2Play

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2Play
(Wesley Johnson)
Birth nameWesley Johnson
Also known as2Play, Wesley J, Special T
Born (1977-07-22) 22 July 1977 (age 41)
OriginLondon, England
GenresDancehall, reggae, R&B, hip hop, UK garage
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, songwriter, rapper
Years active1997–present
Associated actsRaghav, Jucxi D, Maxi Priest, Moni, Naila Boss, Thomas Jules

Wesley Johnson (born 1977), known by his stage name 2Play,[1] is a British musician, record producer, and former mixed martial artist.

Music career[edit]

2Play is a MOBO Award–winning record producer and musician.[2] He is best known for songs with the Canadian-Indian singer Raghav, as well as collaborations with a number of artists including Jucxi D, Naila Boss, Thomas Jules and Moni.

2Play first entered the music scene in 1997 as a UK garage producer under the alias Special T.[3]

He has had two UK Top 10 hit singles: "So Confused" (featuring Raghav and Jucxi) and "It Can't Be Right" (featuring Raghav and Naila Boss).[4] A cover of Kevin Lyttle's "Turn Me On" featuring Raghav and Jucxi appeared as a B-side to the single "So Confused". In 2005, "So Confused" also won "Best Single" at the UK Asian Music Awards.[5]

He has produced cover versions of such songs as George Michael's "Careless Whisper" (featuring Thomas Jules and Jucxi D) and Maxi Priest's "Close to You" (featuring Moni).

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
UK Singles Chart[4]
2003 "So Confused" featuring Raghav and Jucxi 6 Raghav album Storyteller
2004 "It Can't Be Right" featuring Raghav and Naila Boss 8
2005 "Careless Whisper" featuring Thomas Jules and Jucxi D 29
2007 "Close to You" featuring Moni
2009 "That's What the Girls Like" featuring Maxi Priest, Moni and Jucxi D

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Wesley Johnson
Born (1977-07-22) 22 July 1977 (age 41)
London, England
NationalityEnglish
DivisionLightweight
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate
Fighting out ofLondon, England
Rankbrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
black belt in Karate
Mixed martial arts record
Total7
Wins5
By knockout1
By submission4
Losses1
By knockout1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

In addition to his music career, Johnson was also a mixed martial artist. He fought for Cage Rage and Ultimate Challenge MMA.[6]

Record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5–1 (1) Simon Carington Submission (guillotine choke) UCMMA 11 – Adrenaline Rush 27 March 2010 1 N/A London, England
Loss 4–1 (1) Luke Smith TKO (punches) UCMMA 9 – Fighting for Heroes 5 December 2009 1 4:09 London, England
Win 4–0 (1) Danny Fletcher Submission (flying triangle choke) UCMMA 6 – Payback 22 August 2009 1 1:02 London, England
Win 3–0 (1) Alex Harvey Submission (triangle choke) UCMMA 5 – Heat 11 July 2009 1 N/A London, England
NC 2–0 (1) Scott Pooley No Contest UCMMA 2 – Unbreakable 7 February 2009 1 N/A London, England
Win 2–0 Matt Smith Submission (triangle choke) Cage Rage 28 – VIP 20 September 2008 1 0:44 London, England
Win 1–0 Mark Brown TKO (punches) Cage Rage 27 – Step Up 12 July 2008 1 0:31 London, England

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham Betts Complete UK Hit Albums 1956-2005 2005 - Page 330 "Raghav Mathur (bom 1983) who was educated at ... He won the 2004 MOBO Award for Best Collaboration with 2Play and Jucxi for So Confused."
  2. ^ "2play - Music Charts".
  3. ^ "Special T".
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 571. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "Artists unite to celebrate British Asian Music". Archived from the original on 10 January 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  6. ^ Sherdog.com. "Wesley Johnson MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography, and More". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 22 March 2010.

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