If you ain’t clocked who Lee Brasco is by now then blimey, that holiday to Fiji must’ve been nice. I caught up with the boy from bow, to talk Mixtapes, Blogs & much much more.
Me: Good to speak to you finally, hows things ?
Lee Brasco: Yeah I’m good you know, just here and hungry to keep making more music.
Me: Good to hear, Hows “Deep With The Lines” coming along ?
LB: Well I was listening back to it last night and it is definitely set to do a lot, people will be very shocked ! I got a lot of different flows and styles and concepts on there, the production is sounding booming !
Me: What can we expect on there both MC and Producer wise ?
LB: It’s mainly Rapid, Dirty (Dangerous), Rude Kid and Maniac influenced, also I’ve got a new up and coming producer called Brave Beats and his beats are so powerful but as for features there’s Trim, Slix, Mercston, Rapid, Fuda (Guy) and, Roachee and so on, so it should be an interesting product ! I understand that everyone is different and not everyone will like me or my music but I’m so confident in this so if NO ONE likes this mixtape then I will give up MC’ing, and I mean it ! I know Badness and Wiley said they was retiring but I really will.
Me: You maintain you’re one of the few to be holding it up for E3 at the moment, why do you believe this ?
LB: I believe this because as we know, in Bow E3 and the grime scene, some musicians have gone quiet. But I’m still here going on radio, vocalling, free-styling and so on, I do this out of the fun and love I get from it. I’m not trying to dis-respect no one but it’s blatant to see who is putting in the work and who isn’t ! I just try to keep focused in my products and in what I do because its very easy to fall into the ‘lazy’ trap ! At the end of the day I’m on Twitter, Myspace, Facebook and I update my blog every single day and it’s like some of the fans in grime don’t appreciate the hard work I put in! Some of them are stuck in the world with the MC’s in the scene that don’t do nothing apart from release one tune every 8 months which I find funny! Times are changing so if these guys cant keep up then they get left behind !!
LB: To be honest on this question I’m gonna face reality so I’m not gonna lie… most probably not because Tinchy is very busy with his own career and life and as for me and Wiley doing another tune I hope it can happen but most likely we will never get round to it even though I would love work with the both of them because they are inspiring to be around as they make me more hungry for this music, and a lot of people don’t know this and might not even care but Wiley was on the chorus of “Computer Girls” and I did a tune with Tinchy for “Drastic Measures Vol.1″.
LB: Well we was talking on Facebook about music and he asked what I’m working on and he heard my track ‘Headturner’ and he wanted to jump on the remix so I sent him the beat and he sent it back vocalled 2 hours after, which was amazingly fast. I gained a lot of respect for him afterwards because he didn’t have to do that he could of made it harder for me to get him on the tune.
LB: First of all big up Grimeforum, the bloggers and all the suppoters ! A lot of people liked it and were suprised with that promo because obviously it was a huge advance from the first because I expanded more on it ! The feedback was good and bad but it doesnt bother me, I just take in all the negative and positive comments and take it in so it helps me become a better MC but people didn’t think I was that good until they gave me a chance and saw the angle I’m coming from ! At the end of the day I make music for the happiness of my heart, I express my feelings through music I don’t do it to gain friends !
Me: It’s fair to say you experimented a bit on that promo as well, where does experimenting stop for you ? Is commercial a route you might take ?
LB: Nah I wasnt experimenting I was just doing what I wanted ! I liked the beats/music so I wrote to them and vocalled them, whether they are different or not ! I’m not out here to be the average MC talking about violence because it’s boring and typical so I try to change it up and make various moods, and if I do make commercial music I will still be going on radio and doing grime because grime is my first love always ! I’m not gonna just use it as a stepping stone to get where I wanna go, I will always take grime with me wherever I shall go or perform ! I’m not ashamed of grime so I will represent till I die !
Me: Rinse FM was 15 lately, in the past month or son you’ve been there non-stop, what do you like about Radio ?
LB: I love going on radio, it’s an honour and the real of element of the development in grime ! I went radio everyday for the whole week with Trim, I will always go on radio even if I reach a much higher status in music. I will never not go radio because it’s all practice and MC’s need to realise you can never be too big for radio as that was a key factor in the reason why you are where you are today ! Every time you go on radio you will always gain a new fan so it’s good to be realistic because I’m sure going on radio is better than being on the roadside jamming or sitting your yard doing shit ?
Me: Plus, I was reading this article yesterday on Grime DJ’s but it was apparent the majority now play Funky instead of Grime ? Is this a hinderence to MC’s at all ?
