Dizzee Rascal (born Dylan Mills, 1985) is a London-born MC and grime producer. His debut album, Boy In Da Corner brought him to national attention and won the 2003 Mercury Music Prize.
Music Style: Dizzee Rascal's music combines sounds and production techniques from a wide range of musical genres, from hip-hop and garage, to heavy metal and drill and bass.
Vocally, Dizzee's flow is fast and clipped, blending influences from ragga, garage and rap.
Despite the mainstream exposure that Dizzee has received following the success of his album releases, grime music remains largely ignored by major record labels, radio stations and the record-buying public.
Music: In his early career, Dizzee worked with his mentor, Wiley. Together, they created some of the earliest grime music, including a track called 'Eskimo'. The pair later had a disagreement and no longer work together.
In 2002, Rascal won the Sidewinder award for Best Newcomer MC. Following the win, his debut album, Boy in Da Corner was released, to critical praise. The track 'I Luv U' was the first single from the album. Following the release of the album, Dizzee Rascal was stabbed whilst he was in Ayia Napa. The press coverage of the incident suggested a connection between the stabbing and an ongoing dispute with the So Solid Crew. The second single from the album was 'Fix Up Look Sharp'.
In September 2003, Dizzee Rascal won the highly regarded Mercury Music Prize, making him the youngest person ever to win the award.
In November of the same year, Basement Jaxx released 'Lucky Star', featuring Dizzee Rascal, from their album Kish Kash. Dizzee also released Jus' A Rascal' from his debut album and the track was picked up and featured in the soundtrack to the film Kidulthood.
Dizzee Rascal's second album, Showtime, was released in 2004 and entered the UK album chart at number eight. On 'Dream', Dizzee sampled Captain Sensible's version of 'Happy Talk' - originally from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. Later that year, Rascal became the first artist to add new material to a version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas' when he added a rap to a new recording of the charity song, recorded as Band Aid 20.
Maths + English was Dizzee Rascal's third album and was released in June 2007. Maths + English followed in the footsteps of Dizzee's debut album and was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize. This time, however, he was beaten to the prize by Klaxons, with their Myths Of The Near Future album.
In July 2008, Dizzee Rascal's collaboration with Calvin Harris, 'Dance Wiv Me' became a massive summer chart hit, reaching number one in the UK singles chart.
In December 2008, Dizzee Rascal was arrested in London, following an incident involving a baseball bat.
Label-owner: Dizzee's label is called Dirtee Stank and was the home of his first white label release, 'I Luv U'. In 2005, Dizzee re-launched the label, releasing records by Newham Generals and Klass A.
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are rumoured to be dating after they were spotted shopping together in Nashville.
Taylor Swift has been romantically linked to Calvin Harris after the two were spotted together on Wednesday (25th March). They were snapped food shopping together in Nashville and the pictures, taken by an amateur photographer at the scene, have gone viral. The two, both dressed in black and grey, are not showing any public signs of affection but they have reportedly been spotted together over the past month.
Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift are rumoured to be dating.
The Ultra Music Festival kicks off in downtown Miami tonight!
Rich Incognito, the former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman who is currently a free agent, has arrived back in the city for the first time since January 1 to attend the Ultra Music Festival 2014. The dance music extravaganza - which kicked off today (March 228, 2014) - promises to turn downtown Miami into a giant rave for the weekend.
"I am here for the Ultra Music Festival," Incognito told Local 10's Ross Palombo after touching down in South Florida on Thursday night, "You know, it's funny. I grew up around music and movies, and everything was telling me to come back here."
Continue reading: Richie Incognito Touches Down in Miami for Ultra Music Festival 2014
Dizzee Rascal unleashed a foul mouthed tirade on Radio 1 after allegedly removing his new tracks form their playlist.
Dizzee Rascal was left a little miffed with Radio 1 for the lack of airplay his tracks are receiving.
BBC's Radio 1 removed the hits 'Love This Town' and 'Something Really Bad', which features Will.i.am, from its playlist.
This angered the 'Bonkers' hit maker and he wasn't going to waste any time in expressing his opinion on the matter.
