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Summary

Hold Tight is the book that kick-started the 'Grime Library'. Bursting into bookshops in July 2017 to rave reviews and a sold-out event at Rough Trade East, Hold Tight paved the way for Grime-related books such as Wiley's Eskiboy, Dan Hancox's Inner City Pressure and DJ Target’s Grime Kids

Celebrating more than 60 key songs that make up Grime’s DNA, Jeffrey Boakye explores the meaning of the music and why it has such resonance in the UK. 

Boakye also examines the representation of masculinity in the music and the media that covers it.  

Both a love letter to Grime and an investigation into life as a black man in Britain today, Hold Tight is insightful, very funny and stacked with sentences you’ll want to listen to again and again.

©2018 Jeffrey Boakye (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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“Witty and perceptive, confident and charming - and its flow and timing are flawless.” (The Guardian

What listeners say about Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime

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Worth your time!!

Thought this was brilliant - Ben Bailey Smith’s narration is perfect - perfect voice for it. It’s a super insightful book, funny, historical, political and important and I love the bloody footnotes!! You will undoubtedly listen to every song or seek out a playlist :)