DnB Vet Bailey Talks Intabeats Series, Spin Sherpa Grooverider And The Dubstep Situation

With over a decade of radio airplay under his belt, Michael Bailey holds tight to his status as a DnB doctor with the launch of "Intabeats" on Ministry of Sound Radio. The DJ - known as Bailey - will be bringing the beauty of the bass to fresh ears every Tuesday. With two broadcasts down, the show us already nothing less than Bass Class 101 for both new drum and bass fans and OJs (Original Jungalists). Episode One of the Intabeats’ series fell on Bailey's own birthday last Tuesday, May 21st, kicking the series off on an auspicious note. VIBE caught up with Bailey in London last week to discuss the "resurgence" of drum and bass, the next stars in the jungle scene and the “dubstep situation”.

VIBE: Tell us about your new series on Ministry of Sound?
Bailey: It’s a radio show, which is a continuation of 1Xtra, which I did for 10 years called 1Xtra on BBC Radio One. I used to represent the drum and bass sound, but I like a lot of different types of music, so I will play any flavor or style of music. New DJs, producers, sounds, genres...

Who should we be paying attention to right now in the DnB scene?
Savage Rehab, they’re doing really well now. If you’re not consistent with making tracks, then you’re not gonna be able to break through, but these guys seem to have what it takes. I think they’re gonna do well, I think they’re next.

There's been chatters of jungle music being "back". Did it ever go anywhere?
It never went anywhere obviously, but it seems like people were just tired of the last fad. As a matter of fact, I can’t even hate on the whole dubstep situation because it introduced a lot of kids to the DnB type music. For a while, we had drumstep, which is halftime time drum and bass. Now the kids see it [drum and bass] as sort of a slowed down version of dubstep.

American Dubstep Vs. Bristish Dubstep what’s the difference?
I’m not such an expert on dubstep, but there’s a genre I believe, called brostep, which is really in-your-face dubstep and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I think that’s overpowering the really quality stuff.

Like Caspa for the UK?
Caspa would be responsible for your bangers and such. Stuff that is sort of from the roots of DnB. I can’t really speak for Caspa, but there’s sort of an end to drum and bass, which I believe is what Skrillex represents, he’s just a little too crazy for me, but he will still bring the music to a bigger crowd and for those who don’t know.

The pioneer producers of drum and bass, who are somewhat older than you, would you consider their new work “new music”, or are their labels responsible for these forthcoming songs and albums?
Mike West, of Rebel MCs, he’s involved with the vibe of the music that he produces, a lot of it mainly done by him, he continues to spread his Rastafarian vibe that he has. Goldie announced that he was releasing his last album ages ago, but I am hearing rumors that he may be releasing another.

What is going on with the Metalheadz label these days?
I was a resident DJ for them for 18 years, but rather than sticking with their signature Metalheadz sound they’re sort of experimenting with a more spicy electronic style and introducing a different type of tempo so their artists have the freedom to create more “EDM” sounds on down tempo tracks.

Any upcoming artists on the label we can look forward to?
Jubei, Paul Jubei, he’s one of the more versatile producers. He’s one of those producers who makes his own niche and sort of creates his own place in music.

How would you describe your style?
I’m purely a drum and bass guy, but I will play whatever moves me and when I DJ, I will play according to what’s appropriate for that night. I’ll play anything I think is good on the radio even if it’s not a “floor smasher”. My show has to be a drum and bass show, I don’t want to blur the lines.

Do you have any mentors?
A friend of my sister introduced me to house music in the late '80s his name is Garfield. He never got interested enough to get into it but if he did he would be extremely successful right now. But I would say a close second place would be Grooverider. I was on the road with him for years I would help carry his records and that sort of thing. I was the type that stood, and watched, that’s how I learned.

Listen to Intabeats Drum n Bass Show with Bailey every Tuesday from 5pm-7pm GMT, 12pm-2pm EST at Ministry of Sound Radio online.

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On April’s Fools Day (April 1), Chuck D decided to send the masses for a spin. In March, the Public Enemy frontman claimed the historic group parted ways with Flavor Flav. The news made plenty of headlines and even produced statements from both Chuck D and Flav’s representatives. Now, the former is saying it was all a hoax.

In a statement, Chuck D said the decision was influenced by Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast, “War of the Worlds.” He began his explanation by saying the decision was meant to serve as “a wake-up call” and that he was tired of hip-hop only making the news for the bad moments and never for the positive accomplishments. As for Welles’ radio program, Chuck D said it was to show how people follow each another without question.

