This is the music Alesha should be making! Good to hear her alongside Wiley, guess this is in return for her feature on Roll Deep's new single "Take Control" (which is out today on iTunes). And for what it's worth "Radio" is better than "Drummer Boy" ever was.
Israel "IZ" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole covered Eva Cassidy's classic, "Over The Rainbow" and did a great job - watch the video for yourself on YouTube. Nillow remixed IZ's version and it's well worth a listen!
A song heavily influenced by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' ladies favourite, "Time Of My Life". "The Time (The Dirty Bit)" is the first single from The Black Eyed Peas' forthcoming album, The Beginning and I expect this to smash the UK music charts to bits. Remember that I said it.
You've gotta admire what Robyn did this year - release 3 albums in the space of a year! "Indestructible" is the last sigle that Robyn will release from her Body Talk Trilogy and it gets the approval from me. Video directed by Nils Ljunggren and Max Vitali.
This is more like old school Garage rather than what I expected it to be, which was Dubstep. On another note looks like Ms Dynamite's making a comeback-the accents so not necessary though. "Lights On" was produced by Geeneus.
Yes that is President Obama, Colin Powell and Lisa Palin acting as cheer leaders while Lil Jon KO's Diplo! "U Don't Like Me" is a crazy song with an equally mad video. It's the first one I recall seeing where the artists beat each other up and shoot one another! Funniest thing is that the video features the Diplo from the Blackberry ads.
Chicago natives; Common, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco and No I.D. collaborated on a track for some Basketball thing. Think the song's for their one of their city's Basketball teams (not the Bulls). All I know is No I.D. is a beast when it comes to beats, simples.
Even if it does sound a little like T.I.'s "Swing Ya Rag", you gotta admit the beat is crazy.
You know when someone's doing something well, because others jump on the band wagon. That someone is Kanye and there's an ever growing list of artists mimicking his G.O.O.D. Friday initiative. The first that's worth taking note of is Swizz Beatz's 'Monster Mondays'.
Jay Sean was back in the UK this week for the MOBO's and dropped by the BBC Live lounge for a performance. He gave an acoustic performance of fellow Yong Money label mate, Nicki Minaj's "Your Love". It's almost better than the original.
Still love this collaboration and love what came out of it. "From The Drop" is BIG! Shame that it's another video that Wiley didn't turn up for, but it seems they're the ones that do best commercially-see "Wearing My Rolex" and "Be Your Woman" for further proof. Video directed by Arthur Chance.
Apparently this is his next single, no word on a release date yet though..
Been waiting for this since Mood Muzik 3. I know some of you may not be familiar with Budden or the fact that he is infact a heavy lyricist-to those people I direct you to his BET Freestyle with Eminem and Nicki Minaj.
This week's G.O.O.D. Friday song courtesy of Mr West. Don't know what his excuse is for being late this week-when he's in London. This should have dropped 11 hours ago! Much prefer the Mos Def on this track to the Mos Def on "Lord, Lord, Lord".
Check back here tomorrow, as I'm gonna have more G.O.O.D. music for you..
Gotta love what Tinchy did at the MOBO Awards 2010. For all the hating that goes on from people complaining that he went soft and sold out by making commercial music. This is something to silence the haters for a while. Couldn't believe it when I saw Giggs walk out, that was moesh.
According to Tinchy Stryder this isn't even the full line up, so I'm assuming the final version of the song will have more artists on it. Would be good to hear Tinchy alongside Wiley and Dizzee again, they're two people that should definitely be on it. I won't complain if Maxsta's on it either.
Hands down one of the best emcees in the game, Black Thought of The Legendary Roots Crew, has a new mixtape out with J Period. The Live Mixtape: Illadelph Edition contains live remixes by J Period and Black Thought going in over new and classic cuts. An essential for any Roots fan.
Must have been a Sunday when Example shot the video for "Two Lives" because rather than wait for the train he walks through the hole video. When the train does come Example's not at the station-such is life!
"Two Lives" is taken from Example's new album Won't Go Quietly and is available to download now from iTunes and Amazon.co.uk
I expected this to be Dubstep, the lead up to drop felt like it would be. It wasn't but someone needs to do a Dubstep remix of this sharpish. Nice song by MOPP not to be confused with M.O.P. of course. Video directed by Hles.
It took a while for this to come but after bring you "Pushin' It" in June, Game has finally released the video. Those that like music videos to relate to the song's subject shouldn't be able to complain about this one. Video directed by Tonia Calderon.
"Pushin' It" is taken from Game's much delayed forthcoming R.E.D. Album and is available to download for FREE courtesy of Game: here.
Still can't get my head around Kano's Michael Jackson outfit that he chose to wear for this video. Not really feeling "Spaceship" but I wasn't feeling "Upside" either, "Get Wild" definitely hit the spot though. but it does get better on the second verse. Video directed by Bison.
"Spaceship" is taken from Kano's new album Method To The Madness and is available to download now from iTunes and Amazon.co.uk
Even though it's only been two months since his last Free-EP, The MaxstEP, Maxsta's been back in the lab and dropped his latest project The Come Up EP tonight. Featuring Big Shizz and Dolla Da Dustman amongst others with production from Bless Beats, SX, Wizzy Wow and Z Dot-this should be good.
UPDATE: I've tagged and numbered all the songs so they play in the right order. Track list below
Here we have a classic case of the one hit wonder bug in full effect. "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" was cool but it doesn't look like K.I.G. will reach those heights again. Any claims that "In Your Face" is a banger should not be taken seriously.
I was surprised as you were when I saw this. After their 'beef' Jadakiss and 50 Cent have set aside their differences and collaborated on a track. Feels like Kiss is compromising and messing up the D-Block brand not just because of the collaboration but also because the track is rubbish.
Really they should just cancel the rest of this year's X-Factor, give Tesco Mary the money, the record contract and allow her to work on her debut album. This week she killed the competition with Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"...Thought I recognised the opening bit from somewhere, this is the song Wyldflower sampled for Nas and Jay-Z's classic collab "Black Republican".
For those of you that missed it, Cher's last notable performance was when she sang "Turn My Swag On" in the auditions and that is still her best performance to date. I know she likes to rap but her attempt to cover Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life" was bad. A questionable song choice, especially given the lyrics and where she chose to start here rap.
Wasn't too sure about the painter guy last week, but Matt Cardle definitely did his thing with Bruno Mars's "Just The Way You Are" this week. It gets better towards the end of the song, not in a bad way of course.
For some reason the only place I could find the single was on Amazon.com, if Gucci's label wanted him to sell more copies of The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted than his last album then they're sure as hell not going about it in the right way.
Not satisfied with giving us a new video this week, "Only Girl (In The World)", RiRi is back alongside Drake for what may be her next single. Rihanna's songs are usually big and "What’s My Name" is no exception, Drake definitely does his thing on this as usual. Good to see them working together especially after Drake admitted that she broke his heart.