Before you dismiss Clement Marfo as just another radio-friendly, crossover Hip-Pop artist, you need to check the credentials. One of the best live acts in the UK scene today – known for his energetic stage performances complimented by his band The Frontline – Marfo shows his critics that he can still ‘spit aggressively’ and more than hold his own in the art of freestyling too. After all, since when did being experimental with your music equate to selling out?
The freestyle featuring him and Dion Payne (The Frontline’s Drummer) marks a return to the Hip-Hop stylings and attitude of Marfo’s original stage persona Nemesis. Going back and forth over a heavy TMS production, the pair show that they can still get grimey with the best of them.
Constantly demonstrating his signature versatility, charisma and focus (qualities that are an absolute necessity in building a solid, lasting urban music career), Marfo is currently working on building his brand and reputation as an all-round entertainer for the next generation.
Look out for Clement Marfo & The Frontline, as they are already a strong contender in the UK urban scene and will certainly continue to build momentum within the industry over the coming months. 2010 should be a very big year for Marfo and if industry executives have any real sense they will stand up and take note.
For more info and to hear more from Clement Marfo, go to myspace.com/clementmarfo or follow him on Twitter (@ClementMarfo).
The Passionate Internet Voices Radio interview with 3threat Media’s Han O’Connor about the Hip Hop culture and some of the outstanding independent artists in the scene can now be streamed from:
For more info on my latest work and publications be sure to keep checking back to 3threatmedia.com. The site is in the process of being updated and there is plenty of new content coming soon!
Look out for my Raekwon cover feature COMING SOON only to Tapwire Magazine!
Look out for my interview with R&B superproducer Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins COMING SOON to Allhiphop.com.
Some of my recent allhiphop interviews include:
MC Lyte – Click HERE to read
Wyclef Jean – Click HERE to read
Chino XL – Click HERE to read
For more information on the very talented artists mentioned during the interview, check out their websites!
The Redland –
‘Epic’ Music Video:
Mike Streezy –
‘Young Forever’ Remix: https://3threatmedia.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/jay-z-mr-hudson-young-forever-stylah-remix/
DJ Mr President –
DJ Mr President & Jim Jones
HOPE YOU ENJOYED LISTENING AND PLEASE GO AND CHECK OUT THE AFOREMENTIONED ARTISTS AND THEIR WORK.
Download the Mix CD at Stylah.tv
Stylah is currently one of the premier talents in the UK urban scene. having already supported the likes of John Legend, Immortal Technique, Papoose, Styles P, Pharoahe Monch, Dead Prez, Saigon and The Game on their UK tours, he is definitely one to watch for 2010.
It’s not often I like the remakes of songs better than the originals, but Stylah’s remix of ‘Young Forever’ is definitely up there. Not only has he turned the track into a pretty reflective joint, but it also really fits the mood of the time too.
Stylah is scheduled to release his debut album Treading Water later in 2010. For more information on him or to download his free mix CD The Warning just go to Stylah.tv
He may not be the underground favourite but Grime MC Tinchy Stryder catapulted the homegrown UK genre to unprecedented levels of recognition and popularity with his major label debut album Catch 22.
Whilst the project was hardly groundbreaking and lacked the grittiness upon which the Grime scene was founded, the album was a solid effort and proved a corss-over hit within the mainstream music market.
With the success of Catch 22 behind him and a much more diverse fan base, the prospects for next year look very promising for the young MC. Hopefully he will be able to use his own recognition to bring several of his peers into the spotlight, therefore fully cementing the genre as a valid art form within the UK.
Affectionately dubbed ‘the prince of grime,’ Ghanaian-born Grime artist Tinchy Stryder has recently been catapulted into the mainstream music world. Fast becoming a favourite with commercial pop fans after signing with Island Records, perhaps some of the grit and hunger has been compromised in favour of a more radio-friendly sound.
Catch 22 is not a bad album, just maybe a little too focused on the fairer sex and his rapid ascent to fame. Having already spawned a number of chart and club favourites, the release marks the acceptance of Grime as a viable artform in the UK music scene. Tinchy’s signature blend of infectious hooks and typical Grime production has helped bring the genre to the masses, although perhaps at the expensive of some artistic integrity.
The album is an enjoyable listen, which radiates positivity and fun. Whilst it is hardly an innovative concept, Tinchy’s light-hearted lyrics can’t help but make you smile. Highlights include the Ruff Sqwad assisted ‘Tryna Be Me’ (produced by Rapid and Dirty Danger) and the bonus track, Tinchy’s interpretation of ‘Express Urself’ (produced by Chase & Status). The introspective ‘Preview’ (produced by Fraser T. Smith) is also well worth a listen.
Whilst it is hardy a pioneering project, Catch 22 marks a positive step for the UK Grime movement. Tinchy’s unique hitmaking formula throughout the release, which serves as an introduction to the talented young artist. Hopefully, as he develops and matures, his sophomore project will provide some of the depth that was lacking in Catch 22, which as we are reminded is just a preview after all. Overall, a good album but perhaps a little too sugar coated for the Grime scene.
On a scale of one to five, one being awful and five being a classic, Catch 22 scores a 3.5.
Catch 22 is out Monday (17th August 2009).
What is the meaning of the word respect? It is a word that is frequently used and even more frequently misused in the urban music world. Respect is something that everybody wants but nobody wants to work for.
In this industry not a day goes by when you don’t receive countless demands for respect; be it due to the amount of online interest, ‘undeniable swag’ or any other number of reasons, it often has the opposite effect. What many artists and even more of my own counterparts do not realise, is that true respect comes from respecting others.
Frankly, respect does not come from Facebook friends and Twitter followers; it comes from building and nurturing strong, loyal working relationships and even friendships with contacts and peers. It certainly doesn’t stem from having the biggest ego or the biggest mouth, after all if you really are that great then people will respect you anyway regardless of how much self-promotion is involved. Finally the most important rule in winning respect is to respect the game itself. There is no substitute for hard work, loyalty and determination in this industry. Put simply, respect must be earned not won…so don’t try to fight for it; respect others and they will respect you.
There are a number of people that I would love to thank and give a large amount of respect to, especially including Rell Fury, Dustorm, Mike Streezy, Pro-verb, and The Redland amongst others. These artists have not only earned my respect after working incredibly hard to perfect their craft but also are very deserving of success; a lot could be learned from these guys.
I had this single through the post to take a listen to, courtesy of the lovely people at Stoked PR. Bless, the man behind Wiley’s grime smash ‘Wearing My Rolex,’ is one of the hottest grime producers around. ‘The Rain’ is the first single from his forthcoming debut album ‘My Interpretation’ and features smooth vocals from Charlie Brown and lyrics from Wiley.
This unique blend of grime and r&b really caught my attention, I loved the juxtaposition of the silky hook and conventional grime verse. Elements of both genres are immediately apparent when listening to this track, which demonstrates Bless Beats’ versatility and innovation. I for one am looking forward to hearing a lot more from Bless in future. Grime best kept secret? Not anymore!
‘The Rain’ is scheduled for release on 23rd August.