Grime is dead

I hate to bring up old shit, but this article written by Logan Sama in May 2007 for RWD still stands. Durrty Goodz went on cameos show this week, and said Logan's Grime tees are one of the Grime Killers. Here's the interview

"Grime is dead. Didn't you know? I have heard it said in a couple of interviews by non-grime artists. I've read it on a couple blogs. Heard it from DJ's that used to play Grime.

Yeh man, I agree. It is dead. If you are looking to jump on a grime tune or do a track with Grime artists to get a little hype for yourself and your career, it's dead for you. If you are a major label looking to cherry pick the most exciting UK urban acts and repackage them into watered down pop friendly parcels with music that sounds NOTHING like what we do down here in the grime scene, it's dead for you. If you are looking to rinse out the scene for money and then fuck off without ever investing in grass roots, it's dead for you.

If you are looking to use the scene to get a name for your productions so you can run away and do pop, RnB and Hip Hop tunes and develop 'artists', it's dead for you.

If you don't actually give a shit about Grime and would stop doing it if you thought you couldn't get paid from it...... please believe it is dead for you. Kindly leave out the side door and we won't say anything about it. The rest of us can get on with what we have always done and continue to make Grime. Some of the most exciting innovative music which gives voice to a disaffected, troubled generation of Britain's youth. And we all love it. But if the people who want to use it think that it is dead, that's fucking wonderful in my eyes.

More independent labels, more DIY attitudes from artists like JME, more power and control over our sound and how we promote it to the world. Less pressure to show how versatile we are by doing derogative dull hip hop freestyles that no one actually cares about. More appreciation of artists who can sit down and pen a song about something touching without having to compromise the genre of music they do because they don't have the belief in it. More people being proud to stand up and say "I am a Grime artist" even when they are voicing a dancehall, hip hop or pop record.

Doing something different and unique is the only sure fire way of getting noticed. When everyone is going one way, the pioneers go the opposite. And if you want to follow the heard into the promised land of obscurity amongst the herds or Hip Hop and House and Pop acts who will never be the kings of their field, then that side door is still open for you to exit stage left.

Masters at Work, Dave Morales, Roger Sanchez. They will never care about you or your house music. Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent... they will never care about your Hip Hop. Unless you do it for the love, be prepared to join a very long list of people trying to make it in that scene all scrambling for money. Crumbs off the table of giants in that industry. I respect al the artists who do it for the love. If you love Hip hop, more power to you for making it. If you love house, respect for sticking with it. If you are in this shit to make money, and you bounce round whatever scene you think will get you paid, tough luck.

But yeh. Grime is dead. If you don't love it, don't try and make it. Don't try and get into it. There's no money for you here. Piss off. We'll keep it our secret until such time that we are ready to bring it to the wider world on our own terms. When it will get played on daytime radio as it is, without having to sample 80s pop records or bring in someone else to give it credibility to middle of the road out of touch playlist execs.

In fact, I might even put that on a T shirt. Grime is dead. Fuck off and leave it alone. There's nothing here for you to exploit. Bye"

The same still applies now. There's even 2009 examples of a few of the statements made, it's spooky.

Buy your Grime is Dead t shirts here.



  1. Grime from day 6 February 2009 at 15:18

    real talk

  2. Anonymous 9 February 2009 at 19:55

    Well said.

  3. Anonymous 10 February 2009 at 15:40

    cud not agree more

  4. Anonymous 13 February 2009 at 02:51

    I totally agree.....artists should make music they are passionate about.

  5. $hort n' $weet 24 February 2009 at 12:32

    hmmm, i like this post

  6. Sheg 18 April 2009 at 13:21

    Very Very Very Very True!

  7. Anonymous 25 February 2010 at 10:18

    Yep I have always said the same thing, not just about music. the best work is done by people who love their art, whatever craft or art that might be. If you love it, you will spend time doing it. That's the key I think, love what your doing, do it! practice and practice (because you love it, no other reason) and no doubt, you will become good at what your doing, and gain recognition.

    Makes me sick that some of these people who have seen fit to water down or abandon grime have done so for the money and some (grimanal) will openly admit they are in it for the money. no matter what your doing, if your in it for the money only, you will fail and rightly so. If you want to make pop music kool, go do it, but do it because you love it, not just for money.

    Success isn't a Gucci belt. Pricks!