Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Tune of the day

Who the cap fits, let them wear..... LOL

Thursday, 25 November 2010

The Journey of Sir Marcus of Nasty

Recognised in the present as the leading DJ of the UK Funky scene, Sir Marcus of Nasty has endured many years of persistence and determination. Thus making his existence appreciated and respected by newcomers and legends of the music industry both underground and mainstream. Below is the story of Marcus Nasty’s voyage…

The journey of Marcus Nasty started during the turn of the new millennium whilst the UK Garage scene had started to decline from its peak. With music evolution bringing the birth of the Grime genre, Marcus Nasty moved with the times. So Solid Crew were making major impact both underground and mainstream showing a strength in numbers, encouraging a formation of many other crews, one of which was named N.A.S.T.Y. Crew.

Founded by Marcus Nasty, N.A.S.T.Y. (Natural Artistic Sounds Touching You) Crew which included Mak10, Jammer, D Double E, Kano, Ghetts, Griminal and Terror Danjah amongst others, was one of the highly observed crews of the Grime scene during it’s infant stages and whilst blossoming. With residence on Flavour FM and later moving on to Deja Vu, supporters were able to be entertained via the airwaves as well as within clubs. Although members changed along the way, N.A.S.T.Y. Crew remained form for a period of 4-5 years, unfortunately coming to demise during Marcus Nasty’s absence. Nevertheless all members of the crew have managed to settle personal differences and many members have continued to progress musically with many remaining prominent names into the present day.

The downfall of N.A.S.T.Y. Crew meant that Marcus Nasty had to find new feet within the music scene. Grime was now experiencing a decline due to trouble at events and many DJs had reverted back to Garage, some mixing the music with the soulful sounds found within US House. However whilst exploring the House genre for himself, Marcus Nasty found that he had preference to the more tribal sound which reminded him of the same elements he had enjoyed within Grime and wondered whether any UK producers had attempted to replicate the House sound. Sourcing music from producers previously worked with, Marcus Nasty gained himself a wide collection of a homegrown House influenced sound which included elements found within Garage, Grime and even Jungle. Although producers were unsure of the productions, they were liked by Marcus Nasty who played them and began the birth of the UK Funky scene.

Donaeo, Naughty, Apple and Crazy Cousins were amongst the producers in Marcus Nasty’s original collection. Tracks like Devil in a Blue Dress, Quicktime, Mr Bean and Do You Mind were respectively first heard when played by Marcus Nasty, bringing him a new vast amount of supporters, causing many other DJs to take note and also start incorporating the homegrown House productions into their sets. Exclusivity became a major aspect of Marcus Nasty’s appeal for listeners and producers/artists worldwide have continued to seek the Marcus Nasty seal of approval by having one of their tracks played. It is for this reason that it isn’t uncommon to hear the name Marcus Nasty mentioned during interviews with members of the UK Funky scene as a contributor that has helped them along the way. However Marcus Nasty names his favourite producers as Lil Silva, Ill Blu and Crazy Cousins for their continuous consistency.

Although Marcus Nasty has continued to show interest in the progression of the music, it has been heavily observed that his personal progress has an undoubted positive effect on the growth of the scene. Having felt to have reached the highest possible peak whilst resident at Deja Vu FM, Marcus Nasty made the highly controversial move to rival station Rinse FM in October 2008. Many warned that he was making a dangerous transition into being a small fish in a big ocean, but with Marcus Nasty’s love to play music coupled with his intense work ethic further fuelled by Rinse FM’s larger audience, Marcus Nasty was once again a major player on his new resident station and released the Rinse FM compilation in November 2009.

The road of UK Funky has been a lot less than smooth sailing. A highly political music scene which seeks solace and direction in an individual plagued by a controversial reputation has caused Marcus Nasty to feel a need to speak out and defend the longevity of the sound of which he laid foundations on more than one occasion. Nevertheless, the actions Marcus Nasty has made to push the scene forward, has been seen replicated by other leading DJs Pioneer, Cameo and Westwood on a commercial scale as well as repetitively within clubs both home and abroad.

