The year is 2018 and Skepta returns with a new single Pure Water. The song is refreshing and takes much inspiration from Skepta’s recent travels in Nigeria, where one can buy “Pure Water” street-side daily. Most interestingly, Skepta not only MCs this track, but he also self-produced the beat. Following the release from Skepta and his brother Jme’s project, BBKs (Boy Better Know) Athlete. The flow is heavy and fast, reminiscent of the modern urban lifestyle, seemingly constant and on the go- and Pure Water is no exemption. Find both Pure Water and Athlete on Spotify.
Commercial success fluctuates within phases- the 60s were about the hippies and stuff like The Beatles, the 70s were dominated by disco and funk, with the 90s came Grunge, and now hip-hop has made its way into the limelight. As with every genre, there are subsets and subgenres and classifications spanning from the type of beat to the way the words flow to the style of production. Trap, what many say is the commercial sound of rap, is considered to be lo-fi, with emphasis put on the way the voice sounds inside of the beat, and flows seem arid and not cohesive with the music- portraying heavily on what is called the triplet inside the rhythm. One might consider a UK-movement of hip-hop to be Trap’s counterpart.
Grime originates from the UK and developed out of the electronic music scene, drawing from dancehall, reggae, and other forms of hip-hop for inspiration. The sound is characterized by jagged electronic sound, a fast beat, and heavy syncopation or off-beat rhythms. Today, Grime is picking up esteem and has a new heavy-weight to place under it’s category- Skepta. The London-born British Nigerian rapper first hit the scene in 2003 where he was the DJ for Meridian Crew, later to MC for them. After the group disbanded, Skepta began to release his solo music in 2008.