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Dizzee Rascal

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Bow, East London (2003 – present)

Dylan Mills, known professionally as Dizzee Rascal (born November 1, 1985), is a grime solo artist, formerly a Roll Deep crew member, who emerged from the UK Garage music scene. His music was a blend of garage MCing, conventional rap, grime and ragga, with some more eclectic samples.

Dizzee began MCing on pirate radio and at raves at fifteen, but since his mainstream success he has distanced himself from the fledgling scene. Rascal grew up in the East End of London in south Bow in a council estate, raised by his single mother, a Ghanaian immigrant. Little is known about his father, though it is thought that he died when Mills was two. He attributes his musical development to a school teacher who allowed him to skip regular classes and spend time working on music on the school computers.

His music is an eclectic mixture of garage and hip-hop beats with an extremely broad palette of influences, ranging from metal guitars to found sounds, drill and bass synth lines, eclectic samples and even Japanese court music. His vocal performance is also distinctive, he uses a fast version of rapping (known as ‘spitting’) which blends elements from garage MCing, conventional , and .

Dizzee Rascal has numerous rivals within the Grime scene, mainly from the Bow, East London area. A notable rival of Dizzee Rascal is Crazy Titch who produced and recorded a diss called “Just An Arsehole” which used the backing track of Dizzee’s record of “Jus A Rascal”.

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  • ketamineface

    The grime scene seems well and truly dead now. even Skepta has gone shit. can anyone recommend me any artists that still write grime? I seem to be listening to the same shit over and over again. I love BIDC but I've listened to it to death. Same with most of my UK grime CD's.

    18 Apr 4:01pm Reply
  • 3_teller_bitte

    the only new track that's any good is bassline junkie

    2 Apr 1:17pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Boy In The Corner >>>

    25 Mar 2:25am Reply
  • etiopczyk

    the new Dizzie sucks as hell. Poorest (possible!) versionof Black eyed Peas

    6 Mar 12:14pm Reply
  • Egor8bit

    <3

    16 Feb 10:14am Reply
  • caffeineandvase

    best videos of the year! http://www.zolinsagt.de/2013/12/die-videos-des-jahres-2013-die-erste.html

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • renatosilva_07

    Sometimes I wake up, wishing I could sleep forever, I've spent my whole life tryna' put myself together

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BoBs933

    "Brand New Day" - masterpiece

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Jiraffick

    the tackiest album of the year

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DaddyMassacre

    What is wrong with you people!!! the Fifth has alot of good tracks H-Town is really good and im glad to see TX on the map is just another one of my favs off the record

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Haven't heard The Fifth (and barely liked Boy in da Corner as I said the other day) but it will likely be better then eminem's newest.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • franciscospi

    only thing worse than a bad album is a deliberately bad album by a talented man [2] only good thing on this album is Bassline Junkie and I dont need a reason.... rest is shit

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Overrated debut. I also heard bonkers a crap load in 2009.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • roadfork

    only thing worse than a bad album is a deliberately bad album by a talented man

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • nalepiak

    Dizzee nigdy nie stronił od świata popu,ale jednak na ostatniej płycie "The Fifth" wszedł w Pop-elinę zbyt głęboko (vide nagromadzenie radiowych refrenów...nic dziwnego,że niektórym kojarzy się to z Pitbullem,czyli fatalnie). Nie tędy droga,proszę pana,nie tędy...

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • P1nkPanther93

    Boy In Da Corner is a classic

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gjepe

    come on! you guise must admit that he sounds like this pop shit artiste pitbull.. grime is gone baby...

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review: http://www.heavypop.at/dizzee-rascal-the-fifth/

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Bukowski-

    i like how the promo singles are the only good songs on the album

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LikeDuff

    <3

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
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