Skepta - Konnichiwa
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2016 Ratings: #77 / 948
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 573 ratings
2016 Ratings: #178
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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.
100
Gigwise

Overall Konnichiwa is the album Skepta fans hoped he’d make. It’s got everything: street anthems, club bangers, braggadocios lyrical content, tracks that touch upon social issues, and odes to the architects of grime. With an obvious international appeal that Skepta plays on with the album's title, it sets the bar very high for not only grime and hip-hop music but UK music period.

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.

80
The Independent

With Konnichiwa, Skepta hoists grime to another level.

80
The Arts Desk

On Konnichiwa, Skepta finally delivers the album that his fans always hoped he was capable of.

80
Spectrum Culture

The 12 tracks may be a bit much to take in at once for grime newcomers – the genre isn’t really known for sonic diversity. But there’s nary a wasted moment on Konnichiwa, and Skepta’s decision not to tone down his brash personality for mainstream appeal is commendable.

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
Crack Magazine

Konnichiwa is the sound of an artist winning after his genre has been ditched by the industry and stigmatised by the media.

70
The Needle Drop
UK rapper Skepta comes through with an album that's sure to spread the grime gospel.
Tielur
85

Skepta >>>> Stormzy

swifty30
76

does this count as grime
a bunch of really good songs on here but its got kinda lack of consistency
his accent is so good makes me wanna listen to more uk rap

[TOP 3]
- Konnichiwa -
- Man -
- Lyrics (feat. Novelist) -

RobiBerg
85

Skepta's best work to the date. Flow, beats and his rapping is nearly perfect in this album. Pretty much shows why he is on top when it comes to uk drill and grime

JackUwU
70

not that bad. not that bad

Salvatoridis
100

That shit bussin, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this album its just perfect and i was vibin until the end of the album and now that it ended the pain will come plz help me. Anyways nice album mr skepta good job

UK Hip Hop bussin its better than US Hip Hop yes i said it
nah nah im joking im joking
or am i?

swifty30
76

does this count as grime
a bunch of really good songs on here but its got kinda lack of consistency
his accent is so good makes me wanna listen to more uk rap

[TOP 3]
- Konnichiwa -
- Man -
- Lyrics (feat. Novelist) -

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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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Added on: April 15, 2016