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|Birth name||Jonathon Wrate|
12 February 1985|
Streatham, London, England
|Origin||Battersea, London, England|
|Genres||British hip hop|
|Associated acts||Giggs, Skepta, Youngs Teflon, J Spades, Young Spray|
Blade Brown (born 12 February 1985 in London) is an English rapper best known for his Bags and Boxes mixtape trilogy and Financial Times. XXL has compared his style to that of early Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane.
Early life and career beginnings (1985–2006)
Blade Brown was born 12 February 1985 in London and he grew up in South London. He was first exposed to rap music through his father who would listen to 80s and 90s hip hop as well as reggae around the house, all of which influenced Blade to take an interest in music and start rapping more seriously around the age of 17. He released his debut mixtape entitled Nothing Long Volume 1 under Defenders Entertainment in 2004, but he soon took a break from music following a spell of both underground and commercial success through the mixtape which was played on mainstream radio stations such as Choice FM, BBC Radio 1Xtra and Kiss FM, as well as street DVDs in circulation at the time such as Streetz Incarcerated, Streetz Is Raw and Welcome to the City. Between 2005 and 2006 he recorded material for a second mixtape, which was initially entitled Nothing Long Volume 2, but it was never released due to legal troubles Blade was experiencing at the time, as well as a change in his own preferences as he has stated that he did not want to release many of the songs he had recorded.
Hollow Meets Blade with Giggs (2007)
Blade released his second mixtape entitled Hollow Meetz Blade which was a collaboration with fellow up-and-coming South London rapper Giggs. The mixtape received general acclaim from both underground and mainstream rap fans in the United Kingdom, and it is widely credited as helping Giggs' rapid rise to mainstream success. However, unlike Giggs, Blade failed to capitalise on the hype from the mixtape as he took a break from music shortly after its release.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Nothing Long Volume 1||
|Hollowman Meets Blade (with Giggs)||
|Best of Blade||
|Bags and Boxes||
|Best of Blade 2||
|Bags and Boxes 2||
|Best of Blade 3||
|Bags and Boxes 3||
|"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Official Mixtape Awards||Best Hip Hop Mixtape||Bags and Boxes||Nominated|
|2012||Official Mixtape Awards||Mixtape of the Year||Financial Times||Won|
|Best Hip Hop Mixtape||Financial Times||Won|
|Best Male Artist||Nominated|||
|2013||Official Mixtape Awards||Best Overall Mixtape||Bags and Boxes 2||Nominated|||
|2015||Rated Awards||Best Video||Drug Dealer (featuring Tiggs Da Author)||Nominated|||
- One To Watch... Blade Brown
- "My Music Is Wrapped Around Real Life Experiences": An Interview With South London's Trap-Rap Ringleader, Blade Brown
- “I hear other rappers but I’m better than them”- Blade Brown
- Blade Brown: the interview!
- Krept & Konan Crowned MTV's Best Of The Best UK MCs Of 2013!
- G4 Boyz – Alexander Wang (Remix) Feat. Blade Brown
- 15 New European Rappers
- Oke, Tobi (25 May 2011). "Blade Brown: the interview!". MTV UK. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- UK Official Album Charts: Bags and Boxes 3
- The Official Mixtape Awards (OMA’s) Nominations Are In
- OMS Awards Nominations 2013 Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- RATED AWARDS ANNOUNCE CATEGORIES & NOMINEES