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[VIDEO] Ghostpoet ft.Kano – Cash And Carry Me Home Remix (Studio Footage) by wearesme

Courtesty of the lovely people over at the brilliant SoulCulture;┬áhere we have video footage taken from SME inrerviewee Ghostpoet and Kano’s session in the Red Bull Studio in London, where the pair were working on the remix of Cash And Carry Me Home which we brought to you last week.

Don’t miss our exclusive interview with Mike Skinner’s favourite MC; Ghostpoet. See what he had to say on everything from working with Monsieur Skinner, to his love for Peanut Butter and Jam HERE.


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[VIDEO] J. Cole freestyles at ‘Roc Nation Presents’ L.A show by wearesme
February 25, 2011, 2:30 am
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J. Cole performed alongside Wale at the House of Blues in Los Angeles last week, as part of a ‘Roc Nation Presents’ evening.

During the show Cole gave an impromptu freestyle with some new big boy bars; “Nigga probably only got arrested for weed and now you’re talking about that don shit / Don Perignon shit / Not gonna cut it like scissors on my lawn shit”. However, we’re not a fan of all the theatrical “woo’s” from the crowd, so ignore them and appreciate the lyrical content!


[VIDEO] Magnetic Man – The Bug (Live in the 1Xtra Live Lounge) by wearesme

Fresh from blowing the roof off at Brixton Academy on Saturday evening for the NME Awards Tour; Skream, Benga and Artwork popped in to see Trevor Nelson in the 1Xtra studios and were kind enough to give a live performance of their song ‘The Bug’, taken from their debut album Magnetic Man.

Below you can see footage of the performance; a fascinating insight, as they piece the song together as if it were a puzzle. Technology these days!


SME RELOAD: [REVIEW] NME Awards Tour Brixon 20/02/11

[REVIEW] NME Awards Tour @ Brixton 20/2/11 by wearesme

SME were very kindly invited down to Brixton Academy for the NME Awards Tour on Saturday evening by our friends at Get Involved. The lineup looked pretty impressive; The Vaccines, Everything Everything, Magnetic Man and Crystal Castles all in one evening? It was like Christmas come early!

The Awards Tour began all the way up in Glasgow at the beginning of the month and this, the biggest show of them all, would bring it to a close.

We were sure to arrive early because The Vaccines were up first, and following our interview with Freddie from the band, we couldn’t wait to seeing the band live for the first time.
They certainly didn’t disappoint; their up beat rock n roll sound had the main floor bouncing, especially during their brilliant debut single Post Break-Up Sex and the frantic 1 minute 20 seconds long Wreckin’ Bar, which will forever be a fan favourite. The band also performed their next single ‘If You Wanna’ which is due for release in March.

Their sets remain fairly short, at roughly the half hour mark; but in this short time they bring with them brilliant positive energy and upbeat, feel good tracks which leave you in great spirits. Having now seen them live, it is easy to see why they are tipped to be a band that will play a major part in guitar music’s resurgence in 2011.


[VIDEO] Diddy feat. Tinchy Stryder – Hello Good Morning (Remix) by wearesme

More footage has surfaced from the Diddy Dirty Money listening party at Le Pigelle last night and once again Team UK kill it.

This time, the footage shows Tinchy Stryder taking to the stage with Diddy to spit a few verses over ‘Hello Good Morning’. And after the performance, Chipmunk takes to the mic and announces that Kalenna Harper, one of the Dirty Money girls, will feature on his forthcoming album; Transition. The track will be titled ‘White Lies’.

Shout to SC for the footage!

Team UK x


[VIDEO] P Diddy on stage with Skepta, Chipmunk, Wretch 32, Tinchy Stryder @ Diddy Dirty Money – Last Train To Paris listening party by wearesme

Last night was a MASSIVE night for the music scene in London. Not only was Nicki Minaj in town causing havoc at Oceana and Runway but P Diddy was hosting parties left right and centre as only he knows how.

At Le Pigalle club Diddy hosted a listening party for his upcoming Diddy Dirty Money album titled ‘Last Train To Paris’. Some of UK Grimes biggest artists were in attendance, all of which joined him on stage to skank out and perform some of their tracks.