"I had watched Orson Welles’ ‘War Of The Worlds’ from 1938 when he pulled the wool over the public’s eyes as they put 100% belief in the technology of radio. Most people followed like a Pavlovic dog just like they do now,” he wrote. “Flav doesn’t do benefits and stays away from political events - we been cool and always agreed about that. Enemy Radio was built for that reason, to be a DJ+MC auxiliary unit of Public Enemy, a no-slack homage tossback to DJ+MC roots. It is DJ Lord, myself and Jahi with the S1Ws.”

Initially, Flav’s decision to not perform at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) seemed to have been the catalyst for the current situation. Flav seemingly doubled down on Twitter where he questioned Chuck D’s statements. “@MrChuckD are you kidding me right???,,,over Bernie Sanders??? You wanna destroy something we’ve built over 35 years OVER POLITICS???,,,all because I don’t wanna endorse a candidate.” A reported cease-and-desist letter was sent to the group via Flav's lawyer claiming his likeness was being used by Sanders' campaign.

The tweet later prompted a response from the group's members, noting they didn’t part ways with Flav over his political beliefs. They claimed, since 2016, that Flav “has been on suspension” and that “he had previously missed numerous live gigs” around the world.


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In an interview with Talib Kweli's Uproxx podcast "People's Party" Chuck D said he let certain people know what was on the horizon for April 1 and reassured those people that him “and Flav have been better than ever.” Additionally, Enemy Radio released an album titled Loud Is Not Enough, with its first single being titled "Food as a Machine Gun." Chuck D noted that at the end of the day, the entire situation's "original intention was to get your attention."

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Vanessa Bryant Reveals Latest Installment Of Kobe Bryant’s ‘Wizenard’ Book Series

The latest installment in Kobe Bryant's bestselling Wizenard book series has officially arrived. The late NBA legend's widow, Vanessa Bryant, took to Instagram on Tuesday (March 31) to announce the release of The Wizenard Series: Season One.

“Welcome back to Dren! We hope you are all ready to catch up with the West Bottom Badgers for another magical basketball season. 'The #Wizenard Series: Season One' is OUT NOW,” reads a message on Vanessa's Instagram account.

The announcement was also posted to Kobe’s Instagram, marking the first post since the 40-year-old athlete, his 13-year-old daughter, Gigi Bryant, and seven others, passed away in a helicopter crash two months ago.

Created by Kobe, and written by Wesley King, The Wizenard Series follows a young athlete named, Reggie, who has big basketball dreams but serves as a bench warmer for the worst team in the league. Although Reggie is committed to putting in the work to make his dreams come true, he must first “survive the extraordinary ordeals of practice.”

The book is a followup to Kobe’s #1 New York Times bestseller, The Wizenard Series: Training Camp.


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Lauren London Marks 1-Year Anniversary Of Nipsey Hussle's Death

As Lauren London continues to grieve over the death of her longtime love, it seems that writing has become a form of therapeutic release for the  mother and actress. London shared an emotional message on Instagram on Tuesday (March 31) in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Nipsey Hussle’s death.

“Time is deceptive,” London wrote. “It’s been a year since you transitioned. The pain is as heavy today as it was a year ago. God knows I would give anything to see you again. I didn’t think I was going to survive a second of any of this. Prayers have kept me together. The kids keep me going and [God's] Grace and Mercy have carried me this far.”

London noted that she now stands strong, thanks to Hussle. “Because I know you wouldn’t have it any other way. Because I recall every late night conversation we had about resilience and fear. Because you were my greatest teacher and because you are still with us, in spirit.”

In closing, London vowed to continue to honor her late partner, with whom she shares a son, Kross. “I carry this pain with a purpose. I promise I will make you proud. I promise to apply everything you taught me. In life and in death, Ermias Asghedom, there will never be another. Until we are together again....I love you beyond human understanding ( but you know that already).”

The 33-year-old rapper, activist and entrepreneur was shot to death in front of his Marathon clothing store on March 31, 2019. Hussle’s accused killer, Eric Holder, is expected to go to trial next month.

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Time is deceptive It’s been a year since you transitioned The pain is as heavy today as it was a year ago God knows I would give anything to see you again I didn’t think I was going to survive a second of any of this Prayers have kept me together The kids keep me going and Gods Grace and Mercy have carried me this far As today makes a year I stand strong because of you Because I know you wouldn’t have it any other way Because I recall every late night conversation we had about resilience and fear Because you were my greatest teacher and because you are still with us, in spirit With every breath i take I honor you I carry this pain with purpose I promise I will make you proud I promise to apply everything you taught me In life and in death Ermias Asghedom There will never be another Until we are together again.... I love you beyond human understanding ( but you know that already)🏁

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