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[VIDEO] Diggy Simmons XXL Freshman 2011 (Freestyle) by wearesme
March 4, 2011, 6:11 pm
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Diggy Simmons has been named as one of XXL’s Freshman of 2011 (11 of the hottest prospects in HipHop/Rap right now) and rightfully so. Granted; he has the best mentor any aspiring rapper could ask for in the form of Run DMC founder Rev Run – his father, but he hasn’t rested on his laurels.

He has the witty lyrics of someone twice his age and as you can see from the freestyle below, he flows effortlessly.

Here’s what Diggy had to say on being selected for the Freshman Cover; “Being here means a lot. It’s always been something I thought was real cool, as a new artist to be on, and it was something that I wanted to be on this year. When I heard [I made it], I was like, ‘What?’ You know, that’s something I was freaking out over, because I was putting in all this hard work, and to see it, you know, actually see the things come to past my ways, it’s just crazy. There are certain goals that people wanna reach, and being a new artist, I’m sure—well, hip-hop artist—I’m sure being on the Freshmen [cover] is one of them. And that was something that I definitely wanted to do. I mean, being here is crazy.”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

For more on Diggy in XXL mag click HERE.

SME x

SME RELOAD: [FREE DOWNLOAD] Diggy Simmons – Part Presents Future (Mixtape)



[FRESH VIDEO] Ghetts – I Told Ya Feat. Rapid by wearesme
February 25, 2011, 4:40 pm
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Ghetts ain’t rampin’! In the wake of his response video to not making it onto MTVs controversial list of top 10 UK MCs, he has now released the official video to his latest tune I Told Ya. This is a man on a mission.

SME x

SME RELOAD: [VIDEO] Ghetts – Who’s On The Panel
SME RELOAD: [NEWS] MTV Top 10 Best Of The Best British MC’s 2010



[VIDEO] Ghetts – Who’s On The Panel by wearesme

Following MTV’s announcement of the ‘Best Of The Best Top 10 UK MC’s 2010’ list, SME immediately expressed our annoyance at the outcome and it looks like we weren’t the only ones who weren’t impressed…

Ghetts is one of the MC’s who controversially didn’t make the cut and it’s safe to say he wasn’t best pleased. So, he took it upon himself to make a quick new track on which he could air his dirty laundry. He even got a video shot; this guy means business!

Check out what Ghetts had to say on the matter below.

SME x

SME RELOAD: [NEWS] MTV Announce Top 10 Best UK MC’s of 2010 List



[NEWS] MTV announce controversial list of Top 10 ‘Best Of The Best’ British MC’s of 2010 by wearesme

MTV tonight announced the Top 10 UK MC’s of 2010 and it certainly wasn’t short of controversy.

The panel, which included: Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson (MTV), Logan Sama (Kiss 100), Ras Kwame (Broadcaster), Charlie Sloth (BBC 1Xtra/Radio 1) Chantelle Fiddy (RWD & Mixmag), Hattie Collins (RWD), Elijah (Butterz), Stanza (True Tiger), Ara (The Jump Off) and Donatella (Flava) all discussed and voted for their favourites. However, news has leaked that the list was altered at the last minute owing to pressure from industry representatives for leaving out certain individuals; namely Chipmunk and Dizzee Rascal.

The altered list did not affect the number 1 spot, with Tinie Tempah rightfully reigning supreme after an incredible 2010, but the whole premise of the list appears to be unclear.

Does chart success determine the position? What is the definition of an MC? Is Dizzee still classified as one? And obviously, why was the list altered?
If chart position is the main factor that determines the list, it begs the question; why was Wretch 32 removed following the success of ‘Traktor’ in the UK chart?

The inclusions of Maxta on the original list and Lowekey on the revised, is a bizarre choice on both counts; neither have had any success in the charts and if you ask any grime fan they will no doubt bombard you with names of MC’s who are deemed better than the aforementioned.

The first of which would be JME, who unexplainably is nowhere to be seen. And this after having released what SME believe is the best grime album of 2010; BLAM! Any ideas? No neither do we.

None the less; MTV should be given credit for commissioning the show and as a result giving the UK Grime scene the exposure it deserves.
You could argue that it’s irrelevant who made the list as the show has sparked discussions around the country; especially on Twitter where opinions have been rife since the announcement. Artists on the list will be recognised for being there and those who didn’t make it will be the names on everyone’s lips for weeks to come.

Check out the lists below:

Orginal list
1. Tinie Tempah
2. Skepta
3. P Money
4. Wiley
5. D Double E
6. Devlin
7. Wretch 32
8. Professor Green
9. Giggs
10.Maxsta

Revised List
1 Tinie Tempah
2 Dizzee Rascal (added)
3 Skepta
4 Pro Green
5 Wiley
6 Giggs
7 Devlin
8 P Money
9 D Double E
10 Chipmunk and Lowkey (added)

*UPDATE* Click here for Ghetts new track & video in response to not making the list!

SME x



[VIDEOS] Brit Awards 2011 Performances by wearesme

Adele – Someone LIke You

Rihanna – Medley

Tinie Tempah, Alex Turner and Labrinth – Medley

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PERFORMANCES



[NEWS] Brit Awards 2011 Winners List by wearesme

The winners have been announced and the awards presented at the 2011 Brit Awards. Front runners on the night were Tinie Tempah and Arcade fire who picked up 2 awards each.

