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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 with African roots from Nigeria. Adenuga began rapping while co-founding the independent grime collective Boy Better Know in 2006. His main style of music consists of grime while fused with British hip hop. Skepta released his debut studio album Greatest Hits in late 2007 independently, followed by Microphone Champion in 2009. The album produced the popular top 100 singles "Rolex Sweep" and "Sunglasses at Night". Skepta produced the majority of the album and was also released independently.

Skepta signed the AATW in 2010 and entered into commercial success with his first top 40 single "Bad Boy", which peaked at number 26. His highest-charting single to date, "Rescue Me" peaked at number 14 in the same year. Skepta gained his third top 40 entry with "Cross My Heart". In January 2011, Skepta's third and first non-independent studio release Doin' It Again was released and charted at number 19 on the UK Albums Chart.

Solo career

2006-2007: Greatest Hits

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

2008–2009: 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 June 1, 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

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.

2012–present: Fourth studio album & Blacklisted

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 December 2, 2012 along with music videos to support the release prior to the release. Skepta also provided a verse for the remix of "German Whip" by Meridian Dan.


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Greatest Hits
  • Released: 17 September 2007
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
Microphone Champion
  • Released: 1 June 2009
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
Doin' It Again
  • Released: 31 January 2011
  • Label: All Around the World
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
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  • Released: TBA
  • Label: AATW, Universal Island
  • Formats: CD, Digital download


List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Mixtape details Peak chart positions
Been There Done That
  • Released: 1 February 2010
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: Digital download
Community Payback
  • Released: 19 April 2011
  • Hosted by: DJ Whoo Kid
  • Label: Boy Better Know
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Release: 2 December 2012
  • Label: 3 Beat, All Around the World
  • Formats: Digital download
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"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Rolex Sweep" 2008 86 Microphone Champion
"Sunglasses at Night" 2009 64 17
"Bad Boy" 2010 26 8 Doin' It Again
"Rescue Me" 14 6
"Cross My Heart"
(featuring Preeya Kalidas)
31 8
"So Alive"
(vs. N-Dubz)
2011 99 26
"Amnesia" 164 3
"Hold On" 2012 30 9 The Honeymoon
"Make Peace Not War" 29 8

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Too Many Man"
(with Boy Better Know)
2009 79 V.I.P & Microphone Champion
(JME featuring Shorty, Frisco, Skepta & Jammer)
2010 Blam!
"Get Busy"
(Rude Kid featuring Skepta)
2012 TBA
"Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)"
(Wiley featuring Skepta, JME & Ms D)
3 The Ascent


Title Year
"Hello Good Morning" (Grime Remix) 2010


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