It’s Britney, Bitch!!

Anyone who knows me from school days knows that music was, is and always will be my life!! From going to as many live concerts as possible (Check out my review section) to religiously checking I had my trusty cassette player with me.

Growing up in London as black teenager, I was often judged for listening to pop music such as NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and Britney to name a few yet my room was plastered with HipHop and Dancehall legends. I was the embodiment of Eclectic and didn’t give a damn.

Developing into a woman I encountered and survived many a bad relationship and Britney was always one of the strongest glues that put me back together. There is seriously nothing like listening to ‘Stronger’ with a chilled glass on Hennessey and coke in both hands.

I even worked ridiculous overtime so me and 3 friends (Shout out to Jennifer, Krystal and Christy) could go and see her live, a frickin dream come true a thousand times over.

So when I heard Britney was doing the BMA’s 2016 I honestly wanted to sit down and take a minute to calm myself and remember the road is tough but I will make it.

We all remember Britney in 2007, hell I even referenced it when I was in my last semester of university trying to make word counts and find the right bibliography style. This young woman has come so far I feel like we were by her side the whole way.

This picture is somewhat freeing if not completely intriguing as we see a beauty of the modern world literally shave off the reigns of the media and celebrity norms.

If any woman, anywhere in the world can’t relate this this need to liberate and be one’s self then my dear, the wave will soon reach. I’m not condoning or praising Britney’s spontaneous balding sesh but as many people have yet to understand celebrities are people and sometimes they crash and burn just like us, but they too can shine again.

So this is for you Britney, thank you for showing us your crazy and getting back to the star you always were….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion – Concert review

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Concert Review

Artist: Snoop Dogg/ Snoop Lion

Date: Thursday 5th June 2014

Location: 02 Academy Brixton

Concert Review

I usually love concerts at Brixton academy because there is a lot of space and an AMAZING decline towards the stage so you can see better the further away you are. This was not the case tonight! Once I was scanned in, I was met by a crowd of people that stretched as far as the eye could see. It was good for the artist of course as he could see the amount of support. Little moi had to retreat to a corner with my notepad and make do with what I could!!

Support Act

I came in during Wretch 32′s set,  wish I could have seen more but from what I could get he is a great UK artist as you can see that he;s truly grateful for the chance he has been given in music. He performed his first UK number ‘Don’t Go’ later recalling that he wrote the hit while living in Tottenham before he was famous and never imagined it would have made it this far. The Grime and UK Rapper raised in East London has worked his was up from underground to the mainstream, holding onto the respect he deserves. He closed his set with ‘Traktor’ in which he featured a Drum and Bass mix for good measure :D

Main Act

Just after 10pm, the DJ started playing songs to get us in the mood for Mr Doggy Dogg himself and the vibe so was nice in there it didn’t take long. Fans young and old, hardcore or newbies spanning across all races in random clouds of ‘wacky baccy,’ it was clear to see Snoop had the love. Greeting with an image representing his new found Rastafarian preference, he tall, lean presence soon graced us to the beat of ‘Here comes the King’ taken from his latest album ‘Reincarnated’. Over the past few years Snoop has got his touch with his spiritual side and found comfort and understand as a Rasta. Documented in a short film by the same name, we see Snoop Lion as he has been renamed, venture deep into the Jamaican hills seeking acceptance into the faith and embracing the culture.

On a whole I was intrigued to see how this new found religious aura would fit with the Gangster we all know and love and to my surprise it works well. Of course I can’t say the depth of the changes but from the outset, he is still true to himself as a musician yet never forgets to spread the knowledge of Rastafari. Even though he has received criticism since becoming a Rastafarian, I’m happy to see Snoop mature as a person and try to promote positivity in such a violent world but it would be sad to see him take advantage due to his inhaling preferences.

Before long we were taken on a musical journey back in time where Snoop made sure we were given all sides of the artist. With tracks like ‘The Next Episode’, ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, ‘P.I.M.P’ , ‘Signs’ and ‘California Girls’ he catered to the mainstream audience and gave the hardcore fans songs like ‘Mary Jane’ , Gin And Juice’ , ’2 Of Amerika’s Most Wanted’, ‘ Who Am I’ and ‘Murder Was the Case’.

With a career spanning back to the 1990′s Snoop Dogg is a veteran in the entire HipHop world. Born Calvin Broadus Jnr, he has a love for American Football (he also coaches Little League teams now) but as many others growing up in Long Beach at that time, the call of the streets was louder. After brushes with the law in his teens years, Snoop and his close friends formed the group ’213′ and began to make history. Other 213 members were his cousin the late Nate Dogg and rapper Warren G.

