• Juan

What the Dub? Origins of Grime (1997-2004)


In honour of our latest headliner, RIZ LA TEEF, this weeks ‘What The Dub?’ post will be about the origins of Grime, so this goes out to all the Nike TN wearing, tracksuit mafia bashers.

Like Dubstep, Grime came into fruition from the demise of Garage, the steady minimising of itself and incorporation of darker beats allowed the genre to move forwards, evolving from shuffling 2 step beats to darker, weightier and far more brooding patterns with a solid bpm set at (mostly) around 140. With dubstep not as reliant on MCs, Grime became a magnet for stray Garage MCs who all wanted to expand and grow, with the primary figurehead being Wiley.

Grime ‘Godfather’ Wiley has the title for a reason, having emerged on pirate radio initially spitting over jungle instrumentals in 1997 and then going on to establish ‘Pay as U Go Cartel’ two years later, made up of legends consisting of Slimzee, Geeneus, Flowdan amongst others. The east London Garage crew split up in the aftermath their single ‘Champagne Dance’ reaching the Top 20. Two of their producers, Geeneus and Slimzee, went onto concentrate on their pirate radio station, Rinse FM which was established in 1994. Meanwhile Wiley began to pioneer his “Eski" style which lead to him inventing Grime or Eski beat with an instrumental track that you may know as 'Eskimo'.

With the release of ‘Eskimo’ in 2002 Wiley looks to completely leave behind Garage and forms Roll Deep Crew as a consequence. Initially made up of Dizzee Rascal, Danny Weed, Tinchy Stryder, Jamaka B, DJ Wonder, DJ Karnage, Scratchy, Flow Dan and of course himself, later replacing and adding on other members li