Sunday, 31 July 2005

True G

Dnikes, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Jarrett you're a true G, thanks, thanks, thanks. Looking freshle in the manor now. No longer will Jammer, Capo & Ratty laugh at my Dunlop whites. According to Danny at RWD it's worse to wear the Dunlops with green. Not that I care too much, after all I've never been a sheep. I was wearing scuba diving suits to school for a laugh and I was bussing leg warmers and skirts over trousers long before it was deemed acceptable. Once again, and what?

Cameo's Playlist 31/07/05

The Alliance - Stop (White)
Kano- Remember Me (679)
Jammer - Semtex (Dub)
Doctor - Jealousy & Hate (Dub)
Lethal Bizzle ft Amina - Do It (V2)
Misty Dubs ft. Big Seek, Purple, Ghetto, Shyam - Silence (True Tiger)
Low Deep ft Kano, Doctor, Ghetto - Get Set (Run The Road 2)
1Xtra Allstars (Dub)
Napper, Shizzle, Fresh - Cha Vocal (Dub)
Nio ft Jammer & Skepta - I Do Me (Dub)
Lethal Bizzle - The Best (V2)
Mitchell Bros - Routine Check
TNT ft Lady Mayhem - Get Loose (Dub)
D Producer ft Red Rum & Ruff Squad - Untitled (Dub)
***Stamina, L Man, Doctor, Stats, Fenda, Bearman, Solo, Killer P,
Desperado, Venom, Blazor, Boobsie on the mic, DJ Gambit in the mix***
***Stamina & Blazor chat to Cameo***
JME - Serious Remix (Run The Road 2)
Rug Rat & Dis Man - End Parts 2 (Dubplate)
Scandalous Unlimited ft Carly Bond & MC Purple - My Life Cameo Special (True Tiger)
Jon E Cash - So Many (Black Ops)
Bruza ft Krucial & Triple Threat - So Real (Aftershock)
Ruff Squad ft Wiley - Together (Dub)
4x4 Power Hour
Jon E Cash - Dub
Charlie Sezz - Flatline (Dub)
Qualifide - Bad Man 3 (Dub)
Wideboys - Untitled (White)
Golden Productions ft Simone Flash Gordon - Whatever U Want (Delinquent Remix) (Dub)
Matt Jam Lamont - Over (Solo)
Club Asylum - Club Lonely (Urban Dubs)
MJ Cole ft Laura Vane - Water Tight (Misty Dubs Remix) (White)
Jon E Cash - Idea (Black Ops)
J Sweet ft.Aaron- Going Through (Delinquent remix) (Sweetbeetz)
Club Asylum - Sexual Healing (Urban Dubs)
ODM ft Mary Turner - It Doesn't Have to be This Way (White)
MJ Cole & Wideboys ft Vula - Body Language (White)
R.Kane & Domino - Step Back (Dezz Jones Remix) (Dub)
Kano - Nobody Don't Dance No More (679)

Take Care Out There

train, originally uploaded by chantelle.

I don't know whether this is true or not. I've been receiving a lot of bomb jokes in the last week. It seems it's ok to be racist these days as long as you put 'very wrong' in the subject line. I'm all for laughing in the face of fear but surely there's limits?

Lethal Breasts

Check out the full version of the x-rated video 'The Best' over at Not my kind of thing (I prefer the girls a tad younger) but each to their own.

Watch Out

Watch Out, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Shottie and I have a new column in Good For Nothing Magazine. It's free so nab yourself one if you can find it. Our debut will be in the next issue. Hold tight big bull and the boorman! Gully.

New Touch Out

New Touch magazine is on shelves, Craig David on front cover. Catch my Ms Dynamite piece in there along with the usual reviews and such. Don't know what else is in this issue as yet to see it...

Chronic Art

Big up Sébastien Morlighem 101% repping for France. Read his work including Roll Deep and Lady Sovereign pieces at

I Jacked This

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And what?

We Still Run The Road

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Shout out to Danny Walker and the RWD crew on this one. Three covers to collect; JME and Titch, No Lay and Doctor, Plan B and Klashnekoff. Read about Run The Road 2.

