UK Grime

#Grime4Corbyn: Two Movements United By A Goal Of Giving A Voice To Those Ignored By The Mainstream

Femi Oyeniran | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Femi Oyeniran

Like Corbyn, grime was once a pariah, an unassuming underdog that has risen from the ashes to unlikely mass appeal. Grime was dismissed by the music business as too niche, too grassroots and unrefined. The smear campaign that Corbyn was subjected to during the election campaign by the mainstream press reminds us early grime fans of how "our scene" was dismissed by mainstream radio stations, TV channels and record labels. Grime was even dismissed by its own forbears with house and garage acts dismissing it as a worthy successor; Corbyn was made to prove his worth to the Labour Party in two leadership elections

Can Music Initiatives Like #Grime4Corbyn Swing The UK Election?

Carl Loben | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Carl Loben

#grime4corbyn was instrumental in urging thousands of young people to register to vote after this general election was called, and last Saturday (June 3rd) it held three events to further the campaign. Two took place in London - in Tottenham and Dalston - while the Brighton event was also 'popping off'.

The Amazing - And Unexpected - Ways Music Speaks To All Of Us

Phillip Othen | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Entertainment

It’s almost impossible to imagine two leaders on opposite sides of the Middle East conflict rising to give an ovation at the same event, clapping wi...

Why British Politics Needs #Grime4Corbyn

Frankie Leach | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Frankie Leach

#Grime4Corbyn has revitalized a generation of non voters and we can only hope that the movement continues long after the result of the general election...

This Grime Artist Is Using Her Music To Slam Tory Policy

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK

Melz says she makes her music political in an aim to prove people of all backgrounds and races care about politics. The 22-year-old grime artist - rea...

Stormzy Has The Right To Choose If And When He's Used As A 'Poster Boy' For Mental Health Issues

Polly Allen | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Polly Allen

Anyone who speaks out about their own mental health issues has the right to control how and where their comments are used, just as they would with any other health condition. Having depression shouldn't define Stormzy, nor should it overshadow every interview he does.

Depression And The Awareness Being Raised By Stormzy

Tina McGuff | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Tina McGuff

As if he could not go up in my estimations any more I saw an interview he did discussing his battle with depression. It was very honest and inspiring for so many others especially young men who tend to hold back about their emotions.

The Times Tried To Explain Grime Artist Stormzy's Lyrics To Their Readers And It Was Hilarious

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Comedy

One of the key skills of a journalist is to explain concepts to people who might not normally be exposed to certain aspects of a story. The Times made...

Don't Shoot the Piano Player, or the Guitar Playe, or the Tabla Player...

Neil Durkin | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

In Francois Truffaut's excellent 1960 film Shoot The Piano Player we see a classical pianist slumming it playing piano in a bar who then gets dragged ...

A Grime Symphony at Royal Albert Hall- Great Grime Goes Global!

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

My first recollections of the grime scene are around 18 years ago, in 1997, when acts like Wiley used to jump on the mic mc'ing on jungle tracks, on pirate radio. He then set up a music click called Pay as U Go Cartel. A few years later in 2001, Pay as U Go released a single called Champagne Dance that had the capitals urban nightclubs jumping.

DEAL REAL Legacy: Return of the Legendary Record Store

Bwoywonder | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Entertainment

DEAL REAL, the iconic record store rooted in UK music culture from the early 2000's until its closure in 2007, returned over the weekend for Record Store Day, for a six week pop-up run.

Pale, Stale, Male: Why Getting Grime Legend Wiley Commemorated by Our University Is Serious Business

Sean Richardson | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sean Richardson

Mollah's ideas tie in to a growing complaint from the student movement at the moment - that their education is stuffed to bursting point with white, dead men. Recently, the University of the Arts London addressed this very issue, branding their courses 'stale, pale and male.'

Jessica Agombar Goes BAM BAM!

