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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.   Killers About
  7.   I Will Never Change
  8.   The Cut
  9.   Rock Music
  10.   To Hell and Back
  11.   Roller
  12.   Broken Dubstep
  13.   We're Coming Out
  14.   High Speed by P-Money
  15.   Chapter II to Inspire
  16.   The Future
  17.   One Million
  18.   Benga's Off His Head
  19.   Light Bulb
  20.   B4 the Dual
  21.   Pleasure
  22.   There's No Soul
  23.   Night by Coki
  24.   Katy on a Mission
  25.   Break Out The System
  26.   Waiting by Happiness
  27.   Higher by Autumn Rowe
  28.   Running
  29.   High Speed featuring Adegbenga Adejumo
  30.   Warzone
  31.   Higher featuring Adegbenga Adejumo
  32.   Choose 1
  33.   Forefather
  34.   Click and Tap
  35.   Yellow
  36.   Pour Your Love
  37.   Two
  38.   Transformers
  39.   On The Edge
  40.   I Come from London
  41.   Buzzin'
  42.   Loose Synths
  43.   Night
  44.   Don't Wanna
  45.   E Trips
  46.   Waiting featuring Adegbenga Adejumo
  47.   Open Your Eyes
  48.   One
  49.   Electro West
  50.   Chemical Compound
  51.   Night
  52.   Your Band (Descending)
  53.   The Chant
  54.   Eyetunes
  55.   Descending
  56.   Baltimore Clap
  57.   808
  58.   Better
  59.   3 Minutes
  60.   Emotions
  61.   Go Tell Them
  62.   Crunked Up
  63.   Zero M2
  64.   Comb 60's
  65.   Getting 42
  66.   Someone 20

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