Skepta‘s new album Konnichiwa has been officially certified gold, shifting half a million units (or streaming equivalents) since its release earlier this year. While this may not be so remarkable compared to the goals getting kicked by his bro Drake, it is a giant leap for grime, which has continuously struggled to break ground in the US and almost anywhere outside the UK except for Australia, and even here it’s not as big as it could be.
The rapper, who unfortunately cancelled his recent Australia and New Zealand tour just days before he was supposed to touch down, took to social media to announce the news:
— SKEPTA (@Skepta) November 7, 2016
WE DID IT #KonnichiwaIsGold – Infinite thanks to everybody listening worldwide for real, to all that offered me their help and time along the way I love you spiritually and this is still just the beginning, beast mode loading. Boy Better Know forever, Greatness only. The weekend just became 1 day longer. Link up.. Jheeeeze ☺️❤️⚔️
This isn’t the first accolade that Skepta has received for Konnichiwa; it was also nominated for the coveted Mercury Prize, which he won, beating out the likes of David Bowie and Radiohead.