Will he blow up outside of the grime scene (and the UK) this year? The Kanye, Drake, A$AP, Flatbush Zombies cosigns all point towards yes.
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Although I think Skepta is great I don't think he could ever become globally popular. This isn't because his music is of a low quality or anything but because of the distinctly American bias in all music: the global success of an artist is predicated on success in America (in the majority of cases) and I don't think a British rapper will ever be very successful in America.
I couldn't exactly say why he won't -- although his accent and certain pre-established American standards of what hiphop should be and should be about seem primarily to blame -- but I am certain that, unfortunately, he will not blow up.
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Maybe not pure grime, but Skepta's been achieving overseas success in terms of who he's been working with. Grime may not become a huge thing in the US, but I think certain grime artists like Skepta could make some kind of movements.
He also developed an English accent.
To be fair, it's very very big in the UK right now compared to the other more "underground" genres.
The beef that's going on recently with Chip and Bugzy Malone and Skepta and Devilman has been getting quite a few views, and Bugzy's Chip diss sold quite well on iTunes. It was quite high up in the rap charts for a bit. There's potential.
I think his personality comes through in his lyrics, when he keeps it real it's more about being a relatable musician instead of trying to be street. Serious is probably the best example of it really
How comes, Every single MC is vexed
It's like the whole point of MC-ing nowadays is to get a reload on the decks
Man will go to radio on Thursday
Even though it's his birthday
He'll spit lyrics like it's the worst day in his life
tbh it's alright. It's good grub and great to go to with mates but it's a bit overpriced.
Are you talking about the beef?
I think it's just taking advantage of the hype that's been surrounding grime to be honest. That and a last ditch effort from Chipmunk to stay relevant, although its completely backfired in his face.
1 had a text in thing, not sure if 2 had one. It didn't really matter since no one gave a fuck who 'won' since everyone will argue one way or the other about who they really think won.
The best clash in 1 was Wiley vs Kano (I'd say Kano won that one), Ghetto vs Napper was actually quite shit apart from hilarious moment and Bruza vs Crazy Titch was incredibly one sided. SLK vs Younger Nasty/KIdz in the Hood was also hilarious because there were some literal children in Younger Nasty/Kidz in the Hood.
2 had the GOAT clash which they might be trying to redo.
There's been a fucking huge hype this year.
Basically, Drake took a lyric from a Skepta track on IYRTITL, and then shouted him out on a little thank you thing for the album, implying that Skepta had something to do with the creation of the album.
Then, Kanye debuted All Day at the BRIT Awards with a huge entourage of grime MCs. He's also performed at concerts a couple times with Skepta and Jme and Meridian Dan and a few other MCs.
Skepta also released a track with Young Lord (Bari) from the A$AP Mob last year called It Ain't Safe.
Flatbush Zombies just released a track featuring Skepta called RedEyes to Paris, and Drake has a little voice snippet in Skepta's newest single, implying they've been hanging out together.
It's raised the overall public eye on grime, and with recent more mainstream grime tracks doing well (German Whip, That's Not Me, On A Level), grime's in the best place it's been in a long ass time.
Nah man no one could be arsed to keep up with that kind of thing.
Devilman, Wiley or D Double E would end up winning anyway if they did that kind of thing.
>(German Whip, That's Not Me, On A Level)
All those are shit, only instrumental Grime is in a good place right now and no one outside of UK gives a fuck about it.
I never said they were good, I don't really like them, I just said they were doing well in terms of sales. That's the first time in a long time a grime track has actually been able to sell.
They've just been trying to blow. That's what was cool in America so they figured it'd work for them. It didn't because their voices don't suit the voice. Now that grime has become 'cool' again I reckon the trend will subside.
I don't want it to 'blow up' I just want it to get recognition, so that MCs can actually get money from sticking to grime instead of dropping it in favour of shitty forced pop tracks eg Chipmunk.
He could've been so good, but grime doesn't pay, so we lost him.
>skepta breaking big
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Nah, not really. Dizzee Rascal's old stuff has aged horribly
Nobody in the UK & Ireland besides The Streets, Reijie Snow and Young Fathers has put out any hip-hop album worth half a shit so far this century
Always preferred the Loefah remix of this, sounds awesome on a big soundsystem
Also, this is the best Bug + Flowdan track, much better than the version he released with Warrior Queen
Skepta's at the front of the scene right now. Maybe not in talent, but definitely in status and level of fame.
Nov, Stormzy, and Jme could all blow with him though. I'm sure Jme will blow just because he's Skepta's brother.
Novelist is fucking sick, so much potential.
Know Me From is such a banger.
I hope so because the trend I am seeing is that MCs lyrics are actually pretty good but the instrumentals just kill the track. In a bad way. This is probably the only one which I think is actually excellent (shame the rest of the mixtape was bollocks)
>wanting JME, who is inferior to Skepta in literally every single way, to blow up before him
Flowdan's best verse ever is on this, prove me wrong