We Are S.M.E


[NEW MUSIC] Durrty Goodz – Battle Hype by wearesme
March 15, 2011, 1:22 am
Filed under: Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

An 11 minute grime track from 1 artist has got the whole scene up in raptures tonight, after it was aired for the first time by Logan on his Kiss 100 show. The name on every one’s lips is Durrty Goodz.

Has he called for the whole scene? Who cares? This track is a madness! He switches the flow up so many times it will have you questioning if this really is a battle as the title would suggest; Battle Hype. Listen out for some of the familiar flows he mimics.


Props to HypeFrank

SME x



[NEWS & VIDEO] Killer Mike to release album ‘PL3DGE’ in UK on 22/03/11 by wearesme

Mike Bigga a.k.a Killer Mike is causing waves (no fat jokes, he’s a big chap!) in the Hip-Hop scene right now following a series of well received tracks including Burn and the T.I featured track Ready Set Go, for which you can watch the video below.

After closing out 2010 on a high note, the Grammy-winning, Atlanta based rapper is set to unleash his album PL3DGE on March 22nd .

Full of live instrumentation, PL3DGE features production by NO ID, The Bizness, DJ Speedy, Raz, Zone and newcomers Sweatbox, who are credited by Mike for providing the album’s soul. Guests include TI, Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Twista & Rock D The Legend.

Having heard tracks like Burn, Ready Set Go and Pressure you can expect to hear plenty more political messages from this street soldier and catchy well produced beats to go with it.

PL3DGE is due for release in the UK on March 22nd.

SME x



[NEWS] SBTV founder Jamal Edwards profiled in the Guardian by wearesme
March 7, 2011, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Jamal Edwards, the founder of SBTV was profiled by the Guardian newspaper this week in which he briefly discussed his rise from media student to media mogul. Read the full article below.

“I’m a rebel when it comes to filming,” says Jamal Edwards, founder of SBTV, an online broadcaster of music promos, video interviews and impromptu live performances from the UK rap scene and beyond. “I’ll film absolutely everywhere, without permits or anything. This is a guerrilla operation.”

We are sitting in the nerve centre of the operation: the kitchen of Edwards’s family home in Acton, west London. Waiting nearby is Tayong Azonga, a local rapper who, any minute now, will become SBTV’s next star performer.

Edwards started the channel in 2007, aged 16, after receiving a video camera for Christmas. At first, he trained the camera on his estate. “I was filming foxes in my garden. When I uploaded that, I got 1,000 views and I was like, ‘What? Let me just try something else.'”

At the time, grime music, the now ubiquitous hybrid of hip-hop and UK garage, was burgeoning. You wouldn’t find grime on mainstream TV channels – not yet – so artists disseminated videos of their work on DVD or YouTube. The space for an online channel dedicated to grime music was wide open.

Edwards started filming London rappers freestyling on the street, backstage at gigs or in the back seats of cars. The performances, delivered straight to camera without studio gloss and posted online within days, are raw and often thrilling. But Edwards didn’t want to restrict himself to local unsigned talent or the grime scene.

Recently, he and his eight-strong team have been filming the likes of Ellie Goulding, Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars. Even Justin Bieber has appeared before the SBTV cameras. “Narrow-minded people are like, ‘Ah, he’s filming all these pop stars,'” says Edwards. “But I just shrug my shoulders.”

His attitude appears to be paying off. Edwards says the channel, which makes money from advertising, has racked up 50,000 subscribers and a total of 39 million video views. Last month, he signed a deal with Sony RCA to create his own imprint within the label, and the day before our interview he was hanging out with Simon Cowell, who said SBTV was excellent. Suddenly, the bio on Edwards’s Twitter account – “media mogul” – doesn’t seem like an exaggeration.

When I ask him what the downsides are of being his own boss, Edwards says: “Everyone who works for me is older than me.” He pauses and grins. “OK, the oldest person is 24, but I’m a young boss. It’s a bit daunting telling people what to do.” His friends think his rise from borderline dropout at Ealing College, where he completed a diploma in media and moving image, to budding media mogul is “mad… just mental”. He advises other young people with similar ambitions to “chase your dream, not the competition, because looking at the competition will cloud your vision and mess you up in the long run”.

Edwards says his next step is to go to New York and “work my way from the ground to the top, doing what I did here over there”. The competition will be stiff but he’s not fazed. “I’m a rebel. I’m not scared to do anything: that’s what makes me different.”

Now it’s time to see the rebel in action. Edwards and Azonga slip off and I catch up with them in the underground car park of a supermarket. Edwards is already filming a rapper from Margate called English Frank, who rhymes with apocalyptic fury over a beat pumping out of his car stereo. Passing shoppers regard the scene with total bemusement. When English Frank drives off, Azonga opens the door of his car, hits play on the stereo and turns to face the camera. He gives a shout-out to the channel, adjusts his cap and launches into a slick, motormouth rap. In a few days, tens of thousands of SBTV viewers will see his video featured alongside the likes of P Diddy and Jessie J. When Azonga is done, Edwards reviews the footage with satisfaction. “That,” he says with a grin, “was sick.” Source: Killian Fox at Guardian

Long may his success continue and SME hope his story gives others confidence to use their entrepreneurial nouse to pursue their goals.

www.sbtv.com
twitter.com/jamal_edwards

SME x



[FRESH VIDEO] JME & Adam Deacon – Hype Hype Ting (Anuvahood Soundtrack( by wearesme
March 5, 2011, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Music, Television/Film | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


“Fruitellas in my pocket, I’m a G when im ‘ere”

Here is the video for the soundtrack to Anuvahood; a hilarious spoof film and the UK’s first ‘urban comedy’, from Adam Deacon.

The video features BBK’s JME and Adam Deacon with a cameo from Richard Blackwood, who looks like he’s having fun pouring Reggae Reggae sauce over Big Brother star Aisleyne’s breasts.

Anuvahood is in cinemas on March 18th. If you haven’t already seen the hilarious trailer, check it out below.

It’s a hype hype ting!

SME x



[NEW MUSIC] Lupe Fiasco – Break The Chain Feat. Eric Turner & Sway by wearesme
March 1, 2011, 11:44 am
Filed under: Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lupe Fiasco is popping up all over the place right now, the reason being, his third studio album Lasers is about to drop.

This is the latest tune to leak onto the internet from said album and it features Eric Turner and the UKs very own Sway, who is said to be the only guest MC on Lupe’s album. Click HERE to listen.

Team UK.

SME x

DOWNLOAD LINK



[BANGER OF THE WEEK] Wretch 32 feat. Example – Unorthodox (Bar 9 Remix) by wearesme
February 25, 2011, 6:07 pm
Filed under: Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


This weeks banger comes courtesy of UK dubstep producer Bar 9, who gives Wretch 32 and Examples next single ‘Unorthodox’ a grimey makeover. Skank faces at the ready.

DOWNLOAD LINK

SME x

SME RELOAD: [FRESH VIDEO] Wretch 32 – Anniversary



[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



[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




%d bloggers like this: