UNDERGROUND VS. MAINSTREAM

It’s been a little while, but I’m back again with another dose of Underground vs. Mainstream and I am quite excited about one of the videos featured in this segment; I don’t kno ...

April 17, 2012 Feyona9

It’s been a little while, but I’m back again with another dose of Underground vs. Mainstream and I am quite excited about one of the videos featured in this segment; I don’t know about anyone else but I do love a rap cypher from time to time.

Well, let’s get straight into it then. Last week marked a very special occasion for the online media site SBTV, as they decided to celebrate the fact that they had reached a 100, 000, 000 views. This respectfully is definitely something to sing and shout about, especially as this online medium has developed dramatically over the years. So what SBTV decided to do was to shoot a BBK rap cypher, for the 0.5% out there who may not be too familiar – BBK is the abbreviation for one of the industry’s biggest/influential collectives to date Boy Better Know. Now before I even watched the freestyle I already had my prejudgements of who I thought was going to kill it; I was anticipating what JME had to say as to me he is an all round artist – lyrical and an entertainer. However lo and behold it has to be said that the dark horse Solo 45 completely stole the show with his performance. Is it even fair to say that it was the way he got me amped up that allows me to crown his freestyle the best out of all the others in the collective, rather than his metaphorical content, or his ability to depict a story to me?

…feed ‘em to the lions, feed ‘em to the lions, feed ‘em to the lions…

This phrase sparked it all off for me, I was like “oh yeah Solo!”, but it just wasn’t over from there, out of nowhere Skepta began to make a sort of tune using his mouth; along the lines of…

…pa, pa, pa, pum, pum, pum, pum, pum, my, my…

This was then the epic moment when it looked as though Solo 45 was about to erupt as he began to spit this bar…

…muay thai kick to face…

That excitement executed from Solo just goes to show the passion that went into that lyric; it had the whole collective plus myself and I’m sure anyone else who viewed it just going nuts over the immense energy deployed from it.

Now in the blue corner representing for the mainstream team we have a female artist by the name of Mz Bratt this track features an up and coming singer called Khalaeliah who does an excellent job with the vocals on the chorus. To be honest I have been quite sceptical about Mz Bratt from when she got signed as I was something of a fan of hers in the earlier stages of her career; this will dawn back to her feature on the T4 series Musicool all those years ago. However her F64 and now this track Falling Down has made Mz Bratt more than that pretty face to me once again, it’s without a doubt that no one can refrain from listening to a good ‘story – telling’ track and that is exactly what this is. In an interview she compares the concept to that of the late great Tupac Shakur’s Brenda’s Got A Baby track.

…she was like 16, so young with a big dream, lost herself had to dig deep, but she likes the taste of him, he’s sweet…

…cause he told her things she never heard of, but that’s nothing new because I’ve heard it too, and now it’s her lost, she tries so hard to keep the love alive, some girls never learn love is blind…

These lyrics I can imagine are like sweet sounds to every female’s ears.