From Grime Legends To Grime History Vol.23

"There's always talks around successful artists, who sacrifice or sellout to be a part of the Illuminati to gain riches, what do you think the Illuminati is? and do you think this is true?"

Let's be honest we all have heard some talk about he/she being apart of the Illuminati even in certain tracks! You heard some raising your eyebrows, scratching your head moments! like "did this person really just say that?"

I will never forget when I heard So solid's "21 seconds" this was in 2000/2001 during secondary school times. So anyways every dj has got this song apart from me lol, I will keep it 100 I wasn't really feeling this particular track until years later I appreciated what it did for the scene, I was just happy for So Solid couple of black bruddas that look like me doing their ting to seeing them on "Top of the pops, MOBO's BIG brit awards" etc... just mobbing it down on stage madness!! So yeah back to "21 seconds" this particular bar had me soooo baffed ffs lol you know what bar I'm talking about where he said "Raise up the dead yana
Worship the ............. you will never ever catch me saying that bar and I know I'm not the only one!!! hahaha real talk I don't mess around with them kinda spirits there.

But seriously I was thinking mandem let him casually just say that on the track? what made him say that? Was it For controversy, shock value? Or was it really really that? That's what I call selling out the ting! like my cuz said "some people are begging for them type of cults to come and get them"
So to end this I believe the illuminate is out there but what we have seen on YouTube or heard I don't believe that's how it goes its deeper than that.

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The music industry can be a very mysterious thing sometimes, artists can literally go from nothing to something, a nobody to a somebody, being irrelevant to significant all over night. Some people question how it's possible? Was it just their raw talent being guided by the right record label or management, did they have a crazy loyal fan base and have the best platforms to achieve great things? Or was it down to a secret society more powerful than the mind would allow you to believe.

The Illuminati, The 3 Mason's, Skull and Crossbone, there's a few different names I've heard throughout my journey in the music game. All associated with devilish antics and satanic rituals but mysteriously never actually proven on a wide scale. Conspiracy's about famous people's deaths such as 'Michael Jackson, Tupac & Biggie and Aaliyah' just to name a few have cast serious doubts in people's minds as to what really goes on. I myself have never came across any kind of secret society via the music industry but maybe that's for a reason, maybe I haven't got as far as I've imagine myself getting to because of my 'non connection' to the Illuminati.

Sounds a bit crazy I know but it's actually something that has become more and more spoken about amongst artists and outsiders. Selling your soul to the devil for fame and fortune, this doesn't generally work for clean hearted people like myself but others are tempted into this theory. How does it work and what changes in your life? Who are the power players in charge? Is it just musicians involved or is it global franchises and companies? It's all a lot to think about which is why I just try to make my music and attempt to take it to the heights most artists' dream of, naturally without the help of any of these secret societies or dodgy people.

If I'm honest, I am open to the belief that there is an Illuminati and they have a stronghold in this world but until I experience something which can be proved without doubt, it will just be a theory or urban legend to me.


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"Its a secret society all we ask is trust" Jay Z

Lyrics like that from Jay Z, as well as occult symbols in music videos and album artwork, from nearly every mainstream artist does make you think wa gwan for this music game.

I do believe occult's and secret societies have a strong influence in the world and have so for a very very long time, how does this connect to the music industry you might be thinking ?

Well to have influence you must control the creative and influential people in society i.e actors, musicians, athletes, celebs etc once you have those people they can be used as tools to influence a wider audience to whatever your agenda or end goal is.
If you think Jay Z and Dr. Dre are rich what about the guys that's paying them what's their bank balance looking like and how did they get rich?
It was only the other day Kanye was asking some super rich guy for help so he could do a clothing line, so who's to say that guy doesn't belong to a secret society ?

Money is power, those that have money also have power and control which ultimately leads to influence.
For some artists being signed to a major label is a dream come true and for others it can be a nightmare, as the realities of the music business set in.
In the end it's all about money, you have to look at it from an owner POV, you could care less about these people working for you as long they keep making you money (the truth is harsh).
If that wasn't the case then we would focus on the quality of music rather than who sold the most units, but truth be told its always about the money.

My thing is we will never know for sure if this Illuminati mess as Beyonce puts it, is true or false but I do feel like there's something going on that the public aren't aware of.


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People say when a person goes mainstream they've soldout, what do you think selling out is, music wise?

I think going main mainstream and making music that your heart isn't in, is the definition of selling out.

Alot of people Get it misconstrued and think just because you make commercial songs you've sold out. But people have to understand NOBODY gets into music to solely stay underground, if you have a talent and can provide for your family through it then that's what needs to be done. But the whole thing is about being tru to yourself.

Some artist sign deals and are in reality giving the label permission to use them as a puppet and do songs the label wants. That is selling out, keep your dignity and lil bit of pride and make what you would make naturally.


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For me "selling out" is a word that gets thrown around a lot in the music scene, but to me it's just as simple going against your musical direction to hopefully make a lot of money. You only have to look at the timeline of some of our popular UK artists who have deviated from their original style to try cash in and increase their revenue stream.

The pop sound may give financial rewards but a lot of artists lose musical credibility and whats worst is, not every pop song makes money so you can be left in awkward position if you make that choice.
Not many artist have been successful doing so ( selling out ) and have later returned to their original style off music.
So I would say stay true to who you are and make the music you love to make, that way you can always be proud no matter the outcome.

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From Grime Legends To Grime History Vol.21

What's Authentic Grime

Energy, heart and soul, rawness, simple, don't give fuck attitude! as well as, the major labels are not controlling or dictating how it needs to sound, where it needs go, especially if that person doesn't have a clue about the scene starts becoming like X factor! We are in control the deejays, emcees, producers, singers etc we as the people we're in control and it needs to stay like that to be honest.

This is why I like doing sets on radio! It's like therapy for me I get to play my riddims, the same way a person goes to a gym is the same way I like doing sets on radio no rules especially with my slewmaf team. Even the music, there's soooo much different styles I love that simple melodic type of grime where the riddim keeps on moving to different stages something you didn't hear in that first 16 you hear in the next 16 you can listen to it without a MC spraying bars.

Like someone said, "we make the best music in the worst conditions"

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To me authentic Grime is inspired music at a grime tempo, by inspired I mean originally written and produced never heard before.
It is easy to follow a template, you can take a hit song and literally steal the whole idea and while you may receive praise for this musically you have done nothing new.
Things like this happen quite often and it usually leads to everyone making similar music and generally sounding the same.
For me authentic is when you break the mold whether it's lyrical or production the aim is to stand out from the crowd and add something to the scene rather than playing follow the leader.
There is good music and good musicians coming from the scene you have to take time to hear them through the noise but they are there and quietly keeping authentic Grime alive.


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