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[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

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!


[REVIEW] Kissy Sell Out’s Mixmag Mad Hatters Tea Party 25/04 by wearesme
April 26, 2010, 2:49 pm
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Kissy Sell Out, Mixmag magazine and DSI joined forces once more yesterday, taking over The Vibe Bar on Brick Lane for the Southern leg of their Mad Hatter’s Free Party.

Entrance was free and teamed with a glorious Sunday afternoon, it inevitably drew a massive crowd as a sea of Wayferer wearing party people filled The Old Truman Brewery to capacity.

Kissy Sell Out was to thank for putting the event together and was rewarded for his hard work in meeting SME (below). I joke!

He got the party started in the courtyard with a genre mash-up, spinning everything from dubstep to dance and ‘Roxanne’ to ‘Rude Boy’ as only Kissy knows how! Throw in a live PA from Tinashe and Kissy’s infectious cheeky smile had spread to the masses.

Other highlights were a serious set from Doorly (joined on stage by a slightly intimidating female MC) in the sweatbox upstairs and the impressive electro pop outfit Fenech Soler who played an intimate gig in the red room; their single ‘Stop And Stare’ the stand out track for SME. Check it out below – Tune.

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