Lethal Bizzle (born Maxwell Ansah, 14.9.1982)
Lethal Bizzle (also known as Lethal B) is a British rapper, of Ghanaian descent. His single 'Pow (Forward)', also known as 'Forward Riddim' was banned from airplay by a number of mainstream radio stations in the UK, but still reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart, earning himself a MOBO award for 'Best Single'.
Lethal Bizzle: Music Career
Lethal Bizzle stated out as a member of More Fire Crew, a grime collective based in Waltham Forest, London. The other members of the band were Neeko, Ozzie B, Shaunie B and Commander B. More Fir Crew's track 'Oi, Blud!' reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart in 2002, when grime music was still largely an underground concern. Lethal Bizzle is known for his public rivalry with Wiley, a founder member of the Roll Deep Crew.
In 2005, Lethal Bizzle was selected to perform as part of the Live 8 concert in Edinburgh. Other acts to perform at the event include Bono, Feeder, Eddie Izzard and Natasha Bedingfield.
The same year, Lethal Bizzle released his debut album, Against All Oddz on V2 Records. The first single from the album was 'Uh Oh! (I'm Back)'. This was followed up with 'What We Do', a collaboration between Twista, the Kray Twinz and Gappy Ranks. The final track on the album, 'Til Next Time', calls for an end to his rivalry with Wiley. Wiley responded by including More Fire Crew's 'Oi' as a bonus track on his album Da 2nd Phaze.
Lethal Bizzle was selected to perform on the NME Rock n Roll Riot Tour in 2007. The other bands performing on the package tour were The Enemy and The Wombats. The NME went on to place him at number five in their 2007/8 'Cool List'. He beat Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse and Peter Doherty.
Lethal Bizzle second studio album, Back to Bizznizz was also released on v2 Records and featured the track 'Babylon's Burning The Ghetto', produced by Akira The Don. The album also featured Pete Doherty's band Babyshambles, after Lethal Bizzle had performed with Doherty and Kate Moss at the Hackney Empire in London.
Bizzle has collaborated with a number of very diverse artists. He featured on the Print is Dead Vol 1. compilation, with the Newcastle band yourcodenameis:milo. He also recorded 'I Got a .45', which features a sample of 'Don't Mug Yourself' by The Streets. In September 2007, Lethal Bizzle and the band Gallows performed 'Staring at the Rude Boys' by The Ruts for a T4 programme on Channel 4.
The third studio album from Lethal Bizzle, Go Hard was released in October 2009, with the title track (featuring Donaeo) as the lead single.