UK grime star Skepta leaped into the mainstream with the release of “Shutdown” in 2015. “Shutdown” was originally released as a single prior to the Konnichiwa album, but also made it into Skepta’s well-known mixtape, The Tim Westwood Mix.
The track starts with a snippet from Drake before transitioning into Skepta’s grungy vocals.
The North London artist goes on to describe a myriad of places that he’s “shut down.” It’s lit. It’s crazy. It’s energetic.
Skepta bigs himself up, while silencing his haters (“You wanna act like a G for the camera / You say you’re Muslim, you say you’re Rasta / Say you don’t eat pork, don’t eat pussy / Liar, you’re just a actor”).
His success happened extremely fast, but he’s not crumbling under the pressure. He’s been to Paris, London, and New York and “shut down” all of those places with ease.
It’s easy to see why “Shutdown” propelled Skepta’s momentum into another dimension. His energetic and confident delivery immediately jump out. The grime beat is still prominent, but slightly crosses over into the mainstream hip hop style that is more “acceptable” on a global scale, hence this track’s success.