Breath Of Fresh Airs

ears, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Yes, Ears mixtape is nearly ready to drop. 'Breath Of Fresh Airs' will showcase his versatility to ride a number of tempo's and different style. He's also grown a few inches and now towers at over 6ft.

Bad Man Skepta

big cd, originally uploaded by chantelle.

It's nothing but love fam! Making himself known at the moment, Skepta's moving differently. I gotta shower him in extra niceness cause he's put me in a lyric. Spanks a lot. Sketpa 'Single' is out now or you can listen back to some realness on Logan's Kiss Show from last Thursday.

The Heat

amphitheater-1, originally uploaded by chantelle.

I'd like to be at this

Pull Up Janis!

janis, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Congrats to my girl Linzie... added to CNN Babes website after her debut appearance. You know you've made it now!

Big Smoke Relaunch

Big Smoke Relaunch, originally uploaded by chantelle.

It's back and on shelves soon. Big up Harry, Jake and all the gang, Sway front cover story by yours truly.

Brazilian Grime

The duo Bruno Belluomini and MC Jimmy Luv release "Voh Keimah!", the first Grime single produced in Brazil. The production also comes with the instrumental."Voh Keimah!" preview ay TRANQUERA debut, the first night dedicated to Grime in Sao Paulo. TRANQUERA's first edition presents the guest MC Jimmy Luv, who promises to throw your root rhymes over Grime and broken beats. TRANQUERA happens at Bunker Lounge, a club owned by Sepultura members, Tuesday 2nd August. and

Bruno Belluomini "Voh Keimah! (Dub Mix)"!_
Bruno Belluomini featuring Jimmy Luv "Voh Keimah! (Jimmy Luv Remix)"!_

Itch FM's B'day

unknown-2, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Itch 5th Birthday Jam 2005! Thursday 11th August 2005. Night runs from 9pm - 3am @ Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, London NW1
Music policy is Hip Hop with a touch of Bashment
P.A.s from Lord Gosh & Banana Klan feat. DJ MK, Blak Twang, Skinnyman, Sway and Sun Cycle
£10 before 11pm, more thereafter. Dress code is Casual. Nearest tube is Camden Town. For more info please call 07947 355086

Pillows At Dawn

050801_pillowfight, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Monday's Jumpoff is all about the Pillow Fight Special where you can win £50 and 2 Tickets to the Coach Carter Launch (register now: 07944 781 401)
Tickets are £5 plus booking fee from / 0870 060 3777 or £5 (no b/f) from Astoria or Jazz Cafe Box Offices. NO FILMING: There are no unsolicited camcorders allowed in the venue. MEAN FIDDLER 165 Charing Cross Road, London WC2 (tube: Tottenham Crt Rd. Nxt to Astoria). Eight young ladies will go head to head in five jaw droppin Pillow Fight bouts. For others looking to battle there's the STREETBALL BATTLE - Call JUMP OFF HOTLINE 07944 781 401, B-BOY PAIRS - Call JUMP OFF HOTLINE 07944 781 401 CREW STREET DANCE BATTLE - Call JUMP OFF HOTLINE 07944 781 401, PRODUCER BATTLE - Auditions take place every Jump Off from 9pm to 10pm. Last entries are taken at 9:45pm.
MC RAP BATTLE - If you're not seeded you must audition on the night. Auditions take place by the cloakroom during the Producer Battle (approx. 11:30pm). Audition battles are 30 seconds. The 4 nicest BATTLE MCs advance onto the Battle. Once you are a seeded MC on our database you will not need to audition again or pay to enter the venue if you battle. BOOTY SHAKIN BATTLE - Call JUMP OFF HOTLINE 07944 781 401. NO JEANS Allowed.

Grime Time

grimetime 2 front, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Sorry didn't get this one up sooner, life's manic. I don't whether Wiley turned up or what popped but apparently Berlin were expecting a heatwave on Friday so who know's if this shit was too hot to handle? Christian also directed me to 'shitty socialist-style towerblock' over at He tells me the kids who posted this picture live there and are full-on grime-nutcases. People have been going mad for their podcast, live-sets of the parties over at

Wednesday, 27 July 2005

Keysound Clark

Keysound radio is now live. Check it at The mix features 100% unreleased music, with exclusives from Digital Mystikz, Loefah, Kode 9 + Spaceape, Skream, Pinch, Dusk + Blackdown, Random Trio, Target + Riko, Nasty Crew, Roll Deep, Plasticman, Lethal B and Dizzee Rascal. Also while we're at it Dusk + Blackdown 'Drenched/Submerge' is out now at Boomkat ( and other underground shops.

