The Last Skeptik Exclusive Noisey MixBy Joanna Fuertes-Knight
The first time I met Skeptik, he said he would like to be my toilet bowl. I thought he was a disgusting pervert. Turns out he was a disgusting pervert, but also a DJ and producer I'd been occasionally following, working with UK hip-hop luminaries like Jehst and Sway when he was still in Pampers. We've been friends ever since.
Over the years, I've seen him peeing his pants as Gang Starr's late and great Guru announced him on stage, jetting off to play in Japan, gigging alongside Damon Albarn, not taking me on a free holiday to this year's SXSW and a bunch of other fancy stuff there's too much of to remember.
Right now, he's got a "recession rap" collaboration "How Not to Make a Living" with rapper Rewd Adams out, an instrumental project being released via BBE Records and a number of high profile gigs playing to myself and an audience of five in his front room.
He's also resident DJ and host at Livin' Proof, the number one hip-hop night in London. And I'm not even saying "number one" cos I'm mates with him; they shut down Shoreditch putting on A$AP Rocky's first ever UK show and they're doing the same this coming Friday with Danny Brown. What have you been doing? Scratching your balls is what.
Anyway, below is a mix exclusively for Noisey, a whole hour of music borne out of my only instructions to Skeptik - "IDK, I JUST WANT NEW STUFF AND SOME BONE THUGS."
If R. Kelly Makes Us So Uncomfortable, Why Do We Keep Listening?
This is art we're talking about, and it's as real as you allow it to be.
Britney Spears: Capitalism's Last Stand
At last, the Queen has found her domain.
The Real Rick Ross Stands Up
We met with the ex-crack kingpin, who told us stories from his drug dealing days and gave us an exclusive excerpt from his upcoming autobiography.
Sorry, Dudes. The Ladies Won Punk This Year.
These are the women who kicked a particularly large amount of ass in 2013.
2013: The Most OK Year Ever
Kitty Pryde reflects on her sort of shitty, sort of amazing 2013.
Cam'ron is Still Harlem's Diplomat
We met with the Golden Boy and spoke wi
YG: Krazy, Sexy, Kool
As he readies his debut studio album, the Cali rapper talks about just how krazy his life is.
When Kellz Freezes Over
We flew down to Atlanta to interview R. Kelly. Like everything in the world of Kellz, nothing went as planned, but it still felt right.
Frank Turner Dragged Me to the Weirdest Show I've Ever Been to
Sometimes you end up at interactive dance parties in Brooklyn basements with cat people.
Kevin Morby's Midwest Heart
The former Woods player and Babies member opens up about his love-hate relationship with New York, and how the internet is eating our souls.