B Young

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B Young
B Young in 2019
B Young in 2019
Background information
Birth nameBertan Jafer
Born (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 29)
OriginHackney, London, England
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2012–present

Bertan Jafer (born 12 January 1995), known professionally as B Young, is a British rapper and singer and songwriter from Hackney, London. He is of Turkish-Cypriot origin. Before becoming a rapper, B Young spent several years as a sound engineer during which he crafted his melodic rap sound. He is best known for his breakthrough single, "Jumanji", released via Columbia Records, which peaked at number 13 on the UK singles chart. Its follow-up, "079ME", peaked at number 23.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jafer was born in London to Turkish Cypriot parents.[2][3] His cousins in Germany from Hamburg, specifcally mentioning the Akkol family as being among his closest and most loyal circle, they are orginally from Kars the eastern region of Turkey.


2017: Beginnings[edit]

On 10 March 2017 B Young released "London Boy", his debut single. He also remixed UK Rapper Dave's hit "Wanna Know" on 6 April 2017. Followed by his second single"Cash Flow", which he released on 7 May 2017.

On 25 August 2017, B Young released "Been Wavey". The song, which has racked up over 11 million views on YouTube, helped gain B Young traction and allowed Jumanji to reach the heights it did. In an interview with Capital XTRA, he said that he believed Been Wavey was better than Jumanji, and they are similar as they were recorded and created together.

2018–present: Breakthrough[edit]

On 5 January 2018, B Young released his debut studio single "Jumanji", which entered the UK chart at number 64. It has since spent six weeks in the top 20, and twenty-four weeks in the top 100, peaking at number 13 in the UK charts and number 5 in the UK R&B charts. Later that year, he released "079ME" and "Juice", which both also entered the UK charts. 079ME peaked at number 23 in the UK charts, and number 12 in the UK R&B charts. It spent 16 weeks in the top 100. Juice reached number 96 in the UK charts.[1]

In July 2019, B Young released Gucci Demon, which peaked at number 44 in the UK charts. Other than that, it was a quiet year for B Young, as he was barely active on any social media platforms and released just one single.

On 13 February 2020, B Young released "Wine". He has pledged to release music more often last year with an impending project looming. On 19 March 2020, he released "Want2". In August 2020, he released "Last Night" featuring Tion Wayne.



Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications

"Been Wavey" 2017
"Jumanji" 2018 13 5
"079ME" 23 12
  • BPI: Platinum[5]
"Juice" 96
"Gucci Demon" 2019 44
"Wine" 2020 35
"Want2" 99
"Catch Me Outside" 56
"Last Night"
(featuring Tion Wayne)
(with Da Beatfreakz, DigDat, Dutchavelli)
20 13
"Ride for Me" 2021 62
"Come Alive hb."
"Justin Bieber"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Take the Lead"[6] 2018 Chip Ten10
"Movie" ADP
"Bank" 2019 Collie Buddz Hybrid


  1. ^ a b c "B YOUNG | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  2. ^ Adegoke, Yomi (2 November 2018). "'Everybody is looking at us right now': meet the young British pop stars reclaiming the charts". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  3. ^ "B Young Talks 'Jumanji' Success, His Heritage, New Music & More". Capital XTRA via YouTube. 11 March 2018.
  4. ^ "UK R&B Singles Chart". Official Charts. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "British certifications – B Young". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 February 2024. Type B Young in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  6. ^ "Ten10 by Chip". iTunes (UK). 21 September 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.

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