N’Jai The Writer


Brand New Wiley Feat Donaeo – ‘She’s Crying For Me’

When I heard Wiley had a song feat Donaeo I was highly intrigued especially considering the recent barrage of hits coming from both directions (Wearing My Rolex, Devil In a Blue Dress, Party Hard *if you don’t know them you need to buy yourself a life, i’m selling them in bottles!!!*) and their different styles, though similar roots – coming from the garage days would mould very well on an electro/funky/grime vibe.

Well I was well and truly WRONG!! 

Maybe it will grow on me but for now, NAH!! This ain’t really me, and the reason why it’s called ‘She’s Crying For Me’ is coz whoever she is probably thinking it’s sh*t too!!



ItsAlot-Gate!!! Griminal and Tempa T

I am choosing to refer to this situation as ‘ItsAlot-Gate.’ The situation that started as a mere fued between Griminal and Jammer has now culminated in physical violence not between the two themselves but Griminal and Slew Dem Crew’s Tempa T.

 

One slang phrase, that is not even actually a word (alot) has made people outside of the Grime scene once again look upon the scene in disgust with a patronising ‘I told you so’ attitude. When you think all this started over one word it seems petty but knowing that there is pride, credibility and much more at stake, some MC’s are not prepared to get parred easily by their peers.

 

Here’s how it started!!!

 

Griminal released a free promotional mixtape called Not Just Bars Vol 1 which built up lots of momentum and hype around Griminal who at the time was arguably one of, if not the best younger MC, alongside Chipmunk, Double S and say… Dot Rotten? On that mixtape, probably the biggest tune on in was a track called ‘It’s Alot’ which has been a big slang word for the last few years. The track was getting spun on radio, in raves, it was literally what it said on the tin, it WAS alot!

 

Hear Griminal’s ‘It’s Alot’ here…

 

 

Months later, Jammer, out of nowhere released a track, ironically *cough cough* titled ‘It’s Alot.’ So the same slang word was relayed in the chorus. Now Marcus Nasty, Griminal’s older brother had already had beef with Jammer back in the day and punched Jammer up so this move from Jammer wasn’t the smartest and could be taken with the upmost disrespect considering he wasn’t even cool with the N.A.S.T.Y crew after he got kicked out. So, Jammer didn’t stop there by just making a tune, he literally killed it, had T-Shirts printed with ‘Its Alot’ embezzled over them and other merchandise.

 

Watch Jammer’s ‘It’s Alot’ here…

 

 

Understandably, Griminal was pissed as Jammer blatently tried to par him which then made it difficult for Grim to then release a track in the same genre, with the same title, as the video and merchandising route had been exploited by Jammer so indirectly people may have been purchasing merchandise on the back of Griminal’s track and not Jammer’s, i.e. Griminal made the phrase big, Jammer ate P’s!!

 

The next step didn’t involve either Jammer or Griminal but it was directly related to the situation. At a time when the ‘Its Alot’ madness had slightly died down, Westwood had a radio set with Jammer, Tempa T, Ghetts and Brutal amongst others appearing.

 

Download the set here..

 

http://sendspace.com/file/0hky3n

 

The set was cool until about 6 minutes in (6.18) and Tempa T comes in with ‘It’s a par, it’s a par, them man goin round saying it’s a lot, but us man know it’s a par, it’s a par!’ which was directed at Grim. Tempa T’s involvement came from his affiliation with Jammer for one, but also for the fact that he claims the slang actually came from HIS crew so neither of them should really be squabbling about it however Jammer had more right than Grim to use it! In typical Ghetts fashion, he couldn’t let that happen as Griminal is his boy and he has too much machido to let that slide. So he went in against them, and even went to freestyle ‘Its Alot, It’s Alot I swear you man borrowed that from Josh, from Greengate don’t think I won’t back it, I swear you man borrowed that from Josh.’

 

At 10.27 Tempa T then claimed he schooled Griminal in a rave, a claim that came back to haunt him later!! He also said that he don’t wanna hear Ghetts say nothing a   bout ‘It’s Alot,’ to which Ghetts replied, ‘It’s Alot!!!’

 

Ok, that was that. Then Ghetts released his highly anticipated mixtape/album ‘Freedom Of Speech’ and one of the hardest tracks was ‘Threats’ which featured Brutal and Griminal, Grim’s verse contained the lyrics directed towards Jammer “Man wanna copy the sh*t that I write, now it’s got grim on a hype ting again, one or two guys I’m not liking again, Jammer don’t want me fi start writing again, you’re not heavy! Marcus banged you already, what!? Wanna fight him again?”

 

Threats..

