If Wiley was the beat maker that cemented Grime’s sonic aesthetic as something separate from 2-Step, and Dizzee was the MC that propelled the genre’s vocal style into the mainstream, then DJ Slimzee was the tastemaker who gave those artists a foundation to create their new music for. Originally with the Garage crew Pay As You Go, Slimzee ventured into the darker territory that became 8-bar/Eski/Sublow etc. and eventually Grime. Ask any fan to name their favourite pirate sets from the early 2000s and Slimzee is guaranteed to be in there. He had the power to determine the era’s Grime anthems – his heavy rotation of personal dubplates cemented the statuses of numerous future classics, ‘I Luv U’ being one of them.
Despite years of being heavily involved with Rinse FM since it was founded in the mid 90s, his regular show ended in 2005 after he received an Asbo banning him from every rooftop in the borough of Tower Hamlets. Despite some quieter years, Slimzee is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence with Grime’s new limelight. His position as godfather Grime DJ is unchallenged and in 2014 he returned to regular radio, with a new fortnightly show ‘Slimzos Sessions’ on NTS.