The Beats

The Beats, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Mike Skinner’s record label The Beats presents a night of new music, MCs and general all-round carnage at Brixton’s Plan B on Thursday 28 July.
The Mitchell Brothers and friends will be dropping an exclusive live PA, with DJ sets from Cameo (1Xtra) and DJ Fidgit, not forgetting a live audio-visual mash-up with plenty of new unheard tracks and unseen footage. Come and get mashed with the experts…

Out Now

unknown, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Catch the remix and video on Run The Road 2

Tuesday, 26 July 2005

No Commentary?

I haven't been blogging 'properly' for a number of reasons 1. I've been too busy/too lazy 2. I lost the use of words for a while 3. I needed a break to re-establish my love of grime and all that comes with it, it was getting me down. 4. Sometimes it's better I say nothing than something 5. There's too much I can't tell you.

Sunday, 24 July 2005

Congrats Roll Deep

The Ave debuted at no. 11 in the national singles chart... albums moving back up to

Saturday, 23 July 2005

UK Dance Championships

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The 9-5 game is now online at


Live-Lovebox-Eflyer, originally uploaded by chantelle.

New DVD's

"Road Rage Vol 1" - DVD & Audio CD Napper, Fumin, Camilla, Heartless Crew, Lady Fury and many more 15.99
"Sunshine Garage Anthems Vol I" - DJ Excel [CD] The hottest vocal garage Anthems mixed by DJ Excel £6.99
"Raw Talent Vol I" - DPM Recordings (DVD) Feat Napper vs Trim & Ghetto vs Bashy and many more £9.99
"Spot Rushers Vol I" - Y3 (DVD) Feat Dirty Firm, Rattlepace, Meridian and many more £9.99
"North West At Large" - Gunfinger Productions (DVD) Over 5 hours of footage.... ft: SLK, Bashy, Renegade Boys, Musical Mob and many more £14.99
"I Got Lyrics" - SLK, Crazy T, D Double E [CD + DVD] It's what the roadz have been waiting for £9.99
"Talk On Road Vol I" - Harm City (DVD) Feat: Harm City, D Double E, Crazy titch, Flirta D and more £9.99

Wednesday, 20 July 2005

Avenue Midweek currently no. 12. Keep supporting.

Tuesday, 19 July 2005

This Thursday

Make sure you catch DJ Target at Forward, Plastic People, Shoreditch.


Kano will be doing a LIVE webchat on his forum at 6pm TODAY, the forum will be open from about 5.30pm, those that get their questions in early will be answered first... For all info... please check:
Spread the word... a rare opportunity to get upfront and personal with Kano himself!

Monday, 18 July 2005


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Sunday, 17 July 2005

Out Monday

avenue_pack, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Enhanced CD: feat. 2 Avenue videos, new track Thinking Of You and Wiley remix of When I'm Ere,
CD: feat. When I'm Ere, 12": feat. Thinking Of You and Wiley remix of When I'm Ere
Check out Roll Deep perform on TV:
Xchange - Thursday 21st 4.30pm (CBBC)
TRL - Friday 22nd 6pm (MTV)
CD:UK - Sunday 24th 9.25am (ITV)
Visit the website to win an Xbox, get ringtones, watch videos and find hidden content!

Friday, 15 July 2005

Rhythm Divison Chart

1. Slew Dem - Grime 2005 Part 2 EP (White)
2. Alias - Alias EP (White)
3. Roll Deep - In At The Deep End Sampler (Relentless)
4. Bossman - Bongo Eyes VIP (White)
5. Dexplicit feat. Nana, Baby Blue & Fumin - One Night Stand (DXE Recs)
6. Wiley - Sidewinder (White)
7. Avalanche and Ghetto - Simple Minded MC's (AV Recs)
8. Donae'o -United (White)
9. IMP Batch - Fusion (A.R.M.Y)
10. J Sweet - Going Through (Sweet Beat Recordings)
Compiled by Sparky @ Rhythm Division, Roman Road, Bow E3. You can listen to audiio in this chart at

Direct Hit is now live for legal dubstep, grime and beats downloads.

