A life of grime pays for Jaykae
Birmingham Grime MC Jaykae is one to watch. With millions of views on YouTube and huge numbers streaming his tracks on Spotify, the English Midlander wordsmith is more than just a rapper. As he puts his home city firmly on the music map, it's a good time to check him out when you buy and sell Jaykae tickets at StubHub.
Jaykae - 'the essential voice of Birmingham'
Jaykae is the stage name of Janum Khan, who only started to take music seriously in his late teens. As a boy, he wanted to be a footballer. Hailing from Birmingham's Small Heath area, he is a Birmingham City FC supporter. Jaykae is keen to promote this tolerant, multi-cultural area of England's second city. He represented the city as one of the captains in Red Bull Studio's Grime-a-Side contest held in London, in which Grime MCs battle it out verbally for their regional bragging rights. Grime is electronic dance music developed from garage and jungle. "It's quite gritty," he says of his music. "An urban sound." His best-known songs are Toothache and Moscow, both from the Where Have You Been? recording. It came after he put out an EP entitled A Bite to Eat, followed by the Froggy EP, a collaboration with fellow grime artist Dapz OTM. Toothache reached a wider audience when it featured on the American crime television series Power, produced by US rapper 50 Cent. Get your own 50 cents-worth when you buy and sell Jaykae tickets at StubHub.
A bite to eat with Jaykae
Jaykae is clearly close to his fans. He treated a whole group of them to a free meal at Birmingham's Grand Central Nando's. It was a way of giving something back to them, he said. He released a cover of Cameo's Candy, and has also appeared at the Glastonbury festival, MADE, Reading, Creamfields and Wireless. After supporting Skepta on his Konnichiwa tour, her performed with Stormzy at a live gig. A creative collaboration with fellow Brummies Mike Skinner and The Streets produced the tracks CCTV and Boys Will be Boys. Jaykae's first solo headline live tour took in venues in Manchester, London and Birmingham. On the video for Moscow, he and Bowzer Boss dressed up in Peaky Blinders flat caps and rode horses, paying homage to the stylish Small Heath-based television crime drama. As Jaykae bids to boost the image of Birmingham, he also hails fellow Midlander and rap star Jorja Smith, from Walsall, as a rising star. Follow his progress when you buy and sell Jaykae tickets at StubHub.
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