It’s an important moment for UK rap. Following grime’s second wave around the middle of this decade, drill has, to an extent, succeeded it as the UK’s primary form of rap-orientated music. But Headie One and Skepta still have a few things in common.
Skepta, a key UK MC for over a decade, has evolved stylistically while remaining loyal to his grime roots, embracing the younger generation in the process. Like Skepta, Headie One hails from Tottenham. And while he emerged from the UK drill scene, Headie has diversified and created a distinctive version of the sound. They might be a generation and a genre apart, but on Back to Basics, their styles merge together with ease.
Back to Basics follows Headie One’s singles 18Hunna (featuring Dave) and All Day, and will appear on his imminent mixtape Music X Road. Watch the video here, and check out The Face’s behind-the-scenes photos of the video shoot below.