Lukman Olanrewaju B Odunaike is a British-Nigerian hip-hop artist and actor. He is more famous by his professional name, Not3s. A native of London, Not3s has been interested in performing since he was a child. Inspired by both the local underground grime scene and his Nigerian heritage, his ascent from online obscurity to being signed by a major label had been nothing short of meteoric. In 2017, he put out his debut single, ‘Naughty’. His breakthrough single, ‘Addison Lee’, was released later that year. He subsequently put out his most successful track to date, ‘My Lover’, which was the result of the collaborative effort between Not3s and Mabel. Other popular singles he has put over the course of his career are ‘Aladdin’, ‘Palm Wine’, and ‘To the Max’. He has released two mixtapes to date, ‘Take Not3’ and ‘Take Not3 II’. Not3s has served as the featured artist on the works of the likes of Kojo Funds, Steel Banglez. Sneakbo, Geko, Headle One, and Young T. As an actor, he had his debut in the music video for his track, ‘My Lover’. In 2018, he was awarded the artist of the year accolade at the GRM Rated Awards.
Not3s collaborated with 23 Unofficial on his debut single. The resulting song, the track ‘Naughty’, was put out in 2017. It was followed by his super hit track ‘Addison Lee’, which reached the 57th spot on the UK Singles Chart and 15th spot on the UK R&B Chart. It was also certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry or BPI.
After the success of ‘Addison Lee’, Not3s collaborated with rapper Mostack on the non-album single ‘Celebration’. His next song, ‘Aladdin’, is a relaxed, summery song in the “auto-tune” sing-rap style. Upon its release, the song peaked at the 61st spot on the UK Singles Chart and 15th spot on the UK R&B Chart and garnered him his second BPI Gold certification.
‘My Lover’, which he sang along with Spanish English singer-songwriter Mabel, is the most successful track of his career to date. Also released in 2017, the track reached the 15th spot on the UK Singles Chart and the 5th spot on the UK R&B Chart. It also brought him his first BPI Platinum certification. That year, he also put out the single ‘99+1’ (with Mostack). On November 17, 2017, Not3s put out his debut mixtape, ‘Take Not3s’, through Relentless Records. It peaked at the 43rd spot on the UK Albums Chart and featured several of his singles, including ‘Addison Lee’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘My Lover’, and ‘99+1’.
In 2017, he was featured alongside Kojo Funds and Eugy in Jul’s ‘Bad’; alongside Yungen, MoStack, and Mr Eazi in Steel Banglez’s ‘Bad’; Sneakbo’s ‘Nah’; and alongside Fredo in GRM Daily’s ‘YRF’. Among these tracks, Steel Banglez’s ‘Bad’ was certified Gold by the BPI.
In 2018, he once more worked with Mabel in her track ‘Fine Line’, which debuted at number four on the UK R&B Chart and was certified Gold by the BPI. It was later included in Mabel’s 2018 album ‘Ivy to Roses’. His collaboration with AJ Tracey resulted in the track ‘Butterflies’, which garnered Gold certification from the BPI and was featured in Tracey’s self-titled 2019 album. Furthermore, he was featured on NSG’s track ‘Pushing Up’, Bobii Lewis’ ‘Force You’, Dakota’s ‘Sober’, Avelino’s ‘Boasy’, Chip’s ‘CRB Check’, Headie One’s ‘Issa Mood’, Geko’s ‘Will Smith’, and Young T & Bugsey’s ‘Living Gravy’.
In 2018, he teamed up with Knucks for the non-album single ‘Hooper’. Not3s’ next song, ‘Sit Back Down,’ featured Maleek Berry and was certified Silver by the BPI. He also released the singles ‘M3 Not You’, ‘Just Fine’, and ‘Palm Wine’. On his song ‘To the Max’, which was a non-album single, he worked with Nana Rogues and Wizkid. In 2019, he put out the single ‘Wanting’, which reached the 42nd spot on the UK Singles Chart.
On July 13, 2018, Not3s released his second mixtape, ‘Take Not3s II, which opened at the 16th spot on the UK Albums Chart. That year, he was featured in Fredo’s song ‘Haters’, which was part of the album ‘Tables Turn’. He has worked with Lotto Boyz and Chip on the remix of ‘No Don’ (2017); D-Block Europe and Young Adz on the remix of ‘Trophy’ (2017); ADP, Jeremih, and Yungen on the remix of ‘No Good For Me’ (2017), and Bugzy Malone on ‘Heart’.
He and Mabel appeared together in the music video for his song ‘My Lover’ (2017) and then again in the music video for her song ‘Fine Line’ (2018). In writer/director Rapman’s crime-drama short film 'Shiro's Story Part 3' (2018), he portrayed the role of Jermaine.
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Family & Personal Life
Not3s was born on April 17, 1998, in Hackney, London, England. In the absence of his father, his mother raised him on her own alongside his three younger siblings: twin brothers and a sister.