Skepta Claims 2016 Mercury Prize

The London grime artist beat out Anohni, David Bowie, and more.
September 15, 2016, 10:29pm

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Grime ringleader Skepta has claimed the 2016 Mercury Prize, beating out Anohni, David Bowie, and more. The 33-year-old MC released his tour-de-force Konnichiwa—his fourth studio album—on May 6 via his own Boy Better Know label. When it dropped, Noisey described it as the "sound of the underground finally standing proud at street level." The win is a fitting achievement for an artist who's been instrumental in turning grime from a London sound into a global phenomenon—the BBC notes that this marks only the second time a grime artist has won the Mercury.

Watch him perform with a crew of Japanese rappers here and check out his video for "Man" here.