Cadet (rapper)

Last updated

Cadet
Cadet December 2018.png
Cadet performing in December 2018
Background information
Birth nameBlaine Cameron Johnson [1]
Born2 March 1990 [2]
Clapham, London, England
Died9 February 2019(2019-02-09) (aged 28)
Betley, Staffordshire, England
Genres
Years active2006–2019
Associated acts Krept and Konan

Blaine Cameron Johnson (2 March 1990 – 9 February 2019), known professionally as Cadet, was an English rapper from Clapham, South-West London.

Clapham district within London Borough of Lambeth, London, England and some areas in the London Borough of Wandsworth

Clapham is a district of south-west London lying mostly within the London Borough of Lambeth, but with some areas extending into the neighbouring London Borough of Wandsworth.

South London Boroughs of South London in England

South London is the southern part of London, England. Situated south of the River Thames, it includes the historic districts of Southwark, Lambeth, Bankside and Greenwich.

Contents

The younger cousin of Krept, Johnson began pursuing a solo career as a rapper in 2015, releasing a number of freestyles through YouTube outlets such as OSM Vision [3] and Link Up TV. [4] [5] His debut project, The Commitment , was released in 2016, followed by The Commitment 2 the following year. [6] [7] [8] He is perhaps best known for his single "Advice" featuring Deno, which peaked at number 14 on the UK Top 40. [9]

YouTube video-sharing service owned by Google

YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries.

Link Up TV is a music promotional platform based in London, United Kingdom. It currently has the second largest rap-based promotional YouTube channel in the United Kingdom after SB.TV with over 9000 videos uploaded, 1 million subscribers and 1.2 billion views. The site is owned by Rashid Kasirye and Enea Tanku, with the YouTube channel being launched in 2008 and the company being incorporated in 2012.

<i>The Commitment</i> (EP)

The Commitment is the debut extended play by English rapper Cadet. It was released on February 19, 2016 via digital download. The EP has features from Donae'o, Konan and Tis Rome. It was the first commercial release by the rapper.

Johnson was killed in a car accident while travelling to a gig in Betley, Staffordshire on 9 February 2019. [1] [10] [11] [12]

Betley village in United Kingdom

Betley is a village and civil parish in the Newcastle district of Staffordshire, England, about halfway between Newcastle-under-Lyme and Nantwich. Betley forms a continual linear settlement with Wrinehill.

Staffordshire County of England

Staffordshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands of England. It borders with Cheshire to the northwest, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to the east, Warwickshire to the southeast, West Midlands and Worcestershire to the south, and Shropshire to the west.

Career

Gipset (2006–2014)

Cadet first became known for his association with Krept and Konan's Gipset crew in 2006, frequently appearing in music videos for the group's freestyles. Cadet released his first commercial mixtape, Are You Ready, on 4 April 2008. [13] The Gipset crew garnered a considerable following across social media toward the end of 2010 through their freestyles about gang life and London living. Gipset broke up in 2013 after Krept and Konan signed their major label deal, and all other members focused on their solo careers. [14]

Krept and Konan are an English rap duo from London, consisting of Casyo "Krept" Johnson, born 4 February 1990 from Gipsy Hill and Karl "Konan" Wilson, born 3 September 1989 from Thornton Heath, the son of Delroy Wilson otherwise known as 'Jamaica's first child star'. Their first major release was the mixtape Young Kingz, released on 2 September 2013. As of 3 May 2013, Krept and Konan signed a record deal with Virgin EMI Records.

Solo career (2015–2019)

Cadet began pursuing a solo career in 2015, and released his first freestyle, "Slut", via OSM Vision [15] to YouTube in July 2015. The song was popular, and had received over 3.1 million views as of February 2019. [16] The following month, Cadet was selected by Link Up TV to appear on their Behind Barz freestyle series, and his freestyle was uploaded to YouTube on 17 August 2015, [17] receiving 2.3 million views as of February 2019. [18] The freestyle attracted praise from American media outlet Complex , who called it "storytelling at its finest" and "better than some rappers' whole mixtape". [19]

<i>Complex</i> (magazine) magazine

Complex is an American New York-based media platform for youth culture which was founded as a bi-monthly magazine by fashion designer Marc (Ecko) Milecofsky. Complex reports on trends in style, pop culture, music, sports and sneakers with a focus on streetwear, sneaker culture, hip hop, and graphic art. Complex reached over 90 million unique users per month in 2013, across its owned and operated and partner sites, socials and YouTube channels. The magazine ceased publication with the December 2016/January 2017 issue.

