Whats your thoughts on people who think grime is only about violence?
To say, 'Grime only promotes violence,' is so boring and played out!!!
Just look around, everyone is singing to it, mums, dads, aunties etc... I've had conversations with people that don't even like it, but they've never said, 'This genre of music, grime promotes that!' Do you remember that programme THIS IS YOUR LIFE? and the guy had that big red book and in it had your journey in life, from back then, till where you are at NOW; So the way I see it is, your life is that book and YOU'RE THE AUTHOR, ARTISTES etc.. So, whatever you've done, seen or been through in your life, is what you're going to talk about, sometimes, but don't get it twisted, SOME NOT ALL will try sell you a JAMES BOND life story, lol, while others will stick to their true artistry and say it how it is without adding the fictional part.
Another thing, I know this is a bit off topic, but if grime promotes violence, what the hell does the government promote? Because what I've seen from back then till now is a madness!!! The government are just like the road mandem, they've got gangs, shotters, robbers etc, but just more political with suits and ties! But anyway what I'm trying to say is, if a majority of your life you've known a certain way of living good or bad and you're in this artistry world = MC, singer, rapper, writer, musician or whatever, that's what is going be channeled through the WORK YOU DO!
I just feel if you don't understand certain things it's easy to criticize; we all do it sometimes, especially when you're looking in from the outside. Grime is a genre of music that can't be contained or controlled, it needs to stay that way! No disrespect this ain't dubstep, what the FAT CATS did, to that genre, we can't let that happen to GRIME, it started with us, The Underground, The Underdogs, we got to keep that raw element to it.
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People that talk like that are small minded and don't fully understand Grime music, I feel music represents life and Grime is no exception to that.
In my eyes the scene is still young compared to other more established music genres so when people pass judgement it usually comes back to bite them.
Violence is all around us, especially on the streets of London it's an everyday thing, so the music is always going to represent the realities of the environment it comes from. If people take time out to listen to the music they will realise there's a lot of substance to the lyrics and stories are being told, you just have to scratch beneath the surface.
Look even Tom and Jerry deals with violence but it's deemed OK for children to watch, so to me it's all a matter of opinion and everybody is entitled to one.
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I feel as though Grime music is a trend and art form just like any other music genre. Rockstars actively engage in mosh pits and crowd surfing but are never stereotyped as being violent or negative in the way Grime does.
I think because grime music has a lot of competitiveness and clashing involved it sometimes allows people to believe in a hype and take what they are seeing and hearing as gospel but that more often than not tends to be publicity stunts or as they say 'for the love of the sport'. Not to say that things don't get very real but in my opinion much of it is played out and the rest isn't.
For me personally, Grime music attracts the types of energy that makes me want to express the good, bad and the ugly and everything in between, it's never been about promoting solely violence and negativity, but that comes with the territory because ultimately we are all products of our own environments.
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