Krept and Konan are an award winning English hip hop/Grime duo from London, consisting of Casyo "Krept" Johnson, born (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990 (age 25) from Gipsy Hill and Karl "Konan" Wilson, born (1989-09-03) 3 September 1989 (age 26) from Thornto...
Krept and Konan are an award winning English hip hop/Grime duo from London, consisting of Casyo "Krept" Johnson, born (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990 (age 25) from Gipsy Hill and Karl "Konan" Wilson, born (1989-09-03) 3 September 1989 (age 26) from Thornton Heath and son of Delroy Wilson, otherwise known as 'Jamaica's first child star'. Their first major release was the mixtape Young Kingz and was released on 2 September 2013. The duo are known for making an impact on the UK underground scene with their music, punch lines and metaphors. As of 23 October 2013, Krept and Konan signed a record deal with Virgin EMI Records.
Their debut album The Long Way Home was released on 5 July 2015 and entered the UK Albums Chart at number 2, becoming their highest-charting album .
2005-10: Formation and career beginnings:
In 2005, Krept and Konan met and formed a friendship, they were making music under the same aliases but were also members of the gang 'Gipset' which they were known widely for in South London. In '09 they became a musical duo and started to take music seriously. Shortly after their formation, in 2010 the duo released their very first mixtape titled Redrum featuring collaborations from London underground rappers, Killa Ki, Snap and many more.
In 2010 the rap duo released their second mixtape titled Tsunami featuring several mainstream artists including Ghetts, Giggs, Scorcher and Wretch 32. The mixtape was well received with 10 copies sold and an estimate of 600 digital downloads.
2011-2014: Young Kingz and commercial breakthrough:
In 2011, they released a cover of Jay-Z's and Kanye West's "Otis" which helped them rise to fame. The video reached five million views in its first five days of 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", launched their own clothing line called Play Dirty and early into 2012 were invited to join the British rapper Skepta on his tour in the UK. They appeared on Tinie Tempah's 2011 mixtape Happy Birthday and 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.
Winning Best UK Newcomer at the 2013 MOBO Awards was one of the big breaks the duo had. With low promotion and no record deal.
Due to Young Kingz's success, Krept and Konan were signed to record label Virgin EMI. They released "Don't Waste My Time" as a single in March 2014 and it entered the UK Singles Chart at number 154.
2014-present: The Long Way Home:
On 29 June 2014 They attended the BET Awards which was held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California and received an award for 'Best International Act: UK' by BET International and beating Dizzee Rascal, Laura Mvula, Rita Ora, Ghetts and Tinie Tempah.
On 3 March 2015 Croydon Advertised announced the duo as the 39th most powerful people from the Croydon borough, for their pioneering movement and recent success in the music industry.
On 28 March 2015, they released a video for "Certified" featuring Rick Ross. The song serves as the first promotional single from their debut album The Long Way Home. The song was subsequently added to BBC Radio 1Xtra's playlists.
The lead single from The Long Way Home, "Freak of the Week", features vocals from American rapper Jeremih and was released on 28 June 2015. The song entered and peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart, making it the duo's first top ten single on the chart and Jeremih's second. 25 June 2015 on YouTube a Remix of "Freak of the Week" was Published by reggae and dancehall artists Popcaan & Beenie Man. The album was released on 5 July 2015 through Virgin EMI and Def Jam, and features numerous high-profile musicians, including Ed Sheeran, Skepta, Emeli Sandé and Wiz Khalifa.
In 2014 the rap duo broke a world record for 'Highest-Charting UK album by an Unsigned Act'. The pair earned the title with Young Kingz, which entered into the top 20 in the UK Albums Chart. Following on, Krept and Konan have signed a major record deal and won a MOBO (Best Hip-Hop Act 2014) and BET award.