All the Times Grime Almost Crossed Over
The UK export’s never been hotter, but it’s come close.
It has been over a decade since grime first reached American shores. There have been some landmark moments and more than a few bumps along the way. Now that Skepta’s on our cover, we thought we’d flip through the archives and look back at seven times grime almost happened in America.
1. Dizzee Rascal, <i>Boy in Da Corner</i>
[XL Recordings, 2003]
2. Wiley, <i>Treddin’ on Thin Ice</i>
[XL Recordings, 2004]
3. Lady Sovereign, “Random”
[Def Jam, 2006]
4. Skepta vs. Devilman
[Lord of the Mics 2, 2006]
5. Chipmunk, “Champion”
6. Boy Better Know vs. A$AP Mob
[Red Bull Culture Clash, 2014]
7. Skepta f. Wiki, “That’s Not Me (US Remix)”
[Boy Better Know, 2014]