After some time away, Skepta has arrived back with a stylish new video for his single “Greaze Mode”, starring as a suited up gangster holding up a bank in the 1970s-esque visual. Today, the British artist also drops his highly anticipated album Ignorance is Bliss, the follow-up to his lauded Konnichiwa.
The visual depicts Skepta and his associate, Luton-born rapper Nafe Smallz, as bank robbers. Looking like it’s straight from the stylistic mind of Quentin Tarantino, the video was in fact directed by Matt Walker, who has previously worked with Skepta on his “No Security” and “Hypocrisy” music videos, as well as his biopic, Greatness Only.
The duo parade around a bank, their presence terrifying unfortunate residents, forcing them “on the floor”, with Nafe Smallz “never stressing ‘cause them killers they be round me”. Sporting a mullet and fedora, Skepta champions a ruthless pursuit of a vault key, which leads to what he appears to be after; illicit photographs. His assertion goes on to include a rambunctious list of demands, giving extol to his Nigerian heritage too in insisting on “palm wine” and “pepper soup”. The Mercury Prize winner’s planned heist then takes an unfortunate turn for the worse, as the police converge around him when he attempts to escape.
The video comes as a welcome contrast to Skepta’s previously sombre visual for “Bullet in a Gun”, the other single from Ignorance is Bliss. A charismatic and exciting concept, this video marks a long needed reinstatement of the legendary MC’s irreverent attitude and his playful persona.
“Greaze Mode” is a single from Skepta’s fifth studio album, Ignorance is Bliss, which is out now, and you can listen to below.