Bruva, Where Art Thou: Discarda
In the process of its commercial rebirth, grime suffered an often overlooked loss: the exit of some of its most prevalent underground key players. Many MCs and producers that were present and rated throughout the early days began to drop out from the scene, often leaving only a trail of white label dubplates and iconic 8-bar rallies in their wake...
As a seasoned grime head since the Sidewinder tape pack days of 2003, I’ve decided to track down some of the leading artists from those much-loved days of grime. First up is Discarda. Now, although Discarda has recently made a return to the scene, he’s definitely been AWOL for some time. He quickly gained a following in the old days of pirate radio with his individual flow and classic "Discarda’s aaaaat" bars that frequently pushed back the vinyl on sets and scared our dad’s into hiding.
The Wrap Up: What’s happening, Discarda? Where have you been?
Discarda: I’ve had a few years off. Music was just getting on my nerves at one point and I had personal stuff to look after. I had a son, so that had been my focus. But now I'm back, as strong as ever!
TWU: How do you feel things have changed since the days of 03/04 to now?
Discarda: Things have changed so much! I was 16 back then (laughs). It was non-stop radio. You could easily go and do a grime set twenty times a week, with all of different DJs and shows that were around. There were so many grime raves as well, and there was no Internet promotion back then – just good ol’ radio, raves and Channel U! There are loads of people out here who are keeping it alive still, though.
TWU: What ever happened to Wileout Onez?
Discarda: Wileout Onez was my original crew. We were formed from a bunch of close friends who grew up on the Wilehouse Estate in E14. From an early age, we were also known as Younger Roll Deep. Outside of music, Wileout Onez has never split up; we’re still running as a strong non-music team.
TWU: Now that you're back, what plans do you have to shake up the scene?
Discarda: I’m keeping that original grime sound, and that’s how it still should be. It's how I learnt to spit, by be being a menace in the scene and being everywhere and anywhere. You can’t forget your roots and my roots are 100% grime, so I will not be moving.
So, it seems Discarda is back for good. Expect a ton of new music from the east London spitter – namely his new single, 'Rhyme On', and a 10-track mixtape – set to drop from early 2012.
Stay up to date with Discarda on Twitter – www.twitter.com/Discarda
Words: Jake Hanrahan (@OiJake)
Photography: Verena Stefanie Grotto (@KidsOfGrime)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)