Skepta’s appearance on Flatbush Zombies‘ ‘Red Eye to Paris’ is the latest power-move from the UK grime MC whose career has already had a vertiginous couple of months. A shout-out from Drake on Lil Wayne‘s ‘That’s Not Me’ snowballed into Drake appearing on Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’, which Skepta later performed with Kanye at the greatest rap show in recent memory, and now there are rumours of Ye’ and Skepta working in the studio together.
Skepta was already respected grime MC within London and in pockets the world over, but 6 God had a big part in boosting him into the public eye – something that doesn’t happen for rappers in their 30’s (bar Danny Brown).
His ‘Red Eye to Paris’ feature seems more organic than his recent affiliations because the Zombies are already as gully as he is. And lines like “somebody’s gonna die here like Chris Brown” and “Driving with no license, two packs in the passenger seat looking like Suge” show that that ballsy, gully nature won’t be watered down just because his audience has switched up. His new album Konichiwa is out now.