Archive | March, 2010

50 Cent Live in London: The Review

24 Mar

50 Cent

On Saturday, I braved my way through the usual crazy London traffic and rain to get down to Wembley Arena to catch hip hop entrepreneur and G-Unit front man, 50 Cent in concert. When I got to the venue (a bit late and wet) it seemed like the stewards didn’t have a clue what was going on and directed me from one door to another. Anyhow, I eventually got the right directions and took my place in the standing area. I was quite pleased as I was quite close to the stage and not way up in the stalls.

As I looked around the arena I could see that it was bustling with a few thousand fans who had come out to see Fiddy, but it was by no means sold out, which was surprising as it was going to be his only London date. I was also quite surprised at how eclectic the audience was – I guess it just shows Fiddy’s mass appeal.

I’ve been to lots of concerts before and I‘ve never been particularly interested in watching the UK support acts that open for the big American stars, but this time was different….

Check out my full review over at MTV: The Wrap Up

Shout out to JP Patterson!

Usher “Lil Freak” ft. Nicki Minaj Video Snippet

23 Mar

Usher, Nicki & TAJ

Check out the video snippet for the Usher and Nicki Minaj collabo, Lil Freak from the Raymond v. Raymond album. Ciara will also be making an appeareance in the video which is directed by TAJ. Lil Freak will debut sometime this week.

Diggy Simmons Gets Signed By Atlantic

23 Mar

Diggy Simons

Yesterday, Diggy Simmons announced via his Twitter (@Diggy_Simmons)  that he’s been signed by Atlantic. What a great 15th birthday present. He certainly deserves it after he went hard on Made You Look Freestyle (Flow Stoopid). I’m looking forward to see what he does next.

Kano – Jack Bauer: The 7 Day Edition Mixtape

19 Mar

Kano - Jack Bauer Mixtape

In the run up to the release of his new album, Method to the Maadness, Kano has kept his word and released the Jack Bauer: The 7 Day Edition mixtape (which I hastily downloaded).

Kano comments:

“The tape’s called Jack Bauer: The 7 Day Edition and I named it that because I felt like Jack from ‘24′ working to a deadline to get this shit done ever since I opened my big fuckin’ mouth and said that I could do it.”

The London MC, has received a lot of criticism of late from the media about his role in the government apprenticeship campaign and from the ‘underground’ about his departure from making grime. So, I guess that Jack Bauer is an attempt to silence the critics. For me, Track Burglar and Kinda Like A Big Deal really stood out and I loved the fact that he’s jumped on one of the biggest tunes of the moment, Rude Boy . Jack Bauer is a decent release but overall, I was a bit disappointed as I thought he was going to come harder than he did on the tracks.

Don’t get me wrong I like Kano and you’ll often find More Than One Way and Rock n Rolla pumping on my iPod but I was hoping that he’d give the critics a run for their money, considering the fire that some MCs are dropping these days and the eagerness of the forums to “go in” on mainstream artists; but I guess he’s being tactical and saving the really good stuff for the new album. Well, I’m ready, my iPod’s ready so let’s do this!

Rating: 6/10

Download/Listen to Jack Bauer here.

Tracklist

  1. Intro
  2. You Are Young
  3. Track Burglar
  4. Pass Out (KA Freestyle)
  5. Game Over
  6. Rude Boy
  7. Chip Roll, Sausage In Batter
  8. Back Home
  9. Kinda Like A Big Deal (KA Freestyle)
  10. Kano In The House (Pon De Floor)
  11. Pursuit Of Happiness

Charlie Sloth – Game Over ft. Little Dee & Genesis Elijah

19 Mar

I really like this track.  The video’s funny too, itreminds me of my old Super Nintendo. Charlie and Little Dee are on ponit with their bars but Genesis Elijah kills it with “running as fast as they can but still getting lapped by a Sloth”.

The video has already got over 14,00 views on YouTube and it’s been up less than 24 hours! Game Over is featured on The Black Book mixtape, so go get your copy at www.charliesloth.com.

Lloyd Banks – Beamer, Benz or Bentley ft. Juelz Santana [Tune of the Day]

18 Mar

This has to be one of the best hip hop tunes out there right now. True, its message is not deep and meaningful but neither is anything that Rihanna puts out (no pun intended) so my conscience is clear! Enjoy!

New Feature: #HashTalk

18 Mar

twitter addicted

I’ll keep this plain and simple. I’m a twitterholic. So why don’t I have many twitter related posts? I don’t know. But now I’m fixing that. Say hello to a new feature called #Hashtalk where I will respond to the most popular real-time trending topics on Twitter…Random? Nope. It gives me a chance to rant!

Follow me on Twitter @MisssN …you won’t regret it.

Diggy Speaks About “Made You Look” (Flow Stoopid) Freestyle

18 Mar

I posted up the Diggy freestyle a while back. The boy killed it. See what he had to say about it when he was interviewed by Good Fella Radio.

P.s. The video editor should be sacked!

Countdown to Kano “Jack Bauer” Mixtape

17 Mar

Kano Jack Bauer

In true Jack Bauer style, a 24 hour countdown to the new Kano mixtape has begun. As a little teaser fans have been given a sneak peak at the artwork. I’m looking forward to this release, Kano is always on point!

People Flock To Watch Birds Playing The Guitar

15 Mar

I came across this when watching BBC News earlier and thought it was rather quirky – it’s also one of YouTube’s most watched clips with over 600,000 views in only 4 weeks.

French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has created an installation at The Curve using a flock of zebra finches and a bunch of electric guitars and instruments. The idea is that as the birds get on with their ‘daily lives’ feeding and perching on the objects, making “a captivating, live soundscape”. Boursier-Mougenot is known for creating pieces  that use “the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways”.

The exhibition is on from 27 February 2010 – 23 May 2010 at The Curve (Barbican) and admission is free.

© Extracts from Ariane Michel’s film, Les Oiseaux de Céleste. Copyright Galerie Xippas, Ariane Michel and Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, 2008