Taking his love for the genre one step further, Marcus Nasty teamed up with Bassboy to bring UK Funky productions of his own. Most common known track ‘Shitta’ which samples Marcus Nasty’s popularly repeated phrase “You Dirty Shitta!” was released on free promotional download and has been seen to tear up many dancefloors. A dubplate special was yearned by many DJs across the circuit and the track has gone down as a favourite of many. Taking note of his advancement, Marcus Nasty felt that time came to take a more mature approach to his position within the music. Stepping away from his controversial reputation and surroundings, he changed his name to Marcus Ramsay. A positive move welcomed by all that appreciate the worldwide recognition given to DJs who play without an alias.

Also known for his love of physical conditioning and athletic appeal, Marcus Nasty has also secured himself a new Nike sponsorship with promotional material due to be released in the near future. Within Marcus Nasty can be seen training alongside Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, who is a sprinter on the British athletics team with huge 2012 prospects, named as the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2005 and is a Lucozade Sport ambassador. As Nike sponsorship is rare within the music industry, it’s an accomplishment that speaks volumes.

Marcus Nasty has gone from strength to strength within the UK Funky genre and is unquestionably the most highly regarded ambassador of the movement. His work has taken him across shores to a number of destinations including Geneva, Zante, Berlin, Prague, Malia, Gambia, Kavos, Ibiza and of course Aiya Napa. As well as playing in all clubs on the homeland, Marcus Nasty has been booked to play at events connected to Notting Hill, Luton and Leeds carnival and internationally recognised Glastonbury festival showing that for as long as Marcus Nasty’s drive remains, the thirst for the UK Funky sound and the UK Funky scene will remain far from dead. Marcus Nasty is destined to be regarded in UK Funky as the same way EZ is within Garage.

We can only wait to see what new treats Sir Nasty will be pulling out of the bag in 2011!!

Devlin: Marching Through The Fog

Produced by Lewi White and taken from Devlin's Album: Bud, Sweat & Beers (which is very good by the way)

Look out for Devlin's video for his upcoming single Let It Go ft Labrinth

Professor Green ft Maverick Sabre: Jungle

Quite upset this video won't be making it to TV but then when I think about it, someone did declare to me that it was 'greasy'. Nevertheless I like it's gritty element.

As Professor Green says:
"It wouldn't have been possible without Henry Scholfield, Campbell Beaton, Ashley Rowe, Daniel Kenton and everyone else who took time out and contributed to the video! For those who only know me for my last three singles ('I Need You Tonight', 'Just Be Good To Green', 'Monster'), this is the first opportunity to see another side of my music brought to life. If Upper Clapton Dance was a look at life in the bits through a wide angle lense, then this is the ends under a micro-scope! This is real life, by real people. Ain't nothing nice round 'ere!"
Professor Green, Nov 2010

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

ASB: Flashing Lights (Freestyle)

Absolutely love this video as well as the word play..... If you don't already know about ASB, Check out this young rapper from North West London doing his thang!!

Needless to say ASB is one to definitely be keeping an eye out for going in to 2011....

DJ Lurpak

It's not everyday you see one of the club/music scenes hottest DJs on the TV showing how good he is with his hands in a way that doesn't include music but still requires the correct application of a mix and blend. MTV Kojo's Comedy Fun House DJ Longers was recently seen doing just that on the Lurpak advertisements that sponsored Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals.

No need to worry if you missed them, I've got them right here:

If you'd like DJ Longers to come over to yours and make some ackee and saltfish with fried plantain, his number is 07932..... I'm only joking!!! LOL

Monday, 22 November 2010

Game Over Remix

Tinchy Stryder feat. Ghetts, Slix, Griminal, Dot Rotten, Fuda Guy,
Wretch 32, Roachee & Maxsta

When the original dropped there was more than enough opinion flying around about who had been featured and who should’ve or shouldn’t have. The original is a great track commercially and Tinchy Stryder has done something quite remarkable as to take the criticisms that were thrown at him and deliver what has been requested. Pleasing the underground circuit in the process. I wonder if those who got mouthy upon the original release are wishing they had been a little more reserved.

