It feels like a long time since Konnichiwa, an album that was the rebirth of Skepta and earnt the Boy Better Know member a mercury prize. The hype he managed to create about the UK sound has since made a platform for new rappers to come through and take some shine, something that was difficult for UK rappers in the past. Everyone’s earning bread now. It also feels like Skepta has lived the A-list lifestyle since that release, and to the fullest. Fashion lines, dating catwalk models, or being made a chief of the Nigerian region his family was born. The guy has stayed busy.

‘Bullet From A Gun’ is the opener and first single released from new album Ignorance Is Bliss. A crisp beat with an updated grime feeling and some trap influence. It’s always refreshing to see when an artist shows more of a vulnerable side on tracks, Skepta does this fully - a reflective song that looks back at moments in his life. “Like a bullet from a gun it hurts, when you realise she was never your girl it was just your turn.” Not the hype/grime intro that you expect, but it’s always tracks like this where the listener is able to connect more.

Similar to Konnichiwa, there's a Japanese influence in Skepta’s instrumentals. This is apparent in ‘Redrum’, a sinister track which comes with a guaranteed screw-face for the listener, heavy bass matched with Japanese strings, flutes and a surprising feature from Key! who brings his own personality. Although, Skepta brings a questionable line on the chorus with “Slap you like Ike Turner,” in artistry there is always the argument for free speech, this being said, such lines aren’t worth saying at all.

‘What Do You Mean’ featuring J Hus is the head bop track on the album that slows down the rhythm. Sometimes a change of pace is needed with a Skepta album, where it feels everything goes too fast at times. ‘Love Me Not’ comes with a surprise at the end, as it all unfolds where the vocals were chopped and screwed from the classic ‘Murder On The Dance Floor’.

Skepta has a way of delivering one-liners throughout his career, most of them could be found on Instagram captions. Whether it’s TV references on ‘What Do You Mean’ “I'm a top boy like Sully with a six figure hobby,” or the dry humour “Must have been talking about sex if I ever said I was gonna come second” on ‘You Wish’. Behind the tough guy persona that he carries, there’s a lighter more fun side that’s not so serious. On ‘Gangsta’ he makes light of growing older with “Yeah we did young and stupid/ Now I do grown and sexy.”

Respect where it’s due, after all his recent fame, the line of artists who would want to be on a track with the rapper must be long. Instead, he finds those who work well with the sound, so nothing is forced. Other features come from the likes of Nafe Smallz and Lancey Foux, Skepta has given them a platform. But what can a seasoned artist learn from someone who’s been in the game for a long time? You find inspiration from those who are upcoming and hungry to give a track that new sound.

Skepta said in a recent interview he could do two albums a year if there weren’t so many distractions. Granted, all fans would be grateful for this, but maybe those distractions are the things that made the album. Ignorance is bliss when it comes to putting in the work, but he had messages to spread from experiences and that was easy to see. His fifth album is the most grown and mature.