Red Bull Studios (RBS)
5 Years flies by so quick that’s the length of time RBS has been alive and kicking as an innovative force for the capitals music scene. Birthday celebration were part of the natural course as a week-long party kicked in to effect.
In a time when record labels are keeping their wallet in pocket, RBS has stepped up to help artist realise their creative potential and ambitions.
Over the past 5 years the list of name ring like a who’s who of talent that have come the RBS doors : Jessie Ware, Julio Bashmore,Wiley, Kano and many more.
This year it’s been more about opening the doors to the public. That’s how RAISE THE BAR comes into the picture.
RAISE THE BAR (RTB)
London is an exciting place most of the time but it went to new levels on 10 November 2015. UK Grime to centre stage as RAISE THE BAR (RTB) gave MC’s from every region a chance to get in the vocal booth and prove themselves worthy of jumping on a Zdot full track, which will later be released by RBS.
Nearly 50 MC’s turned up to seal one of the 5 slots on offer. What we got was fireworks as each and every MC came with their A game!!
The track full track can be heard via the link below . . Also watch 46 grime MCs compete in Raise The Bar
Which five made it onto the final Zdot production? Check the exclusive video, only on Red Bull UK.
And the winners are . . . .
Aged 24, hailing from Derby although he lived in Edmonton for long periods of his life. This cat has been rapping since he was 13. With a firm handle on the craft of free styling Dubzy already had his bars floating around his mind. A few tweaks here and there he was able to make his verses more relevant to the RBTC by including Red Bull Studios and Z-Dot .
On hearing the news he was in his own words ‘gassed and over the moon’. He went onto say ‘’I’m very confident in my ability but being selected from nearly 50 people is humbling experience ‘’.
Dubzy already has a brand called ‘Snazz’ and him and his team have supplied headwear for the likes on drinks producer KA.
With SBTV & grm daily already been graced by the man, looks like anything is possible for Dubzy in 2016.
19, from Nottingham has really been on his grind for the last 5 years. This young MC has been influenced by the likes of Wiley, Dizzy & Skepta. Snowy told me had a few possible 16’s already in mind before he arrived but it was whilst practicing with other MC’s at the RB studios did he settle on his chosen 16.
Snowy remarked ‘’ I had no doubt I was going to be selected’’ now if that isn’t the confidence needed to succeed then I don’t know what is.
He sees himself on top of the game within 5 years when asked. . . This guy is not messing he really fancies himself and why not.
For his music check out the links below.
The 18 year old Nottingham native has really taken his craft seriously over the last 3 years. Inspired mostly by Boy Better Now and various grime radio stations. Mez is more than nifty with his pen as he wrote his bars at the RB studios within a ridiculous time (25 minutes).
Mez described ‘’feeling blessed” the moment he found out he’d been one of the 5 MC’s chosen by Zdot.
With appearances already on SBTV and countless YouTube videos floating in the ether he’s about to turn any doubters into believers.
Find his music through his twitter handle: @unclemez
North London has produced some of the finest artists grime artists. Row D may well get to sit with the likes Wretch 32, Skepta and Scorcher.
Influenced by the likes of Wiley, Dizzy and the Rinse FM movement and Over 10 years in grime means his style is defined but its been the last 2 years that he’s really been at it hard.
Row D is all over Mode FM and Radar Radio and has recently released his Ridim dim dim EP which is fire. In fact check out his new single ‘Staying at Mums’ produced by RSK & Dubsta that will be released on iTunes & all good outlets on 02 December 2015.
Winning constant battles most recently on Lord Of The Mics 7 and an album to come next year the iron is heating up nicely the Row D one.
Based in Derby but with a strong South London ties having lived in Streatham, Balham & Brixton the 23 year old MC has quite a mixed heritage. At the early age of 13 he began to write lyrics heavily influenced by his older brother and grime Legends Kano & Getts. It was when he turned 20 that he really took grime music by the neck and started to shake up the game waves.
Featuring on grm Daily, SBTV and Link up TV shows his intent and passion for the music he clearly loves. I forgot to mention how he murdered fir in the booth and anybody who watched couldn’t help but be impressed.
On his journey from Derby to London he wrote his verses that would go on to get him chosen to feature on this classic Z-Dot production that will soon be heard by the masses.