Saturday, December 24, 2005

These are some of the FIP christmas cards that we have pulled together from our photo banks... as you can see we are trying to get that frosty look..... bless

Thursday, December 22, 2005

what estate are you from?

Check out Reveals video on Channel U right about now

this map is the remix, the underground remix...


who is Sway?

23 11 05 : SWAY aka Derek Dasafo: The Mobo award winning Sway at Cargo

Who is Sway?
Sway aka Derek DaSafo
Probably the most successful independent artist this scene has got, he is still unsigned and showing the major how to do it, do it. The story begins with Sway producing music at 15, it didn’t take long for him to pick up a mic and start rapping. At 16 Sway first rose to prominence with the collective One. Now 23 Sway’s name is on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

He went from freestyling in school as a joke to battling in cyphers held in Camden Town. Like most other artists in the scene sway did the battling thing and it helped him grow, getting props from the old G s around him. But sway says that his career really took off when he started making tacks instead of just battling. He went bar for bar with Doc Brown, who hosted the night, Chester P and Reveal, who was in the crowd somewhere. Even though he got beat by Chester he impressed Taskforce so much that they invited him onto a track, which was t be sways first track. … what would I give for a copy of that…. Hmm?

I couldn’t get my hands on it anyway, but I got the two mixtapes, ‘This Is My Promo, Volume 1’, ‘This Is My Promo, Volume 2’… the albums are done in he classic mixtape style with freestyles over other beats and homemade beats. Make sure you get these to educate yourself in the game. Then you might be ready for the album, which drops at the end of January. . ‘This Is My Demo’

The first time I caught this guy live was in Brighton, while he was opening up for Dizzie. It was not the greatest show but he we the appetite of people around me in the crowd, so I knew that the guy was something spesh. That was around a year ago, maybe more and look how the levels have picked up.

Sway has also found time to make an appearance on Eminem’s radio show; and, touch down on tracks with Taz, Sharky Major, Biggz, Terri Walker, The Mitchells, and Mike Skinner.

The north Londonite is on heavy rotation, I think I hear his name on average every other day, from peers, people listening to music on public transport… the buzz is mad. Something like when Dizzie dropped. With one MOBO under his belt and a channel U award, he can only move up. Keeping up the high tempo pace Sway has also been nominated for 2 Mobo Awards: ‘Best UK Newcomer’ and ‘Best Hip-hop Artist’; as well as a Channel U ‘Best Of British’ award.

Sway has already shown that being independent is not a bad thing
The night began with Biggz on stage, sort of like a seat and greet, he was seated and he greeted the crowd, and he like sway and pyrelli tried to get some crowd interaction rolling, but to no avail. He finished his segment with the now classic “cor blimey”.

Biggz first emerged on to the UK music scene with his stand out appearance on the remix of Taz’z Single ‘Cowboy film’ with Sway and Sharky Major. This led onto his mixtapes The Big Inning Vol 1 and 2. ‘The Big Inning Volume 2’ featured guest appearances from the cream of UK Talent Sway, Sincere, S.A.S and more. Vol 2 also featured Biggz warm up single ‘Cor Blimey’ which was an instant addition to radio playlists around the country and the accompanying video reached number 3 on the MTV Base chart and was in the top 5 Channel U chart for months. Biggz can also be heard on the remix of Sway’s ‘Up your speed’.In 2006 Biggz will be releasing his debut album through his co-owned Alliance Records (who are also co-releasing Sway’s debut album). With Biggz’s personality, talent, and street rep and from hearing previews of Biggz new material it looks like he’s well on his way to the top and owning 2006. He and a cousin created a label from the body of Alliance and Dcypha. The first piece of visual artwork was the up your speed video. At that point the group did not have any major influence in the scene apart form the street hype that they were making. But they were blessed to meet Dan Greenpeace who added some clout to what hey already had by helping with marketing and distribution.

After Biggz did his bit it was pyrelli’s turn on stage, with DJ Turkish, the only Ghanaian Turk, big shout out to my home gal Miss Akueter the only Ghanaian Scot. Sway then graced the crowd with his usual style and the usual intro; you know the only about signing on and the British love of tea and sandwhiches (what’s wrong with sandwhiches? prêt a mange?). He was on a little later than billed on the flyer; I’m guessing this was just some sort of suspense building action. The crowd did not really warm to sway even though he was on point, even the shame of being more wack than Ugandan crowds didn’t make the crowd more responsive…

Sway did all the usual hits and some new stuff, we got Pepsi, which wetted the crowd a little but not enough… sway then introduced the Mitchell bros in style by doing a almost perfect impression of Mr Skinner, which was followed by Harvey Nicks. What a classic especially the coarse African accents.

Sway brought pyrelli back on for the home straight, which obviously meant had had to do up your speed. Then it was time to reminisce about teenage mutant turtles, rainbow and the magic roundabout. The latter was the title of a track that had me reaching for my transformers sandwich box, jokes.
Then sway changed the tempo and got a little more serious with a track about gun crime. Below is an extract from an article in which Sway talks about gun crime

“Personally, I think that the message that the Metropolitan Police is trying to show is that if you know someone’s got a gun, you should snitch on them! In my opinion, that’s not going to help, ‘cos if you snitch and they find out, then that’s another gun crime. Snitching is not going to help. It’s probably the worst thing to do on road, you get me? What the police need to do is find out where all these guns are coming from; if you can stop the source, then all these youths wouldn’t have access to it. But at the end of the day it’s an awkward situation, I mean if someone runs up on you with a gun, what are you going to do? You’re thinking maybe I should get a gun so this thing doesn’t happen again and then it just starts getting deeper and deeper from there. Before you know it, everyone on road has got one, just to protect themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I acknowledge the police are trying to bring gun crime down, but snitching isn’t the way!”

