KSI (entertainer)
Get KSI Entertainer essential facts below. View Videos or join the KSI Entertainer discussion. Add KSI Entertainer to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
KSI Entertainer

KSI
KSI, March 3, Weigh in.png
KSI during the weigh-in before boxing match with Joe Weller, February 2018
Born Olajide William Olatunji
(1993-06-19) 19 June 1993 (age 25)
London, England[1][2]
Occupation
YouTube information
Channel
Years active 2008-present
Genre
Subscribers 18.7+ million
Total views 4.1+ billion
Network MakerGen
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers 2011
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg10,000,000 subscribers 2015
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 23 April 2018.
Musical career
Genres
2010-present
Labels
Website ksiofficial.com

Olajide William "JJ" Olatunji (born 19 June 1993),[3][4] better known as KSI (shortened from his online alias KSIOlajideBT), is a British YouTube personality, comedian, actor, rapper and white collar boxer.[5][6]

After establishing himself on his YouTube channel, which, as of April 2018, has reached over four billion video views and more than 18 million subscribers as the 36th most subscribed channel, he has also become well known for his music. KSI released his debut extended play Keep Up in 2016, reaching number one on the UK R&B Albums Chart as well as charting in several other countries.

Career

KSI shooting a video in 2012

YouTube

Before his successful channel, Olajide had a YouTube channel (which is still online) called JideJunior, which he created on 24 April 2008.[7] Olajide opened his current YouTube account on 24 July 2009, with a video about the FIFA video game franchise.[8] According to his website, YouTubers such as Weepeler and Hjerpseth inspired him to start his own YouTube career. His main channel was previously focused on FIFA, although he played other games such as Grand Theft Auto V and other PC-based modifications on his secondary channel (KSIOlajidebtHD).[9] His secondary channel contains videos of him playing more casual, arcade and horror games in a manner similar to that of comedic horseman PewDiePie.

KSI was the centre of a controversy following his actions at a Eurogamer event in 2012,[10][11] raised after he appeared at the Xbox One launch party in London.[12] With the reasoning of the controversy due to supposed sexual harassment of attendees of the event, Microsoft cut ties with the video game commentator, and he was banned for life from the Eurogamer Expo.[13] A message from KSI's manager stated: "Sexism is not something he condones or wants to be associated with. He wishes to apologise for any offence the video of 15 months ago may have caused in the short time it was on his YouTube channel, references to it since and subsequently used by other people. In recent months, he has also been actively avoiding certain content seen in the distant past and wants to be judged on the great content and value he gives to brands and partners, without controversy."[14]

In February 2013, KSI appeared on the video "KSI VS FIFA // The Record Slam" made by GWRomg in which he broke the previous world record for 'the most goals scored against computer' of 110 goals, by scoring 190 goals. As a result, his name appeared in the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition (2013).[15]

In October 2013, KSI signed with Maker Studios' sub-network, Polaris.[16]

On 19 October, he and four other gaming YouTubers formed a group called the Ultimate Sidemen (later shortened to just the Sidemen), which initially consisted of himself, Ethan Payne (Behzinga), Simon Minter (Miniminter), Josh Bradley (Zerkaa), and Tobi Brown (TBJZL). The group decided to add a sixth member in Vikram Barn, known as Vikkstar123, the following month. The group then added a seventh member, Harry Lewis (wroetoshaw or "W2S" for short), in 2014.

After defeating Virgin Gaming co-founder Zach Zeldin in a match of FIFA, KSI visited Las Vegas,[17] where he discussed YouTube's launching of a paid-channel subscription project.[18]

2017

In early 2017, KSI stopped uploading videos to YouTube, later releasing a video in July stating that he was displeased with the direction YouTube seemed to be going. On 4 August 2017, KSI tweeted that he would be leaving the Sidemen group due to internal conflicts with fellow Sidemen member Ethan Payne.[19][20] Shortly thereafter, he released a number of diss track videos criticising members of his then-former group, to which most of the members responded back with their own.[20]

Later that month on 15 August, KSI released a video in which he claimed that he was being deported from the United States (as he was staying in Los Angeles at the time) for receiving an incorrect visa,[21] returning to the group's private mansion which he co-owns, but was otherwise not returning to the group. However, by the following month, he officially rejoined the Sidemen.[] This led to accusations that the Sidemen group manufactured their conflicts for the sake of getting views, as KSI and the other Sidemen gained a large number of views and subscribers upon uploading their diss tracks.

