Back when VGA camera phones were still all the rage, grime was in its relative musical element. By 2004, many had loosened the shackles on the early term, eskibeat, and instead accepted grime as the conclusive phrase to describe this inner city sound.
Starkey’s industrious melodies and grimy tendencies have rightfully led to the coinage of the term ’street bass’. Originally from Philadelphia, the DJ and producer has also experienced life in London, picking up traces of grime and garage along the way. We caught up to discuss sci-fi films, Mike Skinner and America’s cult-like grime following.
Battle rapping has always played a big part in hip-hop culture. Starting way back in the 1970s, on the street corners of America’s inner-cities, MCs would regularly congregate to lyrically attack one another in a bid to win over a critical crowd – who would later determine the winner.
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