Release Date: Feb 7, 2006
Record label: Vice
Genre(s): Indie, Rap
Compilation sequels don't fare much better than their cinematic counterparts. Nuggets 2, The Godfather Part II of music, is the exception that proves the rule because, after all, most compilations are either collecting the best of a genre's or artist's output or capturing a moment in time. In each case, it is inevitable that the second attempt will be lesser.
In becoming a worldwide phenomenon, hip hop had to grow beyond the clubs and block parties and in to the studio to be mass produced and sold beyond the five boroughs. The music changed along with the context, with emcees turning from utilitarian rock-the-party lyrics to more singular statements, transmitting “The Message” globally. Grime, the UK’s own miniature hip-hop movement, has been undergoing the same development, with its bigger players shifting focus from the Rinse FM airwaves and garage nights to recorded product.