You can kind of see where the guy is going with that, but to get more of a flavour for him, get the mixtapes and hold your breath until the album drops. The album is out in January, January the 30th to be exact, watch out for more projects from the Dcypha camp. Sway has got 1 Mobo under his belt and managed to get a full page spread in the metro, and you know how widespread that paper is, so his name is out there. If you are reading this then you know about sway, don’t get left behind or let some one tell you about him. Don’t be surprised if you find a track on the album you like even if you don’t listen to UK Street beats.


What THEY said
“The most talented comic genius since Slick Rick”
Vice ::

“Grime or UK hip-hop, who cares? This boy’s going to be big.”
Touch ::

“THE HOTTEST RAPPER IN THE UK RIGHT NOW. That needs to written in quotations on posters and flyers next to his name…the levels have just gone up.”
RWD ::

“Sway tears up grime, hip-hop drum n bass, even desi beats with equal amounts of devastating charm”
Plan B ::

“let me introduce you to the most talented all-rounder in UK hip-hop.” :: “possibly the brightest spark in UK hip-hip history”
Artrocker ::

“If you haven’t heard this guy then really it’s time for you to pay attention” Notion :: “Possibly the UK’s answer to Ludacris. And it’s no throwaway comparison.”
Echoes ::

“the buzz surrounding North London emcee Sway DaSafo is reaching fever pitch”
Hip-Hop Connection ::

“Sway DaSafo is the hottest up and coming talent in our homegrown street scene.”
Metro ::

"he is a major talent. I cannot overstate how important we consider him to be."
Will Willberforce, Head Of Music, BBC 1Xtra.

With two awards already this year, Sway can be assured that the record execs that passed on signing Sway will distinctly feel gutted.

Friday, December 16, 2005

classical grime

Its all about breaking barriers and pushing the scene fwd like the monthly night at plastic peoples. Grime for want of a better word has many influences, one of which is classical music, so its not a suprise that the two respective cultures would meet sooner or later.

Figures from the UK's grime music scene are teaming up with the BBC Concert Orchestra to create and perform a 70-minute suite. Urban Classic will unite grime producer DaVinChe with jazz musician Jason Yarde and conductor Charles Hazlewood. Written with help from young musicians, the grime, hip hop and classical suite will be performed at Hackney Empire.

Highlights from the 16 February concert will be broadcast on BBC digital station 1Xtra and BBC Radio 3.

1Xtra's programmes editor, Willber Willberforce, said: "Each organisation and individual will bring together their unique talents and knowledge to create something very special.”It will be a first for our listeners and push the UK's emerging grime scene ever forward”. Bruza, Tor, Pase, Purple and beatboxer Faith SFX will perform the finished suite with the BBC Concert Orchestra, with DJ sets from 1Xtra's Semtex and Cameo.

The musicians begin writing the suite this month, with rehearsals and workshops throughout January and February. The project has been organised by the BBC with music producer Serious and music education charity Bigga Fish


Originally uploaded by fip_fashion.

thats rinse sessions for those who cant read. This night is set to be huge, previous nights of note were run the roads at fabric but there have not been many other nights this year in a "super club".... So the media will be watching this night like hawks.

It would be great to get all the people who are trying to push the scene out on this night, be sure to bring your networking tools and your open ears and raving tools. There should nt be any beef becuase its crimbo and its all about turkeys, but there are no turkeys on the line up...

tickets are selling out so get yours soon... also check out the ad bar at the bottom of the page for other nights this side of 2006.


sidewinder boxing day

Originally uploaded by fip_fashion.
no grime, pure old school vibes, a line up on a par with all the other sidewinders this year and plus its in LDN so you got no excuse not to go, what else will you be doing on boxing day? be sure to check out the other rooms to catch a breather from the big vibes in the main room.

messy christmas from Team FIP

Thursday, December 15, 2005


Originally uploaded by fipmag.


put that in your big mac and eat it, the buff film festival is coming to London this year. The launch was a very personal affair with a host of stars. If the films on show were anything to go by the British film industry is in a good position to do big things... but why the picture of the gerk?After looking out from the 18 floor of itv's london hq I actually realised how buff london is at night... the gerk building particularly stands out as well as the eye and all the bridges... with backdrops like these london is definitely set to become the scene for some major pieces of art...



Thank you for making bfi Black World such a success…

The bfi Black World initiative, launched June 2 2005, is now over. During that time, over 40 national events took place with 30 institutional and community partners.
It’s been a major journey launching with seminal filmmakers such as Melvin van Peebles and Ousmane Sembene through to a pioneering tour of classic and contemporary black British films in local and alternative venues.

However, if you would like a more first-hand experience of bfi Black World, visit the newly launched Nu-Visions website. Designed and produced by young (16-24 years old) journalists, writers and reviewers, Nu-Visions offers reports of bfi Black World events as well as useful guides and signposts to getting into the industry, professional diaries and profiles of new and developing black British film talent.

