Giggs (rapper)

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Giggs
Birth name Nathaniel Thompson[1]
Also known as Hollowman The Landlord
Born (1983-05-11) 11 May 1983 (age 34)
Origin Peckham, London
Genres Hip hop, Grime, UK Rap
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2005–present
Labels

XL Recordings (2010–2013)

Associated acts
  • Kyze
  • Joe Grind
  • Gunna Dee
Website sn1giggs.com

Nathaniel Thomson (born 11 May 1983),[2] better known by his stage name Giggs, is an English rapper from London. Giggs was signed to XL Recordings in 2009. In 2008 he released his debut studio album Walk in da Park and released a follow-up album, Let Em Ave It the following year peaking at number 35 on the UK Albums Chart. The singles "Don't Go There" featuring B.o.B and "Look What the Cat Dragged In" both charted in the top 60 of the UK Singles Chart. Giggs released his third studio album When Will It Stop, in October 2013.

In 2016, Giggs released his fourth album Landlord, which entered and peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart – becoming Giggs' highest-charting album of his career. It is also his most critically acclaimed album.

He is the leader of SN1 (Spare No 1), alongside his brothers Gunna Dee, Joe Grind, Spender and Young Giggs (YG), Kyze[2] and Tiny Boost.[2] The group's main producers are Boom Productions (a.k.a. BoomBlast), Universe, Pablo Productions, Paws Productions, Bayoz Musik.

Music career[edit]

2005–08: Career beginnings and Walk in da Park[edit]

After deciding to pursue a music career, he released numerous mixtapes including Hollowman Meets Blade which featured Blade Brown, Welcome to Boomzville, Best of Giggs 1 and 2 and 3 and Ard Bodied, which featured Dubz. His mixtapes have supposedly sold more than 10,000 units.[2] This success helped his popularity expand outside London.[3]

In 2007, Giggs released the track "Talkin' da Hardest", which featured Giggs rapping over the instrumental of Stat Quo's song "Here We Go" originally produced by Dr. Dre. In 2008 he released his debut album Walk in da Park independently. This album helped Giggs’ popularity expand outside London and in 2008 he was nominated for the BET Awards in the US for Best Hip-Hop Act: UK. Giggs won the award beating out more established acts at the time.

2009–12: Let Em Ave It[edit]

In August 2009 Giggs signed a record deal with XL Recordings.

Giggs released Let Em Ave It in 2009 and singles released from that album include "Slow Songs" featuring Mike Skinner, "Look What The Cat Dragged In" and "Don't Go There" featuring American rapper B.o.B. At the Reading Festival in 2010, Giggs appeared on BBC Three, which was his first television appearance, performing his single "Look What The Cat Dragged In". That year he also appeared on Tinchy Stryder's single "Game Over" Alongside Chipmunk, Devlin, Example, Tinie Tempah and Professor Green. The single charted at No. 21 in the Official UK Singles Chart. This year he was nominated at the MOBO awards in the Best UK Hip Hop/Grime category. He was then nominated again for the same award in 2011.

In 2012 Giggs was arrested again for firearms along with three other people. All four were charged with possession with intent to endanger life. Giggs was held in Brixton Prison for nearly four months after the arrest. The rapper was later acquitted of all charges.[citation needed]

2013–14: When Will It Stop[edit]

In 2013, Giggs released the album When Will It Stop. The album featured artists such as Ed Sheeran and Styles P. It debuted at number 21 on the UK Albums Chart, becoming his highest-charting album at the time.

2015–present: Landlord[edit]

On 5 August 2016, Giggs released his fourth studio album Landlord independently on SN1 Records. The album features guest appearances from Stormzy, Rico Love, Donae'o and more. It was received well and garnered very positive reviews. Landlord became Giggs' highest entry on the UK Album Chart, debuting at number 2. The album was preceded by the lead single "Whippin Excursion" and followed up with the club-themed "Lock Doh", which achieved a silver certification from the BPI in May 2017.

Also in 2016, Giggs was nominated for several awards at the KA & GRM Daily awards. On the night he walked away with the Artist of the Year Award.

