- Text by Niall Flynn
Few know grime like Hattie Collins.
The journalist and author has been there since the first wave, covering the rise of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal et al at the turn of the millennium as its certified documenter-in-chief.
Over the past few years, as mainstream circles have fought to embrace Skepta and the likes, she’s remained one of its most trusted sources. Her 2016 book, This Is Grime, is the definitive text when it comes to chronicling the culture’s rise and rise.
In the latest episode of Joining the Dots with Don Letts, a new podcast from Spaces In-Between, Collins sits down with the Rebel Dread to discuss a career spent following grime. Covering everything from the early raves to Boy Better Know’s takeover at the London’s O2 arena, Collins presents an oral history of her 15-year association with the genre – and why it doesn’t like ceasing any time soon.
Listen and subscribe to the podcast here.
You can find Joining The Dots on iTunes here.
Spaces In-Between explores unexpected style and the roots of subculture. See more on their website here.