Last month Coachella goers were dealt some sad news – Skepta's visa had been denied and his forthcoming festival appearances would have to be cancelled. Although this was surely a blow for many eager to see the Grime marvel, it's a given he’ll be taking over the US soon enough.
When putting together this month’s chart, it struck me how much American Hip Hop is influencing the Grime sound over in the UK now. With a bit of luck it won’t take away from the raw sound that the original Grime heads conceived – here’s hoping we get back to clashes, dub-fuelled instrumentals, reloads and war dubs.
Here’s some of what April had to offer…
Stormzy - 'Scary'
The man of the hour comes through with a deep dark and brooding Grime track, showcasing his wealth of maturity. This guy is really leading the pack.
Hardy Caprio - 'Up Till Now' (Prod. By Mantra)
A firm favourite, this youngster proves again and again that you don’t have to be in the game for years to speak real truth and personify raw talent.
P Money ft Desperado, Ruger, Blacks & Little Dee - 'Paradise'
With a take on ‘Gangsters Paradise’, P Money brings the crew in, reworking this classic into Grime saturated bliss.
Lil Nasty - 'Better Place'
Normally a true Grime head, Lil Nasty comes at it from the Hip Hop angle with a heartfelt tribute to his brother Nico.
Jack & Max - 'Real Friends'
With their take on Kanye’s ‘Real Friends’, Jack & Max offer up a very real, very true joint that pays homage to them close friends who ain't going nowhere.
Mixing up Capo Lee’s original - one sick line up. P Money, Footsie and President T bring diverse flows to this dark beat.
Reeko Squeeze - 'Me Style'
One of Section Boyz, Reeko has been making music for a while. ‘Me Style’ proves that he can hold his own and run it without his crew behind him.
Sneakbo & Steff London - 'Pull Up'
Although Sneakbo isn’t exactly mixing it up on this one, I had to put this in for Steff London – she’s an absolute bawssss.
Rendo – 'Already'
One of 410, Rendo goes solo on this one. ‘Already’ is hard, the bars flowing fast over deep surges of bass.
Skepta – 'Man'
This one's already been doing the rounds. ‘Man’ is another track taken off of Skepta’s forthcoming debut album. It’s pretty addictive and the new visuals completely embody London.