Another legacy project set to launch next year is 100 Black Screen Icons in partnership with Every Generation Media. The world’s first on-line poll of its kind, 100 Black Screen Icons will offer an opportunity to vote for your favourite international black screen icon over the past 100 years. If you want to nominate a personality for the list, then email your suggestion to

The bfi Black World legacy is being developed and you will be informed as to its progress. Black World owes much gratitude for the work of Marquita Bowen, Marketing Consultant, Desiree Banugo, On-line Communications Manager, Fola Odumosu, Partnerships Assistant and Editor of Nu-Visions and Narena Modeste, Co-ordinator. Gaylene Gould, Prject Manager and Roxane Liddell, Project Co-ordinator will still be based at the Black World office and can be reached at

As well as this BUFF Welcomes you to the R(E)volution.
BUFF Enterprises (British Urban Film Festival) is a newly-formed organisation created to explore the opportunities available to showcase independent cinema originating from the next generation of filmmakers for the enjoyment of audiences primarily in the UK and, with the interest in international independent cinema, throughout the world. BUFF offers individual filmmakers the opportunity for industry recognition, market distribution, digital satellite transmission, theatrical release, Internet exposure, and market return.

The official launch of BUFF 2006 was staged at ITV London Headquarters in Waterloo on Tuesday 13 December 2005 the crowd was a good size and gave a personal feel to the event, there were filmmakers, press associates, partner organisations such as ITV London, Film London and The Hip-Hop Association (USA). there was a small sample exclusive and preview of screenings from the line-up of films and showcases to be scheduled as part of the inaugural festival in March – to be held in Stratford, East London.

thanks to Emmanuel for the nites and drinks on arrival, also the stunning opening music from a duo..... namedMina and Disa (more info on them soon come..) who gave us some acoustic soul food.

The movies dealt with a range of subjects from a documentary on famous london artists, to oral sex to what is BUFF? look for more information on those productions in the new year. We should be able to bring you the juice on these young film moguls in the form of interviews and trailers.

Log on to where you can also find out information about BUFF on hip hop association festival website.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

new website for Mr Z

if you like me have been getting emails over the last few months in reagrds to a new site from EZ, then you will be please to know that the site has at last been launched at 3:00pm today (Thursday 8th Dec 2005). Its a full multimedia site so take advantage of the music, photos and all sorts.

oh yes and the link is of course!

EZ is still officially the top DJ in the scene, but thats not my opinion (adding fuel to the flames) i have to be impartial, if you missed prancehalls version of the peoples choice awards you can get over to his site to see the results...


novembers street music chart


1. Skream "Midnight Request Line" Tempa
2. Ebony & Ivory "Blow Dem Away" White
3. Loefah & Skream "Fearless" Tectonic
4. Distance "Taipan" Boka
5. Mark One "Mean Fiddler" Southside
6. Loefah & Skream "28g" Tectonic
7. Grim Dubs Volume 3 "Track 1" Werk
8. Deekline Featuring Sizzla & Bonecrusher "Solid As A Rock" White
9. Booty Bouncers Featuring Wiley, Skinnyman, Wunda & Hyperactive "Fame & Money (Fireworks VIP Mix)" White
10. Bruno Belluomini "Transito" White


1. Dogtown Clash "West London's Burning" Westway
2. Dreadzone "King Dub Rock (In The Party)" Functional
3. Angel Farringdon "Wired" Wireframe
4. Monkeytribe "Global Jungle" White
5. Ed 209 Vs. Rasco "The Calling Of The Darkness" Selecta
6. Quest "Charlies Devils" Mile High
7. Dopamine "Harsh" Title Fight
8. Scott A "Girls Get Up (Agent K & Deuce Mix)" Fresh Baked
9. Madox "Bootsycall" Westway
10. Friendly "We Got Juice" Fat

Bruno Belluomini is a brazilian DJ, producer and promoter concerned with fresh, new forms of music. He runs several weekly and montly projects and plays at several radio shows. His mixed sets, productions and other informations can be found at Besides this, Bruno Belluomini is an approved DMC chart returner and his chart can be found in several online forums and published magazines.

Send your promos to:
Bruno Belluomini
Alameda Lorena 799 Apto. 103
São Paulo - SP
CEP 01424-001


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

uk street sounds launch new service for artists

Thursday 1st December 2005 @ Cargo, 83 Rivington St, Kingsland Viaduct, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY

9pm – 1am. £6 advance tickets from. £10 on the door

UK street sounds is throwing a party to celebrate another step in the right direction for the UK street music scene.

The concept is simple… you, yes you can get some P’s for making music and making it available for download on the UK street sounds portal.

UKstreetsounds launched in November 2005 as the definitive urban music digital platform for mobile downloads, including realtones, video clips, and full track MP3’s for UK and international artists from the likes of likes of: Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Sway, Lethal Bizzle, Ms Dynamite, Lady Sovereign, Estelle, Rodney P, Skinnyman, Klashnekoff, Blak Twang, J2K, Essentials, Ruff Squad, Choong Family, Mike GLC, MIA and many more. UKSS will also represent the hottest international artists too, from the US and beyond, with Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dog, Akon, Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, Nas, The Game, Aaliyah, Ashanti and Mobb Deep all on offer to the first UKSS browsers.

For more information or to find out how to get your music on UKstreetsounds please contact:

Karlene Palmer on 020 8509 6076 or email

DJ’s on the night:

Shortee Blitz (Kiss FM),

Manny Norte (BBC 1Xtra),

Wayne Mcdonald (Galaxy)

PA’s: Choong Family,



Tinchy Stryder,





Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Shebu pays tribute to the bomb victims

Huge line up plus its for a good cause plus its in the manor.
Don't really want to go into the politics and talk about the bombings but people did pass away so it would be a great show of solidarity if the place was packed out. It just goes to show that music can influence society....
check the weblink for more info.
I got this mixed up earlier and said it was for the SEAQA but its not. Apologies.


