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Ashley Walters - Top Boy: Changing the face of British TV & Film


So Solid Crew to Netflix & Drake

Ashley Walters is the British musician, actor, and producer.

He is best known for playing the lead role in “Top Boy”, the Netflix show and modern cultural phenomenon, that was revived after a 6 year hiatus with help from the Canadian rapper Drake.

Ashley first entered the British music scene in 2001 as Asher D from So Solid Crew, with the number one single “21 seconds” at the age of just 19.  And after an extended break, he just dropped his new single titled “Top Boy”.

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This year he earned his first producer credit on the TV show Bulletproof, and hosted the inaugural Top Boy Academy, which aims to give back to the community, and pioneer a rise in new talent across London and the rest of the UK.


00:00 | Trailer.
03:01 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:07 | Brian’s introduction.
04:56 | How life has changed since a third season of Top Boy aired.
10:10 | Keeping Top Boy real.
17:32 | Working relationship with Kane Robinson
21:09 | The difference Netflix has made to season four after Channel 4s first episodes.
27:24 | Illustrating the seemingly opposing lifestyle environments the characters portray.
38:24 | Working with the new young talent.
50:17 | Ashley’s background influences.
1:10:39 | Does mollycoddling children hide the drive and motivation required to be successful.
1:21:57 | Ashley considers how London is changing and the beneficial and difficult effect on those living there.
1:25:58 | His views on London’s increasing knife crime and how he thinks it needs to be dealt with.
1:31:33 | The purpose behind Top Boy Academy.
1:35:29 | What Ashley expects to be doing in the next five years.
1:37:19 | Ashley and Goldie.
1:39:20 | Ashley’s views on the current British political scene.
1:42:37 | What scares him.
1:47:05 | What keeps him awake at night.
1:48:57 | Success secrets.
1:49:38 | Brian’s summing up.


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