Paul Dowman, better known by his stage name, Grim Sickers, is a 28-year-old MC of Indian, Jamaican and British descent. Raised in Oakhurst, Swindon, but now based in Bristol, Sickers studied plumbing at Swindon College and also worked for Honda in the past. His stage name reflects his dark lyrics, which are rarely politically correct and often explore the themes of murder and suicide.
Although his projects date back earlier, such as The Other Side of the Fence (2013), he attracted attention in the grime and UK rap scenes with his track “Chop Him Up and Tesco Bag Him” (2014), which was reproduced for Ghetts‘ “Death Penalty” and later evolved into the all-star cut “Black Bin Bag Him” featuring thirteen other MCs. Grim is also known for his close collaboration with Joe Whelan, the cartoonist responsible for the 100 Bags and All Black Forever EP and single artworks.
Sickers then achieved viral success on Twitter after freestyling bars on radio which later went on to become the basis of his 2016 track “Kane”, a Swifta Beater-produced track paying homage to Nasty Jack’s signature flow. Veteran MC Jme appeared on a new remix of the track in February 2017, and two other official remixes exist: Ghetts‘ Undertaker Mix and the All Star Remix featuring the likes of P Money, Jaykae and President T.
He is also an active SoundCloud user, frequently uploading unreleased tracks and acapellas which often go under the radar in the scene despite being high caliber songs. He frequently cites Bones as a key influence on his sound, and this is reflected in songs like “She Said No” and “Crucify Me”.