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Dizzee Rascal

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