Grime king Skepta continues to prove why the genre is now relevant to those outside London
IT WAS a bunch of young men all dressed in white and exactly the kind of thing I wanted to see on the SWG3 stage. That is Skepta and the rest of Boy Better Know (BBK), more accustomed to noir sports attire, straight up destroying the converted warehouse venue and proving he really doesn’t care about your postcode.
Rolling out a last-minute tour to celebrate his number one album Konnichiwa, Skepta took his greatness to London and Birmingham, leading grime areas, before Glasgow’s riverside on Wednesday night: demonstrating exactly why the garage-based hip hop genre is the biggest subculture in the UK right now.
The venue, SWG3, was fitting: industrial, raw, urban, but full of character and grit. Skepta and BBK members such as Jammer, Maximum, and Shorty looked comfortable in their surroundings as they strutted around the small stage.
The crowd instantly exploded for Skepta’s new material, rapidly spitting every bar along with the big man. Title track ‘Konnichiwa’ packed a powerful oriental punch, ‘Crime Riddim’ was typically dark and brooding, whilst ‘It Ain’t Safe’ feels like a grime anthem in the making.
Latest single ‘Man’ (below) was met with shouts of joy from a youthful, largely male audience exuding passion and bravado. Skepta viciously spits the hook “man get money with the gang, man get girls with the gang, man eat food with the gang…” as his doting audience nods along.
Old favourites ‘Shutdown’ and ‘That’s Not Me’ had Skepta’s followers sweating as they bounced on an already warm summer night and blended in well with classic Skepta like ‘Ace Hood Flow’ from 2012’s Blacklisted and unknown freestyles that suggest more is to come soon from North London’s finest.
Skepta truly did shutdown SWG3, unthinkable considering all grime meant to people in Scotland a few years ago was dirt, dust, soot, or filth.
Now, they know exactly what grime is. Trusss me daddi!
Skepta’s number one album Konnichiwa is out now and available in all the usual places.