Since it burst out from the council estates of London's East End in the early part of the decade, grime remains the first and only authentically British MC culture. A jackknifing collision of rasping U.K. garage beats, local slang, U.S. street rap, and Jamaican dancehall, it was as visceral and exhilarating as anything you're likely to hear. For a while, it even looked ready to take on the world. As with so many "next big things," though, these early hopes proved... More >>>