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Background information
Also known as Bish Bash Bosh
Born 4 February 1985 (1985-02-04) (age 25)

Chiswick, London, England

Origin Kensal Rise, London, England, UK
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Musician, Songwriter, Music Supervisor
Years active 2004 - present
Labels Ragz 2 Richez Entertainment
Associated acts Tinie Tempah, Chipmunk, N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder, Wretch 32, Gorillaz, Kano.

Ashley Thomas (born 4 February 1985 in Chiswick, West London) better known by his stage name Bashy, is a British hip hop/grime artist. He rose to prominence in 2007 after the release of his controversial track Black Boys. He was the assistant music supervisor for the film Adulthood for which he also recorded the theme track entitled Kidulthood to Adulthood.




Early life

Thomas was born in Chiswick, West London at the Queen Charlotte Hospital. He attended St Mary’s of the Angels RC Primary School, where he excelled rapidly in English which was noted by his teachers, he was then given extra classes to help nurture his development. Due to his ability he frequently became bored & therefore became extremely disruptive, resulting in suspension. His furious father flew him to the Dominica to finish his education in order to instill discipline. On his return aged eleven his family moved to Kensal Rise, North West London and he attended the Cardinal Hinsley School for Boys in Harlesden.

Whilst in Dominica he achieved very highly in English, Geography & Sex Studies. His lyrical sparring first began in the playground during break time, where at the age of 14, the confident youngster battled the older kids in the school who in his own words he ‘destroyed’.

This soon got his peers talking and the word spread beyond the gates of the playground and into his local community. He soon found himself in demand at local clubs and house parties where he earned yet more stripes battling other hood hero’s of the time.

Early career

Aged 16 words continued to spread and soon reached Major Ace, a member of one of Grime's forbearing groups Pay As You Go which included the self proclaimed Godfather of grime music Wiley. He then started making the long trip across the capital to East London joining the vibrant pirate scene that was erupting at that time. From that point he began to build a name broadcasting himself across the airwaves alongside other aspiring talents of the time such as Kano, Dizzee Rascal, Durrty Goodz, Wiley & N.A.S.T.Y Crew.

He first gained recognition for his quick wit and one liners that where part of the many publicized clashes that made up his early career, most notably Wiley & Ghetto. Bashy is known for his famous saying "OI, Naaaaaaah!" which he says on many of his songs.

He auditioned and was later accepted at the BRIT School for performing Arts where he was a theatre student. The school boasts former students such as Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis & Kate Nash.

The Chupa Chups Mixtape

In 2005 he left a management situation he was unhappy with and formed Ragz2Richez along with his girlfriend & cousin. He recorded The Chupa Chups Mixtape as was to keep his name relevant. The mixtape is critically acclaimed by many. He sold over 5000 copies in the first few months. In order to market the mixtape in an innovative way he stuck Chupa Chups lollies to them so they would stand out among the rapidly growing mixtape market. The three most talked about tracks were My Nightmare where he took The Streets’ track Blinded by the Lights & told a new story. This displayed his extremely vivid almost cinematic story telling ability once again. 679 Recordings were livid that the instrumental was available & phoned Kiss 100 DJ Logan Sama demanding to know why Bashy had the backing track, as Logan was the only one who had been given it. Logan Sama didn’t actually give him the track, Bashy downloaded it from Bearshare. 4 O’Clock was another. The most loved and talked about track was entitled ‘How to Pick A Wifey’ which is over Flukes’(one half of Crazy Cousins) wifey riddem. In this track he gave a step by step guide on how to pick a good woman. This track was loved by males & females because of the funny but ever so serious take on relationships. It is rumoured that there will be a Chupa Chups Mixtape 2.

Working Life

During the release of the Chupa Chups Mixtape he was still a struggling independent musician, so applied the Royal Mail[1] to become a Postman. He worked there for a year to save money then left to pursue his music career full time. The money he saved was soon spent as music career did not take off as planned & he began living off his over draft then started doing various different things in order to survive. It was during this time he decided to become a bus driver. He drove the 114, 183 & 292. He has been very vocal about his being a bus driver in order to promote to young people that working is cool. This contrasts with Bashy's own reports that, when music wasn't paying the bills, he "picked a little q up", in a fraudulent reference to selling drugs.

