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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
  3.   Brainwashed
  4.   Runaway by Yasmin Shahmir
  5.   The Cast
  6.   Rewind
  7.   Ghost Ship
  8.   London City, Pt. II
  9.   Let It Go
  10.   World Still Turns
  11.   Marching Through the Fog
  12.   Love Cards
  13.   1989
  14.   Our Father by Dogzilla
  15.   The Garden
  16.   A Gift & a Curse
  17.   Off With Their Heads
  18.   Sun Goes Down
  19.   Yesterday's News
  20.   Dreamer
  21.   London City
  22.   Really Cold
  23.   Days & Nights
  24.   Mother's Son
  25.   Community Outcast
  26.   End of Days
  27.   Letter To My Boys
  28.   My Moving Picture by Devlin
  29.   Finally featuring Dogzilla

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