After the success of Straight Outta Compton this summer, movie studios are falling over themselves to find rap biographies to put on the silver screen. Whilst many of you thought it was about damn time, it got us thinking about our own music scene, in particular the ever-colourful yet equally gritty world of grime. With grime's powerful rise in mainstream culture, it's only right that some of the artists who paved the way should have their stories told, too.
Lethal Bizzle is certainly no stranger to our screens. Along with Sinead Harnett and acclaimed film composer, David Arnold, they released a track called "Come This Far" as part of Bulmers' #LiveColourful.LIVE campaign. Not only that, but there was a special one-off live performance by them all at One Mayfair in October. Each step of the #LiveColourful.LIVE project was documented on the website, giving fans access to behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with all three artists and videos from the live show. In Bizzle's own words, the track is about his "journey through grime." And, once you hear it, there's a real cinematic essence to it—more than worthy of the silver screen treatment.
Most people can agree that grime has had its representation in films like Kidulthood, Adulthood, Ill Manors and 126.96.36.199. and TV shows like Dubplate Drama and Top Boy, but those are all works of fiction which may, or may not, have been inspired by true events. How about we get a little facts? How about we get educated on a scene that's been around of years but has only just come to the whole world's attention?
Ask anyone involved in the grime scene and they can tell you loads of excellent anecdotes—ranging from Dizzee Rascal's legendary clash with Asher D on Choice FM; the famous Lord Of The Mics back-to-back battle between Wiley and Kano; or the moment Lethal B dropped "Pow (Forward)" and forever changed the landscape of the genre. It's these moments in time that we, as an audience, would love to relive again and see on our screens. Grime might not be as old as hip-hop, but it's still had some incredible stories over its lifetime.
Here are four grime MCs whose biopics we would love to see made.