Straight out the mean streets of Lewisham, Merky Ace is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. Representing the infamous Grime collective Family Tree alongside MCs; M.I.K, TKO, Ego, Shif Man and producer Faze Miyake, Eff Tizzy further demonstrates why Merky seems to be the ace in the pack. Whether it’s the signature Family Tree flow or the barrage of cheeky audacious punchlines, there’s no question of a doubt that Merky continues to go from strength to strength as a Grime artist. Bursting onto my radar in May 2011 when I heard ‘Shutdown‘, Merky’s characteristically cheeky flows were quite undeniable but it weren’t until he slaughtered the ‘dude from Birmingham‘ on Lord of The Mic Vol. 3, in December 2011, that the masses began to recognise him as a future Grime God. Fast forward seven months and Family Tree have slipped into the place BBK used to be in ’07/’08, everyone seems to have digested and regurgitated the Family Tree style of rap whilst producers, old and new, continue to emulate Faze Miyake.
Eff Tizzy picks up from where Merky’s 2011 release Catch Up EP left off, its set to be lead single from a project that will demonstrate progression, not only musically but visually. The video was shot and directed by the legendary creative, photographic and artistic visionary Simon Wheatley, known amongst his followers as the man who spent a decade documenting a sub culture/genre that no one outside of a poverty stricken, violent, angst and gang ridden environment really cared about nor understood, and his most recent book Don’t Call Me Urban! The Time Of Grime. Simon’s photography has inspired and continues to enlighten many who are intrigued by the moments he seems to capture, most recently revered photographer Verena Stephanie Grotto and Kara Messina who collaborated on a Kids Of Grime x Y’OH streetwear and photography exhibition in April 2011 to showcase their interpretation and documentation of the Grime culture.
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