Grime Forum Volume 1 – Freestyles
After one of the MC’s who has been storming the scene this year (Rival) decided to record a track for the forum to recognise the help we have shown him, little did we know it would snowball from there and we’d be able to give you guys 45 freestyles for absolutely nothing! We found that artists with potential were more than willing to hit the studio and put something down, so that’s what we got them to do.
Get the download, enjoy old and new MC’s alike and discover new artists for nothing.
Listen to 38 of the songs on our Sound Cloud - http://soundcloud.com/grimeforumfreestyles/sets/grime-forum-fr
Listen to 45 of the songs on our Youtube - http://youtube.com/grimeforum
Originally entitled “Grime at its Purest” the intentions for our freestyle release was simple. Hard, grime freestyles from people who still make enjoy making that banging grime music.
There are a few returns from veterans who have come back to the scene by way of Dimples, Discarda and Hyper, MC’s with a lot of hype around them at the moment by way of Marger, Rival and Merky Ace as well as a bag full of rising talent, including but not limited to Slaughter, GT Solo and Hydro.
Overall though, there are more MC’s unknown by most people who just follow the top grime guys and we hope to shine a light on talented MCs who actually write and rep grime. Within the download there is a wordpad file (most of the contents of which are below) that will give a small insight to each MC as well as links to find more of their material. You can use this to find more if you come across a freestyle you enjoy.
Obviously despite this release being MC led, there were loads of producers involved in the creation of this free download, so we obviously have to big all of them up! The producers who appear on the release are as follows: Relentless, J Beatz, S-X, Darkos, Rude Kid, JME, Maniac, Smasher, Cee Major, G-Tank, Virgo, Teddy, Youngstar, Blizzard, Wiley, Spooky, Rapid, Gunjaman, Z Dot, Dot Rotten, Random Impulse, Shotz, Darkness, Teeza, Flukes, Sketch’E, Warns, Moky and finally Nytz.
Info on the MC’s
This wordpad file contains information about 95% of the MC’s who took part in the freestyle project. The majority have links where you can find out more about them. If there is no information on an MC then unfortunately they didn’t provide any, but we are sure you will hear more about them soon.
Avalanch - Is a 23 year old MC from Finsbury Park, North London. He has new projects coming out including “Best on the Patch 2″ featuring himself, Kwam and Nico Lindsay as well as the Panic Button promo with producer Flash G.
Check out and buy his “No Invitation” CD at http://www.amazon.com/No-Invitation-Explicit/dp/B003VFLI4S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1288310015&sr=8-1-catcorr
Blaze – Blaze is a 22 year old MC from East London and a part of the grime crew Nationality. In the near future he will be featuring on the Nationality promo and mixtape as well as putting out his own solo EP’s over the next year.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/blaze_nt
Facebook – Charlie Blaze
Cel22 – Cel22 is a 26 year old MC from Tottenham, North London and has been doing music seriously for the last 4 years. He was previously part of the legendary TMT crew which included Frisco. He has a new mixtape Make Your Sales Double which is out early January- he is trying to make a mark in the music and push it as far as possible
Twitter – http://twitter.com/cel22uk
Darkos – Darkos is a 22 year old MC from Manor Park, East London. He is a Beat Creatures representitve who can write lyrics and produce beats. He’s been doing music since 2004 but only really took it seriously in 2007 when he took up production as well. He’s put out two promo’s but he has a new one coming up called ‘Now Loading’ which should be out very soon.
Facebook: Darkos Strife
Darq E Freaker - Known more for his skills when it comes to producing, Hij was cotching with him before a rave and heard him spitting and asked him to put together a freestyle for the release and here it is.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/darqefreaker
Dimples – Hailing from North London, Dimples is one of the pioneers of the grime scene and he started MCing originally on pirate radio station Heat FM (also home to famous stars such as Tinchy Stryder and Dizzee Rascal) in 2002 when grime first originated. He is known for his no nonsense yet witty content, razor sharp flow and effortless delivery. In his lengthy history in the scene he has worked with the likes of Skepta and Wiley as well as playing his part in tutoring Chipmunk. He has put out a CD series entitled “The Last Laugh” over the last couple of years and will release the 3rd installment towards the end of 2010. He is also working on his album “Groundwork” set to be released next year.
