by Jeffrey Boakye - £9.99 Influx Press (2017)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781910312254 | ISBN 10: 1910312258
Hold Tight is a book about being black, British and born after 1980. It’s also about Grime.
Celebrating over fifty key songs that make up Grime’s DNA, Jeffrey Boakye explores the meaning of the music and why it has such resonance in the UK. Boakye also examines the representation of masculinity in the music and the media that covers it.
Both a guide to Grime and an investigation into life as a black man in Britain today, Hold Tight puts seminal tracks like Moschino, Creeper, Next Hype, Too Many Man, Rhythm and Gash, I Can C U and… Do They Know It’s Christmas 2004, into perspective.
Insightful, very funny and stacked with sentences you’ll want to pull up and reload, Hold Tight rolls deep, giving a context to Grime that hasn’t been given before.
Hold Tight playlist featuring all the tracks featured in the book is available on YouTube and Spotify, so now you can listen along while you read!
(Price & availability last checked: August 2017)