Ilford producer Rude Kid’s ‘massive’ grime EP 653 with Plaistow’s Ghetts

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:29 04 January 2016

Rude Kid

Rude Kid


A grime producer is feeling overwhelmed by the support he has had so far for his latest musical endeavour with a veteran of the genre.

Rude Kid and Ghetts' joint EP 653Rude Kid and Ghetts' joint EP 653

The musician from Ilford, who goes by the pseudonym Rude Kid, is hoping his new joint EP 653 with Plaistow rapper Ghetts will make its mark as an instant classic of the grime genre.

The 28-year-old former Beal High School pupil said the project’s inception was “very spontaneous”.

“It was meant to be a small project at first,” he said.

“We just did it out of the blue – we were at the Relentless studios in London and we just loved it there. Ghetts wanted to do an EP in five days and I was like, ‘Let’s do it’.”

The rapper’s challenge helped spawn a name for the release – six songs made in five days, accompanied by three music videos.

“It turned out to be a massive thing,” said the formerly Sony-signed music producer.

“The reception so far has been better than I thought – the reaction has been massive.

“We went top 10 in the charts on the first day. That wasn’t my plan at all – I was shocked. And hundreds of people turned out to the secret launch party we held in Hackney – even big artists like Kano and Giggs. Everyone was there.”

The EP with Ghetts is not the producer’s first collaboration with the rapper – their previous collaboration was the 2008 underground hit Sing For Me.

“People just see us together all the time and assume we have made lots of songs together,” said Rude Kid.

But the “time was right” for the pair to put out a joint project.

“It sounds like a Ghetts and Rude Kid project,” he added.

“I’ve been a fan of Ghetts from before anyway. He’s one of the top emcees in the scene – he’s one of the best and no one can deny that.”

Rude Kid said it is Ghetts’ energy that makes him such a sought-after collaborator.

“His energy on stage translates to how he is in real life,” he said.

“I’m passionate about what I create and so is he.

“We’re both perfectionists.”

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