Durrty Goodz All Day...


While the likes of Chipmunk look down from the lofty heights of the pop charts after landing fortunate deals, their grime careers a distant memory, Durrty Goodz can tell a more colourful story. He's seen the genre emerge from the East End; faced his fair share of personal strife, serving a sentence and seeing his half-brother Crazy Titch get sent down for murder; rubbed shoulders with Polydor fat cats and subsequently turned his back on the label; clashed with revered face of grime Wiley; and all the while persevered by independently pushing his music. Take heed while UK All Day, albeit briefly, speaks to Goodz ahead of his forthcoming album, Overall.


Tell the people who you are and your back story in music.

I'm Durrty Goodz, an artist from east London. I've grown up listening to all types of music, knowing that reggae is the most authentic music in the world. You can always hear the culture in the production.


What sets you apart from other grime artists? What makes you distinct?

What sets me apart from others is a long list of things. Being
innovative on everything I've ever released, I also have my own sound
so people can recognise it when it's heard.


Grime blew up at an accelerated pace, arguably from looking at how hip hop in the US commercialised and copying the template. As an artist who's been there from day one, how do you see the genre today, both underground and mainstream?

I don't see the grime genre in the mainstream, I see artists that might have made grime in the past but they're not actually trying to keep the elements of the music alive. I don't blame them either, they're just trying to stick to the rules and make themselves successful. The underground artists are now scared of being themselves because they're afraid they won't become successful doing that.


You're something of an unsung hero in the genre. You garner a lot of respect from your peers and fans alike, although others acts arguably get more attention. How do you measure success?

I measure success on how you're sounding now. You're only as good as your last CD.


You were signed to Polydor in 2005 but ended up walking. Why? And what's your experience of working with a major?

I felt it was the right thing to do while on my journey. Being signed wasn't changing my life or making me get better as an artist. I realised that you have to put in a lot of hard work and it made no sense somebody who I have no contact with owning all my material while all the hard work is being done by me. But being signed to a major can be a bit tricky because since 2005 labels seem to be allowing UK artists a bit more creative freedom, although the contract side of things is even worse.


Wiley and you have been back and forth at each other on-record for years. Even last month he sent for you again. Some say it started after he went at you on Where's My Brother?. When and what started this rivalry?

No one is my rival. When you are respected for being a great artist
you will come across those that fear and those that will do anything
to stop your happiness.


What should people expect from your upcoming album, Overall?

Overall it's what grime is, where it's been and where it's going to. On
top of that, it's a demonstration of my creativity.

Onoe Caponoe - Milkyway 1311 (Video)


Boasting possibly the best moniker in British rap, Onoe Caponoe returns with Milkyway 1311 - more of that funkadelic space hop. Or something. Once you've finished up watching this, train your eyes on his video for Clockwork Green.

Chima Anya - What Now (Video)


Chima Anya is back, following up last year's New Day album with free track What Now and a slick video to accompany it. He also carries the torch for hip hop's aversion to question marks. But why.

Jam Baxter - Isis (Video)


Taken from Jam Baxter's double LP Rinse Out Friday / Spack Out Monday, available from High Focus Records today.

Sonnyjim & Sleaze - Long Road feat. Rtkal (Kelatron Remix) (Video)


Kelakovski switches to his dubstep alias Kelatron for this remix of Long Road from Sonnyjim and Sleaze, whose collaborative effort Mnemonics will be out shortly.

Verb T - Stay With Me (Video)


The second video from his Serious Games LP, Stay With Me sees Verbs deal with love sickness and, from the looks of the flower ditching at the end of the visuals, rejection.

Head to YNR to pick up the album and check his self-produced EP, Self Ish, right here.

The Lowdown: Episode 11 - Kyza


Kyza stops in with The Lowdown, pinches Black Milk's Sound The Alarm and reminds everyone that he's not to be played with.

Grand Central - La La La feat. Trademark Da Skydiver (prod. Chemo)



Grand Central return with the follow-up to their God Loves Grinders Vol.I mixtape from last year. Chemo, who's been keeping himself busy of late, handles the beat while Mr Drastik and Kinetik are joined by new school US rapper Trademark Da Skydiver.

Skinnyman - Music Speaks Louder Than Words (Video)


He might being serving time at Her Majesty's pleasure, but that hasn't stopped Skinnyman unleashing this video for Music Speaks Louder Than Words, a tour of the veteran's north London ends.