Overground V

Overground should really be called underground… but then that would mean that we are lighting a lamp and keeping it under a bushel, and its not that time at all…

Overground takes music from outside the mainstream and showcases its. In the last year it seems that the movement has really come of age, and events like this are key to the core of what we are trying to achieve. This was not just an event for ravers; there were photographers, journalists, and industry professionals.

The turnout was impressive for a dangerously cold Wednesday night, but the line up demanded a good-sized crowd. The main genres represented were, bashment, and the UK spit scene. But there was a funk rock act, rnb from Nathan, and African hip-hop.

Savana took the stage first and blessed the crowd with the bashment vibe, this set the pace for Ruby Classic. Along side Ruby was Stammer who dropped some bars over some bashment tracks and some more well known beats. Watch out for new bits from those artists. Next we had the sultry voice of BabyChan, 1/3 of the Suncycle crew. The rest of the group jumped on stage later with JD, who was adamant that he was there to “hentertain”. JD manages to squeeze a violinist, a break dancing emcee, Nathan, Whitey, Midas, Bashy, and Suncycle on stage before ending with a few of his bits.

In between the bashment and JD we had Funky DL, fresh from Japan with some old and new bits. I was feeling the use of the Michael Jackson sample. The UK spit scene was represented further with some New Shape music from Unorthodox. And that’s Unorthodox not NoLay as she reminded the host and the crowd. Watch out for new bits from this camp and a cameo from NoLay on Shystie's new drama.

Nathan repped for the ladies crew with his street anthem “come into my room” and “round and round” his new piece currrently on rotation on the U network. If you have not got Sky you can join the campaign to get U on to the freeview and cable networks, go to the site to find out more.

The prizes for innovation and novelty had to go to JJC and The Thirst. Afropean hip hop and funk rock respectively. The Thirst are a south London collective, to hear what they sound like hit up the email address and get a free sample. You will be pleasantly surprised. JJC managed to educate the masses on a little bit of Nigerian culture and drew parallels between US, Caribbean and UK black culture.

Unfortunately we did not get to see SLK but hopefully you can catch them at the next Underground sorry I mean Overground in March when it should be a little warmer outside. Full marks to Akosua, the big cheese at Overground, check her out in the New Nation.

pictures from this night soon come alongside the review from Excalubahs Mixtape Launch... sorry for delays but its all technical!!

Sway, Biggz, Pyrelli


Scratch Perverts showcase

Dirtee Stank and Scartch Perverts

This night was big; I got to admit I was only there for the main room sets. The line up was Sway featuring Pyrelli and Biggz. Not forgetting the Scratch Perverts and emcee Dynamite, plus the massive Dirtee Stank showcase.

Dizzee was very big, he did his thing, a little was missing, the crowd was live but not as hype as I thought they would be. I was expecting to get a sidewinder style set from Dizzee, some real gully material. But Dizzee seems to have moved on and his style is much bigger and more professional. The mix of garage, concept and hip hop was crafty. Full marks to Semtex who kept the vibes bubbling all night.

Semtex defiantly educated the masses by mixing some dirty south, west and east coast and some concept style beats. The pictures tell a good story but to get the full story you had to be there. People queued for hours and still did not get in. Does sardine can mean anything to you? Well it must have been like that when the crowd’s final dissolved into the club…

I have to thank the XL recording press department for the hook up, (cheers Steve) although it would have been great to get some exclusive time with the rascal. Instead we managed to catch up with Jammer and also Stanza from Scandalous Unlimited. Jammer has just touched back down in the country that day, not sure exactly where from because the music was too loud. Stanzas collective is about the shake up the whole game with a Mixtape the eye of the tiger. The vibes are dangerous and you will hear a load of artists that should have bussed ages ago. If you want to clue your self up go and cop the renegade boys “the interview” and the second edition of run the roads for the Dynasty track. Also check the Dynasty boys on Shystie’s new drama called “Dubplate Drama”….

So that the “Eye Of The Tiger Volume One CD Compilation” and breaking the rules. Watch out for “maths an English” from the Rascal which will be dropping mid spring or summertime 06. I can’t wait for the 06 season to kick in. I think everyone is calming down and preparing for news years and Christmas, and it’s usually quiet up until March when we get the WMC…

But the scene here does not ever seem to sleep, the game keeps moving at a blistering rate. Sways blistering “up your speed” got a good response, as did “flo fashion”. Check the pics for more action. Biggz came on and made people say “cor blimey” and pyrelli did his thing when sway sat back and chilled with thoughts of his recent mobo.

The scratch perverts were on point as always, and we got to give them props all the way for putting on the night itself, all I got to say is please sir can I have some more.. Hopefully we should be able to hook up some words from the rascal and his new signings so the squad, if you don’t catch it here then wait for it in the Westminster smoke magazine.


p.s. check out the pictures above and below

The Rascal and Semtex @ Dirtee Stank showcase

Monday, November 21, 2005

Scratch Perverts


Friday, November 18, 2005

Garage Fever

Garage Fever

The weekend was kind of busy, but what can you do, you can’t look a gift horse in the mouth as they say. After hitting fabric on Friday, I wanted to chill and just enjoy a night out. So I got my garms on and reached Wembley.

