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I’m starting where I left of with the “Eski-boy” Wiley. Wiley’s part of a crew called Roll Deep and until the last six months, people only knew Wiley as Wiley. Now Roll Deep has dropped their eagerly anticipated album. Obviously the underground garage heads know all about Roll Deep; an entourage made up of about ten to fifteen MC’s from East London. Until now that have been strictly underground, but due to the success of Wiley and Dizzee, they’ve dropped one hot album!

“In At The Deep End” isn’t your typical garage album. It’s a mix between garage/grime/eski. Obviously Wiley has had an impact on this album as he is the most successful MC from Roll Deep. Roll Deep have managed to fuse grime with some catchy pop tunes to good effect. They are keeping it street but they’ve managed to appeal to another audience at the same time which I think makes this album a success! The first and biggest tune off the album is “When I’m Ere”. This is UK Grime at its best…a pure grimey beat and some sick mc’ing. When this tune drops in the clubs in London, watch out cos the crowd seriously goes crazy! Next release off the album is “The Avenue”. A blend of 80’s samples and grimey lyrics, different but I think it works. Judge for yourself! Some other personal favourites of the album are “Show You” and “Poltergeist”, the latter being another prime example of the grime these guys can come out with. A lot of cats in the garage scene are saying Roll Deep have sold out, become commercial because they are changing their sound slightly and trying to appeal to a different audience. I think that’s true to an extent, but there’s no doubting these guys have dropped a good album here.

Roll Deep – In At The Deep End

The second installment for today comes from another young Londoner who goes by the name of Kano. Kano’s been around for a while now, making his name on the underground scene, doing pirate radio stations and gigs. There’s been a big hype about this guy even before he dropped his album; his raw talent is undeniable. I personally think he is one of the best lyricists/MC’s in the UK at the moment. Again Kano keeps it real, he talks about life on the street, how shit goes down in clubs and there’s the token tune about love/girls…that kinda shit. The previous three albums have all been based around grime but have been creative enough to switch genres through different tracks, and that’s exactly what Kano does here. The first release was “P’s & Q’s”. Another massive club tune, “P’s & Q’s” advertises Kano’s pure raw MC’ing talent to the UK. One of my faves is the opening track, “Home Sweet Home”. We hear Kano spit about how it is on the streets and where he’s come from. Another personal fave is “Sometimes”, where Kano is asking us what makes him different from the others.

“It’s not for the cheddar, it’s not for the fame, it’s not for the Rolex, it’s not for the chain, it’s just for the respect”

That line basically sums up where Kano is coming from. His passion for music can’t be questioned; he could have gone on to become a professional football player (that’s soccer to you guys!) but he gave it up to pursue his music career. Kano is as real as it gets and his spitting is as good as anyone. Cop this shit and drop some comments!

Kano - Home Sweet Home

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