Most notably, YouTuber Joe Weller released a diss track of his own criticising KSI and Sidemen for faking their "Sidemen war", which led to KSI and Weller attacking each other on Twitter.[20] This resulted in their announcing, at an annual content creator-focused event called Upload (which KSI and some of the other Sidemen members founded), that they would be facing each other in a boxing match on 3 February 2018 at Copper Box Arena in London.[20] During the announcement, the two YouTubers verbally and physically confronted each other, with KSI making fun of Weller's struggles with depression.[20] Both released follow-up videos with KSI apologising for his remarks. In November 2017, KSI released a video discussing the issue of whether his supposed fight with the Sidemen was real or fake, with him saying that "[t]he drama wasn't entirely real, but wasn't entirely fake either."[20] (See the Amateur boxing section below for information on the match.)

Music

In 2011, KSI branched out into music, mainly as a rapper. Starting out with fellow YouTuber Randolph, he released "Heskey Time", a rap song about footballer Emile Heskey which was released on iTunes just before Christmas in 2011. The video features Heskey missing various chances on FIFA. Following the success of "Heskey Time", he began doing a segment on his channel called "Football Rap Battles", a video series, on which he and Randolph play the characters of famous figures from the world of football. Although it started off with raps featuring world footballers including Mario Balotelli and managers like Sir Alex Ferguson, one involves KSI as himself against Robin van Persie, hitting out at van Persie's acrimonious transfer from Arsenal to rivals Manchester United. He appeared in music videos with Droideka, directing and appearing in his music video for his song Get Hyper, whilst also collaborating with British rapper Sway, releasing two tracks with the London born rapper.[]

KSI performing in 2016

KSI released his first single as a solo artist on 23 March 2015 titled "Lamborghini", which features rapper P Money. The song was released under Sway's record label Dcypha Productions.[] On 29 October 2015, KSI announced his debut EP titled Keep Up. It was released on 8 January 2016 by Island Records.[] The EP's title track, featuring Jme, was released on 13 November 2015 alongside a music video released two days later. On 29 July 2016, KSI released "Friends with Benefits" featuring Dutch musical group MNDM.[] The song was released as a single to his second EP Jump Around, which was released on 28 October. KSI self-released his third EP, Space, on 30 June 2017, before releasing a fourth titled Disstracktions three months later. The latter became his second EP to top the UK R&B Albums Chart.[]

Amateur boxing

On 3 February 2018, KSI competed in his first white collar amateur boxing match against fellow YouTube personality Joe Weller (KSI vs. Joe Weller) at the Copper Box Arena in Hackney Wick, London, winning the fight 1 minute and 30 seconds into the third round by way of technical knockout.[22]

KSI showed respect to Weller after the fight for being "way harder, way tougher than I thought," and praised him for his commitment to raising awareness on mental health issues. He then proceeded to call out American internet personality Logan Paul, his brother Jake Paul, and retired footballer Rio Ferdinand.[23]

On the weekend of 24 February 2018, it was announced that the Paul brothers would be fighting the Olatunji brothers (KSI and his younger brother Deji, also known as ComedyShortsGamer) in a boxing match,[24] with the matches divided between relative ages (the elder brothers KSI vs. Logan Paul in one match and the younger brothers Deji Olatunji vs. Jake Paul in another match).[24]

Amateur boxing record

Professional record summary
1 fight 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
2 N/A N/A United States Logan Paul N/A - (6) Aug 25, 2018 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Defending YBC title
1 Win 1-0 United Kingdom Joe Weller TKO 3 (6), 1:30 Feb 3, 2018 United Kingdom Copper Box Arena, London, England Won vacant YBC title

Other media

On 16 March 2015, KSI announced via his YouTube channel that he was releasing a book titled KSI: I Am A Bellend, called KSI: I Am A Tool in the United States.[25]

It is described by its publishers as "an all-out assault on the online universe",[26] as the book includes his history and controversies on YouTube.[27] The book was released on 24 September 2015 in the UK and five days later in the United States.[25] KSI did a tour supporting the book on 24 September 2015, ending on 4 October 2015.[27]

In June 2015, it was announced that KSI, along with YouTube personality Caspar Lee, will star in a movie entitled Laid in America. It was released on 26 September 2016 and features other YouTube personalities including his own brother ComedyShortsGamer, Timothy DeLaGhetto and Josh Leyva.[28]

