Jme (musician)

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Jme in 2015
Background information
Birth nameJamie Adenuga
Born (1985-05-04) 4 May 1985 (age 34)
Hackney, London, England
Years active2001–present
LabelsBoy Better Know
Associated acts

Jamie Adenuga (born 4 May 1985), better known by his stage name Jme, is a British grime MC, songwriter and record producer from Hackney, London.[1] He is the co-founder of the crew and label Boy Better Know.[2][3] He was previously part of the grime crew Meridian Crew alongside his older brother Joseph Adenuga, better 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 and sister Julie. Adenuga subsequently graduated from the University of Greenwich receiving first class honours in 3D Digital Design.[9]


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 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][circular reference]

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

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

During 2019, Jme entered an eleven-month hiatus from social media. On 14 November 2019, Jme officially announced the release of his fourth studio album, Grime MC, scheduled for 29 November 2019.[14][15] It is set to be a physical exclusive during its initial release.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Adenuga is a vegan and teetotaler.[17][18][19] Adenuga is the brother of Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga and fellow grime artist Skepta.

Jme married his girlfriend of seven years, Sarah Cavanagh in August 2016.[20]

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".[21][22]

Jme is known to have involvement with YouTube group Sidemen (consisting of KSI (Olajide Olatunji), W2S, or Wroetoshaw (Harry Lewis), Miniminter (Simon Minter), Zerkaa (Josh Bradley), Behzinga (Ethan Payne), TBJZL, or Tobjizzle (Tobi Brown), and Vikkstar123 (Vikram Barn). He is referred to by fans as the eighth Sideman and frequently features in their videos.[citation needed] Jme also plays in the Sidemen Charity Football Matches as a part of Sidemen FC, and was spotted at the KSI vs. Joe Weller boxing event. He also invited five Sidemen members (KSI, Behzinga, Miniminter, TBJZL and W2S), to play five-a-side football at the 2017 BBK Takeover at the O2 Arena in London.

On 9 May 2018, Jme became a father when his wife Sarah Adenuga gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Rosè.


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, vinyl, digital download
Grime MC
  • Released: 29 November 2019
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: CD, vinyl

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[24]
  • 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


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions 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"[26]
(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
"Maybe Ting Refix"
(Ozzie B featuring Lip E, Double S, Shocka, Flirta D, Lethal Bizzle, Jme and Frisco) [27]
2010 Non-album single
"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
(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
"Man's Not Hot (MC Mix)"
(Big Shaq featuring Lethal Bizzle, Chip, Krept & Konan and Jme)
Non-album single
"Fall Off"
(Big Zuu featuring Jme)
2018 Content with Content
"Pull Up"
(KSI featuring Jme)
2019 94 New Age
"Player One"
(P Money featuring KSI and Jme)
2019 Money Over Everyone 3
(Miraa May featuring Jme)
2019 Non-album single
"—" denotes single that did not chart or were not released.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Right Now"[29] 2018 Chip, Frisco Ten10


  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 16 November 2015.
  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 16 November 2015.
  11. ^ History:
  12. ^ "Stormzy makes history after freestyle enters Top 40 Chart". Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Young labels featured in shortlist for IMPALA Album of the Year Award". Impala Music.
  14. ^ "JME teases new album, Grime MC, with YouTube video". FACT Magazine. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Jme's 'Grime MC' Album Is Incoming". Clash Music. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  16. ^ "JME announces Grime MC release date, shares tour details". Crack Magazine. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  17. ^ Jme on Twitter: "I didn't turn. I stopped eating animals. Why? Education RT @Mahesh93: @JmeBBK why did you turn vegan?". (21 January 2014). Retrieved on 2015-11-02.
  18. ^ The Police vs Grime Music – A Noisey Film. YouTube (29 May 2014). Retrieved on 2015-11-02.
  19. ^ "Form 696: The Police Versus Grime Music". Vice Media. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  20. ^ Grime Report
  21. ^ "Jme met with Jeremy Corbyn to encourage young people to vote". The Independent. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  22. ^ Jade, Kelly (15 May 2017). "Jeremy Corbyn sits down with grime artist JME to encourage young people to vote". Metro. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Certified Awards" (To access, enter the search parameter "jme"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Commodo ft. JME's 'Shift' is Full of Advice for Aspiring Rudebois | Thump". Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  25. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  26. ^ Knightly, Jessica. (4 May 2015) Watch JME's "Man Don't Care" Video f/ Giggs | Complex UK. Retrieved on 2015-11-02.
  27. ^ Maybe Ting Refix – GMTA, Firecamp, Marvel + Boy Better Know Refix DJ RAPH MASHUP REMIX by djraphrelentless | DJ Raph Relentless | Free Listening on SoundCloud. Retrieved on 2 November 2015.
  28. ^ "Box (feat. JME & Face) – Single by Lethal Bizzle". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  29. ^ "Ten10 by Chip". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 2 October 2018.

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