Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime – review

Grime, black music’s rawest cry for political justice, has found the passionate chronicler it deserves in Dan Hancox

It’s December 2010. Hundreds of young demonstrators are kettled in Parliament Square by the Met’s scary territorial support group, despairing of the abolition of the education maintenance allowance, which kept underprivileged young people in colleges and sixth forms, and seeking to influence the parliamentary vote then under way on raising university tuition fees.

A makeshift PA system turns up, and the jack into the amplifier is passed around the demonstrators’ devices, all naturally loaded with MP3s. A rave erupts in the kettle, playing a huge variety of “music of black origin” – that unsatisfactory portmanteau word covering, at least that day, R&B, dancehall, UK funky and dubstep.

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