Jme (MC)

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Jme
Jme, UK MC .jpg
Jme in 2015
Background information
Birth name Jamie Adenuga
Born (1985-05-04) 4 May 1985 (age 32)
Hackney, London
Origin Tottenham, London
Genres Grime
Occupation(s)
  • MC
  • record producer
  • DJ
Years active 2002–present
Labels Boy Better Know
Associated acts
Website boybetterknow.com

Jamie Adenuga (born 4 May 1985), better known by his stage name Jme, is an English grime MC.[1] He is the co-founder of the crew and label Boy Better Know.[2][3] Jamie was previously part of the grime crew Meridian along with his brother, Joseph Adenuga (also known as Skepta).

In October 2008, he became one of a small number of unsigned artists to headline at the London Astoria.[4] As his fanbase has grown, Jme has travelled throughout Europe and North America with Tim Westwood to perform.[5]

Jme's third studio album, Integrity>, was released on 4 May 2015. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number twelve.[6]

Early life[edit]

Jamie Adenuga was born in Hackney, into a family who are originally from Nigeria.[7] He grew up in Tottenham, North London where he lived in a council house.[8] He attended St. Paul's School and then Winchmore School in Winchmore Hill, Enfield along with his elder brother Skepta. Adenuga subsequently graduated from the University of Greenwich receiving First Class Honours in 3D Digital Design.[9]

Career[edit]

He started out producing by making mobile phone ringtones. He later used Mario Paint, Game Boy Camera, Fruity Loops, and then a mixture of Pro Tools and Logic Studio. Adenuga also co-owns with Uptown Records[citation needed] his own T-shirt chain, bearing the labels of himself,[10] his record label Boy Better Know, and his dormant nightclub Straight Outta Bethnal. He released his debut album Famous? and an album through a major label with the whole of Boy Better Know.

Jme released a single, "Over Me", in September 2009. He followed this single with another, "Sidetracked", which featured Wiley, followed by "CD is Dead", which featured Tempa T. These three singles are featured on the album, Blam!, which was released on 4 October 2010.

On 13 February 2011, Jme released a compilation album entitled "History:" which peaked at 162 on the UK Albums Chart.[11][better source needed]

In January 2012, Jme released a single, "96 Fuckries", which entered the chart at number 41.[12]

In 2015, Jme released his last album, "Integrity", which was one of the 19 records nominated for the IMPALA Album of the Year Award.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Jme has set up a mobile company using Pay As You Go called "Boy Better Know Mobile".[14] Adenuga is a vegan, and is teetotal.[15][16][17] Adenuga is the brother of Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga, he represents North Weybridge.

Jme married his girlfriend Sarah in August 2016.[18]

During campaigning for the 2017 UK election, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Jme to encourage people to register to vote, with Jme saying "I’m on Jeremy’s Snapchat to make sure you register to vote".[19][20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
UK
Famous?
  • UK: 1,000+
Blam!
  • Released: 4 October 2010
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
66
  • UK: 5,000+
Integrity>
  • Released: 4 May 2015
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: CD, Vinyl, Digital download
12
  • UK: 60,000+

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
History:
  • Released: 13 February 2011
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
162

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2006: Boy Better Know – Edition 1: Shh Hut Yuh Muh
  • 2006: Boy Better Know – Edition 2: Poomplex
  • 2006: Boy Better Know – Edition 3: Derkhead
  • 2006: Boy Better Know – Edition 4: Tropical (Instrumental mixtape)
  • 2011: Boy Better Know – Tropical 2 (Instrumental mixtape)
  • 2015: Jme – 48 Hour Mixtape (Free Stream)

Vinyl[edit]

  • Jme – Badderman EP
  • Jme – Calm Down
  • Jme – Don't Chat
  • Jme – The JME EP – Rice and Peas
  • Jme – Joel Shut Your Mouth
  • Jme – Meridian Walk
  • Jme – Serious/Calm Down EP
  • Jme – Serious Serious EP
  • Jme – Waste Man EP
  • Commodo ft. JME- Shift[22]
  • Jme/Grime Reaper – Safe and Sound EP
  • Jme/Skepta – Adamantium EP
  • Jme/Trigz – Berr Quick EP
  • Jme/Trigz – The Nu EP
  • Jme – Integrity>
  • Jme – Integrity> Instrumental

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK UK
IND

[23]