Bwoywonder | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Entertainment

Hailing from London E3, Jessica Agombar has rid any notion of Grime being entirely by males. Having rolled deep (pun intended) with Dizzee Rascal and Ruff Sqwad, this young lady has entered the Grime arena to add a fresh approach to the genre she grew up on. Here, he tells us more about her jouney so far.

GT Solo Releases Day Dreaming Two EP

Bwoywonder | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment

If you don't like motivation, you won't like my music, let's just put it that way. Also, if you like real life s**t you'll love my music. I talk about what's real, such as never having money and every day struggles of life and being oppressed by the oppressors! Basically I make middle finger music.

Stormzy: Grime's New MVP

Bwoywonder | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment

Stormzy, the Thornton Heath residing emcee, is currently causing a deafening buzz amongst the grime music scene. The most talked about rapper in the streets finally released his official debut in the Dreamers Disease EP, which crept up and took the No.1 spot on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts.

This Summer's Going To Be A Scorcher

Bwoywonder | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Entertainment

Just like the sun, Scorcher returns from his hiatus to bless the UK with some heat! The North London grime veteran dropped his new single Work Get It, produced by Tobi Shy Boy, in preparation for a full onslaught of fresh material from his forthcoming EP 1 Of 1. We caught the low down on his what he's been up.

A New Breed: The Best Breaking Bands in 2014- Calling All Cars & Shrine

Olly Hunter | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

This is the first in a series of New Breed blogs introducing some of my favourite breaking bands that have passed by my radar in 2014. Every summer ha...

Kozzie Releases Koz The Kid 2 EP

Bwoywonder | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Entertainment

Kozzie the London-based MC doesn't usually smile much, but with the release of his new EP Koz The Kid 2 out now, leading him to be heralded as the prince of new wave grime, there is more than enough reason for him to crack a grin. I put forward some questions to the MC as he prepares to take his new post.

Its Footsie Again!

Bwoywonder | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Entertainment

Footsie, one half of the Newham Generals and a music veteran with his name firmly etched in the Grime hall of fame, released his latest EP King Original 3. We grabbed an interview with the artist slash producer to see how far his beloved genre has come and speak on new fans he hopes to win with his latest offering...

Fall and Rise Again, Triumphant - Meeting Chart-Storming Grime Artist Ghetts

Claire Meadows | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Claire Meadows

Known for his way with hard lyrics and intricate rhymes, Ghetts has garnered attention from MOBO, Radio 1 and Kiss FM and has toured internationally with a variety of well known acts.

AM SNiPER to Release Single 'The Party Don't Stop'.

Bwoywonder | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Entertainment

A.M. SNiPER enters 2014 with a catalogue of accomplishments to capitalise on from last year. Having performed alongside Tinie Tempah and Wretch 32, recorded new material with Grime Godfather, Wiley, plus his single 'Its BIG' spending 10 weeks in the UK urban charts...

BIG H - 'Fire And Smoke' (Album)

Bwoywonder | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Entertainment

BIG H's signature choppy flow remains, the very same flow that placed him firmly as a Grime giant way back with Meridian Crew (former members included JME, Skepta) before forming BloodLine Gang with his comrade, Paper Pabs.

Lord Of The Mics 5: The Pre Clash Interview

Bwoywonder | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Entertainment

The top 20 chart-selling DVD series, Lord of the Mics, returns for its 5th series on 16 December this year. Having launched in 2001 by cemented grime producer/artist Jammer, the series caused a shockwave of excitement throughout the UK's urban underground by showcasing the battling talents of the, then unknown, artists such as; Wiley, Skepta, Kano and Tinchy Stryder.

True Tiger X Big Narstie On Keeping The Grime Scene Animated.

Bwoywonder | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Having had massive success with remix work for chart toppers including Ed Sheeran, True Tiger, took it upon themselves to serve up their sonically flavoured beats to the MC with one of the biggest lyrical appetite, Big Narstie.

Resurrecting UK Reggae: Stylo G Interview

Yomi Adegoke | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Yomi Adegoke

For the generation that know Channel AKA as Channel U, Stylo G is a household name. Bursting onto the scene in 2004 with what was the anthem of many a...