They say people in your life are seasons, and Skepta is most definitely Halloween.
Exactly two years ago yesterday, the London grime don dropped the video for “It Ain’t Safe,” his transatlantic collaboration with Yung Lord (aka A$AP Bari) that sounds like if Three 6 Mafia wore Stone Island and Nike Air Max. A year later, he played a Halloween mix on Drake’s OVO Sound Radio show on Beats 1, featuring remixes of Sy Ari Da Kid’s “Bankroll,” Drake and Future’s “Jumpman,” and Section Boyz’s “Lock Arff.”
Fast forward to 2016, and Skepta returned with two new Halloween treats for the streets last night. First up, the BBK boss man joined forces with UK rap crew Section Boyz for “Worst,” a grizzly Mischief Night anthem that comes with a Purge-inspired video. “Any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours,” says a female voice before Skepta and Section Boyz wreak havoc in the London streets (if you grow weary of Section Boyz’s shouting all over the song, skip to the 4:10 mark to hear Skepta’s verse).
Not long after that, Skepta returned with a new solo effort called “No Security.” Opening with an audio clip from Malcolm X’s “No Fear” speech, the track is a short-but-spine-chilling assault on his enemies, from the “fake celebrities” to the “super lame guys” who used to tuck in their chains before lifting weights. The production features a similar guttural bass line as used in “It Ain’t Safe” and “Mike Lowery,” which is a good sign that Skepta means business.
Halloween may be about trick-or-treating and fancy dress parties for the rest of society, but for Skepta, October 31 is his full moon—the night he transforms from humble old Joseph Adenuga into the scariest version of his rapping self: “You murder me, I will live for eternity / If I survive, then I’m coming for you personally,” he warns on “No Security.”
You better pray Skepta doesn’t knock on your door on Halloween.
By Andy James, who’s definitely giving up all his candy to Skepta. Follow him on Twitter.
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