Welcome to Grime Week folks!
From the station that made dancehall the coolest genre and the station that is on top of the Trap and Hip Hop culture, we bring you another first…. *drum rolls go here* Grime Week HBR.
That’s right. It’s the genre that slowly weaved its way into main stream media and whether we love it for its raw and gritty nature or (and I speak for the ladies here) for their sexy accents, it’s quickly become a force to reckon with and we will be celebrating this incredible style of music all week.
So first thing’s first. What is Grime? And is every UK artist a Grime artist?
You’ll be receiving plenty of information on that throughout the week but here’s a simplified rundown of what Grime is.
Wikipidea will tell you that Grime is a form of dance music characterized by machine-like sounds and hip-hop vocals. It will also tell you that the word ‘Grime’ in itself refers to dirt, filth, or mud which if you read on, you’ll find grime music has a close relationship to that as well.
What we quickly learned is that Grime is way more than just music. It’s a culture.
To paint a picture in your mind, think of it as Kenyan music genres ‘Kapuka’ and ‘Genge’,… you know, that underground scene that became popular out of its relate-able, honest and almost uncensored nature.
Well, Grime was as a result of UK artists (a majority of whom were born from immigrant homes i.e. African -UK, Jamaican-UK and the like) needing and creating a sound of their own.
This new sound, may have never gotten played in mainstream media back then but just as ‘Kapuka’ and ‘Genge’, its gritty, honest, angry and almost uncensored (in other words ‘grimey’) nature made it very popular with the local crowds, who ended up playing it on various pirate stations.
Don’t worry, you will have a full understanding of what pirate radio is via our exclusive video interview with G Money, who by the way, happens to be a proud ex-pirate himself.
So back to our initial question, how do you know a Grime song and how do you tell it apart from other UK songs on the radio?
Simple, Grime will almost always have a bass heavy feel, a quick tempo and the nature of its rap (in terms of content and also delivery) should sound … well… almost angry.
Most radio stations and artists in the UK will reference Skepta, Wiley, Dizzee Rascal (and a few others) as some of the fore-fathers of Grime.
We should note however, that just as any genre of music, Grime has evolved and come to change how it sounds and for that purpose, we will be having a dedicated Grime Journey Mix posted up for you later in the week.
This will be a music mix detailing the time warp from whence Grime started to how it’s like today.
Before we get to that, here are a few grime anthems that should tip you off on just what we mean when we say Grime!