camden’s 2,300- capacity Roundhouse- the not-for-profit youth organisation are holding this exclusive live show at the prestigious Dingwalls in Camden []

UK TV: SKY’S BRAND NEW YOUTH CULTURE SHOW ON PICK TV

Sky Three has changed its brand name to PickTV, and Youth culture show What’s Up joined the new look channel on Monday, 7 March to offer a unique take on urban culture in the UK.   Prepare for a whistle stop tour of the What’s Up world, as Fusion & Michelle Watson lead a team of fresh presenters on a journey through underground music, street level politics, high art and everything in between.   In the opening episode, Giggs talks about fatherhood in the []

UP AND COMING UK FILMS: VICTIM AND LETHAL

Pure Film productions will release two “Urban” feature length films in 2011. First up is the film VICTIM. VICTIM tells the story of a young man’s attempt to break out of a cycle of violence Backed by the film production arm of Pure Music, VICTIM is a vibrant and authentic picture of the consequences of crime, and how one young person will finally escape from this dangerous trap.  Inspired by true events, the script was written by actors Ashley Chin (‘Cherry Tree Lane’) []

UK MUSIC NEWS: N-DUBZ SAY IT ‘WILL BE HARD TO CRACK THE US’

UK group N-Dubz has reportedly stated the obvious and say that it will be ‘hard to crack the US’. Group member Fazer admitted to RWD “It’s going to be harder in the US as the kids in America live very different lives to those in the UK. “But we’re so honest in our lyrics, hopefully that will appeal to them.” Fazer trust me that won’t be your only problem.  I just hope that the group’s management Jonathan Shalit can continue to work miracles. They should perhaps think about featuring Susan Boyle []