Skepta Reminds Us That He Shells When He Wants On ‘Pure Water’

Skepta has had a relatively busy year so far. He was recently awarded with a chieftaincy in his parents’ state back home in Nigeria, and featured on the cover of GQ magazine — confirming his romance with fashion icon Naomi Campbell — in the same press week more a less. But on the music front he’s been a bit quiet, with only the ‘Stay Alive’ remix of BlocBoy JB’s breakout smash with Suspect to his name. Vicious┬ácame out late last year to mixed reviews, with most criticism coming from the lack of fresh material on the six track EP with just three new songs. But this week he has surprised us with ‘Pure Water’.

‘Pure Water’ is a self-produced banger that’s inimitable in style but textbook in approach for Joseph Junior Adenugga. Over the past few years he’s narrowed in on a sonic paint brush that’s either grime sounding trap or trap sounding grime, and it’s given him a newfound following and much deserved popularity on an international level. Lyrically we find Skepta going in like he was a few years back, but that is not to say that the grime legend has lost his way completely as of recent. When Skepta is in the mood, he can still drop a face melter to have you reminiscing about tracks like ‘Nokia Charger Wire’, ‘English Breakfast’ and ‘Frisco’. Will we get a project out of Skepta in 2018? Who knows? For now though, I’m gonna turn up the volume a bit.

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May 11
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