After winning the Best New Festival Award in 2015, Wild Life was back at Brighton City Airport to now showcase and cement its date in the festival calendar as a major player. To do this, it would need to go one better, bring in something neoteric and exhilarating, whilst also landing some grand-musical heavyweights. They arrived in the form of grime's latest stars Stormzy and Skepta, American vets Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes, and pop artists Bastille.
It was the former N.W.A lyricist who had the crowd trembling at his figure tips though. Supported by no more than his son (not O'Shea Jackson who plays his father in Straight Outta Compton), Ice Cube was the penultimate act on Sunday's main stage and stole the show. The set of the weekend, despite co-curators Disclosure and Rudimental headlining the festival for successive years.
With both Stormzy and Skepta having tracks appear ubiquitously over all radio stations, this was their moment to shine, their moment under the spotlight. They appeared on the main stage Saturday and Sunday respectively and both seemed to revere their audience from the first moment, with Stormzy indicating it was the biggest and best crowd he had every performed at - it probably was for Skepta too.
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Rockers Radiohead have scored their sixth number one album in the U.K. after debuting A Moon Shaped Pool at the top of the chart.
Thom Yorke and his bandmates' new release edged out Skepta's Konnichiwa for the top spot with 50,000 first-week sales.
The album, the band's first in five years, was a surprise release on Sunday (08May16).
Meanwhile, Beyonce's Lemonade slides to number three and last week's number one, Views By Drake, drops to four. Gregory Porter's Take Me To The Alley completes the new top five.
Continue reading: Radiohead Take New Album To The Top Of The U.k. Charts
Skepta and Pharrell Williams bonded when they worked together on the grime artist's new album Konnichiwa.
The British rapper was pictured in the studio with Pharrell last year (15), sparking rumours they would be collaborating on an upcoming project.
Now Skepta has confirmed Pharrell's involvement in his record, admitting he felt incredibly comfortable working alongside the Happy star.
"Pharrell loves music," Skepta said during a chat with Zane Lowe on Apple Music. "I don't know how much money he has, or how much he's trying to make. But I know whatever financial situation he's in his music is always going to be sick. When I'm in the studio with him it's like I'm working with someone I've known all my life."
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams' Involvement In Skepta's Album Confirmed
Drake has sparked rumours suggesting he is teaming up with British rapper Skepta for a new business venture.
The Started From The Bottom star is signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment label and he also has his own OVO Sound brand, an imprint of Warner Bros. Records, but it appears the Canadian native may have embarked on a new music deal with British grime artist Skepta after hinting at a collaboration with his Boy Better Know label online following an appearance at the BRIT Awards in London, where he performed with Rihanna.
"The first Canadian signed to BBK," Drake wrote beside a photo of the pair performing together at the Village Underground venue on Wednesday night (24Feb16). "Big up my brudda (Skepta) for life yeah (sic)..."
Skepta also fuelled speculation about the new partnership by sharing a photo of a BBK/OVO shirt on his Instagram page.
Continue reading: Drake Hints At Skepta Label Signing
Drake decided against the glitzy Brits afterparty on Wednesday night in favour of performing with Section Boyz across town.
Canadian rapper Drake, one of the biggest names in hip-hop, has surprisingly signed with a tiny independent label in London – according to Instagram at least.
The 29 year old star performed alongside Rihanna to an audience of millions at the televised Brit Awards on Wednesday night, but eschewed the glad-handing and back-slapping of the afterparty at London’s O2 Arena for a tiny venue in the East End, where he performed as a special guest of rap collective Section Boyz.
Fans who turned out at the tiny Village Underground venue to see the South London group were left gobsmacked when Drake, the biggest selling hip hop artist in America for the last half-decade, was brought out as a surprise guest.
Continue reading: Drake 'Signs' To Skepta's Independent Grime Label Boys Better Know
Director Reg Traviss has revealed he's ''shocked'' by the public's reaction to his new urban crime thriller 'Anti-Social'.
Reg Traviss has been pleasantly ''shocked'' by the public's reaction to his new movie 'Anti-Social'.
The 38-year-old director of the urban crime thriller has revealed he's been surprised by the response to his film, saying it's unusual for such movies to remain in the cinema for so many weeks.
Asked what he thought about the public's reaction, Reg exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''I was pretty shocked actually, because for the kind of genre it is, no-one really expects films of this sort of genre to last more than about two weeks in the cinema. But it lasted six weeks so we were really happy.
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Grime star Skepta was praised for his Outsanding Contribution to Music at last night's AIM Awards 2015.
Skepta took home the top gong at the AIM Awards 2015 last night (08.09.15).
The 'Shutdown' rapper was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Music at the ceremony that celebrated the independent sector's most important and influential artists and was hosted by Radio One's Alice Levine and XFM's John Kennedy.
AIM Awards judge and BBC Radio One and 1Xtra presenter MistaJam said previously: ''Since grime was born out of the ashes of UK garage, Skepta has been a pioneer of the sound.
Continue reading: Skepta Honored At AIM Awards 2015
British Rapper And Producer Skepta Will Be Saluted For His Career Achievements At The 2015 Aim Independent Music Awards Next Month (Sep15).
The hip-hop star has been a pioneer of the 'grime' genre in the U.K. and he recently raised his profile in the U.S. by performing with Kanye West at the BRIT Awards in London in February (15), and with Drake at his OVO Fest in Toronto, Canada earlier this month (Aug15).
Now he is set to be presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Music prize at the 5th Annual AIM Awards at London's The Brewery on 8 September (15) in recognition of his success so far.
A statement released by AIM Awards judge MistaJam reads: "Since Grime was born out of the ashes of UK Garage, Skepta has been a pioneer of the sound, of the DIY business model and the culture.
Continue reading: Skepta To Receive Aim Awards' Outstanding Contribution To Music Prize
Skepta has confirmed he has recorded with Drake for his forthcoming album 'Konnichiwa', and believes he inspired the rapper to start swapping diss tracks with Meek Mill.
The 32-year-old rapper has revealed the collaboration will feature on his fourth studio album 'Konnichiwa' alongside songs with Wizkid and Earl Sweatshirt.
He explained: ''There will be an official Drake song, an official Wizkid song, an official Earl Sweatshirt song. All that stuff is coming, but I really just like music and MC-ing on music.
Continue reading: Skepta Collaborating With Drake
Rudimental brought Dizzee Rascal onstage for their headline set at Lovebox on Friday night (17.07.15).
The chart-topping quartet were closing the Main Stage at the London festival, held at Victoria Park, when they surprised the 50,000 strong crowd by inviting the 'Bonkers' hitmaker onstage for their new collaboration 'Love Ain't Just A Word'.
During their performance, the lads - who, along with Dizzee, were raised in the capital - shouted to the crowd: ''This is our home!''
Continue reading: Rudimental Bring Dizzee Rascal Onstage At Lovebox