It’s been a triumphant week for North London grime superstar Skepta. After closing Glastonbury’s Other Stage with a historic headline set alongside grime collective, Boy Better Know (Let’s say, I’d know where I would’ve been on Sunday night, sorry Ed), and launching his very own clothing line, Mains, the Tottenham MC yesterday (July 2) surprise-dropped a brand new song, ‘Hypocrisy’, uploaded to the rapper’s Soundcloud last night.
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Brazen, aggressive, and uncompromising, the track, produced by Skepta himself, made it’s live debut at last month’s Primavera Sound festival, where it was played by BBK’s DJ Maximum. Loosing a remorseless uppercut to internet trolls whilst offering up his own reflections on the industry, ‘Hypocrisy’ finds the MC at his most purposefully ruthless. “They try to disrespect me, when they’re online especially/But everything cool when they check me, because I’m so cool and deadly,” he chants.
Most interestingly, in the second verse, the grime don suggests that he even turned down an MBE from The Queen, given during this year’s Birthday Honours – “Just came back from the Ivors/And look at what we collected/The MBE got rejected/I’m not trying to be accepted”. Skepta also references the Ivors (Ivor Novello awards, see above), at which he picked up two awards earlier this year for Songwriter Of The Year, and Best Contemporary Song for ‘Man’, taken from last year’s Mercury Prize winning release, ‘Konnichiwa’.
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Asked about his future plans in a NME Interview at the Ivor Novello Awards in May, Skepta revealed that he hasn’t yet started work on his next album, instead choosing to focus on his debut clothing line, Mains, which launched last week, and is now available exclusively at Selfridges. Boy Better Know also recently announced plans for a one-day takeover of London’s O2 Arena this August Bank Holiday, set to feature live performances from A$AP Rocky, J Hus, Chip and many more, with the grime collective curating a whole day of music and activities at the venue, from cinema, to videogames, food and sports. Tickets are selling fast, and are extremely limited, but you can purchase them through the link here! Listen to ‘Hypocrisy’ through the Soundcloud player below.
Words by Joe Bulger
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