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Kahn: You wouldn’t want to get into a fight with the guys, but using the video to Tempah T’s “Next Hype” as an example, it’s clearly a laugh. They’re constantly trying to outdo each other. They’re showing off. And in that sense it comes from Jamaican dancehall. I don’t feel it’s inappropriate—they’re not making it for everyone. If you don’t want to hear that kind of music, you don’t have to listen to it.

Neek: I play reggae and dancehall, too, and I am conscious of playing lyrics that have gun talk. For me, grime is a British continuation of dancehall, in the way that everyone uses the same rhythm and instrumental, and there are ten versions of every instrumental.