It's the Summer of Grime

UK rap making waves across the Atlantic

Tristan Fewings

A new wave of grime music hype started bubbling up when Kanye West brought a slew of UK rappers on stage for his flame-throwing “All Day” performance at the BRIT Awards.

It’s not the first time the bass-heavy subgenre has caught on in the States. (Dizzee Rascal was a critical darling back in the early ‘00s.) But the fervor died down while rappers like Skepta and Wiley (of the Boy Better Know crew) built up discographies and climbed up the UK charts. Now, with that Kanye blowout, something clicked and Americans are once again interested in the dance-rap hybrid.

Don’t be a wasteman. Boy better know this summer’s grime hits.

Skepta: “Shutdown”

Lay Z: “That’s What I’m On”

Novelist x Mumdance: “1 Sec”

Wiley: “Chasing the Art”

Lethal Bizzle: “Fester Skank (Remix)”

Stormzy: “Know Me From”

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