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Watch Grime Meet Rap on Tre Mission’s Evocative “Stigmata”

Wiley-backed Toronto MC/producer comes through with a moving video to the title track from his debut album.

May 15, 2014


Toronto is not a place you'd expect grime to flower but 22-year-old MC/producer Tre Mission is more than down to confound expectations. He's got the blessing of grime godfather Wiley, who features on Mission's forthcoming debut album Stigmata along with fellow grime legends JME and Skepta, and even took part in the scene's famous Lord of the Mic battle series—check a young Mission test his mettle and come up trumps in this grainy video. While he draws on the quintessential sound of London, Mission is not immune to home turf beats and has previously opened for Kendrick Lamar. Stigmata is out August 12th on Big Dada but you can listen to the title track today via this evocative video, directed by Andrew Hines, that features Mission and a pal play the part of two desert hunters on the prowl. While Mission's clipped flow remains more grime than rap, the emo female vocal—With love comes war —has more in common with '90s chart hip-hop's pop choruses than east London's starker soundscapes. Then there's that drum & bass rattle that runs throughout, adding a nostalgic edge to this ear-worm of a single.

Watch Grime Meet Rap on Tre Mission’s Evocative “Stigmata”