Giggs (rapper)

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Birth name Nathaniel Thompson[1]
Also known as Hollowman
Born (1983-05-11) 11 May 1983 (age 33)
Origin Peckham, London, England
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2005–present

XL Recordings (2010-2013)

Associated acts
  • Kyze
  • Joe Grind
  • Gunna Dee
  • JME

Nathaniel Thompson (born 11 May 1983),[2] better known by his stage name Giggs, is an English rapper from London. Giggs was signed to XL Recordings. He is known for his creative wordplay and catchphrases and also known for attending bonus pastor where some of the greats from blue borough went.[2] He released his debut studio album Walk in da Park (2008). The follow-up album, Let Em Ave It (2009), performed commercially better, 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, on 11 October 2013.

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 (aka BoomBlast), Universe, Pablo Productions, Paws Productions, Bayoz Musik.

Early life and music career[edit]

Nathaniel Thompson was raised by his Jamaican single mother in Peckham. He dropped out of school at the age of 16. Originally, he was nicknamed 'Giggler' because of his tendency to laugh at inappropriate times; later, this was shortened to 'Giggs'. He and his SN1 crew were part of the Peckham Boys gang, and in 2003 he was sentenced to two years in prison for carrying a firearm.

After deciding to pursue music, 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. This became his breakout song. He quickly gained notoriety, and became the face of UK rap. Following the success of "Talkin' The Hardest" He released his debut album Walk in da Park independently on 4 August 2008. To positive reviews and became heralded as a UK rap classic album.

This success helped Giggs’ popularity expand outside his hometown London. In 2008 the rapper was nominated for the BET Awards in the US. The rapper won his category and walked away with the award for Best Hip-Hop Act: UK - beating the likes of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and Chip. Giggs went on to be nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best UK Hip Hop category.

In August 2009 Giggs signed a record deal with XL Recordings. At the time of his signing, the police tried to dissuade the label from signing him. Nevertheless the deal went ahead.

Giggs announced his second album was due to be released on 21 June 2010. It was titled Let Em Ave It, due to a friend to the rapper saying he should just "let the public have it'. Giggs released "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, the rapper appeared on BBC Three, which was his first television appearance, performing his single "Look What The Cat Dragged In". This year he also appeared on Tinchy Stryder's single "Game Over" alongside Chipmunk, Tinie Tempah, Example, Professor Green and Devlin. The song charted at 21 in the UK Official Top 40 singles chart.

Following his sophomore album, Giggs's alter ego Hollowman was nominated for a second MOBO Award for ‘Best Hip-Hop/Grime Act’ in 2011. But interrupting his flow of success, Giggs was arrested again for firearms along with three other occupants earlier this year. A police vehicle search revealed a loaded semi-automatic browning gun with a bullet in the breach, the safety off and six rounds in the magazine. UK rapper Giggs was in the front passenger seat. 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.

In 2013, Giggs released the album When Will It Stop. The album featured artists such as Ed Sheeran and Styles P. It debuted at 21 on the UK Albums Chart, and became Giggs' highest entry to date.

On the 5th of August 2016 Giggs released his 4th Studio album "Landlord" independently on SN1 Records. Features for Landlord include: Stormzy, Youngs Teflon, Donae'o, Kyze, CasisDead, Dubz and Gunna Dee.

The album was preceded by the lead single "Whipping Excursion". The second single from the album was "Go Get Em'" featuring CasisDead. Landlord was released to very positive reviews and became Giggs highest entry on the UK Album Charts, debuting at No.2.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions

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


  • SN1 – The Beginning (with Gunna Dee & Joe Grind) (2007)
  • Hollowman Meets Blade (with Blade Brown) (2007)
  • Best of Giggs (The Real Meaning) (2008)
  • Bloody Raw (2008)
  • Ard Bodied (with Dubz) (2008)
  • Best of Giggs 2 (2009)
  • Who Said That? (2009)
  • Best of Giggs 3 (2010)
  • Another Quick One (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)


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions[6][7] Album
"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
"—" 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
"Lock Doh"
(featuring Donae'o)
2016 122 Landlord
"The Blow Back"
(featuring Stormzy and Dubz)
"Whippin Excursion" 193

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
"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
"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
"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
"Coming Through" Cadell 3 is the New 6
"Gossip" Fekky El Clasico
"Move" Tinchy Stryder, Bayku 360° / The Cloud 9 LP

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


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  5. ^ "2010-07-03 Top 40 R&B Albums Archive". Official Charts. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "GIGGS | full Official Charts history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
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  8. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 13.08.2016 (wk32)". Retrieved 22 August 2016. 

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