Skepta recently capped off a year of international success and recognition by winning the Mercury Prize for his fourth studio album Konnichiwa, becoming the first grime artist to win the award since Dizzee Rascal in 2003. For many international fans, grime is a new sound, existing at the periphery before gaining popularity across oceans and borders. But the genre has long been a London mainstay, and, in a new interview with the Evening Standard, Skepta detailed his plan to tell the story of his seminal Boy Better Know label in an upcoming film.
The label, founded in 2005 by Skepta and his brother JME, counts Wiley and Drake among its signees. Skepta told the Evening Standard that the film will use the story of the label as an inspiration. "It’s going to be about Boy Better Know but not in [a completely] autobiographical way," he said.
The London artists also opened up about his relationships with Adele and Drake. "Adele texts me all the time and keeps me in check," he said. "She speaks to me about how things are going. She’s one of the people I know that, from her [example] alone, you can move in a certain way where you’re not inviting fame." As far as collaborations are concerned Skepta said that he's not concerned about a status feature: "With Drake and Adele, I’m happy firstly that they respect me as an artist and a man."
Read the full interview with the Evening Standard here.