As a multi-faceted, quadruple threat artist, Skepta embodies a scene’s ability to shift on its own terms. The Tottenham-raised Londoner — a product of the area’s Meridian Estate after a move from east as a toddler— operated behind the scenes in grime’s early days with Meridian Crew in the early 2000s as a DJ and producer.
Spitting on hip-hop beats before he ever entered the booth in grime circles, Skepta unleashed his rapid flow in the mid 2000s. After his Boy Better Know collective emerged in 2005, Skepta’s 2006 classic Duppy was a crossover moment, as grime made its steps into the mainstream.
Even for an artist with veteran status, 2014 was a breakthrough year. The self-produced That’s Not Me alongside JME embraced his legacy and beginnings in a track accompanied by an award-winning, appropriately micro budget video that homages the street DVD era.
A decade into his MC career, Skepta is bringing his worldview to a global audience in undiluted form. His fourth album Konnichawa is the best-selling grime album of all time and the sum total and evolution of everything so far.
Don’t miss his headlining set on the Lovebox Main Stage.