Garage Trilogy

Garage Trilogy, originally uploaded by chantelle.

JPR Request

"JPR RECORDS Presents... UK UNSIGNED The team at JPR Records are currently looking for unsigned UK Grime MC's & UK Rappers who would be interested in having their tracks included on a fresh new mixtape set to hit the streets. The mixtape is set to feature 20-25 tracks by fresh new artists to help them push and promote their sound. The mixtape will be well presented from start to finish including the packaging it comes in, ontop of that the mixtape will be available for FREE! This is a great opportunity for serious artists to express their talent to a wider audience with possibility of furthering themselves within the industry. You will be able to pick it up at all good independent record stores, clothes shops, clubs, bars, on road + more... For full details on how to get your tracks included or for more info: 020 8254 945"

Smoove No More

On Friday 26th August Smoove, Ministry of Sound’s urban event, will hang up its mic and headphones to make way for a new Friday night format. In its five years governing the urban club circuit, Smoove has become one of the most acclaimed, respected and adored urban nights. Launched in November 2000, the night was Ministry of Sound’s first step into the urban arena. Originally hosted by MJ Cole and Matt White, Smoove fast became the most popular destination for the then booming UK Garage circuit be it players, producer and party people, and has since become the venue that performers have chosen for showcasing new material as well as hanging out. Masterstepz and Shortee Blitz are the current reigning resident DJ’s, commanding the clubs two main rooms with a heavy rotation of Hip Hop, R&B, Bashment, UK Garage and old Skool. As well as carving a reputation for hosting the finest parties, Smoove now has its own distinct identity and dedicated personnel which has seen the launch of international and national tours, albums, radio shows, a dedicated website, live events and more recently Smoove Records, the brand’s record label that has brought us SLK ‘Hype Hype’ and current signing Jamesy P ‘Nookie’. Whilst the label and international tours will remain, Smoove the original Friday party will not, although dedicated fans can continue to enjoy it on a monthly basis when it will appear on a Sunday. These events will take place on the last Sunday of every month and will be hosted by leading DJ’s and performers from all over the globe.  “We have had five amazing years. When we first launched Smoove back in 2000 we could never have predicted its success.  It has been one of Ministry of Sound’s greatest achievements but we do feel that it’s time for a change of direction. We will still host huge monthly parties and continue to spread the Smoove experience across the globe, whilst introducing a fresh and upfront slant to Fridays” - Laurence Bagnall, Smoove Promoter

On Friday 26th August, Smoove will be hosting ‘The Grand Finale’ that will invite a long list of Smoove players, past and present, to the decks and stage. In the main room will be residents Shortee Blitz and Masterstepz alongside Rampage and various live PA’s still to be confirmed.  The Bar will see the return of original R&B resident Matt White with Chippie, Swerve & Semtex and hosts Klarkie & Skinz. Over in the Baby Box, yesteryear Smoove will be represented via preceding UKG resident Norris Windross alongside Pied Piper, Mikee B, Artful Dodger and MC Ranking.

A farewell party for the urban scene’s most adored club night. It is going to be huge and it is going to be sad but the future is going to be exciting. Smoove would like to say a HUGE thank you to all those who have played a part and shown continued love and support.


B Live Latest

roskilde, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Brand new updates to the official MC B Live website now include a new set featuring Faction G and the Committee, pictures from the massive Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Ayia Napa dates, B Live Club listings etc... His album is also nearly finished and has some massive features on there including tracks from Davinche, Wiley, Jon E Cash and many more!

