A musical offshoot of the early 21st century UK Garage scene, Grime developed in the East End of London between 2002-2004. In contrast to its more soulful progenitor, Grime can often be dark and aggressive. It is characterised by rapid and extremely rythmic rhyming over sparse break beats and futuristic bleeps and guttural bass growls. Although for a long time, Grime resisted attempts to classify or pidgeon-hole it, it has been called sublow or eskibeat in the past.
Two figures stand out as being instrumental in the birth of the genre now known as Grime. Both members of the Roll Deep Crew, [(Dizzee Rascal)] and Wiley publicised the genre with their albums Boy In Da Corner and Treadin' On Thin Ice. The 2004 track What D'You Call It by Wiley perhaps signalled the real split of Grime from previous musical genres and yet mocked media attempts to classify the new sound.
Although Dizzee and Wiley are rightly credited with being the architects of the Grime sound we can see the progression of UK Garage to Grime by looking at earlier tracks such as More Fire Cru's Oi and Sticky feat Ms Dymanite's Boo
Uptill now Grime has been lingering in the background of the UK music scene and was concentrated predominately in the East End of London. Now however, it looks set to spread to a wider audience. Dizee Rascals first and second albums (Boy in Da Corner and Showtime) have both been commercial successes and new artists such as Kano, Lady Sovereign and the Birmingham based Brasko look set to take it to the next level.