We expect emerging young rap groundbreakers to have a certain type of voice and delivery: yelpy, excitable, prone to messy vocal explosions and yah-yah-yahing. Drakeo The Ruler, the 24-year-old rapper currently reshaping the sound of the Los Angeles street-rap underground, does not have one of those voices. Instead, Drakeo sounds older than his years. His … More »
London grime king Skepta surprise-released his Viscous EP on Halloween, and now he’s made a video for the heavy, flickering highlight “Ghost Ride,” a track that features his New York peers A$AP Rocky and A$AP Nast. The clip, from director AWGE, is chaotic and ominous, edited to look as murky and lo-fi … More »
Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the rise of the “mini-album,” an inexplicable term that is, I guess, supposed to signify some kind of intentionality and artistic vision that an EP simply cannot capture. It’s a designation that’s been rightfully met with ribbing derision, but it’s an interesting development that speaks to some larger … More »
On the day he died, Lil Peep posted an image of himself shirtless onstage, his head out of the frame, on Instagram. Its caption: “When I die You’ll love me.” If this was almost any other artist, a portentous and prescient statement like this might seem eerily appropriate, like Peep had some sudden … More »
Two of the UK’s most notorious artists have joined forces for an exclusive vinyl-only release. Drum & bass legend Goldie and grime innovator Skepta will release their genre-defying collaboration “Upstart (Road Trip)” on Friday, December 22 and can be pre-ordered now for £7.99. The 12″ vinyl will be released via Metalheadz and features an instrumental version of “Upstart (Road Trip)” as well as a Goldie and Fraims collaboration entitled “Poisonous Darts.”
While there are no clips of “Upstart (Road Trip)” at the moment Metalheadz describes the track as “for everyone who hates the fake shit, the crass commercial crapola, the fucked-up state of everything. It’s pyrotechnic protest music for the hip at heart.”
With these two icons of the UK underground joining forces, there is no doubt that this track will create some major shock waves in the world of electronic music. This announcement comes on the heels of Skepta’s surprise release of his Vicious EP on Halloween.
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Skepta caught fans off guard on Halloween with the release of his new Vicious EP.
The six-track project features cameos from the likes of A$AP Rocky, A$AP Nast, Lil B and fellow Brits Section Boyz. This is the Tottenham native’s first release since his 2015 album Konnichiwa, which won Skepta the Mercury Prize for Best Album the following year in 2016.
As a living legend of grime and an internationally acclaimed music innovator, Skepta has played a huge part in bringing UK hip-hop to a wider global audience. Earlier this year, the UK emcee appeared on both Drake‘s album More Life and A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes: Vol. 2.
21 Savage gets it. On the outro of “My Choppa Hate Niggas,” one of his solo tracks from the new 21 Savage/Offset/Metro Boomin collaborative album Without Warning, Savage mutters about horror movies: “Feel like Jason, Friday 13th / Hockey mask with the .223 / It’s a nightmare on Elm Street.” The Metro Boomin track … More »
Last night, 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin teamed up to release the collaborative surprise album Without Warning, and they weren’t the only rap stars to release something out of the blue last night. London grime star Skepta also came out with his new EP Vicious. It’s Skepta’s first real release since he put … More »
Hey it’s Gabriela Tully Claymore in for Tom Breihan this week. How are you? I myself am doing well. I woke up at the literal crack of dawn to watch every video that came out this week and debate which would land the #1 spot on my list. If you disagree with me, that’s totally … More »
Grime God Skepta just dropped some serious knowledge on the skeptics in his brand new video for “Hypocrisy.”
Unleashing the fiery single just last month via a SoundCloud surprise, the “Hypocrisy” visuals find the rapper amongst a slew of women in black sporting wigs, men in white, and the rapper spewing fashion-reference bars over a retro karaoke set. After receiving some internet hate for his fashion industry involvement earlier this year, “Hypocrisy,” has been dubbed the artist’s response to the haters.
“Just came back from the Ivors / And look at what we collected / The MBE got rejected / I’m not trying to be accepted,” Skepta says. Later rapping, “They try to disrespect me / When they’re online especially / But everything cool when they check me / Because I’m so cool and deadly.”
Stay tuned for more from the artist as he’ll likely be tapped by more limelight rap artists like Drake, again, moving forward.