Last year may have been a breakthrough year for Grime, but what does 2016 have in store? Will it welcome new artists to the game? Will we see more incredible productions from Grime’s long-serving heads?
Judging from this month’s new material, damn straight we will.
Cadet – 'Stereotype'
Cadet’s ability to tell honest and raw stories is enviable. His bars, backed up by his passion and unshakeable confidence, paint a picture of growing up in South London. After the success of his ‘Slut’ Freestyle and ‘Behind Barz’, ‘Stereotype’ is but another track that’s going to propel Cadet to the forefront of the scene. Watch out for him, he’s gonna be dropping truth bombs all over the place.
Kano - '3 Wheel-ups' (Ft. Giggs)
Straight off the mark this year, Kano’s bringing you another hard beat littered with expert bars and another self-directed video. With a little help from Giggs going in, and even a little cameo from the man D Double E, it’s no wonder this one is already racking up them YouTube views fast.
Darq E Freaker and D Double E - 'Spin a Man'
Peckham producer Darq E Freaker lays down a haunting bass driven beat for D Double to bring his unique flow. Just another track where the real OG shows us that time may pass, but he’s still at the top of his game.
Wong Williams (Mr. Wong) - 'Know That'
For anybody who’s known about Grime since the early days, you’ll know who Mr Wong is (he’s a Chinese boy who’s not on a longage.) He’s back with a bang and although it might not be everybody's cup of tea, show him respect, he’s been in the game since day.
Dave - 'JKYL+HYD'
This guy is 17 years old. Hold up, just give me a second while I contemplate where my life’s at. So much honesty and soul for a guy of his age - he’s next level. Catch his SBTV warm up, it’s raw, it’s real, it’ll leave you wanting more.
Stormzy – 'One Take Freestyle'
This instrumental is straight fire and the perfect foundation for Stormz to absolutely kill his take, which sees him blast the enthusiastic Ghetts. Apparently a project funded by Adidas, the video sees Stormzy, head to toe in the brand, tearing up the streets of Japan with passion aplenty.
Taken from Wretch 32 and Avelino’s new mixtape ‘Young Fire, Old Flame', ‘The 15’ is an R&B laced track that will earworm its way into your mind for weeks. There’s a real maturity to the whole of Wretch 32 and Avelino’s project, the production is on point, the bars are learned and it is yet another example of how gifted a rapper Wretch 32 is.
LD (67) – 'Church'
LD, One of Brixton’s 67 crew, hits us with his new track ‘Church’, a dark and very real track. The masked MC brings a rawness, his bars touching heavy subjects and his flow hitting new levels. Hopefully we will see more and more realness from this guy in 2016.
Big Narstie ft Jammz, Izzie Gibbs & Statz - 'BDL Shellers'
After teaming up with Craig David on ‘When The Bassline Drops‘, Big Narstie returns with BDL Shellers, off his new Base Society EP. It’s a hard rhythm with strong verses from Jammz, Izzie Gibbs and Statz – get ready to be smothered in Grime goodness.
TE dness – 'Repping'
‘Somebody asked me what I’m doing today and I said repping’ – TE dness’s bars on this are gonna be stuck in your head before you know it. The production on this track really is tight, and I think it’s only a matter of time before this guy blows up.