Skepta Calls Being A Rapper ‘A Waste Of Talent’

U.K. rapper Skepta is taking a step back from rapping to focus on production. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra, he explained by solely focusing on rap, he was limiting his potential.

“It was just a thought in my head where I was like, ‘I just wanna do more than just being a rapper’, because that’s a waste of a talent,” he said. “I feel like right now I want to become more behind the production. I want to produce albums for people – I’d love to produce Rihanna’s album, that would be a dream. I’d probably make Rihanna’s hardest album.”

He added, “I feel like now I just want to branch out. I can’t be a rapper, it’s a waste of a talent. I feel like rapping for artists is some sort of therapy… but after a while it’s like I’ve said everything – from being a confused African child to being a chief in my dad’s village. I’ve rapped myself to my nirvana, I’ve rapped myself into it somehow.”

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Skepta has released five studio albums, culminating with 2019’s Ignorance Is Bliss. In May 2020, he linked up with the Gorillaz and the late Tony Allen for the track “How Far?” but has worked with a myriad of other notable names over the course of his career, including Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and Lil B.

But despite his success, he doubled down in his Instagram Stories and appears committed to his decision. In fact, he confirmed the All In EP would be his last project.

“ALL IN is all the music I have to give,” he wrote on July 31. “I have no unreleased music, feels good to clear the outbox. Sure you all know, I’m a producer at heart and I have so many ideas that I want to work on with other artists. Upcoming and established, young and OG.

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“Skepta on production. It’s that time. And I definitely want to make an all female album. So many fire female artists, rappers and singers. I gotta make a hard 13 track female only album FULL of classics.”

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