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Skepta and Wizkid Join Forces and Mellow Down on "Bad Energy (Stay Far Away)"

The grime MC teams up with the afrobeats star for a surprisingly laid-back new single.

by Alex Robert Ross
20 June 2018, 12:15pm

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Skepta has teamed up with Nigerian afrobeats star Wizkid for a new single. "Bad Energy (Stay Far Away)" is mellower than anything else Skepta's put out this year—his last single "Pure Water" and his feature on A$AP Rocky's "Praise the Lord (Da Shine)" were sonically and lyrically forthright—and it's more celebratory than the title could've implied. "I'm getting pounds in my sleep / I'm at the top of the mountain, it's peak," he raps early on. He fully embraces the good vibes in the third verse too: "They better get used to the flex / African man, you see the jewels on my neck / Black James Bond that's the new silhouette / You see me in the street and I was moving correct." WizKid holds the chorus, getting romantic, singing about "love for the night." Listen to the track below.

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This article originally appeared on Noisey US.