Myspace – http://myspace.com/dimplesthe1st
Twitter – http://twitter.com/dimplesgfam
Discarda – Discarda also known as L Double E originates from Wilehouse in E14. Already well known within the scene from performing on Roll Deep sets back in the day, he has decided to come back to music with a bang in 2010. Bigging up his mandem Scum Dave, Dowie, Ruffell, Murda Naj, Scratchy, Skeng Jordan and Dan Lox. His mixtape will be out after christmas and is entitled Lee Mac Naughty presents DISCARDA. It has a few features on there from people within the scene.
Doller Da Dustman – Doller Da Dustman is an MC who has come through the ranks of the scene over a period of time and is now surely a veteran having featured on Ghetto’s Fuck Radio’s and put out several releases. His rhyme scheme and flow took a turn for the better in 2007 and he hasn’t looked back since, becoming one of the best MC’s in the scene.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/lifeofdoller
Dogzilla – Dogzilla is the oldest MC on the release and hails from Barking and Dagenham in London. He was the originator of the O.T Crew which contained several talented MC’s from the East London area a few years back. It is commonly known that he helped Devlin in his early days and pushed him to the forefront of the grime scene. He is currently working on an album
Twitter – http://twitter.com/Dogzilla_OT
Dot Rotten - Dot Rotten is a young MC who has featured on all of the top radio stations including Logan Sama’s Kiss 100 show, Tim Westwood’s 1xtra show and UrbanFMTV.com. Formerly a younger for Essentials and an ex member of OG’s he has a history working with a lot of the artists from the south of the Thames. He’s put out several CD’s available at all good record stores to on the whole, a very good reaction.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/itsdotrotten
Myspace – http://myspace.com/itsdotrotten
Ego – Ego is a 23 year old MC from South London who is also a member of Family Tree (along with Merky Ace and MIK on this release also). Earlier in 2010 he released the mixtape Standard March and since 2009 has started hitting up as many radio stations as he can. He has featured on all of the Family Tree releases and is currently working on an EP he plans to release next year called “Actually Active”.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/egoft
Promo – “Standard” – http://www.mediafire.com/?zzgq3wztmif
GT Solo – GT Solo is a 23 year old MC who originates from Croydon, South London. He has performed all over London before venturing outside to garner new fans. He is managed by YehBwoy entertainment. At the end of November 2010 he is set to drop a free grime promo entitled “Grinding Session” and early next year he will be dropping his 3rd studio mixtape entitled “Make or Break Season”.
Myspace – www.myspace.com/gtsolo
Blog – http://yehbwoy.blogspot.com
Youtube – www.youtube.com/yehbwoytv
Twitter – www.twitter.com/yehbwoy
Hammer – Hammer shot to the notice of the scene with the tune Stinkinnn and more recently Explosive (with producer Royal T) has had him at the forefront of the scene. He’s from North London and his release “Confidence 10 Million” is out soon.
Hypes Da Wize Guy – Hypes for short, Hypes Da Wize Guy, is a 22 year old versatile grime artist from Manchester and the CEO of a collective called Highrise and also a big part of the Sidewinder RAW entertainment family most notably known for the SRE track “Drop the Funk”.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/hypesdawizeguy
Facebook Group – Hypesdawizeguy
Youtube – http://youtube.com/mchypes
Myspace – http://myspace.com/mchypes
Hyper – Hyper is a legendary MC part of the famous N.A.S.T.Y Crew who has recently made a return to the scene collaborating with Hammer on more than one occasion. Hyper recently did a comeback set for Christmas in 2009 and has been around in the music more ever since.
