Spotlight Playlist: Grime

This Wednesday we’re bringing you music from across the Atlantic! Here is a playlist of some introductory Grime, a teaser for an upcoming article that explores the U.K’s early 2000s genre.

Even if it’s from far away, we found some Grime listeners on campus! Steve Berkowitz (3rd Year) and Sam Royall (3rd Year) were both willing to relate their own distinct experiences with the genre as a British international student and a Texan. Below we have some excerpts from their interviews, which will be included in the article.

Do you feel like you’re able to appreciate the music even if not from there?

Sam:  I think it’s really easy to write someone off for liking a style of music that comes from somewhere other than where he or she lives. But I think it’s important to realize that in our globalized world, artists want to have their sound become international. Many American rappers have devoted followings in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, and I think a lot of Americans aren’t ready to accept grime as being of the same caliber. So yeah I think if you like music, it shouldn’t matter where it comes from. In the end you’re just contributing to the spread of culture worldwide.

What type of reactions did you get when showing grime to your American friends?

Steve:  My first year I got a lot of noise complaints because I’m a strong believer in the idea that music is best appreciated when loud. So yeah, my first year there’d be a lot of pre-games where I’d try to hype people up and try to set an ambiance that is difficult to create with other music. I always felt proud to play this type, because its aggression and noise combined has an ability to bring everyone together, almost a jolt of joint adrenaline. There have been people who reacted badly, the sound is jarring and loud. Comparatively, most American rap can be almost monotone so this can make people uncomfortable. The irony being that grime was pioneered to make people uncomfortable, and its delivery is supposed to be aggressive and loud; people who listen to grime look for that in the music.

Playlist by: Carlotta Verita

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