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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 MC'ing 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. 2017 saw the release of his third studio LP, Devil In, which was preceded by the singles "50 Grand," "Bitches," and "Castella." ~ Jon O'Brien
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  1.   Song
  2.   (All Along The) Watchtower by Ed Sheeran
  3.   Brainwashed
  4.   Marching Through the Fog
  5.   Dreamer
  6.   Really Cold
  7.   Finally featuring Dogzilla
  8.   End of Days
  9.   Our Father by Dogzilla
  10.   Runaway by Yasmin Shahmir
  11.   The Garden
  12.   The Cast
  13.   Love Cards
  14.   Rewind
  15.   Mother's Son
  16.   Letter To My Boys
  17.   Off With Their Heads
  18.   Sun Goes Down
  19.   London City, Pt. II
  20.   Let It Go
  21.   Days & Nights
  22.   A Gift & a Curse
  23.   Yesterday's News
  24.   Ghost Ship
  25.   My Moving Picture by Devlin
  26.   1989
  27.   World Still Turns
  28.   London City
  29.   Community Outcast

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