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Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal was one of the U.K.'s most prominent music subjects during the latter half of 2003. Just a few months prior to winning his country's Mercury Prize -- for Boy in da Corner, his debut album -- his name was known only by his peers and devout followers of the garage scene. Though the innovative MC/producer was only 18 at the time of the album's release, there was plenty to talk about beyond his music. Born Dylan Mills, Dizzee Rascal grew up in a council estate in East London and was raised a single child by his mother. He didn't fare well in schools; he was booted from several of them, often for altercations with teachers. While not in school, he got himself into further trouble by robbing pizza deliverers and stealing cars. One particular music class, however, proved to be a safe haven and helped push him in an alternate direction. With support from his instructor, he began making his own productions on a classroom computer. Noisy, off-kilter tracks were made to back his own MCing, since he found that the average garage track was not suited for his style of delivery. Taking cues from a host of admired U.S. MCs, Mills began to develop his songwriting skills, which started to take on an increasingly introspective quality. He was no stranger to making boastful pronouncements, but he drew from his own life and various mind states in a way that few other MCs -- regardless of background and nationality -- had done before. When Mills recorded the underground white-label single "I Luv U," he had just started to make a name for himself in the U.K. garage scene, as a member of Roll Deep Crew. He, his fellow crew members, and a cast of other groups and MCs were building on a more aggressive and abrasive offshoot of relatively slick, R&B-oriented garage that would begin to be referred to as grime. "I Luv U" became one of grime's key singles and paved the way for Mills' first full-length album, which was routinely praised by critics upon initial release in July of 2003. In what might have initially seemed like a press stunt to cynics, Mills was stabbed several times while visiting Ayia Napa, a resort in Cyprus, just before its street date. He made a safe recovery, picked up the 2003 Mercury Prize a couple months later, guested on Basement Jaxx's Kish Kash, and saw his album receive a U.S. release in January of 2004. He became more of an underground sensation stateside; Anglophiles with equal love for dance music and hip-hop tended to embrace him, while others found themselves baffled by all of the hype. In September of 2004, Dizzee released Showtime worldwide, followed by Maths and English in 2007. Between the release of the two albums, Dizzee set up a fledgling label for younger talent called Dirtee Stank. In 2009, he returned with Tongue n' Cheek, which featured the U.K. number one singles "Bonkers" (with Armand Van Helden), "Dance wiv Me," "Holiday," and "Dirtee Disco." In 2010, Dizzee Rascal won the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist, while a collaboration with Shakira for the single "Loca" saw the rapper enter the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for the first time. Jessie Ware, Robbie Williams,, and others landed on 2013's The Fifth, a more pop-infused album that featured the single "Superman." ~ Andy Kellman
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Dizzee Rascal

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Dizzee Rascal

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Dizzee Rascal

  1.   Song
  2.   Hype
  3.   Dance Wiv Me
  4.   Fix Up, Look Sharp
  5.   Holiday
  6.   Road Rage
  7.   Bonkers
  8.   Da Feelin'
  9.   Where's Da G's
  10.   Stand Up Tall
  11.   Dirtee Cash
  12.   Pussyole (Old Skool)
  13.   World Outside
  14.   U Can't Tell Me Nuffin'
  15.   Suk My Dick
  16.   Flex
  17.   Excuse Me Please
  18.   Hardback (Industry)
  19.   Sirens
  20.   Bubbles
  21.   Heart of a Warrior by Teddy Sky
  22.   Knock, Knock
  23.   Here 2 China
  24.   Round We Go
  25.   Watch Your Back
  26.   Get By
  27.   Jus a Rascal
  28.   I Don't Need A Reason
  29.   Goin' Crazy
  30.   Bassline Junkie
  31.   Nuffin Love
  32.   Wanna Be
  33.   Get By
  34.   Learn
  35.   Do It
  36.   Wot U On
  37.   I Don't Need a Reason by Mampi Swift
  38.   Stop Dat
  39.   Pagans
  40.   Couple Of Stacks
  41.   Good by Angel
  42.   Bang Bang
  43.   Something Really Bad
  44.   Life Keeps Moving On
  45.   Love This Town by Teddy Sky
  46.   Arse Like That by Sean Kingston
  47.   Spend Some Money by Tinie Tempah
  48.   We Don't Play Around by Jessie J
  49.   Superman
  50.   H-Town
  51.   You Got the Dirtee Love Featuring Florence Welch
  52.   Doin It Big
  53.   Dirtee Disco
  54.   Money, Money
  55.   Leisure
  56.   Freaky Freaky
  57.   Chillin' wiv Da Man Dem
  58.   Can't Tek No More
  59.   Bad Behaviour
  60.   Temptation
  61.   Paranoid
  62.   Fickle
  63.   Flyin'
  64.   Imagine
  65.   Girls
  66.   Showtime
  67.   Live O
  68.   Seems 2 Be
  69.   Jezebel
  70.   Hold Ya Mouf by GodsGift
  71.   2 Far by Wiley
  72.   I Luv U
  73.   Something Really Bad
  74.   Face
  75.   Dream
  76.   Sittin' Here
  77.   Good by Angel
  78.   Good by Angel
  79.   Trapped
  80.   Hype Talk
  81.   Everywhere
  82.   Cut 'Em Off
  83.   Respect Me
  84.   That’s Not My Name
  85.   Marks Outta Ten
  86.   Brand New Day
  87.   Give U More
  88.   Graftin'