VIP = Very Important People
Yesterday I tweeted: "A couple weeks back I was meant to tweet "Skepta and Wretch are the two most important artists this year". Dont ask why I didnt. I have now". Reason I didn't tweet it is because I forgot. I had a convo about my greatest tweets being the ones I forget. I tweet some nonsense with a couple gems.
But back to the point, Skepta and Wretch 32 (three-two not turty-two) are the most important to the extension and development of this #TeamUK phase.
If we look at it, the run has been Wiley ('Wearing My Rolex') + Ironik ('Stay With Me'), Tinchy Stryder + Chipmunk, then last year Tinie Tempah. Roll Deep and Dizzee fit in their somewhere kinda. Now we need someone else to carry the flag as an emerging artist.
Those two, in my opinion are Skepta and Wretch. Wretch managed to score a #5 UK single with his debut effort Traktor.
That isn't your average #TeamUK (basically UK urban music scene) single. In fact, it is the highest charting UK hip hop song I can recall. Well, they call it dancehall-inspired or something like that. I hear a couple of references to dancehall ("hey hey hey" bit) so can we claim that as a dancehall top 5 too? Cos we can throw Pass Out into that bag while we're at it. So yeah, that signifies an evolution of the sound.
Through a conversation with a few people (won't name names but dude from radio and an artist), we agreed this song is a pivotal song for the scene in the same vein as Tinie Tempah's Pass Out last year.
Skepta is set to be the guy that bringing a rawer edged pop-club music. As we know, club music is always a route for success when done correctly. Uni students and the demographic likely to buy these singles club a lot
Here's Skepta new single 'Amnesia'
SICK tune!!! Man's on vibes to this song. Has a grimey/wobbly bassline with the pop sound on top, bouncy half-step beat that gets me swinging my arms, catchy female-male interaction bit suitable for call-and-response and his lyrics are good for what they need to be. His affiliation with Diddy should help his cause in terms of promotion. 70k views in just over 24 hours is a lot! Basically, it's a lot better than Cross My Heart (not gonna lie I didn't like that song).
So yeah, I think they need to be the artists everyone supports this year.
p.s. Dark horse for '011 is P Money. Remember ah me seh so.
On another note, people say grime is the UK version of hip hop. I question that. What do you get out of grime in terms of culture like you do hip hop? What you get more time is angry guys talking about why they're the best or is that an unfair generalisation? Like for example, a popular song at the moment 'Black & Yellow' by Wiz Khalifa talks about his area. West Coast spoke about blunts, khakis and lumberjacks. New York was about Timb boots, gritty streets, pissy blocks, coke sales. What do you actually get from grime? Answers and examples on a postcard please. Thanks