CMU Approved

Approved: Skepta – Shutdown

By | Published on Tuesday 28 April 2015


Originally released on SoundCloud last month, and taken from Skepta’s upcoming new album ‘Konnichiwa’, ‘Shutdown’ has already had over two million plays on the site. Rapidly following is the video for the track, released on Sunday.

Highlighting the inroads Skepta has made taking grime out of the UK, the track is bookended by samples of a couple of Drake Vine videos (following a nod to Skepta on the Canadian rapper’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ mixtape) and also features a sampled complaint about Kanye West’s performance at the BRITs, at which Skepta and numerous members of the UK grime scene appeared. But these references aside, the track stays true to the rapper’s roots making no concessions in sound to appeal to the wider audience he is nonetheless attracting.

Skepta and JME, who is also set to release a new album this year, will play the last of this year’s Dome shows at The Great Escape on 16 May.

Check out the video for ‘Shutdown’ here: