With grime enjoying perhaps its most commercially successful period of all time, naturally the genre’s roots have got lost along the path to mass consumption, with many artists enjoying success in afro-swing or UK rap mislabelled as patrons of the genre. 18 year old grime MC Yizzy is here to change that. A scholar of the original sounds permeating London in the early 00s, the Lewisham native’s penchant for grime’s pioneering incarnations is no more present than on his forthcoming ‘S.O.S.’ EP. After releasing the ferocious video for ‘Radio Danger’, Yizzy is back with the visuals for the project’s second single, the explosive ‘BAP’.
Directed by Wowa, ‘BAP’’s visuals splice glitched out imagery with foreboding surveillance shots and some slick visual effects as Yizzy performs the track in ominous industrial settings, providing the perfect backdrop to ‘BAP’’s fierce lyrical potency and relentless grime instrumentalism. Produced by genre iconoclast Maniac, ‘BAP’ is a call to arms to the rest of the scene, a gauntlet thrown down to culture vultures, and a testament to Yizzy’s authenticity to the genre that birthed him. Complete with 8-bit synths, call-and-response vocals and high intensity percussion, Yizzy assaults the instrumental with an arsenal of flows, recreating the live grime experience with ferocity. A rare blast of pure, unadulterated grime in 2018, on ‘BAP’ Yizzy looks to the sounds of the past to create a path for the genre’s future.
Yizzy’s forthcoming EP ‘S.O.S.’ is a mission statement to pledge his allegiance to the forefathers of grime. Living his life on exactly the same timeline as the genre’s expansion and subsequent explosion into the public consciousness, Yizzy was born at the same time as pioneers Heartless Crew and Pay As U Go were revolutionising stages and radio sets; ingraining their culture into him from birth.
Standing for ‘Save Our Sound’, ‘S.O.S.’ holds up next to grime’s definitive records, with culturally significant figures such as Terror Danjah, DOK, Maniac, Swifta Beater, Rapid (of Ruff Sqwad) and Lewi White lending their legendary sounds and effectively passing the torch to Yizzy. With the release of ‘BAP’, Yizzy sets the benchmark for grime in its truest form; unflinching, unfiltered and unafraid.