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, hip hop, eski
Instruments Vocals (MC), laptop, synth
Years active 2005–present
Labels Boy Better Know Records
Associated acts Roll Deep Crew, Meridian Crew, Wideboys
Website boybetterknow.com
Members Skepta, JME, Wiley, Frisco, Jammer, DJ Maximum, SHORTy, Solo 45, Preditah
BBK Records
Founded 2005
Founder JME, Skepta
Genre Grime, hip hop, eski
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London
Official website boybetterknow.com

Boy Better Know is an English grime group and record label. The group was formed in North London by JME alongside his brother Skepta.

The label was founded in 2005, by JME, his brother Skepta. They created it to publish their own music. In later years the record label had more members, including Frisco and Jammer.

History[edit]

The crew and label were established by Jamie Adenuga (born 4 May 1985).[1][2] "Boy Better Know" also has a clothing line, and had a mobile network from 2011 to 2013.

Adenuga's debut album Famous? was released on the label in 2008.[3] "Too Many Man", the first single from the album, was released on 25 May 2009.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7]

They have also featured on songs by other notable UK artists, such as Chipmunk, John Eric,[8] and Tinie Tempah. They feature on the remix of "Stay" by Jay Sean. They have also remixed N-Dubz's song "Na Na (Boy Better Know!)".[citation needed]

In November 2011 Boy Better Know Mobile was established, a 3G network which leases network bandwidth from Hutchinson 3G.[9] This venture was ended in mid-2013

In November 2012 they performed at Red bull culture clash and won. They performed again there in October 2014 and lost to Rebel Sound.

Members[edit]

  • Wiley (2005–present)
  • Skepta (2005–present)
  • JME (2005–present)
  • Jammer (2005–present)
  • Shorty (2006–present)
  • Frisco (2005–present)
  • Solo 45 (2006–present)

Founders[edit]

Boy Better Know 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" -

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Wiley - Tunnel Vision Volume 1 (2006)
  • Wiley - Tunnel Vision Volume 2 (2006)
  • Wiley - Tunnel Vision Volume 3 (2006)
  • Wiley - Tunnel Vision Volume 4 (2007)
  • Wiley - Tunnel Vision Volume 5 (2007)
  • JME - Boy Better Know Edition 1 - Shh Hut Yuh Muh (2006)
  • JME - Boy Better Know Edition 2 - Poomplex (2006)
  • JME - Boy Better Know Edition 3 - Derkhead (2006)
  • JME - Boy Better Know Edition 4 - Tropical (2006)
  • JME - Boy Better Know - Tropical 2 (2011)
  • Skepta - Been There Done That (2010)
  • Skepta - Community Payback (2011)
  • Shorty - Short Man Syndrome (2010)
  • Shorty - Short Notice (2011)
  • Skepta - Blacklisted (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Adabra, Michelle (25 August 2005). "Boy Better Know Now", New Nation (602): 15.
  3. ^ "JME – Famous?". Ukrecordshop.com. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bigga Fish Bigga Valentine's Bash @ matter, Tues 16th Feb". altsounds. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive – Boy Better Know – Too Many Man". Chart Stats. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fresh links: do the Rolex sweep!". The Guardian (London). 1 April 2008. 
  7. ^ Mistajam (17 June 2008). "MistaJam: Coldplay do the Rolex Sweep". BBC. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Boy Better Know launch pay as you go mobile network", The Wire (magazine).

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