Silver spoon was the venue, not sure what the capacity is but it was kind of rammed. The ladies crew were looking special, just one word to describe the vibe…. Wow. There was a good vibe, there was no trouble, except for a small disturbance towards the end of the night that dulled the Heartless Crew set which is a shame as we were all waiting for them to hit the stage.

It was nice to catch some old school vibes; if anyone was at Herbal on Friday then it would be great to get a report from the roads. It was a hard choice between Cameo, MJ Cole and Wookie, but im gona catch up with the prolific crew next month.

At garage fever I managed to catch up with Freeze Fm dj Benne Gee. Mr Gee has a show on freeze in the mornings, playing slow jams and wake up slowly tracks.. He also has a new e.p. out on the roads. It’s called “breaking the rules”. Get down to uptown and get that if you are the old school tip.

Also check out for details of an old school night on Boxing Day and for a night on the 25th of November.

Suga Suga Shebu Shebu

Suga Suga has moved! After many months of moving and shaking on the street scene LIVE is to find a new home.

LIVE is moving To Market Bar, just east of central London. The night boasted some of the greats of the London and UK scene. I managed to catch Ayak, Skinnyman, Rodney p, Ka lash, Cameo, Twin b, Baby blue, and many more….

It’s all about supporting the scene so make sure you go with the flow and carry the vibes to the new venue. Big up and Mr Kwame, check out the show on Sunday evenings.

Shebu is to play host to a range of artists on the 27th of November Im sure you have seen the flyers floating around on every blogspot this side of the grime scene. Make a weekend of it by touching speakeasy on the Friday as well... For further info hit up Steve on this number: 07903682129

one for the ladies

Saturday 19 November, 1-5.30PM
Venue to be announced.

On Saturday the 19 November the 100 Black Men will host a special event to commemorate Rosa Parks' passing. The main feature will be the award- winning Rosa Parks' Story starring academy award-winning actress Angela Bassett , but we will also present films which show other African women who have made a stand and changed society.
Make sure you bring your sons, daughters and friends to share in this unique event and prepare to be inspired and uplifted...

The Rosa Parks Story
Angela Bassett was nominated for an Emmy award for her portrayal of Rosa Parks in 2002. We see her life as a child growing up in the deep south and later as the woman who refuses to give up her seat in 1955, 10 years after African-Americans had fought and died for ‘democracy’ in World War 2.
This compelling true story demonstrates the power a singe act of defiance can have over an ancient tradition of injustice.

Claudia Jones Story
A journalist ,civil rights activist, refugee Claudia Jones is not recognised enough for her contributions to black British history.
Apart from editing the West Indian Gazette in the 1950’s and campaigning against the colour bar she was also responsible for establishing the annual Carnival we now call Notting Hill.
This short documentary on her life will give you lots of information about the civil rights movement in this country .

for more info contact: or visit the website:


draw for dat dub...


Dub plate drama, is real…. After we had lord of the decks, we had bullet boy, now we got a sitcom. Seems like the scene is moving at an amazing rate. Let’s hope it comes together.

Dubplate Drama, the worlds first interactive mobile, online, terrestrial and digital television drama series. Currently on Channel 4, E4, E4+, MTV, MTV BASE, PSP and 3(mobile network).
Dubplate drama is drama from the roads, starring Shystie… and also two of our boys Marcy and Hypa formally of Dynasty, but we won’t get into that just yet.

Shystie's Character is a female called Dionne aka Pressure, who is a normal girl with a big talent and ambition to match it. Her first mission - to get her Dubplate cut. The second - to get famous. It's a long road. She's going to meet plenty of people who can help her make it. And plenty of people who are going to try and hold her back. Her fate is in your hands.

In episode 1, Dionne ventures across London to visit a pirate radio station, but the visit doesn't go according to plan. Soon after Dionne stumbles upon a crew from a rival station sabotaging the rig and is drawn into a longstanding rivalry between the two crews. And it's up to you to decide what happens next.
The figures
The Sunday repeat of Dubplate Drama received 0.3million viewers and had 8% share of the total audience beating BBC1 and ITV. The figures were near the same as most flagship shows on T4.

Check out the spiel below and also take note of the options for this next week’s episode. Remember that you can help decide what happens.

Associations with 3, Sony PSP, Talk to FRANK, MTV and Channel 4 mean the show is not only a compelling piece of urban drama and quality storytelling, nor is it just the best quality rapping from uk artists that will have ever been televised, nor is it only a true worlds first when it comes to interactive drama, but its also a highly sophisticated interactive communications campaign addressing important social issues and providing information and advice to young people who traditional marketing channels fail to reach.
DOWNLOADS AND REPEATSso if you have your very own PSP, you can head over to the website and download the weeks episode, plus additional content *this week will be freestyles by Roll Deep*.If you unfortunately don't own one, then you can watch the show on Channel 4 every Saturday at 12 am and if you miss it, then you can catch it again as it repeats 3 times during the week on channel 4, twice on MTV BASE, twice on MTV, Every Friday on PSP and Anytime on 3 (mobile network) and you can also download, Dionne’s Diaries plus exclusive music videos only on 3.

