It’s grime time: Skepta is back with new album and 2019 UK tour
British grime MC Skepta is back with his fifth studio album, Ignorance Is Bliss, and he will be supporting it with a fresh UK and Ireland tour this autumn.
Fans of the 36-year-old rapper, songwriter and producer will know he has been performing at some of the summer's biggest festivals like EXIT, Wireless, Field Day and Sónar, and it was just announced he’ll also be taking the stage at this fall’s Pitchfork Music Festival 2019. As if that wasn’t enough, Skepta has also been working on Dystopia987 — a smartphone-free immersive theatre and rave experience that was part of the Manchester International Festival in July.
Released on 31 May 2019, Ignorance Is Bliss is the follow-up to 2016’s Mercury Prize-winning Konnichiwa and has received widespread critical praise, with NME writing, “The Tottenham rapper's comeback is a diverse-sounding, assured success, a muscular record that conveys global ambition, drawing on a dizzying collection of sounds and influences.” The album reached No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart and was only held off from the top spot by Scottish crooner Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent.
Ignorance Is Bliss was originally titled SkLEVEL, however Skepta announced the name change on his Instagram on 14 April saying, “A message to say I love you all, I’ve been working hard and I’m more focused than ever. Changed my album title cos #SkLEVEL is a 2018 pattern. New year, new name. @slowthai album first tho.. see you soon ⏳⏳ - Skep 💘”.
Skepta has also been busy appearing on other artist’s tracks like Headie One’s new single “Back to Basics” as well as A$AP Rocky’s “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” and collaborating with Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger on the anti-Brexit song “England Lost”. He and his brother, fellow artist Jme, also launched their own grime collective and record label Boy Better Know (BBK) in 2005, which released his latest album.
Tickets for Skepta’s Ignorance is Bliss Tour went on sale on 27 June and have been selling out fast. Can’t wait to catch the “Pure Water” singer on stage? Keep scrolling for everything you need to know before you go to Skepta’s 2019 UK tour.
What are Skepta’s 2019 UK tour dates?
Naturally, Skepta is going to kick off his UK tour in the heart of the British grime music scene: Manchester. From there, he will be performing at some of the country’s top venues including the 10,000-seat Olympia London in the Capital. While the set list for the tour has yet to be released, expect lots of tracks from Ignorance Is Bliss plus some of his classic hits like “Rescue Me”, “That’s Not Me” and “Shutdown”.
Skepta 2019 UK and Ireland tour dates:
- November 23 — Warehouse Project at Mayfield, Manchester
- November 26 — O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
- November 27 — Jam Park, Dublin
- November 28 — O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
- November 29 — Olympia London, London
What is the Ignorance Is Bliss tracklist?
Skepta’s Ignorance Is Bliss has 13 tracks including collaborations with J Hus, Wizkid, Lancey Foux, Nafe Smallz, Cheb Rabi and B Live, among others.
- “Bullet from a Gun”
- “Greaze Mode” ft. Nafe Smallz
- "Redrum” ft. Key
- “No Sleep”
- “What Do You Mean?” ft. J Hus
- “Going Through It”
- “Same Old Story”
- “Love Me Not” ft. Cheb Rabi & B Live
- “Animal Instinct” ft. Lancey Foux
- “Glow In The Dark” ft. Lay-Z & Wizkid
- "You Wish”
- “Gangsta” ft. Boy Better Know
- “Pure Water”
The singles from Ignorance Is Bliss thus far include: “Pure Water”, “Bullet from a Gun”, “Greaze Mode” and “Love Me Not”.
Who cameos in the “Love Me Not” music video?
The music video for “Love Me Not” was released on 28 July 2019, with the track featuring Cheb Rabi and B Live as well as a sample from singer Sophie Ellis Bextor’s classic pop song “Murder on the Dancefloor”.
The “Love Me Not” music video is set in a house party and Skepta managed to get some of the biggest names in grime to cameo including Octavian, slowthai, Chip, Frisco and Heartless Crew’s MC Bushkin and Mighty Moe, among others.
What is Skepta’s real name?
Skepta was born Joseph Junior Adenuga Jr. in Tottenham, London in 1982 to Nigerian immigrant parents. He has two siblings: radio presenter and DJ, Julie Adenuga; and Jamie Adenuga, better known as grime MC Jme.
What is Skepta’s daughter’s name?
In addition to releasing a hit album, Skepta also became a first-time father in the last year. The “Hello Good Morning Grime Remix” rapper first posted an ultrasound on 30 July 2018, leading many fans to speculate that his rumoured on-and-off-again girlfriend, British supermodel Naomi Campbell, was the mother. (The answer is still unknown among fans.)
The baby girl was born late in 2018, with Skepta sharing a now-deleted photo of her on his Instagram on 3 January 2019. While promoting Ignorance Is Bliss, Skepta released the track “Greaze Mode” that included the lyrics, “River's Dad, super swag (Yeah)” — seemingly confirming his daughter’s name to be River.
Why are Skepta, Wiley and Dizzee Rascal feuding?
Some of the biggest names in English grime were in one of the industry’s largest feuds. Wiley —known by many as the Godfather of Grime— began beef with Skepta last October when he found out his fellow MC was working on track “Money Right” with Dizzee Rascal. On Twitter, he called the latter two ‘frauds’ and ‘paigons’ and released diss tracks “Flip The Table” and “Don’t Bread Me.”
While Skepta released his own track in response, “Wish You Were Here”, in February 2019, it appears as if the feud may be over. Wiley seemingly wants to clear the air with his former friends and collaborators, writing on his Twitter on 15 July, “I don’t hate you @Skepta you are my brother I was just upset.2 of my brothers working together and neither 1 wanted to work or speak to me.Hurts pal.I don’t blame jammer either I blame myself Cos I’m a leader not a crew member.”
In a separate tweet, he also wrote, “Anyway @Skepta Big Up Ya Chest You made it a family business #Ratings for your family too but now I gotta take care of my own family.” Both messages have since been deleted.
Speaking to NME, Wiley also said of Dizzee Rascal: “I’ll be honest with you. He’s done the most out of any black boy I’ve ever known in England. I’ve never seen anyone do more than what he’s done. For me, Dizzee is the greatest person I’ve ever known.”
While at WOO HAH! Festival in the Netherlands, Skepta said to NME, “I’ve got nothing to patch up with [Wiley]. He’s saying some stuff about me, I just wish that he was here.”