Michael Dapaah on Big Shaq, politics, growing up in Croydon, and what prison taught him
It started out as a parody of today’s grime and hip hop artists and has since become a viral hit around the world, referenced by protesters in Zimbabwe and even Jeremy Corbyn. Big Shaq is the creation of comedian Michael Dapaah and his hit Man’s Not Hot has clocked up an astonishing quarter of a…
J Hus: ‘I’m just telling you about my reality’
Grime star J Hus has a chequered past – including a spell in prison and once being stabbed five times. Now he’s on the verge of international recognition – with his debut album ‘Common Sense’ nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.
Matt Hancock defends grime music scene
“The UK has a brilliant grime scene and I want to do everything I can to support it”: bold words there from the Culture Minister Matt Hancock, who’s backing the campaign to scrap a controversial police form for music venues. Mr Hancock has told this programme he believes the Met’s 696 form disproportionately impacts people from black…
Grime and the battle for the youth vote
If the furore over the Tory U-turn on social care costs has been all about the pensioner vote, the battle for the youth vote is no less fervent, especially with the deadline for voter registration ending today.
Grime artist Stormzy on ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’
His tweets make front page news, his concerts sell out in minutes, and his debut album is destined to top the charts: the grime artist Stormzy has caught the imagination of a generation.