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Dizzee Rascal

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Dizzee Rascal (2007)

Interview by Maureen Paton, Rock's Backpages audio, 30 November 2007

The Grime pioneer takes a cab drive around his youthful stamping ground of Bow: remembering his childhood; times in and out of school; his scrapes with the law; starting to make music, pirate radio and the nascent Grime scene; his stabbing in Ayia Napa... and addressing the Oxford Union!

File format: mp3; file size: 75.6mb, interview length: 1h 18' 42" sound quality: ***

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Dizzee Rascal: Bringing It All Back Home

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 1 August 2003

THE FIRST TIME you hear Boy in da Corner, it's a jolt. The debut album of 18-year-old Dizzee Rascal has just been nominated for the ...

Street Smarts: Dizzee Rascal: Boy In Da Corner (Dirtee Stank/XL) *****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, September 2003

Eighteen-year-old London MC — and recovering victim of a recent stabbing incident in Ayia Napa — forges the freshest urban sound of 2003 ...

Dizzee Rascal: Boy In Da Corner

Review by Ben Thompson, The Observer, 2004

PRECOCIOUS BOW roughneck Dylan Mills knocked up his first single (scabrous teen pregnancy shocker 'I Luv You') in downtime from his school music class at ...

Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner (XL/Matador)

Review by Will Hermes, Spin, February 2004

Speaking in Tongues: East London rap star Dizzee Rascal's war of words ...

Dizzee Rascal

Profile and Interview by Lulu Le Vay, X-Ray, August 2004

TUESDAY JULY 29th 2003. It has only been three weeks since teen ghetto rapper turned breakneck industry sensation Dizzee Rascal was pulled off his scooter ...

Lovable Rogue: Dizzee Rascal: Showtime (XL) *****

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, October 2004

Deft and ultimately devastating follow up to 2003's Mercury Prize-winning debut. ...

London Calling

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, November 2004

Dizzee Rascal is the first artist to score two five-star MOJO reviews with successive albums. Yet Britain's freshest music star is only the most visible ...

Dizzee Rascal: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 26 May 2005

DIZZEE RASCAL saunters on stage sporting the infectious grin of a boy who feels that every day is Christmas. Though he starts with 'Sittin' Here', ...

Dizzee Rascal: Word Champion

Interview by Ben Thompson, The Observer, 22 April 2007

Dizzee Rascal is not proud of everything in his past, he tells Ben Thompson in a remarkably frank interview. But he's more than happy with ...

Dizzee Rascal: 'I Was Just Being Cheeky'

Interview by Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, Financial Times, 9 June 2007

TOP OF the world, that's how Dizzee Rascal feels. Early sales of his new album Maths and English indicate a top-10 hit. "It's a couple ...

The Mercury Prize: The agony and the ecstasy

Report by Jude Rogers, The Guardian, 6 September 2007

How can you possibly choose just one winner from 233 albums? Mercury prize panellist Jude Rogers lifts the lid on the judging for the music ...

Dizzee Rascal: Truthfully Born To Do It

Interview by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, 1 August 2008

DIZZEE RASCAL'S 'Dance Wiv Me', featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome, has sat at the top of the UK singles chart for the past four Sundays. ...

Dizzee Rascal: Academy, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 21 November 2008

DIZZEE RASCAL, who in 2003 carried off the Mercury music prize, recently told Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman he was thinking of running for prime minister. He seems ...

Clash's top ten hip-hop albums, EVER...

Guide by Mike Diver, Clash, 6 April 2009

WITH RADIO 1 presently celebrating 30 years of all things hip-hop – check out Trevor Nelson's page for more – we at Clash figured: why ...

Dizzee Rascal: Dizzee heights

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, October 2009

He's gone from grime-star chancer to award-winning chart topper. Now, with his fourth album, Dizzee Rascal is about to go stratospheric. John Lewis braces for ...

Dizzee Rascal: Roundhouse, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 22 October 2009

"DIZZEE RASCAL for prime minister, yeah?" As if to emphasise that he is more than just an east London grime MC these days, Rascal ended ...

Dizzee Heights or The Year Of The Rascal

Interview by Ian Gittins, Wonderland, November 2009

"I wake up, every day is a daydream/Everything in my life ain't what it seems..."– 'Bonkers', Dizzee Rascal ...

N-Dubz and The Second Coming of Brit Pop

Overview by Ben Thompson, Observer Music Monthly, 1 November 2009

It has been a long, rocky road for homegrown urban music in the UK, but this year N-Dubz and a close-knit group of stars have ...

"This is What London Is": The Growth of Grime

Book Excerpt by Lloyd Bradley, Serpent's Tail Books, August 2013

"WHEN I INITIALLY started producing, I started grabbing reggae influences, hip-hop influences, mixing it with my own London flava, then you got the MCs on ...

Dizzee Rascal: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 30 September 2013

Beyond the celeb-friends roundup, Dizzee's agility and cheery-badman appeal is undeniable ...


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