What Do You Think Is The Origins Of Grime?
As a 15yr old entering my final year of secondary school I remember Monday's being a special day, why?
After school I would rush home and switch my radio on to 92.3. Deja Vu FM which was a home, a stomping ground and most importantly an Origin for Grime music.
Crews such as Nasty Crew, Roll Deep, East Connection, Tu Tuff, Ruff Sqwad and of course Slew Dem to name a few, was on rotation from 4 in the afternoon right up until 2am playing pure Grime all the way through. This radio station played a massive role in the early days of Grime. Many events and epic situations occurred there such as Wiley clashing Lethal B, Dizzee & Crazy Titch squaring off and Stormin having an epic battle with Trim. For a lot of mc's at the time it was all about spitting bars on Deja Vu FM.
I remember Wiley's 'Eskimo' instrumental was one of the 1st grime beats I acknowledged along with Danny Weed's 'Creeper', Musical Mob's 'Pulse X'.
Just a few original Grime beats that initially made people want to become MC's in the 1st place. If I was to name one track that flew the flag
for Grimes origins then it would be So Solid Crew '21 Seconds'
Simply because this was the 1st tune that had an effect on me, I instantly become a grime fan off the back of this track. I loved the grimy edge and the lyrics on show, Romeo's verse wins for me. Another track that has to get a mention for being a Grime origin is More Fire Crews 'Oi'. These guys were local guys from my ends and had created a tune that the whole borough came together to support and enjoy, reaching number 7 in the official UK charts which was a major thing for an east London Underground Grime crew. Pivotal moment in the history of Grime and since then the genre has excelled and become a real identity of the culture in the UK.
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I remember as a youngster dancing to General Levy's "Incredible" track feeling like a big man in a rave, it was only a kids party but that was my first
taste of the Black British Music experience.
Them days Jungle music was massive on the roads and even though it was a British sound, you could hear the direct Jamaican dub origins through samples and basslines in the music.
I mention Jungle because a lot of the Garage/Grime pioneers cut their teeth to this genre and developed their sense of identity, which I feel played a part later on in the Grime Scene.
We also had the House music scene which I wasn't a particular fan of but I could appreciate it's musicality as my older cousins would always be mixing Tuff Jam records, they schooled me on those riddims and like I said I could appreciate the vibe but wasn't the biggest fan.
Now this is where we meet a crossroad because House and Garage music are exactly the same tempo only separated by the beat format, House is 4 to the
floor and Garage is two step. So for up and coming DJ's and MC's alike it was easy to aply your trade over both formats and the Garage scene blossomed
from all this new energy but it still weren't enough.
Garage music was all about a vibe and having a good time which there's nothing wrong with but it left little room for mc's to express themselves. If you look at the best Garage MC's ie Creed, PSG them guys they all have short punchy lyrics which blend in well with the vibe of the music, compare them to PAYG and you notice they attack the beat differently with a more aggressive tone similar to that of Jungle days.
I remember watching Dizzee Rascal and Adar practise to Jungle and never thought in a million years Dizzee would go on to champion the Grime sound, so for me it's clear the origins of Grime is Jungle music if your looking from an MC point of view, because the need to spit over darker basslines wasn't fulfilled by the two step of Garage and it's champagne music and the rap influence meant MC's wanted to be lyrical and say more on the beat.
Grime music is the evolution of Jungle, House, Garage, Reggae and Hip Hop fused into one big melting pot and the pot is bubbling nicely.
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I think the origins of grime resonate from the streets. From the raw radio culture, where pirate radio was the main staple of getting heard. Grime is an evolution with dancehall flavas and a garage influence thrown in the mix. The days of youth clubs and the playgrounds being a breading ground for the talent you know and love today. Grime will forever be something created by the people for the people. If we never loose this essence I feel grime will go down in history as one of the most promising genre's. LONG LIVE GRIME ...
SLEW DEM MAF
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