It's a 6/10 album... a disappointing 6. As you said in your second post, it's not grime. There's some grime on it, but it's a rap album that's meant to bridge the gap between the US and Britain. The best tracks on the album were released in 2014 and 2015. The truth is, Skepta's been trying to make it into the mainstream for years, but his main problem is that his pop tunes have been terrible and that has contributed to the lack of success and longevity in the mainstream. It's different now because That's Not Me and Shutdown are bangers (not even going to bother linking the garbage pop tunes he released years ago), and he has the backing of Drake so yeah... Also, Skepta was going to release Konnichiwa in 2014, but then That's Not Me blew up and that changed everything. Originally, this was meant to be on the album, and you can tell he was trying to work his way back into the mainstream. Fortunately he changed the album and although Konnichiwa is average, he made the right decision.Everything I know about grime I learned from this thread.
So, I thought I'd ask you guys whether Skepta's album is any good or is it a watered down, sell out?
Very limited lyrically, but can't deny that he produces banger after banger. I might get bored of him soon though. I prefer these to some of the bangers he's released in the past year:What do you guys think of Mist?
He's limited lyrically, but I can't help but bop my head when I hear one of his songs.
I'm loving Wiley's new stuff.Best thing Stormzy ever did was 0 to 100. He's lost it, plus the hype in this music scene moves so quick nowadays and people are over him. I haven't even bothered listening to Kano or Wiley's most recent albums. Heard they are both decent though.
It's a different kind of creative to me and that sort of flow and lyrics has an energy that I don't think you get from anything else. Don't get me wrong I love American rap, especially the lyricism of east coast rappers.I've been brought up on a diet of American hip hop where using the same word to rhyme with itself is a bit of a no-no. I mean, if you can't be creative with your lyricism, what's the point?
Unless I'm getting my music history wrong, Grime has it's roots in Jungle/Drum & Bass/Garage MCing. The link with Hip Hop(Both US/UK) and Grime is pretty weak.I've been brought up on a diet of American hip hop where using the same word to rhyme with itself is a bit of a no-no. I mean, if you can't be creative with your lyricism, what's the point?
If you're talking lyricism - then what grime typically uses is a mixture of the internal 2,4 rhyming structure and the a-b-a-b, or the a-b-b-a-c-d-d-c flow.That's everything shit about Grime lyricism in one song.