Central Cee Earns BET Hip-Hop Award Nomination for “Best International Flow”
The U.K. Star is Having a Breakout 2022, Marked by Highlights Like His #1-Charting 23 Mixtape, Smash Hit Single “Doja,” and a Viral L.A. Leakers Freestyle
With Over 150 Million Worldwide Streams and 48 Million Video Views, “Doja” Debuted at #2 On the UK Charts and Currently Sits in Spotify’s Global Top 25
“23 displays just how good Central Cee is in the business of making records.” – The Guardian
“A fast rising voice” – Rolling Stone
“The UK’s new rap superstar” – The Face
A suave demeanor” – Pitchfork
“London’s rapper of the moment” – Evening Standard
“Essential within the scene” – Crack
“Forever-buzzing” – Noisey
“Who is bigger than Central Cee right now?” – NME
“Central Cee deserves his seat at the table.” – Trench
Central Cee is the biggest breakout rap star in the UK, and he’s making impressive inroads into the U.S. market. This week, Central Cee earned his first career nomination at BET Hip-Hop Awards. The Shepherd’s Bush, West London native earned recognition in the Best International Flow category. Hosted by Grammy®-nominated recording artist, actor, entrepreneur, and media personality Fat Joe, the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2022, will tape from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, on Friday, September 30 and will premiere Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 9 PM ET/PT on BET.
Central Cee’s BET Hip-Hop Awards nomination arrives amidst the ascent of his viral hit “Doja.” The track marked a huge moment, as Central Cee became the first ever UK artist to have a video directed by the iconic Cole Bennett, and hosted on Lyrical Lemonade. To date, “Doja” racked up over 150 million streams, and over 48 million views on its YouTube video. The song debuted at #2 on the UK’s Official Charts and it currently sits on the chart at #12. The song is a worldwide smash, marking his highest charting positions in Australia, Germany, Benelux, and more, and reaching Spotify’s Top 10 Daily Plays in 21 markets. The song reached Shazam’s Global Top 100 chart, peaked at #19 on Billboard’s Global 200 songs chart (it currently sits at #45), and tore up TikTok to the tune of over 750k video creations. Cench recently reached the trending charts again with his “LA Leakers Freestyle,” which discussed the differences between U.S. and UK slang.
The 24-year-old artist rides a cresting wave of momentum to his “Still Loading World Tour.” Kicking off in September, the “Still Loading World Tour” starts in the Australia, and continues in the United States, where Cench will perform his first-ever American headlining dates, before heading to Europe on October 31st. The tour culminates in London on November 22nd, as Cench headlines a special show at the historic Alexandra Palace. Several dates, including New York and London, are already sold out, and the rest are selling fast.
With an international appeal and high anticipation around his every move, Central Cee is the UK’s hottest and most followed rapper, with a social audience of over 8 million, and an awe-inspiring 2 Billion global artist streams. Transcending the UK rap scene, 65% of Central Cee’s fans are outside of the UK, with him regularly charting across the globe.
Earlier this year, the West London hailing rapper whipped up a frenzy with the release of his critically acclaimed 23 mixtape – a project that debuted at Number 1 in the UK official charts, and followed on from 2021’s Wild West, which was the highest selling British debut project of the year.
Stay tuned for much more from Central Cee.
September 23 – Melbourne, AU
September 24 – Sydney, AU
October 12 – Chicago, IL, Bottom Lounge
October 13 – Toronto, ON, The Phoenix Concert Theater
October 18 – New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
October 19 – Boston, MA, Brighton Theatre
October 21 – San Francisco, CA, New Parish
October 23 – Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy Theatre
October 31 – Madrid, ES, Sala La Piqui
November 1 – Barcelona, ES, Razzmatazz 2
November 2 – Milan, IT, Fabrique
November 4 – Zurich, CH, Komplex 457
November 5 – Lyon, FR, Le Transbordeur
November 7 – Paris, FR, Le Trianon
November 8 – Esch Alzette, LU, Rockhal
November 10 – Amsterdam, NL, Melkweg
November 11 – Antwerp, BE, Trix
November 13 – Berlin, DE, Heimathafen Neukölln
November 14 – Copenhagen, DK, Vega Main Hall
November 16 – Oslo, NO, Rockefeller
November 17 – Stockholm, SE, Fållan
November 20 – Dublin, IE, 3Olympia Theatre
November 22 – London, UK, Alexandra Palace
Central Cee has an undeniable magnetism. On Christmas Day 2021, in the wake of his enormous Pink Pantheress-sampling single “Obsessed With You,” he released a GRM Daily Duppy (a performance on one of the UK’s most popular street rap platforms), which went on to be the highest charting in history. This year, after a stellar position in 2022’s BBC Sound Poll, Central Cee consequently received an astounding three BRIT Award nominations, for Best New Artist, Best Song, and Best British Hip Hop, Rap, Grime act. Late last year, Central Cee won Best Male Artist and Breakthrough Artist of The Year at the GRM Awards, accolades which add to his already incredible position as Spotify’s Radar Artist and YouTube’s Artist On The Rise, not to mention his recent double gong win at the MOBO Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Drill Act. The young superstar is currently gracing the cover of The Face Magazine, where he reveals the motivations that drive his rapid rise to the top.
Astounding fans and critics alike, CC’s independently released debut mixtape Wild West was the highest selling independent project of 2021 and 2021’s only UK debut project to go Gold. The mixtape landed in the wake of the hugely successful singles “Loading” and “Commitment Issues”, breaking internationally and sending his name reverberating across the globe. Cench has a keen eye for fashion–on his debut tape campaign, Cench collaborated with UK Streetwear brands Corteiz, and Trapstar on merch lines, both of which sold out within 60 minutes. The 23 mixtape campaign follows on in this vein, with CC releasing his own 23 merch, creating a fan-art led physical edition of the tape, and collaborating with Trapstar on a merch line once again.
With co-signs from The Guardian, Pitchfork, NME, Clash, The Face, Complex, Crack, the late Virgil Abloh and other global music icons, Central Cee is taking over, and the 23 mixtape’s arrival is certain to propel him even further on his unparalleled journey.
“LA Leakers Freestyle”: https://cench.lnk.to/Leakers
“Doja” (dir by Cole Bennett): https://cench.lnk.
Buy Central Cee concert tickets: tour.centralcee.com
“Straight Back To It”: https://ada.lnk.to/StraightBackToIt-Vid
“Cold Shoulder”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8efu1VaDk0c
“Retail Therapy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1CbX1k9m5Q
“Obsessed With You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP7KHC129RQ
“Commitment Issues”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbHGtGSwoGA
Wild West: https://ada.lnk.to/Wild-West
“Day In The Life”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq2JJf7jB00