In March 2017, Canadian rapper Drake released playlist More Life, two songs of which (No Long Talk and KMT) Giggs was featured on.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[4]
UK
R&B

[5]
UK
IND

[6]
Walk in da Park 143 34 9
Let Em Ave It 35 7 2
When Will It Stop
  • Released: 11 October 2013
  • Label: SN1 Records (Distributed by XL Recordings)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
21 2 5
Landlord
  • Released: 5 August 2016
  • Label: SN1 Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 1 1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Bloody Raw (2005)
  • SN1 – The Beginning (with Gunna Dee & Joe Grind) (2006)
  • Best of Giggs (The Real Meaning) (2006)
  • Hollow Grind (with Joe Grind) (2006)
  • Hollowman Meets Blade (with Blade Brown) (2007)
  • Ard Bodied (with Dubz) (2007)
  • Best of Giggs 2 (2008)
  • Who Said That? (2009)
  • Another Quick One (2009)
  • Best of Giggs 3 (2010)
  • Take Your Hats Off (hosted by DJ Whoo Kid) (2011)
  • Every Angle Friday (2011)
  • The Final Straw (2011)
  • Best of Giggs 4 (2013)
  • STR8 Murkin (2014)
  • The SN1 Folder (2015)

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions[7][8] Certifications Album
UK UK
IND
UK
R&B
"Slow Songs"
(featuring The Streets)
2009 Let Em Ave It
"Don't Go There"
(featuring B.o.B)
2010 60 3 16
"Look What the Cat Dragged In" 53 3 20
"Hustle On"
"(Is It Gangsta?) Yes Yes Yes" 2013 When Will It Stop
"Who's Dat?" 2015 Non-album single
"Whippin' Excursion" 2016 193 Landlord
"Lock Doh"
(featuring Donae'o)
52 5 12
  • BPI: Silver[9]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[10]
CAN FRA IRL NET SWE US
"The Blow Back"
(featuring Stormzy and Dubz)
2016 170 Landlord
"No Long Talk"
(Drake featuring Giggs)
2017 17 14 192 40 77 92 40 More Life
"KMT"
(Drake featuring Giggs)
9 25 44 48

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"IC3" 2006 Akala, Buck Boy A Little Darker
"Get da Packs Out" 2007 Kyze Today's My Deadline
"Playtime"
"It Ain't Fun" Kyze, T. Boost
"Look Out" 2009 Skepta Microphone Champion
"Zip It Up" Wiley, Trigga Race Against Time
"Riding Season" Dubz Ard Doe
"Black Bandana Wearer" Joe Grind, Killa Ki Not Your Average Joe
"Gully Trap" Joe Grind, Gunna
"Looking Up the Game" Joe Grind, T. Boost
"Back 2 Basics" 2010 Sway The Delivery Mixtape
"Shot Music" Devlin N/A
"Pop Stars" Gunna Dee, Fix Dot'm Hustler By Nature
"Block Buster" Gunna Dee
"Raasclart Riddim"
"Game Over" Tinchy Stryder, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Devlin, Example, Chipmunk Third Strike
"30 Rounds" J Bubbs, Malik, S.A.S, G FrSH N/A
"Shutdown" Joe Black
"This Rap Shit's Happening (Remix)" Joe Grind, Fix Dot'm, Jamila
"Be with You" 2011 Ny Who Is She?
"Ice Cream Man" Tempman Shooting Star 4
"Popstar" Angel 7 Minutes Before Time
"Gucci Gucci (Remix)" Kreayshawn N/A
"No Comment" Ghetts Momentum
"I'm On One" Wiley Creating a Buzz
"Dem Man" 2012 Kano Jack Bauer 2.4
"Backhand Pricks" Bashy The Great Escape EP
"Peckham 2 Brixton" Big Narstie, Darko, Crumbs, Solo Pain is Love
"Leak-a-Mixtape" Tinie Tempah Happy Birthday
"Set It Off" Angel In Between Time
"Head Above Water" 2013 Smiler The Coming
"Make a Killing" Gunna Dee Hustler by Nature 2
"The Hunger Strikes" Joe Grind EPisode 2: The Hunger Strikes
"Godzillas" Joe Grind, Ghetts
"Know Your Place" Joe Grind, Gunna Dee
"Bloodclart" Krept and Konan Young Kingz
"Lemme Get Dat" Bayoz Muzik, Waka Flocka Flame Death of a Beatmaker (DOB)
"Gangsters" 2014 Lolo N/A
"Till Dawn" Alyssa English Girlfriend EP
"Punani" Kyze AM
"Drumline"
"Ask for Me"
"Work It Like a Pro" Waka Flocka Flame Re-Up
"The Baddest (Remix)" Moelogo N/A
"Gas Mark 9" Ghetts Rebel with a Cause
"Support Machine" Lily McKenzie Support Machine EP
"Who Said Dat?" Ghetts Momentum 2 (The Return of Ghetto)
"The Ride" Mr Bigz, J Warner S.U.M.M.E.R
"Mack Daddy" 2015 Kyze Oliver Twisted EP
"Flexin'" Frenchy Le Boss N/A
"Nutcrackerz" Dizzee Rascal
"How We Started" Gunna Dee, Joe Grind, Kyze, Tiny Boost Hustlism
"LOTM Freestyle" N/A Lord of the Mics VII
"Man Don't Care" Jme Integrity>
"Lift Your Wallets" Haze Visionary
"Intro Freestyle" DJ Big Ryde Just a Reminder
"Move Back" DJ Big Ryde, Fix Dot'M
"HBN Freestyle" DJ Big Ryde
"Spotify"
"Lights Out" Hannah Lucia N/A
"Get Comfy (Underground Sound Suicide)" Loco Dice Underground Sound Suicide
"Still (Remix)" Mo G, Smoke Dawg N/A
"We Dem Niggas" Potter Payper
"Gangster for Certain" Young Spray Invisible Tears
"Good One" Mark Asari N/A
"What's My Name? (Remix)" CASisDEAD
"More Ratatatin" Chase & Status London Bars
"Round Here" Skrapz The End of the Beginning
"Swan Song" Espa N/A
"3 Wheel-Ups" 2016 Kano, Wiley Made in the Manor
"Look At Me" Tinie Tempah Junk Food
"Start Again" Mikill Pane Let MC It
"Hot Water" Footsie N/A
"Let's Lurk" 67 Let's Lurk
"Coming Through" Cadell 3 is the New 6
"Gossip" Fekky El Clasico
"Move" Tinchy Stryder, Bayku 360° / The Cloud 9 LP
"Like Dat" 2017 Shaun White N/A

