Wot u gall it?
I'm going to grudgingly agree with Ingram's decision to dump "grime" in favor of "garage." Grudgingly, because I've always loved the sheer sound of the word (and, yeah, I'll probably continue to use it, out of stubbornness if nothing else). But Ingram's got a point about the supernova expansion-explosion of dance music genres -- a bit like Reynolds' prediction a year or so back about genres that would be famous for 15 people. And, like Ingram, I think Wiley's "Wot Do U Call It?" track is just plain silly. This is what passes for a manifesto these days? An anthem? Rap has always been comfortable slagging off haters (like punk with poseurs) and so Wiley's declaration that he doesn't care about "fingers pointing at me" is sort of dismissable as schtick, trope, whatever. And if he wants to go on about "Eskibeat" versus "grime" or "garage" in the pages of RWD, fine, but do we really need a song about it? Does anybody actually care?
The song does make me wonder if it has precedents. I've been trying to think of other meta-genre songs where artists attempted to redefine their music purely verbally, but I'm coming up nil. I'm sure some smart folks out there must have examples. Yes?