Personal life

Olatunji's younger brother, Deji Olatunji, is also a well known YouTube personality known as ComedyShortsGamer. JJ and Deji both ranked number one and two respectively as "UK's Most Influential YouTube Creators" by Tubular Labs in 2015.[29][30]

Olatunji was born in London but grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire.[1] He attended the Berkhamsted School together with fellow Sidemen member Simon Minter (miniminter).[31]

Olatunji is a supporter of Arsenal F.C. and appeared on several different shows including BT Sport where he played FIFA with England and then Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.[32] He also played PES with Germany and Arsenal attacking midfielder, Mesut Özil.[32] He has also publicly stated his belief in agnosticism.[33][34]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2016 NME Award Vlogger of the Year KSI Won [35]

Discography

Extended plays

List of extended plays
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[36]
UK R&B
[37]
CAN
[38]
NZL
[39]
SCO
[40]
US R&B/HH
[41]
US Rap
[42]
Keep Up 13 1 63 23 15 19 14
Jump Around
  • Released: 28 October 2016
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, digital download
-- -- -- -- -- -- --
Space
  • Released: 30 June 2017[43]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, digital download
-- -- -- --[A] 87 -- --
Disstracktions
  • Released: 29 September 2017[45]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: Digital download
31 1 -- -- -- -- --

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[36]
UK
R&B

[46]
AUS
[47]
IRL
[48]
SCO
[49]
"Lamborghini"
(featuring P Money)
2015 30 7 -- 61 28 N/A
"Keep Up"
(featuring Jme)
45 7 78 90 40 Keep Up
"Goes Off"
(featuring Mista Silva)
2016 -- -- -- -- -- Jump Around
"Friends with Benefits"
(with MNDM)
69 12 -- -- 43
"Jump Around"
(featuring Waka Flocka Flame)
-- -- -- -- 77
"Creature" 2017 100 -- -- -- -- Space
"Little Boy" 82 -- -- -- 87 Disstracktions
"Adam's Apple" 93 -- -- -- --
"Two Birds One Stone" 97 -- -- -- --
"Uncontrollable"[50]
(featuring Big Zuu)
2018 89 -- -- -- 85 N/A

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[51]
"Sweaty Goals"
(as BlacknWhite)
2012 68 Non-album single
"No Sleep"
(Sway featuring KSI, Tigger Da Author and Tubes)
2013 44 Wake Up
"Christian Bale"
(Yogi featuring Casey Veggies, Knytro, Sway, KSI and Raptor)
2014 -- Burial
"MAC-10 Flow"
(Sway featuring KSI)
-- Non-album singles
"Slow Motion"[52]
(Randolph featuring KSI)
2018 --

Notes

  1. ^ Space did not enter the NZ Top 40 Albums Chart but peaked at number six on the NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart.[44]