Jammz – Jammz hails from the East End of London (Hackney). He started MC-ing in 2002 but started to take it seriously in 2009. He put out his first mixtape “What’s the Latest’ which came out for download in March 2010. Jammz has been involved in a few projects with well known brands such as Nike. More recently Jammz appeared on ’4 Music’. 4 Music is an ongoing competition entitled “Spit In Your Face” which is a 5 minute segment on the “Boom TV” show where upcoming artists lyrically battle it out to get the chance to perform live on 4 music. Jammz has succesfully won 2 weeks in a row after being judged by Roll Deep and Kano in weeks one and two respectively. Currently he is working on “What’s the Latest – Volume 2″ which is due for release early 2011 as well as “I Am Grime” which is due out just after
Twitter – http://twitter.com/jammz
Facebook – http://facebook.com/jammzofficial
J-Formula – J Formula is a part time grime MC from Forest Gate in East London. He is a member of the crew Mobb’d out and also a part of the Red Hot Entertainment Collective (Junior Spesh creators). J Formula has touched down on all of grimes famous stations including but not limited to DejaVu FM, Rinse FM and Axe FM. He has also featured on Tim Westwoods show.
J Formula’s Woo Riddim – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv-xyS3ysMU
Kwam – Kwam is a 24 year old MC from Old Street, London. He’s been MCing for 4 years and in that time has released 7 promo CD’s. He has featured on the Tim Westwood show, had tunes spun on Logan Sama’s Kiss 100 show and won the Davinche ‘Rider’ competition. The release of his first mixtape ‘Truth Hurts’ is out soon and you can stay updated via @KWAMMC on twitter.
Facebook Group: Kwam the Spitter
Marger – is a 22 year old MC originally from Stoke Newington/Hackney. He began his career at 17, and is a member of “Alien Musik” alongside producer Rude Kid, and MC’s such as Kwam, Danny D, Rival and M Gene. His first releases were freestyle “Not Again” and “Underground Unit Burial” before he had to serve a 2 year prison sentence. 2010 has been a great year for Marger as he has really established himself with the rave and radio scene.
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/moneymargz
Twitter – http://twitter.com/itzmarger
Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/alienmuziktv
Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/moneymargz
Soundcloud – http://soundcloud.com/moneymarger
Merky Ace is an exciting young MC who is in a crew entitled Family Tree. He has put out several free downloads and improved month upon month to get into the position where is now destroying raves in London, especially at the Old Blue Last and the Alibi.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/MerkyACE
Facebook – http://facebook.com/MerkyACE
Bandcamp for Releases – http://merkyace.bandcamp.com
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/mikmusicuk
Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/user/MIKMUSICUK
Reverb Nation: www.reverbnation.com/NicoLindsay
Opium – Opium hails from Bow, East London and is only 19 years old, yet he has collaborated with some of the biggest names in grime, from Godsgift, Wiley to Target. It was under Wiley’s tutelage that Opium forged his style, a rapid delivery of grime lyrics brimming with imagery and turn of phrase. Indeed Opium’s style is often reminiscent of Wiley around the tunnel vision era. Being of Turkish descent and having lived in Munich for a number of years, Opium subtly expresses his own cultural experiences through music. Opium has two releases to his name, both of which were well received by DJ’s, fans and critics alike. The Out Of This World E.P, a free download made available to fans February 2010, was a neat introduction to the Turkish MC. His self-titled debut mixtape, ‘Opium’ was released late October and, with it’s futuristic styles, neat delivery and esoteric artwork, positions Opium in a class of his own.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/opiumartist
Points – Points is a 23 year old rapper, MC and song writer from North West London. He grew up in a musical family surrounded with all genres of music. Points has visited many radio stations such as Manic, Rinse and Rapture FM. He is closely affiliated with the O.T Crew and you will catch him reguarly on BigBeatz show on Wednesday mornings.
Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/pointsbeats
Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/djpoints
Random Impulse – Random Impulse is an MC from Finchely in North London and a member of G-Fam. He has travelled the world, most notably L.A to perform his music. He released his debut mixtape 2 years back to a positive response. He currently remixes popular tracks using his guitar and a music manipulation program to put his own slant on them.
Youtube – http://youtube.com/randomimpulse1
Twitter – http://twitter.com/randomimpulse
RD – RD is a 20 year old MC from Barking in London. He started MCing in 2003 in youth clubs, small stage shows and every radio set he could get onto. He took a break in 2006 to follow another career path but came back to the scene in 2008 and joined grime crew Nationality. Right now he is working on his promo CD “Hear Me Out” which will be released in early 2011 and he is also working on a mixtape to be release in the middle of next year.
