*When he’s not acting or breaking sound barriers in cars, Idris Elba moonlights as a DJ and rapper. His latest offering is a guest appearance on a British grime track, where he raps about some of his most famous characters.
The just-released remix to U.K. grime artist Skepta’s song “Shutdown” features the actor namechecking Stringer Bell, his iconic character from “The Wire”: “See that Wire? Shut it down / Ain’t nobody else selling brown / Ain’t nobody else Stringer Bell / Boy from the East End did well.”
There’s also references to his portrayal of Nelson Mandela from the movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and of course the troubled maverick cop John Luther from “Luther.”
Elba has rapped, produced music and DJed for years, last year releasing the album mi Mandela, an 11-track record inspired by his time in South Africa shooting the previously mentioned biopic.
Listen to his remix of “Shutdown” below.