Giggs (rapper)

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Giggs
Birth name Nathaniel Thompson[1]
Also known as Hollowman
Born (1981-05-11) 11 May 1981 (age 33)
Origin Peckham, London, England
Genres Hip Hop, UK Rap
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2005–present
Labels XL Recordings, Takeover Entertainment, SN1 Records
Associated acts Wiley, The Streets, Skepta, B.o.B, TKO, Shola Ama, Joell Ortiz, DaVinChe, Tinchy Stryder, Lloyd Banks, Waka Flocka Flame, Example, Devlin, DJ Whoo Kid, Kreayshawn, Wretch 32, Mitz Productions
Website sn1giggs.com

Nathaniel Thompson (born 11 May 1981),[2] better known by his stage name Giggs, is an English rapper with Caribbean roots. Giggs is signed to XL Recordings since 2010.[2] He released his debut studio album Walk in da Park (2008), which gained significant critical acclaim. The follow-up album, Let Em Ave It (2009), performed commercially better, peaking at number 35 on the UK Albums Chart. The singles "Don't Go There" featuring B.o.B and "Look What the Cat Dragged In" both charted in the top 60 of the UK Singles Chart. Giggs released his third studio album When Will It Stop, on 11 October 2013.

He is the leader of SN1 (Spare No 1), alongside his brothers Gunna Dee, Joe Grind, Spender and Young Giggs (YG), Kyze[2] and Tiny Boost.[2] The group's main producers are Boom Productions (aka BoomBlast), Universe, Pablo Productions, Paws Productions, Bayoz Musik and Simple.

Music career[edit]

Giggs and his SN1 crew started off releasing numerous mixtapes, including Hollowman Meets Blade which featured Blade Brown, Welcome to Boomzville, Best of Giggs 1 and 2 and 3 and Ard Bodied, which featured Dubz. His mixtapes have supposedly sold more than 10,000 units.[2] This success helped his popularity expand outside London.[3]

Giggs released "Talkin' da Hardest" in 2007, which helped increase his popularity. The track featured Giggs rapping over the beat from American hip-hop artist Stat Quo's track "Here We Go", originally produced by Dr. Dre. He then released his debut independent album Walk in da Park on 4 August 2008. Walk in da Park received mainly positive reviews, and was successful, selling out in most HMV stores within the first two days of release.[4]

Giggs announced his second album was due to be released on 21 June 2010. It was titled Let Em Ave It, due to a friend to the rapper saying he should just "let the public have it'. Giggs released "Slow Songs" featuring Mike Skinner, "Look What The Cat Dragged In" and "Don't Go There" featuring American rapper B.o.B. At the Reading Festival in 2010, the rapper appeared on BBC Three, which was his first television appearance, performing his single "Look What The Cat Dragged In".

In 2011, Giggs appeared in Channel 4 TV drama Top Boy. He also featured in the comedy film Anuvahood in the same year.

In 2013, Giggs released the album "When Will It Stop" which sold thousands of copies across the country and on iTunes.[citation needed] The album featured artists such as Ed Sheeran and Styles P.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions[5]
UK UK
R&B
Walk in da Park 143 34
Let Em Ave It 35 7
When Will It Stop
  • Released: 11 October 2013
  • Label: SN1 Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
21 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

  • SN1 – The Beginning (with Gunna Dee & Joe Grind) (2007)
  • Hollowman Meets Blade (with Blade Brown) (2007)
  • Best of Giggs (The Real Meaning) (2008)
  • Bloody Raw (2008)
  • Ard Bodied (with Dubz) (2008)
  • Best of Giggs 2 (2009)
  • Who Said That? (2009)
  • Best of Giggs 3 (2010)
  • Another Quick One (2010)
  • Take Your Hats Off (hosted by DJ Whoo Kid) (2011)
  • Every Angle Friday (2011)
  • The Final Straw (2011)
  • Best of Giggs 4 (2013)
  • "STR8 Murkin" (2014)

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions[6][7] Album
UK UK
IND
UK
R&B
"Slow Songs"
(featuring Mike Skinner)
2009 Let Em Ave It
"Don't Go There"
(featuring B.o.B)
2010 60 3 16
"Look What the Cat Dragged In" 53 3 20
"Hustle On"
"(Is It Gangsta?) Yes Yes Yes" 2013 When Will It Stop
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Album/Project
2009 "Look Out" with Skepta Microphone Champion
"Zip It Up" with Wiley & Trigger Race Against Time
"Riding Season" with Dubz Ard Doe
"Gully Trap" with Joe Grind & Gunna Gully Trap
2010 "Back 2 Basics" with Sway The Delivery Mixtape
"30 Rounds" with J Bubbs, Malik, S.A.S & Gfresh
"Shutdown" with Joe Black
2011 "Be With You" with Ny
"Popstar" with Angel
"Gucci Gucci" with Kreayshawn

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2009 "You Raised Me / Open Up" Teddy Nygh
"Uummm!" Giggs
"Look Out" (with Skepta) SB.TV
"Slow Songs" (with Mike Skinner) Sacha Khari
2010 "Don't Go There" (with B.o.B) Adam Powell
"Look What the Cat Dragged In" Adam Powell
"30 Rounds" (with J Bubbs et al.) Jason McKoy
"Shot Music" (with Devlin) Digital Dan
"Hustle On" Adam Powell
"Out There" Morgan Keyz
"Game Over" (with Tinchy Stryder et al.) Adam Powell
"Bus Commercial" Post Diddy
2011 "Monsta Man" Oliver Whitehouse
"Look Over Your Shoulder" (with Example) Oliver Whitehouse
"Showout Freestyle" Morgan Keyz
2012 "What N*ggas Want" RAPCITY TV
"Raw Bands" GRM Daily
"Lemme Get Dat" (with Waka Flocka Flame) Morgan Keyz
2013 "Cool Nuh" (with Wretch 32) GRM Daily
"(Is It Gangsta?) Yes Yes Yes" Reg Traviss

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Region Ceremony Category Nominated work Result
2008 United States BET Awards Best Hip-hop Act: UK Won
2010 United Kingdom MOBO Awards Best Hip-hop Act UK Nominated
2011 Best Hip-hop/Grime Act UK Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knight, Gavin (27 August 2012). "We can't hide away from our history of gritty youth culture". The Guardian (London). 
  2. ^ a b c d e "?". Whispermag.co.uk. [dead link]
  3. ^ Lester, Paul (19 November 2009). "Giggs (No 672)". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Walk In Da Park sold out
  5. ^ "2010-07-03 Top 40 R&B Albums Archive". Official Charts. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Official Charts Company | The UK Charts | Top 40". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Jhme.co.uk

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