Phoenix Da Icefire, Logic, Rewd Adams, Cyrus Malachi, Skriblah & M9 - Vigorous Denial (prod. Chemo) (Video)


A veritable UK hip hop tag team throw their weight about over production from Chemo on Vigorous Denial, all orchestrated by indie media group GlobalFaction.



Sonnyjim - The Heat (prod. P.L.O.) (Video)


With Mudmowth AWOL, Sonnyjim goes for dolo with his verse off the pair's The Heat in this mini-video. Get the track here and hold tight for The Highball, coming soon.

Enlish All Day...

After upping sticks from the south west, Enlish made something of a name for himself in Boogie Down Brighton's rich yet localised hip hop scene. Having since moved to the capital, the man who also goes by the name Big Dave now has a new double single set for release this month. Sit back and read as UK All Day gets to probing.


Tell the people who you are.

Greetings all. I'm Enlish, aka Big Dave LO, The Charlie Sheen Of The UK hip hop scene. I'm an active MC/DJ/writer/intoxicant abuser repping Team Hate, F.U. Music, DNS, Genius Squad, LRLC and a whole bunch of other crews that I've already forgotten about.


Brighton has historically had a strong hip hop scene. What's it like today?

I no longer live in Brighton, but I still visit on a very regular basis. The scene today is far more fragmented than it used to be; I think this is due in part to the general decline in interest towards hip hop from the general masses (in Brighton, the terms fashionable and fickle go hand in hand) and also that over time people have tended to move away, myself included, mainly due to a need to put life before music. However, there are still a lot of talented MCs, DJs, graffers, breakers and producers down there. I still pretty much work exclusively with beatmakers from Brighton. There are still regular hip hop nights that go down well, including the now infamous SlipJam B open mic (ten years and counting) and my man HP is still holding down Rarekind Records and making sure vinyl is still available to the masses. Hip hop ain't dead in Brighton, it just feels like its hibernating at the moment. Be on the lookout, though, there's a lot of sick acts coming out to keep your eyes peeled for. Plus I still consider it my home of sorts, and I'm “winning” right now, haha.


It's good to hear Brighton's still got talent! What makes the city a breeding ground for hip hop and what do you like about the place?

I grew up in Cornwall, born and raised for 21 years. I could see the sea from my attic window. Moving to Brighton for me was a no-brainer - I'd always lived by the sea and spent my summers on the beach. Id also exhausted any and every hip hop opportunity in Cornwall (MCing and DJing), plus I had good friends living in Brighton and the scene was really kicking off back then, with three or four nights a week, battles, cyphers going down every day.. I fell in love with the place on my first visit. Despite the seedy underbelly, essentially it's about as left wing a town as you get in this country and most people seem to have a live-and-let-live attitude. There's over 300 pubs, a massive beach, plenty of parks and general good vibes going all day every day, especially in the summer. Its not so small that you feel too claustrophobic, but not so big that you cant walk from one end of town to the other. The air's clean and the people are nice. What's not to like?


I couldn't agree more. What was the first UK rap track that you ever heard or that made an impression?

Wow. If my memory serves me correctly, which it probably doesn't, it was Alphabetical Response by The Brotherhood. I got into hip hop in '93 aged 11, and if I'm not mistaken that track dropped around 95... After that I went back and did the knowledge on London Posse, Music Of Life, Demon Boyz, Hijack etc. But yeah, from a UK perspective, Alphabetical Response was the first UK joint I heard that really impressed me as much as the US acts I was checking for at the time.


Who's been the biggest influence on your music?

Without sounding contrived or egotistical, I'd say myself. I've obviously been subject to a number of outside influences, namely good friends and mentors of mine such as Hines, Dr Syntax and Stig Of The Dump, not to mention the countless US and UK acts that I'm still a fan of, but I would definitely say myself. Mainly because I always put 100 per cent of myself into my music, whether that's expressing my sense of humour, talking about my mother's death from cancer and my subsequent struggles with mental illness or my ultimate self-belief when it comes to spitting darts in a cypher that are doper than the next rapper's. Ultimately, as long as I'm happy that I've put 110 per cent into my music and feel like I've done the art form justice from my perspective then I'm happy. That may sound big headed, but what I mean by that is that my life experiences have influenced the person I am today, and therefore the music I make reflects those external influences, whether good or bad, positive or negative.


A lot of people say that UK hip hop has fallen off. Is it progressive enough to sustain itself or do you believe it's in good health?

