Have a listen to the Flexin instrumental from Top Dolla click here
Have a listen to the Flexin instrumental from Top Dolla click here
What Is The Most Meaningful Song You Wrote/ Produced And Why?
That's a tough one! There's so many, I've got to pick more than one! The first track would have to be, 'HARD DAYS,' which was taken from Rage's mix
tape, 'Streets Of Rage' vol 2. I think it was around 2008-2009, I was going through a '80s music phase, I was listening religiously to a lot of
it, trying to incorporate that style into my grime music to the point where it started becoming the norm to me!
When you listen to '80s music, it's proper melody driven, that's why I think it connects to more, that and gospel music, endless melodies and realness! Peeps like the Clarke Sisters, Teddy Riley, Roger Troutman and Phil Collins real musicians!!! plus they use a lot of funky sounds; back in them days them stiff kicks and chunky snares! You can get them from a Casio keyboard looool Them bait general midi sounds!
So, anyway like I said, when I made "Hard Days', I was trying to capture that same '80s feeling, down to the melodies, and drums, the whole atmosphere;
Rage added the final touch! The rest as they is HISTORY. Go check that track out though, 'HARD DAYS' on Streets Of Rage vol 2 (Click Here to
Listen); and the rest of the project, it's good music!!!
The last track, gonna keep it short, is 'FLEXIN!' (Click Here to Listen) the amount of love that riddim is getting is unreal! Plus, it proves to me that, "TOPS you still got it brudda!!!' Big up everyone supporting especially the DJs
Wow that's a deep one, because I feel every song I write is meaningful in it's own way.
Like you have the rawness and aggression of a song like Duppymaker (To listen Click Here) that can get you hyped up, but then you have a song like Political Musical with a calmer tone and powerful message that will make you think about life.
With that said all my songs mean a lot to me but I guess some songs mean that much more so here's my top 3
3) I'm going back to my first cd "Streets of Rage vol.1",to a song called " Streets raised me" (Click Here To
I picked this song because it tells my story, but also the story of so many others who grew up in poverty.
This is like a glimpse into the mentality of a young black male growing up in gang culture in London.
I just feel it's a powerful track and represents a big part of me as a person and how I grew up.
2) This song in my eyes should be joint most meaningful for sentimental value alone, a track from Streets of Rage vol.1 "In Memory Of" a song dedicated
to my friend Big Jay who passed in 2004. (To Listen Click Here)
I never thought I would be a writing R.I.P song in memory of one my closest friends, it was my way of still keeping him alive even if it was just a song.
There were so many good memories it was hard to fit them all into one song but I feel I done a good job.
Rest in paradise Jay Middleton aka Big Jay gone but never forgotten.
1) At this moment I would say "Political Music" (To listen Click Here)
simply because I feel the message will be relevant for a long time. It's all good making wavy turn up music or punch man in the face hype music but
a lot of that is based on emotions which are temporary.
Every now and then I like to express my more conscious side and speak on facts of life and things with more substance, Political Music is a song where I did that.
Like I said before every song I make is meaningful and special in there own way.
Dear Diary (To listen to the track please click here)
I choose this song because at the time I wrote it quite a few years back. OK well a good few years back, lol. But this song resonated in me quite deeply. I felt there are a lot of issues when becoming of age that aren't spoke about in a way where people will listen . When I was growing up it was all , shotters, robber man , clicks , rolling 8 deep minimum and just lots of street trouble . I felt I needed to come out of the current mind frame and put my self on the receiving end of anybody going through stuff and what they might think . Take for example, the chorus goes "Dear Diary, I'm troubled and I got a troubled mind. Please let me write in you and show me what I can find." Now hearing that you can get a feel of what the song would be like .. I go on to talk in 3rd person being the different people in question on the song . Such as a troubled teen who joins a gang through following and ends up in jail for reluctantly stabbing a women to be accepted in the gang . At the time I felt to just approach music on a different level and to be fair st that time nobody had anything remotely similar to dear diary.
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When you listen to Slewdem there's a lot of "run up in man's house" talk, now I know many will say it's some "mad chat" but sometimes I think talk like this is needed because for those who are listening it's like a warning that to get involved in street stuff, real stuff can happen.
So what I was wondering, when your writing or creating this music where does your mind go to, what do you want people to get from your music?
The key word is authenticity, my lyrics reflect me and my mentality.
Yh coming up on the roads, I've seen and done a lot of stuff, some I can put into lyrics and some I can't.
With that said I always try and show a contrast between good and evil, right and wrong.
I'm saying street life isn't for everybody and I'm not here to glamorise it, just tell my truth
like Jay-z said"I LIVED THIS SHIT SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO"
The beats talk to me and I talk back, depending where the music takes me will determine how and what I write to a beat.
It's all about feeling and emotions, different beats give off different vibes, so I just work with the vibe of the track and do my thing.
What I want people to get from my music is realness, entertainment and vibes.
Every track should tell its own story or take you on a different journey.
I'm always evolving as a person/artist and my music should reflect that, if you go through my previous releases you can see my progression through out the years.
I'm not just an mc.
For me, it depends on your mood, for instance, I remember Chronik and me was in studio working on his solo material, we had made this track entitled 'LIFE.' (It was released, on a white label, Banks! Inside jokes, haha!)
I remember that whole process from start to finish, one of the best sessions, hands down! We had a early start, 8.00am. I jumped on the keys, while Chronik was writing down his lyrics; the vibe, the atmosphere was on point! I got all the melodies down, the bass, drums, then Chronik laid down his chorus,
"Life's a f*@# up thing,
It doesn't wait for a thing,
you just got to get on with it, you got things to do,
so when it's my time I ain't waiting for no one,
when it's your time don't wait for no one,
I ain't hearing a thing, excuses don't mean anything."
I was nodding, 'This is hard!' The whole concept was sick, the verses as well all the dots were connecting; that session was powerful, the energies was flowing!
Whatever melody I played I wanted it to trigger different types of emotions within people. That's what my music is all about, just different vibes for different moods, and that is what I want my music to do! I've got riddims for the 'man dem and gal dem!'
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Man Tried To Jack Me Shit Went Wrong
Pull Out The Knife
I'm a jack move gone wrong
Light up the whole whip
You'll be a human bong
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