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Background information
Birth name Joseph Junior Adenuga
Born (1982-09-19) 19 September 1982 (age 32)
Tottenham, North London, England
Genres Grime, hip hop
Occupation(s) MC, producer, DJ
Years active 2003–present
Labels Boy Better Know (2005–present)
AATW (2010–present)
Universal Island (2011–present)
Associated acts Boy Better Know, Roll Deep, JME, Wiley, Giggs, Meridian Crew, P. Diddy, Ace Hood, Kanye West

Joseph Junior Adenuga (born 19 September 1982), better known by his stage name Skepta, is an English rapper, grime artist, MC, songwriter, record producer and recording artist of Nigerian heritage.[1] Skepta is best known for his work in the grime scene.

Career overview[edit]

Skepta was originally a DJ for Tottenham based grime crew Meridian Crew, early in his career Skepta released a number of instrumentals the most notable of which were "DTI (Pirate Station Anthem)" and "Private Caller", the latter of which was released as a single and vocaled by various over members of Meridian Crew. Skepta began emceeing shortly before Meridian Crew disbanded in 2005, after which Skepta, alongside his brother JME, joined Roll Deep for a short period of time before becoming founding members of Boy Better Know in 2006. Skepta released his debut studio album Greatest Hits in late 2007 independently, followed by another independent release Microphone Champion in 2009 and Doin' It Again on AATW in 2011.

Doin' It Again spawned Skepta's first top 40 single "Bad Boy", which peaked at number 26, as well as "Rescue Me" which peaked at number 14 in the same year and "Cross My Heart". In January 2011 Doin' It Again was released and charted at number 19 on the UK Albums Chart. In June 2014 Skepta charted at 21 in the UK singles chart "That's Not Me" the first single from his forthcoming fourth studio album Konnichiwa.

He was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.[2]

Solo career[edit]

2006-2007: Greatest Hits[edit]

Skepta released his debut album Greatest Hits on 17 September 2007. It was released on Boy Better Know.

2008–2009: Microphone Champion[edit]

Main article: Microphone Champion

Skepta self-released the first single "Rolex Sweep" in September 2008 and reached number 89 on the UK Singles Chart. Skepta then released the album Microphone Champion on 1 June 2009. He then also released single "Too Many Man" with JME, Wiley, Frisco and Shorty, which went to chart at number 79.

2010–2011: Doin' It Again[edit]

Main article: Doin' It Again

Skepta has released five singles off his third studio album Doin' It Again (first with a major label), titled "Bad Boy", "Rescue Me", "Cross My Heart" featuring Preeya Kalidas, "So Alive" and "Amnesia", as well as a video for the Hello Good Morning (Grime Remix). Three singles charted in the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, with "Rescue Me" being the most successful at number 14. "Cross My Heart" came in at number 31 and dropped out of the Top 40 a week later. Doin' it Again spent 3 weeks in the top 100 album charts and debuted and peaked at number 19 on its first week of release. In 2011 Skepta caused a big controversy by releasing a hardcore music video of his single All over the house[3]

2012–present: Fourth studio album & Blacklisted[edit]

In 2012, Skepta released two singles from his fourth forthcoming album. Skepta's second major label album was intended to be released in the fourth quarter of 2011, entitled The Honeymoon but was delayed till 2012. After a disappointing response from the first two singles Skepta decided to release a purchasable mixtape, titled Blacklisted. It was released on 2 December 2012 along with music videos to support the release prior to the release. In March 2014, Skepta provided a verse for the remix of "German Whip" by Meridian Dan, and in the same month, he debuted his new single, That's Not Me featuring his brother, JME. That's Not Me was released in June and peaked at 21 on the UK charts.[4] Skepta's single "That's Not Me" won Best Video at the MOBO Awards 2014.[5] When collecting the award he stated that the video cost him £80.


Main article: Skepta discography

Studio albums[edit]


  • Been There Done That (2010)
  • Community Payback (2011)
  • Blacklisted (2012)

DJ Mixes[edit]

  • Rinse:04 (2008)[7]


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