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Following in the footsteps of Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Strider and Tinie Tempah, Devlin broke through from London's underground grime scene to achieve mainstream success. Born in Dagenham, Essex in 1989, James Devlin grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley and the Supremes, but developed a love of hip-hop after buying Nas' It Was Written album. At the age of 13, he began MCing on various pirate radio stations and was eventually spotted by influential grime artist Dogzilla, who asked him to join the O.T. Crew. In 2006, he released his debut mixtape, Songs from the Crypt, and two years later, received world-wide attention when Kanye West posted a video of him freestyling on his blog. Thanks to his appearance on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2010 shortlist, Devlin signed to Island/Universal Records and began work on his debut album, Bud, Sweat and Beers. Following a support slot on Chase and Status' U.K. tour, he released the singles "Shot Music" and "Brainwashed" (the latter was his first hit, which charted at number 31) and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards. His 2013 follow-up, A Moving Picture, featured production work from and vocal collaborations with big pop names like Labrinth, Naughty Boy, Katy B, and Ed Sheeran, and saw Devlin tread the fine line between street cred and mainstream blandness, remaining for the most part on the right side of the line. ~ Jon O'Brien
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  1.   Song
  2.   (All Along the) Watchtower
  3.   End of Days
  4.   Finally featuring Dogzilla
  5.   Our Father by Dogzilla
  6.   Runaway by Yasmin Shahmir
  7.   Brainwashed
  8.   Love Cards
  9.   Sun Goes Down
  10.   Days & Nights
  11.   1989
  12.   The Garden
  13.   Rewind
  14.   Letter To My Boys
  15.   Ghost Ship
  16.   Off With Their Heads
  17.   Really Cold
  18.   Let It Go
  19.   Marching Through the Fog
  20.   London City
  21.   Community Outcast
  22.   Mother's Son
  23.   London City, Pt. II
  24.   Dreamer
  25.   World Still Turns
  26.   The Cast
  27.   My Moving Picture by Devlin
  28.   Yesterday's News
  29.   A Gift & a Curse
  30.   Take Me Away
  31.   Finally featuring Devlin & Ghetts
  32.   Let It Go by Devlin & Labrinth
  33.   Our Father
  34.   Runaway featuring Devlin & Yasmin
  35.   [CD-ROM Track]
  36.   Runaway
  37.   Runaway by Yasmin
  38.   50 Grand by Skepta

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