This terse, paranoid track finds Skepta exploring the fall out of being one of UK's hottest acts, as he lashes out at clingers on. The rapper only socializes with his immediate circle.
I don't know why man's callin' me family all of a sudden Like hmm, my mum don't know your mum Stop telling man you're my cousin I got day ones and I got new ones
Skepta used a similar line on his Doin' It Again track, "Cross My Heart":
Now man are calling me family all of a sudden And I'm like "Mum, how come you never told me that I had all these cousins?"
The intimidating beat samples the sinister opening from "Regular John," the intro track to Queens of the Stone Age's self-titled debut album.
This won Best Contemporary Song at the 2017 Ivor Novello Awards. Skepta also was given the Songwriter of the Year gong at the same ceremony. Speaking at the highly-esteemed event held at London's Grosvenor House Skepta commented that he believes the track is timeless because of its honesty.
"This song 'Man' is about family and I think it will stand the test of time because it's from a true place so more power to true music."
The Naughty by Nature hit "O.P.P." doesn't have any curse words, but many oversensitive radio stations played a "clean" version with the word "kitten" edited out, surely the first time that word was censured.