Skepta Reveals ‘Banned From America’ Tour Dates

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Finally, Skepta will be making his return to America next month…dubbed the Banned From America tour, the Boy Better Know general will be kicking off his forthcoming schedule at Coachella, before making stops in Chicago, D.C., New York and various parts of Canada (including — no surprise here — Toronto). Check out the dates above.

Drake Brings Out Skepta, Nicki Minaj (& More) In London (Video)

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Crazy. During a recent O2 tour stop (his final), Drake decided to bring out close friends Skepta, Popcaan, Nicki Minaj and more to the delight of the packed arena…you can check that out above and below. In related news, Skepta also decided to address being called a “crackhead” (as well as a recent outfit choice)…that’s been added below as well.

Also: Drake’s inclusion of Skepta, Giggs, Sampha and Jorja Smith had a positive effect on their individual sales as well…you more on that here.

Skepta, The Weeknd & Chance The Rapper To Headline Wireless 2017


This year’s Wireless Festival continues their record of top-quality line-ups: Chance The Rapper, Skepta and The Weeknd have been tapped as the headliners. Following them: Bryson Tiller, Nas, Tory Lanez, G-Eazy, Young Thug, Wiley, Section Boyz, Lil Yachty, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Uzi Vert and loads more (including a couple of yet-to-be-named guests) will be taking to one of the festival stages as well.

It all takes place 7th to 9th July in Finsbury Park, London. Check out Wireless’ official website for more information.

Pharrell Talks Skepta, N.E.R.D. & More (Video)


Sometime during Pharrell Williams’s promotion of Hidden Figures, he sat down with Clara Amfo on BBC Radio 1. During the interview, the legendary artist-producer-everything spoke on working with Skepta on Konnichiwa (he also revealed wanting to work with him again), the hope for a new N.E.R.D. record and the possibility of working with other UK (Grime) artists in the future.

NME Awards: Beyoncé, Skepta & More Get Nods

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This year’s (VO5) NME Awards have been announced, and Beyoncé leads with five nominations for her album Lemonade — best album, music moment of the year, best international female, hero of the year and best video (for ‘Formation’). Behind her is Skepta, who holds four nods — thanks to Konnichiwa — for best British male (Kano also happens to be in this category), best album, best track for Man, and best music moment.

The 1975, Bastille and Christine And The Queens also have four; Wolf Alice, Kanye West and Adele have three nominations.

Check out the full list of nominations here (where you can also vote, as NME awards are selected by you). The VO5 NME Awards 2017 takes place at the O2 Academy in Brixton 15th February.

Wiley Talks (Theoretically) Retiring, Grime, Kano & More In New Interview


Recently, Noisey did a pretty dope feature (that the author has a bit of a fine time trying to get done, apparently) on Wiley in lieu of his forthcoming album Godfather…within, the Godfather of Grime speaks pretty candidly on several different issues, including his latest claim of retirement, recent releases from his peers (namely, Skepta and Kano), Boy Better Know and much more.

You can check out the full editorial over at Noisey; we’ve included a few excerpts below. Godfather is released this Friday (13th January).

I was hoping to see you at Skepta’s show at Ally Pally last month. It was weird hearing your verse on the backing track.
Don’t do that, man, don’t do that. You’re killing me. You know it’s really funny because look, I wanted to be at Skepta’s show but I didn’t make it there, and the mad thing is when we talk about these things like, “Why wasn’t he there?” or “Why wasn’t you there?” – as much as it’s a fair question – it can sometimes cause hassle. I wanted to be there too, and – you know what it is – I just wasn’t there because I’ve got older and, you know, I’m a parent. When I was young I used to go and do whatever I needed to do. As I’ve got older I’ve slowed down a bit, and sometimes just not gone out there – that’s all.

What do you think of the big grime albums of last year? Are you a fan of Konnichiwa and Made in the Manor?
Listen, I think Konnichiwa is the right album for what this guy [Skepta] was trying to do and where he was trying to sell it. That’s what I’ve learned from listening to that record. I think Made in the Manor was the wrong album to be made by him [Kano] at a time when grime was in fashion. It was a good Damon Albarn album in the first place, to be fair. Why do I know that? I like Damon Albarn. You know what I’m saying? I’m happy for him and all the success, but that was the wrong album to be made in this time by that artist. If grime is in and it’s popping, and you can see Stormzy and anyone else bringing it back, and you’re so good at it, you could have just given a fifteen track grime classic to follow up Home Sweet Home.

Is The Godfather a grime album then?
It could only be. I can’t call myself the ‘Godfather of grime’ and then make an album that’s got two grime tracks and the rest is Damon Albarn. They’re going to say I’m not. The thing is, if you listen to what’s going on at the moment there isn’t actually a barrage of grime out there. There’s a lot of stuff that’s between grime, trap, whatever it is, which I’m not dissing – I love it. So, yeah, no disrespect. Made in the Manor is actually sick, sonically and all the rest of it. It was just the wrong record to be made by that artist at this time.

Do you have an age in mind where you think you’ll stop?
This is my last album, in theory. You know, Wiley the brand, you’re not going to see me trying to cane the arse out of tens of Wileys, you will not. I’ll always use my money to do other, smart things. Like, I’m never going to just be like trying to squeeze money out of stuff. I’m always gonna be trying to do different things and properties and more properties. Shit like that can keep you and your family and brothers and sisters going when you’re older.

DOCUMENTARY: Skepta x Levi’s Music Project

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Earlier in the year, we posted about Skepta’s new partnership with Levi’s, which — among other things — led to the creation of a community music studio for the youth in Tottenham. Above lies a documentary that takes us through that process, complete with the inclusion of some of the great young musicians that make projects like this so amazing.

Check out more on Levi’s Music Project here.