One of the most striking things about the key players in the Birmingham Grime scene, has been their ability to manoeuvre through years of musical and cultural development. The artists who have survived these lengthy periods, have done so by embedding themselves into the crevices of the streets that this music belongs to. Whilst remaining influential and akin to the rising stars on the frontline, these players hold themselves in high regard despite the humbleness they seemingly display on camera.
After several discussions with the artists who could be regarded as the spine of this growing scene that is Grime, it has become increasingly clear that the idea of ‘making it’, the purpose, isn’t necessarily what we all deem it to be. That is however, not to belittle the achievements and future ambitions of these artists.
A conflicting concept of hunger vs contentment is mirrored throughout their thoughts and opinions especially when it comes to addressing the London Complex – a concept that some have already dismissed. The overarching belief is that, Birmingham, along with all the other UK cities contributing to the scene, is doing exactly that, contributing. The capital city no longer feels like the yard stick by which artist should be measuring themselves against.
In Part 2 of the #0121TheRiseofBirmingham series, we converse with Tazzle, Infamous Dimez and Scorpz, to get their views on the scene and where they stand in their respective careers today.