Grime

Grime’s only recently been added to Apple Music’s list of genres, but it’s been around since the early ‘00s. Since its beginnings in London, when the high-BPM genre didn’t even have a name, it’s gone big. Dizzee Rascal’s debut album ‘Boy In Da Corner’ was an instant classic, scooping 2003’s Mercury Prize and pushing him onto a path of chart success alongside Calvin Harris. A second wave in recent years was lately topped off by Skepta’s Mercury Prize-winning album ‘Konnichiwa’, with fellow Mercury shortlister Kano also helping push the once underground grime scene even further into the spotlight. Now it’s bigger than ever, with brilliant young MCs who’ve grown up with grime – like Stormzy and Novelist – joining the ranks of veterans like Wiley, Skepta, Kano, JME, D Double E and Ghetts. Expansion into North America looks likely – this year Canadian rap superstar Drake skipped the BRITs afterparty for a Section Boyz gig, where he also announced he’d signed to his mate Skepta’s label.