Skepta premieres new song “Shutdown” — listen

Grime veteran and Kanye West affiliate preps his new album

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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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