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|Birth name||Joseph Junior Adenuga|
19 September 1982 |
Tottenham, North London, England
|Genres||Grime, British hip hop|
|Occupations||MC, producer, DJ|
|Labels||Boy Better Know (2005–present)
Universal Island (2011–present)
|Associated acts||Boy Better Know, Roll Deep, JME, Jammer, Wretch 32, Jay Sean, Wiley, Giggs, Big H, P. Diddy, President T|
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 with African roots from Nigeria. Adenuga began rapping while co-founding the independent grime collective Boy Better Know in 2006. His main style of music consists of grime while fused with British hip hop. Skepta released his debut studio album Greatest Hits in late 2007 independently, followed by Microphone Champion in 2009. The album produced the popular top 100 singles "Rolex Sweep" and "Sunglasses at Night". Skepta produced the majority of the album and was also released independently.
Skepta signed the AATW in 2010 and entered into commercial success with his first top 40 single "Bad Boy", which peaked at number 26. His highest-charting single to date, "Rescue Me" peaked at number 14 in the same year. Skepta gained his third top 40 entry with "Cross My Heart". In January 2011, Skepta's third and first non-independent studio release Doin' It Again was released and charted at number 19 on the UK Albums Chart.
2006-2007: Greatest Hits
2008–2009: 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
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.
2012–present: Fourth studio album & Blacklisted
In 2012, Skepta released two singles from his fourth forthcoming album. 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. 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.
- Been There Done That (2010)
- Community Payback (2011)
- Blacklisted (2012)