With the rise of American Dubstep, the unwillingness for D&B to end, and the persistent ability for rap to reinvent itself, UK Grime finds itself in a very fragile position. Those that aren’t aware should know that Grime is a genre of music that incorporated UK hip hop culture with UK Garage or UKG production. Grime has featured mainly artists hailing from East London, and include the likes of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder and the self proclaimed prince of UK Grime; KANO. Check his latest contribution with power duo Chase & Status.
Kano has always distinguished himself within the London Grime boys by translating US hip hop effectively into the UK Garage culture. Kano understands the concept of thuggery, and how it has manifested itself in Gangsta Rap here in the U.S. That is what I find disheartining with this latest colloboration with Chase & Status, the overall lightheartedness of the track; there’s really nothing thug about it. In fact, even though Chase and Status are powerhouse Dubstep producers, there’s really nothing Dubstep about it either. And it’s certainly not grimey, nothing like the stuff that got Kano here, back when he use to mind his P’s & Q’s .
A gangster banger isn’t it? That’s the thing with this recession and its effect on the music industry. Everything has dried up; the income streams have thinned, and artists have had to get “creative.” In the case of Grime artists, it appears as though instead of continuing to carve out their piece of this music industry pie, they’ve been carved out of the meal altogether. In order to eat, these artists are going to have to find another dinner invite, and in Kano’s case he took one from Chase & Status, and so would you!
Kano dropped an album recently titled “140 Grime St” A lot of the tracks on it exemplify the point I’m trying to make that Grime is dead. It’s a shame, but the point is, artists are still being creative, and in the case of Kano, still worth investing your time and money.
Catch Kano’s thoughts on his blog (though he appears to be a lazy blogger) @ Kano’s blog
MPFREEE: Kano – 140 Grime ST