Grime and UK rap 2018

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

I think we need more grime videos with the MCs dressed as wizards

paolo, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

Skepta's been hanging out with the American lads. Best tracks he's done since Konnichiwa for me

paolo, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:05 (ten months ago) Permalink

Getting into the latest Dave EP at the moment, everything else either doesn't stand out or I'm over with for now.

Custard Cream, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

Dave seemed kind of Trenchant Social Commentary from the cursory listen I gave recently

#TeamHailing (imago), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

good stuff Paolo, will be following thread (though I will probably not have any input)

Alakazam is v good

niels, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The level of MCing in drill is high but a lot of the beats are just boring, this one's a lot better than your average track. Carns Hill's definitely the best at this style

Seriously one of the best MCs in the UK right now

paolo, Friday, 2 February 2018 20:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

Get yourself a nine to five
It's not working

paolo, Friday, 2 February 2018 20:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

do we have a UK afro thread because

||||||||, Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yes we do and here it is -UK afrotrap - thread for discussing MoStack, J-Hus, Kojo Funds, Abra Cadabra, Belly Squad, Yxng Bane etc

I really liked No Don but I'm just not really feeling anything else that Lotto Boyz have done tbh

paolo, Saturday, 3 February 2018 14:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

That Lady Leshurr track is excellent btw

drugs don't kill people, poppers do (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 3 February 2018 15:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

it is indeed, and what a hilarious U2 bar

niels, Saturday, 3 February 2018 18:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

Have some drill

paolo, Saturday, 17 February 2018 17:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

Are there any Americans making beats like this? I know drill's originally from Chicago but as far as I'm aware the UK guys have made it into their own thing

paolo, Saturday, 17 February 2018 17:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Skepta on another American beat, with Suspect this time

Suspect going solo. This beat >>>

Sini Sayso on the second beat in this is I think the only time I've heard a drill MC rap about anything apart from violence or drugs. Obviously these are popular subjects in rap and grime but in drill it's just relentless, literally every song is about stabbing and/or shooting opps and/or paigons. And selling drugs

New Dave, doing his conscious thing

paolo, Saturday, 10 March 2018 12:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Another Lady Leshurr freestyle. Absolutely kills it

New Octavian. Got a bit of a James Blake vibe and a bit of a UK funky vibe, so that's a first

paolo, Sunday, 1 April 2018 19:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

Any good grime tracks recently? Because I haven't heard any. What I've heard of Wiley's new album has been a bit average

paolo, Sunday, 1 April 2018 19:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

Have more drill

(This one has a puppy in the video, so that's another first)

paolo, Sunday, 1 April 2018 19:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

enjoyed that Octavian song a lot! which genre would you say it is?

niels, Monday, 2 April 2018 09:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

first UKG song to mention beryllium?

||||||||, Monday, 2 April 2018 09:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

I think that's the first song in any genre to mention beryllium

xp no clue. That one could easily fit in the afro-bashment/afro-swing/UK afro thread I guess but it's a bit housey so who knows. With that stuff it feels like we're at one of those awesome 'wot do u call it?' points where it's all a bit up in the air

paolo, Monday, 2 April 2018 17:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

omg did u just diss tom lehrer

imago, Monday, 2 April 2018 17:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

that song is cool but jme kills it too much compared to yung fume

imago, Monday, 2 April 2018 17:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"Hands" by Octavian is one of the best songs of 2018

niels, Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:07 (six months ago) Permalink


||||||||, Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:32 (six months ago) Permalink

for every genre there's an article like that every once in a while?

niels, Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:51 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah pretty much. It's been a bit quiet recently and maybe it'll come back and maybe it won't

paolo, Monday, 23 April 2018 16:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Have yet more drill

(this one has another dog in it)

paolo, Monday, 23 April 2018 16:39 (six months ago) Permalink

ygg - “strikers”

||||||||, Friday, 18 May 2018 19:05 (five months ago) Permalink

All blacked out on the road like emos
Leave man stressed, lose hair like chemo
Try test the YGG trio
Must be on bobby like Valentino

||||||||, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:35 (five months ago) Permalink

