Blackpool’s teenybop grime scene is blowing up on YouTube
If the bars are to be believed then Blackpool’s 12 year olds are way more into guns, robbery and violence than we’d ever imagined
Blackpool is known as the UK’s stag and hen do capital but underneath the facade of inflatable willys, matching ‘Lee’s a Twat’ tee shirts and broken tiaras there’s a teenage grime scene that’s causing YouTubers to go into meltdown. BG Media is a Blackpool based grime channel dedicated to showcasing the city’s biggest names. Names like Little T, Soph Aspin and Callyman Sam might not mean much to you now but if you’ve got half an hour and a working internet connection you might find yourself slipping into a web of scholastic rap music that’s serving up more beef than your local branch of Byron Burger.
We’ve rounded up a few of the city’s key players in this handy list to help you get to grips with the bars, beats and beef that are turning Blackpool into the UK’s next grime goldmine.
Soph Aspin - Thinking He's Hard
Although not strictly part of the BG Media fam Soph Aspin is frequently mentioned in many of the crew’s bars. Thinking He’s Hard is a diss track aimed squarely at Little T himself and it’s deeply cutting. Especially when you consider that T, as Soph herself points out, is only in Year 8.
Clarko - Sket Redo
Clarko is a BG Media defector who has gone on to do his own thing – Clarko TV. Sket Redo is probably his biggest hit but these days he’s become more concerned with building his empire. His video for Akeem’s Little T Send has racked up bare views and his lo-fi, vertical ratio camera work gives his clips a far grittier feel than the ones BGM are pushing out. This is Blackpool grime at it’s hardest.
CallymanSam - It's CallyManSam
CallyManSam seems to be BG Media’s elder statesman. He uses the wisdom of age to spin bars on everything from weed to wanking. Using the beat from Amerie’s classic RnB jam 1 Thing CallymanSam’s signature joint It’s CallyManSam is a rawkus journey into pitbulls, mopeds, middle fingers and all that other bad shit your mother warned you about.