LB: It doesn’t bother me ! At the end of the day some MC’s and DJ’s wanna get money and big by any means so if it means doing funky as well.. so be it ! They can all do as they please because it’s hard for DJ’s to make money in grime but in funky house it’s easier so they follow the pound instead of the heart but that is common so we’ve just got to get on with it, with or without them ! They are just facing reality that’s all.
Me: You’re embroiled in a feud with M.I.K, what’s happening ?
LB: First of all his name is like a swear word in my dictionary, he was obviously bored and wanted a little buzz but I’m the wrong MC to get a buzz from as I’m not the biggest artist out there ! He said I catted his word and then two days after I heard the poorest war-dub in history, man said ’cause a fiasco, dont really care if your names lee brasco’ even my 7 year old cousin said the bars wasnt really creative and he’s only 7 but it’s nothing to me I aint got no hard feelings towards the guy because it’s not constructive to me ! When I first heard (about the situation) me, my brother Dillusion, Trim and Roachee got on a non-musical hype and was gonna ’cause problems but when we analyzed things it was petit, ridiculous, silly and quite simply a waste of our energy and time then we ended up writing 4 tunes which was good ! So I big up MIK for that (LAUGHS). I don’t want these MC’s thinking they can send for me because I have a good nature because I don’t want to get physical over music ! I said to myself I’m putting music first and not second – if you know what I mean !
Me: Sure and whilst we’re talking of Dillusion, you told Fullygrown there would be a joint mixtape, hows plans for that going ?
LB: It’s just gonna be a 6 track download just to get him back in the swing of things because as we are all aware he’s been in prison so he’s been away from the grime scene. We are talking of ideas and seeing where and what he wants out of this music ting then it will kick off from there.
Me: Apart from you’re own ventures, who’s material will we be haering you on ?
LB: Well I’m going to be working with Scorcher a lot more and obviously Trim and Roachee’s music and also I’m with rapid a lot I hope we can get more music out there ’cause when me and Rapid are together in studio we come up with crazy ideas and hooks !
Me: Talking of Rapid, what’s the score with Ruff Sqwad ? You’re not actually a member, but are you working with them on anything at the moment ?
LB: I’m not in Ruff Sqwad and I’m not working on nothing with them at the moment, I work with them individually but not as a collective which is the funny thing about it ! It hurt me not being on Guns And Roses Volume One or Two but that’s how it goes sometimes. But all that just gives me more ammo to keep musically strong and realise to not rely on people to help so I had to go out there and get it myself.
Me: What was the inspiration behind your hit “Computer Girls”, a real life event or..?
LB: Well obviously it’s real life stories but I just wanted to have fun with it so I made it a different concept….
Me: A trend for artists these days is having your own blog. You have one of the slightly more well known ones, why did you start it up ?
LB: I started it because I wanted people to get to know me a bit more and see the things I like and don’t like etc ’cause I used to be moany and boring but I’ve learned to lighten up on certain things so my blog is a wierd way of expressing, just like music ! Yeah a lot of MC’s go on my blog so that’s a good look still ! And also if somebody doesn’t like me as an MC or person, there’s always my blog they can like !
Me: Now your slightly more recognized, what’s the best part of being an MC ?
LB: Being able to guide the younger generation ! As an MC in Bow still involved in sets with MC’s like Skepta and Trim and all the main MC’s and also being in 2 music videos they look up to me so I help them musically ! I have so many tunes with guys in my area and god knows what happens to the tunes but I still have input in what they are trying to work on ! Like Halo is working on something and even Smokey Joe is working on a mixtape, he has a tune with me and Rapid. So it’s always an honour to show them to be creative ! Sometimes when I go west end I hear things like ‘is that lee brasco?’, ‘i swear thats that ruff sqwad yout’ and girls come up to me and say ‘excuse me, my friend said your the guy from that video and she said your buff’ so it’s easy you get me ! But it’s all normal to me as I’m a normal guy ! Because I MC it doesn’t make me any superior than the common man walking down the road !
Me: Ah yes, who could forget Smokey Joe !! He’s 7 and he has a mixtape ?
LB: Well he’s working on it now, it’s going to be called ‘Recess Vol.1′ and he’s got a tune on a Rapid beat called ’2 cool for school’ which was actually tight, he’s only 7 but we gotta get him into perfection whilst making music fun for him at the same time. Some people might think ‘why would you waste your time with this little boy?’, and the answer is because he actually has vision when you listen to his lyrics but what they’ve got to remember is that it’s odd for a 7 year old kid to want to be an MC when they are older so we all take him under our wing because we see how much he loves grime.
Me: Who are your favourite producers to work with and when you’re writing what happens ? Do you find the beat first or are you pre-loaded with bars ?
