2017 saw the infiltration of grime music into the mainstream through the acclaimed efforts of such artists as Stormzy, Skepta, Giggs, Wiley, and even the facetious efforts of Big Shaq on the viral hit “Man’s Not Hot.”

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The genre emerged in London in the early 2000s. Grime’s origin stems from the UK underground, where the genre was heavily influenced by the sounds of UK garage and jungle, as well as ragga, hip hop, and dancehall. It spread through the underground scene and pirate radio stations such as the now infamous Rinse FM or Sunshine 855.

The genre has been described as the “most significant musical development within the UK for decades,” so it’s only fitting that Spotify would recognize it as its own genre, giving it its own station, making it easier for fans to find the music they love through curated playlists and more. Check out one of those playlists below.

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