Personally, whilst the original caused a great level of jumping excitement within, the remix had me stunned… Go Figure!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Lethal Bizzle - Pow 2011 Remix

(Featuring JME, Wiley, Kano, P Money, 2 Face, Ghetts and Chipmunk)

What Do You Think??

Fashion vs Crisis

Does anybody actually like these?

Upon first sighting my eye balls nearly jumped out of my eyes to kidnap my lips in order to voice the offence caused to my ears......

Have I lost my idea of what is fashionable?

Loving It: A.L. - Love Of It

This is a young lady who I have always felt hasn't received enough recognition for her hard work and talents. Along the way I have had to admire her ability to continue grafting towards success not being put off by the endless struggle to get herself and her music heard.

How does talent like this manage to drift along in the underground music scene without bubbling to the top, whilst the less talented get continuously pushed under our noses infecting our ears with less harmonious sounds?

Have a listen to the vocals possessed by this young lady and get an introduction to RAW TALENT!!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

I'm Not A DJ, But I Know Tunes Vol 1

I love my music..... Wait let me not state the obvious. No, let me......

I love my music but the truth is I can't mix to save neither mine, my son's, my mother's (ok ok, you must catch my drift)..... Mixing + Me = NO!!!


Anyway.... Check out my 'eh-hem' mix lol

I'm Not A DJ, But I Know Tunes: Vol 1 by MakedaQoS

Not sure whether I'm gonna make this a regular thing before the questions and speculations arise.... lol Anyways, here's the tracklisting:

  1. Beat of the Drums - N10 Tainment (QoS Dub)
  2. Self-Religion (Believe In Me) - Hardsoul
  3. Hips - Magic Touch
  4. What You Want - Kosha
  5. Good Times (Ill Blu Remix) - Roll Deep
  6. It's UK Funky - Digital Dubstar
  7. Bad Girl (Champion VIP Remix) - Addictive feat Trilla
  8. World on Fire - DJ Sdoko
  9. Mercyless - Fred Everything ft Wayne Tennant
  10. Another Day - Kings of Soul
  11. In Da Groove - Don Morris
  12. ER - OB
  13. Flatline - Nycole Valentina
  14. Quicktime - Naughty
  15. Stressed Out - FingaPrint feat Ava B
  16. Take Me Away - MVP feat Louise Williams
  17. Worth Much More - Mystery feat Miss Bree

Jaja Soze – Me, God and the Devil

How many young males who reside in the ‘ghetto’ are perceived as having lost their way on the road of life? Labelled as being brainwashed by the glamorisation of cars, girls, money and popping champagne to think that this is what a happy life filled with true blessing is all about.

This is what Jaja Soze has personally addressed in his latest video but there seems to be some that are in opposition and against what Jaja has to say…


Surely that would make you ignorant? Maybe you’ve not listened with an open mind? A message cannot be received if the judgement has already been passed prior to reception. Especially if that judgement is attached to stigma and you are in fact brainwashed by the reputation of the speaker.

If that person is you, listen again with an open heart and mind. You may receive a totally different message……

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Ruff Sqwad: Champions

Many have been quick to throw Tinchy Stryder a diss with claims that he doesn't support his originating crew.

Not 100% sure what I make of it, but hopefully will stop a few tongues wagging!

New Video: Wretch 32 - Traktor

So been hoping and waiting forever for this video!!

Isn't the white owl great!? Reminds me of Harry Potter to be honest but love it all the same.....

Released 16th January 2011 - Make sure you support!!

New Video: Slang Like This

This one's a banger!!!