Cadet's debut EP, The Commitment , was released in 2016. [20] The EP has features from Donae'o, Konan and Tis Rome. [21] [22] It was the first commercial release by the rapper. [23] Cadet received considerable recognition after releasing "Letter to Krept" in 2016. In "Letter to Krept", Cadet reaches out to communicate with his cousin Krept about a misunderstanding between the pair. Cadet explains their story together, describing the principal events which lead to the distance between them at the point of this song’s release. [24] Krept consequently released "Letter to Cadet" to share his side of the story. The single "Corn" featuring Big Tobz was released in December 2016. [25]

Ian Greenidge, better known by his stage name Donae'o, is an English singer and rapper from North-West London.

Cadet released his sophomore EP The Commitment 2 , a sequel to his first release, in 2017. [26] The EP featured guest appearances from Konan and Ghetts, as well as vocals from Shakka. [27]

On 29 August 2018, Cadet released the single "Advice" featuring Deno. It was his first charting single, initially peaking at number 27 on the UK Top 40, [28] and receiving over 18 million views on YouTube as of February 2019. The song was initially a freestyle which took place in Cadet's car before it was released as a single. [29] His second charting single, "Pumpy", was released on 26 October 2018. The single was produced by Da Beatfreakz and had vocals from Swarmz and AJ & Deno. [30] "Trendy" featuring Ay Em and Tion Wayne was released in December 2018. This would be the last single released during his lifetime.

Personal life

Johnson was the cousin of fellow rapper Krept, [1] and the two spent much of their childhood growing up together. [31] Johnson converted to Islam at the age of 15 and mentioned his faith numerous times in his music. [32] [33] [34]

Death

On 9 February 2019, Johnson and three friends were en route to a gig at Keele University in Staffordshire when their Toyota Prius taxicab collided with a Vauxhall Combo in Betley, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) from the venue. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, while his friends and the drivers of both vehicles were treated for injuries. [1] [10] [11] [35]

Many of Johnson's contemporaries took to social media to pay tribute. Krept said he was "devastated and broken", and announced that a public tribute would take place the following day in Hyde Park, London. [36] [37] Deno released a tribute for Cadet titled "First Days" on 13 February 2019. [38]

Discography

Extended plays

Singles

Filmography

Television
YearShowRoleNotes
2018Shiro's StoryKyronPart 2-3 (Short YouTube Series) [41]

Related Research Articles

MOBO Awards

The MOBO Awards stands for "Music of Black Origin" and was established in 1996 by Kanya King and Andy Ruffell. The MOBO Award show is held annually in the United Kingdom. Since its inception in 1996, the MOBO Awards has become one of Europe’s biggest and most influential music award ceremonies, celebrating excellence in black music in the UK and internationally for more than 20 years in the musical fields of hip-hop, grime, RnB, soul, reggae, jazz, gospel, and African music. The MOBO Awards are seen as a UK equivalent to the BET Awards and Soul Train Awards.

"Who Am I ", or simply "Who Am I", is a reggae single released by dancehall artist Beenie Man in 1998. It is the second track on his album Many Moods of Moses released in 1997.

Chip (rapper) English rapper, and songwriter

Jahmaal Fyffe, better known by his stage name Chip, is an English rapper from Tottenham, North London. In 2009, he released his debut album, I Am Chipmunk, featuring four songs which peaked in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, including the chart-topping "Oopsy Daisy". In 2011, Chipmunk released his follow-up album, the American hip hop-influenced Transition. It included the single "Champion" featuring Chris Brown, which peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Aaron London is a British singer, songwriter, producer & rapper. Aaron London first started singing and producing beats at the age of 13 after learning to play the piano and electric guitar during his childhood. His production credits include Channel AKA's #1 Urban hit 'Think' by Intact.

<i>Happy Birthday</i> (mixtape) mixtape released by British rapper Tinie Tempah

Happy Birthday is the fourth mixtape released by British rapper Tinie Tempah. The mixtape was released for free download on December 16, 2011 on Disturbing London Records - featuring production from 3Mindz, S-X, Wizzy Wow and Stargate. The mixtape title is Happy Birthday because the mixtape came into production around Tempah's 23rd birthday. Tracks "Like It or Love It", "Lucky Cunt" and "Till I'm Gone (Remix)" were leaked prior to the mixtape release to create buzz, with "Like It or Love It" receiving minor radio airplay. Happy Birthday features British rappers Chipmunk, Giggs, Wretch 32, G-Frsh, Tinchy Stryder and Krept and Konan, including a variety of American rappers; Soulja Boy, J. Cole and Big Sean, along with Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T and Jim Jones on the "Till I'm Gone" remix. British vocalist J. Warner also makes a guest appearance.

<i>Young Kingz</i> album by Krept and Konan

Young Kingz is the third mixtape by the English hip hop duo Krept and Konan. The mixtape was released on 2 September 2013 on Play Dirty. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number 19 and the UK R&B Chart at number three.

