Words by Shannon Cotton
It’s 2017 and grime is still basking in the glory of it’s well deserved mainstream moment. Whilst the juggernauts of the genre (and Great Escape alumni) such as Stormzy, Skepta and JME head up the field and collect a realm of prestigious accolades, they’ve paved the way for a host of new names to break through and showcase their talents.
Political hip-hop layered over menacing beats, Astroid Boys’ lyrical content is a necessity in our current social climate, spitting lines like “We know that you don’t like the foreigners” on ‘Foreigners’. The Welsh group sound like grime with a punk and DIY ethos at the heart of their back catalogue. Meanwhile hip-hop with a twist, Sampa The Great fuses melodic pianos and garage beats with insightful, storytelling spoken word in a more delicate manner.
Belly Squad have been revelling in critical acclaim since the release of their ‘Banana’ EP as thumping afrobeats provide the underlay for captivating verses. Not afraid to mess about, London’s Paigey Cakey fierce flow puts her at the top of the game when it comes to fresh enthusiasm and a name on many critics’ lips for a while now, Rejjie Snow’s anticipated Great Escape appearance will do nothing to dull the growing hype surrounding the Irish 23 year old.
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