April 13, 2006


Havent updated this blog in a while unfortunately, have been doing mad work on essays and such but….

went down to spend a week at 1xtra doing radio things this last week. Had an awesome time, working on shows for Jenna G, DJ Semtex and Ras Kwame. It looked like a really cool place to work and everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. Luckily they also use the might Cool Edit so all my RAW skills were not wasted.

Number 1 highlight was probably working on Ras Kwame's 100% Spoken Word special where they got about 15 of the UK's best performance and slam poets to come and kick stuff while Ras hosted and dropped some high grade homegrown talent. I've never really checked out that sort of thing before and it was heavy as. Incidentally, in Kat Francois the UK has the world slam poetry champion so big up us.
I strongly reccomend that you download the podcast of this show from 1xtra, especially to check out Goldie Rox, who has a Macy Gray but UK and better thing going on.

Also, Semtex's show put me on to the new Talib Kweli track Ms Hill which says what me and the gang have been ranting on about on the Urban Specialists for years. Come back Lauryn, we love you!!

February 10, 2006

1xtra work experience

I got work experience at 1xtra – v.pleased about this

Klashnekoff – Focus Mode

This is a review i did a while ago for www.ukhh.com but forgot to post, enjoy.

focus mode

Klashnekoff / DJ Skully Focus Mode (mixtape)

Focus Mode is the new release from Klashnekoff, the terra firma frontman responsible for one of the tightest UK albums in recent years, ‘The Sagas of Klashnekoff.’ Focus Mode is an independently released mixtape, hosted by DJ Skully. The wide availability of this album (HMV, Fopp etc.) reflects not only the increasing marketability of the UKs brightest stars, but also a move towards American style mainstream mixtapes allowing for top artists to release new material several times in a year.

Im usually not a mixtape man. I find the constant switching of tracks annoying and in my experience many mixtapes are a refuge for substandard beats and lyricism. Thankfully the tracks on Focus Mode are mostly quite long and definitely heavy. The CD brings together various white label releases that would otherwise be unavailable to a more mainstream audience. K’s ‘Jamrock Takeover’ rides the success of one of the summer’s biggest tunes. But its not pure coasting, he does add some dope verses of his own and his ragga tinged style is perfectly paired with the beat. The white label release of this tune has been changing hands for £50 and upwards on ebay so its nice to see it here.

Another standout track is the remix of Black Rose. Combining the original lyrics over a very different beat, Klashnekoff completely changes the vibe of what was already an amazing track and gets twice the use out of his tale of complicated young love. Son of Niyah is revisited more loosely, using a beautiful and thoroughly addictive Sizzla sample that is a compensation for some fairly shoddy lyricism.

‘My thoughts grow like herbs in wild fields of mango, while certain man are jankrow and flex like flamingo…im out the manor smoking a poisonous vegetable.’

Dropping the nature references like a hip hop David Attenborough doesn’t do it for me this time but trust me though, this sample will make you forgive all, and it’s rare that the lyrics grate on you as badly as that. ‘Let it Go’ has been a favourite of mine for a while. Unfortunately the version included on here is pretty short and anyone who has the chance should seek out the full version alongside a guest verse from Ty.

The CDs got a live feel and its perfect driving music. Its more about the beats than the lyrics but its no worse for that and its honestly not been out of my system since I got a hold of it. I recommend that anyone cop this, especially if like me, they’ve been itching for more tracks from K ever since they wore out their copy of the sagas.

Hardskool 7th February

hardskool flyer

Last tuesday AOW headed up to Loughborough for the heavy monthly bboy night hardskool. While still something of a circus the night has been gaining a proper rep for the amount of bboys and real heads it manages to pull in. This last one was propably the best yet and loads of people were down showing love.

The format was 2 on 2s and Jez and Will repped AOW and Nate and Rich B2R. Both did pretty well, with Jez and Will beating Swifty and Rekognize in the first round then getting knocked out by some sick visiting turkish dudes. Nate and Rich narrowly lost to Joey D from PRS and some other bloke. I personally felt they won but JD and bloke went on to the final ultimately so they were a decent team. JD tried his trick of balancing his cap on his nose and Nate rinsed him with some deadeye western style shit by knocking it off with his beanie form about 6 feet away. The guys got the chance to throwdown again against the eventual winners, Mouse and Blend but Mouse was on dope form as usual and killed the beat.

I threwdown in the North v. South battle and copped some serious foul-mouthed abuse from the North for my shitness. Whatever, i deserved it but im gonna train my arse off before uni champs. There was also a DJ Leacy R.I.P tribute circle which was awesome, especially for The 2nd Lettah from Cali who locked his little nuts off. Damn i wanna lock, oh well something to learn next year in the home of funkstyles.

