Last Thursday Jammer dropped the all star featured track called ‘Royal Rumble’. Now before you make the assumption that this is an obligatory press release post to promote the tune, allow me to expand on a twist of fate that lead to this little piece.
Before we get into that, I wanted to highlight some points that Jammer made in the Noisey article he did to coincide with the release of the video for ‘Royal Rumble’:
“I was trying to capture the essence of what our music was about 10 years ago”, Jammer says, of the track. “With a lot of artists from the underground, they get signed and the music becomes structured. I wanted to ignore formula – who says you have to have a chorus? This is lyrics for the rave and getting influential people alongside those people who’ve been putting the work in lately, bringing it to the fore.”
I fully agree with Jammer. This format of Grime songs is an effective formula and was definitely one that was the most common structure of Grime songs back in 05-06 period when the 8 bar format was at it’s most prolific.
In my personal opinion, this format as apposed to the 16 bar verse, 8 bar hook approach has a quality that serves the nature of Grime music more effectively.
Allow me to explain. 8 bar cypher tracks featuring loads of MC’s, in essence, is a condensed version of a Grime set in song form. It reignites the culture of, and stimulates the intrinsic competitive nature of Grime MC culture by getting a bag of MC’s on one track, with a limited 8 bars each to stand out on the track: on top of, by default, forcing MC’s to write reload bars; if you’ve only got 8 bars on a track, you’ve only got 8 bars to be as creative as possible, plus, to have the most memorably and distinctive bars, subsequently gaining the most reloads on sets, on stage and in the rave: which is the aim of the game.
I rate what Jammer’s trying to do, although I feel the MC’s on this occasion weren’t as distinct and innovative with there flows, bars and style for the song to have the medley of diverse style for it to stand up against some of the classic 8 bar tracks of the original era. But, i’m sure it’s the first of many, and I’m confident things will develop and improve; suprassing the 8 bar Grime track that have come before it.
Anyway, back to subject of that twist of fate that led to this post.
I rediscovered an ooooold school track that was a rinsers back when I, and the rest my pals from the manor were bangin’ it at home, on our computers, and out and about on our beughky Nokias – back when we were teenage. A track made by a crew of boys from neighbouring school in Nowerhill (North Harrow) and I wanted to post the song not only to rep for the ends, but as throwback to a period when the exact structure of Grime tunes that Jammer discussed in his Noisey article was the standard approach to making Grime riddims: find a beat, get the mandem to the studio, crack open Cubase and everyone drops their best 8 bars, with a overriding focus on style inividuality, and having the most distinct flow ultimately meriting the most reloads.
After uploading the tune on our soundcloud a week ago, I sat back and thought “how am I gunna talk about this track? What context can I use to reference the subject in a contemporay way? After all, I can’t just randomly bring it up… I need an angle..” and low and behold, Jammer comes along, at a the perfect time addressing a subject directly related to this tune, not only because the new release is an 05 inspired 8 bar structured riddim, but in a convenient coincdence, is also named ‘Royal Rumble Round One’..
So, for those that wanna hear a relatively unknown 8 bar track, made by 15 year old Grime Kids from Harrow, I present to you ‘Royal Rumble Round One.
Biggup Piztol, Dealdly & The Nowerhill Mandem. Considering they were 15 at the time, this track, if you disregard the sound quality levels – afterall, it was 2005, them man were 15 with limited resources, and hadn’t even fully developed the concept of mixing down at this point; which was the case for most young producers at the time.
So, If you’re into Grime on deeper level, or you the remember them Channel U days of pure 8 bar tunes, or you lived in London as a teenager, or are just deeply enough into to Grime that you can accept the flaws of the old school lo fi sound quality, while appreciating what made it nang at the time, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one.
Large up dem man on the Phil Collins sample, a contributing element to making this a stand out tune.