A lot of people started saying he’s sold out to America, I disagree, I simply think his style has evolved and he’s become so popular he’s catered to both his UK and his US fanbase, and this short but sweet EP is proof of that.
Following the major success of Skepta’s 2016’s debut album, Konnichiwa, grime’s biggest name dropped a surprise short EP titled Vicious. The EP is six songs long and contains features from massive names from the U.S including Lil B and A$AP Rocky.
The EP kicks of with a track title Still, which is somewhat reminiscent of his old days, his flow is killer and the production feels very much what we are use to from a Skepta song. It’s a very good song and solid opener, it feels like it would have a place on his album last year no problem. Track two features Lil B and is titled Sit Down. It’s produced well, it’s a catchy and Skepta does well, Lil B has a fire hook but an average verse. I don’t think that’s a big issue really, if anything Skepta showed how good he is here, and whenever you have the likes of Lil B on a track it’s big for your name in America, whether it’s good or not.
The next three tracks, No Security, Worst and Hypocrisy are all tracks we’ve heard before, but I’ glad they’re on here, tracks like this often need a platform to be pushed further, all three of them are floating around a good to great sound but nothing monumental. Hypocrisy has the wackiest music video Skepta has ever done, it’s damn cold.
The album ends on the track Ghost featuring A$AP Mob members Rocky and Nast. It’s an eerie track that’s similar of what we usually get when there’s an A$AP x BBK collab. There is some monster chemistry between them usually but it’s less apparent here. Still, I would be psyched to see a full collab album between the two groups, make it happen guys.
A lot of people started saying he’s sold out to America, I disagree, I simply think his style has evolved and he’s become so popular he’s catered to both his UK and his US fanbase, and this short but sweet EP is proof of that. It’s not going to blow the roof off, but it was a lovely surprise and one which gets fans excited for Skepta’s next album, which I expect to jam packed with features and an improved production, but same old Skepta.