Neumos Capitol Hill
Wed., April 19, 8 p.m. 2017 All Ages
North London’s reigning champ, MC/producer/DJ Skepta, leads the charge of grime’s most recent surge of popularity in North America—as a veteran rapper and low-key athleisure icon. As the internet flattens regional scenes, the insular, spare roadman style, American club excesses, and spacey SoundCloud swag rap all make comfortable flatmates, as evinced on Skepta’s excellent 2016 album Konnichiwa, which signaled his arrival in the colonies. Kanye needed him there when he performed on the Brits, and Drake even petitioned to join his crew, the legendary grime label Boy Better Know. As hiphop’s biggest cool hunters align themselves, this particular British empire just grows. The last time mans tried touring the US, visa issues stymied his rollout—but now he’s ready to bring his raucous nobody-smiling shit-talk to Seattle, and let’s hope it’s shutdown (in a good way). LARRY MIZELL JR.