Grime is relatively contemporary genre, with it emerging the scene only 15 years ago. The genre has been created by the people of London for the people of London, who share the same sentimentality to the ways of living and surviving in the city. Throughout the years, the genre has seen many breakthrough artists, and the genres own breakthrough into the mainstream. Throughout the years I have been listening to grime, I have noticed a new sound to the grime scene. The new grime sound is what may be described as the new grime wave, or grime 2.0, if you wish. Some of the best pioneers of the new grime wave — such as Butterz, Novelist, No Hats No Hoods — use the nostalgia of the old grime wave but also enters the roots of garage, history repeating itself. Is the change to grime all that bad?
Grime derives from the genre Garage, with its electronic beats storming the nation in the 1990s. Pioneer Todd Edwards allowed Garage to create some of the worlds greatest DJs such as DJ Luck & MC Neat, Artful Dodger, M.J. Cole a few to name. Grime is possibly the most organic sub-genre, emerging from a council estate with pirate radios that have now become popular. Garages influence on grime let rappers use tracks but incorporate American hip-hop style rapping to the instrumental music, creating one of London’s greatest music waves.
Grimes pioneers are still much involved in the scene — such as Wiley, Skepta, Dizzee Rascal, Lethal Bizzle — creating some of the most iconic group collaborations such as Boy Better Know, Newham Generals. The old wave of grime pretty much consists of 140 beats per minute, square wave synth riddims and the gunshot funk was a consistent theme throughout the songs, such as I luv u, Pow (2004) and Ps and Qs. Considered as one of the best known grime songs consist the gunshot funk. Grime isn’t just a genre that raps about sex, drug use and violence. The genre has allowed artists to use their platform to talk about their life on road; influencing the youth on how to stay out of trouble and find a brighter route.
The new wave of grime takes the old wave and experiments by deconstructing it, or merely reproducing it. A good example is swindleuk, a Soundcloud London based producer. The new grime wave goes back to its garage roots, sampling some of garage classics. With the experimental new scene coming through, the reoccurring themes run throughout the new wave. For instance, grime artist Novelist created a produced a song named Tax the MPs and released it just before Brexit. Despite there being no bars, the song still produces engrains a political agenda; hatred towards the right wing. Novelist sampling David Camerons speech with someone shouting ‘liar’ throughout depicts a clear political issue that stands, using the genre as a way of expressing the distrust in the countries politics.
What do you think is better, the old grime wave or the new grime wave? Let me know in the comment section!