Konnichiwa
Skepta - Konnichiwa
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Rank: #71 / 722
User Score
Based on 181 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
‘Konnichiwa’ is a landmark in British street music, a record good enough to take on the world without having to compromise one inch in the process.
90
The Line of Best Fit

Whether or not grime loses its threat in the near future, Konnichiwa will still stand tall as a hard-hitting soundtrack to unfulfilling life in cruel Britain that's achieved by giving a microphone to voices that otherwise wouldn't have been heard.

80
The Guardian
It’s not just that the lyrics throughout are dextrous and sharp and funny, although they are. It’s that even his most virulent braggadocio is underscored by a very winning, very British kind of bathos.
80
musicOMH

Skepta and UK grime’s resurrection has been one of the most exciting musical sounds of the past few years, and rather than being the climax, you get the feeling that Konnichiwa is just the start of something special.

80
AllMusic
Lines aimed at authority, competition, and bottom feeders all shoot clean through.
80
PopMatters

A strong album and potential watermark moment in both Skepta career and grime’s history.

78
Pitchfork

Konnichiwa is as nakedly vulnerable Skepta has ever been, and it represents a tantalizingly wide-open door for grime.

78
Resident Advisor

Konnichiwa isn't perfect, but it mostly accomplishes the goals Skepta set for himself, and is certainly one of the best grime has seen so far.

75
The 405
Throughout the sonic version of his mental journey around the matrix of fame, Skepta has learned to remain steadily himself in the face of hurdling success, while delivering one of the most vital albums in the history (and for the future) of globally accepted grime.
75
Consequence of Sound
Grime never belonged in the mansions occupied by the likes of P. Diddy. Reclaiming his own identity, Skepta is now properly equipped to amplify the sound just above its dank, underground incubator.
72
HipHopDX

Skepta manages to craft his best yet with Konnichiwa. A concise project that focuses on taking him past his south London ends and into Hip Hop’s mainstream.

70
Exclaim!

Moments like this don't just posit Konnichiwa as a triumph for the genre, but put Skepta firmly in the driver's seat of its recent resurgence, fuelled by a hunger and post-fame humility we can only hope won't waver or disappear.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Konnichiwa ... acts as both a love letter to OG grime and an introduction to higher marketability potential for the genre.

70
The Needle Drop
UK rapper Skepta comes through with an album that's sure to spread the grime gospel.
May 29, 2016*
Pitchkrof
80
yo
(el dot)
smithy boy
(money my squad)
check it, man
YO, SAFE WEE
(wa wa wee wa)
yoo
May 9, 2016
BuffaloStaple
76
Yeah it's pretty good but what the actual fuck was that shit at the end of Corn On the Curb?
Aug 26, 2017
lkatz1109
85
BEST: it ain't safe, konnichiwa, man, shutdown, crime riddin, lyrics, that's not me, detox

WORST: ladies hit squad
Aug 12, 2017
92
I will always love this album.
Jan 29, 2017
81
Corn on the Curb is one of the strongest songs I've heard from this decade, it has an almost 2 minute skit, but that does not ruin the first 3 and a half minutes. God damn that song goes hard. Skepta and WIley just go verse after verse with little rest in between throughout the song. The rest of the album is also very consistent. The skits and the song with Pharrell are weak points, but overall, Konnichiwa is definitely a grower.
Track List
  1. Konnichiwa
  2. Lyrics (feat. Novelist)
  3. Corn On the Curb (feat. Wiley & Chip)
  4. Crime Riddim
  5. It Ain't Safe (feat. Young Lord)
  6. Ladies Hit Squad (feat. D Double E & ASAP Nast)
  7. Numbers (feat. Pharrell Williams)
  8. Man (Gang)
  9. Shutdown
  10. That's Not Me (feat. Jme)
  11. Detox (feat. BBK)
  12. Text Me Back


Added on: April 15, 2016