Just a few months prior to winning the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Prize -- for Boy in da Corner, his 2003 debut album -- Dizzee Rascal's name was known only to his peers and devout followers of the garage/grime scene. The innovative MC and producer was only 18 at the time of the album's release, but thereafter he became a chart perennial, hitting number one on the British charts four times and reaching the Top Ten with nearly every album he released.
Dizzee won the Mercury Prize in 2003 for Best Album, at age 19 – the first rapper, as well as the youngest artist, to do so. The following year he scooped the award for Innovation from NME. His second album, Showtime, was released in 2004, with the single from it, Dream, carrying a distinctive and unusual time signature. This album was followed by Maths + English, which won him awards and legions of news fans.
Dizzee was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize again in 2010, for the album Tongue N’ Cheek. He has appeared at numerous festivals, including Glastonbury, GlobalGathering and Wireless.
RASKIT, Dizzee’s sixth album and first in four years, returned the compliment of Drake’s recent grime-flavoured mixtape - and with interest. It teams precision-tooled beats from a stellar array of US producers with the sound of Britain’s finest MC - bar none, in a field of his own, champion of a league of one - “rapping my arse off”.