Affliations with the Crips gang and close ties with rappers such as Dr Dre and the Late Tupac Shakur, Snoop kept his love for music out there, connecting with the reality of street life as well as his love for women and marijuana. The past 20 years have seen Mr Doggy Dogg go from strength to strength with numerous collaborations yet still trying to battle through encounters with the law. Snoop was famously banned from entering the UK following an incident at Heathrow Airport from 2006 until 2010. Matters were resolved and in 2011 Snoop Dogg played a concert in celebration at Brixton Academy (WHICH I WAS AT!!)

Fast forward to tonight, the concert was full of positive energy and good vibes as we began to see the ‘reincarnation’ of Snoop Dogg as he progressed into Snoop Lion. He closed the show with his happy go lucky anthem ‘Young, Wild and Free’ before reminding us ‘to smoke weed’, as you do!!( Each to their own!)

It will not be a quick change as he has 20 years of archives to bring with him. The man we saw tonight, with his neat dreads and smooth dance moves, whether you refer to him as the Dog or the Lion, Snoop is still the man!!!

I would be shocked if you didn’t know at least 1 of these songs but here is your homework!

Enjoy xoxo

Wretch 32 feat Josh Kumra – Don’t Go

Snoop Dogg – Who Am I (What’s My Name)

Snoop Dogg feat Pharrell – Drop It Like It’s Hot

Dr Dre feat Snoop Dogg, Nat Dogg and others – The Next Episode

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa feat Bruno Mars – Young, Wild and Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion – Concert review was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

Skepta feat the ‘Boy Better Know’ Collective – Concert Review

DISCLAIMER: The headline act of this event was originally supposed to be rapper Cam’ron however due to unforeseen circumstances he cancelled right before his set was due to begin. Luckily I managed to get there early enough to see Skepta perform so I will be doing a short review on his performance. I am not connected in any way to the events surrounding Cam’ron nor the comments circulating social media.

 

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Concert Review

Artist: Skepta feat Boy Better Know Collective

Date: Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Location: The Forum, Kentish Town

Concert Review

The Forum is one of my favourite venues as they have utilised the space and allowed me to have a perfect spot where i can watch the show comfortably without being squished! (Shout out to my Scottish V.I.P company for chilling with moi!, Lovely to meet you both!)

DJ Manny Norte was the DJ in charge of keeping the vibe going and man did he do a good job. I loved the way he mixed it up between UK and US music. A home-grown audience loved the authentic mix we were raised with!

At around 9pm we were pleasantly taken into the world of UK grime in the name of Skepta and as my vision cleared I saw he was accompanied by his crew ‘Boy Better Know’. The crowd gave him a great welcome considering the atmosphere and before long, Skepta reminded us why he is a legend in the UK grime scene.

Born Joesph Adenuga, Skepta started on the underground garage scene early after finding his love for music and performing. From 2006, Skepta has grown from strength to strength, taking the UK music scene higher and higher, keeping the ‘Boy Better Know’ artist collective close by his side. Not limited to UK grime, he has also ventures into UK hip-hop and displays cultural influences from his Nigerian background.

Hits such as ‘ Doin It Again’ and ‘Icey’ amongst other classics kept everyone bubbling hard and we even had a surprise performance from Meridian Dan who did his current smasher ‘German Whip’ complete with JME and Big H dropping their verses live.

As he was only scheduled as a support act, Skepta was pushed into a timeslot and couldn’t maximise the time but managed to pull off an amazing snippet of his talents. I’m not as into UK music as I should be however this set showed me that the UK has a lot to offer and reminded me of the start of UK grime.

Skepta ended the slot with his latest banger ‘That’s Not Me’ feat his brother, co-founder of ‘Boy Better Know’ rapper JME

To conclude, the quality of this performance could have been it’s own show and a lot of people respect Skepta for his performance tonight. He kept his act true to himself, bringing the majority of his collective on stage with him to experience it with him. Whatever happened tonight it would not have been fair to music if I had dismissed such a great UK artist.

As usual, it’s note taking time peeps

xoxo

Duppy (Doin It Again) – Skepta feat B.B.K and Others

That’s Not Me – Skepta ft JME

German Whip – Meridian Dan ft Big H and JME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skepta feat the ‘Boy Better Know’ Collective – Concert Review was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

Schoolboy Q feat T.D.E Artists – Concert Review

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Concert Review

Artist: Schoolboy Q

Date: Thursday 29th May 2014

Location: Electric Brixton, London

Concert Review

I arrived at the Electric Brixton after 9 o clock just as the T.D.E (Top Dawg Entertainment) artist Isaiah Rashad finished so I can’t comment on his performance but judging by the aura from the crowd, he warmed the stage up indeed!! It was almost as hype as when the main act came on!! ALMOST!!

