So my latest AAA Badboy Mix is here, and it’s Grime time. I’ve been wanting to do a Grime mix for a while now. The original plan was more of a Bassline Meets Grime, club friendly vibe (which might come next) but then as I started buying more from MCs like Rocks F.O.E., AJ Tracey and Izzie Gibbs I wanted to have a mix more focused on them. Actually what ended up happening was a bunch of my favourite Trap influenced tracks from this year featuring a mixture of well-established and younger MCs, for whatever reason they’ve been the ones I’ve been listening to most at the moment. I don’t think I’ve ever played any of these out in a club, but they would definitely tear it up with the right crowd. You can click here to go straight to the mix if you can’t be arsed to read on.
I first got into Grime back in 2003 thanks to working with young people in South Wales, there was a healthy scene in both Cardiff and Newport back then. Whilst working at a youth music centre called Immtech, I was in charge of the DJ rooms and all the local MCs would pile in to one room whilst DJ Oddz would spin instrumentals, including many of his own (before finally giving up music and finding religion he was a well-respected producer on the whole UK Grime scene), I also worked in places such as Channel View Leisure Centre in Grangetown and Butetown Pavillion where a lot of young MCs and producers hung out. As well as youth work I was a presenter and producer on Beats FM so got to hear most of the night time shows first hand. Caveman and Chico’s show was a favourite and they played many local productions, including plenty of their own. The two brothers are important figures in the Cardiff music scene with roots back to the rave days and spreading through Jungle, Garage, Grime, Dubstep and into the more recent House revival. I’m pretty sure Richie Vee, who would later become BBC 1Xtra’s first Garage DJ, used to drop a fair amount of Grime in his Beats FM show at the time too (though my memory’s a little shakier on this fact).
Over in Newport, working in Pil introduced me to MCs like Barrington and Kingsley (perhaps better known as Asher) sons of Benji from Skindred / Dub War. It was a great introduction and I’ve kept one lazy eye on the scene ever since, though it wasn’t til managing Astroid Boys years later that my love for Grime was restored in full, leading eventually to this mix right here. Sadly, I’ve no Welsh tracks in here this time, I did message a few people to try and get stuff in here but it never came through and the newer stuff I already had didn’t really work in the mix. There’s plenty of great stuff still out there though!
Trap came a while after, I came to that through Lucky Me when I started Chrome Kids back in 2008 and I loved it when producers such as Faze Miyake started blending the two. Now it’s fairly common place for producers to fuse Grime and Trap, and so as I mentioned in the first paragraph, here’s a bunch of my favourite fusions from this year, brought to you under my latest alias, AAA Badboy – Enjoy and do feel free to share about if you’re feeling it.!
Listen: AAA Badboy – Trapped In Grime
Also if you’re a Grime fan joining us at BoomTown this year, keep an eye out for the likes of Newham Generals, Big Narstie, Flow Dan, Nadia Rose and of course pre Grime favourites, So Solid Crew and Ms Dynamite.