“Thank you to everybody who was there for me when I was going through depressed times. I don’t know man, I’m so thankful … With no record label we just travelled the world…..Kano did this for us and the love is there. Kano, love you for life man,” Skepta
Skepta has won this year’s Mercury Prize 2016 that celebrates grime’s continuous rise in the music world. Presenting the award to Skepta, Jarvis Cocker said: “We as a jury decided that if David Bowie was looking down on the Hammersmith Apollo tonight, he would want the 2016 prize to go to…Skepta.”
The north London-born singer won the prestigious award and the £25,000 prize for his fourth studio album Konnichiwa at the ceremony at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London, last night. Its the first recognition for grime since since Dizzee Rascal won for Boy in da Corner in 2003. Skepta beat some of the UK’s biggest artists, including Radiohead, Bat for Lashes and even the first posthumous nomination, for David Bowie’s final album Blackstar.
Konnichiwa was released on Skepta’s Boy Better Know record label which he co-founded with his brother JME in 2005 and was described by industry figures as “confident, funny, clever, scary, personal and political”.
Skepta performing “Shutdown” live at the Mercury Prize 2016
DeeperTheBeats would like to send its congratulations to Skepta on his win. You did it!!