EARLY 2017′







I was approached by Sian Anderson to create a Grime playlist consisting of 25 tracks on the music app Deezer. My initial idea was to tell a story with some of the Grime tracks I listened to back in the day, growing up. I wanted to create a playlist with some depth and meaning, not just another Grime playlist with the most recent bangers included. Whilst I was searching for songs to include I did realize that actually if I were to include some specific tunes it would take away some of the fun and vibrancy that I felt when listening to the genre back then.


So… I decided to liven it up a bit with some tracks I selected that would create a Grimey fun back in the day vibe and where each song would flow nicely into the next one. (even on shuffle.) You can probably tell by now that I don’t do these things half hearted and I do like my passion to come across in everything I do.

I incorporated the fun feel with tracks such as ‘Adidas Hoodie’, ‘Free Yard’ and ‘F Ur Ex’ amongst others. I also wanted to be able to give the new generation grime fans a little taster of what Grime was like when it first came about, also identifying issues that may have been slightly overlooked because the masses did not understand or weren’t able to relate. I’ve given a little breakdown below of my interpretations;

Plan B ‘Charmaine’ – The story of Charmaine De La Rosa. Girls trying to act older than they were and not knowing the consequence of their actions and how they effect others. Thankfully Plan B’s mate brought it to light that ‘that girls 14’. Don’t be fooled by early puberty and make up guys. (actually very relevant to today’s society also.)

Shystie ‘One Wish’ – unfiltered and an honest account of what it was like growing up in Hackney, how to keep it moving, drug dealing and the reality of getting ‘murked’. Shystie also mentions the Soham Murders, The victims were two 10-year-old girls, Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman who were murdered by Ian Huntley and covered up with the help of his partner and the girls teaching assistant Maxine Carr.

Sway ‘Flo Fashion’ – Highlights the immense pressures of following fashion, credit cards, red letters, going broke and having people in your ear that encourage you to appear to live this lavish lifestyle. FYI they just want your money and association. Don’t believe the hype.

Wiley ‘Wot Do U Call It?’ – As well as being one of the first popular Grime tracks that had visuals to go with it, this song defines the time when Grime was birthed, commonly known as Eski or Eski beats by Wiley and his crew back then, Wiley wanted to keep this sound his sound and naturally other MC’s emerged and the genre had no name. I don’t know who coined the music ‘Grime‘ but Wiley was at the forefront of this and the scene blossomed in an unusual, gritty way with a rocky road ahead for world recognition.

You can listen to my #GrimeEarlies playlist on Deezer now, link below.





Sadly I arrived late so I missed Wiley’s entrance and his parade of Grime artists that were supporting him including Ghetts, Chip, Roll Deep and BBK. I did however make it to the Roundhouse in time to catch  his performance of ‘Gangsters’

(uh. element much? although I was slyly gutted I missed his performance with Skepta ‘U Were Always Part 2’.)

To my glorious surprise Stormzy took the stage by storm, as soon as the intro came on for ‘Big For Your Boots’ I knew it was tun up time. Fans in the middle of roundhouse created a mosh pit full of madness. Stormzy also pleased the crowd with his freestyle chart hit ‘Shut Up’.

Wiley reclaimed his stage for an epic performance with Solo 45 of  ‘Feed Em To The Lions’ and then proceeded to thank his fans and supporters for the  “times I never turned up”also showing his gratitude towards the support for his scene “Thank you for showing love for all these years,” he said. “I was going through some shit, cut me some slack.” 












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