Homage Paid to the Godfathers of Grime in London Display!

Hollie May

By Hollie May

Hollie May

1 Aug 2022

Grime documentarian Roony ‘RiskyRoadz’ Keefe has co-curated an exhibition showcasing the origins of grime held in the heart of London. Grime Stories: From the Corner to the Mainstream highlights the struggles of the genre’s culture and how it all began back in the early 2000’s. Emerging predominately from East London, this is a sound that brought the underground music scene of England to light. To expose the hidden talent within the estates of London they defeated enforcement efforts and transitioned in the most extraordinary way.

Roony ‘RiskyRoadz’ Keefe, Grime documentarian photographed at his home in Bethnal Green. Photo- John Chase photography.

Pirate radio, youth centres and urban music stores were at the forefront of developing this quintessential sound. Exclusive footage of the scenes pioneers Skepta and DJ Slimzee just to name a few is on display. Birthplace replica of the infamous rap battles held in Jammer’s basement is also exhibited along with props that played important roles in the evolution of grime.

A heritage plaque marks the origins of Jammer, British Grime Pioneer, MC and Producer. Known for group Boy Better Know and MC of Nasty Crew. Lord of the M.I.C.S was founded in its basement in 2003. Photo- John Chase Photography.

This small but mighty insight to the origins of the genre is a slight overview of the hard work and battles behind the scenes, go back to where it all started and throw yourself into the noughties. Open throughout the year until December 2022. The exhibition is held in the Museum of London’s Eclipse hall and entry is free. Book yourself a slot here.

Acknowledgements to The Museum of London and John Chase for the featured photo’s.