London United

Formerly known as the Respect Festival (name perhaps also changed to distance the event from George Galloway?) Saturday, 16 July 2005, 12pm -  8.30pm, Burgess Park, Albany Road, South London SE5. Directions: FREE. Following the London bombings the RISE anti-racist festival has been renamed LONDON UNITED.  LONDON UNITED will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 16 July, to remember all of those who died in the attacks last Thursday and to show London's defiance of those who try to change the character of the city through terror. The London United gig will give Londoners the chance to come out and show their opposition to terrorism and their love of their city. The Mayor said: 'The bombings that took place last week indiscriminately attacked Londoners irrespective of race, culture, religion or age. London is the future. This free gig will show that London stands firm and celebrates its status as a city of all races, faiths and cultures, the very thing the bombers hate.' 70,000 people flowed through the gates at last year's anti-racist event (then called RESPECT), and even more are likely this year.

Here is the new line-up and running order for the main stage:
12.30 - 01.15    Eska
01.25 - 01.50    Modeste Hugues
01.55 - 02.00    Fundamental
02.05 - 02.30    Kano
02.40 - 03.00    JJC & 419 Squad (with full live band)
03.10 - 03.40    Terri Walker
03.40 - 04.05    speeches [Ken Livingstone, Lee Jasper, etc]
04.05 - 05.05    Billy Bragg & Suggs and members of Madness
05.15 - 06.15    Lemar
06.20 - 07.05    Goldie Lookin Chain
07.10 - 07.35    Mitchell Brothers
07.45 - 08.05    Raghav
08.10 -?08.20    Heather Smalls

There are many other attractions, too, such as:
Crescent Stage, music and dance hosted by Shazia Mirza:
Necmi / Michaela & Naor, The Hakaya, Moroccan Roll Convention, Poets of Rhythm, Amina & Smadj / Michaela & Naor, Luda Mix, Oojami and Necmi Kalvi
Big Cuba Fiesta, hosted by Rob Miller:
DJs from Club Clandestino, Paseo Malanga, Conga dance class with Mario Lopez-Goicoechea and Paseo Malanga, Stylo Prohibido, Jesus Cutino y su Son de Cuba, Omar Puentes y Raices Cubanas
African Village, hosted by Victor Daniels , DJ Wala and Paulina Oduro:
Chief Nana and Ambrepon Drummers opening call, Adig Youth Choir, Emmanuel the Magnificent, DJ Wala, Abdul Tee-Jay's Rokoto, Young Faces of Africa, Toju - Comedian, Masquerade with Kaago, Ethio Tradition, Women of Africa: Rose Teteh Ade & Betty Nsubuga & Amy Coco, Gbedu Resurrection, Comedy/DJ Wala, Congoallstars
Mela Stage, hosted by Nihal, Murtz and Sangeeta Sabharwal:
Fusion, Lost Luggage, Threebee, Sona Family, Yam Boy, Sunit & Raxstar, Serese
Crisis Comedy Marquee:  
Rudi Lickwood, Curtis Walker, Shappi Khorsandi, Shazia Mirza, Quincy, Patrick Monahan, Tony Hendriks, Kojo, Inder Manocha, Angie McEvoy, Ayesha Hazarika
PRS Urban Stage - emerging and unsigned acts:
The Freestyle Crew, UK Unsigned, Undercover Magazine, Bigga Fish, Elastic Artists, UK Unsigned, Invincible Magazine, Overground
DJ Bus:
Dave VJ, Soul Jazz Soundsystem, Ross Allen, Trojan Sound System

Drinking Bear

Drinking Bear, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Solve the world by taking their advice

Wednesday, 13 July 2005

Sway At Jazz Cafe

SWAY LIVE @ THE JAZZ CAFÉ, LONDON 20th JULY > Rapidly rising and widely tipped talent, Sway [aka Sway DaSafo] is now confirmed as headlining his own show at London’s Jazz Café later this month.  The night presents a golden opportunity to witness first-hand one of the most exciting and talked about artists on the scene today.  Emcee and producer Sway is a highly skilled and accomplished live performer, having already toured with Dizzee Rascal and torn up various nights and venues up and down the country.  For proof of Sway’s live abilities, and to catch a glimpse of what’s in store, check the footage of his recent MTV Baselounge performance which is now up on Sway’s website: Support on the night comes from Bigz – whose ‘Cor Blimey’ track is currently smashing up Channel U; All City head honcho and XFM DJ Dan Greenpeace; and 1Xtra’s DJ Semtex.

