And just like that ladies and gentlemen, 2013 is virtually done and dusted. I hope the year brought all that you desired and more. I certainly know that regarding the music released this year, 2013 brought much more than I desired. Let’s take a look at some of the excellent Alternative urban records that we’ve been blessed with since we last spoke.
It’s official, Beyonce plays by her own rules. The 32-year-old pop behemoth surprised fans by dropping a new self-titled fifth album on iTunes, much to the delight of her adoring Bey Hive – who have been eagerly anticipating new material from the diva since she announced her post-partum comeback in late 2012…
The UK’s Context takes on YG’s ‘My N****’, releasing his own version called ‘I’m Bitter’. The DJ Mustard-produced refix hears the Norwich-based rapper talking about his journey thus far and hopes for the future. “You can see it in my eyes that I’ve never been a quitter, I hope that when I die I’ll have been a bigger hitter…”
After delivering the groundbreaking ’Pass Out’ and subsequent hits ‘Frisky’ and ‘Earthquake’, it would have been plain wrong if Tinie Tempah and Labrinth didn’t collaborate again. Luckily for us, Labrinth features twice on Tinie’s latest album ‘Demonstration’ and today, Tinie released the video for one of their collaborations, ‘Lover Not A fighter’.
In the modern music industry it takes a lot more than just great vocal skills and stunning good looks to stand out from the rest of the crowd and make it to the top. Meet Ayanna Witter-Johnson - a MOBO award nominated singer, songwriter and celebrated cellist who aims to do just that with her forthcoming EP ‘The Black Panther’...
The Wrap Up: First of all Ayanna, congratulations on co-orchestrating the Urban Classic concert. How did that come about?
Following her very unfortunate run-in with The Sun this summer, Tulisa Contostavlos is still dealing with the consequences. A reporter had a chat with T and secretly recorded her saying she could supply class A drugs via a friend – rapper Mike GLC – who seemingly delivered, which led to the tabloid running the exposé.