Skepta and Headie One. Photography by Ollie Adegboye for The Face

Head­ie One and Skep­ta: behind the scenes of their new video

The Tottenham heavyweights have joined forces for new single Back to Basics. The Face was there on the shoot.

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.


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