 

 

 

 

The event that followed that was Ghetto’s Launch Party at Dirty Canvas when Griminal and Jammer clashed on stage, watch the footage here..

 

 

It went quiet for long, hence the assumption from the masses that this scenario was dead and buried until earlier this year when a SB.TV video was released (scroll down on the blog for that video). Griminal went in HARD at Temps!! ‘tell them man there suck ya Mum!!’

 

All this has culminated in bringing us where we are today. Pride is a fickle thing and for the sake of not only the artists, but the Grime scene in general MC’s need to start realising there is more than just MCing to life!! Call it melodramatic but for a mother to lose a son over a word that DOESN’T even exist would literally be ALOT! Say no more!!

 

Keep your eyes peeled to the home of Grime for any updates on the latest going’s ons!! http://grimeforum.com



Remember Kano and Dangermouse?

Pay attention from 2:15 into the video when he addresses the Kane situation..

I’m sure if you know Kano from ‘Boys Love Girls’ days and if you was around at the Streetz Incarcerated, Bound 2 Blow and Lord Of the Mic era then you’ll defo remember this guy, well he’s back..

Big up GrimeDaily.com



Panty’s, Bra’s, Sniff Coke and Camera’s!!

In relation to the previous article about the Wiley and Goodz lyrical war, there has seen a response from not only Goodz, but also his imprisoned brother, Grime legend Crazy Titch who is currently serving a life sentence for murder.

Now, the murder that occured was allegedly as a result of an individual who said some negative statements towards Goodz, then known as Durrty Doogz and then in response Titch amongst someone else was accused of murdering that said individual. The recent lyrical war between Wiley and Doogz has seen Wiley state that Doogz should be in jail instead of Titch and also; ‘Remember, everytime you’re writing a lyric, my mans sitting down in the cell doing life’!!

In response, Titch sounding as bold as ever has his say on the situation, alongside his brother, the less said the better, have a look for yourself.



Can Wiley Be Beaten?
2 Of The Oldest, 2 Of The Best

2 Of The Oldest, 2 Of The Best

Durrty Goodz’s latest move to attempt to de-throne Wiley as the King Of Grime may have been a shot in the foot for the once highly rated Goodz.

Some are from the school of thought that this move by Goodz may simply be a promotional stunt to promote his soon-to-be-released Ultrasound CD. Others, believe that this is much more than a promo and with the level of bars that has been directed towards eachother, it’s hard to believe otherwise;

‘And if you wanna get bright // Then try I’m a warlord I’m taking your life // Remember every time you’re writing a lyric // My man’s in the cell sitting down doing life //’ WILEY.

Now this Wiley and Goodz lyrical battle has history, they are old foes. I remember them battling it out in 2002-2003 days, at that stage Goodz was called Durrty Doogz and he went hard at Wiley, arguably one of Wiley’s hardest battles to date.

Fast forward to 2008, out of the blue Wiley released ‘Where’s My Brother,’ a banger that hardly nobody said they disliked. It was one of those songs, you didn’t fully know what the concept was, like every line was a double subliminal, and you couldn’t really comprehend what it meant but you knew it was a big tune.  Many a conspricy theory were attributed to the song but as often with Wiley, it never fully made sense.

Later on in the year Wiley made it known that the song was unrelated to his once protege Dizzie Rascal, this led to further speculation. It later became known that amongst others, Wiley was relating part of the song in the direction of Durrty Goodz and his life-imprisoned younger brother Crazy Titch.

Goodz made an appearance on Logan Sama before the turn of the year and directed bars towards Wiley as well as playing some of the songs from his new CD which also had bars for Richard Kylie as he is less often known.

This prompted the ‘Angry Garden Gnome Freestyle’ from Wiley which has brought us to where we are now, I don’t know how long this war will continue or whether it will, but whatever it is, I have to say that Wiley is arguably the hardest MC in Grime to clash, he has been through the whole works. There is not much more an MC can say to insult Wiley, we’ve heard he like’s younger girls, heard he smokes crack, but he is still the biggest commodity to Grime.

Also, I cannot see much other MC’s going at Doogz and talking about the sensitive Titch situation and blatently say that he should stop spitting in respect of his imprisoned brother!!

Thanks to www.grimeforum.com

HERE’S the download link to the latest Logan Sama War Report featuring Doogz V Wiley and Rinse MC V Jeeday Jawz.

Enjoy!!



Sway and Akon… Silver and Gold!!
I don't think he was talking about these Silver and Gold's!

I don't think he was talking about these Silver and Gold's!

On first hearing probably the most famous Ghanaian in the UK’s recent album, The Signature LP,  this song was definitely the one that stood out (minus Pray For Kaya).

