Industry Masters: MistaJam.

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When it comes to DJ’s people always like to put labels on people and associate you with a certain type of music. Tim Westwood: hiphop, Trevor Nelson: R&B/Soul, Fabio & Grooverider: D&B and so on. Then there is Nottingham’s MistaJam mostly associated with… yeah, its not easy to tag MistaJam with any one genre, a pioneer, tastemaker, new music breaker and always at the forefront of every single new urban, dance genre.

 

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Who is Isaiah Dreads.?

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Who is Isaiah Dreads.?
Another edition to the “Who Is.?” series, this time around we shine the spotlight on 18 year old Isaiah Dreads.
When we talk about grime cities and surrounding areas such as London, Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield all feature heavily on the grime map. One part of the UK we mainly associate with seaside, fairs, caravans and well anything other than grime is Dorset, thanks to Isaiah Dreads that’s all changed.
Without a doubt one of music’s top 5 ones to watch in Grime, for me he is my number one MC to watch in grime. With two hugely popular mix tapes already under his belt “Nothin But A Mix Tape” and the more recent “Lights Turn Green”. Isaiah Dreads has already built a huge and ever growing following. With radio support from the likes of Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Charlie Sloth and yours truly he is getting the right support straight across the board. He has torn down stages at festivals across the UK including the world famous Glastonbury and Bestival, not bad for someone who is only 18.

He came firmly on to my radar with his single “Lights Turn Green” and he has stayed there ever since, not an easy position to maintain with the amount of new music that is spilling out of my inbox every single day. Pretty much everyone and anyone who I chat to about new music and grime, I always say check out Isaiah Dreads, this guy is the future. He has music played on pretty much every single one of my shows on Itch FM, because he is not just talented he has a style that is broad, deep and he is wise beyond his years. If you listen to “Work” that’s a typical example of his high energy, dance floor stomping grime style. Then you can listen to “Thankful” which sees him rapping over a laid back hiphop production with conscious, heartfelt lyrics that Common would be proud of. This is one of many reasons why I love this guys music, he is mindful and he doesn’t follow the typical trends in grime, although he did step up and drop one of the best “One Take Freestyles” of that trend. coming from outside of London has really given Isaiah Dreads a great perspective on music and you can tell he makes music he wants to not because he thinks its going to fit in well as the soundtrack to your local trapstars day to day. That said bar for bar, lyric for lyric, track for track, he is not someone you would want to send for. He doesn’t need to hide behind 30/40 hangers on or shoot videos in moody locations. He has the ability to pretty much body any MC in the country and he could do it all from his sitting room over a cup of tea. Although I doubt he would as he is arguably one of the most mellow, laid back and honest MCs I have come across in a long time. We catch up here and there via twitter and he is always very humble and genuine, not easy going for someone who is still gaining huge fame and kudos from one of the most talked about “Fire In The Booths” of recent times.

Even if you just have a passing interest in grime and hiphop, take 5 minutes out and check him out one of the best things to happen to grime in a long, long time. Don’t take my word for it Nicki Minaj has posted about Isaiah Dreads another great sign off, so what are you waiting for add him to your playlist you wont be disappointed.

Hardy Caprio “Love Song”

hardy_caprioThis has been around for a few weeks now and this has featured heavily on my show for the last few weeks as well. Without a doubt this is not your normal love song, this is however a total banger. Hardy Caprio is a man who consistently drops banger after banger. Produced by Westy this has all the essential grime elements, melodic, catchy with a killer bass line. Hardy Caprio rides the production with ease, with heartfelt lyrics and some tongue in cheek punch lines. If you don’t know about Hardy Caprio, you do now and this is the perfect introduction to a gem in the grime scene.

Scrufizzer & So Solid Crew “Dun Kno Already”

Scrufizzer is a militant lyricist and never ever disappoints with every track he drops your getting a certified grime banger.

