Knucks is a 28-year-old British-Nigerian rapper and record producer from Kilburn, North West London. He is popularly known for his jaw-dropping tracks like “Los Pollos Hermanos,” “Home,” “Leon the Professional” and many others.
|Full Name||Ashley Afamefuna Nwachukwu|
|Age||28 years old|
|Birth Date||November 12, 1994|
|Birth Place||Kilburn, North West London|
|Profession||Rapper & Record producer|
Knucks Early Life & Background
Knucks was born Ashley Afamefuna Nwachukwu on November 12, 1994 in London, and is of Nigerian Igbo descent. As of 2023, he is 28 years old.
According to wikipedia Knucks is said to have developed interest in grime music in the early 2000s. This passion led him to engage in 8-bar relay performances with his friends, both during and after school.
In his eighth year of schooling, Knucks attended a Nigerian boarding school where his love for music grew.
Upon returning to London at the age of 14, Knucks had a musical revelation when he discovered the works of Nas, particularly the iconic “Illmatic” album, and Curren$y’s music.
At the tender age of 16 or 17, Knucks took his first step into performing in front of an audience. This momentous occasion took place at an open mic night hosted by Regent Studios in South Kilburn.
In 2014, Knucks marked his entry into the music scene with the release of his debut mixtape, “Killmatic.” The title cleverly played on his hometown of Kilburn and paid homage to Nas’ iconic album “Illmatic.” Building on this momentum, he dropped the track “21 Candles” on SoundCloud in the following year.
This song served as a modest breakthrough for Knucks, and its music video premiered on SB.TV in March 2016. Over the span of 2015 to 2018, Knucks consistently released a series of singles including noteworthy tracks like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Turnover,” “Vows,” and the single “Hooper,” which featured Not3s.
In 2019, Knucks took a significant step in his career by signing a record deal with Young Entrepreneurs Records and Island Records. This partnership led to the release of his debut extended play (EP) titled “NRG 105” in May of the same year. Notably, “Home,” the closing track of the EP, achieved a Silver certification by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in 2023.
However, in 2020, Knucks made the decision to return to an independent path, parting ways with the record label. He subsequently released his second EP, “London Class,” in September 2020. This project drew inspiration from the South Korean television series “Itaewon Class” and boasted twelve tracks, including skits, with guest appearances from artists like Sam Wise, KXYZ, Loyle Carner, Venna, and Kadiata.
Knucks continued his upward trajectory in 2021 with the release of “Los Pollos Hermanos,” a single inspired by the fictional fast-food restaurant chain from “Breaking Bad.” The single represented a significant breakthrough in his career and received a Silver certification from the BPI.
In May 2022, Knucks released his highly anticipated debut album, “Alpha Place.” This album featured guest appearances from notable artists such as SL, Youngs Teflon, M1llionz, Sainté, and Stormzy. Additionally, the hit single “Los Pollos Hermanos” was included as a bonus track.
Seven months later, in December 2022, a deluxe version of “Alpha Place” was unveiled, featuring the previously released track “Lucious” with Kwengface and a new addition titled “Don’t Look Up.” Notably, “Alpha Place” was also awarded a Silver certification by the BPI in July 2023, further cementing Knucks’ status as a rising star in the music industry.
As of 2023, Knucks has an estimated net worth value of $2.5 million approximately.