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Jme in 2015
Jamie Adenuga

(1985-05-04) 4 May 1985 (age 39)
London, England
Sarah Cavanagh
(m. 2016)
Musical career
LabelsBoy Better Know

Jamie Adenuga (born 4 May 1985), known professionally as Jme, is a British grime MC, songwriter, record producer and DJ who was born in Hackney, and raised in Tottenham.[1][2] He is the co-founder of the crew and label Boy Better Know.[3][4] He also serves as a sole owner and director of an associated company, Boy Better Know Limited, which he incorporated in 2008.[5] He was previously part of the grime collective Meridian Crew and later Roll Deep alongside his older brother, Skepta.

Early life[edit]

Jamie Adenuga[6] was born on 4 May 1985,[6][7] in Hackney, into a family who are originally from Nigeria.[8] He grew up in Tottenham, North London where he lived in a council house.[9] He attended St. Paul's School and then Winchmore School in Winchmore Hill, Enfield along with his younger brother Jason, elder brother Joseph and sister Julie. Adenuga subsequently graduated from the University of Greenwich having studied 3D Digital Design.[10][11][7]


He started out producing by making mobile phone ringtones. He later used Mario Paint and Game Boy Camera. In his song “96 Bars Of Revenge” Adenuga also references himself using Fruity Loops, Pro Tools and Logic Studio. Adenuga also co-owns his own T-shirt chain, bearing the labels of himself,[12] 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.

In October 2008, he became one of a small number of unsigned artists to headline at the London Astoria.[13]

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.[citation needed]

In January 2012, Jme released a single, "96 Fuckries", which entered the chart at number 41.[14]

Jme's third studio album, Integrity>, was released on 4 May 2015. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number twelve.[15] It was one of nineteen records nominated for the IMPALA Album of the Year Award.[16]

During 2019, Jme entered an eleven-month hiatus from social media. On 14 November 2019, Jme announced the release of his fourth studio album, Grime MC, which was released on 29 November 2019.[17][18] The album was released exclusively on CD and vinyl during its initial release.[19] Grime MC was positively received by Clash, which gave it 8/10,[20] while Pitchfork called it "the strongest record of his career".[21]

Since the release of Grime MC, JME has not released any more albums; however, he collaborated with other grime artists in 2020 and 2021, including:

  • Featuring alongside Skepta, Jammer, Shorty and Frisco for "Red Card"
  • Collaborated with Shorty, Frisco and Capo Lee for Capo's album "Norf Face"
  • Featured in the Female Allstar's EP "What You Call Disss"
  • Featured in a song with SBK and Shorty called "Be Careful"

Personal life[edit]

Adenuga is a vegan and teetotaler.[22][23][24] Adenuga is the brother of Beats 1 DJ and radio host Julie Adenuga, fellow grime artist Skepta, and graphic designer and producer Jason.[25][26]

Jme married Sarah Cavanagh, his longtime girlfriend, in August 2016.[27] Their daughter, Rosè, was born in May 2018.[28]

During campaigning for the 2017 UK general 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."[29][30]

Jme is also known for his involvement with the Sidemen, a British YouTube collective consisting of seven YouTube personalities, and has appeared in their YouTube videos. He has participated in all five of the Sidemen's charity football matches between 2016 and 2023.[31] He featured on the group's song "Christmas Drillings".[32]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
  • Released: 4 October 2010
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: 4 May 2015
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Grime MC
  • Released: 29 November 2019
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download

Collaborative albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Norf Face
(with Capo Lee, Frisco and Shorty)
  • Released: 5 March 2021
  • Label: Norf Face
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Compilation albums[edit]

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


  • 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)


  • 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[34]
  • 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
  • Jme – Grime MC


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"Over Me" 2009 Blam!
(featuring Wiley)
2010 14
"CD Is Dead"
(featuring Tempa T)
"Jme" 2011
"96 F**Kries" 2012 41 3 Integrity>
"Murking" 90 5 Non-album singles
(featuring Wiley)
2013 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 15 Integrity>
"Man Don't Care"[38]
(featuring Giggs)
2015 100 10
"Issmad" 2020 Grime MC
"96 of My Life"
"—" denotes single that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Maybe Ting Refix"
(Ozzie B featuring Lip E, Double S, Shocka, Flirta D, Lethal Bizzle, Jme and Frisco) [40]
2010 Non-album single
(Ed Sheeran featuring Jme)
2011 No.5 Collaborations Project
"Pow 2011"
(Lethal Bizzle featuring Jme, Wiley, Chipmunk, Face, P Money, Ghetts and Kano)
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 Non-album single
"Keep Up"
(KSI featuring Jme)
2015 45 7 Keep Up
"Say Nada"
(Shakka featuring Jme)
75 10 The Lost Boys
"House & Pop"
(President T featuring Jme)
2016 T on the Wing
(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 Turner Avenue
"Off to Work"
(Dapz On The Map featuring Jme)
2018 Champion Settings
"Born on Your Own"
(Maxsta featuring Jme)
Maxtape 2
"Fall Off"
(Big Zuu featuring Jme)
Content with Content
(Miraa May featuring Jme)
2019 Dark
"Pull Up"
(KSI featuring Jme)
94 New Age
(Ironik featuring Jme)
Non-album single
"Red Card"
(Frisco featuring Skepta, Jammer and Jme)
2020 The Familiar Stranger
"Don't Know About You"[46]
(B Live featuring Becky Hill and Jme)
2021 Non-album singles
"Christmas Drillings"
(Sidemen featuring Jme)
2022 3
"What You Know About That"
(Dizzee Rascal featuring Jme and D Double E)
2024 Don't Take It Personal
"New Era"
(House of Pharaohs featuring Jme)
Non-album singles
"Know Me Better"
(Vikkstar and Masked Wolf featuring Jme)
"—" denotes single that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Level Up" 2012 Sway Non-album singles
"Man's Not Hot (MC Mix)" 2017 Big Shaq, Lethal Bizzle, Chip, Krept & Konan
"Right Now"[47] 2018 Chip, Frisco Ten10
"Player One" 2019 P Money, KSI Money Over Everyone III
"Night Time (Remix)" 2020 Master Peace, Sophie DeMasi Non-album single
"Egyptian Cotton" 2022 Example, Local, Westneat We May Grow Old But We Never Grow Up


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2024 The Sidemen Story Himself Documentary
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Carnage JME Television Film [citation needed]



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