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

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