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  • Summary: The fifth Full-length studio release for the British grime artist features guest appearances from B Live, Boy Better Know, Lancey Foux, J Hus, Key, Lay-Z, Cheb Rabi, Nafe Smallz, and WizKid.
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  1. Jun 3, 2019
    90
    An artist at the top of his game, with the newfound artistic freedom that Konnichiwa granted him but the energy of still having something to prove. It also confirms the 2010s grime revival as being more than a passing trend, and on this basis it’s stronger than ever.
  2. Jun 3, 2019
    80
    On Ignorance Is Bliss, Skepta is back with a renewed hunger and sense of purpose, overcoming a new set of challenges and proving once again why he is a grime mainstay.
  3. 80
    Although album five lacks the narrative that made ‘Konnichiwa’ so compelling (a victory lap for grime’s commercial renaissance, it also reasserted his DIY credentials), this sounds like a record from a rapper with gallons of creative juice in the tank.
  4. Jun 13, 2019
    80
    If Konnichiwa was Skepta’s coming of age, then Ignorance is Bliss is a comfortable consolidation, one that hints at the changes in the artist’s life without ever delving deep in. Nonetheless, the project comfortably asserts his place in the current moment as a unique figurehead of UK culture, possessing artistic ability in bags and a persona that suggests far more to come.
  5. Jun 19, 2019
    75
    His fifth album is the most grown and mature.
  6. 70
    Overall, there is something deeply satisfying about the majority of the album, anchored by Skepta’s unique vocal delivery and a sonic playfulness that he has long perfected. Skepta has proven himself a pioneer at several points of his career, now it’s just good to him hear at the top of his game.
  7. 60
    The atmosphere is ultimately so paranoid and competitive, he makes being a rap star sound exhausting. Ignorance Is Bliss is at its most interesting when Skepta's volatile emotional state pushes to the surface of his combative persona.

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  1. Jun 2, 2019
    7
    A really solid album, it has no real weak spots. There are tracks that I definitely can’t get into as much like Animal Instinct and Redrum,A really solid album, it has no real weak spots. There are tracks that I definitely can’t get into as much like Animal Instinct and Redrum, but even then production is still hard and Skepta’s delivery is always on point. The featured artists, however, are a bit of a mixed bag. Nafe Smallz, Lay-Z, and Key sound a bit generic and boring and slightly dead the part of the track they’re on. Not to say that they ruin their songs though, because Greaze Mode and Glow in the Dark are a couple of my favourites off the album. Nafe Smallz’s verse has even grown on me over time even if I still find it a bit boring. On the flip side, J Hus was as good as ever and B Live’s verse really took me by surprise. Of course BBK came nicely, JME and Jammer especially. I listen to Gangsta purely for Jammer’s ad-lib. Shorty sounds a bit samey but it’s ok. Skepta’s solo tracks are also good for the most part. Bullet From a Gun, Same Old Story, and You Wish are my stand-out tracks. Bullet From a Gun has some of the best verses off the album imo. Same Old Story’s seems a bit clunky to me for some reason but not even going to comment on the production because it’s amazing throughout the album. Especially like the sample on Love Me Not. Although, No Sleep is still a good track and probably one of the grimiest on the album, just not for me. Going Through It is alright too. I feel like the album will grow on me more than it already has even though I’ve played it more than 20 times already. Only other real negative is that I dunno if there’s any anthems on here on Konnichiwa’s level. When I think about it I struggle to find anything that stands up to That’s Not Me, Shutdown, or Lyrics. It’s just a different type of album to Konnichiwa, maybe Konnichiwa blended with Blacklisted. It’s good. Expand
  2. Jun 7, 2019
    5
    Talks of evolution as an artist but all of his best music is previous to this latest album. From a production stand point I'd give him a 8,Talks of evolution as an artist but all of his best music is previous to this latest album. From a production stand point I'd give him a 8, they're very very good instrumentals but this is only in comparison to the rest of the UK music industry, to the rest of the world this album would never even be considered a classic. I believe you would only rate this album if you strictly listen to rap/grime/hiphop UK and havent opened your mind to the universe of music. Expand