Sunday night 21:00pm MTVbaseSunday night 00:25pm Channel 4Tuesdays 11:30pm E4 (from week 2) Tuesdays 12:30pm E4 + 1 (from week 2) Tuesdays 11:00pm MTV UKWednesdays 11:00pm MTV BaseWednesday 00:50 Channel 4

Even more content is available on your mobile, exclusive additional scenes, specially created music and videos and behind the scenes weekly Dubplate Diaries, alongside a 3 minute cut down of each week’s installment viewable on your mobile via 3.
You can text in and choose how you want the next episode to turn out choosing from a, A OR B question, texts only cost 10p and you can vote as many times as you wish or you can go to the official website and get voting from there.. Click here to vote --> The dilemma this week is, should Dionne get in the car with the guys she's only just met?If you think she should text DUBPLATE A to 83188 orif you think she should run text DUBPLATE B to 83188Texts cost 10p..

Lastly to catch up on missed episodes, read about the characters or learn the background to the story visit Sign up to receive exclusive footage and watch past episodes.


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

november IS heating up

Easy People,
back from the otherside of my birthday, (happy birthday to me! from the rest of the FIP team)
Sorry for the dip in conversation, but we are back. Yes we are indeed. November is looking like a busy calender month and its more like a warm up for the crimbo season!

watch out for reports from overground, and sway at cargo (16th and 23rd respectively). Also Pro G at plan B (24th november), not to mention the massive showcase at Fabric this weekend. Should be dirtee stank for sure. Also this friday, prolific at Herbal, Shoreditch,

MJ Cole headlines introducing (as if they need one!) DJ Cameo , WOOKIE, MC B - LIVE plus QUALIFIDE plus a live p.a from XAVIER... upstairs it's CONTRAST hosted by NAPT who serve up the best estabilshed and upcoming talent in breaks. the empahsis is on variety which is reflected in music policy.... Herbal...
check out the flicks from the last time we caught Cameo and you will know it was big.

I just finished reviewing Killa Kels album and you can find this on the university of westminster student union website, and its in the smoke mag section....

oh yes before i forget, WHHHHHUTTT! returns again for the last Saturday of the month, at the bohemian location of 93 feet East on saturday the 26th of november. This time Jim Jams and Riko are on duty.

Also hold tight for new articles on the Kano incident, its all politics init!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

flicks from Raekwons gig@KOKO

easy... got to apolgise for the slackness with these flicks, should have uploaded them ages ago, if you have no idea what they are about then check for the gossip..

kanos homecoming cancelled

Last nights evening standard revealed that Kanos concert date at the Scala tonight has been cancelled, this is a bit of a shame as all the other dates have been getting rave reviews, hold tight for more news and also the actual article.... (gonna upload this when i got a minute...!)


Friday, October 21, 2005




Thursday, October 20, 2005



the "flock" the bird flu campaign has gathered speed. help out by eating at your local non descript chicken shop.

OK that was a joke! dont mess with the bird flu. I am not about to fan the flames or dismiss the news becuase im not an expert.

BUT theres a serious message behind the above photo. The cows dont seem to be looking out for their farm yard "bredrins", in other words the chickens. But we are a lot more intelligent than them, so we should stop the madness on the roads cos "under our skins we all got the same meat"


no birds were hurt in making this post
for more knowledge head to
thanks to for the picture.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Big in the game Hip hop master class

Goldborne youth centre

Nuff love to the crew at EA for letting us pass through, big up especially to Claire and Jaime for hooking this up. This one was defiantly for the kids, with master classes in the arts of emcee-ing, graffiti, music software classes and dj classes..

The whole set up was on a double decker bus, covered in graffiti, so it kind of looked a bit mad but it did not stand out in Labroke grove, that’s saying something for the area. Big up my little brother for passing through and representing and the S2G as well, my brother got some free games so that was him happy for the day. Like Jammer would say Straight Neckeling

Sway and baby blue also passed through but we didn’t bug them as it was kind of their day off, and they were obviously getting ready for the Channel U awards later on that evening. But props to them for showing the kids love.

I know it gets said far too much and it’s a bit cliché, but we need more of these kind of events because they teach youngers to be productive
this was one of the peices painted at the workshop, i didnt get a chance to ask the artist what the meaning was, but the man on the canvas looks a lot like Anthony Blair? But the phrase does not make sense to me...
answers on a postcard to

Raekwons birthday bash


Well who knows how old he is, and why does his birthday fall on different weeks, maybe its something like the queens birthday. Cos he is like a king or a legend of hip-hop. But for me this guy was overshadowed by the brehs that warmed up the stage for him.

I was in the queue for God knows how long; I am putting it at about an hour and a half! And this was the guest list and reservations queue. Preposterous! BUT it does not really matter how long you wait when Reveal, Lowkey and Mike GLC are in the same Q as you. When I got in, I finally caught up with the rest of the raving crew and then started vibeing.

Ka lash, Scribs and Kyza did some old stuff, and some new stuff. All the moves they made were banging, the boys were so on point. Then of course what every one was waiting for, “murda”…. And everyone in the house was singing the words. Also in the house with the boys were Capo, Lethal and some members of the grime frat house of East London.

I got what I expected from Raekwon, and I was a little disappointed that he didn’t really move me, the new album drops soon so that should make up for it. I t would have been great to get some of the Wu on stage as well, but hey, I got in free and beggars cant be choosers. Thanks to Nuala from KOKO’s press office. Also bigging up David and Cleo who raved it up with me. Love to Harry, and Sarah for hosting such a big star. Cant speak about anyone else on the bill because me nah see your face pon stage, see me!

Watch out for some footage coming your way from an exclusive with the TF boys after the event….


