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The rise and rise of grime: most streamed artists

TAKING OVER THE STAGE: East Ham native Kano has been rising through the ranks since his debut album in 2004 and is now a firm favourite of today’s grime fans, being the eighth most-popular streamed artist this year

THE TICKETMASTER report (visit: for more details) will come as a welcome surprise for a host of people up and down the UK and around the world who love grime music, but for the true hardcore foundation members of the urban sonic phenomenon, it wasn’t anything we didn’t already know.

When music influences political opinion and begins to shape the political views of young people, quite often, those who roam the corridors of power will sit up and take note.
Not that anyone needs my praise, but well done to Jeremy Corbyn for overtly recognising what power you have. Well done to JME for engaging with the leader of the opposition party in such a public fashion. Well done to Stormzy for calling out Theresa May using the type of urban vernacular that will connect with a demographic that has helped the grime scene to grow.

The Ticketmaster report came in the week the music genre lost one of its founding MCs, Major Ace. The Pay As U Go Cartel member was an absolute pioneer for grime, spreading the power of the music when pay days were few. He will be sorely missed, but rightly recognised.

LISTEN TO THE LATE MAJOR ACE, BELOW (credit: YouTube/silverdrizzle):

In those early days when Ace and many other artists, DJs, promoters and fans carried grime, no one knew where it was heading. But here we are, in 2017, watching the main protagonists enjoy the fruits of their labour in the same manner as any other artist of that ilk.

More importantly, the music is genuinely appreciated for its authenticity – its power is understood.

If political persuasion is where we find ourselves today, then where we go tomorrow is only defined by the limits of our thinking. But believe me, the people that find themselves at the fore of the game now do not think in limits – a little bit like those who came before them.


1. Stormzy

2. Skepta

3. Dizzee Rascal


4. JME

5. Bugzy Malone

6. Wiley

7. Lethal Bizzle

8. Kano

9. Chip

10. Big Narstie

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