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