Following reports that Skepta was giving his new mix CD out on the streets of New York, we’ve been anxiously awaiting for the tape to leak online. Via Tim Westwood’s Soundcloud account, the mixtape has now surfaced.
The tape is a mixture of freestyles and tracks released over the past couple of years — including ‘Shutdown’, ‘It Ain’t Safe’ and ‘That’s Not Me’ — before finishing off with Skepta’s 2009 freestyle on Westwood’s iconic 1Xtra slot.
You can stream or download ‘The Tim Westwood Mix’ via the widget below, enjoy.
FADER – ‘rather than ‘breaking’ America, I just want British rap to be treated
as just another state – Britain is just another place that raps,’ London grime don SKEPTA told FADER last September .The MC has been grinding at his craft for the past decade, and built strong ties with NYC’s underground over the past couple of years.
Skepta, his goal got a boost this past month when both Kanye and Drake showed they’ve finally caught up and caught on to SKEPTA, And grime in general; that BRITs performance and that album shoutout (and borrowed line), respectively. Now he’s letting his music to the talking with this heavy track from his forthcoming album, #Konnichiwa. Mastered late last night in London, it’s called ‘SHUTDOWN’ and finds the sharp-footed MC spelling out his come up, while also signalling what he’s up against by including what sounds like an audio rip of a starkly ignorant viewer complaint about the BRITs show.
“This is my new single ‘SHUTDOWN’ produced by myself and Ragz Originale from my upcoming album #Konnichiwa,” Skepta told The FADER via email. “We made about 7 different instrumentals to it but this one was the maddest. Vine has already been going nuts for the video clips we put up from the studio, can’t wait to touch a dance with this one. Big up my bro Drake on the sample, trust me listen.” Yep, that’s Drizzy in actor mode at the end.
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