There were performances on the night from the likes of Rihanna, Plan B, Tinie Tempah and Mumford & Sons which we will be posting videos of shortly.

Check out the full winners list below.

Best British Male Solo Artist: Plan B

Best British Breakthrough Artist: Tinie Tempah

Best International Album: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Critics Choice: Jessie J

Best International Male Solo Artist: Cee Lo Green

Best British Single: Tinie Tempah

Best International Group: Arcade Fire

Best International Breakthrough Act: Justin Beiber

Best British Solo Female Artist: Laura Marling

Best International Female Artist: Rihanna

Best British Group: Take That

Best British Album: Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More

SME x



[NEWS] Adele writes history in this weeks UK Chart by wearesme

This weeks UK chart has just been announced and it’s an incredible week for Adele and her label XL Recordings.

She has stormed to the top of the album charts with her second album 21 achieving record sales of over 208,000 in just one week; a figure that is only bettered by Take That’s ‘Patience’ last year. 21 is now the highest selling January album for five years.

Incredibly she her debut album 19 has made its way back into the chart securing a number 4 slot over 2 years after its release! Adele is the first artist for almost twelve years to score two Official Albums Chart Top 5 hits, including the number one, simultaneously.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Adele also has 3 singles in the Top 40 with Rolling In The Deep (3), Make You Feel My Love (15) and Someone Like You (36).

Incredible. And Deserved.

For the full album and single charts, head over to The Official Charts.

SME x



[NEWS] Coachella 2011 Line-Up Announced by wearesme

Coachella 2011 Lineup Poster

This doesnt require much of a write up because the above poster is self explanatory. We don’t need to tell you how incredible this line-up looks and how extremely jealous we are that it isn’t being held in the U.K!! (insert sad face)

Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon headline the event which is held in Indio, California and runs from April 15-17th and are worth the admission alone; never mind the 100+ other acts!

If you’re lucky enough to be going; SME hate you.

http://www.coachella.com/

SME x



[NEWS] Brit Awards 2011 Nominations List Announced by wearesme
January 13, 2011, 7:07 pm
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The nominees for the 2011 Brit Awards have been announced. The front runner comes as no suprise after the year he has had; Tinie Tempah received 4 nominations and is also set to perform on the night.

CHECK OUT THE FULL NOMINATION LIST HERE



53rd Grammy Awards Nominations Announced by wearesme

The 53rd Grammy awards air in the US on Sunday 13 February and the nominees have been announced!

Eminem leads the way with a massive 10 nominations, while Bruno Mars came in second with seven and Jay-Z, and Lady Gaga earned six a piece.

A quick mention for Florence and The Machine who were delighted have been nominated for Best New Artist. Team U.K!

Album of the Year
Recovery – Eminem

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

Record of the Year
“Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem & Rihanna

“Nothin’ on You” – B.o.B & Bruno Mars
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
“F**k You” – Cee Lo Green

Song of the Year
“Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem & Rihanna

“F**k You”- Cee Lo Green
“The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
“Beg, Steal, or Borrow” – Ray LaMontagne
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist
Drake

Esperanza Spalding
Justin Bieber
Florence + the Machine
Mumford & Sons

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
“Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version)” – “Glee”

Cast “Misery” – Maroon 5
“The Only Exception” – Paramore
“Babyfather” – Sade
“Hey, Soul Sister (Live)” – Train

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Sara Bareilles – “King of Anything”

Beyoncé – “Halo”
Norah Jones – “Chasing Pirates”
Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Michael Bublé – “Haven’t Met You Yet”

Michael Jackson – “This Is It”
Adam Lambert – “Whataya Want From Me”
Bruno Mars – “Just the Way You Are”
John Mayer – “Half of My Heart”

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
“Airplanes II” — B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams

“Imagine” — Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
“If It Wasn’t For Bad” — Elton John & Leon Russell
“Telephone” — Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
“California Gurls” — Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Dance Recording
“Rocket” – Goldfrapp

“In For The Kill” – La Roux
“Dance in the Dark” – Lady Gaga
“Only Girl (In The World)” – Rihanna
“Dancing on My Own” – Robyn

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
“Take My Time” – Chris Brown & Tank

“Love” – Chuck Brown, Jill Scott & Marcus Miller
“You’ve Got A Friend” – Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin
“Shine” – John Legend & The Roots
“Soldier of Love” – Sade

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Graffiti – Chris Brown

Untitled – R. Kelly
Transition – Ryan Leslie
The ArchAndroid – Janelle Monáe
Raymond v. Raymond – Usher

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Nothin’ on You” – B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars

“Deuces” – Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall
“Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem & Rihanna
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
“Wake Up! Everybody” – John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common

Best Rap Song
“Empire State Of Mind” – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

“Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem & Rihanna
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Nothin’ on You” – B.o.B & Bruno Mars
“On to the Next One” — Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz

Best Rap Album
The Adventures of Bobby Ray – B.o.B

Thank Me Later – Drake
Recovery – Eminem
The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z
How I Got Over – The Roots

Full Nomination List at http://www.grammy.com/nominees.

SME x




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