Ahead of Boy Better Know’s headline appearance at Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend, main man Skepta has released a brand new song. It’s called ‘Can’t See Me Again’, it features verses from fellow grime originators Bashy and Kano and it’s extremely dark.
A jarring beat heralds Skepta’s first verse, which begins soberingly: “I used to smile in pictures/But the ends changed me”. The Tottenham MC then delves into the affect on his psyche of street life (“I looked in the mirror and I went crazy”) and making money from drug dealing (“So much money on the microwave the shit looks like a photocopier/ And I could probably make another score from the crack residue in the buttons of the Nokia”).
The chorus tells us Skepta is still a gangster, but he’s doing it legally: “The police can’t see me again”. Sirens and screeching sounds ring out amidst the beats as his rapid flow builds towards a husky mid-section from Bashy (who shouts out Sega Megadrive) and a fiery final verse from Kano. The song is taken from a new compilation from London label Alwayz Recording, which also features Ghetts and Stormzy and is released on August 28. Let’s hope he finds room for this one at Reading and Leeds.