Calvin Harris
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Dizzee Rascal

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Dizzee Rascal

English rapper, MC, songwriter and record producer with African roots in Ghana and Nigeria add

Category: Music

Born in 1985.

Countries: United Kingdom (47%), United States (24%), (14%)

Main connections: Calvin Harris, Mercury Prize, England

Linked to: Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Florence and the Machine, The Village Voice




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Dizzee Rascal was born in 1985 add something


Hip hop music - In the 2000s a derirative genre from Hip-Hop known as Grime became popular with artists such as Dizzee Rascal becoming successful


After winning a Sidewinder Award for Best Newcomer MC in 2002, in June 2003 the re-recorded and re-produced by Jacob Freitt single "I Luv U" was released, becoming a Top 30 hit single add something


Dizzee had an ongoing feud, from late 2002, with fellow popular underground Grime MC Crazy Titch, which began when a fight broke out between the pair during a set on the popular pirate radio station Deja Ju FM. The set which features many seminal early Grime artists was filmed, which was rare for the era, and has accumulated over a million views on YouTube and resulted in the two exchanging diss tracks add something


In 2002, he jointly formed the Roll Deep Crew, a 13-piece garage collective, with former school friends add something


Tinchy Stryder - In 2002, the grime group Roll Deep was formed, and included Danquah and Dizzee Rascal


Kano (rapper) - Kano used the crews underground popularity as a springboard and left N.A.S.T.Y. His first solo track was "Boys Love Girls", which was produced in 2002, was later taken to a studio and remastered by Dizzee Rascal


His music is a blend of grime, garage, hip hop, rap, electronic and R&B. Best known for his number-one hits "Dance wiv Me," "Bonkers," "Holiday," "Dirtee Disco" & "Shout," his debut album, "Boy in da Corner," won him the 2003 Mercury Prize add something


In September, Dizzee was awarded the prestigious Mercury Prize for the best album of 2003 add something


The single, released in August 2003, gave Dizzee his first UK Top 20 single and became the biggest hit from his debut album add something


The track was released as a single in November 2003 and gave Dizzee his third top 30 hit add something


Basement Jaxx - In 2003, Basement Jaxx released their third full-length album, "Kish Kash", which included contributions from Lisa Kekaula , Me'shell Ndegeocello, Dizzee Rascal, Totlyn Jackson, JC Chasez, Siouxsie Sioux, and Phoebe


Along with being picked as the No. 1 album of the year by Planet Sound, "Boy in da Corner" was chosen as one of the top 50 albums of the year by "Rolling Stone," joining the likes of Kanye West, Mos Def, Eminem, and Jadakiss for 2004 add something


In 2004, Dizzee Rascal made an international endorsement deal with urban brand Eck? and designed his own shoe with Nike in 2005 add something


In 2004, Dizzee Rascal won the NME award for Innovation add something


Later in 2004, Dizzee Rascal was part of Band Aid 20, a group of British musicians who re-recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas-" He did not sing in the song; rather, he rapped two lines of it add something


The Village Voice, 19 January 2004 add something


He made his US concert debut on 7 February 2004 at Volume in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York add something


The first single from the album, released two weeks earlier in August 2004, was titled "Stand Up Tall;" it was written and produced by grime producer DJ Youngstar of Pulse-X notoriety add something


The second single "Dream," another top 20 hit, was released in November 2004 add something


Dizzee's track "Stand Up Tall" is featured in the 2005 video game "FIFA Street" add something


Since his incarceration on murder charges in 2005 Crazy Titch has said he no longer has any issues with Dizzee Rascal who has not since commented on the affair add something


David Bailey (photographer) - In 2005, he was involved in a feature titled "British Rule" for "GQ", charting the British influence on rock and roll, photographing several musicians including Paul Weller, Jarvis Cocker, Razorlight, Brian Eno, M.I.A., Ian Brown, The Futureheads, Belle & Sebastian, Damon Albarn, Dizzee Rascal, Kaiser Chiefs, Robyn Hitchcock, Super Furry Animals, and Colin Blunstone


The song was featured in the film "Kidulthood," released in 2006 add something


Sway DaSafo - In November 2006, Sway won a BET Hip-Hop *award for "Best UK Hip-Hop Act", beating Blak Twang, Plan B, Dizzee Rascal and Kano


The album was one of the 12 nominees for the 2007 Mercury Prize, which ultimately went to The Klaxons' album "Myths of the Near Future add something


Accessed 7 September 2007 Dizzee has stated "I had Dirtee Stank before I had my record deal add something


Gabriel Zakuani - In 2007, Zakuani appeared in Dizzee Rascal's music video for his single "Flex"


During the 2008 US presidential elections, Dizzee gave a live interview to Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, in which he described Barack Obama as "an immediate symbol of unity" add something


In 2008, Dizzee Rascal recorded a song for suicide charity CALM; the song "Dean" was about a friend of Dizzee's who took his own life add something


The official US album was released on 29 April 2008; it contained two tracks not on the European release, but it did not include the track "Pussyole' add something


