Hello again from Keepin’ It Grimy, once again we are here for your weekly roundup of as close as we can get to everything Grime over the last 7 days! This week features an international Grime boom, one of the largest Grime events organised to support mental health charities, and groundbreaking advancements from one of Grime’s greats! A week of firsts, alongside some sick releases, check out our list below! If we’ve missed anything (or you’d like to be featured in next weeks Weekly Wrap Up), hit us up on our Twitter @keepinitgrimy!
Butterz x BRIME! EP Vinyl Release
Signifying the growth of a flourishing Grime scene in the favelas of Brazil, pioneering UK label Butterz has teamed up with some of São Paulo‘s biggest Grime stars to release the ‘BRIME!‘ EP, the first-ever Brazilian Grime EP on vinyl. Executively produced by CESRV, with vocals from Febem and Fleezus alongside features from London MC’s Jevon and Teeboi. The ‘Brime’ sound is a home-grown blend of traditional UK Grime and Baile Funk, the heartbeat of the Brazilian underground music scene.
— BUTTERZ (@Butterz) May 12, 2021
Skepta x Nike – SK Air Phantom
It is impossible to argue against Skepta‘s legacy at this point and the legend has attained such a reputation by never being one to shy away from doing things differently. Following this trend, Skepta has announced his latest collaboration with Nike, an SK Air reskin of the Nike Phantom GT, the first time the artist has imbued the SK Air logo on a football boot. Dropping alongside a bloody red colourway of his most recent release, the SK Air Tailwind V, the boot was premiered by Mason Greenwood, the Manchester United forward who scored wearing the boot against Leicester City in the PL Final, and modelled by UK Rap sensation Dave.
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Ghetts – Good Hearts ft. Aida Lae
Following a powerful live (albeit virtual) performance of his latest album Conflict of Interest, Ghetts has dropped the music video for one of the tracks on the legendary project – ‘Good Hearts’ featuring Aida Lae. Kicking off with an intro from the legendary Heartless Crew‘s Mighty Mo, the video has Ghetts and Aida Lae vibing at a roller disco, whilst laying vocals over the sounds of the Sir Spyro production, in an energetic offering that has Ghetts‘ snappy delivery met with Aida Lae‘s smooth and soulful hook that is sure to make it’s way into many summer playlists.
DJ Hatcha x Phase Transition x MIND Charity 56-hour live-stream
It’s no secret that the year-long lockdown measures have been detrimental to many people’s mental health, despite being essential for the time. In light of this, the legendary DJ Hatcha paired with Phase Transition to raise money for mental health charity MIND, with a 56-hour long live-stream featuring some of the biggest names in Grime, Garage, Dubstep and Drum’n’Bass. Hatcha kicked off the stream with a 24-hour set, before being joined by countless legends including Slimzee, Spooky, Tubby, Plastician, and Keepin’ It Grimy gaffer Logan Sama and so many more, in an effort that raised over £12,000 for the charity.
— HATCHA (@DJHATCHA) May 10, 2021
Jaykae – Chop [Henry the 8th]
Jaykae returned with a movie-like music video for his brand new track ‘Chop [Henry the 8th]‘, the first single taken from his upcoming debut album. Jaykae fully embraces the Tudorian influence, as he’s surrounded by his “wives”, plans out wars with his crew, and beheads traitors, in the video courtesy of Wowa, all while flowing over the Swifta Beater instrumental, rattling off confident bars worthy of the royal image Jaykae is displaying.
DJ Oblig curates Late Night Shopper live-stream lineup
Throughout the COVID-19 imposed lockdown restrictions, Late Night Shopper has been keeping us entertained with live-streamed sets from the best DJs across all UK genres. To curate a day’s worth of selecta’s on the 8th of May (the video was uploaded on the 10th, allow me I wasn’t late I swear), Late Night Shopper drafted one of the most exciting new DJs in the UK in DJ Oblig, who organised a lineup comprising of DJ’s Charisma, Saint Ludo, and Jetsss, who gave us 5 hours of music ranging across all flavours of Grime, alongside hints of Rap, Drill, and other genres, culminating in an hour long b2b2b set with Oblig, Charisma and Jetsss.
Shay D – Slice of the Pie ft. P Money
Making moves in 2021 running her fortnightly residency show on Reprezent Radio, Shay D has stayed busy and dropped a brand new track ‘Slice of the Pie‘, produced by the heavyweight Filthy Gears and featuring the legendary P Money. The dark and eerie instrumental gives off an ominous vibe, allowing Shay D to deliver powerful bars and an infectious hook before P Money comes through with his signature flow to deliver a slick verse, ending with Shay D dropping another verse to round off the track.
