Mike Skinner's recordings as the Streets marked the first attempt to add a degree of social commentary to Britain's party-hearty garage/2-step (and later grime) movement. Skinner, a Birmingham native who later ventured to the capital, was an outsider in the garage scene, though his initial recordings appeared on Locked On, the premiere source for speed garage and, later, 2-step from 1998 to the end of the millennium. He spent time growing up in North London as well as Birmingham, and listened first to hip-hop, then house and jungle.
A year after "Sunshowers" came out, M.I.A. released Arular (the name her father adopted when he and his family moved back to Sri Lanka), an album she recorded and produced in her London bedroom. Using demos recorded a few years earlier, M.I.A. addressed global conflicts and oppression, gaining the record attention not only with the listening audience (the record reached No. 3 on the U.S dance charts) but with critics as well.
Her second album, Kala, named for her mother, came out in 2007 and was recorded in various locales around the globe. "Paper Planes" became a surprise hit single in the summer of 2008, eventually reaching the top 10 and hitting No. 1 on the U.S. dance charts. "Boyz" also charted solidly, reaching No. 3 on the dance charts. The album itself hit No. 18 and was named the best album of the year by Rolling Stone and Blender.
Adele Emily Sandé (/ˈsændeɪ/ san-day; born 10 March 1987), better known as Emeli Sandé, is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter. She first became prominent after she featured on the track "Diamond Rings" by the rapper Chipmunk (2009). It was their first top 10 single on the UK Singles Chart. In 2010, she featured on "Never Be Your Woman" by the rapper Wiley, which was another top ten hit. In 2012, she received the Brit Awards Critics' Choice Award.
Sandé released her first solo single "Heaven" in August 2011. She has three number-one singles across the UK and Ireland with "Read All About It" with Professor Green, "Next to Me", and "Beneath Your Beautiful", a collaboration with Labrinth. Her album Our Version of Events spent seven non-consecutive weeks at number one and became the best-selling album of 2012 in the UK, with over 1 million sales. In 2012, she performed in both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London Olympics. She won two Brit Awards at the 2013 ceremony, Best British Female Artist, and British Album of the Year.
In December 2004, he released the single "Pow (Forward)", also known as "Forward Riddim" which was banned from airplay by some mainstream radio stations. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 11 in its first week on the chart in 2005, and it reached number one on the UK Dance Chart. He won a MOBO for "Pow (Forward)" as 'Best Single', and was nominated at the same awards as 'Best Newcomer'.
Earlier he was a part of the group More Fire Crew. In 2002, their track "Oi!" reached the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. In early July 2005, Lethal Bizzle appeared on stage at the final Live 8 concert in Edinburgh. In 2011, he had a cameo in the Adam Deacon film Anuvahood, knocking him out in the opening scene. He had a feud with N-Dubz over intellectual property rights citing emails of hooks he had sent Tulisa. N-Dubz members Tulisa and Dappy responded with foul-mouthed attacks. Bizzle later started a successful T-shirt business with his cousin and footballer Emmanuel Frimpong, featuring his catchphrase "Dench". Since then he has been very successful branching out to his fans on Snapchat, that has led him to create the hit song 'Rari Workout'. In 2012, he appeared in the BBC Three comedy drama, Bad Education in which he competed in a rap battle with the headmaster.
Kelela Mizanekristos (English pronunciation: /kə'lɛlə/, born 6 June 1983), known as Kelela, is an American singer and songwriter. Her 2013 debut mixtape, Cut 4 Me, earned praise from music critics and contemporaries such as Solange Knowles and Björk, and was listed in various publication's year-end lists. Seeking to make the mixtape sound like a remix album,Kelela added her own vocals over instrumental tracks by DJs from Fade to Mind and Night Slugs. In October of 2015, she released an EP, Hallucinogen, and is continuing work on a full length album.
Described as "the voice of 2013" by The Evening Standard, the classically trained, singer-songwriter fuses orchestral soul with velvet harmonies and emotional vocals, giving nods to Nina Simone, George Gershwin and Björk amongst others. A graduate from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in composition, the 26-year-old is a unique collision of her Caribbean background and formal music.
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