Much has been made of the chart topping successes of Grime music in 2009; which has spawned much consternation about the actual definition of the term and genre.

Much has been made of the chart topping successes of Grime music in 2009; which has spawned much consternation about the actual definition of the term and genre. Has it been sanitized from its initial anger and avant-garde form? Is it merely grime by virtue of rapping as opposed to sound? Does anyone care?

Well for purists, revisionists and historians alike (who may well care) grimetapes.com is a project, backed by the Arts Council of Britain, to archive as much of it’s nascent audio as possible; and make it all free to download, in turn keeping in step with the word of mouth approach that made the early scene so vital. Here the visceral energy that made these early tracks so gripping, colloquial and polarising in equal measure is on display with mix-tapes, pirate radio sets and freestyles from a young Dizzee Rascal, Ruff Sqwad, Wiley and Nasty Crew; to name but a few of east London’s early exponents of the genre. One of the most innovative and progressive examples of Arts Council funding in a long while; a fascinating work in progress.

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