Who doesn’t love a bit of microphone war? I know I do. And be it for love, money, or respect, over the years Grime has had quite a few stand out soap opera saga’s that’ve given pleny of things to talk about. These rivalries, feuds and assaults have contirbuted some unforgettable, entertaining and otherwise pivotal moments that’ve produced some memorable Grime music.
So let’s fling it back with a humble selection of the ’10 Wickedest War Dubs in Grime History’:
CHIP – RUN OUT RIDDIM (2015)
Kickin’ it off with ‘Run Out Riddim’. This ones definitely up there, largely for being a pivotal release in Chip’s controversial return to Grime last year, as it was – for me – the track that basically restored Chip’s credibility; albeit temporarily. When he went on to kinda over do it by making the what some would argue as “too many Bugzy Malone disses” and it got a bit silly. Nevertheless, Run Out Riddim was when Chip earn’t his stripes back and and it wouldn’t be fair to talk about Grime war dubs without talking including the most talked about Grime beef in this decade.
GRIMINAL – JAMMER BURIAL (2006)
Out and out lyrical savagery. Hard to believe someone with so much rage could be so young; but that was Griminal in his adolescents, and no one knows this better than Jammer who had to hold body blows from the then secondary school aged Griminal due to power struggles, scrapes and squabbles within N.A.S.T.Y Crew and around Newham at that time.
DEVLIN – EXTRA EXTRA (2006)
Here’s another adolescent teenager taking on a MC nearly twice there age. 2006 was a an eventful year for Grime beefs, and this track is another banger that contributed to a competitive period, for reasons we’ll get to shortly.
KANO – FLIRTA D DUB (2004)
SLK were beefin’ N.A.S.T.Y and this war dub came about as a result – that’s pretty much the tall and short of the back story hear , because that’s Grime was back then – i’ll let the riddim do the talking.
CRAZY TITCH – JUST AN ARSEHOLE (2004)
It you’re a Grime kid, born in the late 80s you’ll know about the Titch and Dizzee beef, with the notorious footage from the Lord of the Deck’s them man squaring up on a serious ting at Deja while a 20 something year old Wiley with half his head platted try’s to cool it off – bless ‘im.
Anyway, what followed was this one diabolical diss track by Crazy Titch entitled ‘Just An Arsehole’ – for all the obvious reasons.
DOT ROTTEN – WILEY CANT DIS HOODSTAR (2006)
I mentioned earlier that 2006 was a active year for controversy, and you’re about to tell you why. Number 3, like Devlin’s diss, was another contribution to the catalogue of Wiley disses in the form of Dot Rottens 5 minutes of pure fire.
SKEPTA – THE END (2006)
This ones up there mainly for being such an memorable track because of the unique instrumental. A progessive 8 bar Skepta production which incorpotates so many classic Grime melodies from other Grime beats into to a medley of all the most memorable riddims. So, with that, combined with the fact that Skepta’s sending for SLK and Devilman, for me, this one up there.
DURRTY DOOGZ AKA DURRTY GOODZ – WILEY DUBPLATE (2003)
If you’ve seen the in depthin depth Wiley interview with NFTR you’d know that this dubplate by Durrty Googz – has he was known at that time – was damaging blow and his considered by Wiley himself and clash he definitely lost.
WILEY – NIGHT BUS (2006)
So, I just mentioned, again, that 2006 was a controversial year and also mentioned I’d explain why. Well, this track had a lot to do with it, because it was on this track in 2006 that Wiley decided to send for bare MC’s directing a heavy artillery at Ghetts, Mercston, Wretch, Scorcher and Devlin AKA The Movement.
What turned the year upside down is that bare MC’s sent back – Logan Sam even put a CD entitled ‘The War Report’ together as a direct result of the sheer amount of dubs flying about because of Wiley’s anti anthem. So hang tight Wiley the fearless warrior MC and biggup Logan.
TRIM – THE LOWDOWN (2004)
Bars upon bars – levels. Listen to the lyrics; no explanation needed.
Had to bring this bonus war dub in because it’s Marcus Nasty being the Nasty Marcus that he was so notorious for. It incapsulates the beast that he was. Man made a war dub over a Grime riddim, without spraying any bars. It’s just Marcus talkin’ an incredible amount crudd and boi’in off every other member of N.A.S.T.Y Crew after returning to Newham from ridin’ a bird and finding that things in the crew and the in ends weren’t to man’s satisfaction. Hence his younger brother Griminals fearless dubs for Jammer and this aggy rant from Marcus entitled ‘Industry Exposure’.
MARCUS NASTY – INDUSTRY EXPOSURE (2006)
An MC who really doesn’t get enough credit. As far i’m concerned No Lay’s up there with the Grime legends, and this track is partial proof,because she absolutely buried the OG Nikki – The Birmingham MC and Social Media Sket who rose to Twitter fame for making Grime freestyles about getting battery and brainin’ bare man, and although it was great publicity at the time – no one can really rate that, and No Lay spoke for the wise and put the nail in the coffin for OG Nikki’s shorty tacky career.