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2009 "You Raised Me / Open Up" Teddy Nygh
"Uummm!" Giggs
"Look Out" (with Skepta) SB.TV
"Slow Songs" (with Mike Skinner) Sacha Khari
2010 "Don't Go There" (with B.o.B) Adam Powell
"Look What the Cat Dragged In" Adam Powell
"30 Rounds" (with J Bubbs et al.) Jason McKoy
"Shot Music" (with Devlin) Digital Dan
"Hustle On" Adam Powell
"Out There" Morgan Keyz
"Game Over" (with Tinchy Stryder et al.) Adam Powell
"Bus Commercial" Post Diddy
2011 "Monsta Man" Oliver Whitehouse
"Look Over Your Shoulder" (with Example) Oliver Whitehouse
"Showout Freestyle" Morgan Keyz
2012 "What N*ggas Want" RAPCITY TV
"Raw Bands" GRM Daily
"Lemme Get Dat" (with Waka Flocka Flame) Morgan Keyz
2013 "Cool Nuh" (with Wretch 32) GRM Daily
"(Is It Gangsta?) Yes Yes Yes" Reg Traviss

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Region Ceremony Category Nominated work Result
2008 United States BET Awards Best Hip-hop Act: UK Won
2010 United Kingdom MOBO Awards Best Hip-hop Act UK Nominated
2011 Best Hip-hop/Grime Act UK Nominated
2017 United States BET Awards Best International Act: Europe Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knight, Gavin (27 August 2012). "We can't hide away from our history of gritty youth culture". The Guardian. London. 
  2. ^ a b c d "?". jango.com. 
  3. ^ Lester, Paul (19 November 2009). "Giggs (No 672)". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "GIGGS | full Official Charts history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "2010-07-03 Top 40 R&B Albums Archive". Official Charts. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Peak positions for albums in the UK Independent Chart:
  7. ^ "GIGGS | full Official Charts history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Jhme.co.uk
  9. ^ Cite error: The named reference BPI was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  10. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 13.08.2016 (wk32)". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 

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