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I've given Konichiwa a few listens and I wasn't impressed. It sounds like a sub-par generic American rap album. Nothing like the sharp-edged sound I've heard in the rest of this thread. Colour me disappointed.
 

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Everything I know about grime I learned from this thread.

So, I thought I'd ask you guys whether Skepta's album is any good or is it a watered down, sell out?
It's a 6/10 album... a disappointing 6. As you said in your second post, it's not grime. There's some grime on it, but it's a rap album that's meant to bridge the gap between the US and Britain. The best tracks on the album were released in 2014 and 2015. The truth is, Skepta's been trying to make it into the mainstream for years, but his main problem is that his pop tunes have been terrible and that has contributed to the lack of success and longevity in the mainstream. It's different now because That's Not Me and Shutdown are bangers (not even going to bother linking the garbage pop tunes he released years ago), and he has the backing of Drake so yeah... Also, Skepta was going to release Konnichiwa in 2014, but then That's Not Me blew up and that changed everything. Originally, this was meant to be on the album, and you can tell he was trying to work his way back into the mainstream. Fortunately he changed the album and although Konnichiwa is average, he made the right decision.

Also, grime and UK hip-hop suffer massively from the lack of classics, or very good, albums. If you want to hear some "proper" grime, listen to Ghetts - Freedom of Speech or Devlin - Art of Rolling. If you want to hear some quality UK hip-hop, listen to Mic Righteous - Yob Culture. The problem over here is that artists don't understand the concept of a cohesive project. All we know is singles or mixtapes with songs being thrown about (Chip has been notorious for this lately).
 

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From the beginning of the year but this is all fire. Got a few new things out too that are good.

Footballer too, plays for Dagenham and was at Leicester a few years ago.
 

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What do you guys think of Mist?

He's limited lyrically, but I can't help but bop my head when I hear one of his songs.
 

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What do you guys think of Mist?

He's limited lyrically, but I can't help but bop my head when I hear one of his songs.
Very limited lyrically, but can't deny that he produces banger after banger. I might get bored of him soon though. I prefer these to some of the bangers he's released in the past year:

 

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Very limited lyrically, but can't deny that he produces banger after banger. I might get bored of him soon though. I prefer these to some of the bangers he's released in the past year:
Yeah, I like those two.

Hit after hit, he's doing so well.
 

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Stormzy releases Big For Your Boots. Can't link the video on mobile for some reason. Video on YouTube. It's big.
 

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Stormzy releases Big For Your Boots. Can't link the video on mobile for some reason. Video on YouTube. It's big.
I wasn't feeling it particularly. Although I'm not his biggest fan anyway.

Maybe it'll grow on me though.
 

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Another dead Stormzy track for me, but can understand why it's appealing to some. I really don't like Stormzy. I remember in 2014 when I first heard of him because of his Behind Barz. I thought there was potential there. He released Not That Deep, which is easily his best track, but he's moved away from that sound. Which is what artists do obviously, but how many great tracks has he produced since? He's a dead artist and it annoys me that he's got this much success since 2014. Dead flow + dead bars = dead track. Rinse and repeat. Maybe this stuff about him being an industry plant is true. Anyway, I'll give him one more chance when his album is released.

Back to where the good freestyles are at:
 

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I gave Kano's Made in the Manor a good listen today and it really is good.

Stormzy is still shit.
 

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Best thing Stormzy ever did was 0 to 100. He's lost it, plus the hype in this music scene moves so quick nowadays and people are over him. I haven't even bothered listening to Kano or Wiley's most recent albums. Heard they are both decent though.

These videos are both very well done for different reasons. Topper Top still best thing put out in ages.
 

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I actually love it but then <--- tagline :lol:

On the other hand

I've been brought up on a diet of American hip hop where using the same word to rhyme with itself is a bit of a no-no. I mean, if you can't be creative with your lyricism, what's the point?
 

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Best thing Stormzy ever did was 0 to 100. He's lost it, plus the hype in this music scene moves so quick nowadays and people are over him. I haven't even bothered listening to Kano or Wiley's most recent albums. Heard they are both decent though.
I'm loving Wiley's new stuff.

 

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I've been brought up on a diet of American hip hop where using the same word to rhyme with itself is a bit of a no-no. I mean, if you can't be creative with your lyricism, what's the point?
It's a different kind of creative to me and that sort of flow and lyrics has an energy that I don't think you get from anything else. Don't get me wrong I love American rap, especially the lyricism of east coast rappers.
 

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I've been brought up on a diet of American hip hop where using the same word to rhyme with itself is a bit of a no-no. I mean, if you can't be creative with your lyricism, what's the point?
Unless I'm getting my music history wrong, Grime has it's roots in Jungle/Drum & Bass/Garage MCing. The link with Hip Hop(Both US/UK) and Grime is pretty weak.
 

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This is a bit old now but not seen anyone else post it and might as well get some more Manchester grime on here. The beat is just :devil:

 

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That's everything shit about Grime lyricism in one song.
If you're talking lyricism - then what grime typically uses is a mixture of the internal 2,4 rhyming structure and the a-b-a-b, or the a-b-b-a-c-d-d-c flow.

It happens quite frequently in rap but its execution is usually poor. Mostly rappers will use a word like n*gga or shit at the end of the line, and rhyme internally within it, occasionally the repeated word/few words will start at the beginning of the line but repeat the same pattern.

Those who do master this rhyming technique are actually usually the ones who are better at lyricism - Eminem, Big Pun, Kendrick, Big L, Rakim etc.
It's certainly not shit in any way.

I'd argue that Grime artists as a whole master this technique better than American rap artists considering the infrequency in quality that happens in American rap specifically with these rhyming schemes only.



Sorry but that control over the beat, use of cadence, rhyming structure and the switch up of the flow all while telling a story is amazing, and not to be scoffed at.
 

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That new Wiley album is epic.

Can't find the whole version online but the beat in this track is epic.

 

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Been going back to North west hip hop the last month. Lee Scott is a certified genius. Shame he's a scouser.

 

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I've got time for Maxsta after his £5 pound munch. Also he kills that Hate it or Love it remix so big up Max. Must be weird for guys like him though. They've all got talent etc but they are slightly irrelevant nowadays and must know it. UK rap is basically run by these drill gangs at the moment but its probably just a fad and will pass eventually anyway.