It’s been a week since I went to see Skepta at Ally Pally. Skepta has took grime from the streets of North London to global stages skanked, rapped and repeated his songs for an hour a half.
From diss track Nasty, to moshpit inducing Man and the legendary Shutdown. Skepta’s sold out show was one full of energy and special guests. Grime legends JME, Kano, Giggs, Wretch 32, Novelist and D Double E, Lethal Bizzle, Section Boyz and Shorty came out to perform their own songs including Three Wheels Up, Whippin Excursion, Man Don’t Care. As well as collaboration from Konnichiwa including Lyrics, That’s Not Me and Ladies Hit Squad.
2016 has been a great year for Skepta from his critically acclaimed Album Konnichiwa, to performing at Glastonbury and his recent Mercury Prize Award win in September show Skepta and his crew BBK propelled to new heights.
Konnichiwa is political and revolutionary, the album encourages listeners to embrace freedom and to be true to themselves in a world of corruption, heightened celebrity and uncertainty.
“We don’t listen to no politician” – Shutdown
“Tell the President we ain’t forgot, tell the Prime Minister we still remember… Nobody’s voting for your corrupted agenda” – Konnichiwa
Despite Skepta’s global success and the many fans worldwide he has amassed, I was still left baffled a day after the show when John Aizlewood a journalist for The Evening Standard article* complained about restarted songs. Erm, it’s called a reload. The mixed review highlighted that despite enjoying the music many still do not understand the culture and origins behind it. Grime has not come out of nowhere, grime has been here. The ‘resurgence of grime’ something that Skepta himself has touched on: “People who think grime is back are sheep that follow the media,” said the star in a recent interview. “People who aren’t sheep know grime never went away.”
The show closed with an energetic performance of Man, with Skepta joined on an engulfed stage by close friends and family. It was a celebration and I enjoyed every minute, humbled by the success of an artist who has chosen to live life authentically.
To Skepta and the mandem, I can’t wait for Wembley.
Skepta X Ally Pally Track list:
That’s Not Me (ft JME)
Ace Hood Flow
Wretch 32 – Liberation
Corn On The Curb
It Ain’t Safe
Giggs – Whippin Excursion
JME – Man Don’t Care
Kano – 3 Wheel Ups
Lyrics (ft Novelist)
Ladies Hit Squad (ft D Double E
Shorty – What’s Going On
Detox (ft BBK)
Lethal bizzle – Pow
Section Boys ft Skepta – Worst
Apple Music streamed Skepta’s Alexandra Palace show. Click here to watch the entire show.
Words by Roshsrambles
*Update 7 December 2016 9:49am The Evening Standard has now corrected their review and issued an apology for the mistake.