Dizzee Rascal

Golden boy of Grime

In 2002 the tectonic plates of British music were ripped apart when grime erupted in east London. Born of UK garage pirate radio, but snatching elements from jungle, hip-hop and ragga, it was rude, crude and brimming with violent sonic innovation. At just 17 years old it was Dizzee Rascal, born Dylan Mills, who led grime’s march on the mainstream with his startling debut album, ‘Boy In Da Corner’. “It’s this generation’s punk music,” declared Mills and six months later, when he beat marquee acts like Coldplay and The Darkness to the Mercury Music Prize, it genuinely seemed he might be at the vanguard of a musical revolution.


Dylan Mills


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