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Grime is a sub-genre of urban music which first emerged in London in the early 2000s, primarily a development of UK garage drum and bass, punk and hip hop.<ref>BBC Website: Collective - Delving into the world of Grime, (accessed 08/09/06) </ref> The music is typified by sparse and minimalist 2step breakbeats, generally around 140 beats per minute, and an aggressive and fast rapping style - often in double time. The lyrics and music combine futuristic electronic elements; and dark, guttural, growling bass lines. In contrast to its more soulful predecessors in breakbeat music, grime features MCs as opposed to singers and has jettisoned the R&B influences of earlier UK garage in favour of brutal beats. Due to its experimental nature and diverse stylistic influences, artists involved in the grime scene initially resisted attempts to classify or pigeonhole the style, resulting in a range of different labels, including sublow, 8bar, nu shape and eskibeat. Grime is sometimes associated with dubstep, a similar but largely instrumental genre which also evolved from the early 2000s UK garage scene. [citation needed]


[edit] Origins and development

The emergence of grime is intrinsically connected to its origins on UK pirate radio[citation needed], with many performers honing their skills and achieving underground success before approaching the mainstream. Examples of the sound can be detected in the late 20th century, with tracks by So Solid Crew, More Fire Crew's "Oi", and Sticky's "Boo" which featured Ms. Dynamite. This indicated the movement of UK Garage away from its R'n'B and hip-hop influences towards darker themes and sounds. Among the first tracks to be recognised as grime were "Eskimo" by Wiley who was the founder of the "eskibeat" label and "Pulse X" by Musical Mob.

Dizzee Rascal, a former member of Roll Deep, and MC Wiley, a current member, were possibly the first to bring the genre to the attention of the mainstream media in 2003, with their albums Boy in Da Corner and Treddin' On Thin Ice respectively. Dizzee Rascal particularly garnered broad critical and commercial acclaim, with Boy in Da Corner eventually winning the 2003 Mercury Music Prize.

Grime has received a lot of exposure from television stations including Channel U, and the BBC's youth oriented digital radio station 1xtra; as wells as DJ Kayper on the BBC Asian Network and the many online radio shows, that showcase Grime MCs and DJs.

[edit] International growth

The 2005 release of 679 Recordings' Run the Road compilation, showcased some of the most popular grime releases to that point. It has increased the popularity and fame of grime and grime artists internationally, particularly in France, where several visiting British grime artists have caused the country to spawn its own grime artists. [citation needed] Lady Sovereign is a breakthrough grime artist, reaching #1 on MTV's TRL and appearing on Late Show with David Letterman.

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