UK Hip Hop stars Krept and Konan have been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to music and the community in hometown of Croydon.
Krept and Konan, real names Casyo Johnson and Karl Wilson, both awarded the British Empire Medal for services to music and the community in Croydon, London. A total of 537 people received an award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. This year, the Honours included the rap duo.
Last year, both Krept & Konan teamed up with BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Target to front The Rap Game UK. Mentoring unsigned MC’s, the winner world have a recording contract with Krept & Konan’s label, Play Dirty. Eventually, London rapper Kiico came out on top, signing to the duo’s label. He recently teamed up with them on Blue Story track “Greazy”. As a result of the success of the first series, another series will start at the end of October.
Its efforts like this during the careers of both Krept and Konan why they received the BEM. They’ve repeatedly helped the careers of young and up-and-coming artists in London and across the UK.
Proud of their South London roots, Krept and Konan have boosted the UK Hip Hop game over the last decade. Becoming household names has provided them with a platform to make a change to the community that they come from. Speaking to the Guardian in 2019, Konan touched on the positives of Hip Hop success. “Since me and Krept started making money from music, we’ve opened our own after-school program Positive Direction and our own restaurant, Crepes & Cones, in Croydon. We employ around 50 people at any one time. These are people from our local community, some of whom could otherwise be leading very different lives right now.”