Kano was one of the first Grime MCs to release a record that comprised a balance of Grime culture and commercially appealing music. ‘Home Sweet Home’ included tracks like ‘Brown Eyes’ and ‘Nite Nite’ which were about lyrics and melody and were relatable to any music fans but the project also included Grime anthems like ‘P’s & Q’s’ that became part of the foundations the genre was built on.
In the ‘Made In The Manor’ documentary the East London rapper talks about the roots of his musical excursion and how the culture of ‘The Manor’ was the catalyst to his success. He also talks about how his next album is more introspective and documents his journey from recording tapes with his brother in their bedroom to becoming one of the scene’s most respected ambassadors.
After premiering ‘Lock Arf’ on OVO Sound Radio and captioning a number of Instagram posts with their lyrics, its become pretty well known that Drake is a fan of Section Boyz but most people would assume that, like other international artists, he would admire from a distance. However, following his performance with Rihanna at the Brits, the Canadian rapper joined Skepta and the South London MCs on stage at Village Underground.
I know UK artists shouldn’t necessarily have to work towards an international co-sign but there is no denying the significance of this particular moment. Drake is one of the most listened to artists in the world and he is a genuine fan of the UK group. And, it’s not because they’re making something that reflects what’s being made in the US, he is fascinated with Section Boyz because of their rawness and the fact that they represent a fraction of London culture. To see Drake at the side of the stage rapping along to ‘Trapping Ain’t Dead’ proved that our scene, which is overflowing with independent, creative talent, is definitely being welcomed on the continent, even if British award ceremonies don’t feel like it deserves their support.
Lastly, we saw GRM Daily’s infamous Daily Duppy series continue with a lyrical display from Ghetts. The format of the visuals meant that, as well as catching the MCs energy with his flow, viewers are reminded that he has also got the wordplay.
Because of his notoriety as an animated performer, people forget that Ghetts comes from a generation of rappers that intrinsically have a catalogue of lyrics in their locker and the Newham veteran’s ability has never dipped.
Words: Patrick Fennelly
Online Edit: Ra'ed Khan