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Central Cee in October 2019
Background information
Birth name Oakley Neil H T Caesar-Su
Also known as Cench
Born (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 24)
Shepherd's Bush, London, England
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2015–present

Oakley Neil H T Caesar-Su (born 4 June 1998), known professionally as Central Cee, is a British rapper and songwriter from Shepherd's Bush, London. He saw success in 2020 with the release of the singles "Day in the Life" and "Loading". His first mixtape Wild West was released on 12 March 2021, which debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart. His second mixtape 23 was released on 25 February 2022 and debuted atop the UK Albums Chart.

Early life

Oakley Neil H T Caesar-Su was born on 4 June 1998 in Shepherd's Bush, London to an Irish mother and a Guyanese father of Ecuadorian descent, with Caeser-Su's great-grandfather being Arawak. Growing up, his father would play hip-hop, reggae, and dancehall music around him. Caesar-Su has stated that he kept to himself in school, but would occasionally misbehave and lose his temper. He went to the same school as rapper Digga D, being a couple of school years higher. Caesar-Su began recording music when he was 14. Caesar-Su worked at a shoe store for three weeks before finding out his wage and quitting.


2015–2019: Career beginnings

Caesar-Su first appeared on the "Ain't On Nuttin Remix" alongside J Hus, Bonkaz, and more in January 2015, where he adopted the rapper name "Central Cee" (first listed as Central C). He released his "StreetHeat Freestyle" in February of the same year. He later released the single "Pull Up" in August 2016. Central Cee released his first project, the EP 17, in 2017. His "Next Up?" freestyle was released in October 2019.

2020–2021: Viral success and Wild West

Caesar-Su met his future manager YBeeez in 2019, who encouraged him to pursue music further. After switching from auto-tuned hip hop to a style similar to UK drill, Central Cee released his breakout single "Day in the Life" on 14 June 2020. He followed it up with "Loading", released on 22 October 2020. The music videos for both tracks were released by GRM Daily. "Loading" and "Commitment Issues" both reached the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart. Central Cee self-released his debut mixtape Wild West in March 2021, which debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and number one on the UK R&B Albums Chart.

2021–present: 23 and No More Leaks

In September 2021, the single "Obsessed with You" reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart, which would become the lead single from his second mixtape, 23, announced in November 2021. Central Cee's Daily Duppy was released on Christmas of 2021. The second and third singles from the mixtape, "Retail Therapy" and "Cold Shoulder", were released on 6 January and 27 January 2022. On 25 February 2022, 23 was released.

Following previews at concerts and on social media, his single “Doja” released on 21 July 2022 alongside a music video directed by Cole Bennett. It became his highest charting song of his career, debuting at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also reached number 13 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. On 14 October 2022, Central Cee surprise released his debut EP, No More Leaks, which was supported by the single "One Up" which released the day before.



List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Wild West 2 37 3 82 42
  • Released: 25 February 2022
  • Label: Live Yours, Warner
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
1 6 9 57 3 19 6
  • BPI: Silver

Extended plays

List of EPs with selected chart positions
Title Details
No More Leaks
  • Released: October 14, 2022
  • Label: Live Yours, Warner
  • Format: Digital download, streaming


As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Molly" 2020 Non-album single
"Day in the Life" 44 29 96
  • BPI: Silver
  • ARIA: Gold
Wild West
"Loading" 19 8 39
  • BPI: Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • MC: Platinum
"Pinging (6 Figures)" 2021 44 25
"Commitment Issues" 9 3 24
  • BPI: Gold
  • ARIA: Gold
"6 for 6" 16
  • BPI: Silver
"The Great Escape"
(with Blanco)
62 32 Non-album singles
"Meant to Be"
(with Stay Flee Get Lizzy and Fredo)
17 7 50
"Little Bit of This" 34 9 94
"Obsessed with You" 4 1 30 45 16 56 70
  • BPI: Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • MC: Gold
  • SNEP: Gold
"Daily Duppy"
(with GRM Daily)
35 12 65 Non-album single
"Retail Therapy" 2022 21 7 43 23
"Cold Shoulder" 25 9 45
"Khabib" 22 9 43
"Doja" 2 1 3 7 5 5 1 5 12 19
  • BPI: Silver
  • MC: Gold
  • RMNZ: Gold
  • SNEP: Gold
"LA Leakers Freestyle" 40 15 78 non-album single
"One Up" 17 7 92 138
27 72 No More Leaks
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
(Kairo Keyz featuring Central Cee)
2019 Non-album singles
(Rondodasosa featuring Central Cee & Nko)
2021 26
"Measure of a Man"
(FKA Twigs featuring Central Cee)
The King's Man Soundtrack
(D-Block Europe featuring Central Cee)
6 33
  • BPI: Platinum
Home Alone 2
"West Connect"
(Luciano featuring Central Cee)
2022 7 6 4 Majestic
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Straight Back to It" 2022 25 55
17 23
(featuring Rondodasosa, Baby Gang, A2 Anti,
Morad, Beny Jr, Ashe 22 and Freeze Corleone)
"Chapters" 69 11 No More Leaks
"Bumpy Johnson" 31
"Crypto Price" 32

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Spirt Bomb (Remix)" 2016 AJ Tracey, Dave, Skitz, Drifter, Capo Lee, Cadell, Merky ACE, Trims, PK Non-album remixes
"Bad Habits (Fumez The Engineer Remix)" 2021 Ed Sheeran, Tion Wayne, Fumez the Engineer
"Startn Up" OhGeesy Geezyworld

Awards and nominations

Organization Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
AIM Independent Music Awards 2021 PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist Himself Nominated
Brit Awards 2022 Best New Artist Nominated
Best British Hip Hop/Rap/Grime Act Nominated
British Single of the Year "Obsessed with You" Nominated
MOBO Awards 2021 Best Newcomer Himself Won
Best Male Act Nominated
Best Drill Act Won
Song of the Year "Commitment Issues" Nominated
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