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Chip

Born 26 November 1990.

The rapper formerly known as Chipmunk

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Chip - Fire in the Booth

Charlie replays a classic Fire in the Booth from Chip.

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Biography

Jahmaal Bailey (born 26 November 1990), known by his stage name Chip (formerly Chipmunk), is an English rapper and songwriter from Tottenham, London. He signed a record deal with Columbia Records of Sony Music UK. He has successfully released five top-ten hits on the UK Singles Chart, of which "Oopsy Daisy" debuted at number-one. He released his debut album, I Am Chipmunk in 2009, which charted at number-two on the UK Albums Chart. His follow-up debut album, Transition was released on 18 April 2011.

In 2008, Chipmunk was nominated for best newcomer at the MOBO Awards, winning two awards: Best UK Newcomer and Best Hip-Hop act. He also won Best Hip-Hop Act at the MOBO Awards 2009. He also won an award with Emeli Sandé for Best British Single for their song "Diamond Rings". The same year Chipmunk won an Mp3 Award at Mp3 Music Awards 2009 for his single, "Diamond Rings", which was published and promoted by MTV Network. On 13 January 2012 he announced via Twitter that he had permanently abbreviated his name from Chipmunk to Chip. Chip announced his signing to American rapper T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records in March 2012 after leaving Sony following the shuttering of Jive, Sony Music.

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  1. Review of Transition

    Transition 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Second album from the London rapper has its sights set on stateside success.
  2. Review of I Am Chipmunk

    I Am Chipmunk 2009

    Reviewed by Louis Pattison
    With charm and variety on its side, this deserves to make a dent in the mainstream.
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