"Over Me" 2009 Blam!
"Sidetracked"
(featuring Wiley)
2010 123 14
"CD is Dead"
(featuring Tempa T)
15
"Jme" 2011
"96 F**Kries" 2012 41 3 Integrity>
"Murking" 90 5 Non-album singles
"Banger"
(featuring Wiley)
2013 126 5
"If You Don't Know" 97 10
"Work" 133 16 Integrity>
"Integrity" 82 9
"T.R.O.N" Non-album single
"Taking Over? (It Ain't Working)" 2014 116 15 Integrity>
"Man Don't Care"[24]
(featuring Giggs)
2015 100 10
"—" denotes single that did not chart or were not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK UK
R&B
"Maybe Ting Refix"
(Ozzie B featuring Lip E, Double S, Shocka, Flirta D, Lethal Bizzle, Jme and Frisco) [25]
2010 182 N/A
"Pow 2011"
(Lethal Bizzle featuring Jme, Wiley, Chipmunk, Face, P Money, Ghetts and Kano)
2011 33 10 Best of Bizzle
"Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)"
(Wiley featuring Skepta, Jme and Ms D)
2012 3 The Ascent
"German Whip"
(Meridian Dan featuring Big H and Jme)
2014 13 I Am London
"That's Not Me"
(Skepta featuring Jme)
21 Konnichiwa
"Rari WorkOut"
(Lethal Bizzle featuring Tempa T and Jme)
11 2 EP
"Keep Up"
(KSI featuring Jme)
2015 45 7 Keep Up
"House & Pop"
(President T featuring Jme)
2016 T on the Wing
"Box"[26]
(Lethal Bizzle featuring Jme and Face)
Non-album single
"Style & Flows"
(Double S featuring Jme)
The Intent soundtrack
"Running Wild"
(Goldie 1 featuring Jme)
Non-album singles
"My Yard"
(Bossman Birdie featuring Jme)
"Gone Mad"
(Blay Vision featuring Jme)
2017
"—" denotes single that did not chart or were not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spicer, Kate (21 February 2010). "The sound of the underground: Grime music has been growing steadily for years. And now it's got fashion, TV, and even Ed Balls in its grip. Kate Spicer meets the makers of a scene that's straight from the street", The Sunday Times, p. 14.
  2. ^ Koch, Christian (15 March 2010). "Nice threads: American rapper Pharrell's Pounds 250 hoodies are top sellers at Harvey Nicks and London's homegrown rap artists are launching their own ranges amid massive demand, reports Christian Koch: 'We're in a unique position, we've got a cult following'", Evening Standard, p. 31.
  3. ^ "Skepta's Mission". The FADER. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  4. ^ Verma, Rahul (21 November 2008). "Grime's coming of age", The Independent, p. 20.
  5. ^ Boy Better Know freestyle, with Tim WestwoodYouTube.
  6. ^ "Mumford & Sons score their second Number 1 album". Official Charts Company. 10 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Adabra, Michelle (25 August 2005). "Boy Better Know Now", New Nation (602): 15.
  8. ^ Rajan, Amol (24 September 2007). "Should grime clean up its act?", The Independent, p. 14.
  9. ^ Jme, (30 January 2012), Twitter
  10. ^ Flint, Hanna. "JME's T-shirt with his face on it is as cheeky as the cheeky Nandos he's eating". Metro. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  11. ^ History:
  12. ^ "Stormzy makes history after freestyle enters Top 40 Chart". www.voice-online.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  13. ^ "Young labels featured in shortlist for IMPALA Album of the Year Award". Impala Music. 
  14. ^ (23 November 2011.) "Boy Better Know have moved into telecommunications, launching a mobile network and SIM card." The Wire
  15. ^ Jme on Twitter: "I didn't turn. I stopped eating animals. Why? Education RT @Mahesh93: @JmeBBK why did you turn vegan?". Twitter.com (21 January 2014). Retrieved on 2015-11-02.
  16. ^ The Police vs Grime Music – A Noisey Film. YouTube (29 May 2014). Retrieved on 2015-11-02.
  17. ^ "Form 696: The Police Versus Grime Music". Vice Media. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  18. ^ Grime Report http://thegrimereport.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/jme-gets-married-congratulations.html
  19. ^ "Jme met with Jeremy Corbyn to encourage young people to vote". The Independent. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  20. ^ Jade, Kelly (15 May 2017). "Jeremy Corbyn sits down with grime artist JME to encourage young people to vote". Metro. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  21. ^ "Certified Awards" (To access, enter the search parameter "jme"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  22. ^ "Commodo ft. JME's 'Shift' is Full of Advice for Aspiring Rudebois | Thump". Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  23. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  24. ^ Knightly, Jessica. (4 May 2015) Watch JME's "Man Don't Care" Video f/ Giggs | Complex UK. Uk.complex.com. Retrieved on 2015-11-02.
  25. ^ Maybe Ting Refix – GMTA, Firecamp, Marvel + Boy Better Know Refix DJ RAPH MASHUP REMIX by djraphrelentless | DJ Raph Relentless | Free Listening on SoundCloud. Soundcloud.com. Retrieved on 2 November 2015.
  26. ^ "Box (feat. JME & Face) – Single by Lethal Bizzle". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 

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