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A veteran of the U.K. grime scene, MC, producer, and record label owner Skepta was influential in its shift from the underground to the pop charts. Born Joseph Junior Adengua to Nigerian parents, Skepta moved to Tottenham with his family at the age of three. Inspired by both U.S. and U.K. hip-hop, he started his music career appearing on the pirate radio circuit and performing at various MC battles. In 2005, he formed the grime label Boy Better Know with brother J.M.E. and Wiley, and a year later, joined East London collective Roll Deep. He released his first two albums, Greatest Hits and Microphone Champion, through his label before signing with All Around the World Records in 2010. In the same year, he reached the Top 40 with "Bad Boy" (number 26) and "Rescue Me" (number 14), supported Chipmunk on his U.K. tour, and was personally selected by P. Diddy to record a grime remix of "Hello Good Morning" after being recommended by his Twitter followers. His third album, Doin' It Again, featuring third single "Cross My Heart," was scheduled for release at the beginning of 2011.


Joseph Junior Adenuga, (born 19 September 1982), better known by his stage name Skepta, is an English rapper, grime artist, MC, songwriter, record producer and recording artist of Nigerian heritage. Skepta is best known for his work in the grime scene. Skepta released his debut studio album Greatest Hits in late 2007 independently, followed by another independent release Microphone Champion in 2009 and Doin' It Again on AATW in 2011. In June 2014 Skepta charted at 21 in the UK singles chart "That's Not Me" the first single from his forthcoming fourth studio album Konnichiwa. Skepta made his acting debut in the British film Anti-Social in 2015.

^ Jon O'Brien. "Skepta". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 

Early Career[edit]

Skepta was originally a DJ for Tottenham based grime crew Meridian Crew, early in his career Skepta released a number of instrumentals the most notable of which were "DTI (Pirate Station Anthem)" and "Private Caller", the latter of which was released as a single and vocaled by various over members of Meridian Crew. Skepta began emceeing shortly before Meridian Crew disbanded in 2005, after which Skepta, alongside his brother JME, joined Roll Deep for a short period of time before becoming founding members of Boy Better Know in 2006.


Solo career1.1 2006-2007: Greatest Hits1.2 2008–2009: Microphone Champion1.3 2010–2011: Doin' It Again1.4 2012–2013: Non-album singles and Blacklisted1.5 2014-2015: Konnichiwa

Solo career[edit]

2006-2007: Greatest Hits[edit]
Main article: Greatest Hits (Skepta album)

Skepta released his debut album Greatest Hits on 17 September 2007. It was released on Boy Better Know.

2008–2009: Microphone Champion[edit]
Main article: Microphone Champion

Skepta self-released the first single "Rolex Sweep" in September 2008 and reached number 89 on the UK Singles Chart. Skepta then released the album Microphone Champion on 1 June 2009. He then also released single "Too Many Man" with JME, Wiley, Frisco and Shorty, which went to chart at number 79.

2010–2011: Doin' It Again[edit]
Main article: Doin' It Again

Skepta has released five singles off his third studio album Doin' It Again (first with a major label), titled "Bad Boy", "Rescue Me", "Cross My Heart" featuring Preeya Kalidas, "So Alive" and "Amnesia", as well as a video for the Hello Good Morning (Grime Remix). Three singles charted in the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, with "Rescue Me" being the most successful at number 14. "Cross My Heart" came in at number 31 and dropped out of the Top 40 a week later. Doin' it Again spent 3 weeks in the top 100 album charts and debuted and peaked at number 19 on its first week of release. In 2011 Skepta caused a big controversy by releasing a hardcore music video of his single All over the house

2012–2013: Non-album singles and Blacklisted[edit]

In 2012, Skepta released two singles from his fourth forthcoming album. Both Hold On and Make Peace Not War were Top 40 charting singles in the UK but were a departure from Skepta's usual sound. Skepta's second major label album was intended to be released in the fourth quarter of 2011, entitled The Honeymoon but was delayed till 2012. After a disappointing response from the first two singles Skepta decided to release a purchasable mixtape, titled Blacklisted. It was released on 2 December 2012 along with music videos to support the release prior to the release.

2014-2015: Konnichiwa[edit]

In March 2014, Skepta provided a verse for the remix of "German Whip" by Meridian Dan, and in the same month, he debuted his new single, That's Not Me featuring his brother, JME. That's Not Me was released in June and peaked at 21 on the UK charts. Skepta's single "That's Not Me" won Best Video at the MOBO Awards 2014. When collecting the award he stated that the video cost him £80. In late 2014, Skepta released the second single from Konnichiwa titled 'It Ain't Safe' featuring A$AP Bari. This was followed in early 2015 with 'SHUTDOWN', as well as a feature on Flatbush Zombies song 'Red Eye To Paris'. In a landmark moment for grime music Skepta and others joined Kanye West at a surprise show in London, performing numerous songs together during a shared set. He was also named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015. In 2015, Skepta announced he would be appearing in the British crime film Anti-Social, in which he plays the character of Leon.

^ http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/03/24/skepta%E2%80%99s-new-video-a-step-too-far-2/^ "2014-06-21 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive - Official Charts". officialcharts.com. ^ "That's Not Me Wins Best Video at MOBO Awards 2014". What's Good?. 2014-10-22. ^ http://www.factmag.com/2015/03/04/watch-kanye-west-perform-with-wu-tang-clan-skepta-jme-big-sean-and-more-in-london/^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015.". GQ. 5 January 2015. 
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