James Devlin (born 7 May 1989), better known mononymously as Devlin, is an English rapper from Dagenham, London, England, he attended the Brittons Academy in Rainham. He signed to Island Records. Part of grime collective 'O.T Crew' with Dogzilla, Deeperman, M. Eye, Benson, Kozy, Syer Bars and Daze. Devlin was also a member of The Movement, consisting of himself, Wretch 32, Scorcher, Ghetts, Lightning, Mercston and DJ Unique but has since left. He is known for his lyricism and flow.
Devlin grew up on a housing estate in Dagenham. His mother was a council worker while his father was a forklift driver. He started working with a collection of Recruiters called The Pega Crew (Members; Klaus every weekend etc.). Soon he joined up with The EMEA Movement, members included friend and fellow east london Grime MC Moogz and North London's Wretch 32 and Scorcher. In December 2006 The Movement released their first and only release entitled Tempo Specialists. Devlin's music began to reach commercial radio stations. He made appearances on Kiss FM and BBC Radio 1Xtra with DJs Logan Sama, Tim Westwood and Cameo. Devlin released his second solo mixtape The Art of Rolling in 2008. US rap star Kanye West posted a video on his blog of Devlin's appearance on Grime DVD Practice Hours when he was aged 15.
In 2009, Devlin's first video was aired on Channel AKA. "London City" spent 10 weeks at no.1 on the channel's official video chart. Other videos followed including Community Outcast and Giant.
In December 2009, Devlin was announced on the long list for the BBC Sound of 2010. Devlin signed to Island Records in March 2010, and began working on his first studio album Bud, Sweat and Beers.
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