No I'm not quoting the song.... It literally is!!!

Check it out

Tune of the day

It's no secret that I have a very fiery character, but it amuses me most when people try to take advantage of it. Hot headed doesn't equal stupid. Being a woman of stature and a mother, maturity along the way has helped to rise above some of the situations where it feels I am being drawn back into my hood/ghetto mentality.

Most of time, I would love to get violent, slap, punch or even kick somebody in the face for the high levels of disrespect they show me (always seems to be the people I try nice to for some reason too), however I've been brought up with higher morals than that.

But believe me, sometimes it's hard to not let these imbeciles get the better of me.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Big Narstie's Back!!!!

It may take a die hard grime fan to know who Big Narstie is but if you watched Dubplate Drama you're a step ahead still.....

I'm sure many will agree with what Mr Narstie has to say on this track.... It does hold a strong element of truth.

Funky Videos

Never knew there were so many UK Funky videos!!!

Most of these are admittedly featured on my Funky blog, but I thought a playlist would be nice.....

New Video: Hello Good Morning Grime Remix

Have to say I'm fully liking the fact that this video has got the same gritty UK feel that we're used to and hasn't been glossed over like the usual P.Diddy video we'd see.

I don't understand why Chipmunk is all in the camera like he features on the track though. I think he's trying to get his face featured as many times as it was in the Migraine Skank video. Chippy really does need to learn how to let somebody else have the limelight... SMH

Overall, this track and video are a good look for the UK whether you like it or not.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Danny Mac spits bars!!

This guy needs to do an F64!!!

No but really.... If you saw what this guy looked like 10 years ago..... Drugs are not a good thing!!

Ok so he was takes heroin but same policy.....

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Game Over: The Aftermath

The hype and opinions that exploded off the back of this track were phenomenal!! Within 24 hours the video had over 100,000 views on YouTube and over 2,000 comments. Whilst also trending on Twitter within the London region.

Here are some of the things that we're said about the video/track:

@SwerveOnKiss: Game Over [Remix] is a different kind of incredible - beat + lyrical levels are too much - who made this beat? I need to shout them out

@SwerveOnKiss: if when playing #gameover you actually wheeled it the amount of times it deserved it would be over and hour long no?

@Shinobidan: Pro green is da best mc by miles on game over #realesttalkever

@PrincessRemz: Giggs definitely took over the whole of Game Over!

@CaramelCrumble: Just heard the game over riddum and it's pants. A couple one liners absolutely no bars.

@BigDirtz: if you thought the game over video was good then ur ah ediat

@WileyArtist: Example was meant to Be on the tune obviously I wasn't I respect tinch for that game over tune don't hate

@WileyArtist: Please don't try it with tinchy it's his song and if he asked me I would of said no anyway

@MikillPane: Chipmunk's verse on 'Game Over' could probably put a new roof over his head...it's been slated that many times. Nobody's feeling it. :-(

@MikillPane: In fact, when I watched 'Game Over' & saw comments about Chipmunk's verse, I hadn't seen that many slaters since I last watched EastEnders.

@GustoNBT: Everyone is gassing up the game over track and I cant see or hear why. I must be hearing something very different.

@TinchyStryder: I love how everyones leaving their different opinions on #GameOver on YouTube... Interesting too see so many different view points!

So what were the YouTube comments saying??

Well most were slating Chipmunk saying that his game is in fact over and he sounds like he's trying to be an English version of Lil Wayne, but loads others were also stating that Wiley, Skepta, Ghetts and a few others should have been featured on the track. However many show gratitude for the beat and it seems Devlin, Professor Green and Example have received the most praise.

Personally I think Ishi 2Stripes has produced one of the hardest beats we've heard come out of the UK during 2010 and whether the track is liked or not, Tinchy Stryder has done a great job as everybody has been talking about it.

I'm sure there are many out there who think they can do better and will be re-making their own versions. We shall see.....