Skepta discusses Drake, ‘Konnichiwa’ and his haters in rare BBC 1Xtra interview

The Tottenham MC gave a revealing interview to the radio station's DJ Semtex

Skepta has given a rare on-camera interview, opening up candidly about both his career and recent success.

The Tottenham MC sat down with BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Semtex for a specially-recorded video interview to discuss a wide number of topics, from the emotions behind recording his latest album ‘Konnichiwa’ to his relationship with Drake.

Quizzed on the latter, the 33-year-old revealed that he didn’t know how the Toronto rapper found out about him. “I can’t tell how he heard of me. I will never know, but I’ll put my money on him finding me online and searching for my music because that’s what he’s like – he’s a music lover.

“For me, it was a blessing that he was co-signing me and bigging me up, because I’m still gonna do what I’m gonna do anyway,” he continued. “I’m just blessed to have them man supporting. My album came out on the 6th when I was in Toronto and it’s like home. The way they’ve got me out there is mad.”

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Discussing his long-awaited album ‘Konnichiwa’, Skepta explained that he considered his latest full-length record to be like “a movie.”

“Konnichiwa is a classic,” he said. “The album [was] delayed for kick drums. To put it out was a definite happy point.”

Skepta also discussed his mentality when it comes to dealing with his critics in the grime scene. “I’m out for revenge, fam,” he told Semtex. “I come into this ting pure-hearted and loving music, and people take me for an idiot, you get what I’m saying? So when I spit now people are gonna hear a madman, they’re gonna hear a monster, they’re gonna hear someone who’s out for revenge – and I’m out for revenge.”

Watch the full 50-minute interview below.

Skepta released ‘Konnichiwa’ with a livestreamed Boiler Room performance from Tokyo last week, and is currently battling with Radiohead, James Blake and Kaytranada for the number one spot in the UK album charts.

The grime MC will play the final date of a short UK tour in Manchester tonight (May 12), at the city’s Old Granada Studios.