Continue reading: Radio 1 Calls Dizzee Rascal's Ruthless Twitter Rant "Disappointing"
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Dizzee Rascal has picked up his Twitter rifle, walked up a big building in London and taken aim at Radio 1. It’s important to note: we’re going to try and get as many Dizzee songs into this as possible, so be warned. Consider that an advanced apology.
Dizzee Rascal made his feelings towards Radio 1 Known
‘Goin’ Crazy’ on the social media platform, the Rasca went ‘Wild’ on the radio station. "Who ever does Radio 1 playlist suck my d*ck! I'm tired of you C*cksuckers you better stop playing me. Make up your f*cking minds!!!" he began in the ‘Bonkers’ rant.
Continue reading: Bonkers - Dizzee Rascal Goin' Crazy on Twitter over Radio 1.
Dizzee Rascal's new single 'Love This Town' was written by the man himself and a host of big names including Trae The Truth and RedOne (who also produced the track). The song - which also features Teddy Sky - is the latest track from Dizzee's new album simply called 'The Fifth'.
I Don't Need A Reason is the second single from Dizzee Rascal's new album 'The Fifth' which will be released in the UK on 30th September. This is the follow up single to Dizzee's collaboration with Robbie Williams 'Goin' Crazy'.
Liam Gallagher was rumoured to be playing Glastonbury, and duly opened the festival on Friday morning.
Liam Gallagher was given the enviable job of opening the 2013 Glastonbury Festival with a surprise set on The Other Stage on Friday morning (June 28, 2013). The singer, who aired his dismay for the festival following his former band Oasis' set in 2004, arrived on-stage and immediately launched into Flick of the Finger, a recent single for Beady Eye.
Liam Gallagher Performing With Beady Eye At Brixton Academy
The cloudy weather and early start did nothing to deter the famous Mancunian, who was on typically brash form. "It's never too early for a bit of Rock'n'Roll aggro, is it?" asked Gallagher as his new band launched into Morning Glory, an Oasis hit written by his brother Noel Gallagher.
Continue reading: Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye Open Glastonbury Festival With Morning Set
Dizzee Rascal will drop new album 'The Fifth' - a "party record" to follow on from 2009's Tongue n' Cheek - on 1st July.
Famous for wearing a cardboard shark head in the crazy video for hit track 'Bonkers', Dizzee Rascal shows he's fond of the aquatic theme, analogising his journey on Radio 1: "If my last record was dipping my foot into the swimming pool of happiness, this one is fully going for a swim - backstroke, butterfly, in every way. not just doggie-paddle."
On its 1st July release, new record The Fifth will be available in two formats: a 12-track 'standard' edition and a 16-track 'deluxe' edition that will showcase a few extra exclusive tracks.
After their collaborating together on hit, 'Wild', Dizzee will be teaming up once more with singer Jessie J on The Fifth track, 'We Don't Play Around.'
Continue reading: Dizzee Rascal: New Album 'The Fifth' Announced
The Radio 1 Big Weekend became a star-studded event with performances from some of the biggest chart toppers.
Rudimental at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend was just that - a BIG weekend! With a huge range of hit artists, the radio station left no genre uncovered over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (May 24th - 26th 2013).
Day 1 saw performances from Dizzee Rascal as he promotes his upcoming fifth album due out later in the year; Rudimental, whose debut album 'Home' has had some remarkable reviews and a number one spot on the UK album chart; Rita Ora who is also working on a new album; and her platinum selling boyfriend Calvin Harris. Saturday brought in an equally impressive line-up with Ellie Goulding who is in the UK before she embarks on a lengthy US tour later in the summer; The Saturdays minus Rochelle Humes who is still recovering from the birth of her first baby Alaia-Mai; and Iggy Azalea whose debut album release is imminent. As for day 3, it certainly wasn't a day of rest as hitting the stage in Derry, Northern Ireland were alt-rock threesome Paramore, BRIT award nominated Jessie Ware and Grammy winning Bruno Mars who's set to kick off a major world tour in the summer spanning through 'til March 2014.