Posted on: November 14th, 2007 tape #5: Chaos In The Council Estates
The UK Grime scene is like a mirror-world version of 90s NYC hiphop – every rap is a battle rap, every beat is bigger and harder than the next, and every kid dreams of being an MC. As familiar as this sounds, the sonics of Grime couldn’t be further from the hiphop we’ve known and loved.
While US hip hop has grown fat and lazy at the top of the pop charts, Grime has gotten hungrier since Dizzee won the Mercury Prize in 2003. The scene has virtually no major-label artists, and is instead a network of raves, myspace pages, CDRs, pirate radio and mixtapes.
It’s hard to follow grime outside of London, but buck up. This mix will whet your appetite.