News | Grime Exhibition To Open At Museum Of London This June – The Quietus

It takes in films, a large-scale illustration and various items from key artists of the scene

A new exhibition about grime music will debut at the Museum Of London this June.
Grime Stories: From The Corner To The Mainstream will look at the genre’s origins and its emergence as an initially localised sound from East London, as well as the explosion in popularity of the genre that followed. It takes in films about the genre and scene, items belonging to key artists, and a panoramic illustration by artist and graphic designer Willkay. The overall project is co-produced by Roony Keefe, who is famed for his Risky Roadz DVD series, which captured a number of early freestyles from various grime artists and MCs.
In one film within the exhibition, Keefe is seen driving around East London with Jammer, Practice Hours’ Troy “A+” Miller, and Rapid and Slix from Ruff Sqwad. There is also footage of Skepta and key DJ Slimzee, exploring their rise via platforms like Rinse FM, as well as an interview with Jammer, filmed in his basement, known as the Dungeon, where the legendary Lord Of The Mics MC clash series was filmed.
Speaking about the exhibition in a statement, Keefe said: “Grime’s influence has changed music forever. This Museum Of London display makes me feel proud to see grime’s legacy acknowledged, knowing how far the scene has come and how essential it is to London’s culture.”
Grime Stories: From The Corner To The Mainstream opens at the Museum Of London on June 17, and can be accessed for free as part of a standard visit to the museum. Find more information here.
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