Boy Better Know

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Boy Better Know
Also known as BBK,
Origin London, England
Genres Grime, hip hop, eski
Instruments MC, Laptop, Synth
Years active 2005–present
Labels Boy Better Know
Associated acts Roll Deep Crew, Meridian Crew, Wideboys
Website boybetterknow.com
Members Skepta
JME
Wiley
Frisco
Jammer
DJ Maximum
Shorty

Boy Better Know is an English grime music collective – a group of musicians, a grime record label and a brand. The collective was formed in North London by JME his brother Skepta and Wiley.

History[edit]

The band and label were established by Jamie Adenuga (born 4 May 1985).[1][2] "Boy Better Know" is also a clothing line, sweet shop and a line of mobile sim cards.

Adenuga's debut album Famous? was released on the label in 2008.[3] "Too Many Man", the first single from the album, was released on 25 May 2009.[4] The song is also featured on the Wiley and Skepta albums, Race Against Time and Microphone Champion, respectively. The song was written because of Skepta's annoyance over 'the lack of women in clubs'. It entered the UK Singles Chart on 6 June 2009 at #97, reaching #79 the next week.[5] The second single from the album V.I.P, titled "Goin' In", was released for download on iTunes on 13 December 2009.

JME's second studio album, Blam, was released 4 October 2010. Three singles from this album were released; "Over Me", "Sidetracked", which features Wiley, and "CD Is Dead" featuring UK grime artist Tempa T.

In 2007 Boy Better Know released a self-titled mixtape.

In 2008, Boy Better Know pioneered a short-lived dance fad called the "Rolex Sweep" which accompanied the song of the same name by Skepta.[6][7]

They have also featured on songs by other notable UK artists, such as Chipmunk, John Eric,[8] and Tinie Tempah. They feature on the remix of "Stay" by Jay Sean. They have also remixed N-Dubz's song "Na Na (Boy Better Know!)".[citation needed]

In November 2011 Boy Better Know Mobile was established, a 3G network which leases network bandwidth from Hutchinson 3G.[9]

Members[edit]

  • Skepta (2005–present)
  • JME (2005–present)
  • Wiley (2005–present)
  • Frisco (2005–present)
  • Jammer (2005–present)
  • DJ Maximum (2005–present)
  • Shorty (2006–present)
  • Solo 45 (2006-present) (hiatus while in prison)

Boy Better Know label discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
UK
2009 Boy Better Know - "Too Many Man" 79 V.I.P
2010 Boy Better Know - "Goin' In" -

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Wiley - Tunnel Vision Volume 1 (2006)
  • Wiley - Tunnel Vision Volume 2 (2006)
  • Wiley - Tunnel Vision Volume 3 (2006)
  • Wiley - Tunnel Vision Volume 4 (2007)
  • Wiley - Tunnel Vision Volume 5 (2007)
  • JME - Boy Better Know Edition 1 - Shh Hut Yuh Muh (2006)
  • JME - Boy Better Know Edition 2 - Poomplex (2006)
  • JME - Boy Better Know Edition 3 - Derkhead (2006)
  • JME - Boy Better Know Edition 4 - Tropical (2006)
  • JME - Boy Better Know - Tropical 2 (2011)
  • Skepta - Been There Done That (2010)
  • Skepta - Community Payback (2011)
  • Shorty - Short Man Syndrome (2010)
  • Shorty - Short Notice (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Adabra, Michelle (25 August 2005). "Boy Better Know Now", New Nation (602): 15.
  3. ^ "JME – Famous?". Ukrecordshop.com. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bigga Fish Bigga Valentine's Bash @ matter, Tues 16th Feb". altsounds. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive – Boy Better Know – Too Many Man". Chart Stats. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fresh links: do the Rolex sweep!". The Guardian (London). 1 April 2008. 
  7. ^ Mistajam (17 June 2008). "MistaJam: Coldplay do the Rolex Sweep". BBC. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Boy Better Know launch pay as you go mobile network", The Wire (magazine).

External links[edit]