I still think it's in fine health. The sales and business side of it has obviously seen a massive decline since the early 2000s but that is to be expected. The UK “urban” (I hate that term) scene is so progressive; hip hop became garage, garage became grime, grime came back round 360 degrees to the current trend of “road rap”, which has directly influenced the stylings of some of the biggest artists out there, like Tinchy Stryder, Tinie Tempah and Professor Green. You just need to keep an ear to the street and know where to look, and there's a wealth of good quality straight up hip hop out there. It's just nowhere near the spotlight anymore; pop rap has pushed it into the background. But we're still all here doing our thing regardless. "Art over money, love over everything" as a wise man once said.


Wise words. You're active on the battle circuit. What two MCs, dead or alive, would you like to see go head to head?

I'm still active, although “semi retired” would be a better term. I still chuck my hat in the ring for a written battle once in a while (my first solo battle in two years, versus Cruger, will be up 23rd April - the same date that my single drops) and I'm always ready for a freestyle battle at the drop of one. As far as the two MCs I'd choose, first I must say that I am from a background of freestyle cypher battling, as opposed to the written format or the verse-for-verse format (a la Big L, RIP). With that in mind, I would love to see a mid-90s Eminem versus Supernatural, Craig G or Chester P. That would be one for the ages. There's so many ill match-ups to choose from though, so I call a yellow card on that question!


You moved up to London a year ago. Why? What made you move and what's your experience been of London so far as someone trying to get ahead with your music?

Basically, I'd been living in Brighton for six-plus years, just under four of which I spent working in a job that I despised just so that I could continue to enjoy the musical and social benefits of living there. It got to a point where I literally couldn't stand the thought of going back to the glass case of emotion every day to pay my bar tab. Plus I needed a break, so I dropped a couple of stacks I'd been saving for a rainy day and went travelling around the world. Upon my arrival back in the UK, I found myself with no money and no job, but was very generously given the opportunity of free accommodation in London. Plus I knew that if I went back to Brighton I would inevitably end up crawling back to my old job, essentially recreating the cycle that I'd worked so hard to get out of.

In hip hop terms, my experience of London has been great so far. I've been active on the scene for roughly a decade now, although more or less completely in the background, so I have some good friends and comrades that I'm already familiar with. There are more nights, more people to meet and therefore more opportunities to explore, so I'm doing my best right now to get out there and experience as much of it as I can, all the while forging new links and friendships. I already had a leg up because of this, so I kind of had a head start, plus I've been touring with Stig Of The Dump on and off since September 2010 which has obviously taken me to new places and introduced me to new people. I've been in a very privileged position, but I've also worked hard at it. You just needed to be dedicated to your own mission and be a good person, and good people and opportunities should present themselves. You need the skills to pay the bills too as well though, obviously.


Of course, of course. Have you found the fragmented nature of hip hop in the capital, what with all its different forms, and diversity of people's taste a hindrance compared to the unified scene in Brighton?

Not really as, unfortunately, people tend or seem to say in their chosen brackets (myself included) so the lines very rarely cross over. To me, it's all hip hop in its own way, it's just made in a different style. Some of it I like, some of it I don't, but that doesn't mean that I'm hating. Diversity of taste could never be a hindrance. Diversity is one of the best words out there. It's the diverse people that do cross the boundaries... You see kids in goofy glasses, skinny jeans, silver space boots and crazy haircuts coming out to boom bap nights, just as you might see a Rawkus t-shirted backpacker or Lacoste and Clarks sporting “grown-up” rapper attending a pop-grime night surrounded by 18-year-olds. The same goes in Brighton, as it's far from unified... All of hip hop's sub-genres are present in Brighton as well, its just that the city is that much smaller that they mesh together more often, the poetry scene included. It's a shame that there isn't more diversity and people reaching out to each other in the city, but we're yet to hear that one artist who successfully appeals to all of the sub-genres across the board, if that person even exists.


Watch this space. Ok, thanks for dropping in. Now sign off and plug shamelessly.

Peace out to UK All Day, thanks for the interview. To anyone who wants to hear my music visit my Bandcamp for free downloads. From 23rd April my new AA single - Messed Up feat. DJ Manipulate / Arrogance Is Bliss feat. Sean Price, Stig Of The Dump and DJ Manipulate - will be available for purchase exclusively through the site. By purchasing the single you also receive the Rap Ain't Real, My Life Is Real LP for FREE, so go do it! My debut physical LP release, Cold Lazarus, will be out around May/June time, as will The Sunny EP, just in time for BBQ weather. All of my joints are dropping on F.U. Music. I also write a blog, where you can keep up to date with all manner of my exploits and check my BSing on Twitter. You might see Stig and I mashing up a venue near you soon. Peace, one.

