Jme (MC)

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Jme
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Jme in 2015
Background information
Birth name Jamie Adenuga
Born (1985-05-04) 4 May 1985 (age 31)
Tottenham, London, England
Origin Tottenham, London, England
Genres Grime
Occupation(s) MC, producer, DJ, entrepreneur, philanthropist, comedian
Years active 2002–present
Labels Boy Better Know
Associated acts
Website https://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). As well as working with Boy Better Know, Adenuga now focuses mainly on his own solo ambitions. He is known for his comedic rapping style.[citation needed]

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 brother Skepta. Adenuga subsequently graduated from University of Greenwich receiving First Class Honours in 3D Digital Design.[9]

Career[edit]

He started out producing on mobile phone ringtones, then moving on to 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", that featured Tempa T. These three singles are featured on the album, Blam!, which was released on 4 October 2010.

In January 2012, Jme released a single, "96 F**Kries", which entered the chart at number 41.[11]

In 2015, Jme released his last album "Integrity>" which was one of the 19 records nominated for the IMPALA Album of the Year Award.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Jamie is often seen with members of BBK and the original grime scene members but also with people such as KSI and Jordi Mitchinson who is often seen segwaying with Jamie.[citation needed] Jamie was featured in KSI's title track single for his debut EP, Keep Up. Jamie has set up a mobile company using Pay As You Go called "Boy Better Know Mobile".[13] Adenuga is a vegan, and is teetotal.[14][15][16] Adenuga is the brother of Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga, he represents North Weybridge.

Jme has been a longtime fan of the Pokémon series, and has collected trading cards since he was a child.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
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: 40,000+

Compilation albums[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK UK
IND

[17]

"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" (featuring Giggs)[18] bpi silver 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) [19]
2010 182 N/A
"Pow 2011"
(Lethal Bizzle featuring Jme, Wiley, Chipmunk, Face, P Money, Ghetts & Kano)
2011 33 10 Best of Bizzle
"Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)"
(Wiley featuring Skepta, Jme & Ms D)
2012 3 The Ascent
"German Whip"
(Meridian Dan featuring Big H & Jme)
2014 13 I Am London
"That's Not Me"
(Skepta featuring Jme)
21 Konnichiwa
"Rari WorkOut"
(Lethal Bizzle featuring Tempa T & Jme)
11 2 EP
"Keep Up"
(KSI featuring Jme)
2015 45 7 Keep Up
"House & Pop"
(President T featuring Jme)
2016 Stranger Returns
"—" denotes single that did not chart or were not released.

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
  • Jme/Grime Reaper – Safe and Sound EP
  • Jme/Skepta – Adamantium EP
  • Jme/Trigz – Berr Quick EP
  • Jme/Trigz – The Nu EP
  • Jme – Integrity>

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. ^ Metro.co.uk, Hanna Flint for. "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. ^ "Stormzy makes history after freestyle enters Top 40 Chart". www.voice-online.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  12. ^ "Young labels featured in shortlist for IMPALA Album of the Year Award". on impalamusic.org. 
  13. ^ (23 November 2011.) "Boy Better Know have moved into telecommunications, launching a mobile network and SIM card." The Wire
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ The Police vs Grime Music – A Noisey Film. YouTube (29 May 2014). Retrieved on 2015-11-02.
  16. ^ "Form 696: The Police Versus Grime Music". Vice Media. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ 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.

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