Monday, May 14, 2012

Music Monday: Kozzie - Blue Borough Grime

One of the biggest grime tracks at the moment and a potential crossover hit (judging by amount it gets played on Rinse FM) is Yeah! by Kozzie, produced by Preditah. Kozzie's from Lewisham and has been around for a few years now, at one time he was part of the group Ardest Barrers along with other local grime artists Slaughter and Mischief.

Lewisham gets a nod in this new track as he says something like 'I'm from the Blue who rep the Borough, but 90% are cowards'. When and why did Lewisham first get known as the Blue Borough? According to Urban Dictionary 'Blue Borough is slang for the London Borough of Lewisham in South East London. Lewisham is called Blue Borough because: The logo for Lewisham is blue. The dustbins are blue. The street signs are blue'.

Technically it's not actually the dustbins that are blue, but the street litter bins are. Of course it's a bit confusing for those of us who also know central Bermondsey by the market as 'the Blue' (as in by the Blue Anchor pub).

Anyway there's a lot of grime/rap talent in the Lewisham area and indeed over at It's a Madness (mixtape blog), DJ Kenny Allstar is proposing a compilation called 'The Grass is Bluer on the Other Side'. Artists associated with the Blue Borough who he lists include:

Essentials Crew

P Money
Little Dee
Merky Ace
Don Strapzy/Dru Blu
Tommy Bones
Mack Wasey
Young Adz
Benjamin A.D

An actual Blue Borough  bin

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