Interview: True Tiger X Big Narstie
Grime legend Big Narstie is back with his much-anticipated EP ‘Hello High’ alongside True Tiger. A permanent fixture in the ever-changing underground scene - the artist also known as Uncle Pain caught up with Aniefiok Ekpoudom to discuss his latest release, the evolution of grime, and why they won't be changing their sound to win awards…
The Wrap Up: Your new single ‘Headgone’ is out now. How would you describe it?
Big Narstie: ‘Headgone’ is the evolution of grime music. It’s 140 BPM but there are also guitar strings - the guitar riff’s in it are bananas. It still sounds like English music, but it doesn’t sound like desperate English music.
True Tiger: It’s like the lead track so it’s the most radio friendly.
TWU: You described it as the most radio friendly track. What should we expect from the ‘Hello High’
TT: It’s pretty much just us doing what we want to do really, it’s pretty hype, pretty up-tempo and it’s not really for radio. ‘Headgone’ is like that Friday night scenario when you’re out, you’ve had a long week, and you’re with mates, or even as an artist when you’re on stage performing and you’re just in that moment. That’s what ‘Headgone’ is.
TWU: The MOBO’s have recently passed. What do you think about the state of the urban scene at the moment?
TT: It’s alright but I think everyone is too safe and that’s why with ‘Headgone’ we wanted to make the video a bit more controversial. I think our music is meant to be exciting. Rappers were a lot more exciting because they were making tunes that were a lot more outside of the box. Even when people are making ‘edgy’ tunes, or tunes that are meant to be the set up single it just feels a bit formulaic.
BN: My first MOBO is not going to be a house song. It will be 140 BPM, UK grime music. I would rather make money and collect no awards.
TWU: Interesting, so do you think it’s changing now?
TT: It is. Artists are realising that and trying to make ‘street tunes’. It’s all a bit late, it’s stupid really.
BN: After a while when you are trying to push the music forward, you get to a point where you start questioning yourself, you see certain people go through the door and you think, 'if it worked for him then it will work for me.' It’s going to be sick because my music that comes through is going to be awesome,
Get your very own copy of ‘Hello High’ here.
Words: Aniefiok Ekpoudom (@_Aniefiok_)