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DJ Semtex

YouTube Sessions: Semtex

Carnival Weekend is almost upon us, and what better way to get in the mood than to get one of the top selectors in the country to run his top 10 certified Carnival bangers. Following on from last year’s ragbag selection from The Heatwave trio, we invite a certain Grime/UK Hip Hop veteran to jump on the YouTube dials. DJ Semtex has become synonymous with the Grime and UK hip-hop scenes, with his integral involvement with Def Jam UK, as well as hosting his own show on BBC Radio 1xtra and being the live DJ for the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Kanye West and Nas.

If anyone knows how to get the dance started it’s him, so without further ado, here are DJ Semtex’s top 10 tracks for Carnival Weekend.

1. LETHAL BIZZLEPOW

“The greatest Grime track of all time. This collaboration will tear down any event, any stage, and is to be played at the right time to ensure maximum carnage with a crowd. This is actually banned by the Police at Notting Hill Carnival.”

2. TEMPA TNEXT HYPE

“Possibly the 2nd greatest Grime track of all time when it comes to mashing up a crowd into a frenzy. I did The Rampage stage at Notting Hill Carnival a few years ago with Kardinal Offishall. The Police said he couldn’t perform over the ‘Pow’ instrumental’… so we used the ‘Next Hype’ Instrumental, 5 minutes later the stage was shut down. I guess ‘Next Hype’ is now on that list.”

3. JAY-Z & KANYE WESTN***AS IN PARIS

“The energy of this track is unmatched. Undoubtedly Ye & Jay’s finest moment. Probably the most over played track at Nottinghill Carnival.”

4. HOUSE OF PAINJUMP AROUND

“Do I really have to explain this?”

5. MOPANTE UP

“13 years later it drives both the Yungens and the ageing B-Boys crazy.”

6. DEAD PREZHIPHOP

“The ultimate Hip Hop anthem. Even if you’re a tourist Hip-Hop fan, you have to sing along or pretend that you can dance to this.”

7. JAY-Z (FEAT UGK)BIG PIMPIN

“This was made for the Carnival.”

8. KANYE WESTCANT TELL ME NOTHING

“My favourite Kanye West track of all time, one of the hardest Hip-Hop track that Ye’ has ever produced. Certified banger!”

9. RICK ROSSBMF

“This track is so epic, it is perfect for the clubs the stage, an open air event. The pound on the bottom end of this track is unmatched. I am ‘Big Meach… Larry Hoover…’

10. MIGOS (FEAT DRAKE)VERSACE VERSACE VERSACE (REMIX)

“This will be one of the biggest tracks at Carnival this year. Watch as people recite the first verse word for word.”

Catch Semtex at the Deviation Carnival Session with Benji B, EZ, Zinc, T Williams and more at Paradise on Kilburn Lane – remaining tickets HERE…