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