A Tribute To The Greatest
Waking up yesterday to find out the Champ, The Greatest, a black King had passed away was sad news to say the least. For King Ali was not only a very successful boxer but he was a powerful man with a pure heart. He loved his people's and his people's most definitely loved him. He brought entertainment to unprecedented levels.
He spoke with a charisma and charm that warmed to millions of people across the world. He fought battles in and out of the ring and should always be remembered as a Black King, somebody who wasn't afraid to stand up to his oppressors and fight the cause wherever he went. We've lost a special person but his legacy will forever remain in our hearts.
RIP Muhammad Ali
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As cliché as it is, Ali was my biggest influence and inspiration... his heart was pure and he KNEW where he's strengths lied.
He was kind and gentle to the earth and a beast in the ring. His training regime was immaculate and his discipline was seriously something to be admired.
He was a family man who left his children with so many teachings. I aspire to be as great in my own world as he was in this one.
It leaves you to believe that arrogance is not always something to be loathed, he was an arrogant man but with merit. He made sure his talk was backed up by non stop hard work. He made me realise that it starts with you yourself believing in your own greatness and letting people know that greatness is all that's destined for you but with a hint of subtlety as to not let people think your a prick...
RIP Ali thank you for the life lessons.
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Another day, another great!!!
I'm not gonna pretend I be like I knew a lot about Muhammad ali life, other than his fights on YouTube, interviews and his famous quotes. When I heard he passed away, I was thinking "raaah it was just the other day I watched his film" called the greatest, that gave me more of a prospective on Mr Ali's life. While watching the film I was like "this man is a different kinda of athlete and human being!!! Ali understood the boxing game down to a tee! when my man said he's gonna knock you out in such and such round, just know he meant it! no respect for your weight loool!
Other things I proper admired about him is he stood for something, He wasn't just a boxer he was an activist fighting for what his beliefs, in and outside
of the ring. There was a lot pressure on his back, could you imagine being black, muslim and a heavy weight champion of the world back in those days?
So much corruption going on just being black was a crime its self, everyday you keep on getting tested on a daily basis, trying to break you down mentally.
Like I said before he was more than just a boxer, he was about fighting for what he believed in.
Muhammad ali aka The GREATEST.
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The recent passing of the legend Muhammed Ali has sparked a media frenzy, with all the main T.V stations and newspapers doing over-time on the story.
Unfortunately I didn't grow up watching Ali box on T.V so I could only watch old footage and listen to stories from my elders.
The way they spoke and continue to speak about the man lets you know the impact he made in their lives, he promoted self-confidence, strength and courage in a time where they needed it the most.
The rest of the world may look back at him as a great showman and entertainer and that he was, but for the oppressed people of the world he was a super-hero a symbol of hope and pride.
While Ali gets the praises for choosing not to fight in Vietnam, lets not forgot he was sent to jail in his prime and stripped of his titles as consequence to his actions.
It makes me think if he had not been sent to jail and continued as champion of the world, would he still of wanted to fight so late into his career ?
One of the biggest things I admired about the man was his supreme confidence, I don't feel in the U.K we see enough of that as most of us are too humble to brag.
You will rarely hear a person claiming to be the best in interviews, and what is wrong with that, do we not believe in ourselves anymore ?
Ali could punish you with his tongue as well as his fists, you might look crazy telling the world your the greatest but if you go and prove it who can argue with you ?
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It's like man don't know I'm the truth, truth, so I gota go a likkle harder
Slewdem we raise the roof, roof, in the booth we are like Osama
And when it comes to you MC youts, youts, I am your lyrical farda
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"There has been a lot of mind 'you don't get spun' talk in the scene recently! give a 16 bar to spin a guy"
I wanted to see your wig split like how I brake down big bits
Turn your lump into giblets, my minds on digits
You violate you can fly to spirits, revolver straight to your eye then spin it,
Look in to your face tell you I done did it, ring of the ting til my guns finished,
End of the barrel and your life done with it, your life tun spirit
You might come with it, but I come wicked
I wanna see your wig piece fly like wicket
Bloodsport, you can call it violent cricket
No bats, no pads just knives and millis
Where mandem are shankin and firing silly
And you can get sent to the sky no pity
Plus the mandem will ride out with me x2
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Kraze I'm a LYON
I came for the COOKIES,
This ain't your EMPIRE
Your lying your a ROOKIE,
Absent bars lyric book plays HOOKIE,
Not Liam Neason never been taken on
The mic no boy can ever say that he
"Why would I fly with pigeons,
When man a man ah EAGLE",
Mumma didn't raise no man to be feeble
Come back in it like a SEQUEL,
Come to move wicked and bad like a juju man's EVIL,
Lyrically clart up people lyrically I'm BAD claart up PEOPLE.
