It’s the genre whose very name implies that it is raw and unafraid to get dirty in terms of calling other artists out and saying exactly what’s on your mind.
Goes without saying then that beefs are a norm in this genre, a genre that boasts of having some of UK’s heavy hitting artists like Dizzee Rascal and Wiley.
Both these artists are iconic on the Grime music scene and as we are celebrating Grime music and culture all week on #GrimeWeekHBR, today we check out the real reason behind one of music’s longest standing and unspoken feuds which is that between Dizzee and Rascal.
Not sure we can really call it a feud though seeing as how the two have barely spoken in over a decade but that only makes the walk down memory lane that much better.
As per my research and as per an interview the ‘Heatwave’ emcee Wiley accorded to Time Out London, the real reason the two Grimemcees (Grime emcees) don’t talk has something to do with a girl and the group So Solid Crew.
My research (read that as ‘my conversation with G Money) revealed that all three acts (Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and So Solid were performing at a venue once, when Dizzee’s interaction with Lisa Maffia from So Solid Crew lead to some fighting between him and the crew.
Now while that in itself was already a news worthy story, what-with two grime chart toppers getting into a fight, it was Wiley that admittedly escalated it by following them (So Solid Crew) against Dizzee’s wishes which then led to Dizzee’s infamous stabbing.
In his open interview with Time Out London he said,
“Okay, basically, me and Dizzee went out one night [in Ayia Napa] and there was some fighting with another crew – I won’t say who, but basically everyone knows. Then the next day, I decided to carry it on – I didn’t pull out a knife. I was just fighting. Me and another guy went looking for them again. Dizzee just rode off, because in his head, he’s probably thinking: “What the fuck are you doing? That was last night! It’s just gonna carry on!” Well, after we started it up again, those guys came looking for us. But the person they found was Dizzee. The thing we done the next morning led them to go looking for us, but see him and stab him.”
‘Now I’m older, I can see: Dizzee in his head will always be thinking: “I know we got into a beef. I know something started. But you lot carried it on the next day. If you had left it I wouldn’t have got stabbed.”
Wiley added that he loves Dizzee like a brother denying rumors of having not been at the ‘Boy in da corner’ rapper’s side at the time of the stabbing saying,
‘I would work with him any day of my life if I could. I love him like a brother. There’s no reason why we don’t talk. We haven’t got beef – remember, I was with him when he got rushed in Ayia Napa. The reason we haven’t spoken for so many years? Ah, no one wants to tell the truth.”