Skepta Is A U.K. Grime Legend
If you're a Londoner, chances are "That's Not Me" was your biggest tune of 2014. If you're on this side of the pond, you probably know grime as the U.K.'s take on rap, but the genre has a history that's all its own. Grime first started getting played on London pirate radio stations in the early '00s and proliferated from there in grassroots-style. Yes, there were MCs, but the instrumentals, or riddims, were the focal point at first--street sounds designed to smash up the club. MCs would record and freestyle over the riddims that circulated the airwaves and put out mixtapes on the web and on the streets. It's no surprise that many of grime's leading men, Skepta included, produce mostly all of their own tracks.
Skepta first came on the scene by joining the Roll Deep crew, founded by another grime legend, Wiley, in 2006. Soon after, he left to start his own brand, Boy Better Know, which has since become one of the most respected crews in the game. Skepta has released four solo albums on Boy Better Know, and his next, Konnichiwa, is prepped for imminent release.