Posted by:Emily Oduor
(WRITTEN BY MICHAEL WINDEKU)
As a week of celebration for Grime lauds in, it would be amiss, more to the extent of defective if we did not spend a considerable amount of time looking into grime culture.
Grime has nowadays blown up and is appreciated in many parts of the world as its style and flair has won many hearts, notwithstanding cultural backgrounds.
True to that, music is universal and should transcend obvious hitches such as culture and geographical points. Much of this acclaim is owed to the hard work and talent of artistes such as Skepta, Stormzy, Wiley, Kano, Dizzee Rascal and others.
This is a huge milestone for the Grime World, but as with everything there is a huge risk of grime losing its core and meaning. If not careful, this might cause a divide in the genre; those interested in the commercial side more and those opting to stick to the original true hardcore shell that gave birth to the genre.
Grime was a form of music that came up to mainly share the culture of the working class. Coming out of London East End in the 2000’s where youngsters would make the hits out of their bedroom apartments and play the music on pirate radio stations after their music was rejected by licensed stations.
Going through a selection of grime music videos, you will stumble upon a flagrant pattern of avoiding the
flashy (contrary to most of the music world) as grime is all about the underground rebellious nature. It’s all about the hardworking nature of the culture, the frustrations shared throughout and its distinct nature.
Today however with a substantial amount of commercial and worldwide success, the music genre is forced to adapt to accommodate a wider market.
Music videos might have to adopt a more luxurious look and the sound might go through changes akin to the trap music genre so as to fit the new wave of popularity, attention and demand.
It is a given that music has to eventually evolve, failure to which will render it defunct, and grime music looks to have arrived at that stage.
However this celebration week, I opt to go deeper than the mileages the genre has covered, to appreciate the meaning of the genre as a tool which was created to unite and be used as a voice for an ignored people in a large city.