Blade Brown

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Blade Brown
Birth name Jonathon Wrate
Born (1985-02-12) 12 February 1985 (age 33)
Streatham, London, England
Origin Battersea, London, England
Genres British hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, songwriter
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts Giggs, Skepta, Youngs Teflon, J Spades, Young Spray

Blade Brown (born 12 February 1985 in London)[1] is an English rapper best known for his Bags and Boxes mixtape trilogy and Financial Times.[2][3][4][5][6] XXL has compared his style to that of early Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane.[7]


Early life and career beginnings (1985–2006)[edit]

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.[8] 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)[edit]

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
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Defenders Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
Hollowman Meets Blade (with Giggs)
  • Released: 2007
  • Host:
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Best of Blade
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Ruthless Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Bags and Boxes
  • Released: 31 March 2010
  • Host: Mykal Million
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Financial Times
  • Released: 31 March 2011
  • Label: Hill Productions
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Best of Blade 2
  • Released: 9 February 2012
  • Host: Charlie Sloth
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Bags and Boxes 2
  • Released: 30 November 2012
  • Label:
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Best of Blade 3
  • Released: 14 October 2014
  • Host: Big Bad Blue
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Bags and Boxes 3
  • Released: 31 November 2014
  • Label:
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Nominated work Result Ref
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 [10]
2013 Official Mixtape Awards Best Overall Mixtape Bags and Boxes 2 Nominated [11]
2015 Rated Awards Best Video Drug Dealer (featuring Tiggs Da Author) Nominated [12]