Skepta's debut album was give a huge boost when Adele tweeted about it, referring to him as "Tottenham Boy".
That album, Konnichiwa, is now in the running for the Mercury Prize.
Speaking about it after he landed the Mercury nom, he said: "I was ready to quit that day. What it made me know was that being myself was the best thing I could have ever done.
"For Adele, for another artist who goes through the same things as me, knows how hard it it.
"I love how she keeps herself to herself, she is not in the papers, she's not excited by other stuff. She knows it's a blessing but she tells us how to treat her.
"She tells us, 'Don't run after me, don't pap me, don't follow me, don't take me for these other artists'."
However, that does not mean there is a collaboration on the cards.
Skepta said: "We are both on the planet, hopefully something can happen, but there are so many artists that I thought, 'When I meet them I want to collaborate with them'. But sometimes that's not why you're meant to meet.
"You're meant to give each other a good life talk or push you in a better direction. Always going for the collaboration spoils it and I don't want to spoil it."