By D J Michael
Nobody should have been surprised by the nominations for the prestigeous Brit Awards 2011. It was a week that revealed that last year’s UK Top 100 singles breakdown went:
47 hip hop/R&B.
Yup, rock is so yesterday, and it’s the crossover of rap, hip hop, grime, dubstep and R&B that monopolises the music buying audience here. It’s like the Asian fusion revolution in our eating tastes. These genres have converged to deliver a vibrant, original, emotionally-charged oasis of authentic magic in the desert of mediocrity that is the old music industry.
Respect, of course, to the huge US mega-gods and goddesses: Kanye, Ga-ga, Rihanna, Christina, Jay-Z, Usher.
But those of you yet to awaken to Tinie Tempah (4 Brit nominations), Plan B (three), and James Blake (newcomer) have a real treat in store.
Retro-credits for this musical revolution go to Dizee Rascal who can rightly claim to have brought Brit rap to the masses and opened the door for the next generation: Tinie, Plan B and Tinchie Stryder. Archaeologists might want to give honourable mentions also to So Solid Crew and N-Dubz. Maxi Jazz might generate a few muted cheers too.
But it’s all about the future and we say right here that right now urban Brit-hop has no peers for its energy, originality and beautifully polished musical skills.
Just one example for now and, deliberately the one you’re least likely to know. Here’s James Blake, singer-songwriter, classical pianist, dubstep devotee and ambient experimenter. Hear “Limit to your love” and be moved. Look out for the debut album, to be released on 07.02. And explore him deeply on myspace. No disappointment, guaranteed.
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