I have slowly but surely become a fan of Grime music over the past few years, but I still have so much to learn. Skepta is obviously an all-time favorite of mine, but I also enjoy it when he teams up with some of his homies so I can learn more about the world of Grime music. While I know that he is a part of a group called Boy Better Know, or BBK for short, based on their appearance on his album Konnichiwa a few years back, I didn’t realize just how deep their roots run in the Grime scene.
Luckily, I can get caught up a bit with the release of Frisco’s song “Red Card” because he recruits the rest of the BBK group he’s a part of to join him in the brand-new song and visual. The beat is comprised of mysterious, eerie flutes of some sort that playout for the entire song but switch up slightly after the beat eventually drops once Frisco makes his way through the first hook. When the beat does finally drop, rattling hats and booming 808s pave the way for Skepta to prove exactly why he’s one of, if not the most legendary artists in the game. His flows are uncharacteristic but as smooth as can be, and the confidence mixed with the aggression in his delivery truly captures the essence of the genre.
Jammer comes in next, and although his delivery is a bit more muffled and unclear, his demeanor is even more aggressive than ever. Due to the mischievously intense nature of the instrumental, his hard-nosed cadence truly brings the song to new levels. Frisco comes in for another verse prior to Skepta’s brother, JME, coming in and showing off insane skills that just simply run in the family. While there is still this insistency behind his words, he also seems to show off more enthusiasm and change the pitch of his voice throughout his verse more than any of his counterparts, providing some much-welcomed vitality to the single.
Frisco then enters into the song for a verse of his own, and here he seems to take a step back and just play with the beat, bouncing throughout with his words in an evidently effortless fashion that proves just how tenured he is in the Grime scene along with his counterparts. Shorty finishes out the song perfectly, offering up some straightforward, easily ingestible bars that flow fluently and naturally, sounding nothing like any of his teammates on this song but keeping you intrigued even after the beating your brain has taken while listening to each and every artist destroy their respective parts.
Luckily, all five of the BBK members show out for an accompanying music video, and it’s always so interesting to see such a large group of superstars get together and vibe out with one another in the same place. Opening up, the camera appears to be grainy and unclear, giving off a Lo-fi aesthetic that pops up occasionally throughout as well. Other scenes use a black and white thermal filter that gives off a somewhat creepy, mysterious vibe that pairs with the instrumental seamlessly. The main scene that the camera constantly returns to is in front of a massive fountain outside of some building that looks like it must be important, but I’m not entirely sure what this landmark is, in all honesty. Other than this key setting, the various artists can be seen cruising around in cars, standing in the middle of streets, talking into the phone in a telephone booth, and various other scenes that all come together to create a wonderful visual to backup this amazingly enthused song.
In a world of Hip-Hop and Rap music that seems to be oversaturated by many of the same artists, I enjoy listening to Grime every now and then so much because it’s just simply refreshing. I’m not sure if this is because of their out of the box approach to music, their wild rhyme schemes, or simply their differentiating accents, but one way or another, I’ve found myself becoming a bigger and bigger fan every time I tune in to almost any song throughout this genre. I’m definitely going to have to do some diving deeper into the BBK world because every single member of this supergroup provides skills that elevate all of their counterparts which definitely makes them stand out even more in the current climate of music. “Red Card” is supposed to be featured on Frisco’s upcoming album The Familiar Stranger which is set to come out in October. So, while we wait for this project in its entirety, make sure you run up the numbers on this remarkable new single and its accompanying visual.