Documented article about the last decade of KSI.

YouTube Career Edit

KSI created his first YouTube channel JideJunior in April 2008. Today, the channel has 18,000 subscribers. On the same date of the channels creation, KSI uploaded his first video called LOOKING THROUGH SPACE. The video is a school project he made with his friend Patrick.

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KSI in 2011, The History of my Name

After that video appeared on YouTube, KSI started uploading FIFA and rap videos onto the channel. KSI uploaded his last video onto the JideJunior channel in March 2009, later abandoning it in 2011.

Creation of "KSI" Edit

On 24 July 2009, KSI officially made his official YouTube channel. At the beginning of his YouTube career, he only uploaded gaming videos to his channel (mainly FIFA and Modern War 2). On 15 August 2011, he released his first vlog titled KSIOlajidebt Vlog's | The History of my Name In the video he revealed his face for the first time, and explained the meaning of "KSI". The video today has over 1 million views.

After that video, KSI continued to upload FIFA, but at the same time he uploaded more vlogs and sketches. His FIFA videos were also becoming more comedy-oriented, mixing various skits into the videos.

Creation of "KSIOlajideBT" Edit

On 26 January 2011, KSI made his second YouTube channel called "KSIOlajideBT". The purpose of the channel was to solely upload gaming videos (in order to make the KSI channel a vlogging channel). KSI did not upload a video to this channel from early-2017 until 31 December 2018.

The Sidemen Edit

Main article: The Sidemen

On 29 October 2013, KSI creates The Sidemen with miniminter, Behzinga, Zerkaa and TBJZL. The Sidemen were officially formed (as we know them today) once W2S and Vikkstar123 joinded the group.

GundjonDaniel Edit

Until 2013, KSI was good friends with fellow YouTuber GundjonDaniel. The two created a lot of videos together on both channels, KSI even created Daniel's YouTube channel on 9 April 2010. The two drifted apart after KSI realised Daniel was simply using him to promote his own channel. In a KickTV interview on Daniel, the interviewers asked Daniel if he plays FIFA with KSI. He replied with "Who the fuck is that?".

After this incident, KSI took to Twitter to express his opinions. The two stopped collaborating and Daniel ended up getting a lot of hate for many years until he quit YouTube a few years later. In 2018, the two tweeted a picture of themselves together announcing that they made up and that the beef had officially ended. It had taken nearly half a decade.

Growth Edit

As the Sidemen continued to grow, so did KSI. Before the group had formed, he was still an iconic online star in the U.K. and was notable for his "Get Hyper" and "Heskey Time" videos (both of which were all the rage in British schools at the time).

KSI had made/has been featured in many videos with all of the Sidemen. Prior to their formation, he used to make many videos with Simon (whom he has been friends with since Year 8), Callux and more. He was always the most subscribed member of the Sidemen; closely followed by W2S.

His most known video made with the Sidemen is CROSSBAR CHALLENGE, which currently sits at over 50 million views. He also made collaborations with a lot of other famous British YouTubers such as Caspar, Joe Sugg, Calfreezy and Callux. Today, KSI sits at 18 million subscribers, and over 4 billion views.

Around 2014, he made multiple videos for the sporting company Rule 'Em Sports, where he'd take part in various challenges and activities with other YouTubers and celebrities.

KSI Army Edit

The KSI Army was the general name for the fans of KSI - especially towards the beginning of his YouTube career. This name was popular during KSI's first peak in popularity from 2009 to 2011 but has significantly decreased in usage in recent years. His current fans probably haven't even heard of the term.

Music Production Edit

KSI branched out into "rapping" around the same time the Sidemen formed. On 26 October 2016, KSI embarked on his first European music tour, where he performed in the U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.

Due to certain fans complaining that KSI's music career had "taken over" his main YouTube channel, he decided to activate a VEVO channel. This has 3 videos and around 500,000 subscribers as of August 2017.

No Sleep Edit

KSI featured on a single by British rapper Sway, titled No Sleep. The song reached number 44 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video for No Sleep was released on KSI's YouTube channel on 20 October 2013.

Lamborghini Edit

On 23 March 2015, KSI released his debut single Lamborghini, which features British rapper P Money. The song reached number 30 on the UK Singles Chart, making it his highest charting single to date.

Keep UP (EP) Edit

Later on in 2015, KSI revealed that he was preparing to release his debut EP. The lead single Keep Up was released on 13 November 2015 and features British rapper JME. The song was originally scheduled to be released on 1 January 2016, but was brought forward due to the song's appearance on Now That's What I Call Music! 92. Keep Up peaked at number 45 on the UK Singles Chart. On 8 January 2016, KSI released his debut EP titled Keep Up. The EP reached number 13 on the UK Albums Chart.

In early 2016, KSI announced that he would be releasing his second EP, due to be released towards the end of 2016. The lead single Goes Off which features British-Ghanaian musician Mista Silva was released on 29 April 2016. However, the single failed to make an impact on the UK Singles Chart.

Friends With Benefits Edit

KSI released the EP's next single Friends With Benefits on 29 July 2016. The song features Dutch musicians MNDM and peaked at number 69 on the UK Singles Chart.

Jump Around Edit

A new single titled Jump Around was released on 16 September 2016. The song features American rapper Waka Flocka Flame and samples the song Jump Around by House Of Pain. However, the single failed to make an impact on the UK Singles Chart. The music video for Jump Around was the first of KSI's music videos to not be released on his YouTube channel; Instead it was released on his newly established VEVO channel. KSI released his second EP titled Jump Around on 28 October 2016. However, the EP failed to make an impact on the UK Albums Chart.

