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He's the man that influenced Drake's 'Take Care' album and has made waves in the music industry since the release of his debut single 'The Wave' three years ago. Now featuring on Tujamo and Plastik Funk's big new track 'Dr Who,' we've decided to take a closer look at Sneakbo...
The South London rapper teamed up with Tujamo and Plastik Funk for their explosive new single 'Dr Who', it's already a favourite on the Capital XTRA playlists and is set for release on 23rd March via 3 Beat Records.
Sneakbo's musical influences are quite diverse, his parents come from Lagos and he was reared on Afrobeat and Caribbean music as well as Tupac and 50 Cent, Nigerian superstar D'Banj and metalheads Linkin Park.
Released in 2011, Sneakbo's debut single 'The Wave' peaked at number 48 on the UK Singles Chart and at number 11 on the UK Dance Chart. The official music video has had over 2.2 million YouTube views to date.
In 2012 Sneakbo provided a remix for D'Banj's popular afrobeat track 'Oliver Twist' which landed at number nine in the UK chart. The Jetski Wave rapper's take on the track proved popular and gave him further recognition.
Sneakbo's second single 'Zim Zimma' reached number 35 on the UK singles chart and number 9 on the UK dance chart, the rapper was making progress in getting his music heard.
Since setting up his official YouTube page at the end of 2010 Sneakbo's had an impressive 25 million YouTube views altogether, including over one million on the official video for 'Zim Zimma.'
Sneakbo has gained attention in the press for narrowly missing out on a jail sentence around the same time 'The Wave' was released, and for reportedly spending three months in prison in 2012. In an interview, Sneakbo commented; "It showed me that the road I was walking down really wasn’t worth it. Now I’ve seen what I can achieve from music, I’d rather stick to it and just stay positive".
Drake has revealed that he is a big fan of the UK rapper; "What I loved is that he was rapping over dancehall beats" he said in a past interview with Capital XTRA's Max. Drizzy revealed the Sneakbo's tunes inspired his own ones on his 'Take Care' album.
On the future, Sneakbo said; "I just want to be successful and make sure I can help my mum and my friends if they are in trouble. I want to be a big star, but I’m not really after the fame to be honest".