Skepta Discusses Stormzy's Success As A Black Rapper In The U.K. Music Scene

Worldwide Skep shouts out the Grime MC.

(AllHipHop News) Skepta and Stormzy have been recognized in the United States as BET Award winners, but the impact on their home country is far greater than it is in America. Both London-raised rhymers are often listed among the top musicians from the United Kingdom.

Apple Music’s Beats 1 host Julie Adenuga sat down with Skepta to talk about his new album Ignorance Is Bliss. The conversation included the Boy Better Know co-founder discussing his fellow African-British rap star.

"I think that he is somebody that, once he got onto his path he's just not deviated. He already knew what he wanted to do, he knows what he wants to do. And he doesn't deviate from that," said Skep about Stormzy. "He’s broken - and going to break - so many doors down of things that we haven't seen no black rappers do."

Skepta added, "It was like meeting him and just realizing that he had that African boy vengeance to get it. He was going to do his thing, like he was going to go to the park, get the rhythm, spray it. Make sure all these bars are clear, everyone is going to hear him. He's going to go to the show, he's going to murk. He is going to do everything. I was like, 'You know what? You are going somewhere, I haven't seen this before.' So I'm going to watch him fly, and that's what I've been doing. Same with Novelist. It was me, Novelist and Storm."

Besides Ignorance Is Bliss, Skepta has also released Greatest Hits, Microphone Champions, Doin' It Again, and the Mercury Prize-winning Konnichiwa. Stormzy's Gang Signs & Prayer took home the 2018 Brit Award for British Album of the Year. They are both MOBO Award winners.