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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!


[FREE DOWNLOAD] Giggs – Take Your Hats Off (DJ Whoo Kid Mixtape) by wearesme
February 11, 2011, 1:01 pm
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DJ Whoo Kid has teamed up with another of the UK’s finest, this time hosting a mixtape with he who talks the hardest; Giggs.

The Tinie Tempah mixtape was a massive hit and we’ve been patiently waiting for this release; which will be followed by a Skepta mixtape.

Check out the tracklist and download link below. JEEZ!



[VIDEO] Devlin & Ed Sheeran cover Chase and Status’ Blind Faith for Radio 1 Live Lounge by wearesme

Following in the footsteps of Adele and Skepta, who have both been in the Live Lounge this week, and further proof that Radio 1 continue to support and nurture UK talent; Devlin called upon his mate Ed Sheeran to jump on strings for his performance today. And the outcome was a little bit special!

Devlin performed his tracks ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Dreamer’, and also covered the brilliant Chase and Status single ‘Blind Faith’.

Check out the cover below and for the rest of the performance head over to www.Radio1.co.uk.


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[LISTEN] Skepta – Radio 1 Live Lounge (Rescue Me, So Alive & Kanye Cover) by wearesme

More Skepta for you tonight as we prepare for the release of ‘Doin It Again’ at midnight tonight. This time it’s Skeppy in the Radio 1 Live Lounge, performing his tracks ‘Rescue Me’, ‘So Alive’ and a cover of Kanye West’s ‘All Of The Lights’ in yesterdays session.

**UPDATE** Sadly the YouTube video has been removed so head over to www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/ to listen.

Doin It Again iTunes Download Link



[VIDEO] Skepta 4Play Channel 4 Documentary (Full) by wearesme
January 30, 2011, 9:36 pm
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Here is the full documentary for which we brought you a preview clip a few days ago. Skepta is profiled for Channel 4’s 4play documentaries which offer a unique insight into some of music’s biggest names.

Watch Skeppy talk about his upbringing, the grime scene, boy better know, his tattoos and his upcoming album.

Skepta’s album ‘Doin It Again’ is released at midnight tonight (31st January 2011). Support UK music!

Doin It Again iTunes Download Link


[VIDEO] Skepta – 4Play Documentary (Preview + Link) by wearesme
January 27, 2011, 4:57 pm
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SME were just sent a preview to the upcoming 4Play documentary on grimes finest; Skepta.

The way preview has been shot and edited is genius. The poetry, recited over scenes shot backstage before a gig, present grime as an art-form, when other wise viewed as rough around the edges and often not given the credit it deserves as a movement.

Don’t be fooled; these guys are incredibly talented. Even more so than some of the US A-List popstars that you hear on your radio day-in and day-out.

*double click the player to view full screen – Vimeo isn’t blog friendly these days*

UPDATE: Click HERE to watch the full documentary.



[FRESH VIDEO] Skepta – Amnesia by wearesme
January 23, 2011, 3:48 pm
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“You lost your phone, you lost your friends / Now here comes that classic line; I’m never drinking again”

Skeppy just dropped the visuals for his new track ‘Amnesia’ which will feature on the upcoming album ‘Doin It Again’ released on 31st January; just over a week away.

We’re not a fan of the autotune chorus on this tune, it could have done with a guest female vocalist. But that aside; you can’t fault him for throwing a bit of a club banger into the mix for the album.


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