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.
“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”.
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
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.”
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
The 30-year-old has also developed a fair career in the music industry. Deacon has hits currently on iTunes featuring Paloma Faith, grime heavyweight JME and rapper-come-soul-sensation Plan B – not to mention a host of solo tracks
It wasn’t until I heard Fast Life on Logan Sama’s Kiss100 Monday night show that I realise the listening potential involved.
“I’m happy that I’ve got the opportunity to spit alongside other DJ’s and MC’s who have been here longer than me,” he says, without an ounce of arrogance but with a considerable amount of confidence.
Koder is certainly a new voice in grime and should definitely be one to look out for – let’s just not go jumping to conclusions just yet
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).
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