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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).
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
Unlike the stars of most sporting professions, in the music world there is rarely an age at which someone should retire.
“The problem comes when that inner circle run the game until someone comes out and literally blows them out of the water and they can’t block him – there’s a lot of blocking going on.”
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.
Back in 2004, following the release of Wiley’s debut album Treddin’ on Thin Ice and Dizzee Rascal’s semi-seminal Boy in Da Corner the previous year, a young grime fan named George Quann-Barnett (www.twitter.com/qu_nn) wrote a handwritten letter to XL Records asking if there was any way he could be involved in working for the label.
The choice of music at FWD’s 11th birthday, set in a basement off Brick Lane on a viscous August night, reflects the inclusivity of the modern ‘bass music’.
Scratcha DVA has never been one to follow suit. Whether it be the flamboyance and off-kilter movements of his grime tunes of yesteryear or his rampant ramblings as Rinse FM’s grimy breakfast show host. Since, he’s turned his attention to the production of his debut longplayer for Hyperdub, calling on such diverse talents as Vikter Duplaix and Muhsinah.
Reading based MC Sami Switch has been infiltrating the walls of grime stardom with complex, multiple meaning bars for at least a couple of months. With the release of new mixtape ‘Carpe Diem’ backing his already very impressive SB TV videos, 2011 is set to be a corker for the young rapper.
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