KREPT & KONAN
Krept and Konan are a British Rap duo from London, consisting of Casyo “Krept” Johnson, born 4 February 1989 from Gipsy Hill and Karl “Konan” Wilson, born 3 September 1989 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 3 May 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 gang ‘Gipset’ a gang based in Gipsy Hill, which they were known widely for in South London for the music they made which was shared around schools via bluetooth. Allegedly. 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.
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 Advertiser 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.