Monday, October 10, 2005

Lynden David Hall's Wish at the Jazz Café

For the last 2 years Lynden David Hall has been battling a rare form of

He is suffering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma disease. It is a form of cancer that
mainly affects young people in their 20's and around 1400 people are
diagnosed in then UK every year. It is a disease of the Lymphatic system.
The Lymphatic system is a complex system of lymph organs (such as tonsils
and bone marrow) and lymph nodes connected by a network of lymphatic
vessels. This system is part of the body's natural defence against
infection. Hodgkin's Lymphoma usually affects groups of lymph nodes in one
area of the body such as the neck or armpit.

In January this year Lynden attended Hammersmith hospital for a Stem Cell
transplant. The operation has resulted in him being hospitalised ever since.
For nine months he has been in intensive care fighting for his life. His
spirit has never been broken though and despite all his problems he has
asked if we can help him raise money for fellow sufferers.

On Tuesday 15th November at the Jazz Café in London friends of Lynden will
be gathering to perform in his honour. Confirmed artists include:

Miss Dynamite, Omar, Beverly Knight, Terri Walker, Shola Ama, Don E &
Roachford + djs Diggz & Matt White. We are hoping that the event will be
televised or broadcast in order to raise the awareness of this serious

Tickets are £22.50 and will be available from from
Monday 3rd October. If you would like to donate more there will be an
opportunity for people to do so on the night. Everyone involved in
organising this event has provided their services for free enabling us to
donate 100% of the proceeds to various charities of Lyndens' choice
including the Afro Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.

For more information, interviews, etc please contact Diggz on 01865 792211
or 07813 788261.

For more information about the disease have a look at the following websites

On behalf of Lynden and his family Random Records would like to thank you
all for your understanding and support in what is a very difficult time.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

roll deep. last night. cargo

Roll deep, roll deep, everyone knows about roll deep roll deep/ i know your girlfriend knows about roll deep roll deep/ cos she hears you talk about roll deep deep/in the ghetto you know that they roll deep roll deep/singles out on monday so you better roll deep roll deep/to hmv you better roll deep.....

and so on... roll deep were deep. I have not seen these brehs for a good while but it seems like they are making the transition from emcee to artist so rapidly that people who are not really into the scene have positive things to say, or at least not negative things... (big up active). Mitchell Brothers were on point as per usual, with a good repertoire of tracks and performances and a few new peices. You can catch them in Harrow on friday at the university of westminsters freshers ball, you know where the freshman chicks be at so why are you skining teeth.

Logan Sama saved the day a few times from the decks and bussed some bigger tunes.. big up Osama bin Logan. many many flicks were taken, hold tight for the excluse juice front page news... Most of the fraternity was out, with Jim jams Jammer, Ears, Essentials, Doctor, Collins & Fiddy, Fury and many more.....

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

grime @ fabric

flicks from this night featuring Cameo, Purple (renegade boys) and Jon e Cash (black ops)
some of the photos are now up, check the flickr flash box on the right

The VIBE is back baby

The good people at VIBE CITY are returning with another night this Friday, that’s Friday the 5th of October. Its at the same place as before, that’s Turnmills.

The whole vibe of the night is perfect for anyone who is looking for somewhere to go before a night out, or for the older connoisseur who wants to chill on a Friday but still get back to the babysitter.

People that went to the last one said,

“ It was a good night, perfect for me as I live in the area” (Jane, 25, from Shoreditch)

“Good music, nice people, big up beat treat” (Ron Micheal, 29, Stockwell)

The mixture of music is exactly what we are about, its different fresh and eclectic. If you are in the area then there is really no excuse to not be there..

So like doctor says, “come on” down and chill with us.

63B Clerkenwell Road
£3.00 UKP


This weeks street charts


1. Dogzilla & Danny Weed "Hello" OT
2. Ruff Sqwad "Together Jumping" Ruff Sqwad
3. Moving Ninja "Shellcode" Tectonics
4. N Double A "Monsta Riddim" Mastermind
5. Majestic MC "Kebab Riddim" Maj Funk
6. Fumin "War" UD
7. Emalkay "Missile" Morphic Sounds
8. Slaughter Mob "Tinji" Boka
9. Emalkay "Rain" Morphic Sounds

10. Scuba "Timba" Hotflush


1. Mutiny "The Chase" Wireframe
2. Screwface "Phat Bass" Hardcore Beats
3. Merka "Hug A Speaker" Fat
4. B-Phreak "Chunk Style (Merka Remix)" Fat
5. Phonc "Slust" 10 Kilo
6. Booty Bouncers "Fame And Money (Stanton Warriors Remix)" Rat
7. PMT "Make A Move" 10 Kilo
8. Warren Suicide "I Know U (Dub Pistols Wasted Days Remix)" Fume
9. Friendly "The Bump N Grind (Krafty Kuts Mix)" Fat
10. PMT "Gyromancer (Stanton Warriors Remix)" 10 Kilo


Bruno Belluomini is a brazilian DJ, producer and promoter concerned with
fresh, new forms of music. He runs several weekly and montly projects and
plays at several radio shows. His mixed sets, productions and other

Besides this, Bruno Belluomini is an approved DMC chart returner and his
chart can be found in several online forums and published magazines.

