Krept & Konan

    Krept and Konan are an English hip hop duo from South London, consisting of Casyo “Krept” Johnson and Karl “Konan” Wilson.  Karl is the son of Delroy Wilson a Jamaican ska,  rocksteady and reggae singer, regarded as Jamaica’s first child star.  Their most successful mixtape so far Young Kingz was released on 2 September 2013.  As of 23 October 2013, Krept and Konan signed a record deal with Virgin EMI records.

    In 2005, Krept and Konan met and formed a friendship, they were making music under the same aliases but were also members of the music group/gang ‘Gipset’ which gained them popularity throughout South London. In 2009 they became a musical duo and started to take their musical career more seriously. Shortly after their formation, in 2010 the duo released their very first mixtape titled Redrum featuring collaborations from London underground rappers Jadajazz, Killa Ki, Fret Deezy, Snap and more.

    Later that year  the rap duo released their second mixtape titled Tsunami featuring several mainstream artists including Ghetts, Giggs, Scorcher and Wretch 32. The mixtape was relatively well received with 2,000 copies sold and an estimate of 60,000 illegal downloads, the mix tape scored them a top-20 hit even without mainstream popularity or support.

    In 2011, they released a cover of Jay Z and Kanye West’s “Otis”,  the video reached five million views in its first five days after being  uploaded to YouTube. However, with much pressure received from Jay-Z’s legal team the video was removed from the duo’s profile. Undeterred by the controversy, they released a cover of Drake and Lil Wayne’s “The Motto” and appeared on Tinie Tempah‘s 2011 mixtape Happy Birthday. The duo also launched their own clothing line called Play Dirty and  joined rapper Skepta on his UK tour. In 2013 they released their third mixtape Young Kingz, with features from Chip, Tinie Tempah, G FrSH, Giggs, George the Poet, Yungen, Ari, Yana Toma, Fekky, Siah and Anthony Thomas. The album’s promotional single “Don’t Waste My Time” rose to fame in the grime scene in January 2014, with notable artists such as French Montana, Wretch 32, Chip, G FrSH, Double S, Lady Leshurr, Yungen, Sneakbo, MNEK, Dru Blu, Jacob Banks and Dot Rotten all contributing to remixes of the track. Tinie Tempah also freestyled over the beat on Charlie Sloth’s Fire in the Booth.

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