Skepta released his long-awaited fourth studio album Konnichiwa earlier this month, and to celebrate its release he decided to host a launch party for the album in Tokyo, Japan. As far as album launches go, this is perhaps the best location possible for Skepta’s biggest album yet. After promising to make his Japanese debut for quite some time, he made it so with an energetic Boiler Room set that translated beautifully to a small venue in Tokyo.
Before his set he invited Japanese rappers KOHH, Dutch Montana, Loota, and DJ Riki to open for him, shining light on Japan’s thriving rap scene. Following KOHH’s killer opening set, Skepta took to the room to perform the biggest singles from Konnichiwa alongside debuting a number of tracks. It might only clock in at a brief 25 minutes, but Skepta more than makes the most of his short time performing.
After his set, a group of Japanese grime artists stopped by to show their support, too. With their equally as lively take on the genre, Skepta couldn’t have chosen a better place to showcase a scene few even know about. Japanese grime has had a developing scene for the past couple of years, and it’s interesting to see Skepta show some love for the burgeoning scene.