Best Artist Release of 2010 (Nominations)
Ghetts – The Calm Before The Storm
After lots of promotion preceding, Ghetts finally dropped Calm Before The Storm in 2010 earning respect for tunes the likes of “Dosenitnow”, “Artillery”, “Grime Daily” and “Trained to Kill” which were all great grime freestyles or tunes in their own right.
Newham Generals – Bag of Grease
Anything that the Newham Generals release is hotly anticipated and that was the case with Bag of Grease release in 2010. Bag of Grease was a 5 track EP with the lead song “I’m A General” featuring Escobar posthumously. 5 tracks of straight grease from the Gens.
Rival – Return of the Rivz
Midway through 2010 breakthrough MC Rival (nominated not only for best breakthrough but also best MC as well) released his debut mixtape “Return of the Rivz” full of straight grimetracks. Featuring his track aimed towards his lack of respect of “Funky House”, as well as “Gun Reload” on the epic G-Dub production (also used in Rinse’s “Put Em’ Up) this straightgrime release is full of bangers.
JME – BLAM!
In 2010 JME released his second album “Blam” which featured the massive hits “CD is Dead” (featuring Tempa T), “Over Me” and “Sidetracked”. With big videos and single releases as well for those, JME promoted the album well to the grime audience. A real reminder of how good this pioneer of the scene is.
Maxsta – The Maxtape
Maxsta is another who made the Best Breakthrough Artist category but still managed to land his mixtape in the best artist release category even though it came out early in January which is surely testament to how good it was. With the lead song “East London is Back” getting play as far as Radio 1, it was well received by everybody.