After more than a decades worth of dedication to the UK Grime scene, Tottenham’s Skepta has this year finally taken his genre to the next level of influence. From winning a MOBO for the video to hit Grime track ‘That’s Not Me’ to releasing a track with A$AP MOB founding member Young Lord, and making his face known on the fashion circuit with his collaboration with celebrated fashion designer Nasir Mazhar earlier on in the year, Skepta has most recently gained attention via his affiliations with superstar rapper Kanye West. Skeppy recently appeared on stage with Kanye to premiere the Chicago rapper’s new track ‘All Day’ at the Brit Awards last week, and it has been confirmed today that the duo have spent time in the studio together. On top of this, Drake has notably shown recent interest in the UK music scene, with particular attention to Skepta after a series of congratulatory instagram posts and the use of a bar from ‘That’s Not Me’ on collaborative track with Lil Wayne ‘Used To’. Skepta has shown recognition to this ode on ‘Shutdown’ with the use of an opening sample from Drake’s comedic ‘Truss me daddi’ vine from the beginning of this year.
Co-produced by Skepta himself and Ragz Originale, ‘Shutdown’ is taken from upcoming album #Konnichiwa (which was scheduled to drop yesterday but has been postponed) and is an energetic and bass-heavy expression of Skeppy’s vision for his genre in the future.