Their first mixtape, 's Tsunami, was relatively well received with 2, sold and an estimated 60, illegal downloads. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook is what's sold this mixtape. Undeterred, they released another cover, Drake's The Motto. I basically ticked all of the boxes that said we owned the copyright, not having a clue that it would be an issue," admits Krept.
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The video received an incredible 5m views in five days, before pressure from Jay Z's legal team forced them to take it down. Though he refused to give a testimony, it emerged during the trial that Thomas was jealous that Konan had been dating his ex-girlfriend.
First, they restricted what could be heard ahead of release. So just how did two little-known MCs galvanise teenage music fans, a group now renowned for their reluctance to buy records?
Krept and Konan: the secrets of Young Kingz' success
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Konan's stepfather, Carlton Ned, attempted to protect his wife and stepson from the bullets but was shot in the chest. And it gave them the momentum they needed. They looked online at iTunes; they were No1 on the hip-hop charts and No 10 overall, several spaces ahead of another, slightly more famous rap duo: Their first mixtape, 's Tsunami, was relatively well received with 2, sold and an estimated 60, illegal downloads. In August, konxn after Thomas was sentenced, the youmg released the disturbingly evocative My Story, which describes the shooting in stark detail.
Undeterred, they released another cover, Drake's The Motto. Unlike Rizzle Kicks, whose campaign included pop-up stores around the country with the artists manning the till, south Londoners Krept and Konan had barely done any promo.
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Even now, there are no snippets on iTunes, and they made only two videos. It's been about word of mouth. They're indifferent about signing a deal, pointing out that the indie route is serving them just fine for now. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook kfept what's sold this mixtape. Young Kingz might not be the most PC listen, but its lack of irreverent EDM or indeed any cynical bandwagon jumping speaks volumes to their small-but-dedicated fanbase.
Order by kkngz oldest recommendations. Four months earlier, on 1 Julymasked gunmen burst into the Thornton Heath home of Konan's mother, Donna Michael, and shot her in the leg. There are no Krept and Konan shops. So what's next for this polite, softly spoken duo?
You won't see their banner on the iTunes main page or hear them on Radio 1. The pair, who met as teenagers, began rapping in Skepta says he took Krept and Konan on tour because he could tell they were both hardworking and talented.
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I basically ticked all of the boxes that said we owned the copyright, not having a clue that it would be an issue," admits Krept. Show 25 25 50 All.
Despite efforts kiingz revive him, he died at the scene. We've also had a lot of Twitter support from artists like Wretch 32, Tinie Tempah youbg Professor Green, who has nearly two million followers. Three days later, the pair received notification from their distributors, Absolute, that the album was at No 8 in the midweeks.
Last month, Christopher Thomas was found guilty of Ned's murder and sentenced to a minimum of 35 years in jail.