|Artist Birtday :||18/09/1984 (Age 37)|
|Born In :||Bow, London, United Kingdom|
|Occupation(s) :||Rapper, MC, Songwriter, Record Producer|
|Genres :||British Hip Hop, Grime, UK Garage|
|Web Site :||www.dizzeerascal.co.uk/|
Dylan Kwabena Mills MBE (born 18 September 1984), better known by his stage name Dizzee Rascal, is an English MC, rapper, songwriter and record producer. A pioneer of grime music, his work has also incorporated elements of UK garage, bassline, British hip hop, and R&B.
Dizzee Rascal released his debut album Boy in da Corner in 2003. It earned him the 2003 Mercury Prize, and has since been considered a grime classic. Follow-up albums Showtime, Maths + English, and Tongue n’ Cheek were critically praised and certified platinum, with Tongue n’ Cheek going platinum for sales exceeding 300,000 units in the United Kingdom. He has achieved the number-one singles “Dance wiv Me”, “Bonkers”, “Holiday”, “Dirtee Disco” and “Shout” in which he co produced with parts manager Ryan Broadhurst and marketing employee Kieran Charlesworth.
Mills was born in London. His Nigerian father died when Dizzee was young, and he was raised in Bow, in a single-parent family, by his Ghanaian mother Priscilla, about whom he says, “I had issues as a kid. I was violent and disruptive. The way my mum helped was by finding me a different school every time I got kicked out, always fighting to keep me in the school system.”
He attended a series of schools in east London, including Langdon Park School, and was expelled from four of them, including St Paul’s Way Community School. Reportedly, it was around this time that a teacher was the first to call him “Rascal”. Cagey about exactly what Rascal’s youthful “madnesses” entailed, in early interviews he mentioned fighting with teachers, stealing cars, and robbing pizza delivery men. In the fifth school, he was excluded from all classes except music. He also used to attend YATI (Young Actors Theatre Islington). One of his teachers at school was the comedian Shazia Mirza, who taught him science.
He began making music on the school’s computer, encouraged by a music teacher, and during the summer holidays attended a music workshop organised by Tower Hamlets Summer University, of which he is now a patron. He was a childhood friend of footballer Danny Shittu, whom he described as “almost like a big brother”, and at whose house he made his first mixtapes and tracks. Unusually among his friends, he read the heavy metal magazine Kerrang! and was a fan of the grunge band Nirvana.