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One of the major names in the world of dubstep, producer Benga was born Beni Uthman in East London. His parents eventually moved to the suburb of Croydon, where a young Benga would fiddle with his radio every night, looking for pirate radio stations and taking in all sorts of fringe music. He first began making tracks on his PlayStation game system, then graduated to digital audio workstation Fruity Loops when his parents bought him a computer. Hearing the dark work of 2-step producer Wookie inspired him to join part of the grime/garage scene that would eventually evolve into dubstep. Hanging out at the Big Apple Records store in Croydon introduced him to fellow dubstep producer Skream. When the store began its own label, Benga released his debut 12", "Skank," in late 2002. A co-production with Skream called "The Judgement" appeared on Big Apple in early 2003, and then Benga began his own label -- Benga Beats -- and released the three-track 12" Benga Beats, Vol. 1 in 2004. A couple 12"s for the Planet Mu label landed before Benga Beats released his full-length debut, Newstep, in 2006. By now radio DJs and tastemakers like Mary Anne Hobbs and François K were singing his praises, putting Benga in the company of dubstep's favorite, Burial. In 2007 he moved to the Tempa label and issued the singles "Crunked Up" and "Night," the latter a collaboration with Coki. Both tracks ended up on his 2008 album, Diary of an Afro Warrior. While he issued several 12" releases and mixtapes and played live for the next five years, Benga's next album didn't appear until the winter of 2013; it was appropriately titled Chapter II. ~ David Jeffries
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  1.   Song
  2.   26 Basslines
  3.   Smile
  4.   Little Bits
  5.   Stop Watching
  6.   Transformers
  7.   Getting 42
  8.   Choose 1
  9.   Forefather
  10.   Yellow
  11.   Night
  12.   Night by Coki
  13.   Pour Your Love
  14.   Break Out The System
  15.   Waiting by Happiness
  16.   Higher by Autumn Rowe
  17.   Running
  18.   Chapter II to Inspire
  19.   Warzone
  20.   To Hell and Back
  21.   There's No Soul
  22.   I Will Never Change
  23.   Click and Tap
  24.   Chemical Compound
  25.   On The Edge
  26.   I Come from London
  27.   808
  28.   Better
  29.   3 Minutes
  30.   The Cut
  31.   Go Tell Them
  32.   B4 the Dual
  33.   Zero M2
  34.   Comb 60's
  35.   The Chant
  36.   E Trips
  37.   Katy on a Mission
  38.   Don't Wanna
  39.   We're Coming Out
  40.   High Speed by P-Money
  41.   Higher featuring Adegbenga Adejumo
  42.   Open Your Eyes
  43.   Roller
  44.   Two
  45.   One
  46.   Night
  47.   Your Band (Descending)
  48.   Rock Music
  49.   Eyetunes
  50.   Descending
  51.   Baltimore Clap
  52.   Loose Synths
  53.   Pleasure
  54.   Crunked Up
  55.   Someone 20
  56.   Killers About
  57.   High Speed featuring Adegbenga Adejumo
  58.   The Future
  59.   One Million
  60.   Light Bulb
  61.   Benga's Off His Head
  62.   Buzzin'
  63.   Electro West
  64.   Broken Dubstep
  65.   Waiting featuring Adegbenga Adejumo

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