Where can I find grime instrumentals
Hip-hop trend revival Why is everyone suddenly into grime?
The highlight at the Brit Awards 2015. Kanye West performs "All Day" with what feels like a hundred men in black hoodies and flamethrowers instead of chandeliers. Collective shock in the audience - only Kanye's BFF Taylor Swift is obviously hit by a taser pistol and jerks around uncontrollably. At the very end of the performance, Kanye yells: "Yo Skepta!" Skepta? What the hell does Kanye mean by Skepta? Yeezy fans, especially in America, are wondering this. In England, however, every rap fan knows Skepta - he named himself the "King of Grime" in 2008, the English rap offshoot. "#ThatsNotMe" with his brother JME was one of the best rap tracks in 2014. Worldwide!
In the meantime, Kanye West has also been on stage and in the studio with Skepta - and he is not alone with his newly discovered love for grime sounds. Grime is the new trap. The dirty underground sound from the UK is going to suck the Americans this year too. At last! After all, it could have been so far in the States ten years ago. But from the beginning.
In the 90s, hip-hop spread from the USA all over the world and is also copied in Europe. In Great Britain he encounters an already very lively music scene. At the time, the streets of East London are celebrating the electronic garage sound 2Step, while an active Afro-American culture is in dancehall fever - and rap is also being experimented with.
The beginning is pretty LoFi. Kids create beats from computer game sounds and cheap drums. Some call it sublow because it uses deep bass, or eskibeat, a name that goes back to grime pioneer Wiley. The new sound doesn't have its name yet - but it has a platform: pirate radios like Rinse FM, which hijack radio frequencies from London apartment blocks and become a medium for grime.
The typical electronic sounds, mixed with the rapper's Stakkatoflow, spread quickly across London and are also well received in cities like Brighton and Manchester. For the time being, grime remains a British phenomenon. Only a few of the Grime MCs manage to make the leap from the underground into the mainstream: The Streets, Dizzee Rascal or Wiley and Kano.
With a few years delay, grime spills over from the islands to the rest of the world in the mid-2000s. Busta Rhymes is impressed by the English rappers, and Jay-Z signs the then 20-year-old Lady Sovereign. But the grime slingshot claps next to it. Americans are overwhelmed with coarse high-speed rap in Cockney dialect. And the garage blast just doesn't ignite with boom-bap and R'n'B fetishists. At home in Great Britain, the international sound compromise finds little love. Grime gets the death certificate. But the scene is dancing on its own grave.
Grime lurks in the underground
Grime stays dirty, rough and explosive. But apart from the islands, it only gets the most attention from connoisseur circles. Instead, the omnipresent, hot shit becomes Trap. So hot that even Katy Perry makes a fabric softener trap.
Electronic beats, drops and wobble basses have arrived in American rap. But hip-hop continues to thirst for progress. Rappers and producers like Kanye West are like the truffle pigs looking for new sounds to get you on Tastemaker. And in order to challenge your own listeners with fresh influences, in fact to really overwhelm them. And suddenly there are these angry English again at the door!
Old friends, fresh newcomers
Due to the hip hop evolution and dubstep wave of recent years, grime no longer sounds as extraterrestrial to American ears as it did ten years ago. The joke: the key characters are still the same. The veterans and scene godfathers Wiley and Kano still clap everything on the wall, and then there is the grime monster Skepta. Skepta, which Kanye West brings onto the stage, into the studio and thus directly into the eye of the worldwide rap tornado.
But the next generation is already ready: Stormzy, Danny Seth, Novelist or Little Simz - a bunch of MCs, hot for the breakthrough. Beats and instrumentals pop continuously from the sheer endless grime producer horde in Great Britain. And meanwhile also in the USA. Grime is everywhere right now. Even indie freaks like Everything Everything pimp their sound with grime flows.
Now there are two options: history repeats itself and grime disappears again into the kingdom. Or - much more likely: Grime can actually tear down the walls between rap, grime and pop with the second uncompromising attack in 2015. And who knows, maybe Miley's next wrecking ball will hit the charts with 140BPM.
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