Skepta - "Back Then (Prod. Plastician)"
As if to remind new fans how long he's been doing this ting, Skepta jumped on a Plastician remix of Mike Jones' "Still Tippin'" from 2005, and dropped more hard bars. While Houston rap and grime might not seem the most obvious companions, in Plastician's hands the string loop from "Still Tippin'" gives off that same icy menace as many of the best grime instrumentals.
Lyrically, Skepta delivers a manifesto of grinding hard, with the "treating shows with 25 people the same as 25, 000" bar perfectly encapsulating where he's come from, and where he's going. Skepta's unstoppable right now, and Konnichiwa is looking more and more like it's going to be a game-changing album in terms of grime's global recognition.—Constant Gardner