UK grime MC Skepta is currently making his way around Australia for his maiden tour right now, including a spot at the Field Day Festival on 1st January- which marked his debut performance down under. With the tour coming to an end, it marks the beginning of what should be another successful year for the North London artist. Having been included on this year’s Coachella lineup and named as part of the Top 10 Best Dressed by GQ, Skepta is already looking to kick things into overdrive now, and he dropped by Australian radio show triple J [who he shouted out on 2015 hit ‘Back Then‘] to speak about his incredible past 12 month and plans for the future.
Speaking with Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Skepta talked about the recent response by fans in Australia being “like a dream” as he reflected on how the audience has grown since he came to Australia as Wiley‘s hype man back in 2010. Skepta also touched on the diversity of London and how the growth of Grime has gone global. In addition, he spoke on his rework of Nigerian artist Wizkid‘s ‘Ojuelegba‘ in collaboration with Drake. Originally Drizzy was keen to jump on ‘Shutdown‘, but seemingly aware of the ‘Drake Curse’ which has effected artists like Migos and ILoveMakonnen, Skepta shut down this idea real quick.
“When me and Drake first met, he was talking about maybe doing something on Shutdown. And I thought like… I didn’t see the necessity. It would go in a place that I didn’t really want the song to go. So we kinda naturally, cause I kept listening to the song [Ojuelegba] all the time, he was like ‘Why don’t we do a song over that’.”
No stranger to freestyling live on air, he jumped at the chance to drop some bars on Kano‘s ‘P’s & Q’s‘. The resulting freestyle was undoubtedly good, bringing up police brutality, the lessons he’s going to teach this year, the effects of short lived fame and so much more. Cramming so much content into just over two minutes is no easy feat and just goes to show why Skepta is becoming one of the hottest names in music, both in the UK and beyond.