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 3rd of May 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.
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.
Winning Best UK Newcomer at the 2013 MOBO Awards was one of the big breaks the duo had. With low promotion compared to other artists. They released “Don’t Waste My Time” as a single in March 2014 and it entered the UK Singles Chart at number 154. In 2013 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 the rap duo success, they won a MOBO award (Best Hip-Hop Act 2014) and BET award. 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.
“The Long Way Home” (5 July 2015 (UK)).
“Young Kingz” (2 September 2013 (UK)). “Tsunami” (1 October 2010), “Red Rum” (13 June 2009).
As lead artist
“Freak of the Week” (featuring Jeremih) (2015 Album The Long Way Home). “Don’t Waste My Time” (2014 Album Young Kingz).
As featured artist
“Dance on My Own” (M.O featuring Krept and Konan) (2014 Non-album singles). “They Got It Wrong” (Remix) (Lethal Bizzle featuring Krept and Konan, Kano, Squeeks and Wiley) (2014 Non-album singles).
Other charted songs
“Dreams” (featuring Ed Sheeran) (2015 Album The Long Way Home). “The Long Way Home” (featuring Derrick Morgan) (2015 Album The Long Way Home).
Night To Remember Tour (2016). Tinie Tempah Demonstration tour (Supporting act) (2014). Young Kingz show live (2013). Devlin tour (Supporting act) (2012). Skepta Wedding Bells tour (Supporting act) (2011).