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A*M*E Loves PG 6
From apple juice to lippy we know where it’s at
Cartoon wisdom PG 8
Who needs Oprah when you’ve got Homer?
Street Style PG 18
We might have jacked one of your pics off Facebook, soz. A Wall for a Wall
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A*M*E Meets PG 24
Behind the scenes at the BET Cyphers with Wretch, Chipmunk and the rest
Fashion PG 28
5 days in A*M*E’s wardrobe
La Bell of the Ball PG 32
Isata gives us hair that will turn heads
Introducing PG 36
16 year-old hot shot MNEK gets grilled
Lyric Lounge PG 38
Bartoven unleashes some bars
HELP PG 43
Agony Uncle Ken Kofi solves your problems
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“I can’t go to juvie. They use guys like me as currency…” Milhouse
“Don’t do drugs kids. There is a time and place for everything. It’s called college.” “What good is money if it can’t inspire terror in your fellow man?” Mr Burns
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“I’ve had it with this school, Skinner. Low test scores, class after class of ugly, ugly children…” Superintendent Chalmers
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MAN MAKE MUSIC
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Dot Rotten -Keep it on a low
Ed Sheeran - The City
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DALEY- SMOKING GUN
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Behind the scenes on A*M*E’s ‘City Lights’video… It’s not everyday you get to shoot your first video. Ensuring we had paparazzi Darren on hand to take the necessary shots, here’s the exclusive behind the scenes of ‘City Lights’ featuring the man like Bartoven and the tracks producer, MNEK. Work! PHOTOS: ScreechTree Media STYLING: Tamar Wilde MAKE-UP: Heather B HAIR: La Belle Salon
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WN TO O D E M BET CA TWO BRAND S SHOOT CYPHER K U W NE ME ING SO R U T A FE UK’S OF THE RIME ST G . HOTTE TISTS R A P A AND R T. GOT U O G N … WE HU TTING A H C O T
“I try my hardest to live up to my name, it’s about paying that extra bit of attention to represent myself in the way that I represent my brand.” G Frsh, on the importance of staying fresh.
“Life. That’s what I’m influenced by. The music I make is a reflection of my surroundings. Exactly that.” Ghetts.
“You can hear assets of our music in their music just as you can hear assets of their music in our music. It’s share and share alike, it’s got to that point now where, it’s actually at a stage where we’re all recognising each other. That gap is being bridged.” Mic Righteous, on US vs UK.
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“A lot of the “urban” or whatever they call us we’re maybe the first generation kids that are here, our parents are from elsewhere so we grew up listening to many things. That’s why a lot of the people from my generation are ten pole specialists they’ve grown up listening to everything.” Ghetts.
“English Frank, Krept and Konan, K Koke and myself.” Mic Righteous, on his top 5 current UK rappers.
“I just try and connect the lines. I try and make the first line connect in some way with the next line and the line after, so the whole verse will connect. It’s a bit of a weird way of thinking. Sometimes I go too over the top but it’s just me trying to be out of the box man.” Wretch 32, on metaphors. “Write from the heart. That way it’s honest. And when it’s honest, it can connect with people and they’ll feel that it’s from the heart and that it’s real.” Wretch 32, on writing lyrics.
“The grime scene is like a stamp of the UK. It’s our sound that we kind of created and it’s how “Everyone has there own opinion it developed over the years, and presentation. I get dressed and starting out as a foundation my friends go “Huh, you’re wearing with the veterans of the game, that?! I would never wear that.” how they came through I don’t care what someone else is and how everyone saying. I’m doing my ting. Everyone developed from there. here has there own style and it It just represents the PG 27 shows individuality.” G Frsh, on UK.” Mic Righteous. individuality. PG 21
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“A BIG, FAT LISTENING EXPERIENCE” Straight from school and into the recording studio, we introduce MNEK - the 16 year old singer, songwriter and producer from London. This kid makes beats that are big, melodies that are infectious and songs that are busy. Raised on a musical diet that was influenced by dad’s love of Bob Marley and new jack swing and mum’s love for the big voiced diva’s like Mariah and Whitney, MNEK’s brand of pop music pays salute to these sounds but takes on a life of it’s own. You can usually find the 16 year old multitasking musician up in the studio working with the likes of Charlie XCX, The Wanted, Rizzle Kicks, Dragonette, Claire Maguire, A*M*E and Oh My!... The list goes on. A lot. Or you can find him “skankin on your mum’s grave” as his twitter says. As a remixing G he has caught the attention and praise for his take on a heap of tunes, including one by Frankmusik, CocknBullKid, Graffiti6 and Tinie Tempah who also happens to be quite the fan. On the writing front, it doesn’t get much bigger than working alongside Xenomania – most recently on The Saturdays single All Fired Up”. He’s even caught the ear of Kelis with his Stunting On These Hoes beat and Nike who have featured Lunar Riddim (created by Nathan Retro and MNEK) in a televised campaign. Describing himself as the “anti-teen popstar”, MNEK’s sound reflects him in every way. You can almost hear the bright retro specs, the big fat gold chains and the hi-top hair cut in every vocal and sound effect. So don’t be a fool, go and check out the video for MNEK’s banger “If Truth Be Told”. GO! NOW!
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Bartoven - ‘Fall Off’ Lyrics One time, One time for me If you’re tryna chase your dreams One time, one time If you try too hard VERSE 1:
many up and comings think that they’ve made it, So many underdogs think that they’re A-List, Saying that they’re the best, tryna make statements, And they aint even gone through the main stages, Save it! Gracious! Ask Craig David, There’s a rise and fall ‘cause now Craig aint s**t, People are like Bart I wanna trade places, ‘Cause your fame came quick, They don’t know fame is, Fame is...walking with your bodyguards, be cautious, Because you’ll get followed by paparazzi stalkers, And followed by all these die hard supporters So you spend your time signing autographs the thought of its awkwards, ‘Cause just the other day you were a fan, Of somebody bigger so now you kind of understand, So right now everyone’s like hip hooray, But soon all I’m gonna hear is sh*t you’ve changed!