That one's good, liking the old skool beat. Slightly disappointed by YGG's lack of tekkerz though

paolo, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 20:38 (five months ago) Permalink

So drill's getting quite a lot of coverage in the news now. I don't remember this with grime back in the day (or not as much anyway)

I feel like the producers in this scene have upped their game this year

paolo, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 20:46 (five months ago) Permalink

The gist is that drill artists are going to get targeted with laws similar to those used for incitement to terrorism even if the songs aren’t related to specific violent incidents - which seems like a legal stretch and massively open to misuse.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 09:40 (five months ago) Permalink

but this law won't apply to Movies, West End theatrical productions, shit Nick Cave albums etc containing depictions of violence.

calzino, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 10:12 (five months ago) Permalink

This will only serve to "glamourise" drill. Best publicity it could have possibly gotten, surely

imago, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 10:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Couple of grime tunes produced by former UK Funky dudes. Beat on the first is by Lil Silva (and Sampha), second is by Champion

paolo, Friday, 15 June 2018 17:12 (five months ago) Permalink

New Octavian!

New Yxng Bane!

paolo, Friday, 15 June 2018 17:16 (five months ago) Permalink

this is just karma for you guys clowning me about chief keef

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Friday, 15 June 2018 18:51 (five months ago) Permalink

My understanding is that UK drill is a different thing from the US version now. I've seen a few people online saying that it needs a new name because it's not just like Chief Keef but with British accents. I don't really follow US rap though so I don't know

YouTube are taking down drill videos, one of the ones above has gone so watch em while you still can. More of them are having comments disabled on police advice as well

LD from 67 with Dizzee. First time I've heard him on a drill beat, he kills it (obviously)

paolo, Saturday, 16 June 2018 11:07 (five months ago) Permalink

Goddammit that's the wrong video. Bugzy Malone is rubbish on the one above btw

paolo, Saturday, 16 June 2018 11:10 (five months ago) Permalink

I know it sounds different — for a long time it all mostly sounded like lil herb’s “kill shit” or variations — but I haven’t been compelled by much of it yet personally

The karma comment still relevant

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:55 (five months ago) Permalink

You haven't been compelled by it because its mostly fucking boring.

Still, it's giving the press something to talk about while they continue to ignore the British rap music that's actually popular.

Matt DC, Saturday, 16 June 2018 22:03 (five months ago) Permalink

Last Sunday I was in the park and I heard Yxng Bane out of car windows, mobile phones etc maybe seven or eight times.

Matt DC, Saturday, 16 June 2018 22:06 (five months ago) Permalink

liked that Darth Vader, decent bars and a relatively original beat

look forward to the Octavian album, guy has a really cool sense of melody

niels, Sunday, 17 June 2018 07:51 (five months ago) Permalink

Headie One and Skengdo and AM from 410 are most likely to blow from the drill scene right now, both seem to be going in a more pop direction (relatively speaking). Not really feeling the Skengdo and AM tracks tbh

paolo, Saturday, 23 June 2018 09:59 (four months ago) Permalink

Silwood Nation coming different again with pop drill done properly. T1 is one of the best MCs around and should be a lot bigger than he is. Nobody goes in as fast as him, he sounds more like a grime MC than a drill MC

paolo, Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:04 (four months ago) Permalink

Another good article by Dan Hancox about the police vs drill. I can also recommend his book 'Inner City Pressure' about the history of grime and the social issues around it. If you want more books about grime history (and why wouldn't you?) check Wiley's autobiography and 'This Is Grime' by Hattie Collins

paolo, Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:12 (four months ago) Permalink

Hancox book is particularly notable for what it leaves out as well - a lot of the soap opera stuff, who was beefing with who etc is barely touched upon, Crazy Titch aside. You wouldn't know that Dizzee and Wiley had even fallen out from reading it. That shit is a minefield and by and large an unwelcome distraction so I see why he left it out.

