To fully experience grime, you’ve got to see it in the live setting—the DJ mixing, MCs passing the mic, catching the vibe of whatever beat is coming in and competing with each other to get the best crowd reaction or biggest reload. Only a few MCs can get the kind of reaction Skepta gets right now, especially when he mixes in classic bars (“Go on then! Go on then!,” “God forgive me if I bust my nine”) with new ones from tracks like “Shutdown,” “That’s Not Me,” and “Nasty.”
For this very sweaty Boiler Room session, recorded on February 28 at “a leap year shoobs for Noni’s birthday,” DJ Maximum on the decks is joined by Skepta, Frisco, Shorty, Jammin, AJ Tracey, and Ruff Sqwad’s Fuda Guy. Check out all the madness above.
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that AJ Tracey is one of our favorite rising grime MCs, and he recently went on Charlie Sloth’s BBC Radio 1xtra show for a Fire In The Booth. Naturally, he killed it.