Grime is a genre of electronic dance music that emerged in London in the early 2000s. It developed out of earlier UK electronic music styles, such as UK Garage, Dancehall and DnB.
The genre spread initially among pirate radio stations (such as Rinse FM) and underground scenes before achieving mainstream recognition in the UK during the mid-2000s through artists like Dizzee Rascal, Kano, Lethal Bizzle and Wiley.
Other prominent artists include Ghetts, Jme, Skepta, Stormzy, The Streets and grime crews such as Boy Better Know, Essentials, Musical Mob, Nasty Crew, Newham Generals, OGz, Roll Deep, Ruff Sqwad and Slew Dem.Grime shares some elements with dubstep due to developing from the same place (UK Garage). Both genres in the early years were known under various names (they were both called "dark garage" for instance) until eventually splitting off. Because of this, many grime MC's have spat over dubstep and there are a lot of UK dubstep producers that have done grime.
Grime is typified by complex 2-step, 4X4 breakbeats, generally around 130-140 beats per minute, or sometimes structured around a double-time rhythm, and constructed from different synth, string and electronic sounds.Stylistically, grime draws on many genres such as UK Garage, Jungle and DnB. The lyrics and music combine futuristic electronic elements and wobble. However, Grime has developed a fierce, unique sound by "distilling" rhythms to a minimal style resulting in a choppy, off-centre sound. Whereas hip hop is inherently dance music, grime sounds as if it had been made for a boxing gym, one where the fighters have a lot of punching to do but not much room to move - this was an intentional change from the earlier dance music (i.e UK Garage). Most grime artists make music about their losses or the trouble they experience in their life. Grime has maintained a style distinct from British Dubstep, with clear Caribbean and Jamaican influences. Grime is an amalgamation of UK Garage with a bit of Drum and Bass, a splash of Punk. Grime music also legally samples sawtooth wave sounds from video game music and ringtones which had become part of everyday life in East London.