Jme releases more videos off ‘Grime MC'; Skepta’s album w/ Chip & Young Adz out now
London grime powerhouse Jme released his most recent record, Grime MC, late last year. Called "the strongest record of his career" by Pitchfork, Grime MC finds Jme at the height of his powers as a rapper, and it's full of booming bass and danceable production. Guests include Skepta, Wiley, Giggs, Shakka, P Money, Big Zuu, President T, and Merky Ace.
At the time of its release, the UK rapper decided he did not want to release Grime MC on online platforms, however, limiting its release solely to CD and vinyl. That could be a risky move in the digital era, but nevertheless, the album debuted at No. 26 on the UK Top 40 Albums chart and it quickly began selling out of stores.
On his decision to do this, Jme said that he was looking to do something different: "I'm not thinking 'I can't wait to put this on Spotify,' 'I can't wait to put this on Apple Music,' 'I can't wait for people to start streaming this.' I don't make music for that."
Finally, Jme put it up as a digital download earlier this year, and though it still isn't streaming, Jme recently began uploading videos of songs on the album (and simultaneously adding the individual song to streaming services). Right now, seven tracks and their accompanying videos are available for streaming with the 8th, "Pricks," coming out on Monday, May 18. The most recent release is "Nang" which features Skepta (Jme's real-life older brother), who's also in the video. Watch all the videos he's released so far below, and stay tuned in case more are still on the way.
Speaking of, Skepta has been involved with a few other projects within the past few months too. He recently released a collab with Gorillaz and Tony Allen after Tony sadly passed away, he featured on a track with fellow UK rapper Octavian titled "Papi Chulo" (that features cameos from A$AP Ferg & Nast in the video), and his new supergroup with Chip and Young Adz (of UK trap group D-Block Europe) put out their debut album, Insomnia, in late March. The Guardian included it in their list of the best albums of 2020 so far.
Insomnia finds Skepta, Chip, and Young Adz all showing off their uniquely different styles and really complementing each other, and it's got great production too, pulling from grime, drill, trap, and more. Beats come from Skepta himself, as well as UK outfit The FaNaTiX, Cardo, Supreme & Styles, DaBeatFreakz, RXWNTREE, Sevaqk, JacquesToni, Money Montage, and others. They recently put out a video for "Waze" -- watch that and stream the album below.
Jme - Grime MC videos