Rwd Magazine: The Legacy
Earlier today, RWD Magazine unveiled their 123rd issue. The special edition has three covers, all of which feature some of today's finest UK artists on each. The first cover sees Yasmin and Mz Bratt showing off a bit of girl power. On the second cover, the legendary Oxide & Neutrino go up against Birmingham newcomers, Preditah and C4. While Wretch 32, Skepta and Chip (Chipmunk) represent some of the best MC talent that Great Britain has to offer on the final cover.
The Wrap Up caught up with Hattie Collins (Editor of RWD) and Danny Walker (Deputy Editor of RWD) to talk in-depth about the new issue and the publication’s exciting new CD compilation, 'RWD: The Legacy' – which hosts some of the biggest underground and mainstream tracks from the UK music scene over the last ten years.
The Wrap Up: What was the thinking behind the new issue?
Danny Walker: With the new issue, we wanted to encapsulate our forthcoming three-CD compilation, 'RWD: The Legacy', by featuring some musical legends past, present and future on the cover. The compilation follows on nicely from DECA – where RWD celebrated ten years – and is the sound that represents all of the support that we’ve given to UK artists and vice versa. The editorial inside focuses on the last decade of music and artists tell us their underground heroes.
In Yasmin’s case she was motivated by Ms Dynamite: 'She was the one, she was smashing the charts, smashing the raves at the same time and she was just exciting and saying some real stuff, she wasn’t just coming through trying to flex with the like bling bling. I mean, till this day, she’s saying some real stuff and she’s just killing it in both lanes. That’s really inspiring.”
Meanwhile, Chip tells us about his track 'Saviour', which has been handpicked by the RWD team and appears on the album as a song that changed everything for him: 'When I wrote that song I kind of felt like this is a crazy representation of where my style has come from and where it’s going to go to. Shout out to RWD for picking Saviour to represent Chip’s growth over the years and RWD being a solid part of my career.'
Old skool garage legends Oxide & Neutrino exclusively tell us about their forthcoming new material and also explain how the scene has changed since 'Bound 4 Da Reload': 'I think it’s a lot easier now because you’ve got stuff like YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook... You know, you can actually reach out to people across the world and cut out the middle man. Whereas back in the day, it was about vinyl and cassette and you had to physically push that yourself – literally drive across the country selling them from the boot of your car. It’s a lot easier now for artists to push their music.'
As well as strong style elements, as always – with a feature on Nike’s RDC Youngers – film content, with info from Rihanna herself about her role in 'Battleship' and a look into pagans, issue 123 is very, very strong.
TWU: Okay, so why did you choose those particular artists to cover the new issue?
Danny Walker: Being one of the first publications to write about the award-winning artists that appear on the compilation, it was only right that Chip, Skepta, Wretch 32, Yasmin, Mz Bratt, Preditah, C4 and legends Oxide & Neutrino were involved. Each of them bring something essential to the feature, and we feel that we’ve ticked a lot of boxes that will summarise the last 10 years.
TWU: And lastly, tell us about your new exciting new CD compilation, ‘RWD: The Legacy’…
Hattie Collins: Following our DECA celebrations last year (RWD celebrated being ten years in the game); we wanted to put a soundtrack to our annniversary. Sony approached us about putting a compilation together and we decided that we'd like to do a three-CD offering that encompassed the length and breadth of the scene, which we hope we've done here at RWD over the years. From UKG through to grime, dubstep and urban pop, we've been at the forefront of the scene, documenting it on its travels.
We split the three CDs into three eras of the finest in RWD-style music. CD1 is strictly the stars of the scene, from Tinie Tempah and Labrinth’s 'Pass Out', Lethal B’s 'Pow [Forward]' and Dizzee Rascal’s genre-defining 'Fix Up, Look Sharp', all the way through to Tinchy Stryder’s mega-star remix of 'Game Over' and Lewi White’s all-star smash, 'Young Guns', featuring Ed Sheeran, Yasmin, Devlin and Griminal, we’ve got it covered. Whether it’s dubstep brilliance from Katy B’s 'On A Mission' or to the first of grime poster-boys to go fully pop (Chipmunk’s 'Chip Diddy Chip'), this is a CD where only big hits are allowed.
If CD1 is where we’re at right now, then CD2 is all about where we’re from. Before grime, there was UK garage; Wiley’s Pay As You Go Cartel with their 'Champagne Dance' and DJ Luck and MC Neat’s 'Little Bit Of Luck It'. A little later on, another crew would prove to be formative. So Solid, bar no one, have an awful lot to answer for. Talk to anyone – from Wretch 32 to Tinie Tempah – and they’ll tell you how inspiring So Solid were. '21 Seconds' was, and remains, one of the most important singles in UK music. Following in their footsteps came Artful Dodger and Craig David’s 'Re-Rewind' one of the key hits that retained underground credibility while appealing to a commercial sensibility.
CD3 is straight-up go hard or go home season! Wiley’s 'Take That' and JME’s 'Serious' through to another reload classic, Jammer’s amazing 'Murkle Man' – this is for those who like it a bit darker. Finally, there’s a triple whammy of Kano’s 'P’s & Q’s', Scorcher’s 'Dark Knight' and Sway’s 'Up Your Speed'. This is the CD that really reminds us how the scene has manifested itself and taken control of the digital platform; from raves and pirate radio, through to mixtapes and MySpace. Now we see the likes of PW, C4, Maxsta and Benny Banks utilising the likes of YouTube, Twitter and SoundCloud to their advantage. With the emergence of blogs, grime, dubstep and UK rap has been able to reach much of the world at the touch of a button.
Words: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)