Calls have been made for electronic music to replace classical in UK school lessons.
National charity Youth Music believes offering grime, hip hop and electronic music as part of the curriculum, rather than more traditional compositions, could help improve attendance, personal and social development amongst disadvantaged and disengaged pupils.
"We've seen the benefits of students exchanging Mozart for Stormzy as part of a re-imagined music curriculum," said Matt Griffiths, Chief Executive of Youth Music.
‘Icy cold’, ‘glacial’, ‘crystalline’; these are the sorts of descriptors used for Last Japan’s sound, which takes its cues from the grit of grime, jungle and even Detroit techno, but expands it into something more widescreen. The Sutton-born, Bow-based producer (real name: Marco Giuliani) began knocking out bootlegs in his bedroom from 2009, quickly establishing a name for himself
as a go-to beatmaker thanks to scoring an early collaboration with cult MC Trim and a string of coveted releases.
Stormzy has announced that he will provide funding for two black British students to attend University of Cambridge.
Making the announcement this week – on A-levels results day, no less – at his old south London school, Harris City Academy, the MC revealed that he will be providing tuition fees and a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course for two students starting this year and for two more starting in 2019.
UK drill crew 67 have criticised police and media for “scapegoating" their genre, according to an open letter sent to The Fader by group member Dimzy.
"Whilst I see that media need to give the general public answers, and authorities have to publicly be seen to do something about violence and crime, I don’t think it is right to blame or alienate one music genre as a scapegoat," the statement reads.
Dimzy goes on to question why other forms of entertainment that glorify illegal activities— such as film, TV and video games— are not also in the line of fire.
Stormzy has launched a publishing imprint alongside Penguin Random House called #Merky Books.
Revealing the move via Instagram the grime star, who headlined last weekend’s Wireless festival in London, said that the publisher’s first book, titled Rise Up: The #Merky Journey So Far, would arrive on 1st November.
He also revealed that the imprint will be taking submissions from young writers in an attempt to inspire further generations of authors.
Stormzy delivered a ferocious and politically charged freestyle at the Brit Awards in London's O2 Arena last night (21st February), targeting Prime Minister Theresa May for her and the UK government’s response to Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Standing under a spotlight with rain pouring down on him, the grime star performed ‘Blinded By Your Grace’ and ‘Big For Your Boots’ from his incredible 2017 LP ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ before launching into his blistering freestyle...
Stormin, the drum & bass and grime MC, has passed away through illness.
An original member of pioneering grime outfit N.A.S.T.Y Crew alongside Kano, D Double E and many more, Stormin built himself a rep in the early days of the genre, and continued to work with grime acts throughout his career.
In 2014, Stormin joined forces with fellow MCs Skibadee, Shabba D and Harry Shotta to form d&b outfit SASASAS, going on to tour the world as part of the powerhouse group.
With a CV of production spanning legends and newcomers alike from the UK and the US, Nat Powers is deservedly viewed within the top tier of hip-hop producers. Collaborations with the likes of Run DMC, The Pharcyde, D Double E and Giggs tell you everything you need to know about the regard in which he is held. In a recent video with Point Blank you can see his recent visit to their studios in London in which he talks through the track ‘Lovely Jubbly’ that he produced for D Double E.
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Those who’ve followed the career trajectories of the likes of Stormzy and other breakout rap stars will know that being independent is no longer a handicap. The same is true for Ché Wolton Grant, aka AJ Tracey, an artist who’s one of 2017’s success stories.