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Paul Gibbins is an Advertising Professional and avid music fan. He became involved in London's grime scene while working on the launch of Simon Wheatley's genre-defining book "Don't Call Me Urban!" and has remained an active member of the grime community ever since. In his spare time he edits influential grime blog dreamersrow.com and also contributes to GRMdaily.

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Interview with Justin Clarke: His evolution from Ghetto to Ghetts, Music

Interview with Justin Clarke: His evolution from Ghetto to Ghetts

There’s no introduction needed, Justin Clarke is one of grime’s most interesting characters. An East London MC with unparalleled natural talent and a Jekyll-and-Hyde-style split personality; he has been involved in some of the genre’s most defining moments.

By | Music | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 4:03 pm

Interview with Big H: Behind the scenes of Fire And Smoke, Arts

Interview with Big H: Behind the scenes of Fire And Smoke

“Grime ain’t about glorifying violence and drugs, it’s about documenting what’s actually happening. The reason I write about violence and drugs is because I’ve got nothing else to write about”.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 6:45 am

Interview with Jammer: A chat about Lord of the Mics with grime’s elder statesman, Arts

Interview with Jammer: A chat about Lord of the Mics with grime’s elder statesman

Big H, who was due to appear on Lord of the Mics 4 until his opponent, Scratchy, pulled out. “H was going to do it but then Wiley paid Scratchy 10 grand not to clash,” he tells me.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 at 6:30 am

Interview with JME: The grime artist rewriting the rulebooks, Arts

Interview with JME: The grime artist rewriting the rulebooks

In the last year alone, JME has won the Lord of the Beats producer contest, featured on a top 3 hit alongside Wiley and Skepta with Can You Hear Me? and been named as one of the UK’s most influential tweeters

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 13 November 2013 at 6:02 am

Interview with Riko Dan: Clashing is good for the youngers, but why are veteran MCs involved?, Arts

Interview with Riko Dan: Clashing is good for the youngers, but why are veteran MCs involved?

One of the more unfortunate recipients of Riko’s wrath was Demon, an East London MC best remembered for his verse on Pow! or his song Armshouse. “Yeah, he disappeared after that” Riko tells me, laughing nostalgically, “I remember it was on a Saturday night, I woke up to a million missed calls and messages on Sunday, so I went to the studio and done three tunes and I gave them to every single DJ that I knew and I went to every radio set and I slewed him for ages, AGES, and he just disappeared.”

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 28 October 2013 at 11:00 am

Interview with Kozzie, the young veteran, Arts

Interview with Kozzie, the young veteran

Lewisham MC Kozzie may be young, but when he speaks about his experiences in the grime scene you would be forgiven for thinking you were talking to one of the genre’s veterans

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 2 August 2013 at 7:00 am

Interview with Frisco ‘I wanted to step up the levels because I’m getting older and I can’t be speaking about the same stuff’, Arts

Interview with Frisco ‘I wanted to step up the levels because I’m getting older and I can’t be speaking about the same stuff’

In September 2006 Logan Sama’s Kiss FM grime show played host to a series of dubs from two of the scene’s biggest crews, The Movement and Boy Better Know, these dubs went on to be released as a compilation CD called The War Report and included some vicious sends from some of grime’s biggest names including Ghetto, Wiley, Jammer, Devlin and Wretch 32 (in the days before he sampled the Stone Roses and made pop music).

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 24 June 2013 at 6:00 pm

Interview with Tre Mission: Grime going global, Arts

Interview with Tre Mission: Grime going global

Grime legends Chronik and Wiley recently featured on the gold-selling album of a Polish rapper named Popek, while shows in Prague and Croatia are rapidly becoming as important to UK MCs as summertime jaunts to Ayia Napa or Malia

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 15 June 2013 at 4:00 am

Big Narstie: The ‘lighter’ and funnier side of grime, Music

Big Narstie: The ‘lighter’ and funnier side of grime

“If I made a song in pink boxer shorts and green gloves called Sexy Girl and got a number 1 the whole fucking grime scene would be in pink boxer shorts making a f****** remix.”

By | Music | Tuesday, 23 April 2013 at 6:00 am

Dexplicit: The Dex Files and #ThatBassLife are coming and Pow ‘came out of nowhere’, Arts

Dexplicit: The Dex Files and #ThatBassLife are coming and Pow ‘came out of nowhere’

Dexplicit plans to release twelve instrumental EPs over the next 12 months, with the first coming out at the end of February.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 5:30 am

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