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Krept & Konan
It’s testament to Krept and Konan’s strength of character, redoubtable talent and refusal to follow the rules that the South London rap duo have achieved so much in a matter of months.
The pair began 2013 as unsigned rappers with a relatively small but highly engaged fanbase. Thanks to their mixtape, ‘Young Kingz’, they closed the year with a Top 20 chart position, a MOBO award, a sold-out tour and a record deal with Virgin/ Universal. This year has begun a bit brilliantly too; US rapper French Montana joined Wretch 32 and Chipmunk in reworking their underground anthem, ‘Don’t Waste My Time’. They became the first British MCs to feature on P.Diddy’s Revolt TV, and they received an entry into the Guinness World Book of Records thanks to ‘Young Kingz’ being the highest charting UK ‘album’ (officially it’s a mixtape) by an unsigned act.
Now, Krept and Konan are working on their major label debut with the likes of Naughty Boy (Tinie Tempah, Professor Green), Dahi (Drake, Kendrick Lamar), Zaytoven (Future, Usher, Migos’ ‘Versace’) and the largely unknown production team behind ‘Young Kingz’: ADP, Scholar & Stix, AdotSkitz and Rhymez. In true Krept and Konan style, it’s as important to them to retain their roots and creative sensibility, as it is to discover new musical ideas. “Our priority is staying credible,” says Krept. “That’s why ‘Young Kingz’ did so well, because it was organic and we didn’t chase radio play. So that’s what we want to do with this album, but on a bigger, more professional scale. ‘Young Kingz’ was a mixtape; what follows will be an album.”
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