Record Label: Boy Better Know
Konnichiwa is the fourth studio album by British grime artist Skepta. After numerous delays, it was released on 6 May 2016 by Boy Better Know. The album was launched with a party in Tokyo on 5 May 2016 arranged and broadcast globally by live streaming platform Boiler Room, featuring Skepta performing the whole album live with supporting performances from Japanese artists Kohh, Dutch Montana, Loota, and DJ Riki.
The album was supported by four singles, including the top 40 entries "That's Not Me", "Shutdown" and "Man". Konnichiwa features guest appearances from Jme, Boy Better Know, D Double E, Novelist, Wiley, Chip, Pharrell Williams, ASAP Nast and Young Lord. The album has peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. The album has also charted in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and United States.
Konnichiwa received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its role and success in the resurgence of grime music and its cultural identity. Additionally, it was included in numerous end-of-year lists for best albums of 2016 by many publications, including NME, The Guardian and Apple Music, who named the album as the best of 2016. Konnichiwa also received numerous accolades, such as winning the 2016 Mercury Prize.