The venue itself was a bit overcrowded in my opinion. I previously saw 2 Chainz at the same venue and even though a packed audience is what artists want, the experience at Electric Brixton was a bit too close for comfort….

The main man Mr Q came on stage just after 10 o’clock fulfilling the anticipation on the sold out crowd. I have only jumped onto the Schoolboy bandwagon in the past few months but was pleased to see he had an array of fans singing along to his archives. He himself is a very creative and energetic rapper. Not too in your face but knows what his strengths are and that’s what he did tonight.

Following his previous UK appearance supporting Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q vocalised his gratitude for our support enabling to headline his own worldwide tour. YOUR WELCOME!!

Born within a military base in Germany and raised in L.A, California following his parents separation, real name Qunicy Hanley was heavily influenced by the gang lifestyle around him. Even though he had good grades and a passion for American Football, the street lifestyle soon took a hold and he dabbled in drug dealing and so forth. Picking up an an undisclosed charge at 21, Schoolboy Q was driven by the freedom of rap,continued perfecting his craft until he felt comfortable enough to leave the hood life and be a rapper.

Early on in his career, Q had some controversial beef with rapper 40 glocc which inevitably gained him fans in the hip hop world. His rise to fame increased over the years as he released various mixtapes and albums including ‘Setbacks’ leading up to 2012. In that year he came out with ‘Habits and Contradictions’ which featured artist such as A$AP Rocky and Currensy amongst others. At present he has one to the most critically acclaimed albums titled ‘Oxymoron’ which delves into his personal musical style as well as featuring various other hip hop artists.

The whole vibe of the concert was very edgy as he dropped songs such as ‘There He Go’ and other classics before mixing it up with recent hits such as ‘Collard Greens’ and ‘Gangsta’. In his trademark white Tee and fisherman hat, Schoolboy Q sure knows how to put on show. In case we zoned out for a second he quickly reminded us that we were not at an opera and we should ‘TURN UP’ a.k.a GO CRAZY!!

The show drew to a close when he threw down ‘Man Of The Year’,’ Oxymoron’ and ‘ Break The Bank’, the beat bouncing was immense and you could tell he was genuinely grateful for the energy in the venue. Whether you are a hardcore T.D.E Follower or a you have just joined in with crew, you will not be disappointed!

He may have started off as support act in the past but Schoolboy Q can definitely hold his own! :D

HOMEWORK!!

xoxo

Isaiah Rashad – I Shot You Down

Schoolboy Q – Man Of The Year

Schoolboy Q feat Kendrick Lamar – Collard Greens

Schoolboy Q – There He Go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schoolboy Q feat T.D.E Artists – Concert Review was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

Ricky Rozay – Concert Review #2

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Concert Review

Artist: Ricky Rozay (Rick Ross)

Date: Sunday 18th May 2014

Location: The Roundhouse, Camden

Concert Review

This is my 3rd time seeing Ricky Rozay in total and I actually feel like its my first time every time! (clean minds folks!) I was a bit taken aback by the venue choice as The Roundhouse generally holds very mainstream events so it goes to show how much ROZAY has grown as an artist to sell out this venue. I got my tickets early as I knew this one off European show would sell out fast.

At around 9pm the queue was still windin around the venue as security ID scanned and let people inside. I was very impressed with the uptake of this policy as some venues are very minimal on security policies. I loved the mix of urban music fans all coming together for this show. You had you stereotypical groups of young men ready to grunt all over the place then a random group of refined ladies come to enjoy the vibe.

DJ Tim Westwood drew his support set to a close at around 10ish and the crowd went into a frenzy as a hype came onto introduce the man himself. To show love to his fellow MMG (Maybach Music Group) artist Meek Mill they played Meek’s new single ‘Off The Corner’ to start off the show.

Before I knew it the infamous ‘I’m a boss’ intro came in and we were offffffffffff!

Just a quick recap of the man himself taken from my previous review to refresh your memories:

Born William Leonard Roberts II, He came onto the rap scene with a new swag of creating a new collective called MMG, which includes the talented Philly rapper ‘Meek Mill’ and bringing an new image to HipHop. Many dislike his upfront, crime gloifying approach to the world however as many fans will know he has an essence of inspiration about him that makes you want to get up and do something with your life. (hopefully good obviously!!). In his words ‘ BE A BAWSE (BOSS)’. From his mainstream hit ‘Hustlin’ early in his career to the more recent material, he has spread his talent across 6 solo albums, 3 group albums and numerous collaborations giving him worldwide success.