A fun night as always and glad that theres such a dope bboy night within an hours drive

4th Front Crew on Urban Specialists

Last night the Urban Specialists hosted a guest DJ set and interview with 4th Front crew from Coventry featuring one half of The Stick Up Kids DJs. The music was dope and it was really nice to get some more local talent on the airwaves. The boys were promoting the gig they're putting on this sunday at the Colliseum in Coventry with none other than Prince Paul, former DJ of De La Soul, not too fucking shabby baby! Word is they'll also have Ugly Duckling down later in the year. Look out for these boys cos they're down for big things

Prince Paul flyer

Because of they're appearance we delayed the Jehst interview which will be broadcast next week for the last (Awwww!) week of RAW's spell on 87.7 FM, along with a new feature the brainchild of our Parimal called '6 Emcees of Separation' geddit? As always feel free to post any requests on here ahead of time

January 31, 2006

OWW Party

Got to look back and give props to the rest of the hardcore of the Art of War aka. Jez, Ariane, Will and Craig, as much for surviving 14 hours of lockdown in the graduate club as for actually dancing. Of course Jez and Arianne just went home and Craig somehow took about 6 hours to get back from Loughborough so only me and Big Willy Style experienced the full horror.

The event was very badly organised in terms of rehearsals times unfortunately. I dont like to be critical of things when the aims are so noble but we were there from 11 till our perofrmance at midnight-ish and we didnt even rehearse once. Whats more some of the people running it were unreasonable and rude. All i'll say is in future it really does need to be better organised.

But….we were pretty good! The routine fucked up at the end which was a shame but we did OK. The stage was mad dark and there were loads of cameras flashing so it was pretty unnerving but fuck it, everybody loves breakdancers!

Props to all those involved on the dancing side of things though i have to say the opening dance was some bait borderline soft porn. I enjoy a good thrusting as much as the next man but save it for Sugar, not our university's most glorious celebration of the wonderful unity and cultural effervescence of this little planet we likes to call Earth. Wow, got a bit carried away there. Shame that more or less whatever culture people were representing it was still the same non-descript hip hop dance. Props though to Streetvibes who actually have a reason to hip hop dance and do it well. Also to those who dared to be a bit different like the Hindu society (big up Richi and Sunni) and the Japanese society. Also the cheerleaders, who were genuinely impressive with their pyramids. Oh shit and of course MJ, whichever monkey was working the spotlight for him couldnt quite ruin his genius.

laterrrrs, and look out for a rehash of the same routine at the Tap Show, march 4th

January 29, 2006

any questions?....

By the way, if anyone has any questions regarding the show, want to know what some dope track was, or want to put in a request for a tune for the next show, let me know here and i'll be pleased to answer them all



RAW 87.7 FM

Seeing as how this blog appears to be linked to RAWs members page i guess i'd better start updating it again so…...

its been a good week for the radio. RAW is now on 87.7 fm which is a good look. As a consequence though we've all got to step up our games (and step down our swearing….sorry!)

this past week we had a warwick 1st year called Deepak aka.Deep Impact in for an interview. He does some grimey style stuff and the boys got a pretty hevay mix tape. We played some of his tunes, had a chat, mighty fun was had by all. We had mad texts in from his mates too which was cool…and a load of my mates actually so that was safe as…check him out performing at the Law Ball, the Asian Ball and the Wherl Gig (big up Jack and Ed, who stuffed my team in the 5-a-side bastards!...oh well at least i can grow a beard)

next week we should have the boy Jehst in for some chat which will be another one of my personal heroes to cross off the list yey!


Turn on, Tune in and drop out…wait no!, turn on, tune in and send an ecouraging text. Laterrrrs

December 12, 2005

another website update

its so heavy now


check it

props to craig aka. Bboy Plus+ aka. the less attractive member of still fresh crew….probably the better bboy tho

AOW on road and on the floor

Art of War crew has been having some hectic travels in the last few weeks.

We went down to Battle of Britain in Brixton. There was some crazy solos action going down and the title went to Robbie from BTC who danced his arse off. There were some crazy battles from the ever enjoyable First Things Third, and the exceedingly dope and annoyingly young Psycho Styles. Art of the War on the road, though im doing my best not to follow Jez into central LT ever again.

Next on the agenda the AOW battle squad hit Luffbra for some uni battle action. We drew Reading aka. Campus Junk in the first round. They were pretty good dancers and i have to say i got kinda shook which was annoying. We got knocked out, but having seen the footage i really think it was a close one. Big fun was had by all tho, and me, craig, will, and jez repped in the north/ south battle which was dope. oh and mouse gave the crew props! Roll on uni champs cos i am gonna be training hard from now on, dont wanna fuck up again

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