Skepta is an English grime artist, songwriter, rapper, record producer and music video director. He was born as Joseph Junior Adenuga.
He first independently released his studio album Greatest Hits in 2007, and his second album, Microphone Champion in 2009, his third studio album Doin’ It Again was released in 2011 by AATW. His fourth studio album, Konnichiwa, was released on 6 May 2016, it received critical acclamation, winning the year’s Mercury Prize. He has collaborated with his younger brother, and Boy Better Know labelmate, a well known grime artist JME. The two have collaborated many times, most recently on his album Konnichiwa.
He was born on 19 September 1982 in North London, England. He is 36 years old as of 2018.
He was born to Joseph Adenuga. His parents are immigrant from Nigeria. He is the eldest of four siblings, he has two brothers, Jme and Jason Adenuga, and a younger sister Julie Adenuga, they all grew up on Meridian Walk Estate, a council estate in Tottenham, North London.
He has been so private about his life behind closed doors, currently, he revealed about his love relationship with his girlfriend Naomi Campbell. The two are expecting a child.
Konnichiwa is his fourth studio album. The title is the greeting “hello” in the Japanese language. After numerous delays, it was released on 6 May 2016 by Boy Better Know.
Release date: 6 May 2016
Label: Boy Better Know
Nominations: Brit Award for MasterCard British Album of the Year, NME Award for Best Album
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- Thu, 27 Sep 2018
at Sydney Opera House, Sydney
- Fri, 28 Sep 2018
Saucy Every Friday // Freshers Launch Part 2
at The Garage, London
- Sun, 30 Sep 2018
Listen Out Brisbane 2018
at Sporting Fields, Victoria Park, The, Brisbane
- Mon, 01 Oct 2018
Listen In Adelaide 2018
at Bonython Park, Adelaide
- That’s Not Me
- It Ain’t Safe
- Ace Hood Flow
- No Security
- Too Many Man
- Ghost Ride
- Ladies Hit Squad
- Stay with It
- Pure Water
- Mike Lowery
- Rolex Sweep
- Make Peace Not War
- All Over the House
- Cross My Heart
- Rescue Me
- Hold On
- In a Corner
- Bad Boy
- Fuckin Widda Team
- So Alive
- Corn on the Curb
- Crime Riddim
- Sweet Mother
- I Spy
- Doin’ It Again
- Microphone Champion
- Greatest Hits
- Been There Done That
- Moesh Music
- Invisible Tears
- Pre Vision
- Are You Dumb? Vol. 3
- Are You Dumb? Vol. 4
- Shotter Music
- Sumting New Dubstep Compilation
- Vicious EP
- You’ll Never Make a Million from Grime EP
- Benji B Presents: Deviation, Vol. 1
Skepta Clothing Line
Two brothers, — Dee, an anarchic street artist, and Marcus, an armed robber on a crime wave — deal with wanting to get away from society.
Initial release: 1 May 2015
Director: Reg Traviss
Edited by: Edmund Swabey
Production company: RST Pictures; JRSM Films; Origo Film Group
Release date: May 1, 2015
The interview begins. But first, Skepta, now dressed in a bathrobe to suit Campbell’s stipulated “morning after” theme, wants some water. He asks for a bottle of Evian, but Campbell, now in a black slip dress, is not happy. “Lemon water is much better for you,” she says, disapprovingly, stopping him opening the bottle. “He’ll have the lemon water,” she tells the agent on hand. Skepta, without so much as flinching, obeys. Campbell finally looks content. Now, it’s time to talk.
GQ: Two black figureheads coming together in this way: how significant a moment is this?
Naomi Campbell: Yes, it’s great that we’re a black man and a black woman on the cover of British GQ in 2018. This is the new way; this is what it should be and how it should stay. We’re not a trend. And this year, if you look at fashion ad campaigns, there’s a person of colour in every campaign – and that’s a big deal. First you put the black models in the shows, and we’re counting at the end. But then, where are the ad campaigns? They do the show but they can’t do the ads? However, this season will be the first time so many women of colour will star in major brand campaigns. What’s left to do now is [the] beauty [industry]. But this is not an attack – we’re just making you aware. Sometimes, people are so involved in their business that they’ve got no idea what the casting person is doing. So you have to give them a little nudge and say, “This is just a friendly reminder.” Then after a few friendly reminders, yes, it’s more of a statement.
GQ: How important are these big media statements concerning colour: this magazine cover, the 2018 all-black Pirelli calendar, the Black Panther film?
NC: I didn’t work all these years to go backwards. I’ve seen so many people sacrifice their lives: Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela… Now, more than ever, when I do a job, I don’t care about fame. I think, “What does it do for my people?” We’ve had to make these statements to remind you when you’re not being diverse. But when you choose, you should make your decision with diversity and balance.
Skepta: These magazines are such big deals because they shape how society sees beauty. So thank you to everybody who helped us get here and thank you for acknowledging us. But we’re still always going to do us. I don’t want to make a big thing out of things like this. It’s supposed to be like this. But I understand that, like an arm wrestle, there’s a forceful fight over on one side before it goes over to the other side. That’s what’s happening and I just hope it balances out, because the pressure isn’t good for anyone.
GQ: There have been steps forward with regards to diversity, but last year we also saw some steps back…
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