North London's grime star gets the essential tracks treatment.
Skepta is a grime MC from North London. For those who don't know, grime is a form of hip-hop that emerged from the English club scene in the early 2000s. MCs who would hype up the crowd during UK Garage eventually started seeing more and more love when they rhymed. One bar turned to two, two bars turned to eight, and before you know it these MCs were making music based around them.
In 2015, grime is seeing a huge surge in popularity in the United States. Artists like Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal have seen a bit of success over here already, but now there's a new dude making a bunch of waves: Skepta. With cosigns by Kanye and Drake, Skepta is poised to have a massive 2015.
After giving you five things you need to know about Skepta, let's break down the rapper's most essential tracks, including some of the great new ones that have him on the tip of everyone's tongue.