The final part of Shellerz.
Bonkaz – We Run The Block
If there’s one tune that Bonkaz owes to his rise this year, this is undoubtedly the one. It’s a big tune with the video production on point too. This tune was so big, it’s even got its own set of remixes and recently, Bonkaz collaborated with drum & bass dons, Chase & Status for their London Bars series with the song “Wha Gwarn?”
CASISDEAD – What’s My Name (Remix) (feat. Giggs)
One of grime most enigmatic and mysterious characters, CAS is grime’s answer to The Stig. No-one really knows much about the guy behind the mask, very few people actually know what he looks like. There’s no doubt that CAS’s unique wordplay and punchlines make an impact and with the additional food for thought coming from Giggs, What’s My Name is the perfect irony to the man with the mask, just who is he!
Lil Nasty – Hear That A Lot (feat. Grim Sickers, Mez, So Large & Roachee)
Nasty Crew representative Lil Nasty with this banger, a sick beat accompanied by a bunch of other MCs all spraying like rifles in automatic mode. This is a track that’s in top gear from the first second until the last with the hype levels high throughout. A wavey beat requires wavey energy and wavey energy makes wavey flows and wavey flows produce wavey vibes and when there’s wavey vibes, the repeat button gets a workout.
Ghetts X Rude Kid – One Take
Coming from their 653 EP, Ghetts & Rude Kid joined forces here to make a track as impressive as the whole EP itself, 653 (six tracks, five days, three videos) might have been put together quickly but the quality in it can’t be denied. Ghetts is a veteran in grime, a MC who’s evolved over the years and Rude Kid is one of the top producers in grime, making bangers for fun, he’s that good & judging from their EP launch event in the video, a lot of people respect their levels.
Safone – She Wants A Man From Brum (feat. Trilla, Pressure0121 & Bomma B)
As the song implies, She Wants A Man From Brum. To the ladies, men from Birmingham are trendy and you’d be silly if you didn’t try to bag yourself one. Definitely one of the biggest tunes to come out of Birmingham this year so the mandem from Stay Fresh have repped the city fully. Next year, where will the ladies want the men to be from……
Rocks FOE – Hold That (L)
Another one of the new guys from 2015, someone not in the slightest nervous when it comes to picking up a mic. His Legion EP is a madness, Rocks has levels and I’m sure those levels will get higher next year. Not only does he spit bars on his EP, he produced all the tracks on there too, he’s talented alright.
Nasty Jack X Grim Sickers – Jack Sickers 2
Gundam on production with a remix of Sir Spyro’s Mizuno beat used for Side-By-Side, the beat sets the levels and Jack & Sickers don’t dissapoint, no punches were pulled at any part during this song. This is song has punch to it, it’s in your face, it’s aggresive but that’s only because Jack & Sickers are releasing the maddest energies like radiation.
Solo 45 – Feed Them To The Lions
Be careful when you talk to Solo 45, say the wrong thing and he’ll give you a Muay Thai Kick To Face and then he’ll feed you to the lions. Boy Better Know’s resident hype man, Solo 45 is responsible for turning moshpits at events into a frenzy where anything goes, if you were to drop-kick someone next to you, no-one would be bothered, not even the poor person you drop-kicked. This is a club favourite and with a hook as simple as this, everyone in the club can get involved.
Jammer – Royal Rumble (feat. Hitman Hyper, D Double E, Lethal Bizzle, Bruza, Royal, 2 Face, Jendor, Footsie, Shorty, Discarda, Blacks & Ears)
Another Boy Better Know member and founder of Lord Of The Mics, Jammer brings together a posse of guys from grime’s old school to create a Royal Rumble. One of the key elements of grime’s rise has been Lord Of The Mics, it’s birthed many a MC who’s gone on to achieve better things for themselves in their careers. To have this many artists all on one track is impressive, to get them all to go in with some of their classic bars is legendary.
Stormzy – Shut Up
Closing out the Shellerz playlist is the guy who’s made the biggest strides out of all the new faces who emerged this year. This has been an unforgettable year for the Croydon local and Adidas’s unoffical sales representative, Stormzy’s success at the MOBOs this year as well as a sell-out tour and managing to get Shut Up inside the UK’s top 10 during the Christmas period. For grime, this is not big, this is massive and to have a guy from grime to have such standout mainstream success is positive for the scene.
So there we go, 30 tracks, 3 parts, one year, a great one at that. 2016 has a lot to live up to.