Watch Diddy on stage joined by Skepta, Chipmunk, Wretch 32 & Tinchy Stryder below.

This is a massive look for UK music. The more exposure the better and who better to help them than the daddy, Diddy.


[GIG REVIEW+VIDEO] Jessie J Live @ Scala, Kings Cross 17/01/11 by wearesme

Last night, SME and the entourage had the pleasure of seeing Jessie J’s live show at Scala in Kings Cross and with it, celebrate her Number 2 single in this weeks chart.

Getting straight to the point; Jessie was incredible. Her amazing voice filled the intimate venue, while her charisma and cheeky personality had the crowd in stitches and hanging on her every word.

So often artist (cough*Drake*cough) pad out their sets and only succeed in boring all of those in attendance. However, with Jessie we were not only treated to a vocal masterclass, but at times a stand-up comedy set. The girl is hilarious! And the best part is that it’s all completely genuine because she was born to perform.

She opened the set with Mama Knows Best and followed with Stand Up, Nobody’s Perfect, L.O.V.E and Who’s Laughing Now.

The highlight of the night however, was Jessie’s performance of Big White Room; the first track she ever wrote.
She announced that while recording her album, the perfection for which she aims has thus far eluded her on every recording of this song which means so much to her. “It’s just never felt right” she said.
So, we were treated to something very special. The beautiful performance which was about to follow, would be the final recording of the song and will feature on her album.

At her request, the crowd were silent and she gave a flawless rendition which drew goosebumps all around. Watch the performance below:

This was followed by a special appearance from our favourite Essex boy Devlin who took to the stage to perform their new single ‘Price Tag’.


[VIDEO] Drake brings out Florence Welch @ HMV Hammersmith Apollo gig (08/01/11) by wearesme

Those in London; if you look out of your nearest window you will see a green tint in the sky, beamed from our envious eyes after seeing this footage!

On Saturday night, Drake brought out none other than SME favourite Florence Welch to perform the massive track ‘Fireworks’. Check out footage from the performance below.



[GIG REVIEW] Drake & J.Cole @ HMV Hammersmith Apollo 07/01/11 by wearesme

SME had been eagerly awaiting this date for quite some time. Friday 07th January 2011; Drake would perform his first ever show on U.K soil. It was Drizzy time.

The queue was, for lack of a better word, HENCH! Roughly 45 minutes later, we got through the doors and were greeted by the oh so welcoming and in no way irritating voice of Tim Westwood. The Big Dawg dropped a few big hip-hop beats to get the crowd in the mood.

Drake’s good friend J.Cole came along for moral support and it has to be said; he stole the show.

Appropriately opening the show with the track ‘Welcome’, taken from ‘The Warm Up’ mixtape; Cole brought real energy to the stage and went on to give an inspired ‘real hip-hop’ performance.

We felt his enthusiasm and energy; the crowd we’re loving every minute. And it was great to see an abundance of J.Cole fans in the crowd who sang along to every song. Quite the contrary to what he said when he took to the stage; ‘”most of you are probably thinking who the f**k is this guy”. Give yourself some more credit son!

In his 30 minute set, J.Cole performed a few older tracks along with fan favourites from the brilliant ‘Friday Night Lights’ mixtape. The 2 stand out tracks from the performance and those which had the crowd buzzing were inevitably ‘In The Morning’ (for which sadly Drake didn’t appear to perform his verse) and ‘Higher’. You can see footage of both below.

J.Cole gained a lot of new fans after this polished performance. And for those who are already big fans like SME; he only further reaffirmed the opinion that he may well justify the title that some have given him as ‘The saviour of Hip-Hop’. Now he’s signed to Roc Nation, there is no limit to what he can achieve. Here’s to real Hip-Hop!


[VIDEO] Skepta & Chipmunk do Miami by wearesme
January 5, 2011, 2:28 pm
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Skeppy joined Chip on the ride to Miami for the shoot for his latest video for ‘Champion’ and here’s some behind the scenes footage of the pair jammin in their hotel room while Skepta spits a few ‘Mike Lowery’ bars.


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