Molly Catterall (right) and Guvna B (left)
By Molly Catterall
Grime music is under attack due to fears that it is linked to drugs violence and a life of crime.
But this assumption couldn’t be any further from the truth.
If you were to attend a grime concert you would realise these events don’t promote crime, they are full of people passionate sharing the love of grime music.
The last event I attended at Guvna B concert I was with a range of diverse people enjoying his new album with an abundant amount of respect. As a committed Christian, his music reflects positivity and couldn’t be further from the violent credo that critics associate it with.
Guvna B says his music doesn’t promote violent messages. He believes these messages of crime within music are not genre specific and there will ways be these message in music no matter what.
So many other genres speak of drugs and crime – it is part of everyday life for many young people living in our cities. It is not promoting or celebrating this lifestyle but reflecting the reality in society.
Young people are the victims of violence. Banning grime artist from these venues isn’t the answer to the problem.
But there needs to be a change. The government must challenge attitudes to project these artists and ensure this genre of music which generates millions of pounds for the creative economy.
There is a huge misconception towards this genre of music and all music should be able to be given the same opportunity to thrive. We need to put an end to this generalisation towards grime and prejudice and assumption to crime.
Music is powerful and has the option to speak positivity and grime deserves the chance to be heard.