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

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