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UK GARAGE
What is it? Rough, grimy and from the streets - using abstract, jarring beats or melodic tunes.

Big names So Solid Crew epitomise garage with a crowd of members, chart-topping singles and associations with crime and violence. MJ Cole put a more chilled spin on the scene.

Rising stars Dizzee Rascal, an east London MC - which means he delivers vocals over an instrumental track - has generated a huge buzz.

Who listens? Young and urban - both black and white - from the cities and suburbs.

Evolution A new and very British genre that evolved in nightclubs and pirate radio stations, often made by groups of friends on cheap and basic computer equipment. First appearing in the mid-1990s, it blended existing UK urban music and New York garage.

UK Garage started to creep overground in the late 1990s and the new millennium brought a more hard-edged street sound. It became associated with the "bling bling" lifestyle - rich, glamorous and loaded with jewellery - of those who made it and the gun violence that was occasionally found at live events. So Solid Crew were instrumental in taking the music mainstream, but their associations with violence have tarnished the scene. It is still evolving - and some say it may not last, with sub-genres threatening to swallow it up.

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