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Idris Elba Shows Off Rap Skills On Remix Of Skepta's 'Shutdown'


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Idris Elba’s burgeoning career as a musician continues with aplomb, after the star showcased his rapping skills on a remix of Skepta’s single ‘Shutdown’ on Twitter yesterday.

The ‘Luther’ star uploaded his re-working of the British rapper’s recent single to SoundCloud on Monday and tweeted it to his fans, who immediately jumped in with their approval. “Sometimes you just have to SHUT "dem" DOWN. @Skepta. Do your ting my yout,” he said in the post. In the guest verse he added, Elba makes reference to his roles as Nelson Mandela, Stringer Bell and detective John Luther.

The collaboration is the result of a direct request made to Skepta back in March when the original mix of ‘Shutdown’ appeared back in March, when Elba tweeted “put me on the remix!!!! Cus I SHUT DOWN prime TV on the regular”.

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UK premiere of 'Anti-Social'

Skepta - UK premiere of 'Anti-Social' at CineWorld - Arrivals at Cineworld - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 28th April 2015

Tre Mission - Stigmata Album Review


Toronto producer and MC Tre Mission follows up last year's critically acclaimed free mixtape 'Malmaison' with his debut full length LP 'Stigmata'. His blend of R&B, grime and rap comes out of Canada, via the Caribbean, with a distinctly West Coast flavour but has its heart on the East End streets of London. It's been spun and twisted to fit Tre's delivery and style but there's no doubt of the influence and character bestowed on 'Stigmata' by some of the UK's premier grime artists.

Tre Mission - Stigmata Album Review

With 'Stigmata', Tre Mission has taken the East End to the West Coast and blended the gritty reality of street level culture with a bling my crib, pimp my ride sensibility. The fluid and polished production is fuller and less sparse than some harder, edgier, confrontational grime. Mission is smoother, more soulful and, as such to a large degree ('Jack Pot' ft. Skepta excepted), easier listening than some of the UK's more aggressive MCs such a Kano. 

From the off, Tre takes us onto the '416' streets of Toronto, "This is for my ni**az on the strip", telling it as it is, no holds barred, heart on his sleeve, up close and personal. 'Stigmata', the title track itself, drops the bass deep and heavy but blends in some reverse beats, keys and high hats as Tre trades vocals with his partner, both scarred from a relationship in tatters.

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Soul II Soul Classics Collection

Reggie Yates, Jessye B and Skepta - Soul II Soul 'Classics' Collection at Harvey Nichols - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 11th April 2013

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Picture - Skepta, , Tuesday 13th November 2012

Skepta and Manchester Apollo - Skepta, Tuesday 13th November 2012 performing at BBC Radio 1Xtra Live 2012 at Manchester Apollo

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Picture - Skepta , Sunday 20th May 2012

Skepta Sunday 20th May 2012 performs on stage at In:Demand Live held at the SECC Clyde Auditorium

Picture - Skepta Manchester, England, Wednesday 12th October 2011

Skepta Wednesday 12th October 2011 performing at Manchester Academy as part of his Wedding Bells tour Manchester, England

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Skepta, Rescue Me Single Review


Skepta really is a spectacle. Joseph Junior Adenuga, or better known as Skepta in the commercial scene, has already had tremendous success this year. Having released his 3rd Album Doin' it again, he finally caught the attention of the public after many years MC'ing for various producers. With his recent single Bad Boy being his first Top 40 hit, it looks like 2011 may be the year for the emerging Skepta.

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