Scorcher (rapper)

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Scorcher
Birth name Tayo Jarrett
Also known as Scorcher, Skywalker
Born (1986-11-28) 28 November 1986 (age 27)
Origin Bush Hill Park, London, England
Genres Grime, British hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2005–present
Labels

Geffen Records
(2010–12)

Blue Colla Music
(2012–Present)
Associated acts The Movement, Cold Blooded, Wretch 32, Ghetts, Bashy, Kano, Mercston, Richard Osborne
Website scorcherskywalker.com

Tayo Jarrett (born 28 November 1986), better known as Scorcher, is an English grime artist and actor from Enfield, North London. He is currently a member of the grime collective The Movement and is signed to Blue Colla Music.[1][2]

Career[edit]

2005–08: Early career[edit]

He began his career in Cold Blooded where he became known for his "shank" bars, and would regularly attend pirate radio and work his way up through the North London grime circuit. Scorcher served a short prison sentence in 2006 for driving offences, and while in jail his mixtape Simply the Best was released and was greeted with good reviews from the grime scene.[3][4] After an incident with fellow Cold Blooded member Cookie, Scorcher left Cold Blooded to concentrate on a new collective known as The Movement, which featured Scorcher alongside Wretch 32, Devlin, Mercston, and Ghetts. At this point he was involved in a momentous clash that saw him and fellow movement members go up against rival grime collective Boy Better Know. Scorcher did three dubs directed at Wiley, Jammer and Frisco. Scorcher also produces beats, and Thunder Power was a release entirely his own production. He has produced beats such as 'Way Down The Road', 'Beef with T', 'Igloo Remix', 'Talk of the Ghetto' and others which have been big through the year of 2006. Scorcher won an Official Mixtape Award for best producer in 2009 and was also nominated for best Grime mixtape of 2010.[5][6]

2009–10: Concrete Jungle and Geffen[edit]

Concrete Jungle is a 2009 debut album by Scorcher released independently. The album is seen as a critical success in electronic music,[citation needed] but a major disappointment to grime fans. The albums has spawned two singles, "I Know" and "Lipsin' Ting", neither of which charted. The albums has been widely anticipated by many in the grime scene, but disappointed many in the scene. It features collaborations with the likes of Wiley, J2K, and Wretch 32. The album was inspired by a short freestyle by Scorcher. The third single from the album is "Dark Knight". His debut single, "It's My Time", charted on the UK R&B chart at number 38 however this led to Scorcher being released by major label Geffen Records in 2012 because the single did not sell nor chart as well as expected.

2011–present: Blue Colla and acting career[edit]

In 2011, Scorcher began an acting career and played the major role of Kamale, in the 2011 Channel 4 drama, Top Boy.[7] "Making the transition from music to acting hasn't really been that hard for me, as you get used to performing its just performance in a different setting." He described his character as sinister, and an all-out bad man and is working with other rappers such as Ashley Walters, Kano and other first time actors. He has also played a part in the movie Offender which was released on 24 December 2012. After being released from Geffen Records in 2011, Scorcher was signed to independent label Blue Colla Music in 2012 and his first single of the year "It's All Love" was premieried on MistaJam's 1XTRA show on 3 March.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2006: Simply The Best
  • 2006: Tempo Specialists [w/The Movement]
  • 2007: Leader of the New School
  • 2008: Simply The Best 2
  • 2010: Jungle Book
  • 2011: Audio Wave
  • 2012: Simply The Best 3

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Artists Album
2006 "Dealers" (also featuring Wretch 32 & Ghetts) Devlin Tales of the Crypt
2006 "Used To Be" (also featuring Ghetto & Mercston) Wretch 32 Learn From My Mixtape
2006 "Why's He Tryin' It" (also featuring Skilla B) Wretch 32 Learn From My Mixtape
2006 "Young Sammie" (also featuring Cell 22 & Heady) Wretch 32 Learn From My Mixtape
2006 "Sorry Remix" (also featuring P. Nero, Frisco, Cell 22 & Calibar) Wretch 32 Learn From My Mixtape
2006 "16 Bar Rally" (also featuring Rage, Esco, Jammer,& God's Gift) Wiley Tunnel Vision Volume 1
2006 "Sometimes I..." (also featuring Frisco) Wiley Tunnel Vision Volume 1
2007 "Big Love" (also featuring Big Narstie) Bashy Chupa Chups Mixtape
2007 "The Youts" (also featuring Bashy) Wretch 32 Teacher's Training Day
2007 "They Can't Like Us" (also featuring Calibar) Wretch 32 Teacher's Training Day
2007 "Gully Flossing" (also featuring Bigz, Danny B, Calibar, Heady, Frisco & Roman) Wretch 32 Teacher's Training Day
2007 "Touching Music" Wretch 32 Verses 3 And 2 Chapter
2007 "Testify" Wretch 32 Verses 3 And 2 Chapter
2007 "Trying To Prevail" Wretch 32 Verses 3 And 2 Chapter
2007 "DJ Tribute" Wretch 32 Verses 3 And 2 Chapter
2007 "Flyboy" (also featuring Mercston & Tinie Tempah) Wiley Playtime is Over
2007 "U & Me" (also featuring Wretch 32) Ghetto Ghetto Gospel
2007 "Biker's Anthem" Ghetto Ghetto Gospel
2007 "Freestyle" S.K.I.T.Z. Beats In The Zone
2008 "Hustle Hard" (also featuring Slix) Lightnin Young and Gifted
2008 "5AM" Wiley See Clear Now
2008 "See Clear Now" (also featuring Kano) Wiley See Clear Now
2008 "Chinese Whispers" (also featuring Chipmunk) Wretch 32 Wretchrospective
2008 "Swaggalicious" Wretch 32 Wretchrospective
2008 "Be Cool (Remix)" (also featuring Chipmunk, Sway, Bashy, Wizzy Wow & Tinie Tempah) Wretch 32 For The Fun of It
2009 "Ransom" (also featuring Wretch 32) Bashy Catch Me If You Can
2009 "She Likes To Remix" (England Top 10) Wiley The Elusive
2009 "I'm Not Alone" Revolver The Lost Tapes
2009 "Dark Knight" Target/Danny Weed Aim High: The Revolution
2010 "Pass It Over (Remix)" (also featuring Ghetts, G Frsh, Wretch 32 & Little Dee) Sincere
2011 "Good As Gold" Talay Riley Sergeant Smash
2011 "The City Remix" Ed Sheeran +
2013 "Golddiggin" John Galea Under Attack E.P
2013 "Española Chica" Lee Muldoon Española Chica
2014 "Wherever I Fall 2.0" (also featuring Kid Bookie) Richard Osborne Nothing Personal

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Scorcher – Leader of the New School". Ukrecordshop.com. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Hancox, Dan (12 August 2011). "Rap responds to the riots: 'They have to take us seriously'". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2014. "[a] leading Tottenham MC" 
  3. ^ "Scorcher: Prison Saved Me". The Sun. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Clark, Martin (7 June 2006). "The Month in Grime / Dubstep". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "New Mixtape from (OMA Best Producer Award Winner 2009) Scorcher Audio Wave". Official Mixtape Awards. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "OMA Nominee/Host Hustle- G Frsh, Kele Le Roc & Scorcher Live @ G Shock East Sessions". Official Mixtape Awards. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Patterson, Joseph. "Scorcher: The Interview (Video)". MTV UK. Retrieved 13 January 2014.