Grime music is defined on Wikipedia as ‘a style of English music that emerged in Bow, London. It was developed by teens of English, African and Caribbean heritage in the early 2000s, primarily as a development of UK garage, drum and bass, dancehall and hip hop.‘
Out of this new genre a host of talented MCs and DJs were unearthed; step in grime legend and visionary Jammer who saw the possibilities of what could be achieved through this up & coming scene and alongside his good friend Ratty, they created the biggest underground music DVD series the UK had ever seen, Lord Of The Mics.
Documenting grime clashes, whereby two MCs will recite lyrics at each other back to back in order to ‘lyrically bury’ the other MC, has turned out to be big business and the success of Lord Of The Mics is a testament to the dedication of those involved in its production.
Now onto their sixth installment and with the Lord Of The Mics 6 DVD now available to purchase via iTunes here or as a hard copy here, our Urban Music Editor Matt Tarr ventured down to the Red Bull Studios in London Bridge, courtesy of the amazing people at tenLetter PR, to catch up with all the MCs who had taken part in the clashes and attempted to make grime history in this chapter of LOTM.
Every day this week we will be introducing you to two MCs from LOTM6 and bringing you a Q&A about their favourite LOTM moments from the last ten years, their favourite clashes and more!
So to get you prepared, here is a brief history of how Lord Of The Mics began from grime pioneer and LOTM co-founder, Jammer, via Boiler Room.