England-based rapper and grime star, Skepta, released a new song on his Soundcloud this week called, ‘Hypocrisy’. Originally teased at the Primavera Sound Festival in June, Skepta’s new track addresses turning down an MBE award, his perspective on the music industry, and the online commenters who called out his new fashion choices.
Skepta has had a successful year so far with his unexpected presence on Drake’s, ‘More Life’ playlist. Though he is renowned in the UK grime community with artists like, Ghetts, Stormzy, and younger brother JME, Skepta got a heap of exposure from unfamiliar Drake fans, and hip hop lovers all over the US. This led him to take a short 14-leg US tour titled the, “Banned From America Tour”, which just finished up June 11th.
Produced by Skepta himself, his newest track is raw and pugnacious, incorporating a grimey, guttural bassline, garage drum beat, and aggressive lyricism. Throughout the song, Skepta comes through with quotable punchlines that relay his struggles with internet trolls. On the first verse he says, “They try to disrespect me / When they’re online especially / But everything cool when they check me/ Because I’m so cool and deadly.”
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In the second verse, Skepta addresses some of the problems within hip-hop. He spits, “Now look at the labels dying/ Nobody else is signing/ We know the truth they’re hiding/ See the plaques on my wall just shining.” Skepta doesn’t venture into the intricacies of the problem he presents, instead just exposing them to the listener.
But perhaps the most interesting bar on this track comes at the very end. Skepta raps, “Just came back from the Ivors/ And look at what we collected/ The MBE got rejected/ I’m not tryna be accepted.” Skepta reveals that he was offered an MBE, an award given by the Order of the British Empire, that rewards significant contributions to the arts and sciences. His reasoning is left open-ended, but Skepta definitely brings the heat with this early summer grime banger.