Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Grime scene saviour
Be careful that the 'cage' of the underground doesn't just flip open and show you the levels.
Chipmunk's the young MC that put the work in and evolved to be a chart topper. Although in the last couple days he's been exchanging boastful cussing matches with a some of the underground underdogs including Wiley. Let's be honest if you saw this 'beef' (I hate to call that it's on twitter for damn sakes) it was pretty much Wiley sending insults Chipmunk's way until he responded. With each throwing, in a nut shell 'I'm bigger than you, no I am, no I am' type, comments. Chipmunk made a surprising clash proposal, although instead of just heading down to Rinse FM or running down to the next dance he upgraded the clash and made the stakes bigger than Wiley had ever seen before: 'Let's do a F64 each, A concert for an hour each, Release an album on the same day (sales on the 1week)... Who ever loses, resigns. Let's be real as exciting as it is, it will never happen. Wiley is Wiley. A lot of talk, a lot of pop.
After the release of Chipmunk's Woooo Riddim last night it didn't take a nun to notice the direct send for Dot Rotten - 'I'm as rotten as rotten but I just dress better' - Rotten was clearly not happy and sent him this 'no your stylist dresses u up like a action man and u take the credit for it.' Dot will definitely make it musical, after all he is a musically creative artist (see I do like dot :) ) In reaction to some of the sending UK Rapper Low Key commented on the situation 'If Dot Rotten doesn't duppy Chipmunk with a riddim, I might have to Baghdad style. Stay humble'
Chipmunk is no stranger to getting hated on but usually it's just pointless 'you got a big head... you sold out' hate. Where and how does making all these big statements and sending for 'underdogs' really aid the underground's level of respect for you? We've all seen the rising and falling of Kano (clearly he's on the uprising again, haven't you heard his new tune!), surely that should be a lesson to swallow your pride and stay humble. These guys have nothing to lose in the bigger picture... but Chipmunk does. He may feel that people are always taking shots at him but surely be a bigger man about it rather than jump on the hottest beat of 2010 and cuss the whole scene & platform that helped you develop into the artist you're now. No matter how much he may hate it the mainstream world see his music as grime and see him as a grime artist and then disrespects grime when he gets an opportunity, it's not a good image at all.
Aside from that Tinchy's just gone into business with Jay Z, so expect more devil signs in videos and baphomet making a cameo in future releases. Nice though, aside from that, to see Tinchy getting some money up in there.
Posted by Hyperfrank at 4:38 AM