Rapper. Grime MC. DJ. Producer. Fashion designer. Creative director. Label owner (x2)...
If you want to know the true definition of a ‘multidisciplinary artist’, just look to the decades-long work of Boy Better Know star Skepta—the Tottenham-raised legend who has continued to inspire creatives ever since he stepped on the scene as a DJ in 2003.
Currently in the midst of a takeover of the house music scene via the Más Tiempo brand he co-owns with Jammer, Skep has just released a new project titled 48 Hours—a collaborative offering with 19-year-old, Hull-born producer Ryder. All guitar-led atmospherics to stir up the soul, Ryder puts Joseph Junior Adenuga’s commanding, crystal-clear flow and introspective bars under a new light for a new gen—something that has been catching heat for a while over on SoundCloud and TikTok under the tag #skeptacore.
Of the EP’s five tracks, “All Alone” and “For You” are new recordings—both of which feature the singer/songwriter Dré Six—while “#skeptacore pt. 1”, “#skeptacore pt. 2” and “#skeptacore pt. 3” are edits of classic joints from Big Smoke. Dropping exclusively today via Complex is the Skepta and Duncan Loudon-directed video for “All Alone”. Simple yet effective, Skepta relays his past trials and tribulations straight down the camera lens with shots of Ryder and Dré in between as they watch the day go by in the trap.
Fans have been yearning for new music from Skepta since last November, when he hopped on the remix of K-Trap’s “Warm”, and while it might not be the grime-energised braggadociousness we’re used to from the microphone champ, 48 Hours (Big Smoke Records/Epic Records) is likely to whet appetites until those snippets of his are released in full form. Press play on the visuals above and stream the project in full below.