As musicians find a way to practice their craft in a live setting, virtual events have become common place across the industry. Grime has been no different, and we’ve seen The Den and Da Roof deliver sets streamed online, ensuring the immediate energy of the scene isn’t lost.
The Grime Originals Virtual Showcase will run over three weeks, playing host to sets from emcees and DJs that have helped build the scene. The first – streamed on Sunday and available to watch now – pools in Flowdan, Irah, DJ Karnage, Scrufizzer, Narst and DJ Mak Ten. There is also a preview of the forthcoming Grime Originals docuseries, featuring Flowdan giving some insight on the connection between Grime and Jamaica, his foray into production and his thoughts on first hearing productions from Wiley & Dizzee Rascal. The docuseries drops in 2021, so keep an eye out to see some of grime’s pioneers speak about the scene and more.
No time for warming up on this one, as Flowdan, Irah and DJ Karnage get straight to work. Flowdan and Irah trade bars back to back, delivering a set full of energy and chemistry, with some friendly clashing and plenty of jokes from the two emcees. There’s time for a short P.A from Irah, then it’s back to the shellings, as Flowdan bars over Sukh Knight’s inimitable ‘Nightcrawler.’
There’s another snippet from the docuseries, and this time it’s Irah talking about the transition from garage to grime, detailing how his early crew mixed the garage beats of the time with dancehall lyrics and delivery.
Back to the set, which kicks off with P.A’s from Scruffizer and Lil Nasty. Scru runs through ‘Conqueror’ and ‘Grime Originals Flow’; while Narst performs ‘Cold’ and the Ironsoul produced ‘Shellyanne’. Closing out the showcase is a set from both emcees, with Scru’s skippy flow complimenting Narst’s rapid delivery perfectly.
The second Grime Originals Virtual Showcase will feature Devlin & Syer B, President T, Lioness, Queenie and Talifah, taking place on 11th October. Tickets are available here, make you grab tickets, purchase merch and catch up with past performances on the Grime Originals Live XP page.
Ryan Moss @_RyanMoss
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