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