Kano Latest

The man will be shooting his new video for the track "nite nite" in july with a release date around late august. the single package will also feature a hot remix of "reload it" from pendulum and a new 4/4 mix of "nobody don't dance no more" re worked for the dance floors by kano himself. Kano has just returned from the roskilde festival in denmark and is set to take his blistering live show to the feedback festival in paris, france on july the 9th he then pops over the border for the 5 days off festival in holland on the 16th before scrambling back to london to play the rise festival in burgess park camberwell, phew. Kano then goes all welsh at the wakestock festival on the 23rd july. so it's a busy time for the boy wonder also to be scheduled is a live webchat for his fans on his forum at check the site for more details. In August mr robinson will perform in the dance tent at reading and leeds in and at the tdk festival in kings cross the week before on the 20th august. look out for a full uk tour in october.

Lethal E-Card

Chicago Fever has pictures of Lady Sovereign in Chicago.

Monday, 11 July 2005

Lay Down

wildpoppies, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Light Relief

Roll Deep on Top Of The Pops, 7pm, BBC1 tonight.

And So They Talked

Ben Hecht: Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
Thomas Jefferson: The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.
Edith Sitwell: The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.
Abigail Adams: We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
Paul Valery: The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
Will Durant: Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos
Havelock Ellis: The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.
W. Somerset Maugham: It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.
Moshe Dayan: If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
Malcolm X: You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
Soren Kierkegaard: People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Jules de Gaultier: Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
Mark Twain: The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
Sir Winston Churchhill: For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
Susan Jeffers: We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic.
Benjamin Franklin: Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
Joseph Addison: What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.


christian_small, originally uploaded by chantelle.

Christian 'Njoya' Small, aged 28, was last seen
leaving his home at 7:55am on the morning of Thursday 7th July 2005. He was travelling from Walthamstow on route to work in Holborn. He is believed to have travelled through Kings Cross on the Piccadilly line. Christian never arrived at his destination and has not been heard from since Thursday morning.

This is a desperate appeal on behalf of his friends
and family. Please distribute this information and
contact any of the following people if you have any
leads as to (1)Christian's whereabouts, &/or (2) the
whereabouts of the vehicle he had used for the first
part of his journey (Mitsubishi Colt Hatchback,
colour: Silver, registration: P605 RWY)

Charles - 07810 806 902
Dexter  - 07747 022 449
Simone  - 07961 995 013
Home    - 020 8281 6132
Officer Gary Jopling - 07984 728 824

Friday, 8 July 2005

Kids Think Too Proving very popular in the aftermath is (apparently the real Michael Moore). Commentary to follow when I can formulate exactly what I've got to say.

Thursday, 7 July 2005

Make It Stop

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What Can I Say?

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It's a horrible day. Mixed emotions. I feel guilty for being sad when I'm ok and so many aren't, I think it's the shock. The sound of emergency vehicles isn't letting up and the phones still aren't working properly.

It's amazing what a difference 10 minutes in your day can make. I was running late so got to Old St just as they were closing station. Despite hearing a bomb had perhaps gone off at Liverpool Street (the helicopters and speeding police seemed to back this up) still got on the bus towards Kings Cross, worrying about being late to work. I've got lanyards to deal with don't you know. Getting stressed about buses being to full. You always think it won't be you don't you?

Just before arriving at the station the driver was alerted to a bus bomb. By this point there were about 30 buses just waiting, not knowing where to go or what was actually going on. One by one engines switched off. Next the glimpses of walking wounded. No phones working. Panic. Sirens.

Until I got into Shoreditch it was a different World. Hundreds of people just wondering around, waiting at bus stops, not knowing... I opened the front door and the relief hit me. Back home it's peaceful and you wouldn't know anything had happened. But it has.

And I don't know what to say. n.b To save confusion note this picture is not from today

Wednesday, 6 July 2005

Stop Shanking

ghettochicks, originally uploaded by chantelle.

