Monday 22nd May 2017 was just your average summer evening in Manchester, very warm and humid after the sun had set on a sunny day (contrary to belief it doesn’t always p!ss it down on a permanent basis here.) as I got back home the older kids in my avenue were bantering and saying their “na nights” to ...
The 2016 Mercury prize was a year of firsts. It was the first time Hyundai had steered the show as sponsor, David Bowie’s ‘Black star’ album was the ceremony’s first posthumous nominee and it was the first time Grime had a double edged sword to fight the competition; with Grime’s experimental electronica indie bwoy Kano’s ‘Made In The Manor’ shortlisted as well as Grime’s man of the moment often hailed for the ‘resurgence’ of Grime Skepta with ‘Konnichiwa.’ Both very different but equally important albums to the genre....
Wiley vs Dizzee is not just one of the most compelling beefs Grime fans have witnessed but also contains a longevity which sets it apart from other beefs which have erupted on the scene. Here you have two legends in their own right who were trailblazers in the formation of Grime, they were both instrumental in the parts they played in aiding the growth of the genre, Wiley created the now famed Eskimo beat and Dizzee became the first ‘Poster boy’ of Grime and took the genre to a mainstream audience winning prestigious awards such as a Mercury music prize
On 01st May Bugzy Malone set twitter timelines buzzing as a news report from the largely unknown website – Publishedlive.com surfaced reporting that Bugzy had been arrested for possessing stolen goods, but the twist in this tale is that rumour had it Bugzy had incriminated himself by flexin’ a ‘stolen’ Rolex in one of his videos. Cue an avalanche of tweets labelling Bugzy a waste man and had Grime fans wondering if Chip was right all along in calling him a dickhead.
“Welcome to the ninth annual hunger games, may the mic be ever with you firin’” - it’s 2016 – spring, Eskimo dance is touring and each MC is poised and ready to compete in Grime’s version of ‘The hunger games,’ the DJ’s are the game makers (and game changers), the venue’s become the arena and the stage is set for our microphone matadors to impress its audience. The tour
Racial prejudice isn’t always the person shouting “F*ck off back home you nig*er” it isn’t always the people chanting “Rubber lips, monkey face, wanna banana” (Yes this too happened to me in primary school) racial bias and racial stereotyping can lurk in the subtext of a conversation or in the refusal to hire someone based on their name, it’s displayed when a white woman hugs her handbag close to her chest when a black man in a hoodie walks by, it’s felt in a system set up to constantly demean and undermine a minority group
The imperialist age from 1870 to 1914 saw the British Empire divide people into the racial groups according to the laws of colonisation. These divisions were also influenced by the class system we know all too well in present day (one glance at the so called royal box at Wimbledon will show you placements in order of ranking and importance.) Today; the countries Britain once reigned are free from our law and orders and Britain stands more or less alone, but we are not completely free of the racial divides which were drawn so long ago and the effects of the past reverberate in these modern times.
Do all lives matter? Yes of course they do. After all we inhabit the same planet breathe the same air and bleed the same colour. Do people within differing minority groups such as race, culture, disabled and LGBT feel that their lives matter as much as the people within majority groups which society deems the social ‘norm’ and readily accepts with open arms? Evidence suggests – not always. The LGBT community have had their struggles throughout history such as homophobic slurs, unwarranted attacks and the denial of their civil rights which are afforded to heterosexual citizens.
Round 37 FIGHT, ok a slight exaggeration there but I can safely say I’ve lost count of the lyrical volcanos Chip has found himself at the centre of over the past year or so. We only get a few months rest before red hot chips are scooped from the bubbling, grease filled deep fat fryer and hurled full force into the face of which ever opponent has annoyed the ‘Tottenham Taser tongued’ artist
“There may be trouble ahead” echoes the baritone and booming voice from the Middle East Bar in Boston, U.S. Those bass filled tones belong to none other than the Grime high master Skepta. Just how much ‘trouble’ Skepta has caused for his peers by being embraced by an unbreakable market where movies are made and… Continue reading Skepta Stays steppin’ steady: Top Boy documentary