Pow! (Forward)

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"Pow! (Forward)"
Single by Lethal Bizzle
Released 25 October 2004 (iTunes)[1]
20 December 2004 (single)[2]
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 2004
Genre Grime
Length 3:01
Label Relentless Records
Writer(s) Lethal BizzleFumin, D Double E, Napper, Jamakabi, Neeko, Flowdan, Ozzie B, MC Forcer, Demon
Producer(s) Dexplicit
Lethal Bizzle singles chronology
"Pow! (Forward)"
(2004)
"Uh Oh (I'm Here)"
(2005)

"Pow! (Forward)" is a song released by English grime artist Lethal Bizzle. The track features guest appearances from a variety of underground grime artists. It was released on 25 October 2004 for digital download via iTunes and then released on 20 December 2004 as a single. It charted on 1 January 2005 at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart and currently stands as Lethal Bizzle's highest-charting single. The song is widely recognized as one of the most popular and commercially successful grime anthem in the UK.

Background[edit]

"Pow! (Forward)", also known as "Forward Riddim", features other Grime artists such as Fumin, D Double E, Napper], Jamakabi, Neeko, Flowdan, Ozzie B, MC Forcer and Demon. It was banned from airplay on some radio stations due to some controversial lyrics about gun culture. Even with little promotion, it still managed to reach number 11 in the UK top 40 in early 2005. It has also been banned from many clubs as it tended to provoke fights. Lethal Bizzle released "Forward Riddim 2" later on with his new crew Fire Camp. An interpolation of "Pow! (Forward)". The documentary DVD titled Pow Pow was released in 2005 and had contributions from many of the performers on Pow!

Pow 2011[edit]

Main article: Pow 2011

In late 2010, Lethal Bizzle created an official sequel single to "Pow! (Forward)", which again features other Grime MC's - JME, Wiley, Chipmunk, Face, P Money, Ghetts and Kano. It released on 6 February 2011 for digital download. Bizzle revealed that he was joking about doing a sequel to Pow at first, but then many fans on Twitter and artists such as Wiley, Chipmunk and JME agreed with doing a sequel.

Music videos[edit]

"Pow! (Forward)" has two videos; one for Channel U, a popular UK hip-hop music channel, and one for MTV Base, a more well known channel which shows (mostly US) hip-hop music. They are both available on YouTube. The original video was uploaded onto EMI's official YouTube channel in February 2009.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD RELDX15
  1. "Pow! (Forward)" (Original) – 3:01
  2. "Pow! (Forward)" (Da Bizzle Remix) – 2:49
  3. "Pow! (Forward)" (D Hector Movie Mix) – 4:02
  4. "Pow! (Forward)" (Relentless Video) – 3:42
  5. "Pow! (Forward)" (Original Video) – 3:45
  • 12" RELT 15
A1. "Pow! (Forward)" (Pow Edit) – 3:00
A2. "Pow! (Forward)" (Original) – 3:01
A3. "Pow! (Forward)" (Original Instrumental) – 3:29
B1. "Pow! (Forward)" (Da Bizzle Remix) – 2:49
B2. "Pow! (Forward)" (D Hector Movie Mix) – 4:02
  • 12" RELTX 15
A1. "Pow! (Forward)" (Pow Edit) – 3:00
A2. "Pow! (Forward)" (Original) – 3:01
B1. "Pow! (Forward)" (Original Instrumental) – 3:29
B2. "Pow! (Forward)" (Da Bizzle Remix) – 2:49
  • 12" RELTDJ 15
A. "Pow! (Forward)" (Original)
B1. "Pow! (Forward)" (D Hector Movie Mix)
B2. "Pow! (Forward)" (Original Instrumental)

Chart performance[edit]

The song first charted on the UK Singles Chart on 1 January 2005 at number 11, being Lethal Bizzle's highest-charting single to date. The next week it dropped to number 14, then number 23. The week after, on 22 January 2005, it slipped to 37, and by 29 January 2005 it came just out of the Top 40 at 41 and then remained in the Top 100 for another two weeks - giving a total of seven weeks in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 11

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