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"Wiley is big, not as big as canary wharf. But he is big."

Now a whole lot of of time is spent talking about Wiley. Did he start grime? Will he turn up? Has he sold out? Is he the best? What can't be denied is that everyone's talking about Wiley these days, everyone's talking about Skepta, everyone's talking about Stormzy and everyone's talking about Lethal B. The whole scene has blown up. With the help of social media a small movement born in East London, that people couldn't even name, has a exploded on a worldwide scale.

These two documentaries show Wiley and the Grime scenes progression over a ten year period. From the "What you call it" days to his 2013 hit pop album Ascending. Both an interesting watch, but the comparison really shows what can be done in ten years with hard work and that East London swagger. Wiley has gone on to release more albums and mixtapes and will continue to do so because that's Wiley. Ascending wasn't a grime album, Wiley would be the first person to tell you that, It is however the pop album that made Grimes godfather a pop star and what that has done for Grime is amazing. Obviously Wiley's not solely responsible for this, but he seems to have played a huge part at some point in every talented MC's career.


Chip – My Bruddaz ft Wiley & Frisco (Video)

Chip has finally dropped the official music video for his latest track “My Bruddaz” featuring Wiley and Frisco.

Speaking on the track Chip explained: “This literally is what it is… Me and MY BRUDDAZ linking up to bring the vibes. Wiley actually turned up… And on time lol. Rapid has been a monster on the buttons too long. Frisco LIT his verse too. We shot it on my estate… so the energies are real. Respect to Wiley & Frisco, they both helped me get my foot in as a kid. Starting EP 2 with something bouncy. Dun know.”

WIley showing up to the video shoot... he must have been feeling this one from Chip. 


Ben Gore - Grime Portraits Gone Illustration

These fun, light hearted doodle paintings of UK grime artists are the creation of Brighton based Ben Gore. Ben has created this series as part of a submission based project he is running through Blue Monday Press.

 

The 'Your Favourite Rappers' project is currently taking submissions for an upcoming zine that will feature some of the best works. The zine will be a celebration of rap culture through art and illustration and creations may be based around your favourite rappers, their lyrics, fashion or persona. 

 

Be sure to check out Ben's blog and Blue Monday Press's blog for more info on the project and how to get involved.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Frisco Spits Over Wileys Fire Hydrant Instrumental

 

Frisco goes over the timeless 'Fire Hydrant' instrumental produced by Wiley back in the day. This ones a banger.

Original instrumental:

 


Teddy Music ft Wiley - What Do You Know

Teddy Music not only has the production on lock but that man can spit too. This track has that catchy 'what do you know' feature that all big releases of late seem to adorn. Accompanied with some serious flow this ones set to be a hit.

In true style its nice to see Wiley showed up to film the video! 


Fresh: Wiley - Outchea

Wiley continues his flurry of fresh material with the release of 'Outchea'. In recent weeks the mc has been on a spree of new releases that can be heard over on his soundcloud.

Available on CTA-Records - 26th July

 


Wiley - Send Me The Riddim

Wiley continues his relentless stream of tunes with yet another banger and as ever he comes hardddd >>


New: Wiley ft JME - Gotta Be Strong

New Wiley and JME collab. 

8th release in 8 weeks, hustling.


Fresh Wiley Material Produced by JME

Gotta Be Strong ft JME - Wiley


So Whats The Story Behind The Stage Name Of These Rappers

UK

Skepta

The name “Skepta” originated from the word Sceptre. A Sceptre is used by a magician to cast spells. He suggests he changed the spelling so it could be more easily searched on YouTube.

Dizzee Rascal

Used the name Dizzee D during MC carreer in late 90s, evolved later to Dizzee Rascal.

Tinie Tempah

Decided on his stage name while flicking through a thesaurus at 12 years old during school. He explains:

“I didn't get very far - I only got up to 'A'. "I saw 'angry' and beneath it the word 'temper' stood out but I was aware that might sound a bit aggressive, so I stuck 'tiny' at the front. By playtime I was Tinie Tempah and that's what I've been called ever since.". 

