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Leading By Example: “Won’t Go Quietly” hits UK Charts, Keeps on Climbing

January 27th, 2010 by

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You know that saying, “If at first you don’t succeed then, try, try again?” British rapper Example, who’s been on the grind these last five years making a name for himself, has done just that. Born in London as Elliot Gleave, he adopted the name “Example” as a sly nod to his own initials. Gleave enrolled in university to study film, but soon found that his real passion lay in music. First inspired to pick up the mic by Wu Tang Clan and Slick Rick, in 2006 Example began releasing his tracks independently, and while his first studio album garnered little commercial attention, it didn’t discourage him; in 2008 he signed to UK label Data Records and began developing a fresh new sound.


“Won’t Go Quietly”

Blending electronic beats with hip-hop verse allows Example to showcase his storytelling roots. His 2009 single, “Watch The Sun Come Up,” about the meeting and parting of two lovers, became the MC’s first hit on the British charts. This past week his follow up single “Won’t Go Quietly” reached the #6 spot for UK Singles. His tendency toward irreverence and cheek was on display in his BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge cover performance of Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” this past Saturday. Example’s hustle appears to be paying off as he preps for the spring release of his sophomore album.

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