Skepta to debut Dystopia987 at Manchester International Festival, Idris Elba, Yoko Ono also slated to perform

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Skepta to debut Dystopia987 at Manchester International Festival, Idris Elba, Yoko Ono also slated to performManchester International Festival 1

Manchester International Festival’s 2019 installment has stockpiled some truly multifarious talent.

The two-week-long affair kicking off next July touts vastly venerated headliners like BRIT Award nominee, Skepta, who will be bringing his equally retrospective and forward-facing Dystopia987 to a still-secret location. Skepta himself describes Dystopia987, which aims to predict how rave culture’s spirited past will shape the movement in coming years, as a bit of “real-life magic.”

The enduringly iconic Yoko Ono will also be bringing her harmony-seeking Bells For Peace performance to Manchester, which will serve as the festival’s opening event. Soon after, Actor/DJ-producer extraordinaire, Idris Elba, will be unveiling the synergistic debut of TREE, a theatrical venture centered around Elba’s Mi Mandela album. The album was transposed for its new medium by the new director of London-based Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah.

“Kwame and I have both had a strong desire to work with each other for a long time now, we’ve known each other since we were in our very early twenties and have talked about the kernel of an idea for this show for a while,” said Elba of the collaborative undertaking. “Our joint ambition being to make a piece of work inspired by South Africa, using the album Mi Mandela as a starting point.”

Photo Credit: Manchester Evening News

Watch A$AP Rocky Cover “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”

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A$AP Rocky has been busy since releasing his latest album Testing in May, collaborating with the likes of Tyler, The Creator, YG and Blood Orange. But today, A$AP took a break to revisit an old favorite. He covered Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” … More »

180dB – “Road Trip” (Feat. Meredith Graves & Nick Zinner) Video

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Road Trip180dB is a new band made up of the bassist and drummer from Savages. Sorry, scratch that — according to a press release, “180dB is not a band; it’s a continuously morphing supergroup built around Fay Milton and Ayse Hassan, the highly-respected rhythm section of post-punk firebrands Savages.” And today, that highly-respected rhythm section is … More »

Dizzee Rascal is back hungrier and heavier than ever on new EP, ‘Don’t Gas Me’

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Dizzee Rascal is back hungrier and heavier than ever on new EP, ‘Don’t Gas Me’Dizee Rascal Dont Gas Me Ep

Dizzee Rascal has returned with five new heaters on his brand new Don’t Gas Me EP. The project sees the rapper trying on a diverse, high-octane array of instrumental styles ranging from oozing trap to bombastic bass house. The lead single teased top-dog form from the UK icon as he swapped bars with fellow heavyweight Skepta on “Money Right,” and the full dose of fresh Dizzee lives up to the hype.

The music world is well aware the artist can crank out hits alongside Calvin Harris and Armand Van Helden, but here, the rapper sounds hungry to flex mixtape form with every verse. The one-two punch of Rascal and Skepta remains a standout, but the brash bass house of title track “Don’t Gas Me” matches the aforementioned cut’s firepower. The energy never lets up as Dizzee demolishes the breakbeat posse cut “Spin Ya” and siren-laden grooves on “Quality” with equal ferocity. Any haters still questioning the MC’s undisputed rep can be pointed towards the EP’s production credits – a whopping five of the six beats were crafted by Dizzee Rascal himself.

Armand Hammer’s Paraffin Is A Disorienting Rap Masterpiece

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Armand-Hammer-Paraffin“Service weapon in my face, all I could see was his lips chapped.” That’s billy woods, one half of the New York rap duo Armand Hammer, on “Dettol,” a song from their new album Paraffin. He’s rapping, in hard and dense clusters, over a staggered loop of strings and pianos, the kind you might hear … More »

Dizzee Rascal and Skepta unite for heavyweight collab cut ‘Money Right’

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Dizzee Rascal and Skepta unite for heavyweight collab cut ‘Money Right’Dizzee Rascal Skepta Money Right

Dizzee Rascal and Skepta have combined forces for a trap-powered new single called “Money Right.” The grime kings trade rapid bars about methods of money management – at least according to two of the most successful UK rappers of all time. The beat is a prime playground for the stars, serving deep south subs and hard piano licks. Each verse is deft and effortless, and by the halfway point, it’s easy to assume the two have been making monster tracks together for years.

The collab arrives as the lead single from Dizzee’s recently announced EP, Don’t Gas Me. Speaking to Julie Adenuga on Apple Music’s Beats 1 show, Dizzee Rascal dished details on the collaboration’s genesis from a night the rappers happened to be making music in the same building.

“[Skepta] showed me the instrumental for this and I stood up,” Dizzee Rascal said. “I said, ‘Nah, we have to do this.’ I understood it. It’s one of them ones that everyone our age or above would think, ‘Why didn’t I do that?’”

Dizzee Rascal – “Money Right” (Feat. Skepta)

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Dizzee-Rascal-Money-RightDizzee Rascal and Skepta are barely in their mid-thirties, but they’ve both been staples of the UK’s grime scene for upwards of 15 years. They were there when the whole thing started, when it was just London teenagers rapping frantically over beats that they made on their PlayStations. And at various points since that first … More »

A$AP Rocky – “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” (Feat. Skepta) Video

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“Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” is one of the better tracks on A$AP Rocky’s largely unimpressive new album Testing. There’s something really fun about that beat, led by what sounds like an elementary school recorder. Today, the New York rapper shares its music video, the first from the album. More »

Migos Miss Flight To Primavera Sound, Skepta Filling In

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MigosPrimavera Sound, arguably the world’s greatest music festival, is going down this week in Barcelona. Unfortunately, it will not feature a Migos performance as advertised. On the bright side, Skepta will perform instead. More »

Playboi Carti, Tee Grizzley, And The New Forms Of Rap Stardom

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When you’re an old man, sometimes it takes time to learn how to hear music — music that teenagers can understand immediately and instinctively. Case in point: Playboi Carti. Last year, the young Atlanta rapper released his hugely popular self-titled album, and I had no idea what to even think of it. It sounded like … More »