SBK – Sad and Alone
SBK has already had an incredibly busy 2021, and wants to maintain that with his 7th release of the year, despite only being 5 months in, with a new self-produced single titled ‘Sad & Alone‘. Leaning away from the conventional Grime sound, the SBK instrumental draws for short guitar riffs and mellow drum patterns to allow the MC to spit reflective bars about his deeper feelings and inner thoughts, opening the door and removing the stigma of speaking about mental health in music, and particularly in Grime.
Queenie – One Thing
In anticipation of her forthcoming ‘Forté‘ EP, Queenie has dropped the first single from the project titled ‘One Thing‘, a powerful track that has the South Londoner demand respect on her name, as she makes her values clear and lets us know that she doesn’t tolerate any counter-productive people or behaviours in her circle. ‘One Thing‘ draws influences from UK Rap, with Queenie taking a slower and more direct approach to the bars, compared to the skippy Grime flow she used earlier in her long career.
PK – Favela
Having previously dropped the audio for ‘Favela‘ earlier in the month, PK blessed us with visuals for the track landing on the SBTV channel. The mellow offering features production from IZCO while the MC drops a rhythmic flow, while bopping through the streets of a stylised Camden, with graphics reminiscent of old school TV shows or sidescrolling fighter videogames, the creativity of the tune is met with the creativity of the visuals too, courtesy of Stanley Brock and Josha Eiffel.
Lozzy’s Lounge – Episode 4 ft. Logan
Mode FM resident Lozzy C has been keeping busy with his show Lozzy’s Lounge, this time calling up the “radio king” Logan, who undertakes the staple ‘Journey in 30‘, speaking on his start as a Grime MC in 2016, his athletics career, and his acknowledgements from key figures in and out of Grime, having featured on Lord Of The Mics and Idris Elba‘s album ‘The Yardie Mixtape‘, and having his music played by Stella McCartney during her 2020 Paris Fashion Week show. Lozzy and Logan speak on Logan’s impressive workrate, as the West Londoner has a reputation for producing, editing, mixing and mastering, and MC-ing over all of his own tunes. The show ends with a set from Logan, who also teases a new solo project coming soon.
Jafro – I Am Jaguar
As part of his birthday celebrations, Leicester‘s very own Jafro dropped a vibey new offering titled ‘I Am Jaguar‘, produced by Priv. The “thunder God” kicks off the track with a warning to viewers – “if you think being grateful is corny, please switch off this video” as he spends the duration of the track showing thanks to where he’s come until this point, with self-assured lyrics and a saucy smooth delivery. Jafro knows his levels and isn’t afraid to let us know them too, highlighting his evolution to becoming “Jaguar” through his hard work.
Duppy – Barcode
Another super active member of the scene, Duppy dropped the visuals to his latest track ‘Barcode‘, a pounding Grime banger produced by Jammz & JackDat. The energetic track has Duppy bringing his wicked wordplay and self-assured bars to the track, the same bars that earned him almost instant recognition and one of the fastest rises in recent Grime history. Duppy knows this too, telling us that other MCs “Can’t be a part of the sets that I’m part of” while posted up in and around SE16, in the crisp visuals shot by Relly.
Grime Nation – Icy Ft. Lady Shocker, Frankie Staywoke, Army of Two, Gold Blend
Grime Nation has brought us a new banger, uniting some shelly MCs for ‘Icy‘ – featuring Lady Shocker and Frankie Staywoke of Female Allstars, MC/Producer duo Army of Two, and Devon’s Gold Blend. Bringing various styles and flows over the WisdomzBeatz instrumental, all 5 spitters shell off, bringing the old-school cypher-like feeling that was ever-present in the early days of Grime, back to 2021.
J Man x Unseen – The Anthem
The Social Nuisance channel has dropped a brand new music video, this time with frequently featured artists J Man and Unseen, who dropped their latest track ‘The Anthem‘. The Wolverhampton based duo light up the Mitch Crane Beats instrumental with rapid-fire bars and switching between flows effortlessly. The pair rep the Social Nuisance brand throughout, in anticipation of the Long Live Grime EP dropping from the brand in July.
Lozzy’s Lounge – Episode 5 ft. Deema, Dom Valentino
To end our list we revisit Mode FM and take another trip to Lozzy’s Lounge, this time joined by prodigies Deema and Dom Valentino for a highly entertaining interview from the relatively young trio. Deema undertakes the ‘Journey in 30‘, speaking on his start in Grime and how frequent radio appearances prepared him for the rest of his career and the foundation built by Lewisham crew ‘The Square‘. Deema talks on carrying the “Grime mindset” throughout all of his musical creations, despite not exclusively creating Grime music and the start of the relationship between Deema and Dom Valentino at “Voldermort FM“. The South Londoner talks on his creative process when writing and performing music, his hatred for condiments, and the upcoming mixtape from the duo, before blessing us with a performance of their latest single ‘Can I?‘ and the unreleased ‘Nish’s Curfew‘.