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Need more of this
on 6 September 2013
If you didn't grow up in London listening to the pirates the history of this music is pretty much lost. So books like this are essential. Reading the first chapter made me want to read one about Wiley. Later chapters made me want to read one about Ruff Sqwad. What's most interesting are the conflicts/ paradoxes - the ambivalent attitude towards Canary Wharf, reflected by similarly dual attitudes to getting out of E3.
One thing - as much as I like the sino grime sounds, I always thought the significance of Chinese sounds was coincidental and overplayed. So I liked the endnote about how these chinese melodies were what you get if you only play the black keys on a keyboard...
So yeah this is good and you should read it. As to the comment that any grime fan could write this - go ahead. There's nothing stopping you. Do one on Wiley, please.