Skepta premieres new song “Shutdown” — listen

Grime veteran and Kanye West affiliate preps his new album


Long before Skepta stormed the stage for Kanye West’s blazing “All Day” BRITs performance and his surprise London gig just days later, he was already a fixture in the UK’s grime scene. His 2011 album, Doin’ It Again, featured a handful of chart-topping numbers in “Bad Boy”, “Rescue Me”, and “Cross My Heart”, and his forthcoming Konnichiwa LP has spawned a hit single in “That’s Not Me”.

Now, with eyes both east and west of the Atlantic firmly watching his next move, the English MC has let loose a new song called “Shutdown”. Ushered in by a sample of one of Drake’s own Vine videos, the track wastes no time in getting down to business. It’s hard-hitting and fast-footed, effectively commandeered by Skepta’s pointed flow. Listen in below.

“Shutdown” is presumably off Konnichiwa, Skepta’s upcoming fourth studio album which may potentially feature a cameo from Yeezy himself.

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