On 23 May 2008, Calvin Harris, whom he collaborated with on the number-one smash "Dance Wiv Me," revealed on his Twitter that he was producing a Dizzee track; at the Evolution Festival, Newcastle, and when on tour supporting The Prodigy, he confirmed that two new singles called "Road Rage" and "Dirtee Cash," both of which featured on the album, would be released add something


The single "Dance Wiv Me", featuring UK electro artist Calvin Harris and RnB artist Chrome, was released through the label on 7 July 2008; the track became Jo Whiley's Pet Sound for the Week beginning 2 June 2008, thus gaining a large amount of radio airtime add something


St John's College, Cambridge - Highlights include an extravagant fireworks display and a variety of musical acts - in 2008 including Dizzee Rascal and Lesley Garrett


Calvin Harris - In 2008, Harris collaborated with rapper Dizzee Rascal on his single "Dance wiv Me", producing the track and singing the hook


Norman Cook - The Brighton Port Authority debuted in 2008 with a collaboration with David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal titled "Toe Jam", along with a music video featuring nude dancers with censor bars on them, making pictures and words with them


Dizzee Rascal released his fourth studio album, "Tongue n' Cheek," on 21 September 2009 add something


In PlayStation Home, the PlayStation 3's online community-based service, there was an event dedicated for Dizzee Rascal in the VIP Room of the "SingStar" themed game space that ran from 24 September 2009 to 9 October 2009 add something


Norman Cook - Also in 2009, he played in Marlay Park, Dublin alongside David Guetta, Dizzee Rascal, and Calvin Harris, as well as one huge performance at the Sziget Festival in Budapest


Calvin Harris - In 2009, he produced Dizzee Rascal's next single titled "Holiday", which reached number one


Rascal revealed in 2010 that he plans not to use drugs or alcohol at all in the future add something


On 31 May 2010 Dizzee re-released the album "Tongue n' Cheek" with a few new tracks on including "Dirtee Disco", which was released on 24 May 2010 add something


In August 2010, it was revealed that he was to collaborate with Colombian popstar Shakira on the English version of "Loca," the lead single of her album "Sale el Sol add something


On the week of 14 October 2010, Dizzee made his first appearance on the US "Billboard" Hot 100 after the song peaked number 32 add something


James Corden - He was featured on the No.1 single Shout along with British grime artist Dizzee Rascal an unofficial anthem of the England football team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010


Florence and the Machine - Welch and Dizzee Rascal's performance of a mashup version of the band's single "You've Got the Love" and Dizzee's single "Dirtee Cash", titled "You Got the Dirtee Love", at the 2010 BRIT *awards on 16 February 2010 was described as "a definite highlight of the evening"


James Corden - On 5 June 2010, he performed his England World Cup single with Dizzee Rascal on the finale of "Britain's Got Talent"


On New Year's Day 2011, Dizzee Rascal released alongside the Newham Generals, D Double E and Footsie add something


On 6 February 2011, it was announced Dizzee would support the Red Hot Chili Peppers at their Knebworth House show in the Summer add something


As of August 2011 the Newham Generals , Smurfie Syco and Pepper are signed to the label add something


In November 2011, Dizzee Rascal and Dirtee Stank Recordings signed a multi-million dollar recording and distribution deal for all artist under the Dirtee Stank banner, music will be released on the Island imprint add something


Due to his large commercial success and influence in bringing Grime Music to the attention of much of the global audience Dizzee was given the honour of performing during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics add something


Their first collaboration, "The Power" is set to be the third single from Fresh's third studio album, released in September 2012 add something


DJ Fresh - On 12 February 2012, the second single "Hot Right Now", featuring British-Albanian singer Rita Ora, became his second number one in the UK, and the first drum and bass song to chart at number one in the UK. The third single from the album, "The Power", which features rapper Dizzee Rascal, was officially released on 3 June 2012


Calvin Harris - On 22 August 2012, Harris announced via Twitter that his third studio album will be titled "18 Months" and will feature Kelis, Rihanna, Example, Nicky Romero, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Florence Welch, Dizzee Rascal, Ne-Yo, Ayah Marar and Dillon Francis


Dizzee's new album will be called "The Fifth" and is set for release in summer 2013 add something


In November 2013, Rascal received an honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of East London add something


Jessie J - On 16 May 2013, Jessie performed "Domino" on the finale of the twelfth season of "American Idol" with contestant Angie Miller and on 26 May 2013, "Wild", the first single from Jessie J's second album, which features Dizzee Rascal and Big Sean, was released to iTunes


"Heart of a Warrior" is featured in the 2014 game "WWE 2k15" add something


Calvin Harris - On 24 June 2016, Harris released a collaboration with Dizzee Rascal, titled "Hype


In June 2017, Dizzee Rascal released the single "Space" in a livestreamed teaser trailer and announced his sixth studio album, titled "Raskit", due for release on 21 July 2017 add something


Dizzee released an EP titled 'Don't Gas Me' in September 2018 add something