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Here's our run down of the 20 best Skepta songs from collaborations with JME, Frisco and Puff Daddy to Grime bangers that get you ready to party.
Skepta linked up with Hip-Hop legend Puff Daddy in 2011 to create a special Grime remix of his hit single 'Hello Good Morning'.
Skepta announced himself on the world stage with 'Shutdown' - a very authentic Grime single. From production, to lyrics, this is one of the biggest songs the scene has ever witnessed.
After Birmingham MC Devilman briefly resurfaced his long running feud with the London rapper, Skepta hit back with 'Nasty' - a Grime track that served as a brutal warning to Devilman and the rest of the scene that despite his success, he hasn't got complacent.
After dropping his incredible mixtape/album 'Blacklisted' in 2012, Skepta linked up with his friends in Birmingham to create a Grime anthem. He delivered an onslaught of potent lyrics over a hot beat.
After huge success in the US, Skepta dropped a mixtape alongside Capital XTRA DJ Tim Westwood. On that project he included 'Top Boy' - an energetic Grime track that further helped to spread the UK sound overseas.
One of Skepta's biggest songs comes as part of his collective 'Boy Better Know'. In 2009 he linked up with Wiley, Frisco, Shorty and his brother JME over a bouncy party anthem.
Taken from his successful mixtape/album 'Blacklisted', 'Castles' features Skepta rapping introspective lyrics over a soulful instrumental sampling Riff Raff's 'Versace Python Freestyle'.
Released as a B-side to Skepta's commercial single 'Hold On', the track is Grime banger with big lyrics and an even bigger bassline!
In 2012 Skepta linked up with DJ Whoo Kid in the US to create a mixtape called 'Community Payback'. As part of the project he released 'Frisco', a hard-hitting Grime anthem with too many quotables to mention.
Arguably Skepta’s first underground hit, ‘Private Caller’ is a raw Grime anthem from 2005 alongside the biggest MCs of the time. It was also his first video to appear on TV.
After becoming disillusioned with the UK urban music scene, Skepta put together 'Ace Hood Flow' - a freestyle that laid down a strong message. "I've been keeping my ear to the streets/ the UK's run out of ideas, everybody's doing covers of American beats," he rapped.
In 2009 Skepta linked up with longtime collaborator Wiley on an upbeat banger for his second studio album ‘Microphone Champion’.
Taken from Scandalous Unltd's 2006 mixtape 'Eye Of The Tiger', the track features Skepta's famous slogans 'Go On Then' and 'What Do You Mean?!' alongside some of his biggest lyrics of the time.
Telling a fictional story about himself getting arrested by police, Skepta collaborated with his brother JME on the catchy ‘Oh My Gosh’ from his second studio album ‘Microphone Champion’.
During a brief spell of commercial success in the UK, Skepta linked up with pop group N Dubz to address a number of rumours that had been circulating on the Internet. "Stories, rumours and accusations/ so I've got to stay self-concious of my hand gestures/ before they say I'm a mason or that I'm working with Satan," he raps.
Following the untimely death of one of Skepta's closest friends, he penned an emotional tribute to Lukey, which was later performed alongside Drake at Wireless Festival.
In 2006 linked up with some of the biggest names in the Grime scene to create an epic 16 bar rally song. This remains one of Skepta's biggest underground hits.
Prior to his US success with 'Shutdown', Skepta released 'That's Not Me' alongside his brother JME. The song was a clear statement that he wasn't interested in chasing pop chart success.
Skepta released 'Spit Big Bars' as part of his 2010 mixtape 'Been There Done That'. As the song title suggests, all three MCs "spit big bars" on the track.
Skepta kicked off his 'Microphone Champion' album in a very reflective mood, saying: "They say I've fallen off but mum says she's the happiest parent in the world, I know which one I care about." This track captures Skepta at his introspective best.