But, If only you knew about the battle, Then maybe you could see it all from a different angle, I work like a slave just to eat like a king, go to sleep, and I still wake up with my shackles, Mummy I know what you wanted me to be, But this is my life and it just wernt me I know it might seem like....I’ve been running away, but I’m chasing my dreams....
I don’t wanna think I’ve made it, I don’t wanna think I’m close, I just wanna make my music and watch my fanbase grow, But if I fall off, If I fall off will you remember me? I don’t wanna think I’ve made it, I don’t wanna think I’m near, What if you find someone better next year, And I fall off, If I fall off will you remember me?
Don’t you remember me? I was the fella with the hightop, Every time they say they don’t remember me I’m like ‘what?’, I had the bars and the melodies on tight lock, These ‘20 guys could never be what I was! He squinted at me, Took a closer look and then reached in to grab he’s phone to look at a picture and started thinking ‘Actually...I think I have, Wasn’t it you that made that Funky song with Da’Batch? and ‘Lust or Love’?, bruv your buzz was so strong!, but you just didn’t follow up, You made a Dance song and I was like ‘Uh oh just when I thought he’d become big, He went and done this’ You sent me inboxes and I didn’t share ‘em, But now I wish I did ‘cause it could have made you historic, My little sis loved the songs you made, I hate to say it, but believe it or not you’ve changed!
BRIDGE I don’t mean to disturb, but I’ve lost my direction, Please show me the way to the road of redemption, Tell the record labels to lighten my sentence, My sen..tence sen..tence sen.. tence, Let me be free, be me
CHORUS I don’t wanna think I’ve made it, I don’t wanna think I’m close, I just wanna make my music and watch my fanbase grow, But if I fall off, If I fall off will you remember me? I don’t wanna think I’ve made it, I don’t wanna think I’m near, What if you find someone better next year, And I fall off, If I fall off will you PG 39 remember me?
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A*M*E’S TOP TEN TIPS TO MAKING A HIT 1) Carry a Pad- use this to write down any emotions,words phrases that come into mind.
2) Draw a spider diagram with one of your chosen subjects this could help you to sum up what you want to write about.
5) Think of a concept- once you’ve got you r lead melody,th ink of a concept whether it be love,friendship,a nd so on
4) Hum melodies over the beatdon’t be afraid to just sing what comes to mind,some people will simply hum others will try and get the right melody.
ur 6) Write yo lyrics- once steps you’ve done ing 3 and 4 writ should your lyrics be a breeze
8) Go over your lyrics once some more,throw in e metaphors,som e lik ds play on wor ‘now i’m in the booth i set the record straight’
3) Listen to the beat-your song will only come together if it matches the beat you’ve been given.
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9) A great song requires a great performance so do yourself proud and go hard!
10) Your songs written :) PG 41
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KEN KOFI HEY, IT’S A LITTLE EMBARRASSING BUT I’M 16 AND I HAVEN’T GOT GENITAL HAIRS YET. AM I NORMAL? BECKY, 16, SURREY Count your lucky stars. You’d be surprised at how much money ladies spend on hair removal treatments. If that doesn’t make you feel any better, try looking into getting a special weave made. They work wonders these days. You could go for the glamorous Beyonce weave or the Amy Winehouse beehive look. Just a suggestion. MY BOYFRIEND KEEPS MAKING FAT JOKES AIMED AT ME I THINK HE’S BECOMING LESS ATTRACTED TO ME. SHOULD I GO ON A DIET? MARIE, 18, BRIGHTON Are his jokes any good? I love fat jokes. Erm, I mean, tell him to do one. Diet if YOU want to, not because your caveman of a boyfriend drops hints. Find yourself a new guy – one who likes a bit of jelly with his ice cream. HELLO. I’M DOING MY GCSE’S AND I’M THINKING OF DROPPING OUT. I FIND EDUCATION SO BORING. I HAVEN’T TOLD MY PARENTS. PLEASE HELP ME. MEGAN, 15, ESSEX You are 15, child. Legally, you can’t leave school before 16. You’re parents could be taken to court and fined extensively. So yeah, maybe it’s a good idea. helppp! i’ve got loads of spots but i’m too embarrassed to go to the doctors what can do? lucy, 14, hayes Well, it kind of depends where the spots are. We suggest cleaning yourself more. That usually helps. Failing that, get popping. HI, I’M REALLY WORRIED THAT MY BOOBS AREN’T GROWING. I’VE BEEN AN A CUP FOREVER, EVERYONE ELSE’S ARE BIGGER THAT MINE. WHAT DO I DO? CHLOE, 17, CARDIFF Pop into your local butcher or supermarket and buy a pair of chicken breasts. Don’t be alarmed by the cold meaty feeling, they will warm up pretty quickly once you pop them into your bra. They feel realistic but make sure you get a matching pair to keep it looking as even as possible. However, this will only last about an hour – less on a hot day – before you start PG 43 to smell like poultry. Cooking after use is not recommended.
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Welcome to my fanzine - across these here pages you’re going to be entering my world, meeting my friends and getting down with what’s REALLY...
Published on Jan 16, 2012
Welcome to my fanzine - across these here pages you’re going to be entering my world, meeting my friends and getting down with what’s REALLY...