Who is Skepta, the apparent outsider who with the Mercury Prize to the remove went?

The MC from Tottenham hijacked with Konnichiwa the prize for the best British album of the year for the noses of David Bowie, Radiohead and Anohni. A portrait of the make-up-artist Adele to his fans can count, and Drake on his label should welcome, but who will be with us for a long time previously under the radar remained the same.

Skepta © GF

“If David Bowie tonight is watching, he then goes on to strongly agree with Skepta as the winner.’ Skepta – né Joseph Junior Adenuga, like the words of judge Jarvis Cocker himself not to believe it when he Thursday the stage rose to his Mercury Prize (value: £ 25,000) to take delivery.

A surprising winner, that Skepta. The annual award for the best British album has in the past often unexpected winners produced, no – think Alt-J in 2012 or Young Fathers in 2014. But Skepta had this year, however, at and Bowie, and Radiohead, and Anohni record.

Skepta won the prize for his album Konnichiwa, which in may of this year, a great return meant, because pastor Doin’ it again goes back to already of 2011. In Britain, they knew that new plate to taste of, and soon fought Konnichiwa over there with Beyonce’s Lemonade and Radioheads A Moon Shaped Pool to the first place in the album charts. What followed was Adele who him said members should cultivate on Twitter, and the successful Canadian rapper Drake, who signed with Skepta’s independent record label Boy Better Know.

Tottenham Boy ?#konnichiwa

— Adele (@Adele) may 15, 2016

Skepta is in the press, often portrayed as the artist that is the grime genre, new life has breathed into, an image that he himself would rather lose than rich. “People who think that grime is back for his sheep who the media follow. People who are not sheep, to know that grime has never been gone’, he says. The last time a grime artist for a Mercury Prize binnenrijfde, dating, however all of 2003. When won Dizzee Rascal album, Boy in da Corner.

Except with grime, Skepta’s music is also often associated with political protestboodschappen. Several verses on Konnichiwa don’t lie: “Me and my Gs ain t scared of police / We don ‘t listen to no politician / Everybody on the same mission / We don’t care about your-isms and schisms’, rhymes with he in the number Shutdown. Describes Skepta they would prefer if the texts are about freedom. “It is an important message for young people. You need go to no one to listen. It is important to find yourself.’.

The rapper may have a large return, Belgium seems not yet entirely won for the tour de force of the Londoner. His passages on the Dour festival in 2011 and 2016 were also the two only concerts in our country. Three albums in a span of less than four years, Greatest Hits, Microphone Champion and Doin’ it again – could not prevent the rhymes from the pre-Konnichiwa-era at us rather under the radar remained. Konnichiwa this year brought finally redemption. With the songs Shutdown, That’s not me and Konnichiwa produced Skepta three more than deserving of singles, which means he is now also with us a foot in the door seems to have gotten.

And now what? Skepta himself promised already not on its laurels rest. During a backstage interview a few minutes after the Mercury Prize ceremony, he spoke winged words: ‘This is only leading to more greatness.’

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