Boy Better Know

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Boy Better Know
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The Boy Better Know logo
Background information
Also known as BBK
Origin London, England
Genres Grime, Eskibeat
Instruments Vocals (MC), laptop, synth
Years active 2005–present
Labels Boy Better Know Records
Associated acts Roll Deep Crew, MOBO Winner, Meridian Crew, Parsi
Website boybetterknow.com
Members Skepta, JME, Wiley, Frisco, Jammer, Shorty, DJ Maximum & Solo 45.
Boy Better Know Records
Founded 2005
Founder Jme, Skepta,
Genre Grime
Location London
Official website boybetterknow.com

Boy Better Know is an English grime group and record label. The group was founded in North London by Jme alongside his brother Skepta in 2005 as an independent record label and a means to publish their music.

History[edit]

In the early nineties, Meridian Crew, consisting of MCs President T, Skepta, JME, Big H, Bossman Birdie and Paper Pabs, regularly appeared on pirate radio stations including Heat FM and later on Déjà Vu FM.[1] In 2005 Meridian Crew dissolved after affiliates of the crew were convicted on attempted murder charges.[2][3] After this event Jme founded BBK alongside his brother Skepta while other Meridian members reformed as Bloodline Family.[4][5]

In its early period "Boy Better Know" was well known for its line of eponymous T-shirts. The crew also had a regular show on Rinse FM with DJ Maximum.[6] Jme's debut album Famous? was released on the label in 2008.[7] "Too Many Man", the first single from the album, was released on 25 May 2009.[8] The song is also featured on the Wiley and Skepta albums, Race Against Time and Microphone Champion, respectively. The song was written because of Skepta's annoyance over 'the lack of women in clubs'. It entered the UK Singles Chart on 6 June 2009 at #97, reaching #79 the next week.[9] The second single from the album V.I.P, titled "Goin' In", was released for download on iTunes on 13 December 2009.

Jme's second studio album, Blam, was released 4 October 2010. Three singles from this album were released; "Over Me", "Sidetracked", which features Wiley, and "CD Is Dead" featuring UK grime artist Tempa T.

In 2008, Boy Better Know pioneered a short-lived dance fad called the "Rolex Sweep" which accompanied the song of the same name by Skepta.[10][11]

In November 2011 Boy Better Know Mobile was established, a 3G network which leases network bandwidth from Hutchinson 3G.[12] This venture was ended in mid-2013.

Members[edit]

  • Skepta (2005–present) (founder)
  • Jme (2005–present) (founder)
  • Wiley (2005–present)
  • Jammer (2005–present)
  • Shorty (2006–present)
  • Frisco (2005–present)
  • DJ Maximum (2008–present)
  • Solo 45
  • Big H
  • TriCorp (2005–present)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
UK
2009 Boy Better Know - "Too Many Man" 79 V.I.P
2010 Boy Better Know - "Goin' In" -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I am nothing but a grime MC": Introducing Meridian Dan (2014-04-14). ""I am nothing but a grime MC": Introducing Meridian Dan". fabric blog. Fabriclondon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  2. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - Gunman who gloated in rap jailed". 
  3. ^ YouTube. 
  4. ^ "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Adabra, Michelle (25 August 2005). "Boy Better Know Now", New Nation (602): 15.
  6. ^ "Maximum - Rinse FM". RinseFM. 
  7. ^ "Jme – Famous?". Ukrecordshop.com. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bigga Fish Bigga Valentine's Bash @ matter, Tues 16th Feb". altsounds. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive – Boy Better Know – Too Many Man". Chart Stats. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Fresh links: do the Rolex sweep!". The Guardian (London). 1 April 2008. 
  11. ^ Mistajam (17 June 2008). "MistaJam: Coldplay do the Rolex Sweep". BBC. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Boy Better Know launch pay as you go mobile network", The Wire (magazine).

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