Wiley - Numbers In Action (Video)



Wiley at his most playful in this video for Numbers In Action, taken off his next studio to be released on Big Dada, 100% Publishing. Didn't he cuss the label on record after they sponsored his album Playtime Is Over?

Either way, this is better than the chart-chasing sound that grime has opted for in the past couple of years. Trendies will no doubt dig (?) it.

Onoe Caponoe - Clockwork Green (Video)


Over a beat that could be convincingly passed off as ATCQ-era Dilla, the brilliantly named Onoe Caponoe turns in an impressive, ear-catching performance. An unexpected treat.

Jon Phonics - Robots Can't Dance (Mix)

Jon Phonics is set to release his new 7", Bruck Out/The One. Before then, he's just served up this nice little mix to promote the upcoming Robots Can't Dance event.

Tracklist:

‎1. Jacques Greene - Holdin' On (LuckyMe)
2. Jimmy Edgar - Hot Raw Sex (!K7)
3. Optimum - Broken Embrace (Night Slugs)
4. Lando Kal - 3D Action Jackson (Numbers)
5. Machine Drum - It's That Bass (LuckyMe)
6. Darling Farah - Berline (Funkineven Remix) (Civil Music)
7. Aurora Day - Dry My Eyes (White)
8. Pete Cannon - A Place I Know (Prism Tracks)
9. Breakbot - Stereo Provolone (Ed Banger)
10. Jon Phonics - A.M. (Chakra Sounds)
11. Mr Oizo - Z (Ed Banger)

Mystro - Takin' It To The Bank (prod. Show N Prove) (Video)


Mys Diggi dons his philanthropist hat for Takin' It To The Bank, part of a campaign by Red Kite Learning to support unemployed disadvantaged Londoners trying to get a job since rich people messed up the economy trying to make themselves even richer.

Support the cause here, Mutha Luvaz.

Scorzayzee - Fighter (Video)


Scorzayzee mixtape War To The Puzzle, the warm-up to album proper Peace To The Puzzle, will be out on Monday and will feature this number.

Beat Butcha - Bandcamp Exclusives (Beat Tape)

A selection of Beat Butcha's past brooding work that originally featured the likes of Jehst, M9 and Lil Eto is now available as instrumentals.

Pyro Barz - Look Who Crept In (Mixtape)

Pyro Barz creeps in with this new 15-track mixtape for your listening pleasure. Stream before heading to the download link. And if you can't remember the video for Look Who Crept In, get to viewing it here.


Pyro Barz - Look Who Crept In

Don't Stay In...

This is sure to be a right corker. Hit the flyer for a close-up.

Context MC - Listening To Burial

Context MC's Cadmean Victory EP is waiting in the wings. For now the Norwich rapper has let off this new song - an ode to elusive minimal-dubstep name Burial, who's known for his sparse, nebulous production with flawlessly processed vocal snippets.


Side note: Burial recently returned with Street Halo and new music alongside Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Four Tet. Check UK All Day favourite Fostercare - but if you do, don't listen through your laptop speakers.

Jack Flash & Wizard - Steamrolling



Wizard continues to make a name for himself, this time blessing Jack Flash with a monster for Steamrolling. The Bournemouth-based producer and Huddersfield MC have a yet-to-be-titled album up their sleeves, so be on the look out for that.

Cyrus Malachi - Hell's Garrisons feat. M9 (prod. by Endemic) (Video)


Cyrus Malachi returns with his signature apocalyptic wordplay on Hell's Garrisons, with M9 on the assist and Endemic on the boards. His official release, the oxymoronically dubbed Ancient Future, is in stores now.


Sonnyjim & Mudmowth - The Heat (prod. P.L.O.)

The lead off AssociatedMinds and Eatgood Records collaborative EP The Highball. Sonnyjim and Mudmowth spar over a P.L.O. beat that will leave a lot of sore necks. The full extended-player is sure not to disappoint either.


Don't Stay In...

Catch Jehst perform his new album this Saturday at trendy Shoreditch haunt XOYO.

Dirty Dike - Pork Pie (Video)


Dirty Dike stays true to his namesake and gets down right dirty on Pork Pie, off his Mr Constant-produced solo effort Constant Dikestar, available at High Focus Records.

Enlish - Tender

On the 24th April Brighton spitter Enlish will drop double digi-single Messed Up/Arrogance Is Bliss (feat. Sean Price & Stig Of The Dump). If you pay up for it you then get a free copy of long-player Rap Ain't Real, My Life Is Real, which will feature the leak Tender, below.

