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Dizzee Rascal (born Dylan Mills, 1985)
Dizzee Rascal 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.
Dizzee Rascal: 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.
Dizzee Rascal: 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.
Dizzee Rascal: 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.
28th March 2014 -
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7th November 2013 -
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...
6th November 2013 -
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...
17th October 2013 -
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...
13th August 2013 -
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...
28th June 2013 -
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...
11th June 2013 -
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...
29th May 2013 -
Jessie J releases her first single and video of the year in the shape of 'WILD' featuring Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal. The singer is gearing up for a busy autumn with a second album...
28th May 2013 -
Rudimental at BBC Radio 1's Big WeekendBBC 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...
25th May 2013 -
Dizzee Rascal was on the bill to open day one of the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Derry’s Ebrington Square on Friday (May 24), but rather than just keep the performance to himself the rapper...
13th May 2013 -
Dizzee Rascal has teamed up with Robbie Williams for his upcoming new track 'Goin' Crazy' alongside a mods versus rockers themed video. It has been taken from his forthcoming fifth album entitled simply 'The Fifth'...
30th October 2012 -
This Thursday (November 1, 2012), the winner of the Mercury Music will be announced. As a precursor to the official event, Spotify have taken a look at the streaming figures for all of the nominees,...
29th October 2012 -
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9th November 2009 -
Review of Dizzee Rascal's album Tongue n' CheekAs I write this Tongue n Cheek is already gold-selling. Just like Maths n English, Showtime, and 2003's Mercury Prize winner Boy in da Corner. That's every album...
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