There is an influx of American influence in many foreign societies and cultures. It is an indication of their reach, and as fellow English speakers, it creates the strongest bond with the British people. There is a stark difference in how people in both countries use the language, but without going into detail, they speak the same tongue. This cross-Anglo connection is also evident in other, less important stuff.
If there is anything unique both countries bring it to each other’s shores, it is grime and streetwear. Many would say that American clothing has a universal appeal, and they would be right. Most especially if they are pertaining to the few, highly Americanised cultures, such as in the Philippines. But, for the rest of Europe, 5 Pointz says that street fashion is just different.
No one can deny the impact of American brands in the English streetwear scene. Most of the bankable companies came across the Atlantic and the most attractive, too. There is Nike, and then there are the rest. Those in the loop know the specific brands and to the rest, it is just something they adapt for their own. While some would argue that this creates an identity crisis for an Englishman garbed in clothes from a former colony, there is not much to it, but opinionated ramblings.
Furthermore, there is an innate, established appeal among American brands. They have a certain mystique, perfectly encapsulating the indescribable quality of Uncle Sam’s products.
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Grime remained loyal in its roots and strayed from the spotlight. Hip-hop, however, is an international commodity. Very few rappers are rapping for the craft and many are opting for the money, and this resulted in an erosion of identity. Still, there are people who are fighting the good fight, indirectly, for the soul of hip-hop, and these include Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, J. Cole and Danny Brown.
It is only just happening, but grime has finally broken ground in America. It is a small landing, but a landing nonetheless. There is no reason to discuss what came first, grime or hip-hop, because it will just spark a debate with a useless conclusion. What is important is that grime will inject what the rap scene is lacking nowadays: underground and authenticity.
Mate or dude, people are bound to experience the amalgamation of underground British music and hard core American street fashion. Here is hoping that it is all for good.