All of this precedes his physical album, Cold Lazarus.

Telemachus - The Adventures Of Telemachus Volume 1 (Mixtape)

To keep his name in your mouths ahead of his In The Evening album release, Telemachus has put together this great compilation that covers everything from reggae (Dr Alimentado) to psych rock (Jefferson Airplane), via underground hip hop favourites DITC and Smif-N-Wessun. This is definitely worth a download.



Cyclonious & 42nd Chamber - Never Lose Your Passion (Video)


Another one off Cyclonious's tape with French producer 42nd Chamber. Take a look at his previous video for the title track, The Warrior And The Blacksmith, and get a hold of the project here.

Stig Of The Dump - Sound Of The World feat. Shizzio & Clipson (Video)


Stig Of The Dump enlists Shizzio and Clipson for this illuminati-bating double-time riddim. Good to see a UK hip hop artist venturing over to the grime sound - it's all so easy for rappers to stay in too narrow a lane these days for fear of reprise from small-minded fans.

Jehst - Starting Over (Video)


Weeks after everyone got sand in their fanny over whether Jehst is a postie or not and if it even matters, he delivers (soz) the video for Starting Over. Looks like the joke was on us all along and it was one big publicity stunt... Or is this a timely response? We'll probably never know.

Either way, this will feature on Billy Brimstone's long-awaited third album, Dragon Of An Ordinary Family.

Mr. Flex - Nothing To Prove feat. Sophie-Rose Harper (prod. Beat Butcha) (Video)


North Weezy's Mr. Flex reminisces over production from Beat Butcha, who deviates from his script and turns in his best Premo rendition, and does well too.


Chester P - New Mic Order Pt.2 (Mixtape)

Damn, look who just stepped back in the building. Rumour has it that Chessa Chess and his brother will be reuniting for one last Music From The Corner before retiring Task Force for good. Until then, Chester brings you the second part to his New Mic Order mixtape series, released today.

Suspect Packages Radio - April 2011


Guess who's bizzack with April's instalment of Suspect Packages Radio. Peep the playlist below to get the skinny on who gets a spin this month. Oh, and don't forget about the live event if you want a night out this Friday.

Playlist:

01> joker starr – radio show intro
02> chester p – midnight mescaline
03> chester p feat.inja – soundboy killer
04> cyrus malachi feat.kyza – slang blades
05> mudmowth & metabeats – life’s never enough
06> bill shakes feat.children of the damned – king of trash
07> dirty dike feat.slang immaculate, stig of the dump, jam baxter, skuff, ed scissortongue, fliptrix & the three amigos - from the future
08> ranx feat.casey & soweto kinch (pentalk) – ben 20
09> jabba tha kut feat.oliver twist – uk flashback
10> seanie t feat.little hero – pon da corner
11> capitol 1212 feat.tenor fly – don man sound
12> dr syntax – calm down
13> mudmowth & metabeats – ghost
14> cyrus malachi – animal circus
15> dirty dike – pork pie
16> heavy links – bombsite
17> bill shakes – rise n shine
18> chester p feat.inja, farma g & remus – ay senor
19> dirty dike feat.mr key, jam Baxter & ronnie bosh – what d’you expect
20> cyrus malachi – elemental
21> telemachus feat.roc marciano – scarecrows
22> chester p – santos christos
23> cyrus malachi – kemetic love
24> bill shakes – for goodness shakes
25> dirty dike feat.skuff – the agitated
----------old skool selection-----------
26> fresh ski & mo rock – mind positive
27> s.o.n. movement – dope jam
28> mykrophone – takin’ out suckers
29> david r.b. & a.w.1 – raised like a pitbull
30> gunshot – lockdown

Verb T - Self Ish EP

Not content with YNR release Serious Games coming out at the top of the year, Verbs follows up in quick succession with the self-produced Self Ish EP. And at £3 it's a steal.

Cyclonious & 42nd Chamber - The Warrior And The Blacksmith (Video)


Cyclonious is back with a short and sweet number, The Warrior And The Blacksmith, taken off his project off the same name with French producer 42nd Chamber.

Cop that here.

Big Cakes - My Soul (Video)


Big Cakes gets operated on NHS-style in this gory visual for the excellent My Soul.

Don't Stay In...

A hefty line-up here for One Love No Borders, an event at legendary Birmingham venue the Custard Factory on the 24th of this month. Buy your tickets before they're all picked up.