As the hype continues to grow for the highly anticipated drop of Skepta's new album Konnichiwa, here at Idle HQ we thought we would take a look at his iconic style, our favourite tracks and details about the new record.
It's a bold statement, but many believe that Tottenham native, Skepta has spearheaded the global rebirth of grime. Being at the forefront of UK grime when it first made its debut in the early 2000s, Skepta pioneered to generate global recognition for the ever-evolving genre. As one of the founding members of the grime collective and the most internationally recognised grime artist at this time, Skepta has established himself as the grime icon of this generation, giving him the influence to ensure genre is understood and appreciated.
Skepta: Authentic UK Street Style Icon
Being a highly skilled grime emcee is not Skepta's only talent. Music is Skepta's primary passion, but he also publicly expresses his interests in fashion and style through his personal aesthetic and brand collaborations. Although with his rise to fame the grime superstar experienced his share of materialism, accumulating luxury labels, such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Since then, in celebration of real street wear, and against the superficiality of fame, Skepta admits to throwing all his designer wear in the bin in his new release, 'That's Not Me.'
Thanks to this purification, Skepta earned some street style credit and stayed true to his roots, emboding an authentic representation of UK street in his style, sporting tracksuits on the regular. With no doubt his affinity for sportswear is due to their functionality and wearability that made it a essential in the early 2000s club scene.
Skepta's UK roots and undying love for his go-to wardrobe piece has attracted the likes of London leading sportswear designer Nasir Mazhar, Cottweiler, Uniqlo and Supreme to be featured as the face of their collections. The rapper has established himself has an urban style icon not only for the grime scene but for the UK street style, with his casual attire that assimilates grime's original street roots.
Idle HQ's Top Picks
That's Not Me (feat. Jme)
Ladies Hit Squad (feat. D Double E & ASAP Nast)
An oldie but a goodie and currently a feature on our HQ playlist!
Ahead of the long-awaited drop of Konnichiwa tomorrow (May 6), Skepta has released singles, including 'Shutdown', 'Ladies Hit Squad' and 'Man', to tease us all with his crazy beats, dope sounds and his lyrical geniuses. Konnichiwa's tracklist:
'Lyrics' (feat. Novelist)
'Corn On The Curb' (feat. Wiley)
'It Ain’t Safe' (feat. Young Lord)
'Ladies Hit Squad' (feat. D Double E & ASAP Nast)
'Numbers' (feat. Pharrell Williams)
'That’s Not Me' (feat. Jme)
'Detox' (feat. BBK)
'Text Me Back'
And to celebrate the release of the his album, Skepta has announced a short UK tour that kicks off in London (May 8), and continues to Birmingham (May 10), Glasgow (May 11) and concludes in Manchester (May 12). Check out Skepta's latest single 'Man' below...