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The rise of Grime in the North East

OVER the past few years, northerners have developed a bigger interest in the grime scene.

UK grime artists: A recreation of the famous collage of Biggie and Tupac

UK grime artists: A recreation of the famous collage of Biggie and Tupac

With the rise of influential artists such as Skepta and Stormzy, the grime industry has gained more fans from the North East.

Corey Major, who DJs for YOYO in Middlesbrough and plays grime songs,  said: ‘’More people are requesting grime now. When I first started it was songs like Nicki Minaj – Starships, Swedish House Mafia – Don’t you worry child, more up tempo commercial songs.”

DJ Corey Major in action

DJ Corey Major in action

“Also on the site I download my music from, it’s always at the top of the charts which means all the DJs all over the country are downloading and playing it.’’

Due to its growing reputation, a few grime artists such as Lethal Bizzle, Bugzy Malone and Devilman have visited Middlesbrough and performed to their fans.

Grime originally emerged from  London in the early 2000s.

It is a mixture of UK garage, drum and bass and dancehall.

The grime sound has developed further since then and given the new generation  a different sound.

One reason for its popularity in England is due to it covering real life issues and many grime artists speak about issues that are excluded from pop songs on commercial radio .

Last year, Skepta walked away with a MOBO award for Best Video after revealing that his music video only cost £80 to make which has inspired a lot of fans since then.

Skepta at MOBO Awards 2014: Image from Dazed Digital

Skepta at MOBO Awards 2014: Image from Dazed Digital

Grime is not just becoming popular in the North of England it has also started to become more known in the United States and Canada due to rapper Drake’s collaborations with Skepta, and Krept and Konan’s hit single featuring Jeremih.

Corey believes that grime will continue to become bigger but will not last.

He said:  “A lot of other DJs are telling me it’s just a phase.”

“To be honest I think it is a phase but it’s created a lot more grime fans.

“I’ve always liked it, but I’m into it right now more than I’ve ever been because there’s a lot more jobs available.’’

DJ Corey Major shares his grime mix.

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One Comment

  1. you go man – its something I’ve tguhoht of lately quiet often ‘why them guys are not putting out their albums themselves? why are they just waiting like kids for someone big to come and sign ’em for a major deal?’ I respect Geeneus big big time for finally doing the step with Nu Era. If I would live in London, I’ll probably would jump in and give my support with my little skills in marketing and PR – but however, networking is the answer, so our here in Berlin we are down with you guys, trying to give as much support as possible. just call or drop a line! we need to network and support each other as much as possible, to overcome those corporate major labels… peace.hi.d

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