In support of his latest release ‘Mastermind’, Mr Rozay gave us some new hits including ‘Devil is a lie’ and took it to the choir with ‘Sanctified’ while keeping it real with classics like ‘U know i got it’, ‘Can’t Hold Me Back’, ‘Diced Pineapples’ dedicated to the laydeez, ‘Stay Scheamin’ and ‘Bag of Money.’ Part way through the show he also addressed a certain london promoter that has been accusing MMG (Rozay’s label) of not paying him for a cancelled show, Rozay strongly denies any wrongdoings and was supported by a communal up middle finger salute from the fans.

You can’t deny the man’s ability to bring the house down in an out of control way. At times you actually find yourself zoning into a place where bass rules the world and all you can do is rock in obedience (well, that and the brandies I had!!) Health problems over recent years have been a problem in relation to Rozay’s lifestyle choices however I’m happy to say that even though he’s still a chunky mofo, he looks a lot healthier and has slimmed down a bit. He ended the show with a rendition of his new dance called ‘ 100 mill’ which consists of boppin around in a circle with your fists up, rockin from side to side. Do it….. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!!! I’m already a profesh at it!! 😀

Overall the concert was a huge success and whether you are a repeat attender like myself ❤ or it was you first Ricky Rozay Experience, I'm sure you will know the answer to this question……

CAN I GET A ROZAAAAAY????? ROOOZZZZZAAAAYYYYY!!!

As usual my peeps, tiz homework time!!!

Enjoy xoxo

P.S. If you want to read my blog of Rick Ross's London Show last October… Click Here

Nelly – Concert Review

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Concert Review

Artist: Nelly

Date: Thursday 8th May 2014

Location: The Forum, Kentish Town

Concert Review

Has been a while since i been to The Forum and in true THROWBACK THURSDAY style i went to see an artist who i have been wanting to see live for around 10 years!! The ‘Hot in Here’ man himself Nelly performed a one-off show and yes i was in there losing my voice with everyone else.

We had to wait a while for Nelly to come on but we were well entertained with DJ Swerve keeping the groove in the house. The venue was full by showtime came around and as the location boasts, the crowd was full of an eclectic mix of people.

Bursting onto the scene in 2000, Texas born, Missouri raised Nelly put his hometown of St Louis on the rap – map which had been dominated by the West, East and South coasts. With his unique rhyming slang, vocabulary and his boys firmly at his side, Cornell Hayes Jnr (aka Nelly) was ready to take on the world. After forming a HipHop ‘St Lunatics’ crew in high school, Nelly had a taster of the rapper lifestyle and after a slight setback (no record deal) he decided to go solo.

Over the past decade Nelly has gone from strength to strength, had an on/off relationship with R&B Ashanti, started a clothing line and starred in various advertising campaigns. He also set up an organisation to educate society about bore marrow diseases and the lack of donors, inspired by his sister’s plight with leukaemia, sadly she passed away in 2005. Not letting anything take away from his dream, he made sure that he gives back to the community in more ways than one.

The infamous plaster, Nelly wore on his cheek in the early part of his career was an ode to his younger brother and fellow St Lunatics Member ‘City Spud’ who was serving a lengthy jail sentence at the time.

In true Nelly style, he compacted years of material into an amazing set that definitely made up for his absence on our shores. Kicking things off with ‘Party People’, we were taken into a hype as he ran through hits such as ‘E.I’, ‘Country Grammar’, ‘Shake Ya Tailfeather’. I had an amazing sing along with some people I met to ‘Hey Porscha’, didn’t realise I was still so hardcore!! (doing my 15yr old self proud!) He included some other material which included ‘I’m so Faded’ and ‘Move that Body’ which kept the crowd in the zone with a fresh vibe.

As the show went on Nelly thanked us for sticking by him all this time and that we should to continue to support new music and gave advice to new artists to keep trying to reach their dreams. A highlight of the show was the crowd integration, Nelly pulled 3 ladies onto the stage and after various conversations, proceeded to serenade each one to his classics ‘Body On Me’, All In My Head’ and ‘Dilemma’. The looks on their faces were priceless as Nelly twirled and grinded with them….. (not jealous at all!!) Either way he was a good artist for doing that, some artists just expect you dance for/on them but he actually took the time out to do something different and unique.

The closing hits were somewhat sentimental as he wanted to show his gratitude as well as get the party started. The infamous ‘Hot in Here’ tore the house down and as Nelly took off his top SADLY many others felt the need to follow suit. I’m all for liberation but please, keep it civilised!! That song had us all jumping and singing along like it came out yesterday, timeless!!! On a more sombre note he spoke about his fight to get where he is now and closed the show with ‘Just A Dream’.

I know I’m biased as I am already a fan but this was an excellent show of MidWest’s finest, he made sure he came in top form to deliver the goods and as the saying goes: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!!!! ❤

HOMEWORK TIIIIMMMEEEEE!!!

XOXO