It's not big and it's not clever

Love Music Hate Racism

Benefit event for the Love Music Hate Racism campaign. Saturday 9th July, 9pm - midnight. Conway Hall , Red Lion Square, Nearest tube Holborn. Tickets on door ONLY £5/£3 concs. (free to ticketholders of Marxism 2005 festival Love Music Hate Racism presents: The cream of UK black and urban music talent perform for LMHR .. top-notch LIVE hip-hop, grime, r&b. ALL 100% CONFIRMED Rodney P and Skitz (1Xtra - hosts), Sway, Bashy, Bruza, Plan B, Skeme,Big P and Laurie Sterling, Akala, Gemma Fox, Swiss (So Solid), DJ ExCalibah (1Xtra), MC D, Million Dan, Reveal, Lowkey, Pariz_1, Corey Johnson and Blade (Defenders LOS), Soundproof Ents. UNDER-18s & ALL AGES WELCOME Info: 07838 156 052 // //

Did You Know

Reported by The Times on July 4th, according to the largest study on the impact of Britains firearms culture on urban youth, one in ten teenage boys has carried some kind of gun in the past year. The unpublished government funded report shows that gun culture is now rampant in urban schools. Of the 11,000 central London teenagers under 16 who were questioned, one in ten had carried a knife in the past year and one in 16 of boys and girls had carried a gun or replica gun. White boys were more likely to say they had carried a gun than black boys. Many children blamed a growing sense of lawlessness on the need to carry a weapon in self-defence. One in five reported they could get hold of a replica gun.

Plan B Boy

Plan B Boy, originally uploaded by chantelle.

He's in the studio finishing off his album, heard some sneaky new cuts he's laid down... if you're yet to be convinced it won't be long.

Where For Art Thou Romeo?

Hot news just in. It had to happen sooner or later but pleased to reveal Crazy Titch's dog Romeo has found love. My source reveals "It was the most animated i've seen him, it seems more than warring with other mc's and spitting bars, Titch likes puppies." There you have it, remember where you heard it first because this is the real deal.

Friday G Hop

Never been to one of these nights so this isn't necessarily a recommendation but try it for yourself and see. Still not sure If I'm convinced by the G Hop movement but at the end of the day who actually cares what I think. Not me.
Following their packed night at Live in W1 last week, the Phink Kings’ new underground movement and prolific mix CD series bring part 2 of the G-Hop experience to Stratford Circus for a one-off night of hot new London beats and street fashion.
Live: SWAY (‘Flo Fashion’ / ‘This Is My Demo’), TANTRUM, SHORTMAN WOLVERINE, ORANGE, NOVOCAINE / WAYNE McNEISH / G-RANGE. DJs: RAWHEED ENTERTAINMENT + a G-Hop presentation and fashion show. Exclusive G-Hop merchandise and the full CD series available on the night. “We are no longer just spitters, MCs, singers, poets or lyricists. We are a musical industrial revolution.” Tickets: £5 / £3 concessions available on the door on the night. Trains: Stratford station (Central / Jubilee / DLR / North London Lines). Infoline: 0208 536 0630 or e-mail G-Hop direct: Look out for the G-Hop CD covermount on a forthcoming issue of Touch magazine

Tuesday, 5 July 2005

Sway From Ghana

Sway will also be co-hosting Radio 1’s OneMusic show with Ras Kwame tonight.  The BBC sent Sway and Ras out to Ghana to look at the music scene over there as part of the BBC’s ‘Africa Lives’ coverage.  The programme goes out from 11pm – 1am, and there’s more info up here:

Monday, 4 July 2005

Nobody Took Me Serious

DCP10596, originally uploaded by chantelle.

For those enquiring about JME's Serious Remix you'll be able to get this on the Run The Road 2 compilation which drops in August. More news on that soon.

Congrats Kane

Album went in at 36, highest new entry, just over 8,000 sold. Great start.

Name The Thingy

Name The Thingy, originally uploaded by chantelle. pull out yet another first in the industry... meet their thing. It will be driven around London town everyday and seen at major festivals, concerts & events. We just need a name for it now. Can you name it? Reply with suggestions on their forum and the best name will get a £10 gift voucher to spend on the site.

