Grime and politics is becoming more common than ever before. Whether it’s due to the local culture, response to national tragedies and issues, artists and voicing their own personal opinion.
Recently, an MP in Parliament, on Wednesday quoted Stormzy when making her speech, during Prime Ministers Question. The New Croydon Central MP, Sarah Jones quoted “You’re never too big for the boot”. This got some laughs in parliament and various reactions on Twitter. It would be assumed that. the grime artist has a large influence on the MP, especially that Stormzy from Croydon.
Moreover is this a question that grime is revealing itself more to politics? Or is it that MPs are understanding how grime is their selling point to reach their constituency?
One must observe from the time of campaigning for the election during May. An interview between grime artist, JME and Labour Party leader, Corbyn surfaced from i-d. They discussed Corbyn promises for young people, housing and other issues that Corbyn wants to do. The interesting perspective of JME was that he confessed that he did not usually vote in elections, but understood what Corbyn was about due to Corbyn’s “honest politics”.
As this interview surfaced online, reactions saw how grime artists start to support the Labour Party more; especially how millennials saw how Corbyn as their choice for prime minister. Again, grime took left-wing politics and made it urban. Thus creating a selling point for the Labour Party, to really appeal to those who actively listen to grime.
The reactions were interesting, especially right-wing newspaper, The Sun, describing it as “cringey”. That describes rather their reaction to grime working hand-in-hand with that political side. Moreover the #grime4corbyn was an trend and an event that promoted grime artists who backed Labour on the foundation of Corbyn as a honest politician.
Moreover, as several grime artists on Twitter and other forms of social media were proclaiming they will vote Labour, it reconnected an audience of grime listers to politics.
Grime is a stance British genre that produces a voice for those who feel disconnected from our society. Such a representation in which politics tries to connect to, is evident when grime artists like JME, Stormzy voice why they are supportive.
An event such as the Grenfell Tower fire, saw many grime artists such as AJ TRACEY, discuss the lack of response that the government made to the victims and why it’s important to support these victims while they are homeless and angry towards the councils. This is not necessarily an influence on politics from grime, however it reveals where grime artists are voicing their concerns where politics has been affected in such a community.
Furthermore, Grime is music that politics itself cannot ignore.