This New Zine Will Give You An Inside Look into The Grime Music Scene
Perhaps the most punk way to document any subculture is by way of zines. And being that grime, the music genre that emerged in England in the early 2000s, is perhaps the most important government subverting genre out there, it makes sense that its founders decided to record their rebellious musical efforts in none other than a cheaply-made, black and white, little book. Titled Into the Dirt, the zine is inspired by the famous punk zines of the Riot Grrrl movement like Girl Germs.
After capturing the ears of defiant British youth for over a decade, some of the genre’s leading creatives began to see their impact widen and eventually cross over into the U.S. Skepta, JME, and other members of grime collective Boy Better Know, for instance, have recently become household names. Their rise has been indicative of the rise of grime in general—a genre that’s literally erupted internationally like no other subgenre in the hip-hop game.
Members of the grime community started gaining worldwide recognition this year when they attacked The Brit Music Awards for its lack of diversity with the viral hashtag #BritsSoWhite. Considering grime’s triumphant leaps of success, it seems there is no better time than now to take note of what is happening within the music industry and the people who are championing the continued breakdown of stereotypes in hip-hop.
Into the Dirt‘s creative team combine the kind of DIY aesthetics that can be dated back to ’80s zine culture with personal statements and the ostracized realities of people in the grime scene. The overall effect captures an essential moment in music history. “It’s not a story, it’s not a history, it’s not official, it’s not an opinion,” reads the foreword. “It’s just us with some cameras, phones, a typewriter and some great contributors.”
And it has all of the visual attributes of your average, killer zine: it features typewriter print, with hand-drawn scribbles along the side, and a cut-and-paste layout.
Inside, you’ll find excerpts from boldfaced musicians including Rude Kid, Tizzy Gang, and Vicky Grout. And from the looks of it, you’ll also find choppy, scribbled-down freestyles and personal anecdotes that’ll probably leave you weepy and emotional. In the end, every radical music-maker should strive for that level of emotional intensity.
You can check out the zine for yourself at Into the Dirt’s official launch party event on July 7th at the Underground in London.
Images via Dazed and Confused and Crack Magazine
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