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[LISTEN] Jamie xx Grime Mix for BBC Radio 1Xtra by wearesme
March 10, 2011, 5:01 pm
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Another day and another big mix from the man of the moment; Jamie xx. Everything this guy touches turns to gold. He even manages to sample the Countdown theme tune in a grime mix without looking like a complete twat! How is this possible, you ask? Some say he is half mortal, half badman.

Listen to his grimey mix from Mistajams Radio 1Xtra show on Tuesday night, with the Countdown theme in all it’s glory, below.

SME x

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[VIDEO] Jessie J Performs In The BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge by wearesme
March 6, 2011, 5:45 pm
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Watch below as Jessie J steps foot in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and beautifully performs two of the track off of her debut album Price Tag and Stand Up, as well as an amazing rendition of The Naked And Famous’ tune, Young Blood.

Enjoy.

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For more of Jessie J’s visit to the Live Lounge head over to the official website HERE.

SME x



[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 x

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[VIDEO] Lupe Fiasco – H.A.M & Moment 4 Life (Freestyle on Westwood) by wearesme

We brought you the audio of the two big freestyles Lupe dropped on Westwood’s Radio 1Xtra show last week and now we bring you the visuals of the whole 10 minute sesh.

No prep, no iPhones or Blackberry’s; just Lupe and his raw lyrical talent. Enjoy.

SME x



[SME MEETS] Yasmin *EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW* by wearesme


Aged just 21, Yasmin Shahmir posseses incredible talent and is one of Britain’s most promising female artists.

Yasmin was born in Manchester and raised in Glasgow, but it was the city of London which would prove to be the turning point in her life and provide her with the exposure she sought.

Having moved to London at the age of 19 in order to pursue her DJing career, she soon received the recognition she deserved; going on to DJ for the likes of N*E*R*D, Taio Cruz and Eve.

Off the back of her success in DJing, Yasmin decided to pursue a career in singing, and went on to sign a record deal with Levels Entertainment (part of Ministry of Sound). She has since supported Example on his UK tour, featured on the song ‘Runaway’ with East London’s finest MC; Devlin and most recently went on to release her debut single ‘On My Own’ which charted at #39; an impressive achievement for a debut record. Yasmin is also currently working on her debut album with the likes of Jamie XX, Labrinth and Shy FX.

Having seen her tear of the roof dropping endless Hip-Hop bangers during her DJ set at Rock The Belles, we were eager to talk Yasmin and find out if in fact there is anything that this girl can’t do?
Our wish was granted and here’s what we asked the beautiful singer/DJ/model/superwoman. The last one on that list isn’t entirely true; at least as far as we know!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW



[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



[‘MONSTER’ BANGERS OF THE WEEK] Kanye West – Monster (Teachers Remix)/Lupe Fiasco & Sway – Monster Freestlye by wearesme
February 20, 2011, 9:40 pm
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This week the entourage gets two Bangers Of The Week for the price of one! And both of them come courtesy of Kanye West’s Monster.

The first  is a remix of the original by New York City based collective Teachers who includes M.I.A’s fella, Benjamin Brofman. Brofman and fellow band member, Eli Bush put an interesting twist on Kanye’s hit single with grimy guitar rifts, switching up the instrumentals accompanying ‘Ye, Jay-Z and Ms Minaj’s bars.  It’s likely you’ll want to hear some more from Teachers – they haven’t released much material as yet, but head over to their soundcloud page HERE.

The second banger comes from DJ Semtex’s Radio 1 show and features Lupe Fiasco, fresh from his freestlye over H.A.M, and one of our favourite MCs reppin’ Team UK, Sway. These guys give a virtuoso performance in freestylin’. Not much else to say other than sit back and enjoy.

SME x




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