LB: I love working with Rapid as I’m always in studio with him seeing him working on his album, hearing exclusives and vocalling his tracks ! I always write fresh material to beats unless it’s a very quick ting then I will use bars I already have!
Me: So after Deep With The Lines, what’s next for Lee Brasco ? What’s the plan ?
LB: Well Deep With The Lines Vol.1 is complete and I’m working mid in the second one and before I drop Deep With The Lines I might drop a 5 track free download E.P and I’m gonna work on fresh material for that I’m not doing it because I didn’t want to waste un-used tracks from the rejects of my mixtape, I’m doing it because I want to show I can release just as much stuff as anyone else. My work rate is mad, I just write and write, Rapid tells me I’m gonna do myself an injury if I carry on going nuts like this ! I’m an MC who likes to exploit my facilities (use the things around me such as studio) so I get it cracking ! But like I said I will generally give up MC’ing if no one likes my first official release !!
Me: Great talking to you, any final shout out’s ?
LB: The supporters and constructive, the real people around me and the road tugs that keep me grounded, Ruff Sqwad, Trim, Obesity, Roachee, my fam and the rest of my mates and you for interviewing me check out my blog and follow me on twitter ! Peace…I’m out…..FLEE.
No, it wasn’t a cruel joke.
Tempa T’s next hype has been undoubtedly the best song of this year. It’s been available to buy along with the instrumental (credit to Darq E Freaker, he’s been overshadowed tremedously on that !) and there’s been various versions flying about, of all my favourite has to be the DJ Oneman Blend. But now the song’s official remixes are available for purchase, featuring remixes from Plastician, Scratcha/DVA and Brackles.
Also out on iTunes.
Darkos only released his instrumental promo ‘The Darkest Moments’ earlier on in the week, but he’s come straight out with another one, this time containing 6 FULL vocals with one snippet, and 6 FULL instrumentals !!
Out to East London Mc turnt producer Darkos (of Beat Creatures), this is his FREE instrumental promo: The Darkest Moments.
1.Dances Get Dun
2.Angry Boy Riddim
3.Oh No! (Bon Voyage)
7. It’s Official
8. Abadda Milli (Bonus Track)
The tracks are a lot, there are some dark (Irony eh ?) and sinister tunes on there, ‘Johnny Allen’ & ‘Hello’ are two of my particular favourites.
My blog is looking extremely rusty these days, the situation with me not having a laptop is pain staking.
On a positive note:
Up and coming producer Moony drops his latest EP onto Grime Digital (from the same guys who brought you GrimeForum and GrimePedia), with 4 tracks including hard-hitting bass filled ‘Iron Lung’, dubstep headbanger ‘City Of God’, dance/skank influenced ‘Format’ and the 1999 garage-slapped ‘Spanish Lady’.
All these tracks are available ever individually or as a whole package from this link
It’s already been a good year for DJ’s and aspring MC’s, with a ton of instrumental CD’s and vinyl being released frequently throughout the year so far. But for many, including myself, this is the one we’ve all been waiting for. But is it going to live up to all the hype, like the promos and mixes have rather teased.
We start of with the familiar sounding intro of “Ugly”, vocally used by Tinchy Stryder (with Delusion and Roachee on different versions). It sounds good, almost fresh, my headphones allow the bass to deafen me before we move on to “Slap In The Face”. It’s not as bass heavy as “Ugly” but the epic hook flows nicely. I wasn’t overwhelmed by “Wobbly” nor “Ouch”, I’m surely forgiven for saying they sound a bit more dubstep-ish and headache giving.
“G.R.I.M.E” comes out as the strongest beat so far, with an almost out-of-this-world sci-fi style sound, and a beat you’d certainly feel comfortable bopping your head to. “Captain” strikes me as another hot beat, the explosive epic-like hook is fantastic listening, it’s rare I find an instrumental that takes you on a journey.
“Boiler” is a different level. It’s fast, dark and very much grimey. I could go further, but calling a beat “the scum of the earth” is ludicrous. Right ? That 6th gear continues on with “Gunslap”, and “Evil Dead” takes you to a dark little room, with padded walls and safety double-sided mirrors.
I’m starting to sound a bit weird, but believe me, this CD captures an emotion that not even the best of the world Physcologists could explain. That continues with “Skeng’d Out”. It sounds a little to “samey” as some of the previous beats, but it’s cold, and not in a britsh winter’s way. “Grinding” becomes very repetitive and boring yet maintains an impacting hook, very very much like “Oxygen”, or Chipmunk’s “Muhammed Ali”.
