21 Dares: Tribal Magz ft Gracious K & Ramzee

If you downloaded the Tribal Magz mixtape you would have already heard the original of 21 Dares, however it has been on the grapevyne for a short while that there was a recomposition taking place to include Gracious K and the man of the moment on the scene, Ramzee the host amongst the Stormparties collective.

If you’re a DJ who has been playing the original 21 Dares, throw your last copy out the window and get in touch with the guys for a new copy. This new version has so much more to offer than the previous. However my constructive criticism would be that some of the lyrics could’ve been more creative ie we don’t need to still be hearing about how big ‘Migraine Skank’ was anymore….. It is 2011 now, let’s get with the times!

Anyways, check it out….

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Tribal Magz Still Doing It Tribal

Entering on to the UK Funky scene in early 2009 with Tribal Man Skank which sampled Lil Silva’s Seasons, Tribal Magz has continued to face all the tribulations thrown his way and has finally released the long awaited album which is now a mixtape titled ‘So We’re Doing It Tribal’ showcasing all of his tracks thus far.

Including the Tribal Man Skank remix featuring Gracious K, a track only released via YouTube and the video shortly removed; many didn’t get a chance to hear it. At the time, released as a remix, it lacked creativity so it’s time had passed, but in hindsight the track could’ve been an entertaining if exclusively performed as a PA to bring the audience something new as Migraine Skank and Tribal Man Skank started to exhaust their time, becoming repetitive.

Feeling Funky produced by KG, was a track generally favoured when released, however it had it’s own experience of turmoil with release as the video has to be shot two times, the finishing product disappointing. ‘So We’re Doing It Tribal’ includes both the original and remix feat Sway which was previously only available via Sway’s mixtape. Many ear drums haven’t been graced with this adaptation, even though it was openly appreciated by those who were lucky enough to be a recipient. Some even claimed it was better.

The mixtape overall boasts a number of other collaborations with Tribal Magz including Haynzy, Dymunds, Slix (Ruff Squad) and Lioness not to mention ‘Back 2 Funk’ which has Tribal Man, Flirta D, KIG, Gracious K, Dotstar and Funky Dee all on one track! Does Tribal Magz wish to share his spotlight or is he bewildered about having to stand in it alone? Either way the young man who has always marketed himself as an artist has continued to push through declined clearance, delayed videos and many management changes to produce more than has been achieved by a number of his peers.

Click Here to get your hands on a copy of ‘So We’re Doing It Tribal’

Feeling Funky Video

This is a video that has not only been long awaited, but has also been recorded more than once…. It would be expected that with all the preparation that went into it, that there would be something quite phenomenal….. Hmmmmm

Admittedly, the first production was the usual rave scene, shot in a club with girls and guys dancing painting a picture of having a good time…. Sound like the same kind thing we’ve seen a few times within the genre?? When put like that, you can appreciate the spin put on the concept within the final production.

Either way, KG is a very under-rated producer within the Funky scene and I still think this is the best track put together by Tribal Magz. That said, I’m glad the video has finally come out….

UK Funky Mic Tribute

Wasn’t too sure what to think when I heard this track for the first time. Riskgo is an MC that is respected amongst his peers so I couldn’t really understand the need for him to lay down this track. Although I can see how he felt he was pushing the scene forward by collaborating everybodies lyrics together.

The one thing that it did bring to light to me however……

“How many bleeding MCs does this scene really need!!!??”

Not to mention that there are a few that got missed out even though there are 25 names!! I will not list those forgotten as wish to not offend anybody by missing them out AGAIN, but one of them hosts the radio show of the most recognised DJ in the scene, so I don’t know how he got forgotten…..

Anyway, if you’re feeling the track, Riskgo is also giving it as a free download which can be found here: Riskgo – Mic UK Funky Tribute

UK Funky January Round Up 2010

January has seen various buzzes created within the scene this month. Lots of exciting releases including the long-awaited singles from Tribal Magz and Maxwell D, as well as Trilla gearing up for a release of his own. There are also upcoming albums in the pipeline coming from Roska, Katy B and of course Coldsteps…

Coldsteps has also taken the decision to fly the nest of the Play Entertainment camp which has raised a few eyebrows, however the official press release states to “wish Coldsteps well with his future ventures.” Something I think is felt from all.

Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey is definitely the undisputed track of the month, being played on every dancefloor, radio show and mix CD over the month. If you haven’t heard this one a bit too many times, but claim to listen to Funky, I’d like to know what you’ve been listening to!? Seriously, it does need toning down a little bit! But if you still can’t get enough, look out for the Live PA down at Yellow on February 27th.

Talking about events, the Thank You Parties were in full swing throughout January, and with the following month being February, I’m sure you can take a guess what the common theme is next month! I’m not sure if it’ll be the couples thing, but if you’re a singleton, you never know who you might meet…. Just in time for next year! But if you’re one step ahead (and young enough) you’ll be hitting up the mega events, I call them mega due to the capacity levels, and if you’re lucky, you may bag yourself that companion last minute!

The controversy surrounding ‘beat-jacking’ lives on. The producers are still angry due to getting cut out the deal and the MCs see it as free promotion. The argument continues to hold back releases in which we’ve already witnessed with Party Hard, Migraine Skank, Tribal Man Skank, Blackberry Hype and Are You Gonna Bang? All tracks which held heavy weight within the club scene. Are the opposed really ‘House snobs’ or are they trying to advise a more amicable way to construct to make music aiding an early release in the event that it is signed by the luring A&Rs. The earlier mentioned have all suffered in their own way, some being asked for high percentage royalties, others being offers thousands of pounds, but being unable to sign contracts due to lack of full ownership. Poor chart sales are undoubtedly consistent within the tracks of their kind, minus the original – Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes which peaked at Number 18 in the national Singles Charts. Working together instead of against each other could supersede what has already been accomplished.

Tribal Releases!!

As the first skank tracks filtered on the UK Funky scene and onwards, there was continued outrage expressed regarding the artist not seeking authority from producers to use their instrumentals prior to constructing tracks. Something that is unfortunately still happening within the present day.

Unfortunately their has been casualties along the way in cases where producers have objected to the artist’s finished product and therefore not given authority of use when release of the track is sought. Resulting in another instrumental needing to be constructed.

End Result:

Tribal Man Skank first entered on the UK Funky scene this time last year sampling Lil’ Silva’s Seasons, having been remixed featuring Gracious K along the way, he’s now back with a fresh new electro-style beat and electrofied video and is ready to release at all major digital outlets on January 25th 2010

Whether there is still enough appeal within the general public for this track to chart is questionable, but the youngsters are definitely still into the original. But does the new adaptation carry the same weight?

Tribal Man Skank Remix

I’m sure these guys could’ve been ALOT more creative……. I’m so disappointed!! I guess I expected too much but I thought thier personal evolution would’ve taken them further than “I be the Tribal Man, bussin the Migraine Skank”, in the situation of a remix, there was allowance for a different backing track that was produced for the purpose as well as more affluent lyrical content. This remix could’ve been the banger that blew both previous productions out the water with its own originality….. I think this was a waste of money and time.

What do you think?