Tsuki Aslanian

Tsuki Aslanian

  • Tsuki Aslanian
    Published 5 months ago
    Grime Music Heritage

    Grime Music Heritage

    UK grime is a relatively new genre that emerged in the 2000s, taking inspiration from UK garage, hip-hop, dancehall and jungle. Grime tracks will often run at 140 BPM without surpassing this number too much, followed with a strong bassline and lyrics that usually represents those with an urban lifestyle. The genre name (first unofficially called 8 bar or sublow) was made by journalists to differentiate it from traditional garage tracks and describing its sound as ‘grimy’. In an interview with Hot 97 FM, Dave further explained, “Grime MCs usually have radio sets where they rap and switch instrumentals, when the beat changes they have to catch the drops in. If I’m rapping, there’ll be a beat underneath me, then they’ll change it and I’ll have to catch the drop”. Arising from East London and growing out to other British cities including Birmingham and Manchester, grime has been a platform for rappers of colour to voice their experiences of suppression, protest and culture.