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Too Many Man: Women of Grime (V2)


Too Many Man: Women of Grime is a 144 page photobook which documents women involved in the UK grime scene, showcasing those behind the mic and behind the scenes, from MCs and DJs, to producers and journalists. Since the genre began in the early 2000s, grime has been hugely male-dominated. Like so many male-dominated spaces, women have a huge influence on the scene but often aren't given a platform or recognition in the same way as their male counterparts. This project seeks to ask why and gives the women of grime a platform to share their thoughts and experiences.

The project title is named after the 2009 song ‘Too Many Man’ by Skepta, in which the grime MC expresses his frustration of the “lack of women in clubs”, this is re-conceptualised as a comment on not only the club scene, but a wider observation on the genre itself.

First published as a photo-book in 2019, a second edition was released in 2021 and includes new and updated content. The project consists of portraits, interviews, handwritten lyrics, live music shots and urban landscapes. The foreword is written by editor and author, Mireille Harper.