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Skepta retiring from rapping to focus on producing other artists

By | Published on Tuesday 3 August 2021


The full meaning of the title of Skepta’s new EP – ‘All In’ – has become clear, as he has revealed that the release contains the last of his unreleased music. With the decks cleared, he says he’s now planning to retire as a rapper and focus instead on producing other artists.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra while promoting that EP, Skepta said: “It was just a thought in my head where I was like, ‘I just wanna do more than just being a rapper’, because that’s a waste of a talent. I feel like right now I want to become more behind the production. I want to produce albums for people – I’d love to produce Rihanna’s album, that would be a dream. I’d probably make Rihanna’s hardest album”.

“I feel like now I just want to branch out”, he went on. “I can’t be a rapper, it’s a waste of a talent. I feel like rapping for artists is some sort of therapy – they go somewhere and they tell someone to record them and they say their pain and the fans say, ‘Yeah, we relate to you … you’re not alone’. But after a while, it’s like, I’ve said everything – from being a confused African child to being a chief in my dad’s village. I’ve rapped myself to my nirvana, I’ve rapped myself into it somehow. So now, I wanna help other people see theirs and get to a certain point where rapping was never a waste of life”.

In an Instagram story post he added: “‘All In’ is all the music I have to give. I have no unreleased music, feels good to clear the outbox. Sure you all know, I’m a producer at heart and I have so many ideas that I want to work on with other artists. Upcoming and established, young and OG. Skepta on production. It’s that time. And I definitely want to make an all-female album. So many fire female artists, rappers and singers. I gotta make a hard thirteen track female-only album full of classics”.

So, Skepta mentioned his nirvana there. Here’s his J Balvin collaboration ‘Nirvana’ from ‘All In’: