Surviving a rapid series of big highlights and perhaps even bigger wrecks during the early part of this decade, the lengthy process behind Konnichiwa afforded Skepta the opportunity to rediscover his creative core. The Tottenham native has been pivotal to the international appeal of grime since the foundation of Boy Better Know records over a decade ago. Following the release of 2011’s Doin’ It Again, Skepta was emanating so much heat that Diddy tapped the MC as a guide through the UK grime scene — a still burgeoning underground sound Stateside. Less than two year later and Skepta was scrapping the follow-up in favor of a lukewarm mixtape (2012’s aptly titled Blacklisted). Through this dramatic shift, Skepta took to heart the truth of this rave-inspired aesthetic: fam, community, sincerity, and artistic sovereignty. Each of these hard-earned essentials serves as kerosene to the incendiary narrative of Konnichiwa.