UK grime veteran, Skepta has just released ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, his fifth studio album and first full-length in three years. In 2016, the rapper released his critically acclaimed ‘Konnichiwa’ album, winning the Mercury Prize for the project in the same year. Skepta has remained visibly active in the three-year gap since his previous effort, guesting on cross-Atlantic collaborations with US rappers, Drake and ASAP Rocky, Nigerian artists, Wizkid, BOJ, Teezee and Olamide, as well as performing at the last two editions of Nativeland and Homecoming respectively.
Skepta’s new album contains thirteen songs, featuring self-production on all songs, with assists from producers, Ayo, Ragz, Trench and IndigoChildRick. Amongst its diverse array of featured artists are J Hus, Wizkid and Cheb Rabi. Last year’s loosie single, “Pure Water” makes an appearance at the tail end of the album, as well recently pre-released singles, “Bullet From A Gun” and the Nafe-assisted “Greaze Mode”.
Earlier this week, Skepta put out the videos for the most recent singles. Co-directed by Skepta and Duncan London, the single-frame video for “Bullet From A Gun” shows Skepta at an underground train station in North London with a baby stroller, while lyric-appropriate events take place around him as he performs the song while sitting. By contrast, the Matt Walker-directed video for “Greaze Mode” is goofy, setting Skepta and Nafe Smalls, dressed in 70s Blaxploitation era fits, in a bank robbery gone awry.
Both songs open ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, and you can listen to the album here.