Birmingham, a city, ignored by the music enthusiasts of Britain for years is now getting its due. And the credit for this change of heart must go to the new generation music artists popping from the crevices of the city. Even though the city’s music is garnering much-needed recognition now, a prevalent music culture has always thrived in the city. It’s just that music lovers from all over the world are finally noticing the unique styles from Birmingham.
The rap legacy of Birmingham is pretty long. Inspired by the emerging hip hop culture in the 1980s and early 1990s, groups like “M.S. I & Asylum” along with “Moorish Delta 7” have emerged in the city. However, it was when “The Streets” came on the forefront is when everything changed. Earlier it was just the American beats and accents that topped the charts in Birmingham. However, artists like Mike Skinner changed things by focusing on local culture and the regional dialects. Mike took inspiration from the bars and lives of the local people to make his music. The local musicians have continued getting prouder and more confident in their lifestyle and accent over the years, thanks to the exposure they have received through music. The newer generation of musicians and locals in Birmingham have made the local-pride a characteristic of their culture through music. One of the most fascinating facts about the rap scene of Birmingham is its diversity and innovation. The city in itself is so diverse with people of all races and cultures from all over the world living in its heart. Rappers here are not afraid or insecure about using different tones and sounds between their songs, that have been influenced by the culture of Middle Eastern culture, South Asian culture and all other communities living in the city. You can find the innovative nature of the local music in most of their songs.
Here’s a list of some of Birmingham’s best musicians and groups to check out:
- Lady Leshurr
- Lady Sanity
- Slick Don
- Lotto Boyzz
- Dapz on the Map
There are many reasons for this musical revolution in the city, but one of the most important ones is said to be the time they get to work on their music. The lack of spotlight works in their favor here. While the rappers from other cities are always under pressure and are in the spotlight most of the time, these local musicians keep on working in the background. So, whenever their music comes out, it is praised more often than not. Technology too has caused a massive upturn in this revolution. It’s easier for the artists to get their work out for the people to see, while it was not the case before. Even the city’s live scene deserves a lot of credit for this emergence of the music culture. There are several reasons for the progression of this musical revolution, but the artists deserve the most credit for it.