The Association of Independent Music Awards 2015 are fast approaching on the 8th September and we are proud to announce that Skepta will be honoured with the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’.
Following the release of his new single ‘Shutdown’, Skepta has proven once again to be a dedicated, hard-working artist and has been named to be ‘one of the independent sector’s finest artists’
Long before Skepta stormed the stage for Kanye West’s blazing “All Day” BRITs performance and his surprise London gig at KOKO just days later, he was already a fixture in the UK’s grime scene. His 2011 album, Doin’ It Again, featured a handful of chart-topping numbers in “Bad Boy”, “Rescue Me”, and “Cross My Heart”, and his forthcoming ‘Konnichiwa’ album has already spawned a street anthem in ‘It Ain’t Safe’ and a chart hit single in “That’s Not Me” featuring brother and Boy Better Know CEO JME.
Now, with eyes both east and west of the Atlantic firmly watching his next move, the English MC has let loose a new song called “Shutdown”. Ushered in by a sample of one of Drake’s own Vine videos, the track wastes no time in getting down to business. It’s hard-hitting and fast-footed, effectively commandeered by Skepta’s pointed flow.
This is the start of a new dawn for the global music industry, let alone the UK urban scene. Grime has just taken the lead once again.