Red Bull Studios presents Grime-A-Side
Grime meets football in a cypher tournament involving rival cities across the UK in a Grime-A-Side battle to find the best squad in the UK writes Jessica Howkins.
One grime MC per UK city has been chosen by Red Bull Studios to captain eight teams. Each captain gets to pick their team of local MCs to represent their city. Each time will be given a beat and will venture off to the Red Bull Studios in London Bridge to record their cypher.
In light of Grime-A-Side, we’ve taken a look at the competition from the regions we cover, Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester!
Birmingham: Jaykae (Captain), Deadly and Mayhem
Captain Jaykae is regarded as the biggest grime talent to come from the city and has a clashing history as part of the Invasion crew. He’s picked Deadly, a key player in the Grime scene and Mayhem, one of the founding memebers of N.O.D.B alongside Deadly for his team players.
Nottingham: Mez (Captain), Jdot and Kyeza
Captain Mez’ first track was with team player Kyeza on a DOK production in 2008, he’s named as one of the 11 Grime MCs to take over 2016 in a Fader piece by BBC Radio 1Xtra tastemaker Sian Anderson. His team players Jdot and Kyeza are part of Nottingham’s Crew 1 2 alongside Mez and are widely considered as the prominent grime artists in Nottingham
Derby: Eyez (Captain), Lox and Dubzy
Captain Eyez emerged on the Grime scene in 2012, amassing almost 1 million YouTube views for his JDZ #Spitfire . Since he has created numerous grime hits. As his team players he has Loxy, one of the youngsters in the Grime scene currently and Dubzy who is part of Eyez’ crew, a popular main stay on the Grime scene.
Leicester: Kamakaze (Captain), Skemmin and Jafro
Captain Kamakaze has been honing his craft for the past 10 years, and has a grime EP with producer Masspeals in the pipeline. His team players Skeez and Jafro have been climbing the ladder in the Grime scene quickly, set on making a name for themselves.
The first cypher, London vs Leeds is live now on www.redbull.co.uk/grimeaside and voting is now open to the public. Further quarter-final cyphers will drop every two weeks on August 27, September 10 and September 24.
This isn’t about beef, it’s about bars – the public will be encouraged to vote on delivery, flow and originality. There are eight cities, eight captains, eight teams and ONE winner.
The project follows on from the success of Red Bull Studios’ Mind The Gap mixtape in May which saw the studios team up with Eyez to find the best new grime talent from the Midlands and North of England.
For more information and to follow the tournament go to: www.redbull.co.uk/grimeaside