Skepta, the entrepreneur who helped start Ed Sheeran’s musical career, died at the age of 31.
Jamal Edwards, a British entrepreneur and YouTube sensation, died at the age of 31, according to his company.
He was the originator of SBTV, an online urban music platform that enabled musicians such as Dave, Ed Sheeran, and Skepta establish their careers.
“RIP Jamal Edwards, west London legend status,” tweeted AJ Tracey, one of the first to pay respect online.
Edwards, who was born in Luton, was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to music.
He also became an ambassador for the Prince of Wales’s Prince’s Trust, a youth organisation that assists young people in starting their own businesses.
He was rumored to have performed as a DJ at a gig in north London on Saturday night after attending the Brit Awards earlier this month. Additional than the fact that he died on a Sunday morning, no other information concerning his death has been disclosed.
Many artists in the two genres have paid tribute to Edwards, a pioneering figure in British rap and grime music.
Lady Leshurr, a rapper, called his death “heartbreaking” and thanked him for assisting her career.
“From Brum to London, he provided me opportunity after opportunity to display my talent.” She wrote, “We need to keep his name and brand alive.”
The Mobo Awards’ organizers stated they were “very grieved” to learn of Edwards’ death in a tweet.
“His revolutionary work & legacy in British music and culture will live on as the founder of @SBTVonline,” the statement continued. His friends and family are in our hearts and minds.”
One of the talents that SBTV has enabled to attain popularity is Birmingham-based rapper Jaykae. His videos have been shown on SBTV for more than a decade, despite the fact that he only broke through to mainstream chart success two years ago as the featured rapper on the Top 20 single Flowers.
“I think I can speak for us all as artists and lovers of the UK grime/rap culture when I say I owe this man so much!” Jaykae tweeted, describing Edwards as a “great.” Sometimes without even mentioning anything, he aided me.”
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, stated on Twitter that “one of Britain’s greatest talents” has died.
Among those who paid tribute online were rapper Dave, actor and filmmaker Adam Deacon, and the Voice, a monthly journal that covers the concerns of British-born black people.