Yuri "Aggro" Santos (born 12 October 1988) is a chart topping Brazilian rapper who lives in Balham, London.
Santos was born in São Paulo and raised in Balham from age eight.
The 25 year old has been surrounded by beats and rhythm his entire life. Although his music switches uncompromisingly from the pulsating sound of samba to the 2-step of UK Garage, Aggro first fell in love with making music at the age of eight after buying Carlos Santana's 'Supernatural' and mastering the tablature he found on the internet. He then graduated to Jimi Hendrix and taught himself to play drums, guitar and keyboards before auditioning for the BRIT School at the age of fourteen where he played drums for a classmate called Adele. He subsequently chose the name Aggro as he was determined to aggressively make moves in the music business, left the BRIT school, and by the age of 18, he was already a star on Channel U and MTV Base, playing shows all over the UK and selling thousands of copies of his self-financed and distributed mix-tape. One of these 'Free Yard' shot to No.1 on Channel U (now AKA) where it stayed for an amazing 18 weeks throughout 2008. The song - which is about your parents leaving you at home over the weekend so that you have the freedom to invite girls over for a party - coincided with the rise of blue tooth use on mobile phones, garnered more than 750,000 hits on YouTube and became an instantly shared anthem for a generation.
Santos was discovered by Uk underground TV channel ChannelAka (then known as Channel U), after his underground anthem 'Free Yard' soared to #1 on the TV station for 17 weeks in 2006. Having built an underground following, his material was shown to Take That's Gary Barlow and he was signed to Barlow's label Future Records in 2010, an independent imprint of Universal Records before releasing his second mix-tape, 'Rhythm N Flow' in 2010 where he collaborated with Ironik, Giggs and North London's Marvell. During the same year he released 'Candy' (which featured Kimberley Wyatt and sold more than 200,000 copies in the UK alone), 'Saint or Sinner' and 'Like U Like' (which featured ex Girls Aloud member Kimberley Walsh) and found himself something of a Top 20 regular. In December 2010 he completed a nineteen-day stint on 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' - which he now describes as "a once in a lifetime experience" - and ended the year with an Urban Music Award nomination.
Santos released his debut single "Candy", which features Kimberly Wyatt, was released on 2 May 2010 and was certified silver by the BPI. His second single "Saint or Sinner" was released on 22 August 2010 and his third, "Like U Like", (featuring Kimberly Walsh), was released on 14 January 2011. "Like U Like" marked the first solo record by Girls Aloud member Walsh, becoming the fourth member to release solo material away from the group. Santos's debut album AggroSantos.com was released on 31 January 2011, but despite having 3 top ten singles on the album it didn't do as well.
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!:
In 2010, Santos participated in the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and was voted off the show on day 19, finishing in fifth place overall. Santos was very popular on the show and came across as a very polite and well mannered young man. He won over the hearts of the British public with his sweet and charming character, which is an attitude not often expected from a Rapper.
Urban Music Awards:
In 2010, Santos was nominated for an award at the Urban Music Awards.
2013-2014 & FOD Records:
In 2013 Santos signed to FOD Records which is based in Toronto Canada and Italy. He announced via his Twitter, website and Facebook fan page he will be recording a new album with the label. In June 2013 the rapper set off to Miami to begin recording with Lu Diaz of the Diaz Brothers, who is most famous for being one of the best record mixers in the USA and also for signing Cuban rapper Pitbull (rapper). They began writing the album at the notoriously famous Miami power house, The Hit Factory. During that session songs such as 'Love Like This', which went onto being #1 on the club record charts in Ibiza and #2 & #8 in club charts in Greece and the UK. The video for this single which was shot in Miami by David Rosseau (Pitbull (rapper), lil wayne etc.) was uploaded to Santos' VEVO account in August 2013.
In 2014 Santos carried on writing parts of the new Album having sessions in Sweden with Quiz and Larossi, Miami with Lu Diaz and Munich with Milk & Sugar. The album writing process is still on going. On the 23rd of March, he shot the video for a new humorous hearted but fun song entitled "Selfie Selfie Selfie", A soft warm up release which Santos himself described as 'A joke song taking a jab at the new selfie culture in a light hearted way'.
Santos came to london with his mother Cristina and younger brother in 1992 to pursue a better life and opportunities, his father Marival Santos stayed in Brazil. He studied at salesian college in Battersea and then went onto the Brit School where he developed his interest for music. Santos took on various jobs to self fund his music career in the early part of his career until he eventually signed a record deal in 2010.
On 9 September 2011, it was reported that Santos had been accused of rape by a fan who returned with the rapper to his hotel room following two gigs. The first rape had allegedly taken place on 25 or 26 September 2010. The second attack allegedly took place on 7 May 2011 in Chichester, West Sussex. Santos and another man, 21-year-old Tyrelle Ritchie, were both charged to appear in court on the same date in Chichester at Chichester Magistrates' Court on 19 September 2011.
On 3 May, A Jury of 8 women and 4 men, found Santos not guilty of both accusations unanimously in under 2 hours of deliberation. He has since called for rape suspects to remain anonymous until found guilty, as he felt the trial had "tarnished" his reputation for a short while, even though he was innocent.