I like how pretty much everyone gets a mention except, pointedly, Big Narstie.

Matt DC, Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:00 (four months ago) Permalink

Big Narstie sold out by appearing on This Morning and not cussing enough!

calzino, Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:12 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah I noticed that it made it sound like the grime scene was one big happy family back in the day, which was obviously not the case

paolo, Saturday, 23 June 2018 12:38 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Drake on a drill beat. He's not bad tbh, been practising his UK slang

And some non-Drake related drill

paolo, Monday, 9 July 2018 20:51 (four months ago) Permalink


— SKENGDO X AM 🐰 (@SkengdoxAm) July 10, 2018

Attempted 1.0 by AM has been taken down. One of the biggest drill tracks this year

paolo, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:30 (four months ago) Permalink

This is absolutely nuts. Obviously there have been plenty of panics about the effects of music on the youngsters but I'm not aware of this type of censorship taking place anywhere in the Western world in recent years. Taking down videos from YouTube doesn't really achieve anything either, someone will just reupload them

paolo, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:37 (four months ago) Permalink

And I know that drill isn't just harmless fun and that putting these tracks on social media can have real life consequences (and I do get middle class guilt about watching these but that's another story), but if you want to stop violent crime is this really the best way to go about it? Better to have guys making money off rapping about this, making videos, getting gigs than making money through crime (it is all guys by the way. I don't think there's any women involved in drill at all). I realise I'm probably preaching to the converted here

paolo, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:48 (four months ago) Permalink

do they take down white supremacist videos

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:47 (four months ago) Permalink

You know, I don't believe they do. Looking forward to hearing the right wing media having a go at those snowflakes at the Met for stopping freedom of expression because some people might find it offensive

paolo, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:19 (four months ago) Permalink

FFS it makes no difference, if someone's really intent on publically issuing a specific threat there are plenty of other ways of doing it.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:45 (four months ago) Permalink

Like I'm aware that some drill tracks do contain very particular threats to individuals but taking a video down will do nothing to stop anything, especially if a lot of completely blameless artists are censored in the process.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Short BBC documentary on links between drill and violence. It's pretty good tbh, also features some Scouse drillers

This lad's a decent MC but that mask makes him look like an absolute berk

More Yxng Bane. I love this guy

paolo, Saturday, 14 July 2018 13:28 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

DJ Target's book 'Grime Kids' is being made into a TV series. The book's worth checking out for an insider account of the grime scene from day one -

Diesle D Power explains why grime is having a quiet spell and what needs to be done about it -

paolo, Monday, 30 July 2018 19:41 (three months ago) Permalink

Kenny Allstar tries producing instead of DJing. Turns out he's dead good at it

D Dubz has been looking rough as fuck for a couple of years now. I'm not sure how I feel about this track

paolo, Monday, 30 July 2018 19:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Some good things on this thread, many thanks for maintaining. The Drake clip shows he’s just clowning with his normal musical output

the article don, Monday, 30 July 2018 20:49 (three months ago) Permalink

One of the tunes I posted yesterday isn't showing so let's try again. About half of the drill tunes above have disappeared, it's form 696 all over again, I know that I've been banging on about this but it really gets on my wick that the police are trying to kill off another music scene

This guy's made a drill track about being an estate agent. It's about goddamn time

paolo, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 21:21 (three months ago) Permalink

xp you're welcome :) That track above that isn't embedding is called Wicked and Wassss by TG Millian, coming with a more minimal beat and a sort of restrained type flow that I'm really feeling. It's one of those videos that's all old footage and clips from violent films because the MC is otherwise engaged...

paolo, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 21:28 (three months ago) Permalink

stop trying to make drill happen!

j/k it's a shame they've been pulling vids

totally dig Renting!

