Skepta has teased fans, by releasing the first two tracks, ‘ Bullet From A Gun’ and ‘Greaze Mode ft Nate Smallz’, from his hotly anticipated fourth album. The new offerings are the first tracks to be taken from his highly anticipated upcoming album, ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, which is scheduled to be released on the 31st of May 2019, via Skepta’s label, Boy Better Know.
The Grime icon’s highly anticipated fourth album, ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, sees the rapper “getting personal on one of his most contemplative efforts to date.” Speaking about the record, ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, which is set for release on May 31, Skepta said: “The internet is making everything and everyone politically correct but that takes away the artistry. Ignorance Is Bliss deals with the yin yang of Life. True Skepta, saying it exactly how it is.”
The release of the first two single from the upcoming album, ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, comes after Skepta took to social media to announce that his fourth album would be dropping soon. Taking to Instagram, Skepta, alongside the album cover, wrote: “NEW SKEPTA ALBUM #IGNORANCEisBLISS OUT MAY 31ST – Artwork shot by @haiimmanu @FLIR thank you Metallic mgmt for bringing my ideas to Life. Pre-order the album now. Link in my bio. (sic)”
Along with the announcement of the album, the rapper – who is often labelled The Godfather of Grime – took the time to thank his team for helping him bring his “ideas to life.” In a post earlier this month, Skepta revealed that the 13-track album was originally supposed to be titled, ‘SkLEVEL’, but the rapper – whose real name is Joseph Junior Adenuga – changed his mind last year. He has also told fans that he has “been working hard” and is “more focused than ever”, as he worked on new material.
Again taking to social media, Skepta, said: “A message to say I love you all, I’ve been working hard and I’m more focused than ever. Changed my album title cos #SkLEVEL is a 2018 pattern. New year, new name. @slowthai album first tho.. see you soon – Skep (sic)”
The announcement of the upcoming album, ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, follows the release of the Grime artists previously released Mercury Prize-winning LP, ‘Konnichiwa’, in 2016, which he followed by 2017’s six-track EP, ‘Vicious’.
The release of tracks comes as, the Godfather of Grime, is set to headline Field Day festival next month, alongside Jorja Smith. 2019 looks set to be a big year for the grime star as he is set to performing across Europe this summer, including a hotly anticipated headline slot, at Field Day . He is also a headliner at the Manchester International Festival alongside Yoko Ono, Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah.
Skepta 2019 Live Dates:
01/06/2019 – Forbidden Fruits Festival – Ireland
07/07 – Field Day – London
22/06 – Tauron Nowa Muzyka -Katowice, Poland
03/07 – Roskilde Festival – Denmark
05/07 – Down The Rabbit Hole – De Groene Heuvels, Netherlands
07/07 – Exit Festival – Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia
11/07 – Pohoda Festival – Airport Trencin, Slovakia
13/07 – Dour Festival – Belgium
17-19/07 – Manchester International Festival – Manchester
20/07 – Sonar – Barcelona, Spain
21/07 – Melt Festival – Ferropolis, Leipzig, Germany