When talking disaster Azealia Banks finally imploded via social media last month on account of her virulently racist and homophobic comments about Zayn Malik, most were content to chide her for being an awful person, full stop. For grime fans however, the real stinger was her later response tweets taking UK artists to task over their flows and the roots of grime as an art form.

The backlash was swift, with most emcees taking the opportunity to cuss out Banks or mock her removal from Rinse’s Born & Bred, but Novelist, the rising star who took her headline festival spot incidentally, had a more salient point to make, claiming grime’s roots go back to ragga rather than hip-hop. Which begs the question: what are grime’s roots, and how does the London genre relate to dancehall and hip-hop music outside the UK?