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Dizzee Rascal signs autobiography deal

Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal won best British male at the Brit Awards last month

Brit award winner Dizzee Rascal has signed a deal for his autobiography which promises to "lift the lid" on his troubled background.

The 24-year-old Londoner will co-write The Dizzee Rascal Story with music journalist Ben Thompson.

The deal is a joint venture between Canongate Books and the publishing arm of the rapper's independent record label Dirtee Stank Recordings.

It is due to be published as an illustrated hardback in October 2010.

Dizzee grew up on a council estate in Bow, east London and was excluded from four schools in as many years.

A spokeswoman for Canongate said the book would tell the tale of his upbringing and of the time he was stabbed in Cyprus.

"The Dizzee Rascal Story will provide a much more intimate insight into the real story behind the charismatic young artist," she said.

The rapper topped the UK singles chart twice in 2009 with hits Bonkers and Holiday.

He won the Brit Award for best British male last month.

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