Sit up and pay attention

‘Tru’ fans may decry grime’s current populist renaissance, but when ‘140 Grime Street’ manages to deliver darkness, futurism and instant appeal no wonder people from outside the scene are sitting up and paying attention.

First there’s the production – huge basslines belch out of the speakers, threatening a visit from the neighbours even at low volumes. Sweeping, epic strings and horns only add to the futuristic immensity of it all. Then there’s Kano’s rhymes, delivered with a freshness and conviction so sorely missing from a lot of UK rap. The guy means business and if he’s not an international superstar by the end of the year then there’s something sorely wrong with the world.


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