Grimy Fashion: The Dos And Don’ts

Grime music is popping in a big way. From North London to Manchester and Canada, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Even Drake thinks of himself as a Boy Better Know crew member. Apart from banging tunes, grime also brings fashion. Yep, the guys and girls aren’t just talented musicians but style icons too. Think Tinie Tempah, Skepta, Kano, Dizzee and many more. To recreate their swag, here’s what you need to know.

Do: Shop Urban

Like all music, Grime originated from the ‘ends’ in London. As a result, the mandem repping the culture today are from urban areas of the city. And, their clothes reflect their upbringing and early attitudes. As someone looking to replicate the style, you would be remiss if you didn’t add an urban flavour to your outfit. Doing it is difficult if you’re not from the streets, which is why you need to shop at Seek Attire and Yukka. Vintage stores are also fantastic places to find cheap, knock-off gear which fits the style to a tee.

Don’t: Mix Grime And Hip-Hop

The two aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, grime heads would argue that their music is the antithesis of American rap. Sure, Jay-Z, Nas and Kanye have a place in every grime artist’s heart, but that doesn’t make them rappers. The beats, the rhythm, the content is all different and that is essential to keep in mind. So, when you are in Urban Outfitters, try and stick to your lane. Some pieces do cross over, such as a snapback, but ‘Jesus pieces’ and gaudy ice aren’t very grimy.

Don’t: Follow Lost Prophets

Please, people – Drake isn’t a grime artist. No matter how much he likes to pretend, he’s a R&B/hip-hop star that chooses to dip into different cultures. There’s a chance what Drake is wearing might be the latest in grime style. After all, he has links to Skepta, Jme and the whole BBK crew so he might be in the loop. However, there’s a good chance he’s guessing and mixing a variety of styles. From Jamaican crud to LA gangbanging, he’s tried it all in the past couple of years.  Instead, focus on the legitimate mandem and galdem that live the life.

Do: Listen To The Music

Bass-filled beats and lyrics at 140bpm aren’t just exciting to listen to; there full of info. Almost every MC includes fine details about their life within their songs to make it feel real. Jme once said ‘Man ripped up the Ts and Cs in my black hoodie and my off-white tee.’ Apart from telling us he doesn’t conform, the grime MC also informs listeners what he’s wearing while he’s a bad man. Jamie isn’t the only man or women to rap about his fashion sense – Skepta does it too – which is why you need to listen closely. You never know when a nugget of info will reveal itself in the lyrics.

The final do and don’t is to take part because it means something. Grime is a culture that people love and which deserves respect. Can you show that through your fashion choices?


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