niels, Thursday, 2 August 2018 12:35 (three months ago) Permalink

"Honestly mandem can rap about legit stuff and it will bang I want to see more like Sports, construction , Retail , Catering etc big up "

meaulnes, Thursday, 2 August 2018 17:48 (three months ago) Permalink

xp drill's happening whether you like it or not ;)

paolo, Friday, 3 August 2018 09:08 (three months ago) Permalink

This track has been posted a few times by different accounts but it keeps getting taken down, not sure when it's getting a release (or how Wiley feels about it). Features a sample from Terrorist by Renegade which is a big plus. The track is Money Right by Skepta and Dizzee in case it gets taken down again

The video for this features Lethal Bizzle trampling on photos of various senior Tories. I think we can all agree that's a good thing

paolo, Thursday, 9 August 2018 20:18 (three months ago) Permalink

The beat on this sounds like a Rapid production from back in the day

Foreign Kash is a producer to watch, this beat is coldddd

Flohio is the only female driller I'm aware of

paolo, Thursday, 9 August 2018 20:28 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

This lad could well be blowing up sooner rather than later

23 Drillas coming a bit different with this one

I might be wrong but it seems like the tempos in drill are getting faster recently, some of them aren't far off 140

paolo, Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:02 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

So Octavian has as an album out?!!!

breastcrawl, Saturday, 15 September 2018 09:39 (two months ago) Permalink

(apropos of the wavy one)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 15 September 2018 09:51 (two months ago) Permalink

octavian tape is 🙏🏻

||||||||, Saturday, 15 September 2018 10:07 (two months ago) Permalink

While we're talking about Octavian

paolo, Monday, 17 September 2018 20:22 (two months ago) Permalink

he has so much presence

niels, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 07:27 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

New Dave

I think that this is the first link up between UK and US drillers and it's a bit good. More of a US beat than a UK one

paolo, Saturday, 6 October 2018 10:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Grime gets the BBC4 treatment. No input from the biggest names but pretty good overall

Wiley is absolutely FUMING at Skepta. What is he like?

paolo, Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:58 (four weeks ago) Permalink

looks cool, thanks!

niels, Friday, 19 October 2018 08:25 (four weeks ago) Permalink

a bit sad to see that wiley clip

niels, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Wiley gonna Wiley. It's not his first unhinged rant and it won't be his last

paolo, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 20:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Skepta goes drill

Political drill commissioned by Channel 4 news. It's actually quite good

Feeling the beat on this one, nice and minimal

This one's a banger. These lads can properly dance as well, so that's a bonus

paolo, Thursday, 1 November 2018 20:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Got my YG's talking brexit
That's no more red light district
No more subtitles on Netflix


Man Can't is a banger

what's the minimal one? violated smth...

appreciate your updates Paolo!

niels, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 18:41 (one week ago) Permalink

You're welcome! It's Still On The O by Harlem Spartans, let's try again, this one went up last week I think and it's been taken down about three times now. I know I've moaned about this but it really gets on my wick

"You know what that needed? Someone going SKRRR" 🤣@louistheroux reviewing Dave, Headie One and Unknown T is too much 😂 #Splish @Reece_Parkinson #1XtraTalks

— 1Xtra on BBC Sounds (@1Xtra) November 4, 2018

So it turns out Louis Theroux is into drill. Makes me feel better cos he's even more of a middle class nerd than I am

paolo, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 17:51 (one week ago) Permalink


I guess the Harlem Spartans vid is removed because it contains... threats towards another gang/group?

niels, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, there's a level of violence around drill that just hasn't happened with UK music before

paolo, Thursday, 8 November 2018 19:53 (one week ago) Permalink

Inner City Pressure by Dan Hancox is being made into a TV series

paolo, Friday, 9 November 2018 09:25 (one week ago) Permalink

iamddb has a new song out. carving out a little niche for herself, has a gorgeous voice and needs some ilx love

also really like these older tracks

ogmor, Thursday, 15 November 2018 12:47 (two days ago) Permalink

You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.