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Logan Sama (real name Alexander Edward Rae[1]) born 4 August 1981[2] is an English Grime DJ from Brentwood, Essex. He has appeared regularly throughout his career on radio stations Rinse, Kiss 100 and BBC Radio 1. He also currently runs the record labels Adamantium Music, Earth616[3] and KeepinItGrimy through which he has released projects for artists and producers across vinyl and digital formats. He also founded KeepinItGrimy, a brand entirely focused on Grime activity. Sama is very active in the local community and is always willing to dispense sound advice to both up-and-coming MC's and DJ's alike.

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Personal lifeEdit

Outside of music, Sama is most known for his love of trainers/sneakers. Focussing predominantly on Nike Air Max models, his collection is very large and he is an active member in the Sneaker Culture community. He was once personally gifted a pair of Off White Nike Air Max 90s by Virgil Abloh.[4] Sama has collaborated with Nike many times in the past including a mixtape curated to celebrate the launch of Niketown London's NikeID suite, as well as DJing numerous Air Max Day and product activation events. Sama performed at Skepta's SK Air launch event in 2018.

Sama enjoys video games, in particular the Street Fighter series. He has become a prominent member of the competitive community and regularly commentates competitive Street Fighter events across the world, often working with Femi “F-Word” Adeboye. He hosts a weekly show for Capcom UK on their Twitch and YouTube channel. He has been a commentator for the Capcom Cup Finals held in San Francisco, California, Red Bull Kumite and EVO. He is currently part of the semi-regular Gfinity Elite Series show as a commentator for their Street Fighter V broadcasts.[5][6] Sama also organises events for the Street Fighter community under the WinnerStaysOn brand. These have been held at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere and Capcom UK's London office.

CareerEdit

Sama embarked on his radio career on local Essex pirate station Plush FM hosting several cover shows playing underground garage in 2002. Towards the end of 2002 he was recruited to London then-pirate station Rinse FM where his show became a popular place to hear the newest music and regularly featured the biggest MCs performing live. His last Rinse show was captured on video and featured Wiley, Skepta, Trim, Ruff Sqwad, Tinchy Stryder, Newham Generals and many others.

He moved to London's Kiss 100 in the spring of 2005 and began a late night specialist Grime show running from 2 am to 4 am on Thursday night/Friday morning. The popularity of this show soon saw it move to Monday night 11 pm – 1 am where it became the leading show amongst young people within London at that time, capturing over 61,000 listeners in the Greater London area as certified by RAJAR. His exposure of live mix sets and first played new tracks has led to him becoming the leading figure in radio for Grime music. His shows are now also captured on video and streamed as YouTube clips which have proved very popular.

The show broadcast at 1 am on Monday and has become very popular on social networking site Twitter using the hashtag #KissGrime which has trended nationally with great frequency. New additions to the show the 'Versus Sessions' where an artist picks their favourite current beat and performs live as well as the 'After Hours' classic Grime sets are also made available via his YouTube channel 'KeepinItGrimy' founded in 2008.

Sama has won multiple 'Grime Awards', public voted awards that were given to the best grime acts in different categories by GrimeForum. He currently holds the record for most awards won by a single act with 7 separate wins.

Sama left Kiss FM in 2014, along with DJ EZ and Hannah Wants following changes that saw many specialist DJs moved to the digital only KissFresh channel, and immediately took up a residency on the new SixtyMinutes rotating, regular guest mix feature on MistaJam's BBC Radio 1xtra show. From November 2015 he re-joined BBC Radio 1Xtra covering for Sian Anderson (till February 2016) on Tuesdays 10 pm, covering the best of Grime. In 2016 he was brought on to the BBC Radio 1 Residency line up.

After being announced as taking up a new regular weekly show on Friday nights on 1xtra, on 7 November the BBC released a statement that Sama would no longer be hosting the show. A statement from Sama referenced a number of publicly visible 'joke' tweets made between 2011-2015 that perpetuated negative stereotypes offensive to women, specifically of mixed black heritage, that were brought to the attention of the BBC who made the decision he would be unsuitable to join the network. Subsequently, he also left the Radio 1 Residency position.[7]

In January 2018, Sama joined Rinse FM once again as part of their new The Grime Show residency alongside DJs; Spooky, GrandMixxer and AG. The once a month rotating residency replaced Spyro's show who had been brought in to 1xtra to cover the show vacated by Sama. In April 2019, The Grime Show was dissolved and Sama will begin a regular solo show later this year.

Sama began recording a regular video podcast under his KeepinItGrimy brand in February. The weekly podcast was published on YouTube and followed on audio only platforms. It takes the form of casual conversation with his associates within the Grime scene.

Sama also maintains the KeepinItGrimy playlist on Spotify, where he aggregates new Grime releases as a resource for fans.

ReleasesEdit

Sama has released several mixtapes on the scene including The War Report, a collection of War Dubs from some popular Grime artists such as Wiley, Scorcher, Ghetts and Devlin and Oneaway Style, a free mixtape in association with NikeiD. He often releases free downloads for his fans, most recently in the form of a series of grime mixes named The Best There Is At What I Do. He also mixed live Tropical 2.0, released through Boy Better Know records.

DiscographyEdit

DJ MixesEdit

Title Details
FabricLive.83
  • Released: 25 September 2015
  • Label: Fabric
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital download

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KEEPINITGRIMY LTD - Officers (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk.
  2. ^ "Alexander Edward RAE - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk.
  3. ^ "EARTH616". Discogs.
  4. ^ abloh, virgil (13 July 2017). """ @djlogansamapic.twitter.com/8so5aH7Ega".
  5. ^ Martin, Michael (13 August 2015). "Casuals: F-Word, Just Give Him the Mic". redbull.
  6. ^ Guerrero, John (24 April 2016). "Colors, cages, cameras and competition; why Red Bull Kumite 2016 was one of the most outstanding FGC productions we've seen to date". Eventhubs.
  7. ^ "DJ Logan Sama won't present 1Xtra grime show after making 'offensive comments' - BBC Newsbeat". BBC Newsbeat. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.

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