Out right now is his solo video “Take Dem Out”, produced by General Tank.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/RD_NT
Soundcloud – http://soundcloud.com/RD_NT
REC – REC is a 20 year old MC from South London. He recently dropped a free mixtape ‘The Good Stuff’ in December and it can be downloaded from his twitter page. He had a sold out mixtape entitled ‘Press Play’ last year in Uptown Records. He has tracks played and featured personally on BBC 1Xtra as well as appearing on 4Music’s Boom TV in 2010.
Rival – Rival is a 21 year old greaze MC who has been born and raised in East London. Rival aka Rivz has gone from a young DJ to a top MC within the grime scene. Music life as he calls it, goes back to when he was kicked out of school. With little to do he found an interest in mixing, and within 6 months of being in his room holding sets with friends he was ready to become a DJ. After three years of being a DJ, Rival decided to try his hand at writing music, and from writing his first lyric he hasn’t looked back. Rival has come a long way and continues to grow as time goes on. Now working daily in the studio on new music, the world will hear a lot more from him in the future.
Future work: Look out for ‘Family Business’ the mixtape aloside Marger mixed by Limelight.
Myspace – http://myspace.com/jusrival
Twitter – http://twitter.com/jusrival
Buy his first release “Return of the Rivz” at http://jusrival.bandcamp.com
Scrufizzer – also known as Scruface is a young MC with a fast skippy flow. Almost giving up on music he gaveaway a variety of tunes but has decided recently to get back involved within the music scene, picking up reloads at several raves.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/scrufizzer
Siris – Siris is 19 and from Colchester in Essex. He’s part of a team called ‘The Regime’ made up of 8 members, one of which is Dream McLean. He’s got a promo dropping next month with videos off that CD called ‘Siris – Ring the Alarm’.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/SirisUK
Sketchman – Sketchman recorded a video for the tune he did for the Grime Forum with a different production and it was put up onto Youtube
Slaughter – Slaughter is a 20 year old MC from South East London (otherwise known as Blue State after the Blue Borough). He has a Manslaughter mixtape out in 2011.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/slaughter365
Stelf – Stelf is an MC who knows Maxsta and who we picked up on after he appeared on Donatella’s Your Time show.
Stormer – Stormer is part of grime crew O.G’z and his freestyle is produced by Moky of the Stay Fresh mandem. He’s 23 and has lived several different locations in London and the Midlands. He has a mixtape out soon but as yet it doesn’t have a title. He has also featured on
Styler – Styler is from North London and a part of G-Fam. He was also involved a co-producer in Radio’s Live and Grime’s Not Dead It’s Live (Podcast Series). “Wanna Take Us Down” produced by Dexplicit is out now in all good digital stores and the official video is on Youtube and Flava TV. He has also featured on Rowntree, M.I.K and Avalanch’s CD’s. He is currently working on Styler’s Got Style 2 and will also feature heavily on the G-Fam mix cd out soon.
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/stylergfam
Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/stylergfam09
Myspace – http://myspace.com/stylergfam
Facebook – http://facebook.com/stylermusicuk
Terrorsum – Terrorsum is a 19 year old MC from High Wycombe, Bucks. He put out a free release earlier on in the year to critical acclaim. You can download that now from the following link.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/Terrorsum
Tigz – Currently lives in Lewisham in South London. He started writing seriously in late 2007 and used to write lyrics predominantely for radio sets. His passion comes from listening to stations like Heat FM, On Top FM and RAW UK where the likes of Kano, Wiley and Ghetto inspired him to pick up the pen. He put out a promo CD entitled “About Time” in 2009 and put out the mixtape “The Hard Way” in 2010.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/mctigz
Trauma – Trauma is a 20 year old MC from Birmingham with a growing reputation for smooth word play, sharp delivery and killer punch lines. He is currently working on a mixtape with Birmingham based producer LDP entitled “Verbal Assault” along with featuring on other EP’s from other Birmingham based artists.
Myspace – http://myspace.com/voltagemc
Twitter – http://twitter.com/voltageofficial
Youtube – http://youtube.com/voltube90