Jamal Edwards, a British music entrepreneur, has passed away. He died on the morning of February 20th, according to a statement made by his mother Brenda Edwards.
Jamal is regarded as a pioneer in the music industry, having introduced the general public to UK rap and grime via his internet channel SBTV. He also aided the careers of a number of well-known artists, including Ed Sheeran and Jessie J.
Brenda made her heartfelt message to the British chat show ‘Loose Women,’ on which she is a panelist. Her son died as a result of a “sudden sickness,” according to her. Brenda expressed her “deepest heartbreak” and “total devastation” at the news.
Brenda wrote, “He was the center of our universe.” “As we come to terms with his death, we request privacy to mourn this terrible loss.” I’d want to express my gratitude to everyone for their messages of love and support. Jamal was a source of inspiration for me and many others. His legacy continues on, as does our love for him. Jamal Edwards MBE, MBA, and PHD is still alive and well.”
Jamal, a West London native, is a well-known figure in the British rap and grime music scenes, according to CNN. Jamal entered the profession after getting a video camera from his parents when he was 15 years old. According to NBC News, he began his career as an early YouTuber who shared music and videos from up-and-coming artists.
“I remember sitting there thinking, ‘Why can’t I find these online?’ and if they were online, it was only low-quality versions,” Jamal said on BBC Radio 1Xtra in 2017. “…so I said, ‘Alright, cool, I’ll try to video folks in my neighborhood and upload it to YouTube.’ From there, it just kept growing and growing.”
SBTV, or SmokeyBarz TV, was born as a result of the expansion. SBTV “provides a platform to discover and break young artists, enjoy your favorite performances, and unearth great talent,” according to the company’s YouTube account. His YouTube channel set the “gold standard for online music platforms in the UK,” according to Complex UK.
According to CNN, Jamal won an MBE (Member of the British Empire) Award in 2014 for his “services to music.” At the time, he was 24 years old.
Join us in sending peace and healing energy to his family, friends, and admirers all over the world!