Beats, Bass and Bars: The Story of Grime

10pm, BBC Four

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Rod­ney P tells the thrilling, ul­ti­mately pos­i­tive, story of the ori­gins of a con­tem­po­rary black Bri­tish mu­sic whose vi­tal­ity and ur­gency is clouded, per­haps, by the vi­o­lence it ap­pears, to some, to deal in and gen­er­ate. The pre­sen­ter looks at the stars, as well as grime’s an­tecedents, in­clud­ing reg­gae soundsys­tems and jun­gle, the way grime put a pe­cu­liarly Bri­tish ur­ban spin on Amer­i­can-im­ported styles such as hip-hop and its po­lit­i­cal con­scious­ness.

David Stubbs

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