Is grime on the peak of a global explosion? All signs point to yes in Crowdmix’s newly released “Taking Grime to the US”, a documentary that follows artists including Ghetts, Stormzy and Little Simz as they transport the the pride of London’s music scene to SXSW in Austin, Texas. The film captures Stormzy’s electric first US show, offers insight from SBTV’s Jamal Edwards and boasts a soundtrack that is worth tuning in for alone.
Grime artists featured in the documentary are optimistic about their impending US takeover. So keen was Ghetts to play SXSW that he offered to pay his own way, telling Crowdmix, “I feel like it was a big opportunity for me that I missed last year, so why not just invest in myself and come over?” American grime MC Jumanji, meanwhile, sees the genre’s expansion as a vital cultural exchange; as he explains, “Music is the best way to communicate culture back and forth”.
“Taking Grime to the US” also features Skepta, Lethal Bizzle, Shakka, and countless other heavyweights of the genre, whilst Beats1’s Zane Lowe proffers his thoughts on grime’s global appeal. Watch the full documentary below, and consider starting up a piggy bank for all those future US flights while you’re at it.