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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.   Comb 60's
  7.   Chapter II to Inspire
  8.   Rock Music
  9.   One Million
  10.   Emotions
  11.   Night by Coki
  12.   Baltimore Clap
  13.   Broken Dubstep
  14.   Katy on a Mission
  15.   We're Coming Out
  16.   Getting 42
  17.   Waiting by Happiness
  18.   High Speed by P-Money
  19.   Higher by Autumn Rowe
  20.   Waiting featuring Adegbenga Adejumo
  21.   Running
  22.   High Speed featuring Adegbenga Adejumo
  23.   Warzone
  24.   To Hell and Back
  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.   Roller
  34.   Two
  35.   One
  36.   Chemical Compound
  37.   I Come from London
  38.   The Future
  39.   The Chant
  40.   Descending
  41.   808
  42.   Buzzin'
  43.   Better
  44.   Loose Synths
  45.   The Cut
  46.   Crunked Up
  47.   Light Bulb
  48.   Someone 20
  49.   B4 the Dual
  50.   Zero M2
  51.   Night
  52.   Electro West
  53.   Break Out The System
  54.   Transformers
  55.   Eyetunes
  56.   3 Minutes
  57.   E Trips
  58.   Killers About
  59.   Don't Wanna
  60.   On The Edge
  61.   Your Band (Descending)
  62.   Pleasure
  63.   Go Tell Them
  64.   Higher featuring Adegbenga Adejumo
  65.   Benga's Off His Head
  66.   Night

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