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Skepta: Biography, Education, Career, Marriage, Net Worth, Achievements and Controversy



By Balogun Kamilu Lekan


Joseph Olaitan Adenuga Jr, famously known as Skepta, is a rapper, record producer and British-Nigerian grime MC.

He was born 19 September 1982 in Tottenham, North London, to Nigerian parents.

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Skepta, alongside his younger brother, Jme, who is a British grime MC, songwriter, and DJ, founded the Boy Better Know (BBK), a British grime collective and record label, in 2005


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Skepta attended the Winchmore Council School in London, UK for his higher education.


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Skepta began his singing career by listening to hip-hop music from the United States and the United Kingdom. He started getting noticed by competing in regional events and appearing on privately owned radio stations. 

To advance his career, he began working as a DJ for The Meridian Group, a grime crew based in Tottenham, where he used the opportunity to release several instrumentals, including “DTI (Pirate Station)” and “Private Caller.”

Skepta joined Roll Deep, another grime crew, after The Meridian Gang disbanded in 2005, along with his brother Jme and another rapper named Joseph Bamber. Skepta and his brother collaborated the following year to launch “Boy Better Know” as an independent record label in London. 

Skepta engaged MC Devilman in a competitive fight for the “Lord Of Mics 2” DVD. Many people still believe that the competition was the biggest in grime history.

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Skepta’s debut studio mixtape, “Joseph Junior Adenuga,” was released a few months after the competition. On September 17, 2007, he also released his first studio album, “Greatest Hits.” Other songs from the album were released in 2009, including 

  • Bad Boy, 
  • Rescue Me, 
  • Cross My Heart, 
  • Doin’ It Again, 

and Lush, along with another album, Microphone Champion.

On May 6, 2016, his biggest hit album, Konnichiwa, was released. The album received overwhelmingly positive reviews. It threw a party outside Tokyo, Japan, and secured Skepta bookings for various events. 

Skepta then embarked on his “Banned From America” music tour, which included 14 performances across the United States and a few European countries. He dubbed the trip “Banned From America” because he had previously had to cancel due to visa restrictions.

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Skepta has since collaborated with a number of notable musicians, including Wizkid and Rema, on Dimension, a smash hit song produced by Jae5 and released in 2021. He recently returned to Nigeria to collaborate on the song Mamacita with Energy with Wizkid.

He also featured in Wizkid’s latest album, More Love, Less Ego.


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Skepta has reportedly been in relationships with Adele and Naomi Campbell. He was also reported to have dated Chloe Ferry.

However, Skepta has a daughter, River.

Net worth

Skepta earns wealth from numerous albums and music sales, alongside musical tours. His 

He is reportedly worth an estimated net worth of $2 million. However, newsWireNgr cannot independently verify this


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  • Greatest Hits 
  • Microphone Champion 
  • Doin’ It Again 
  • Konnichiwa 
  • Ignorance Is Bliss 

Collaboration Albums

  • Insomnia (with Chip and Young Adz) (2020)


  • Joseph Junior Adenuga 
  • Been There Done That 
  • Community Payback 
  • Blacklisted 
  • The Tim Westwood Mix 
  • All In 
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Awards and Nominations

GQ’s 50 best-dressed British men in 2015.

MOBO Awards.

Mercury Prize 

Ivor Novello Awards

BET Awards


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Skepta sparked outrage when he reportedly released a highly explicit music video for his song ‘All Over The House’ in 2011. He wasn’t in the video, but it did show a man and a woman having sex at a party. As a result, the video was removed from YouTube.


The information in this article was curated from online sources. NewsWireNGR or its editorial team cannot independently verify all details.

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