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I'm a champion, man get spun when they clash me
Usain Bolt on a track can't catch me
Flows in abundance go ask the youngers
Any violation, Daves gona dun dem.
Shutdown teams till the scene can't function
Dem mans breath smell stink like onion.
Who are you to be talking wicked
Your hype died but mine ain't finished
Anytime I touch mic I kill it so in a clash there's no way you'll win it
Mixtape download dead straight binage
Better send that shit to a 3rd world village
Lyrically slew Dem, batter and bruise them
When it comes to war I will out do them
Top Dolla gives his favourite 16 bar; from D Double E
D Double not D Single
Who's on the mic riding the vinyl
quick with the easy and simple
MCs get murked if they're commercial
With no rehearsal you'll get a quick burial
Rinse them clean like ariel biological
First thing in the morn' like cereal
Cause you're messing with a Newham General
And I take this music personal
Rude boys they don't take it personal
If you bring your crew then I'll murk them all
Right there on the spot like Clearasil
Cause I told you before don't come single against D Double
I'll put the tip of the gun straight up your nostril and pull!!!
Think you're a big boy cos you go gym... you know the rest!!
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Tell us a memorable moment for you?
My most memorable event has to be 2006 when we had a couple Germany shows to do and we ended up getting stranded. The promoter who brought us out there
didn't have any intention of ACTUALLY paying. So basically got brought out there under false pretenses. We were livid, the flight out there was fine
and the hotel stay was cool, when the first show came round in hamburg it's then when everything got bookey.
The promoter came and said there's no flights home and there is no show money... we ended up kidnapping the promoter until he brought out money. Police ended up coming to our hotel room found us keeping the promoter hostage and arrested us. REMEMBER WE ARE IN GERMANY, so I'm sure you can imagine we were sh*tting ourselves and kept on the station overnight until a translator came and told us we were being charged with false imprisonment... (ominous back drop music playing in the background) this is when we started shirting ourselves. Eventually Jammer was the first to be released I think , then Chronik then Shorty Smalls, Knuckles , Waffer then me. Upon our release from the German cells we were faced with a dilemma of being kicked out our hotel rooms. So now we are on the streets of hamburg... with no more money... no Contact with any1 and no where to stay... We then had to make it to Berlin because Jammer had a DJ there who would put us up and let us email home and that. So we took to the streets and ended up dipping a drunk guys pocket. Jammer distracted him I slipped the wallet now we had money to get the train to Berlin.
Basically it was the worst trip to Germany I've ever had .. looool. But a very memorable experience
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The summer of 2007 if my memory serves me correctly held the last ever 'Young Man Standing' event, to those that don't know this was an U18 grime rave organised by Deja Vu FM which would normally involved all the grime crews on deja vu plus special guests. It was always hyped up on the radio and was an event you did not want to miss.
Anyway I remembering taking a 7 seater cab to club EQ with Wizz Kid, Skary and a friend of mine, duno why we even hired a 7 seater tbh but on arrival we saw an old East Co member Double O outside sitting in his car and the relevance of this was that when we got closer to the club we could hear somebody on the mic shouting 'Double O you have 10secs to come inside otherwise your a P****', sadly for Double O he stayed in the car.
So we've got into the club and we are approaching the stage having to get through a load of sweaty excited teenagers who are clocking our faces and getting even more excited because they know it's about to pop off.
So at this point Jammer and Skepta are on the stage talking all kinds of hype so I've hopped under the barrier followed by Wizz, Skary, Ryder, Fresh and Nikki Forcer to name a few. Strangely enough before anything could kick off Skepta approached me and said "Yo Clips lets clash, Roll Deep v Fire Camp right here right now" obviously I'm not one to shy away from a war so I agreed instantly and in the back of my head I was thinking 'we are in east and this dude wants to clash, I'm gona bury him'. No discredit to Skepta but in 2007 he hadn't conquered the East end crowd yet so I knew it would favour us. If you can imagine the hype of the crowd as its been announced over the mic that we are gona clash everybody in there was on one, especially the mythical Grime scene superhero 👀 The murkle man. He was jumping around dreads swinging up until Forcer ejected him from the stage like he was a security guard on a big pay cheque, funny stuff trust me.