Professor Green

 Professor ''

Wiley
Derrived from the Thundercats cartoon character, he used 'Wiley Kat' as his original pseudonym. 

 

The nickname "Eskiboy" derives from the name he originally gave to grime, "Eskibeat". It also comes from his famous underground grime instrumental "Eskimo". He was then known and nicknamed as "Eskiboy".

Giggs

The name Giggs originated as he was formerly known as “giggler” and thus embraced this shortened name.

Wretch 32

“Growing up I was quite a mischievous kid and everybody called me a wretch. I liked it and it stuck and three and two are my lucky numbers.”

Kano

Easy one here… Kane Robinson.

Pusha T
Has never shied away from his drug dealing days through his rhymes. "Pusha T" (Push-a-Ton). Lyrics feature on one of his tracks: 
'Pusha a ton of that shit that makes ya nose run".

 

D Double E

Darren Dixon East London

Newham Generals 

Sprung from one of d doubles bars: 'If you mess with the Newham General you’ll get left in Newham General'

Chip

Assuming the nickname Chipmunk is based on his appearance. Though he sold out when in the US signing to T.I’s label Grand Hustle by shortening his name to Chip under the labels influence.

M.I.A

Her stage name stands for missing in action and derives from the unfortunate disappearance of her cousin of the same age. She states: "I wanted to make a film about where he was since he was M.I.A. (Missing in Action) in Sri Lanka. We were the same age, went to the same schools growing up. I was also living in Acton at the time. So I was living in Acton looking for my cousin missing in action".   

Chester P
Taken from The Chester P. Hackenbush Trilogy which are a collection of graphic novels from the 80s.

 

Tinchy Stryder
From the arcade game Strider and from the nickname given to him "Tinchy" due to his height at 5 ft 5 in.
 
K. Koke
'Is actually because I’m white and I spit that pure, raw music that has listeners hooked.'
 

Stormzy

Apparently it sounded really cool and God put previous names like ‘Wicked Skengman’, ‘Stiff-chocolate’, in his head. 

Trim

And finally Trim tops the UK list by responding…. “It came from road.”

USA

Jay-Z

In days as a youngn' he was known as "Jazzy." He later changed his rap moniker to Jay-Z to salute his mentor rapper and producer, Jaz-O, and the subway lines of his hometown of Brooklyn.

Left Eye

She was called Left Eye because at the beginning of her career she wore glasses with a condom in place of the left lense to promote safe sex.

Eminem, 

Initially M&M (for Marshall Matthers) but later changed it to Eminem. It was probably a good idea for we doubt the Mars candy company would let the Detroit rapper live if he would have stuck with the former.
 

Snoop Dogg

Nicknamed Snoopy by his mom when he was a kid. He later added on to the Charlie Brown inspiration by adding "Doggy Dogg" when beginning his rap career through Death Row Records.

Rick Ross
Picked up his stage name from the drug dealer, Freeway Rick Ross. To this day, Ross gets heat for his nickname considering he was a correctional officer for 18 months in 1995.
Wiz Khalifa
 
After naming himself Wisdom, his uncle then added Khalifa, which means "successor" in Arabic. He later shortened his name to Wiz when he was 15 years old. His friends also called him young Wiz as he excelled in many areas.
 

Drake

Aubrey Drake Graham ecords under the mononym Drake.

Tupac Shakur

 

Tupac read a book written by Niccolo Macchiaveli while he was in prison, An italian who wrote about faking his own death. Tupac liked how Macchiaveli tricked the people and lead a secret life after faking his death and since then tupac took on his name for reasons that bring up a lot of discussions/heat/theories.  

Notorious B.I.G

The name Biggie Smalls came from a 1975 movie called “Let’s Do It Again.” In the movie, there were a group of gangsters lead by Biggie Smalls (Calvin Lockhart) who was hustling a boxer into thinking he was winning prize fights when he really wasn’t. When Christopher Wallace chose Biggie Smalls as a rap name, he was sued by Lockhart and forced to change the name to Notorious B.I.G.