It’s all about the GRIME…

I know, I know… This is a hiphop audioblog and we rarely ever speak of other genres or advertise stuff, but we gonna take a moment to let ya know about some dope music making moves and one of its key players here on the west side. Dont hurt to be versatile every once in a while….
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What we have these days stateside is a big interest on a musical style popular in the UK underground… GRIME. Originally evolving from the Pirate Radio and Rave scenes, The sound encompasses many influences and styles. You hear elements of 2step/8bar/sublow, crunk, hiphop, drum&bass and dancehall riddims. In the UK, It’s the equivalent of underground rap here in the states (for example, The Bay Area rap scene, Keak The Sneak, E-40, Federation, Mac Dre (R.I.P.), Frontline, E-A-Ski….) It is the sound of the streets. The voice of the people. Recently, Grime artists are finally breaking into UK music charts and groups like Roll Deep Crew are playing shows like Top Of The Pops. It isn’t common for grime acts to get top billing but the tide is changing.

At the forefront of the American grime movement is Tha Megatron, straight outta Richmond, CA, home to grimey rappers, sideshows, scrapers and getting hyphy. His latest release, “Road Work Vol. 1-Constructing The UK/US Grime Connection” is a tightly mixed 36-track banger featuring the choiciest beats and super exclusive freestyles. You get all the names like Dizzie Rascal, SLK, Kano, Lethal B, Flirta D, Wiley, Roll Deep and many more flexin’ lyrical abilities with a soundtrack to make your system bump like Too Short in Oakland. It is a great representation of grime from a stateside point of view. I’m definitely feeling the vibe and progression of this mix. The fact that it has some infamous west coast rappers, like Ralph Sleeze, MC Child, Kirby Dominant and Balance spittin’ over riddims is truly amazing. Make sure to check out Tha Megatron’s turntablist abilities throughout the set as well. Having won numerous competitions in the Bay Area, You can only expect the best from Tha Megatron. Here is the tracklist to this release:

01. Intro/MC Child Freestyle (Over Monster Riddim)
02. Dizzee Rascal “String Hoe”
03. SLK “Hype Hype”
04. Bruza f/ Footsie, Shizzle & Triple Threat “Bruzin'”
05. Kano f/ Lethal B, Demon, & Ghetto “Ps & Qs Remix”
06. Wiley “Morgue”
07. Ruff Squad “Anna”
08. DaVinche “Buzz Lightyear”
09. Macabre Unit “Sense”
10. Shystie f/ Crazy Titch & J2K “Make It Easy” DaVinche Remix
11. Ralph Sleeze Freestyle (Over Make It Easy Riddim)
12. Alias “Warriors”
13. Flirta D “Warp Speed”
14. Akala f/ Riko Dan, Jammer, Ears & Baby Blu “Roll Wit Us” Dexplicit Remix
15. Dizzee Rascal “Trapped”
16. Bossman “Bongo Eyes” VIP Mix
17. Jammer & DaVinche f/ Kidman “K.Dot”
18. Terror Danjah f/ Trim, Wiley, Riko Dan, D Double E & Footsie “The Boogie Man”
19. DJ Eastwood “U Aint Ready” Clash Mix
20. Wiley “Nu Era”
21. Low Deep “Straight Flush”
22. L Man Freestyle
23. D.U.S.T. Freestyle (Over Resolution Riddim)
24. DJ Mexx “Slow”
25. Crazy Titch “Sing Along”
26. Roll Deep “When Im Ere”
27. Wiley “Colder” Remix
28. Plasticman “Cha”
29. J2K & Crazy Titch “Stop”
30. Lethal B “Forward Riddim” Snowman Remix
31. Fire Camp “No!”
32. The Mitchell Brothers f/ Kano & The Streets “Routine Check”
33. Terror Danjah f/ Shola Ama “With U”
34. Kirby Dominant Freestyle (Over Sense Riddim)
35. Tinchy Stryder “Underground”
36. MC Balance Freestyle (Over T.I. U Dont Know Me Inst.)

Do yourself a favor… If you have never heard grime and want to get skooled on it, Buy yourself this CD. In the Bay Area, It’s available at Amoeba, Rasputins and B-Side Records. You can also purchase it online at www.westcoastmixtapes.com

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  1. all I know is I got some song (from a blog) called “Kidz today” or something similar, and it’s the best rap song I’ve heard in years.

    who is the artist?

    • Anonymous
    • July 27th, 2005

    If you like Grime, you should definitely check out Lady Sovereign. She’s one of the hottest artists in Londons streets right now. Also be sure to cop that new Roll Deep album – “In At The Deep End”, super-cheesy and not particularly grimy, but nevertheless great. It also comes with a pretty stupid DVD that documentates a day in the life of the Roll Deep Crew.
    chillus3000 of The Perfect Beat

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