It was a late summer holiday weekend and whilst most people were dancing the day away at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, us grime lovers were over at the O2 Arena in North Greenwich ready to immerse ourselves in the Boy Better Know Takeover.
Grime as a genre started in the early 2000s in East London and is heavily influenced by UK garage, hip hop/rap and jungle music. Some of the most well known grime artists include Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Kano, Skepta and Stormzy with international artists such as Drake and A$AP Rocky taking a huge liking to UK grime. Skepta’s latest album Konnichiwa charted at #2 in the UK album charts, an incredible achievement for the underground scene. Listen to the album single “Shutdown,” below.
In 2005, brothers Skepta and JME set up what is now known as the number one independent Grime record label Boy Better Know. 12 Years later, BBK takes to North London’s O2 Arena to create a day filled with endless activities and exclusive events surrounded by all members of the BBK crew. The night was topped with a spectacular live show and surprise guests including Wiley, Lethal Bizzle and J Hus.
Activities consisted of five-a-side football match between BBK and YouTube Stars, a skate park, exclusive access to play the forthcoming Call Of Duty WWII game, Roller Disco, a screening of chart topper Skepta‘s exclusive Apple Music Documentary and an extensive string of interviews by Julie Adenuga (Beats 1 Radio presenter) with artists across the urban board including Blue Daisy, Ghetts, Preditah and many more.
Find out more about the event and view the incredible photos on their official website.