Inja - Hat Low Ft Fallacy, SkinnyMan & Mr Thing




I was wondering when I was going to touch on the whole "is grime hip hop?" debate and this seems like as good a time as any. The perfect opportunity, perhaps. You'll know Inja as a rapper from the Delegates of Culture camp. Mr Thing is a hip hop DJ and ex-Scratch Pervert (a crew that itself fuses hip hop and allsorts of other genres in their mixes) and Fallacy and Skinnyman are UK hip hop veterans that have never been averse to spittin' double time over 2-step riddims.

Anyway, I've often been aware of people questioning grime and whether it's hip hop. To be honest, I haven't got the time to split hairs too far with this, but I definitely see them as having lots in common. They share certain elements in their respective genetic make ups. Sure, grime has a direct lineage with garage, but the way I hear some MCs go in over grime beats is closer to hip hop than the dance music hyping that grime was born from. Throw into the fold the image and clothing (which, like it or not, is an integral part of hip hop) that's associated with grime and how fragmented hip hop has become with regional sounds in the US, and I find it difficult to overlook how much these two genres have in common. A lot of artists in the UK make music that is difficult to pin down as being either - hybrid music that takes influences from, but is not limited to, both. Sway, anyone?

Needless to say, I'm no grime aficionado. Neither am I a curmudgeon who dismisses it as nonsense. I'm not checking pirate radio and going to raves, but I won't shy away from artists that I rate, especially as the boundaries between particular types of music become blurred.

I'm not even a huge fan of this track, but it's given me the opportunity to say my piece. So, if you see a post on here that you don't exactly agree with in terms of its fit musically, just scroll up. I just hope I can find something more hip hop to post after this.