UK Grime

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

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 17.08.2015 | 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...

Get A Loada Koder!

Bwoywonder | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK Entertainment

Koder is known as one of the more intelligent grime emcees in the genre. Starting off his music career in the youth club scene, the South East Londoner has coined a recognisable quick fire heavy artillery flow that he lays alongside with social issues relevant to the youth of today.

Is University Still Worth It Today?

Luke Hodson | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Luke Hodson

University is great if you're passionate about what you are studying, your degree is a doorway to next steps in your career. If you want to start a business but are unsure and feel University can help get you to the place where you feel more confident, then take some time out to consider your options before you start studying. Travelling worked for me.

UK Producer Teddy Music Releases New Single 'Gravity'

Bwoywonder | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

One of the UK's most influential Grime music producers, Teddy Music recently let us have a sit down interview to discuss his brand new single 'Gravity' featuring Birmingham Grime artist C4.

EXCLUSIVE: Wiley - 'Lights On' (BOT Remix)

Bwoywonder | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

For those who know Wiley, he is notoriously 'generous' with his music and has been known to release not one or two tracks but a whole albums-worth of his own work to his supporters via zip file links on Twitter for free! My sources, however, can confirm that this BOT remix has definitely not been heard outside of his camp.

Realness Lies in the Reality of the Lyrics

Naila Missous | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Naila Missous

To mark out the qualities of a skilful rapper, one must look out for verbal mastery, delivery, creativity and personal style. Successful rappers in the grime scene, be they male or female, entice an audience through their stage presence, persona and what their lyrics have to say.

10 UK Urban Music Videos That 'Upped The Levs' in 2012

Bwoywonder | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

I've compiled my personal top 10 list of visuals from urban artists in 2012, (some signed, some unsigned) which I feel showed real vision and upped the levels for music videos regardless of the toys (and money) they had at their disposal.

In Conversation With Brackles

Hanna Flint | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hanna Flint

From Rihanna amping up her pop tunes with EDM to video games like Call Of Duty throwing out a dubstep soundtrack, the underground scene is infiltrating every possible recess of modern life.

Wiley: Grafting - a Life of Grime

Thomas Morris | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Morris

There's a chance the name 'Wiley' might not mean anything to you. Or, it rings a faint bell, and there you are remembering Wearing My Rolex. "Not a bad tune that", you think. But otherwise, the stage name of Richard Kylea Cowie might have passed you by.

Commercial Grime That's Actually Worth Its Salt

Jake Hanrahan | Posted 26.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Jake Hanrahan

2011-08-26-micpass.jpg As grime music was slowly diluted in a bid to make it acceptable for the mainstream, the artists who once pioneered this gritty genre turned to electro beats and vacuous female backing singers to sell their records. Grime became confused. The usual jaw rattling bass, rapid snares and angry lyrics had now been replaced with soft synths, pop melodies and soppy lyrical content that made Mills and Boon look savage.