Discography Edit

This is an overview of his officially released songs and music videos. For a more detailed version, visit here .

Song Originally Released Notes
Lamborghini 23 March 2015 Single ft. P Money
Keep Up 13 November 2015 Single ft. JME
Kilimanjaro 25 December 2015 From the Keep Up EP
Smoke and Mirrors 10 January 2016 From the Keep UP EP
Friends With Benefits 5 August 2016 Single ft. MNDM
Jump Around 3 October 2016 Single ft. Wacka Flocka Flame


Song Originally Released Notes
Droideka - Get Hyper 6 March 2013 Creation of music video for song.

Events - 2017 Edit

Disillusionment with Fame Edit

KSI did not upload any videos to any of his YouTube channels from February to June 2017. He also "blacked out" all profile pictures and banners across all his YouTube and social media accounts. He additionally took down videos worth over two billion views and deleted all of his Instagram posts except for one. This began to worry many of his fans, with some thinking he'd be diagnosed with a terminal illness or was suffering from depression.

KSI followed this up with a series of since-deleted tweets where he explained that he had come to dislike his "fame" and the special privileges he knows he gets on the grounds of being a "celebrity" and stated that he would no longer like to be called a celebrity and wants to become a more "normal person". He also tweeted a quote by Charles Darwin that says: "We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.".

In an interview with DramaAlert, KSI said he did all of this so he could "evaluate himself as a person" and stated that he that he "doesn't care about the fame or money" and that he wants to "cleanse himself" as a human. KSI had been completely inactive on all his social media until he uploaded a photo on Instagram on 6 May 2017 saying "Growth".

He was, however, occassionally seen in the other Sidemen videos, such as those uploaded by miniminter and Behzinga. He also took part in the 2017 charity football match.

After his return, in Josh's Homegrown Podcast, JJ stated that he was tired of all the controversy and restrictions that come with the life of a YouTuber. JJ said he didn't like the state of the website and how people no longer made videos for fun. He traveled around the world when he was off the internet and claimed that he was "trying to evolve". Eventually, he explained how he no longer wanted to feel so "trapped" and would focus more on the reason he wanted to do YouTube in the first place, which was to enjoy making content.

Space EP Edit

On 23 June 2017, KSI posted a new video, entitled "It's been a while...", implying that his return to YouTube is imminent. Alongside posting that video, he also tweeted out about an upcoming EP, called Space. It will be released on 30 June 2017.

Four days later (27 June 2017), KSI posted another video, his music video for the song Creature. It's the only song that has been released from the Space EP so far. It was previewed in the "It's been a while..." video, as the song appears to be heard in the background of the video.

The description of the video states "for Alfie". Alfie is a fan of KSI and ComedyShortsGamer who is living with bone cancer. KSI and his brother visited Alfie prior to the release of the song (and gave him a shirt). It is thought that the video is dedicated to him.

Sidemen War Edit

Leaving the Sidemen Edit

On 3 August 2017, KSI tweeted out that he was planning to leave the Sidemen. He followed this up with a YouTube video citing Ethan as his main reason for quitting. After having the blame put on him, Behzinga decided to release a disstrack against KSI named "Drama". The song was uploaded on 7 August. Out of nowhere, on 8 August, W2S released his own track against KSI named "KSI Sucks".

After a week, on 12 August, KSI finally released (with RiceGum) his own diss track against Behzinga called "Earthquake". On 13 August, KSI released his second diss track on W2S named "Little Boy". The drama quickly escalated until Behzinga released - on 18 August - his second diss track on KSI; responding to "Earthquake".

A few days later, W2S released his own second diss track called "KSI Exposed". KSI released another diss named "Two Birds One Stone", targeting both W2S and Joe Weller. It was the last diss track KSI made against members of the Sidemen.

NetNobody Edit

On 20 August, NetNobody released his own diss track against KSI named "'Diss Track ED". Eventually KSI got in contact with NetNobody's ex-girlfriend who had used NetNobody and treated him horribly, making a collaborative diss track against NetNobody named "Adam's Apple". NetNobody released his own diss track against the two named "Bend the Knee". At the end of the video, NetNobody reveals that he entered the drama only so he could get his son back, because his ex doesn't let him visit the child for various of reasons.

Review of Disstracktions Edit

At the end of "Adam's Apple", KSI revealed that he'd be compiling the disstracks into an EP called "Disstracktions". The EP was released in September 2017.


The EP Design

List Of Tracks Edit

  1. Little Boy - (13 August 2017)
  2. Earthquake - (12 August 2017)
  3. Two Birds One Stone - (24 August 2017)
  4. Adam's Apple - (8 September 2017)
  5. Noob - (September 2017)
  6. Medusa - (September 2017)

Release of Transforming Edit

On 15 September 2017, KSI released his new song "Transforming". In the song, KSI raps about everyone not understanding him and not letting him be himself.

Events - 2018 Edit

Release of Uncontrollable Edit

On 31 January 2018, KSI released his new song ''Uncontrollable''. As the title says, KSI raps about no one can control him. It was basically a teaser of the boxing match against Joe Weller.

Boxing Match Edit

Main article: KSI V Joe Weller