There’s an exhibition at Tate Britain of grime MCs painted like landed gentry

Written by
Jon Cook

2015 has been a good year for grime. A very good year. From Kanye inviting most of the scene on stage with him at the Brits, to Skepta joining forces with Drake, it’s been a year of unprecedented and, let’s be honest, pretty surprising mainstream victories for an underground genre that’s been the black sheep of the music world for most of its existence.

Well, on Friday December 4, things are about to get a whole lot more WTF, as Tate Britain hosts an installation of paintings of grime stars depicted as members of the landed gentry from the 1700s.

Yep, you read that right; British artist Reuben Dangoor has been painting the likes of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and Skepta in capes, on horses and relaxing in their manor houses – and the reaction from artists and fans alike has been huge. New school grime hero Stormzy (pictured below) even used full size, framed versions of the paintings as part of the stage set for his recent tour.

Stormzy by Reuben Dangoor

Titled Legends of the Scene, the exhibition is part of the 'Late at Tate Britain: Celebrity' event, which has been curated by 15-25 year olds and supported by Circuit, and also includes performances from pirate radio parodists Kurrupt FM and a display of rare and exclusive trainers. All the events are free to attend and run from 6pm to 10pm.

Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG

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