send promos and any thing grime related to

Bruno Belluomini
Alameda Lorena 799 Apto. 103

São Paulo - SP
CEP 01424-001

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

street politics is real politics

check for a new article on hoodies



Sunday, October 02, 2005

black history month

I always thought it was a bit strange that black history gets only a month. Black history is not an island, its an integral part of the history of mankind just like every other strand of history. But seeing as its got some focus this month, get out there and make sure you educate yourself.... like the saying goes

" for lack of knowledge my people perish"


Saturday, September 24, 2005

footie films

Green Street (18) (Lexi Alexander, 2005)

Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunman, Claire Forlani

109 mins

This is basically a footie film that explores the issues of hooliganism; its gritty but is a fairly accurate documentation. This is probably due to the fact that the director was once part of a firm. It’s based on the Green Street Elite from the Westham side of town, and shows the story of Elijah wood a student who gets caught up in the scene. Its got an anti violence message and gets the backing of West Ham FC. Verdict… ave some of that! Get me…

Another footie film just opened up this week as well. I wonder where the inspiration for the title "Goal!" came from? hmmm. But apart from that its getting rave reviews from everyone. Ashley Walters has a cameo, watch out for his forthcoming role in the fiddy cent movie. B ut more on that later, This films seems to have pulled no punches as it includes teams such as Man U, Brayne Munich, and of course Newcastle. its the story of Santiago Munez aka Kuno Becker, a Mexican from LA who ends up playing forNewcastle United . without spoiling it too muc, the second goal will be set in Mardrid and the third at the World cup. Some say this is just mass marketing, but thats not gona stop the fottie heads reaching. Verdict, Serious!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Lemars D-d-d-double

Soul singer Lemar was a double winner at the Mobo Awards

The former Fame Academy star beat Joss Stone and Estelle to UK Act of the Year. He also won best album for Time To Grow.The awards, which honour music of black origin, are now in their 10th year.

Lauryn Hill opened the show at London's Royal Albert Hall. Public Enemy were honoured with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Black Music. US singer-songwriter John Legend won Best R&B Act, beating Lemar and Mariah Carey.Best Reggae Act went to Damian Marley, who also accepted a Posthumous Achievement Award for his father Bob Marley.He closed the show with a performance of Could You Be Loved, accompanied by brothers Julian and Stephen.

Best Video was Drop It Like It's Hot by Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell.Other winners included Youssou N'Dour for Best African Act, Kano for Best UK Newcomer and Tim Westwood for Best UK Radio DJ.The awards featured a tribute to Luther Vandross, who died in July. The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC1 at 11.35pm on Friday.

Last year's awards were dogged by protests about nominations for the artists Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, known for their homophobic lyrics. Organisers withdrew their nominations after an outcry from gay rights campaigners. This year the focus was on celebrating British talent.

FIP SAYs...i did not actually write the above but this is what i have to say on the subject. Even though Roll Deep, Kano, Mitchell Bros, The Streets, and Lethal wid da Bizzle are all doing the mainstream thing the scene gets no real love at the mobos. Come on mate work it out!

Urban Art <

Sam White at the Spitz

It’s not often that the grime scene gets a platform to work off like this one so we need to support this thing plus its at a place called the Spitz so its def one for all the emcees, get it? Yeah right come one you love my jokes.

Its only on till Saturday/Sunday!!!!!

Sam white has a exhibition documenting the “east london grime scene”. Although it’s a bit biased and only represents one ends it is huge. It’s showing at the Spitz Bristro. Grime seems to be flowing freely in these arty ends and like Dizzie said “sipping on the dry white wine” and that’s exactly what you can do down here as the bristro offers a selection of fine wines for the connoisseurs. We are trying to get an interview with Sam White so hold tight for that.

The Spitz Bristro

109 commercial street

Old Spitalfields market


E1 68G.

0207 392 9032

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Its all about making new moves constantly to keep ahead of the game. Like Hyperfen says

if you rather go link a h*e than go studio then you aint on it

So on that note we set up a new site devoted to the fashion art work we create. Watch it closely cos these are the street styles and designers that will be moving. Big up to to all the shops, designers, models make up artists and FIP staff that made this possible.

Phuturehype femcee finals

Firstly big up all the people who attended the event, this is the second year this has run and it is a blessing for the scene. It gives the female branch of the scene a chance to shine bright. And they did.

Bethnal green was the venue of choice, big shout to all the contestants. Especially the winner Shorty D (above bottom). Close runner up was Angel (above top), I feel she has a lot to give to the game in terms of wit and relevance to the now, shes is sort of just like Plan B. Big up you girl, I was especially feeling the accapella.

The judges were on point and made the right decision (the judges are never wrong, just like teachers at school) but what a hard choice it was. Nchyx represented the north of the country (pictured above) , for those of you who know she has been down at deal real. Phoebe One did not turn up, (shame on you!) but Baby Blue was in the crowd, probably checking out the competition. There needs more support from other people of notability especially prominent females within the UK scene. DJ, professionals and emcees stand and be counted.

Apart from the female input we had the pleasure of seeing a dace crew also from the ends, The Familia were very impressive, showing a great degree of personality from different individuals. I would have like to have seen more group performances. Watch out for a website coming soon, you lot will get the update and the links when its there.

As per usual the NW crew were in the house and the Shaolin crew showed us their tiger style, tenchu, shinobi manoeuvres. Watch out fro media productions from this camp. I myself have never understood the NW west divide, seems pointless to me but anywho… this event will be back next year and will just keep getting bigger. God bless Dame Destini.

For the rest of the pictures from the night and a more in depth review please check out the Phuturehype web and other associtated press