Skepta has solidified his status as one of the biggest artists on the grime scene following the release of his fourth studio album, Konnichiwa. The 33-year-old star unveiled the much-anticipated project on Friday 6 May and judging by reactions so far, he has excelled.
The 12- track record, which was released on iTunes, features collaborations with industry heavyweights including Wiley and D Double E. It includes the previously heard singles Man, Shutdown as well new songs like Crime Riddim and Ladies Hit Squad.
He marked the release with a live-streamed Boiler Room performance from Tokyo and fans stream the entire thing for free on Spotify. Twitter quickly erupted with heaps of praise for Konnichiwa, which is Japanese for "Hello" or "Good day", and it soon started trending.
With an impressive back catalogue that includes hits like Sweet Mother and In A Corner, Skepta already set the bench march pretty high. This time around he made sure not to disappoint. Many fans noted that he has remained true to his roots with a collection of grime bangers.
He even got some love from friend and frequent collaborator Drake who helped him promote the news record on Instagram. While there was speculation that the pair planned to solidify their bromance by collaborating on Skepta's new album, the Canadian rapper is notably absent. They previously joined forces on the remix of Afrobeats star Wizkid's single Ojuelegba.
Before the big reveal Skepta, real name Joseph Junior Adenuga, made sure to create a buzz by announcing his UK tour. He will play four gigs in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester throughout May.
"I've got every element from London that is needed to make this album what it is," Skepta recently said in an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio."I be killin' it, over 10 years on the road. That's a permanent mark, they can't smudge me!"