It's happening. Recent co-signs from Kanye West (the BRITs, that epic surprise KOKO performance) and Drake come on the back of the genuine foundation that Skepta has built in New York rap crews like Ratking and A$AP Mob. People on both sides of the Atlantic seem conflicted. Will it be positive or negative if America embraces grime? Does the sound even have a chance of catching on over here anyway?
When Skepta's making bangers like this, let's have less talk and more skanking, please. Co-produced by Ragz Orignale, the beat has a cheeky, catchy melody to go along with the kind of hook that is just made to be screamed at live shows. Skepta's new album #KONNICHIWA is getting more anticipated by the day.—Constant Gardner