Blackmale Beats Connect The Dots Between Grime, Hip-Hop And Dancehall On Innovative 'Lessons: Grime OG'z'

Blackmale Beats Connect The Dots Between Grime, Hip-Hop And Dancehall On Innovative 'Lessons: Grime OG'z'


July 16, 2020

Blackmale Beats, aka Shem and Lukman, have just released a mixtape called Lessons: Grime OG'z to give us an innovative history lesson in grime and paying homage to some of the greats.

On this project, the duo have ripped the vocals from some of the most iconic grime freestyle videos and DVDs and placed them on top of some soulful hip-hop production. It's incredible how Wiley's bars from "Bad Em Up", Dizzee Rascal's bars from "Everywhere" and Kano's "Ghetto Kyote" bars sound just as free flowing on hip-hop production as they did in their original grime setting — just going to show how versatile grime truly is as a genre.

There's no denying grime's connection to dancehall culture. From the clashing and toasting to the stylistic use of multiple tempos and flows, grime took influence from dancehall to create its own culture and sound. In recognition of that, the pair have given their new takes titles like "Champion Sound", "Sting" and "Dragon Stout Flow", making sure to highlight and immortalise that connection.

This tape instantly evokes a nostalgia and an appreciation for the founding members of grime, while the hip-hop production gives listeners a fresh angle to digest and appreciate some of their favourite bars.

Take it in below via Bandcamp.




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