A while back, UK Grime artist Skepta tweeted that there was a remix of hit track “Shutdown” in the works, with collaboration from none-other than Idris Elba. No one was entirely sure whether this was a joke or not, but we found out Skeppy’s humour doesn’t work that way when this week the track actually dropped.
Launched on June 1st, the “Shutdown (Idris Elba Remix)” went straight to the top of Billboard + Twitter Trending 140, and in 48 hours has drawn in almost 500,000 plays on Soundcloud. Original Hackney resident Elba comes through with a snarling, rough, and pretty epic verse, referencing everything from his role in hit show The Wire to Nelson Mandela. UK music just got very weird (in a good way).
Listen to Idris Elba’s “Shutdown” Remix Above.