Today I have started work on my new art installation which will include knitted portraits of rap duo Krept and Konan. The installation will honour the achievements of Krept and Konan, grime music and question what is Black Britishness.
In 2014 the rap duo broke a world record for the ‘Highest-Charting UK album by an Unsigned Act’. In 2015 they charted in the UK top ten (a criteria for the Brit Awards). Despite these achievements they didn’t even feature on the nomination list of the Brit Awards, neither did any black artists.
I was not alone at being shocked and surprised at this outcome. British singer Laura Mvula boycotted the Brit Awards because of “the diversity issue”. The New Statesman high lighted the issue in it’s article entitled ” #BritsSoWhite: audiences criticise the awards’ exclusion of black British artists
The fact that Krept & Konan and other notable Grime artists like JME, Skepta and Stormzy, where not on the nomination list just shows how out of touch the Brits have become. Grime is a popular urban music genre with young people black and white.
“Grime isn’t just about music It’s a representation of a lifestyle centred on struggle”. (independent.co.uk)