Earlier this year, Big Narstie raised an interesting point during his BBC 1Xtra interview with Charlie Sloth. Discussing MCs coming back to grime, Narstie said that artists from up North were some of the only people still supporting the genre when its native stopped catering fully to its needs. Whilst this may not be strictly true, and London will always be the home of grime, the contributions from outside of the capital cannot be ignored. Today, the scene away from the M25 looks stronger than ever before, with key locations producing raw talent with as much to say as the London bar-slingers themselves.
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