SINGLE REVIEW: Obez – ‘They Don’t Know Me’


There is, as they say, a first time for everything; and this is the first time I’ve reviewed a single by a grime artist. So my way in, and the reason I said yes to reviewing it, is the sounds (produced by Bolus). This track has the most infectious groove people, but it’s the little touches that make it spring into life, make you sit up and listen.

And the words are positive, they’re about getting what you aim for. In fact after reading about Obez and exchanging emails with him, it’s the positivity that appeals both in what he’s trying to achieve with his songs and this track in particular. ‘This is a song for people who feel like they aren’t being heard,’ Obez says. ‘Don’t get the respect they deserve, and who are ready to stand up and do something about it.’ And the delivery is a dream, I love the fact that Obez is true to his roots. Just take a listen, there’s no way he could come from anywhere else but Yorkshire.

So what we’ve got is a hugely danceable groove, great positive words delivered well. It’s a winner, I’m a convert to Obez’s music.

So I guess we have to address the fact that some of you may not be fans of grime, well I’ve never been a great fan – I like the odd thing here and there – but this track has great potential to crossover. This isn’t just for fans of grime, hiphop or rap. You like music with a groove you can dance to, this is for you. Like songs with great words, this has that.

I urge you to give it a go people, please don’t be put off by the fact this is a grime track. You never know, you might surprise yourself. This is great music, plain and simple.

The info

West Yorkshire Grime artist Obez having grown up on the streets of Bradford and Leeds, brings a gritty, urban sound to the game. His colourful background includes getting caught up with the gang life, coming close to death, and coming back to be successful in business with the scars to prove it.

Making it in the grime scene in West Yorkshire has been a struggle. Obez, though, hasn’t been one to back down: he’s smashing through boundaries and preconceptions to shine a light on the scene.

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