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ARCHIVE: How Dizzee Rascal has become grime’s formula for success

12 Jan

This is the first ever feature article I wrote. It was produced towards the end of my first year at university (circa April 2010), following UK rapper Dizzee Rascal’s Ivor Novello songwriting award nominations.


2009 saw significant chart success for Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal’s cake of chart success this year looks to have received even more icing in the form of two Ivor Novello award nominations this week. Having already won the BRIT award for ‘Best British Male,’ to receive the approval of the Novello panel for his song-writing is a testament to how Dizzee, or Dylan Mills to his mother, has successfully explored the use of rap in different (and often more marketable) genres of music, without sacrificing the skills of the rapping style that saw him win the 2003 Mercury Music Prize for his grime-orientated debut album, ‘Boy in Da Corner.’ The contrast between the gritty, insensitive story-telling Dizzee of his debut, and the fun-loving festival-playing Dizzee of today, is remarkable. The commercial and financial success that has stemmed from this change and innovation, however, has begun a dangerous precedent that appears to be mortally wounding the grime genre from which the East London teenager first emerged. Continue reading