Skepta, Chip & Young Adz – Insomnia Review: Three British Rap Big Banged On Stage

This week, Skepta, Chip and Young Adz release joint album

What do you get if you combine the two biggest pop stars with half the UK rap duo? Brilliant “Insomnia” – a brand new collaboration album for Skepta, Chip and Dz Block Young Young Adz.

It’s weird enough that Chip and Skept could do the album together and the fans didn’t admire it, but it’s still remarkable that they decided to team up with the less adequate Adz talent. Then again the “Block” dispersed at the Alexander Palace in north London. Bringing everything to the table, the trio created an album to go down in rap history in the UK.

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The web opener sees Adz, Skeppy and Chip delivering a song with a summertime ready folder. With multiple twin actors and euphemisms, Skepta is a yin that actively admires girls, sex, drugs and traps. The young Father, a trendsetter on the British music scene, is so engrossed that even the grim veteran Chip begins to imitate his trembling stance: “Grow up now, you need to move different / I only cheat if it’s two women.”

DaBeatfreakz, the hottest producer on the British rap scene right now, is producing a drill trap for “Star In The Hood”. The trio tells how the moniker earned it, and Chip even yells at the East London pop star who made the big phrase: “Star in the hood is time / You can put this on Tinchy Stryder”.

After a terrific start and middle, the album flexes a bit until the end – especially in the re-“Sin City”, where Ue repeats the same silly lyrics over and over (“I’m the reason she has a plastic nose”), AutoTune makes it sound as if in his cold. Tottenham Skept and Chip’s veteran verses are more mediocre than anywhere else in the album, but Adz’s voices are a truly derogatory force.

However, in spite of several poems, Insomnia is a book. The British rap world has never seen the three most sought after rappers on the stage, surprisingly teaming with an album. The best north and south London gathered here and paved the way for others.

And yet it’s hard not to conclude that, as Chip states at one point, “if three people contact and make an album, it won’t sound like that.”


Release Date: March 27th

Easy plate: SKC M29