Our favourite grime artist at the moment, Stormzy, just released a new track last night! And as we're used to, it's a result of a freestyle. But what's great about this track is that it's an ode to 2 grime classics - namely, Wiley's "Wot U Call It?" and our personal all time favourite grime track Bunzi Danerous, Amina and Dynamic M's "Are you really from the endz?" - which have been sampled in a repetitive fashion. This is nothing new, Stormzy has always respected the late 90s and early 00s grime tracks and artists. On his famous "Know Me From" track he reps Wiley at the end with a shout-out
"Ey, Big-up Wiley, pay homage to the Godfather.."
In an effort to give more background to this track, we decided to give you the original tracks that were sampled on this release.
Wiley - Wot U Call It?
This is an all-time classic in the grime scene. This track was released around the time grime was becoming a UK mainstream trend. In an effort to stay away from boxing the new sound in, the track addresses labelling it as garage or 2-step. Moreover, with the hook of the track he highlights the need for everyone to identify the new sound (everyone was asking, what's this called - hence the name "Wot U Call It?") - where people were naming it "urban", or "2-step".
Wiley distanced himself from the discussion by claiming the new sound as his:
"I don't care about garage. Listen to this, it don't sound like garage. Who told you that I make garage? Wiley Kat's got his own style, s'not garage".
Bunzi Danerous, Amina and Dynamic M - Are you really from the endz?
This track was an early anthem in the clubs! The catchy vocal chop, as well as the bass-line makes this an indispensable contributor of the grime scene. This was released during the transition of garage/2-step to grime - the beat is very bouncy in a typical garage style, while the lyrics are tougher than what belongs to the genre. This gave it the perfect overlap between grime and garage. Grime was a genre that was born in the "endz" (also known as the ghettos of London). The track addresses people pretending to be tougher than they were, as well as pretending to come from the "endz" when that wasn't the case. A classic call-out, that till today, happens even in the US hip hop scene.