Let’s face facts; Skrapz has been putting in work. Since 2011, he has dropped four mixtapes to critical success, been in and out of jail and made a name for himself as one of the hardest workers in the scene.
His last project, ‘The End of the Beginning’ [released back in 2015] was a standout success, blending a mixture of real life stories over the hardest of instrumentals. The project hosted a number of names including Wretch 32 ‘Everywhere’, Akelle Charles ‘I Try’ and Giggs ‘Round Here’. But since then, Skrapz has laid low – keeping to dropping freestyles, features, and turning up at live shows to shut it down.
But this week saw the return of the Ice City member with his new release, ‘Enemies’ which premiered via Charlie Sloth’s 1Xtra show last night. It marks his first single release in well over a year and picks up right where he left off. From the get go, it gave me flashbacks of Nine’s ‘Trapper of the Year’ with the track kicking off with some melodic keys until the hook speeds up the pace. The hook blends with the instrumental and when Skrapz comes through on the first verse, it’s clear that he isn’t back to play around;
“Someone tell em that the fun and games is all over”
This mentality is mirrored throughout the track, with Skrapz taking aim at anyone that wants it. But for him, it’s not about hate but chastising those who haven’t progressed. The past six months has seen his ICB team mate Nines break through the Top 10 Album Chart with ‘One Foot Out’ and Skrapz is simply keeping pace by looking to evolve and grow within music. As he says, he’s trying to “secure a proper future for his three daughters” and this motivation is clear with his passionate delivery. As expected, he drops his lyrics with his signature deep tone, mixing a gritty road style with clever and witty metaphors.
The release comes after the news that his track ‘They Ain’t Ready’ had received a 760% increase in streams since it was featured in Anthony Joshua’s ring walk on Saturday. The initial spike happened immediately after the fight, although its popularity has continued to grow since and has seen Skrapz gain thousands of new listeners on Spotify. It’s currently his second most streamed song on the service, after the aforementioned ‘Round Here’.
Alongside his new track, Skrapz has signed a deal with Red Essential and an album is set to be released in the autumn. If ‘Enemies’ is anything to go by, the work rate for Skrapz is still high and hopefully we will see more of him over the past six months. It will be interesting to see where he goes from here, whether he will link up with some familiar names or branch out to work with some other UK artists. Whatever the outcome, you know Skrapz will go in.