Up From the Underground

A hectic hybrid of garage, hip-hop, and jungle, grime emerged out of London the early 2000s. East London MCs Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, and Lethal Bizzle were among those leading the charge, filtering classic rap bravado through playful London slang over choppy beats and low bass lines. As the decade progressed, grime began to lose its luster, becoming too pop for the underground but not pop enough to crack U.S. charts. In the past few years, however, the genre has experienced a revival, and with the help of Kanye and Drake, artists like Stormzy and Skepta have started gaining traction in the States. Close behind is a new crop of Brits who grew up with grime and reference Kano and Dizzee in the same way that young American rappers invoke Biggie and Tupac.

Check back in over the next few weeks for six young MCs you need to know.




DeeCee is young, just 17 years old. Raised in Lewisham in Southeast London, DeeCee says he began writing tracks when he was still in the single digits. By his early teens, he was working with rising grime star Novelist and the Lewisham-based collective The Square.


Since graduating from university, East London-native Jammz has made a name for himself through pirate radio stations. 


With an effervescent style known as fizzy flow, Scrufizzer's speed is definite, as is his versatility.

Capo Lee

Nobody spits quite like Capo Lee.


Born Isaac Elijah Branford, Eyez started rapping when he was just 11 years old.


For 24-year-old British MC Realz, grime isn't just a musical genre. 



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