This large photographic book, with pictures compiled by the author over 12 years, focuses on the youth of London’s inner-city.
It uses grime as a prism—the most significant and controversial musical expression to emerge in Britain since punk.
Wheatley says grime was Britain’s authentic response to hip hop—an angst-ridden, confrontational music conveying the hopes and frustrations of an apolitical generation locked into decaying housing estates.
Don’t Call Me Urban! The Time of Grime
by Simon Wheatley
Northumbria Press, £30