Pa Salieu

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Born (1998-07-01) July 1, 1998 (age 23)
Slough, United Kingdom
Genres
  • Hip-Hop
  • Rap
Occupation(s)Rapper
Associated acts
  • Backroad Gee
  • Teeway
  • M1llionz
  • Meekz
  • Pa Salieu
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NationalityBritish
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom

Pa Salieu Gaye (born 1 July 1998) is a British rapper. He gained popularity in January 2020 following the release of his debut single Frontline, which was crowned the most played track of 2020 on BBC 1Xtra. He has since featured on songs with South London's SL for 'Hit The Block',[1] Meekz, M1llionz and Teeway for Year of The Real[2] and joined Backroad Gee and Ambush for the remix to Party Popper. [3]

In June 2020, he released Betty[4] and Bang Out.[5]

Biography

Pa Salieu was born in Slough, a town just outside of London (UK), where he spent the early stages of his life. His parents moved to the UK from Gambia, West Africa. They named him after his father's eldest brother, Pa Salieu, a police officer back home who died in his early twenties.

Before his first birthday, his parents sent him to Gambia where he lived with his grandmother. There, Pa spent his formative years living in a household with his eldest relatives. He describes his time there as the most important period in his life.[6]

At the age of 10, his mother brought him back to England. They moved to Hillfields,[7] a suburb in the North of Coventry. His new home would eventually provide inspiration for his music career, becoming the focus of his breakout song Frontline[8] released in January 2020, produced by Jevon. Through the song, he depicts Coventry war stories and documents the neighbourhood that raised him.

Pa started pursuing a music career after his close friend was killed [9]. He recorded his first freestyle at a friend's small home studio setup, where he would regularly visit to write and record music.

In October 2019, he was victim to a shooting in Coventry where a bullet hit him in the head [10]. The incident strengthened his resolve and fueled his determination in life.

Music Career

Pa Salieu is signed to Warner Records.[11] He wrote Frontline in 20 minutes, and the music video was released on YouTube via Mixtape Madness.[12] Since its release, it has accumulated over two million views and over three million streams. It has also become the most played track of 2020 on BBC 1Xtra, Reprezent Radio and Rinse FM. Pa's music has received support from the likes of Virgil Abloh,[13] BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac [14] and Tiffany Calver [15] as well as OVO co-founder Oliver El Khatib.

The early momentum of Frontline has continued with a string of feature verses. He collaborated with South London's SL for Hit The Block (ref), as well as Meekz, M1llionz and Teeway on Year of the Real. He also teamed up with Backroad Gee and Ambush for the remix to their track, Party Popper. In June 2020, Pa released two tracks - Betty and Bang Out. Premiered by Annie Mac and DJ Target on BBC Radio 1.

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