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Scotland's Speaking and It Sounds Angry

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Edd Norval
February 12, 2018

Grime is going through it's second coming, with Skepta lifting a Mercury Prize for 'Konnichiwa' in 2016, the first for a grime artist since Dizzee Rascal's 'Boy in da Corner' in 2003. Both of these guys are from the genre's home - London. But what about grime from up north a bit? Blackpool? Manchester? Try a little bit higher. Try Scotland.

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People in Scotland have a good reason to be angry. After the failed bid for independence, the choice to store nuclear weapons off their coast and leave the EU, the latter two both being against their democratic will - the anger has to be directed somewhere.


The Scottish accent is known to be attractive, with all of its varying brogues. But in rap? Well, it hasn't always worked. But the anger that's coming from the country is being channelled into their musical output - aggression is defining their take on the genre. Whilst the people may feel neglected and forgotten on the political spectrum, they won't let that be the case with their burgeoning hip-hop and rap scene.


Shogun's freestyle 'Vulcan' looks at life in small Scottish town Paisley, addressing the struggles of day-to-day life, both personal and as a people. There are no guns, bitches and money here. It's alcoholism, stabbings and shit housing. This video made people stand back and pay attention to the scene when it blew up on release - but it's not the only place to look. Guys like Sherlock and Melroze are helping him carry the torch into a future that looks dark.


Here are a couple more videos to check out:

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