Wild Life Festival: The Grime Artists You Need To See
Wild Life Festival is just around the corner, so we’re back with more top artists you need to see over the upcoming weekend. Last time we brought you techno and now we’re back to offer you the best of grime.
English grime MC, JME has long been a big name in the UK music scene. Co-founder of the crew Boy Better Know (BBK), JME is known for his comedic rapping style. The artist now has three albums under his belt as well as numerous collaborations including with his brother, Skepta. With a growing fan base due to his strong social media presence, JME has performed all over, from Europe to North America, with Tim Westwood accompanying him. Most recently JME gained spotlight for endorsing Jeremy Corbyn in the upcoming election, but is known for voicing his political and social views via his Twitter.
Another of the BBK family, Wiley has been making music since he was a teenager, even featuring on renowned radio station Rinse FM. Despite veering somewhat more into mainstream music in more recent years, (who could forget the classic that is Wearing My Rolex?), Wiley is still considered the ‘Godfather of Grime’ for acting as a pioneer of the British underground music scene. If you know what’s good for you, you won’t want to miss this.
Gaining prominence just a couple of years ago with his 2015 single Shut Up, Stormzy is another big name on the Wild Life lineup. After releasing Shut Up as a freestyle on YouTube, it soared to popularity and has remained his most popular single to date. His debut 2017 album, Gang Signs & Prayer, rose to number one on the UK albums chart, making it the first grime album to achieve that. So if you’re looking for a 2017 grime experience, Stormzy is the guy for you.
Best known for his 2017 single, Did You See, J Hus is another up and coming name to watch. Reaching number 9 on the UK singles chart with his debut single, J Hus has also featured on other prominent grime artists tracks. He featured on Stormzy’s 2017 hit Bad Boys which peaked at 22 on the charts, as well as on Dave’s Samantha which peaked at 63. If you’re on the look out for rising stars, be sure to give J Hus a listen this coming weekend.
This list wouldn’t be complete without the headlining grime MC of the weekend, Dizzee Rascal. From the start of his musical career in the early 2000s to present day, Dizzee has proven his place in the grime world, consistently creating banger after banger. Whether it’s his debut album, Boy In Da Corner (featuring I Luv U and Fix Up, Look Sharp) or his album of numbers ones, Tongue n’ Cheek (featuring Bonkers, Dance Wiv Me, Holiday and Dirtee Disco) that floats your boat, Dizzee Rascal is a must see this Wild Life weekend.
Make sure to follow our coverage of Wild Life Festival, taking place on the 9th + 10th June!