Fumin Gets A Break

Earlier this year, Music Matrix was commissioned by the Arts Council to source the cream of urban talent across the UK. A winning song has been selected by Galaxy DJ and MOBO Award winner, Steve Sutherland, and will now be performed live from Ibiza on Galaxy, the UK’s biggest commercial youth radio network with more then 2.5 million listeners. ‘One Night Stand’ featuring Nana, Fumin and Baby Blue was the track that caught Steve’s ear. It has been produced by Dexplicit who was also behind Lethal B’s "Pow" record which charted at No 13 earlier this year. NaNa was catapulted into the limelight back in 2000 as the featured artist on the Architechs UK top three garage anthem, ‘Body Groove’. The track sold some 500,000 copies and achieved platinum status. Five years on and NaNa (27) is now launching her career as a solo artist. Fumin is a 19-year-old MC from East London and despite being unsigned, has still been attracting the attention of the media with his debut mixtape ‘Freckle Face’ securing coverage in top style and music magazines, including i-D and RWD. Nana, Fumin and Baby Blue will be flown out to Ibiza and will join Steve as he broadcasts live from Plastik, San Antonio on July 31 from 10pm-2am (Ibiza time) as part of the Galaxy in Ibiza weekend. Also on the billing that night will be performances from some of the biggest, established, chart-topping names.

Next Heatwave

Full details, flyers and photos on This month grime lord Jammer is doing an exclusive bashment PA, plus we've got Colombian reggaeton/hip hop act La Raza live. Jamaica meets Puerto Rico Uptown in East London! Two rooms of the finest Caribbean and Latin sounds from Jamaica to Puerto Rico and Trinidad to Cuba: dancehall/bashment, reggaeton, R’n’B, soca, Latin hip hop, reggae and zouk. Grime lord Jammer, formerly of NASTY Crew, passes through to drop an exclusive grimey bashment PA and keep things crazy hype on the mic. As a producer he's been smashing it recently with killer productions and remixes for the likes of Roots Manuva - while his incendiary live performances have been spreading the grime gospel all over Europe and North America. Just don't call him the Lil' Jon of grime... Neckle! London's new Latin sensations La Raza (Colombia) are also in the house with a live PA of their reggaeton/Latin hip hop bombs plus a troupe of hot reggaeton dancers. ¡Ay, que bueno! Plus top-a-top selectors NoRequests (93 Feet East/Showrooms) - always on the money whether dropping dancehall, R'n'B or grime - keep things bashy alongside resident DJs Heatwave (Punchline Records), Lubi (Nascente Records) and MDK (Twice as Nice). CD and vinyl giveaways courtesy of Greensleeves and VP Records.
Friday 15th July 2005 @ The Rhythm Factory, 16-18 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1EW, Tube: Aldgate East, 9pm-3am > £5 before 11pm/NUS > £8 otherwise. > info line 07890 371 097 > 020 7375 3774

About Jammer: Hailing from Leytonstone, East London, producer/MC/hype man Jammer is one of the key figureheads of the grime/garage scene: big tunes include Fire Hydrant and Destruction VIP (featured on the Run The Road compilation). The former N.A.S.T.Y. Crew member (now running his own clique, Jah Mek The World) smashed it in New York earlier this year alongside 17-year-old protege Ears and MC D Double E in one of grime's first forays into North America. Jammer's also worked with godfather of grime Wiley (Roll Deep), Lethal B (More Fire Crew) and Riko Dan and remixed the big man of UK hip hop, Roots Manuva, as well as finding time to launch the successful DVD series Lord of the Mic! His incendiary live performances - some call him the Lil' Jon of grime - have earned him a reputation as the most rewound artist around. Like he says...Neckle! "A brilliant grime pioneer" - The New York Times, "The crowd were obviously loving it, loving it, loving it" - Chantelle Fiddy on Jammer in New York.

Love Bites

Normally I hate love bites, most people do. But these Love Bites are the lick! Their debut single is out in September so keep your eyes out

Snoop Rolls Deep

Roll Deep have been confirmed for to support Snoop Dogg on his UK tour which kicks of on Monday 4th July in Cardiff International Arena, Birmingham NEC on 5th July and Wembley Arena on Tuesday 12th July.

Still South

Still South, originally uploaded by chantelle.