2016 has been a good year for Skepta. His album, Konnichiwa was well accepted and he found the type of success not reserved for Grime artists with his winning the Mercury Prize beating out the iconic David Bowie.
In a detailed interview with London’s Evening Standard, he spoke on a range is topics- some of which we’ll highlight below.
On winning the Mercury Prize
‘It honestly hasn’t sunk in yet, I’m still in that night in my head, just remembering that it’s a moment I should always be happy about.’
‘I stayed [at the afterparty] for a little bit then I just went home, sat on the beanbag in my front room and just looked out of the window for, like, five hours,’ he says. ‘I just stayed there by myself. The thing about awards is that a lot of those moments are about the whole world telling you that you deserve it and rah, rah, rah. I’m very appreciative of that but I love experiencing stuff by myself. Because it feels different. You know the truth and you can hear what the voice in your head is saying properly.’
On bullying at school
‘Bullying is bullying, man. Even the biggest of the bullies got bullied. And what was happening in school comes from the media, innit? It comes from TV and society. How can a Jamaican cuss someone for being African, when they’re from there? It’s just complete confusion and ignorance. I don’t blame any Jamaicans, I don’t hold any grudges.’
On his attitude to Police
‘I stay away from the police, I don’t want to get killed by them. Someone I know has been killed by them and I hope no one else I know gets killed by them.’
On Black Lives Matter hitting the UK
‘I’ve been to a few protests before and the thing I protested about still happened after.’ ‘[I know] the intention of protest is to make noise and stand up for something but I don’t know if I’d actually go to a protest again. I don’t want to kill no one, I don’t want to hurt anyone, I don’t want to bomb anywhere and I don’t think my friends want to do that either. I think that’s the better solution. If it comes from within then there’s nothing to protest about. This is not me in no way, shape or form saying I support any of these things that are happening. I hate them, they shouldn’t be happening.’ . ‘One day people are going to think we’re crazy for asking why a white person can’t protest for black people.’