KSI (entertainer) British YouTube personality, rapper, actor, and white collar boxer

Olajide William "JJ" Olatunji, better known as KSI, is a British YouTube personality, internet celebrity, comedian, actor, rapper and white-collar boxer. After establishing himself on his YouTube channel, which, as of November 2018, has more than four billion video views and more than 19 million subscribers to make it the 65th most subscribed channel on YouTube, he has also become well known for his music. KSI released his debut extended play, Keep Up, in 2016, reaching number one on the UK R&B Albums Chart as well as charting in several other countries.

All Day (Kanye West song) Kanye West song

"All Day" is a single by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West. The song features Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney and was produced by West, Puff Daddy, French Montana, Velous, Charlie Heat, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Plain Pat, Travis Scott, Allen Ritter, and Mario Winans. Initially leaked in August 2014, it was released on March 2, 2015 as a non-album single. "All Day" contains an interpolation from "Dance with Me" by Jamaican singer Noel Ellis. The music video was announced in March 2015, premiered in July and released in February 2016. The song was certified Gold and Silver in the United States and United Kingdom respectively. It received nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Blade Brown is an English rapper best known for his Bags and Boxes mixtape trilogy and Financial Times. XXL has compared his style to that of early Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane.

<i>The Long Way Home</i> (Krept and Konan album) album by Krept and Konan

The Long Way Home is the debut studio album by English rappers Krept and Konan. Originally scheduled for release on 6 July 2015, the album was released a day early on 5 July 2015 by Play Dirty, Virgin EMI and Def Jam. The album features guest appearances from British singers Emeli Sandé, Rebecca Garton and Ed Sheeran, American singer Jeremih, American rappers Rick Ross, YG and Wiz Khalifa, British rapper Skepta and Derrick Morgan. The title, artwork and release date was published on 23 March 2015 via Twitter.

Courtney Freckleton , better known by his stage name Nines, is an English rapper from Harlesden, North West London. After releasing a string of mixtapes between 2011 and 2015, Nines signed to XL Recordings and released his debut album One Foot Out (2017), which charted in the top 4 of the UK Albums Chart. He later released a short film entitled ‘Crop Circle’ two days after this he released an album under the same name of the film on 20 April 2018. With features from artists such as Dave (rapper), Skrapz, Yung Fume, Sl, Ray BLK and Haile from WSTRN.

Mans Not Hot Big Shaq song

"Man's Not Hot" is a novelty song by English comedian Michael Dapaah, released under the name Big Shaq. It samples an instrumental by GottiOnEm and Mazza, which was first used on 86's "Lurk" and later on "Let's Lurk" by 67 featuring Giggs. The song saw commercial success, peaking at number three in the United Kingdom. The song has been certified platinum in the UK by the BPI, indicating 600,000 combined sales and streams. The music video has also gained over 300 million views on YouTube.

Clive James Brooks, better known by his stage name Yungen, is an English rapper, singer and songwriter from Herne Hill, South London. Yungen gained initial recognition for his 2011 F64 freestyle video for SB.TV, and by 2015 had been nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards. Although often labelled as a grime artist, Yungen has taken inspiration from numerous music genres, from rap to R&B, and enjoys experimenting with other styles in his music. Yungen's most successful song to date is "Bestie" featuring Yxng Bane, which reached the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart in October 2017 and became his first platinum single in February 2018.

Steel Banglez

Steel Banglez is a English producer and solo artist who is signed to Warner Bros. Records. Best known for his production work with artists including Mist, MoStack, J Hus and Wiley, Steel Banglez achieved his first chart hit as a lead artist when his track "Bad" reached the top 30 on the UK Singles Chart in February 2018.

DigDat is an English drill rapper from Lewisham, South London. His single "Airforce" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 93 in September 2018. The track then peaked at number 20 in December following the release of the remix featuring Krept and Konan and K-Trap, which was the first time a drill track had entered the top 20.

Advice (song)

"Advice" is a song by English rapper Cadet. It was released on 28 August 2018 as his first single and features vocals from Deno Driz. The song peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart in February 2019 following Cadet's death; it had previously reached number one on the UK Independent Singles Breakers Chart in September 2018. The song has since amassed over 18 million views on YouTube. The song mentions English footballer Dele Alli where the two rappers are seen depicting the Dele Alli signature celebration in the album art.

Pumpy

"Pumpy" is a song by Da Beatfreakz featuring Cadet, AJ & Deno and Swarmz. It was released on 26 October 2018 and peaked at number 70 on the UK Singles Chart.

