IndustryME x Music & Other Stories: What A Time To Be A UK Artist
One genre of music that remains a permanent fixture on my radar is grime. With pumping bass lines and engergic that shows no signs of changing anytime soon.
The genre developed from a range of previous UK electronic music styles, including garage and jungle, drawing inspiration from dancehall and hip hop. The style is easily identfied by rapid beats generally around 140 bpm and an aggressive electronic sound. Lyrics of grime songs often depict the harsh, raw realities of urban living.
This covering of the unadulterated truth is exactly why I love the genre – simply put it’s real!So with that being said here are my Top 3 Grime artists of 2017!
My #1 is Big Mike himself.
2017 has pretty much been the year of Stormzy on the grime scene – countless performances, a killer album and another award to add to his collection, picking up ‘Best International Act’ at the BET Awards. It seems like there’s no stopping him and Stormzy shows no signs of slowing down. Word on the street is that he will be supporting Ed Sheeran in Cardiff, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Did somebody say comeback season? In at #2 is Chip. Entering the scene back in 2006 at the age of 15, Chip is one of the artists I can proudly say I grew up listening to. Moving forward from a controversial return to the scene in 2014 and all the subsequent diss tracks, Chip is focused and ready to hit us with those bars. His new track ‘Gets like that’ ft Ghetts is most definitely proof of that. Chip recently announced that his new album will be out later this year and I for one cannot wait.
Melesha O’Garro, aka Lady Leshurr, is an English rapper, singer, and producer best known for her Queen’s Speech series of freestyles, the fourth of which went viral in 2016. Don’t let her size fool you, she is a fire cracker ready to explode. Often referred to as the First Lady of grime, Lady Leshurr is flying the flag and representing the females with pure class. 2017 has definitely been a great year for her with the release of ‘Mode’ EP and Australian Tour. She most definitely remains one to watch on the grime scene.
Rachel Sanguinetti is a music industry writer from London, England. Her blog focuses on shedding a light on hidden talent and upcoming artists within the music industry.
IndustryMe started in October 2016 while Rachel was studying law at university. Having previously been in a girl group and a singer/songwriter she is able to empathise with the upcoming talent and asks the questions that will really allow her readers to engage with the artists.