The Wire

The world's greatest print and online music magazine. Independent since 1982


Dan Hancox traces Grime's early days in e-book

Wire contributor and author Dan Hancox is publishing an e-book on Grime's early days, titled Stand Up Tall: Dizzee Rascal And The Birth Of Grime, as a Kindle Single. Ten years ago Dizzee, Wiley, and Tinchy Stryder gathered at the top of a London tower block to battle it out on the mic. In the decade since, some of those MCs now find themselves in the UK charts, whereas others (like Dizzee's adversary Crazy Titch) are in prison, and the places they gathered have been altered or demolished to make way for London's Olympic Park. More here.