<i>The Commitment 2</i>

The Commitment 2 is the second and final extended play by English rapper Cadet. It was released on July 21, 2017 via digital download. The EP has features from Konan, Ghetts, Sangeet, and Shakka.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "UK rapper Cadet dies in car crash". BBC News. 9 February 2019.
  2. "TALLY on Instagram: "You are all welcome. We are paying a tribute Tomorrow 3pm at Hyde Park. Much love ❤️"". Instagram. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  3. "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CADET TALKS ABOUT HIS RISE AS A LYRICAL GRIME EMCEE" . Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  4. Kreps, Daniel; Kreps, Daniel (7 July 2018). "Watch Drake Deliver New 'Behind Barz' Freestyle" . Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  5. "Cadet – Behind Barz | @CallMeCadet | Link Up TV" via YouTube.
  6. Quinn, Dave (9 February 2019). "British Rapper Cadet Dies at 28 in Car Accident on His Way to a Performance". People. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  7. Busby, Mattha (9 February 2019). "British rapper Cadet dies in taxi crash on way to gig in Staffordshire". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  8. "The Commitment 2 – Cadet: Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  9. "Who was Cadet, the rising star who tragically died in a taxi on his way to gig?". 9 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  10. 1 2 Smith-Spark, Laura (9 February 2019). "UK rapper Cadet killed in car crash on way to gig". CNN. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  11. 1 2 Busby, Mattha (9 February 2019). "British rapper Cadet dies in taxi crash on way to Staffordshire gig". The Guardian.
  12. "Man who died in Betley collision named – Staffordshire Police". www.staffordshire.police.uk.
  13. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/are-you-ready/279550366
  14. Wilson, Rich. "Cadet: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  15. "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CADET TALKS ABOUT HIS RISE AS A LYRICAL GRIME EMCEE" . Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  16. "Cadet slut freestyle – Video by @1OSMVision [ @CallMeCadet ]" via YouTube.
  17. Kreps, Daniel; Kreps, Daniel (7 July 2018). "Watch Drake Deliver New 'Behind Barz' Freestyle" . Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  18. "Cadet – Behind Barz | @CallMeCadet | Link Up TV" via YouTube.
  19. Patterson, Joseph (18 August 2015). "Cadet's New Freestyle Is Better Than Some Rappers' Whole Mixtape". Complex. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  20. Busby, Mattha (9 February 2019). "British rapper Cadet dies in taxi crash on way to gig in Staffordshire". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  21. http://grimenation.co.uk/cadet-the-commitment-ep/
  22. Busby, Mattha (9 February 2019). "British rapper Cadet dies in taxi crash on way to gig in Staffordshire". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  23. https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-commitment-mw0003180057
  24. https://genius.com/Cadet-letter-to-krept-lyrics
  25. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/corn/1181862055?i=1181862065
  26. Quinn, Dave (9 February 2019). "British Rapper Cadet Dies at 28 in Car Accident on His Way to a Performance". People. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  27. "The Commitment 2 – Cadet: Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  28. 1 2 "Peak Position Top 100 – 2018". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  29. "Who was Cadet, the rising star who tragically died in a taxi on his way to gig?". 9 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  30. ""Pumpy" Peak Position – 2018". Official Charts Company.
  31. TALLY (9 February 2019). "My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I cant believe it. I am heartbroken. Rest in peace cuz. You finally started getting the recognition you deserved. Im so proud of you. My left lung. Im devestated and broken right now pic.twitter.com/125pWPMzO1" . Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  32. "Cadet, the rapper – HNHH – UK" . Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  33. Link Up TV. "Cadet – Behind Barz - @CallMeCadet – Link Up TV" . Retrieved 10 February 2019 via YouTube.
  34. "Cadet, Up-and-Coming British Rapper, Dead at 28 After Car Crash". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  35. "Man who died in Betley collision named – Staffordshire Police". www.staffordshire.police.uk.
  36. Dosani, Rishma (9 February 2019). "'Absolutely broken': Krept leads tributes as cousin and rapper Cadet dies". Metro. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  37. "TALLY on Instagram: "You are all welcome. We are paying a tribute Tomorrow 3pm at Hyde Park. Much love ❤️"". Instagram.
  38. Morales, Lisa (13 February 2019). "DENO UNVEILS HEARTFELT CADET TRIBUTE 'FIRST DAYS'". Linkup TV. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  39. 1 2 "Cadet – Album Discography". AllMusic . Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  40. ""Pumpy" Peak Position – 2018". Official Charts Company.
  41. Mensah, De'Graft (21 September 2018). "Shiro's Story: The UK rap action drama with Netflix potential". Newsbeat. Bbc.co.uk . Retrieved 14 February 2019. It's a gritty UK drama that's had more than 10 million hits and has seen the likes of Not3s and Headie One make their acting debuts.