I think for a while now I have not been much of a fan when it comes to UK Rap. I think that is because I feel there is no originality within this genre. The major artists known within UK Rap are doing their thing however it just sounds similar to what the American artists have been doing.
However when it comes to Grime, it is my favourite genre, I have been the biggest fan from day one. I feel like Grime was UK’s own type of genre that no one could test them on, like that is one thing that is only associated with the UK, mostly London I would say, as Grime originates from East London.
In terms of Rap, I feel like in the UK, everyone just kind of sounds the same or does the same thing. For example one hot beat from America drops, then in the UK you have various rappers making their own remixes, rather then to actually make their own original track with their own original production. I think when Giggs was first out, I really grew to like his music because he had something different., as his flow was different and he had his own sound, that is why I believe he has done well for himself. I would also put Wretch 32 in that category as well. I think if a lot of artists thought to bring a new flavour, a new vibe in to the UK Rap scene, they could actually help to make UK Rap to be in a league of it’s own.
You need to know not to confuse both UK Rap and Grime, as their both different in terms of the flow, Grime is more fast and came as a sub genre from Garage through Wiley. Grime became a platform for many artists to break through in to the industry starting from Wiley to Dizzee to Tinchy Stryder to Skepta and so on. Only a few remained in the grime scene and did not resort to going “mainstream”, such as JME.
I have heard some artists who are currently building their way in to the UK Rap scene, and I do hope they succeed because they are clearly talented and could be a part of reviving the UK Rap scene. I feel like in the UK, there are some artists that get very known for what they do, then they sign to a major label and want to go on to make their career in America and to forget about the UK. The world is bigger then the UK, that is for sure, but this is the reason why there is no consistency within the UK in terms of the music scene, as the same pattern seems to occur with majority of the artists from the UK who get famous.
I always thought it would be good if someone from the UK who has achieved success within the music industry as a whole, such as Estelle, in terms of Urban, if she could open up a record label that would help break through some UK artists, therefore helping the UK music scene to have a mark of its own, even within UK rap. Currently this is something what Skepta and Wiley are planning in terms of producing a Grime label, which they will sign various artists to. Hopefully this will be the start to the UK music scene having a consistent platform thats solely for the UK. Hopefully a platform will also be created for UK Rap as a whole as well.