For the debut of the Shake Chart we asked Boston local grime emcee deMC, aka Harrison Brown, to share his top tracks for the month with us. Harrison assembled a lineup of “new music, and also a couple outliers thrown in there.” deMC has been making waves in Boston since opening up for Kahn during the Together Festival this year, as well as MC’ing for local bass outfit Lindale at the June edition of Shake featuring Wheez-ie. Catch deMC and Lindale every Tuesday night on RWD.FM from 10pm-12am and keep your eye out for forthcoming releases from their new label.
STEP 2001 BY ZOMBY & WILEY / BIG DADA SOUND
Victory laps are deserved for Wiley over this Zomby beat. And Eskiboy sounds in top form more now than ever in his almost 20-year music career. Zomby’s production has a very spacey feel even though Wiley delivers a barrage of bars ranging from plain to immense. The beat and the vocals are unrelenting.
UNTITLED (RAPID VOCAL) BY MOKONA / TEMPLAR SOUND
Mokona and Rapid deliver an ethereal grime track about staying true and all the work that goes into being a musician. Rapid goes in with a mean 32 to start off the tune and Mokona flips the beat half way through and builds with some off kilter claps.
BIG SLUG BY PINCH, MUMDANCE, AND RIKO DAN / TECTONIC
Pinch and Mumdance connect for an extremely eerie sounding beat and they’re assisted by the legendary Riko Dan. This tune is only 128 bpm, as opposed to the standard grime 140—but if you add the London city warlord (Riko Dan) to any beat, you have the recipe for some musical murder. The track ripples and ebbs while the hi-hats drive the track—Riko Dan is in top form.
YOUR A LIAR BY BOMMA B (FEAT DEADLY) / BOMMS ABOUT MIX CD
Found this tune on Soundcloud and been rinsing it nonstop; Bomma B on the production with Deadly on the mic. This beat is everything American trap aspires to be—menacing piano riff and dirty south snare sticking, bouncing all over the track.
TALKIN ABOUT BY OH91 (FEAT KWAM MC) / TRAPPED AUDIO RECORDS
Odd man out track; UK garage beat from oh91 with the ultimate wasteman bars by Kwam MC. The beat is infectious with great alcohol induced bars. Get acquainted with oh91’s production if you don’t already know.
WHY DO YOU EAT SO MANY BURGERS BY DEPZMAN / K DOT DUB / LORD OF THE MICS
Depz goes for the jugular with this one. From the Lord of the Mics 4 soundclash, Depz had it against K Dot; Depz absolutely destroys this beat. Check the video if you want to see arguably the best video shot in a McDonalds…RIP Depz.
Ur mouth u besta’ start shuttin’ it still,
The grime scene my team are running it still,
And the way that I’m spittin’ is nothing but ill.