So because of internet problems, I missed last week’s Grimey Mondays’ post so to make up for it, I’m putting two videos up in a two for the price of one post this week. Who knows, maybe I’ll do this more often, I mean there is a lot of music in the archives for me to search through.
The first song is from Forest Gate’s finest, olders in grime and OGs in the scene, D Double E and Footsie, better known by many as the Newham Generals are certified legends. Grime’s very own Dudley Boyz and I’m sure that a lot of tables have been smashed during their time in the scene. They’ve got bars, they’re got flow and their presence at any event makes any crowd stand eagerly for them to shut it down, if you’re new to grime, listening to Newham Generals is a must. Individually, both men can stand on their own too, with Footsie able to dish out bare right hooks, bare left hooks, bare uppercuts and bare headbutts while DEE more than able to put his street fighter skills to the test on the riddim. With the lyrical wordplay and ad-libs of DEE and the punchlines and the beats of Footsie (he’s a producer as well as an MC you know), they are a team to be reckoned with and in this case, the duo used to be a trio with Monkstar alongside DEE and Footsie, spraying his bars for Frontline.
The second song comes from another veteran in the scene, responsible for one of the most memorable albums in grime. For former N.A.S.T.Y. Crew member Kano, he’s been making music since he was a teenager and he hasn’t looked back since. Whether it’s his clash with fellow grime heavyweight Wiley on Lord Of The Mics or his legendary album, Home Sweet Home, Kano established his name early although he’s going through somewhat of a hiatus, his status in the scene has been sealed. Home Sweet Home went Gold, selling over 100,000 copies and over the years, he’s proved that he makes the difference between a good song and a great song and with fellow former N.A.S.T.Y. Crew member Ghetts (a.k.a Ghetto as he was known in the past), Typical Me was made. Kano and Ghetts, like the Newham Generals are another formidable duo, they bounce off each other and when that happens, magic is made and I’m sure a lot of their fans will agree with me.