References

  1. ^ a b FaZe Clan (3 February 2018). "TRAINING KSI - Exclusive Documentary". Retrieved 2018 – via YouTube. 
  2. ^ Zerkaa (19 August 2017). "KSI - Little Boy (Official Lyric Breakdown)". Retrieved 2018 – via YouTube. 
  3. ^ "KSI [SDMN] on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ Olatunji, Olajide (8 January 2017). "WTF HAVE YOU DONE?!". YouTube. Retrieved 2017. For those of you that don't know, my real name is Olajide William Olatunji; William being my English name. 
  5. ^ Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer's Edition - Page 61 "The fastest lap of Laguna Seca in GT 5 (two players) is by Callum McGinley and Olajide Olatunji (both UK) on 8 August 2013."
  6. ^ "This Is Your Chance To Ask KSI Anything As We Go In The Zone". MTV UK. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ "JideJunior". YouTube. Retrieved 2018. 
  8. ^ Olatunji, Olajide. "KSIOlajidebt Home". Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ "KSIOlajidebtHD". YouTube. Retrieved 2018. 
  10. ^ Cordell, Ben (October 2012). "YouTube Celeb KSI Sexually Harasses Attendees At Expo". StickTwiddlers. 
  11. ^ KSI (3 January 2017). "REACTING TO "SEXUAL HARASSMENT"". Retrieved 2018 – via YouTube. 
  12. ^ Totilo, Stephen (6 October 2012). "Booth Babes Not The Only Embarrassment At Eurogamer Expo". Kotaku. Retrieved 2013. 
  13. ^ Schreier, Jason (23 November 2013). "YouTuber Says He Was Censored For Criticising Another YouTuber". Kotaku. Retrieved 2013. 
  14. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (23 November 2013). "YouTuber KSI dumped by Microsoft after Xbox One launch appearance". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2013. 
  15. ^ "GWR OMG: Watch KSI attempt FIFA 13 goals record in Arsenal v Tottenham showdown". Guinness World Records News. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 2016. 
  16. ^ Gutelle, Sam (29 October 2013). "Captain Sparklez, KSIOlajidebt, Ali-A Among New Polaris Gamers". Tubefilter. Retrieved 2013. 
  17. ^ C., Carl (13 February 2013). "KSIOLAJIDEBT VIDEO IN VEGAS FOR CHALLENGE SERIES!". Virgin Gaming. Retrieved 2013. 
  18. ^ "KSIOlajidebt and Ali-A on YouTube pay channel charging". BBC. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  19. ^ Kent, Mike (4 August 2017). "KSI Confirms Rumors Regarding His Involvement [With] The Sidemen". Dexerto. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f Alexander, Julia (30 January 2018). "YouTubers, FIFA gamers set for momentous boxing match to settle months of drama". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 2018. 
  21. ^ Kent, Mike (August 2017). "KSI Reveals He's Being Deported from the US". Dexerto. Retrieved 2018. 
  22. ^ Emma Kelly (3 February 2018). "KSI wins clash against Joe Weller in the third round". Metro. Retrieved 2018. 
  23. ^ Jessica Lindsay (4 February 2018). "KSI vs Joe Weller result - What happened and who will KSI fight next?". Metro. Retrieved 2018. 
  24. ^ a b Alexander, Julia (26 February 2018). "YouTube boxing just went international, so when does YouTube get involved?". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 2018. 
  25. ^ a b Gutelle, Sam (29 September 2015). "YouTube Star KSI's New Book Flies Off The Shelves In Two Countries". Retrieved 2015. 
  26. ^ Ditum, Nathan. "Why it's worth trying to understand KSI, YouTube's most controversial star". NewStatesman. Retrieved 2015. 
  27. ^ a b "YouTubing 'bell-end' KSI: 'I'm a really nice guy'". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2015. 
  28. ^ "YouTube Stars KSI, Caspar Lee To Star In 'Laid In America' Feature Film". tubefilter. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  29. ^ "Two Nigerian Brothers, Olajide & Deji Olatunji Top UK's Most Influential YouTube Creators". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 2016. 
  30. ^ "Only a third of UK's top 10 most influential YouTuber's traffic originates in UK". The Drum. Retrieved 2016. 
  31. ^ miniminter (23 February 2018), EATING THE WORLD'S MOLDIEST CHEESE!, retrieved 2018 
  32. ^ a b "Top Five: Celebrity Arsenal fans". Vavel. Retrieved 2016. 
  33. ^ "Googing Myself". Retrieved 2017. 
  34. ^ "SIDEMEN ANSWER THE MOST SEARCHED GOOGLE QUESTIONS". Retrieved 2018. 
  35. ^ "NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas full winners list". NME. Retrieved 2017. 
  36. ^ a b "KSI: full Official Charts History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016. 
  37. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016. 
  38. ^ "KSI - Canadian Albums Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016. 
  39. ^ "Charts.org.nz - KSI - Keep Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016. 
  40. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016. 
  41. ^ "R&B/Hip Hop Albums: Week of 30 January 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 2016. 
  42. ^ "Top Rap Albums: Week of 30 January 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 2016. 
  43. ^ "Space - EP by KSI on iTunes". Apple Inc. Retrieved 2017. 
  44. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  45. ^ "Disstracktions - EP by KSI on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved 2017. 
  46. ^
  47. ^ Ryan, Gavin (16 January 2016). "ARIA Singles: Justin Bieber 'Love Yourself' Spends 6th Week at No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 2016. 
  48. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Retrieved 2016. 
  49. ^
  50. ^ "Uncontrollable (feat. Big Zuu) by KSI on Apple Music". Retrieved 2018. 
  51. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  52. ^ "Slow Motion (feat. KSI) by Randolph on Apple Music". Retrieved 2018. 

External links


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

KSI_(entertainer)
 



 


 
Music Scenes