Hailing from Swindon, Grim Sickers has established himself as a well renowned a-list grime artist. Grim made his name in the Capital by linking up with Birmingham producer Swifta Beater for his hit single KANE.
Following the release with a guest verse from Boy Better Know’s JME, Grim was able to quit his day job. The following single 'Open The Till' featuring the legendary Ghetts and none other than The Streets’ Mike Skinner also made crazy numbers and not to mention rave-ready anthem 'Mazza' as he jumped on Outsider's bass-fueled riddim - both set him up perfectly for the drop of his next project.
That project is Icons Only and it drops at midnight tonight. We thought it was only right to catch up with the man himself ahead of the drop of the 12-track-album, which is sure to be a timeless body of work that features huge artists from the scene such as; Bonkaz, Mayhem NODB, So Large and Bowzer Boss:
DE: Icons Only, where has the name come from and where have you drawn the inspiration for it?
Grim: Icons only came from being around icons consistently. Which gave me a iconic mindset.
DE: What are your top 3 features on the project and why?
Grim: Example and Bonkaz because they are in a different field to me and it was good to gel our styles together. Also Bowzer because I think he’s really special and changing The sound of UK Music. I’m grateful of working with him.
DE: What's the most meaningful track to you on the tape?
Grim: ‘Perfect Timing’, about my son Frankie Tee, I want him to play that forever.
“Icons only came from being around icons consistently. Which gave me a iconic mindset.”
DE: Since Kane, how far do you think you've come as an artist?
Grim: A long way, Kane was just a leaf of my tree I’m so much more than that, but it took that to get me through the door so I’m really grateful. I wouldn’t want to make a record like Kane again though.
DE: Has your style changed as an MC in any way?
Grim: Dramatically, I’m well rounded artist now who’s dipped into different genres. I love slower tempos and showing emotion in my lyrics. Letting people know who I really am. It’s kind of a new start.
DE: Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?
Grim: One of the greatest rappers in the UK.
DE: Are there any new gen spitters you've seen you want to work with?
Grim: I really like the Leicester lot , Kay P, C Dash and CeeJay; so them lot definitely! From other genres, maybe Master Peace.
DE: How important do you think the new generation is to grime today and why?
Grim: They are the ones keeping it alive. It’s their genre they can mould it how they want, they are the next superstars, it’s all in their hands.
DE: Finally, as a platform, what can we do in your opinion to help grime grow so we can see artists in our genre reach the number 1 spot in the official charts?
Grim: Birth new artists and get behind them at stage one. Take them from their bedrooms and give them a platform. Introduce them to people. Save them time.
Big ups to Sickers to taking the time to chat to us! Be sure to lock into the album below and follow him on Twitter @GrimSickers1 for the latest updates.