This month’s MOBO awards saw a plethora of Grime artists coming out on top - yet another recognition of what many once presumed to be an extinct genre. Stormzy is the king, "Shutdown" is an anthem, and although we were all cringing when Rita Ora tried to flex her rap game on stage with Section Boyz, it was really inspiring to see the huge amount of praise for Grime heads this year.
In the last month it’s all been popping off. We’ve had Grimeaid, which saw the likes of Chip, Logan Sama and more perform together to raise money for the Syrian refugee crisis. Then Fekky had his debut London show, bringing on stage just about every man you could think of – I’m talking JME, Skepta and even Tempa T - and last week saw the sweatiest Boiler Room set imaginable from Section Boyz and the Mandem. It doesn’t even end there - Kano will be revisiting his game changing album ‘Home Sweet Home’ for a special one off show this week.
NB: If someone finds me a ticket, I’ll provide them with eternal friendship and hair strokes.
That deserved resurgence of Grime is happening right now - and these picks from the last month prove exactly why.
Bugzy Malone - Zombie Riddim
The next instalment of the Bugzy/Chip rivalry has landed and it’s serious. Bugzy ends the track with a message “come say it to my face, let’s f***ing clash rudeboy” – yep, yep about time, that’s what we all want to see! If you haven’t watched Bugzy’s Fire In The Booth then snap to it, his skill is mad and there’s a rawness to his bars which is unmatched.
Skepta - Halloween Mix
What a wonderful halloween treat for all. Skepta blends together Drake and Future’s “Jumpman”, Sy Ari Da Kid’s “Bankroll” and Section Boyz “Lock Arff” AND drops his own bars over the top. Premiering this on Halloween on OVO Sound Radio, it exhibits a merging of UK Grime and American hiphop - a little bit of everything you want.
Chip - My Bruddaz Remix ft. JME and Lethal Bizzle
It’s wavey. Chip again showing us that he seriously doesn’t run out of bars. But although we are getting track after track from this guy, I’m starting to wonder whether he’s just on a quantity over quality thing. This one mixes it up, stepping away from the heated Bugzy disses, with expert verses from both JME and Lethal Bizzle.
Capo Lee - 'C.A.P.O'
They ain’t messing. Capo Lee and Spooky team up to bring you a six track EP called ‘Welcome To Clartsville’, which you can download from Soundcloud for free! Now you can’t argue with that can you. Some of these tracks have been on rotation for a while, but it’s this title track 'C.A.P.O' that really had me hooked, if not only for the expert repurposing of Goldfinger on the instrumental.
Kano – 'Garage Skank'
Here he is. Not just a picture of perfection but laying down one addictive track. Just missed this one in my last chart but couldn’t leave it out this time round – the bars are laid over an instrumental that screams nostalgia and takes me back to the days where Flukes was ruling the riddim. The freestyle documentary video was directed by Kano and features his friends and fans all around the world, which begs the question, where’s my cameo?
Chip - 'Alone'
I could actually just make a dedicated chart to Chip and Bugzy’s lyrical war. This month we’ve had “Dickhead”, “Duppy Riddim” and even “Coward” a response fired at Tinie Tempah, and written in under 24 hours. You gotta give it to him, he’s rapid. Anyone want a wager on how many he’ll have cranked out by my next chart?
Chase & Status Ft Frisco - 'Funny (London Bars Vol I)'
"They said Grime was dead, I couldn’t stop laughing man I found that shit so funny" - those words ring so true. Now I gotta admit I ain’t Chase & Status’s biggest fan, but bring BBK’s Frisco on the track and I’m willing to reassess. This track goes in - a shadowy echoing bassline kicks it off before the rolling melody takes you back to the early noughties and the beginnings of Grime.
Mercston Ft. Chip - 'All Now'
Another track I near missed last time, but had to make sure it reached your ears. Some American vibes on this one - the vocals and fresh hiphop beat make it perfect for the club. Hailing from East London, Mercston is starting to make a name for himself on the scene. And who else is bringing it on this track? It’s only Chip again, of course. I wonder if he ever sleeps.
Stormzy - 'Don’t Need'
We’ve got a slow jam on our hands. Stormzy, the most hyped guy on the scene right now, mixes it up on this one proving he can own those slow rhythms as much as he can smash a dirty deep bassline. Dropping the exclusive on Beats 1 whilst standing in for Julie Adenuga, he didn’t leave us with much info, except it’s straight up pleasure for the ears.
Coco - 'Big Bou Yah'
On a rolling beat with garage and dubstep influences comes Coco, one of Sheffield’s finest - and that grimey beat is produced by fellow Sheffield veteran Toddla T. The distinct Northern twang is refreshing and moves away from Grime being thought of as ‘Londoncentric’.
Hold up, I’ve got a few extra treats for you this month. The first comes in the form of a new documentary that Noisey released last week. The film follows Skepta skipping across the Atlantic to play a string of gigs along the East Coast of America.
The second, some solid gold comedy from self proclaimed triple threat R.S. AKA Roll Safe, star of Hood Documentary. See what went down when Charlie Sloth invited him to Fire In The Booth.