Intimidating beats and aggressive MCs hold down the entirety of Run the Road, Vice's breakthrough compilation of England's surging urban underground. Most advocates of this abrasive blend of electro, dub and hip-hop are calling it "grime," and Run the Road will be fondly remembered in the year-end lists ritual for its varied canon of standout tracks. There are familiar names on Run, but a lot of merit goes to those voices previously unheard. Kano's blatant threats over synth-heavy, looming beats makes for one of the sharper numbers, and by the fourth track, this comp has already upstaged most of the United States' watered-down nonsense. On "Unorthodox Daughter," No Lay knocks down her counterparts with coarse schoolyard-bully fare that would make Ja Rule wet his sagging drawers. The playground is significantly less safe in central London with these unsettled types drifting about, but the craftiness of their intensity is nothing short of stunning.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.