Krept and Konan are an English hip hop duo from South London, consisting of Casyo “Krept” Johnson, born 4 February 1990from 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’.
Krept & Konan began 2014 as unsigned rappers with a growing fan base. Thanks to their mixtape, Young Kingz, they closed the year with a Top 20 chart position.
Their most successful mixtape so far Young Kingz 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.
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.
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.
Krept And Konan, The dynamic duo were crowned MTV’s Brand New For 2015 winners!