Taking on Ghetts “You Dun Know Already” we find Scrufizzer on top form as always, giving us a flawless remix, taking the rift from So Solid Crews “Oh No”. This is an instant smash, with one of the best grime productions since Rude Kids “One Take” beat. UKG meets 2016 grime this is without a doubt one of the seemingly endless instant hits coming out of grime in 2016. Having sampled “Oh No” its only right that So Solid crew members Swizz & Mac get in on the action giving us another anthem to go crazy to!

Phife Dawg (November 20th 1970 – March 22nd 2016)

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The death of Phife Dawg last week hit the HipHop world as hard as the deaths of Tupac and Notorious Big. Social media was trending with heartfelt tributes as well as countless radio stations, DJs, Bloggers all paying their respects to one third of the legendary ATCQ.
ATCQ really will never be bettered or beaten. Representing Jazzy, soulful, conscious HipHop since their debut album in 1990 and tearing through the 1990s as a breath of fresh air alongside groups like De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers collectively known as the Native tongues. They provided the perfect alternative to the West coast G-Funk and the hard hitting East coast HipHop which were ruling HipHop through the early to mid 1990s. ATCQ influence can still  be seen and heard today in HipHop, Soul, R&B and countless other genres. They really helped change HipHop by bringing through soulful, jazzy productions layered with conscious, heartfelt lyrics. Showing the world that Hiphop wasn’t all about guns, gangsters and girls. Although due to personal and label issues in the late 1990s ATCQ broke up they still have their legacy of 5 flawless studio albums, as well as remixed and greatest hits albums and countless solo albums.
 With his unexpected passing, the gap Phife Dawg has left is huge! For me personally despite my timeline being taken over last week with countless Phife Dawg posts, it didn’t really kick in until Saturday morning when we kicked off the show with a Phife Dawg tribute. Now for myself my own personal experience of ATCQ and Phife Dawg came much later than most I am certain. I started listening to HipHop around 1993/1994 and I was hugely into, surprise, surprise Tupac, Biggy, Nas, Wu-Tang, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg etc.etc. In my head I was rolling around L.A. in a low rider, or in the back streets of Brooklyn slinging crack with Biggy. Although I knew of ATCQ mainly as their music was the soundtrack to all the skateboard films we would watch. It wasn’t until around 02/03 whilst I was living in Edinburgh that ATCQ became part of my life. I bought “Midnight Marauders” on vinyl and the rest is history I remember buying their entire back catalogue a few days later and for me the music that Phife and ATCQ gave to the world is timeless. Whether you bought the albums when they were first released and caught all their early shows, or maybe like myself you got into their music much later. Or maybe just maybe you are starting your Phife Dawg journey now and you didn’t know of ATCQ until the very sad passing of another HipHop great. With His flow, delivery, style, swagger and overall that smooth iconic voice one thing is certain it will never be silenced! We each owe a death there are no exceptions, but few leave behind the legacy and void that Phife Dawg has. RIP to the 5ft freak, the funky diabetic and one of the GOAT.

Mya “Smoove Jones”

mya-smoove-jonesMya is on top form in every single way on her eighth studio album “Smoove Jones”. The project celebrates her 18th anniversary in the music industry and the release of her debut single “Its All About Me”.

Going with a radio show theme throughout the album, Mya plays our host and takes us on a 12 track journey through 45 minutes of R&B, Soul, HipHop and pure Slow Jams. Without a doubt a one of the most iconic voices in R&B its beautiful to see her reign supreme on every single track here. The lead single “Team You” has already been championed by myself and most urban DJ’s across the UK. All the elements are here for any fan of R&B or laid back soulful vibes. Just in time for spring 2016 this is going to be the soundtrack to lost summer days in the park and your late night after hours chill time. Forget your Netflix and chill #SmooveJonesAndChill will be trending next. A smooth, soulful, sexy, seducing album from an incredible R&B superstar Mya we salute you. All we need to do now is get Mya to co host with yours truly on the Saturday morning breakfast show on Itch FM, The Myme and Mya show coming to your airwaves soon! (Well we can hope cant we.)