Uk Focus With Dj Limelight
Welcome to my monthly insight into the UK urban scene, focusing on forthcoming projects by artists doing big things. For this instalment, it’s only right I pay homage to a Wolverhampton-based producer who's making BIG moves in USA - S-X. I’ll also be talking about UK rapper Blade Brown leading up for his new mixtape 'Bags and Boxes 3'. Lastly, my ‘One To Watch’ for this month comes courtesy of South London rapper Naira Marley.
I first met producer S-X back in 2010 when his production 'Woo Riddim' absolutely tore through the grime scene, with many MCs dropping versions, including D Double E, Chip, Footsie and Trilla to name a few. Since then, the young producers name floated across the UK and his movements were being recognised across the pond. In 2012, S-X gained production credits with T.I's collective Hustle Gang.
Fast tracking to 2014, I received the new Young Money single 'We Alright' in the first week of January. The track featuring Lil Wayne, Euro & Birdman is the first official single from the Young Money compilation 'Rise Of An Empire' which is set to be released later this year. The lead single produced by S-X is just a taster of what to expect from the Wolverhampton producer and his future work in US hip-hop.
Along with his success across the pond, S-X will also be holding an art exhibition in collaboration with artist Funny Tummy and Dre Beats at Roundhouse in Camden on from February 20-23.
And if that wasn't enough from S-X, make sure you check out his latest project, the ‘2 Days’ EP which is OUT NOW.
The UK rap scene started on a high this year, with successful mixtape releases from artists such as DVS and Cashtastic. Another rapper looking to hit the charts with a massive release is Blade Brown. The highly-anticipated 'Bags & Boxes 3' is set for release towards the end of March 2014, following the free release of 'The Best of Blade 3'. Having hosted 'The Best of Blade 1' for the South London rapper back in 2008, I've seen Brown’s career evolve and grow over the years. There isn't much news on the project yet, but I am aware that producers include S-X and Carns Hill. Keep in touch with Blade Brown on Twitter.
I always have my ears to the streets and that's exactly where this young South London rapper is building his reputable buzz. Naira Marley has been releasing videos for his tracks with Rap City over the past few months and has been creating a lot of noise. His style drops hard-hitting lyrics mixed with bouncy productions, giving the perfect combination to have his music bumping in clubs and events as much as on the internet. One of my personal favourite tracks is entitled 'Marry Juana', which has now reached 190,000 views. Check it out HERE and keep an eye on Naira on Twitter for more.
Until next time, keep in touch with me on Twitter!
Words: DJ Limelight (@DJLIMELIGHTUK)
Online Edit: @MazHalima