North London’s Sway DaSafo’s flow had hardly ever been in question but it seems of recent times that he has improved his song making and vocal ability dramatically. Whether this is due to him having creative freedom over his product or whether it may have been the personal difficulties experiences he has dealt with of late, whatever it was has had a positive effect.

This song, Silver and Gold demonstrates Sway’s unique flow, with meaningful catchy lyrics, and even some multi-tone vocals and ad-libs (if you’re unsure, think of  Jay-Z when he whispers etc). Combined with the instantly recognisable voice of Akon on the chorus, this equals one of the best club tunes that the UK has EVER produced.

 This song SHOULD do so well, both here and on the other side of the Atlantic, given the right promotion and marketing along with support from UK TV and radio stations I would be slightly dumbfounded if this didn’t make at least the Top 10 though when I first heard it I did think it was a straight No.1 but maybe my judge of music of late hasn’t been  that great considering I tipped Diana Vickers for X-Factor and Alexandra Burke won!

I can see big things for UK music in 2009 although I seem to remember being told this every year for the last few but in terms of UK Hip-Hop and Grime artists I do believe that the standard is constantly getting better, with this year seeing some very good material produced.

I don’t think i’ve EVER heard Sway go so hard as when he first comes in on this song..

‘Just hopped off a Plane // Sway // Name  just popped up again // UK just got a hotter game // Konvict Music top of the game// I’m in the club and i’m watching the dame// Who’s in love coz she’s watchin// Watchin da chain// And whether it’s a drop or a range// One thing for sure it’s the top of the range//’

 All I can say after that is Giggs’s trademark… Jheeeeeez!



Wiley – See Clear Now.. N’Jai-Alysis

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After being delayed in September, Wiley has finally released his highly anticipated album, See Clear Now.

The anticipation seems to be a delay worth waiting for, however a quality product like this has been long overdue for an artist who has many opportunities which have failed to live up to expectations.

2008 has seen British UK (Hip-Hop/Grime/Bassline/Funky House, even POP!!) make an impression in the charts this year but especially UK vocal songs. Wiley’s own Wearing My Rolex hit No.2 in the charts while his former fellow Roll Deep member and protege Dizzee Rascal had a No.1 for four weeks with Dance With Me.

Avid fans will claim that the artists have not stuck to their original Grime genre and background, undoubtedly though it has been this turn in artistic direction which has led to those said successes.

Wiley’s project ‘oozes’ in maturity, sounds range from R & B, Hip-Hop, Bassline to Pop with producers such as Hot-Chip, Mark Ronson, Bless Beatz, Jake Gosling some of those involved on this highly eclectic project. Wiley’s decision not to produce for himself on this project may be part of the reason as to why his vocal ability complements each song accordingly, like he had more time to focus on it. This will surely not be an album simply targeted at the teenage market, this album can appeal to people from a much wider walk of life.

On the back of Wearing My Rolex, many assumed Wiley would rest on his laurels and live off his successes, this is disproved by this album. The title track, See Clear Now featuring Kano and Scorcher is a sign of the development of Wiley’s artistic and mental frame of mind. Although Scorcher’s appearance outshines the others with his bridge and hook reminiscent of a ‘London Jay-Z flow’ if there is one! The song is catchy and somewhat meaningful.

5am featuring Scorcher is my personal favourite, Wiley demonstrating maturity in his personal life from the days of Pay As You Go Cartel and the ‘road’ mentality, backed up by a soulful Hip Hop ballad.

‘Let ’em into my world show ’em how I took // A sound from here a sound from there // Said I’d neva leave the hood but now I look back don’t matter where you live // You’re alive and kicking // I’ll always try and stop you trippin // But it’s awkward if you’re slipping up yourself // I ain’t perfect though //’

I Need To Be, a Pop/Up-Tempo hit will surely be a club tune, alongside the successful Wearing My Rolex, Summertime and catchy Cash In My Pocket. The use of the Republica sample on Can’t Stop Thinking is used very well and produces an effective song. Step By Step produced by Hot Chip is a Jay Z featuring Linkin Park plus a sprinkle of Electro type hit, it somehow works.

In conclusion, this album could somewhat be compared to ones favourite sandwich. In between lies the chosen meat/fish, salad, sauces  and any extras, demonstrated on the album by the musical variety. The outskirts, or the bread of the sandwich are the first and last tracks, Wiley’s bread, Grime. All in all, this is a good project, Grime fans may not be entirely satisfied however as an artist this is definitely his best project to date, with Race Against Time, his next album set to be out early next year, if this is the standard of UK Music at the latter stage of 2008, after a prosperous year, 2009 appears to be a very good look!

Got your copy? What are your thoughts? Leave comments below.