Anyway me and Skepta are about to clash but not without his support from Ruff Sqwad and Roachee. These guys must of just got in the rave and was literally running towards the stage shouting 'F*** Fire camp' so it got even more tense. Without incriminating myself I will just say that I was prepared for whatever was about to happen musically or physically but we managed to keep things sensible and we got clashing. So we're going b2b and take it from me them man got shelled down, we captured the clash on the realion DVD hosted by Fresh but for whatever reason the DVD never came out.
If you was there on the night I doubt you will ever forget what happened especially as it was the last ever Young Man Standing of its era. Feelings got touched and reputations were tested but overall was a great night for Grime music and will go down as a fond memory of my history in Grime.
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I was thinking about this the other day I had a crazy experience in Paris, I went out there with Tim and Barry, Jammer and a few members from Slewdem.
Previously we had done a photo shoot with Tim and Barry and now these photos were being showcased in a exhibition with Jean-Charles de castelbajac a famous fashion designer it was quite a big deal.
It all happened quick I got the call like "Yo do you want to come France ? I was like "course bruv" and a couple days later I was on the euro-star with the mandem.
When we reached the hotel and got inside our rooms everyone started laughing, the rooms were peak it looked more like a hostel it had bunk beds and all that.
A few of us went to see if we could get the rooms changed but apparently the hotel was full and they were the only rooms available.
It was either stick it out or find a new hotel, I personally wanted to leave but in the end we chose to stick it out, after all we was used to them hostel environments.
The rooms weren't the best but the banter levels was too much I remember spending most the night catching joke with the mandem and running around the hotel chatting to girls and stuff.
The next day we went to check out the exhibition and got a behind the scenes look of the gallery we were introduced to Jean-Charles he was cool and down to earth, he gave us a tour of the gallery and made us feel welcomed it was a mad combo of fashion and grime.
I got a nice taster into the world of fashion and photography, we managed to get Jean-Charles to wear one of our non-stop working t-shirts and he let us pick out some clothes from his fashion line to take home.
The night of the exhibition was surreal our photos were up on display and people was coming up to greet us and thank us for being there, I can't lie I was feeling like a celeb out there.
The night went well everyone was happy and we rubbed shoulders with some important people, thinking back on it now all this was achieved through the power of Grime music.
The highlight of my night had to be performing at the after party, after appreciating so many talented artists I finally had chance to show off my art and I was gassed.
I performed two tracks from my unreleased at the time Streets of Rage Vol.1 mixtape and the crowd went nuts, I got a reload in France my first time performing abroad and I duppied the dance.
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I remember mid 2000s at the Slewdem studio's we just moved to Bow, next door to Rinse FM at the time, couple of us was in the studio just catching vibes throwing around some idea's I was on Cubase making a riddim, anyway so I finally came up with two ideas, I remember that night a crew was doing the radio set on Rinse FM then someone knocked the door, and who stepped through? man like........... I was thinking "rah this is mad" because the track I made was definitely influenced by this Mc/artist.
Sooo anyway this particular MC heard the riddim I made and said he wants to vocal the riddim right now, I'm not going to lie I was kinda gassed but I wasn't
trying to show it though lol! so yeah he jumped on the track sprayed some bars then went back to his radio set on rinse like normal. Anyone that listens
to a Slewdem beat will know we like to add some type of gun fx, bomb fx Lol just ringing off in the riddim. So I thought let me add some bomb FX, which
you will hear in the chorus and because of what the Artist/Mc was talking about in the song it just made sense to add that plus that is one of our
signature sounds. The artist I'm talking about is the godfather himself aka Wiley, the track is called "BANG" produced by myself Top Dolla you can
listen to that on Slewdem mafia web site, Slewdem mafia sound cloud or on our YouTube channel. To listen to the track please click here
Large up peeps!!! Maf
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I an I a love ta bun da ganja
Let me roll a bud
An come we light it
Its da time dat una legalise it
It na meck no sense dat una fight it