Skepta - Konnichiwa
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #81 / 763
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 352 ratings
2016 Ratings: #233
May 6, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Boy Better Know / Label
Grime, Hip Hop / Genres
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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.

MinatoArisato
50
I can appreciate that this is sort of a modern classic for Grime but it just doesn't really do much for me that your usual traditional rap album can't do better.

Best Track: Numbers
Worst Track: Crime Riddim
MusicSucks
74
Overall, a pleasant surprise, coming from someone who had never listened to anything grime related until like last wednesday.
The main problem that Konnichiwa shows is the lack of consistency in quality.
There are some very well executed songs, with good beats and tight rapping, but there are also some lame generic beats with boring rapping.
In general, I can say that I liked those tracks where the beats have that electronic, grime aesthetic and I disliked the generic trap ones,which is no ... read more
Madberty
80
An overall solid album with just a few lapses in consistency. Definitely liked it much more when it first came out as an introduction to grime, but now that I'm more antiquated with the sound I can see why some people reacted to it the way they did. Anyway, it's definitely fair to say this is a modern grime classic. Tracks like Shutdown, Man, It Ain't Safe, and That's Not Me alone solidify this. Even lower-key tracks like Text Me Back and Ladies Hit Squad I still love. It's lowest points are ... read more
lyre
77
you know when youre achieving spiritual nirvana but your gang message you and they be in the streets so you have to go CAUSE MAN GET MONEY WITH THE GANG MAN GET GIRL S WITH THE GANG
100
Didnt expect less from Skepta, has amazing songs on there and i loved all expect ladies hit the squad ( still i enjoyed Skeppys part but the other 2 musicians dont sound good with skepta or the beat, unly JME or Pharrel Williams on their features)
Never expected such an "emotional" song from skepta , so Text me Back got me crazy.
The most exciting thing that i noticed a few days ago on this album was on the song "ladies hit the squad", because on the last 30 secons of the ... read more
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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
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