It's remarkable that more than a decade on from the release of 'Pulse X' no one can produce a decent, succinct definition of what grime actually is. A genre whose fluidity is matched by its ferocious sense of identity, grime continually sidesteps any definition placed in its way.
However grime does have a number of foundational figures, artists who developed and nurtured the sound, continually moving it forwards. Part of East London's iconic Ruff Sqwad crew, Prince Rapid is a legendary name within the grime community.
An artist with a rare history, the producer recently burst back into contention with the stunning 'Pepper Riddim'. Catching the ears of some vital MCs, Chipmunk recently sprayed over the 'Pepper Riddim' instrumental at a recent Lord of the Mics session.
Following this with new EP 'Rapid Fire Vol. 2' on Ruff Sqwad Entertainment, it's clear that Prince Rapid is in no mood to rest on his laurels. Ahead of this, Clash has grabbed an incredible mix featuring Prince Rapid and Logan Sama going back to back.
Featuring countless Rapid productions and vocal snippets, it's a titanic introduction (if one were needed) to a pair of grime heavyweights.
"This mix was inspired by a lot of things that I have been hearing since the 'Pepper Riddim' dropped. Many people thought I had quit the music game, some people had never even heard about me or Ruff Sqwad as its a different space, so I thought it was necessary for me to put together a mix where I could educate the grime followers about the Ruff Sqwad sound and History. The mix includes new and old tracks which hold a place in my heart and represent Rapid productions precisely."
"I asked Logan to do the mix as he has been very much involved with pushing the sound from the start, he understands my productions and my different patterns/styles. I hope you enjoy stepping in to this Time Capsule."
Check it out now.
XTC - Functions On A Low
Ruff Sqwad - Anna (Vocal)
Xtra Remix Xtra (Vocal)
Underground Down (Vocal)
Cleo Remix Jampie (Vocal)
Good Old Days
I'm From A Place (Vocal)
Top 3 Selected (Vocal)
Cheque Prince (Vocal)
This Side (Vocal)
Long Time Help Me Remix (Vocal)
Poison Yesterday (Vocal)
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'Rapid Fire Vol. 2' EP will be released in July.