“Headshot” is one hell of a beat. Skepta’s “Go On Then” & “What Dya Mean” are sampled throughout and with the background sirens and jingles the beat is complete. Recently vocalled by Ghetts and Brutal, but to be fair, sounds better on it’s own. To finish off, we have “Thug”. It’s a highly addictive beat, very bassy and almost dubstep like. Tinchy Stryders vocal doesn’t compare to the beat alone, this has been sublime listening,
SO there you have it. 14 beats, from one of the grime scenes most recognised and celebrated producers, despite his un-foreseen absence from the scene at the moment. And, to be brutally honest, I’m going to run naked in the rain and say this has been the best to come from the instrumental market so far this year. Nocturnal is the only producer to perhaps scratch this monstrosity of beats and bass. Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it , Frankie. (P.S apparently, the description of “like a PIMP cockslapping a virgin in the face” was dis-tasteful.)
A rating ? Hmm…4.5/5. (Shouts to JJ for putting the CD together and distributing it).
Buy from these places
Play.com (Hard Copy)
Play.com (MP3 Download)
Boomkat Digital (They have this as Funky, this ain’t Funky)
Since Electro-Pop effort “Sing For Me” there hasn’t been so much as a peep from top East London MC Ghetts. But now he’s back and we’re getting ready for what could be the most anticipated album to come from grime. Originally we thought the album was to be titled “The Justification Of J. Clarke” but the album will now be titled “Rebel With A Cause”, and before that drops we’ll be treated to a fresh mixtape called “Calm Before The Storm”. That’s all explained in this video below, with a preview of one un-heard album track featuring Young Nate.
Out to Media Massacre for this one.
It’s been a long time in the making, but finally, Behave Yourself (Untitled, Rogue, Evolver, Messy, J Beatz, Flamzy, Shiftz Beatz & Rampage) are ready to drop there debut mixtape: Entity (Volume 1). It will be avaible from the 14th of July and will contain 15 vocals and 7 instrumentals !!! (See Below).
1. Untitled – I Rep B.Y (Produced by J Beatz)
2. Rogue – Lyrically Fit (Produced by Exo Remedy)
3. Evolver – Shooter (Produced by DJ Jedah)
4. Messy – Hard (Produced by Red Eye)
5. Rogue ft Smirks – Wheres The Banger (Produced by Shiftz Beatz)
6. Untitled ft Rogue – Set Mc (Produced by Shiftz Beatz)
7. Messy ft Kelsey – Your Night (Produced by Moony)
8. Rogue ft Smirks + Untitled – Let The Ting Go (Produced by Biggie Dan)
9. Evolver – Give Up (Produced by Lazy)
10. Messy – Sent From Heaven (Produced by Taktix)
11. Untitled ft Dez – How Can I Say (Produced by Swizzee Star)
12. Evolver – I Want You (Produced by Lazy)
13. Behave Yourself – No Remorse (Produced by Jack Daniels)
14. Behave Yourself – Send For A Guy (Produced by ZDot)
15. Behave Yourself – Random Bars (Produced by Nu Klea)
16. Flamzy – Bang Your Head (Instrumental)
17. J Beatz – Rowdy Riddim Remix (Instrumental)
18. Shiftz Beatz – Fame (Instrumental)
19. Flamzy – Shut Up (Instrumental)
20. J Beatz – Firearms (Instrumental)
21. Shiftz Beatz – Deep In Da Bitz (Instrumental)
22. Flamzy – Nasty (Instrumental)
23. J Beatz – Head Screwed On (Instrumental)
24. Shiftz Beatz – Funky (Instrumental)
All that for £5 !!! Are you crazy ! DO NOT sleep on this one trust me. If you don’t believe these guys are any good then check out
- Untitled – Misconceptions Review
- J Beatz – The Crown Jules E.P
- Untitled – I Am What I Am: Februrary, April & June.
And if you STILL aint convinced check this out
Plus, I got this earler
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So, on July the 14th get down to your local stockists and buy Behave Yourself – Entity !!!
Big shout out to Untitled who’s putting in the work as usual, here’s the June version of his bi-monthly free download “I Am What I Am”. Download it now for 4 solid vocals and 2 accapella’s for you producers and/or DJ’s.
Also make sure you look out for Behave Yourself’s next CD “Entity” coming on the 14th July.
You’ve surely at least 3 or 4 different version’s of Davinche’s “Rider” beat by now and regular followers would’ve read my review on the official mixtape.
Here’s the deal: DaVinche has put up the rider instrumental for free download. If you fancy yourself as an MC that could possibly outshine MC’s like Tinchy Stryder, Keedo, Bashy wo have all made versions of the beat, you can download the beat and e-mail your version directly too him !
