Grime Wave

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Veteran MC Skepta sounds the bell for the last round of Red Bull Studios Future Underground. Find out how to get tickets for the event and which tracks paved Skepta’s way to the grime throne.

Red Bull Studios Future Underground is an event that spans across three nights of music hosted by artists that share Red Bull’s sense of adventure and rebellion. It will bring a new generation of Londoners together and remind them that this city is theirs and it’s ready for them. Recognising and rewarding the spontaneity of young London, the line-up for each night is made public only 24 hours in advance.


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Tomorrow night – Friday 11th September – the third and final event in the series will see grime royalty Skepta pick up his mic for a performance that will make the capital sit up and take notice. The Tottenham born and bred rapper has been setting gigs, street parties and festival stages alight across the globe this summer and with a supporting set from six-piece rap collective Section Boyz, DJ Logan Sama on warm up duties and an unannounced special guest or two, Friday night is set up to be his best yet.

Exclusive codes to redeem tickets for the event will be shared across a variety of social accounts today. To find out who currently has a batch of codes to invite lucky Londoners to scoop up a pair of tickets, check and keep an eye on @RedBullUK. Tickets will be £5 each and all proceeds will go to the spinal injury charity Wings For Life.

Red Bull Studios Future Underground
Skepta, Section Boyz, Logan Sama
Friday 11th September 2015, 7pm
Collins Music Hall, Islington Green, Essex Road, N1 2XN 

Here’s four tracks that paved Skepta’s way to the grime throne.



“Private Caller”

This track stems from a time shortly before he started the Boy Better Know crew with his brother JME. In 2005, a 23-year-old Skepta was mainly a DJ from Tottenham-based grime crew Meridian, which led him to produce the ring tone heavy instrumental for Private Caller. 


The stand out track from Skpeta’s self-consciously titled debut album Greatest Hits. Surrounded by a dream team of Bearman, Bossman, Footsie, JME, Jammer, MC Creed, Trim, and Wiley – who makes perfectly clear he’s the tiger tiger – give a great insight of how Grime felt like in 2006.

“Too Many Man”

In hindsight you might say that Too Many Man was a rather frivolous concession to the rampant UK funky trend around 2009, but this Boy Better Know classic – a Skepta sound production – contains some everlasting words of wisdom: “We need some more girls in here, there’s too many man too many many man!”


As with most of grime’s figureheads, Skepta’s fame has been limited to the UK, which is eventually about to change due to this mighty anthem. Kanye is a declared fan, in July Skepta killed it at MoMA PS1 session in New York and with his fourth album in the pipeline, all signs are pointing to success.

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