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Is Skepta Retiring From Music?


Skepta | Image: Instagram/skeptagram

British-Nigerian rapper Skepta hinted he might be retiring from music, after sharing a series of Instagram posts with his fans on Thursday.


Skepta, real name Joseph Junior Adenuga, revealed that his latest feature on producer JAE5’s new song Dimension with Rema will be among his final tracks and that he has one more song which was recorded last year.

“This Jae5 song/video featuring REMA and myself was recorded and shot last year in Ghana. I have one more song with Bando & L’s that we also recorded in 2020 – after we drop that I’m out..”

In a separate post, which was placed over the top of the palm of his hand with paint on it, he wrote: “Any verses you hear of mine this year, were all recorded last year. I’ve stopped recording 2021 🚫”.

The news comes as a shock for many of the rapper’s fans after he revealed last year that he was working on a new album. Speaking on Instagram Live in May, he said: “I’m making my album now, you get me, before I stop. I’m making my album now before I stop banging out all the beats.”

The Mercury Prize winner’s last solo album was “Ignorance Is Bliss” which was released in 2019.

Skepta is one of the most influential people in the UK. Originally a DJ from Tottenham-based grime collective Meridian Crew, he began MCing shortly before the group disbanded in 2005. He and his younger brother Jme then joined the British grime group Roll Deep for a short period of time before becoming founding members of Boy Better Know in 2005.

His debut studio album, Greatest Hits, was released to much acclaim in 2007, while he followed up in 2009 with Microphone Champion. The three-time Brit Award nominee also released studio album “Doin’ It Again” in 2011. Then came the multi-award-winning Konnichiwa in 2016.

In 2020, Skepta joined British rappers Chip and Young Adz for a collaborative album called “Insomnia”.

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