This week on #AOTW, it’s all about British-Nigerian Artiste ‘KSI’

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Olajide Olayinka Williams “JJ” Olatunji born 19 June 1993), better known as KSI, is an English YouTuber, internet personality, singer and rapper. In 2019, he was ranked second by The Sunday Times in its list of the top 100 UK influencers. He is also part of the British YouTube group known as the Sidemen.

 

As a YouTuber: KSI registered his first account on YouTube under the username “JideJunior” in 2008 while in his early teens.  He registered his current YouTube account on 24 July 2009 under the name KSIOlajideBT, where he uploaded gaming–commentary videos of the FIFA video game series from his bedroom at his parents’ house in Watford. He dropped out of sixth form college to pursue his YouTube career once he was earning steady monthly revenue from his uploads. In an interview in 2014, he recounted asking his teacher whether he should drop-out. His teacher asked how much KSI was making from YouTube, to which KSI answered, “around £1,500 a month”, which was more than his teacher earned. His parents initially disapproved, but later became supportive and featured in a number of his videos.

 

As An Artist: Having written and produced comedy–rap songs for his YouTube channel in 2011, KSI released his debut single, “Lamborghini”, featuring British grime MC P Money, on 23 March 2015, with Dcypha Productions. The song charted at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart.

 

No. 4. Lamborghini feat. P Money: Produced by DJ Turkish. The song was released for digital download and streaming on 23 March 2015 by Dcypha Productions as a standalone single. The song charted at number 30 in the United Kingdom and number 61 in Ireland. An accompanying music video was released on 25 March 2015.

 

KSI is also recognized as a boxer who as in previous times participated in fights both as an amateur and as a professional.

 

In 2018 (amateur)
KSI vs. Joe Weller: with KSI winning.

In 2018 (amateur)
KSI vs. Logan Paul I. Serving as their first fight. It ended in a majority voting it as a draw.

 

In 2019 (Professional)
KSI vs. Logan Paul II. There was a re-match of both YouTubers and it ended with KSI winning.

 

No. 3. Keep Up feat. JME: Off his debut extended play (EP), Keep Up. The song was originally released in 2015 before the EP’s release in 2016. It was produced by Sway and Show N Prove. The song has 41 Million Views on youtube.

 

No. 2. Lose feat. Lil Wayne: The song was released through RBC Records and BMG on 6 August 2021. The two artists wrote the song with producer Digital Farm Animals and songwriters S-X, Benjamin Samama, David Snyder, Peter Jideonwo, and Ivory Scott.

 

KSI has two albums:
– Dissimulation: Released in May, 2020
– All Over the place: Released in July, 2021

…and Four EPs;

  • Keep Up – 2016
  • Jump Around – 2016
  • Space – 2017
  • Disstrackions – 2017

 

No. 1. Holiday: Off his second studio album All Over the Place (2021). It was released for digital download and streaming by RBC Records and BMG on 18 June 2021 as the fourth single from the album. An accompanying music video was released on the same day. Its video has over 23 Million Views on YouTube.

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