Black Boys

In 2007 he released the song ‘Black Boys’. It was this track that propelled Bashy into the nation's consciousness, catching the imagination of a country suffering from many incidents of violence amongst its inner-city youth. With frequent reports of shootings and stabbings on news bulletins, and with the media continually focusing on the lack of role models in certain communities, he felt that the nation’s inner city youth needed a reminder that they had a number of positive figureheads they could look to. His debut single was surrounded by controversy, as some people were calling the track racist. This prompted the governing body OFCOM to investigate. Rumours soon started to circulate that the track had been banned from T.V. Certain sections of the black community were outraged; groups were set up on the social networking site Facebook in order to fight the ban. Racist videos were put up as responses to the track on Youtube. Men dressed as Ku Klux Klan members would hurl abuse towards black people with Black Boys playing in the background. This then prompted people of all races to get behind and support Bashy, in a united stand against racism. It was off the back of this that Bashy was invited to perform at the Love Music Hate Racism Rally in 2008 at Victoria Park, to a crowd of 100,000. He was asked to take the main stage alongside Damon Albarn.[2] Bashy persuaded some of the country's brightest stars to come together, at a point when the scene was gripped by a culture of division, to share their views on the subject. Nolay, Skinnyman, Ty, Big Narstie, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Chipmunk, Swiss, J2k, Skepta, Sincere, Akala and Scorcher featured on the track.

Kidulthood to Adulthood

Bashy soon found himself at the heart of another hugely successful project – AdULTHOOD.

Noel Clarke, director and star of the AdULTHOOD film first encountered Ashley when he was passed a copy of his earlier mixtapes which contained samples from his previous Kidulthood film. Noel was so impressed by what he heard his thoughts soon drifted from copyright protection onto thinking how to get this amazing talent involved in the follow up.

He soon asked Ashley to submit a track to be included on the soundtrack, he delivered Kidulthood to Adulthood. Ashley’s belief in helping others in order to build a scene was shown by him not just submitting tracks from himself but by delving into the scene and gathering music from other artists for Noel to listen to. Noel was so impressed by his efforts he asked him to act as assistant music supervisor for the entire project.

The movie went onto gross millions at the box office and secure a place in the UK movie charts for weeks to follow.

Catch Me If You Can

The highly anticipated debut album was released by Bashy on June 1, 2009. rated the album 'good' saying 'Catch Me If You Can is a debut album that perfectly encapsulates how hip hop has become the world's local music. With vocal accents, lyrical references, swagger and varied production styles that will take a minute for the non-Brit to get their head around, much of this likable and well-intentioned set still deserves wider attention.'[1] Bashy is a guest on the third Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach. He collaborates with fellow British grime rapper Kano on the track "White Flag".


Bashy is credited as an actor and music supervisor for the 2010 film Shank.




  • Ur Mum Volume One (10 January 2004)
  • The Chupa Chups Mixtape (21 January 2006)
  • (17 November 2008)


Physical Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
2008 "Black Boys" - Catch Me If You Can
"Kidulthood To Adulthood" -
2009 "Who Wants To be A Millionaire" -
"Your Wish Is My Command -
"I Got Soul" (with Young Soul Rebels) 10 Charity Single
2010 "When The Sky Falls (Shank Theme Tune) TBC TBC

External links

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result
2008 MOBO Award for Best Video - Kidulthood to Adulthood [3] Nominated
Urban Music Award for Best Video - Black Boys [4] Nominated
Urban Music Award for Most Inspirational Artist [5] Won
Screen Nation Award for Best Music Performance in Film/TV[6] Won
2009 MOBO Award for Best Album - Catch Me If You Can [7] Nominated
MOBO Award for Best UK Act - [8] Nominated
Urban Music Award for Best Hip Hop Nominated
Official Mixtape Awards for Best Hip Hop Mixtape - Nominated
Official Mixtape Awards for Best Mixtape of the Decade - The Chupa Chups Mixtape Nominated
Official Mixtape Awards for Best Mixtape 2009 - Nominated
UK Music Video Awards for Best Budget Video – Pop, Dance, Urban - Ransom Nominated


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