Once DaVinche has chosen the winner, they will get to spend a whole day in the studio with the man himself, so if you’re an up and coming MC or Singer (Yes, singers are included in this as well) then this is an oppurtunity you surely don’t want to miss.
Download the instrumental HERE.
E-Mail your version to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6PM (GMT) on Monday 15th June 2009. The winner will get a full day in the studio with DaVinche (10 hours), but you’ll be expected to make your own way there and back, as well as any accommodation. All decisions are final and good luck to anyone entering.
If you havn’t heard ANY vocalled versions of Davinche’s “Rider” beat yet, then you must’ve been living in an igloo. In deep, deep Antartica. The beat has had tons and tons of vocals, not all of which made the offcial mixtape (Unlucky Maxwell), however the ones that did have done more than impress me. Here’s a quick bit on each:
Version Featuring Keedo, Ghetts, JME & Steelo. Well this was the very 1st version we heard and it’s been stuck in my head for a long time. Keedo’s snappy flow, Ghetts eternally clever lyrics and catchy beat riding both combine well with Steelo’s all so smooth and gentle hook. Wasn’t feeling JME too much, the bars were a little less hyped then the ones we previously heard.
Version Feauturing Wiley. Another example of why Eskiboy sits on that throne. Catchy bars, catchy flow, he absolutly smashes this one. You heard this one as the intro on “See Clear Now” with bars like “Mic wars I’ll never retreat one, You see one you’ll never defeat one” & “So cold, after me the heat’s done”. Not the CD’s best, but a contender all the same.
Version Feauturing Tinchy Stryder. Proves why Tinchy is one of the scenes most promising MC’s, providing he doesn’t leave Grime to choke on the dust. Nigh-on perfect timing and a catchy chorus. Best version at this stage.
Version Featuring Tinie Tempah. I’ve never really been imprseed by Tinie, with the exception of songs “Tears” & “South East Of The Thames” (co-incdently produced by Davinche also) and I wasn’t over impressed by this either. A very, very irritating hook ruins something that started promisingly.
Version Featuring Skepta. Despite the fantastic flow and bars from the self proclaimed champion, the Tim Westwood show rip consits of gaps and mixed out words. You don’t get to experience the full potential. If this had been a studio song, it would’ve worked a whole lot better. At this point Tinchy’s still winning.
Version Featuring Clea & Bashy (Riding For Love). Clea’s beautiful vocals flow easy on the listener and it’s all going well until Bashy gets on the mic and starts making silly noises, over emphasizing the end of every rhyme. Clea does manage to recover it towards the end with the hook and her smooth but powerful voice.
Version Featuring Ny. Ny has a truly beautiful voice and is showcased wonderfully on this song.I loved the bit at 1:00 when the song just stops and starts again with Ny banging out a wonderful song.
Version Feauturing Little Dee. The best on the CD, no doubt. The whole flow just makes love with the beat (yes no homo or whatever) and shows how much Little Dee has improved in every department (see earlier bracketd comment). The flow, the content and the general sound. I love the way during certain parts of the song it’s stoppped and sound effects play e.g during the “Ian Wright” bit the crowd cheers in the background. Definatly a tune I’ll be rinsing daily. So many different parts I could just grab and go “look, there, that’s the best part .”
Version Featuring Keedo. I did like this version also, the auto-tune hook did sound frightfully worng however. Keedo does need to make music a lot more and if this is anything to go by then let’s pray.
Version Featuring Wretch 32. The best behind Little Dee’s. Wrecth yet again proving why he’s in a lot of people’s top 3 or top 5, and in almost everyone’s top 10. A very clever man providing pherhaps the most “technical” version.
Version Featuring Big Rem. Not feeling this one really. It all sounded very clashy, the timing was off a lot and I say that only because it was so noticeable. The hook couldn’t save it neither, Rem choosing a Nigerian accent which doesn’t accompany the tune very well at all.
So there you have it. Not entirely perfect, but defiantly a nice mixtape. We need to see more production-specific CD’s in grime, I’d love to see one done for all of Danny Weeds “Activity” vocals. Davinche has done himself proud with this, I am defiantly looking forward to his album “Open Minded”.
Purchase the mixtape from UK Record Shop.
After a sucessful run with his two smash EP’s “Wow Bass”, Silencer can now boast an instrumental CD to his catalogue. You’ll recognise a few of the beats on there from various radio sets including anything by DJ’s Logan Sama (Kiss 100), Tim Westwood (BBC Radio 1xtra), Spyro (Rinse FM), Vectra (Rinse FM) and many more including his own show !! He’s definatly in my site of top 3 producers the moment !
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