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  Who is Dizzee Rascal?
Updated 22 July 2003, 20.12
Dizzee Rascal is tipped for big things
Dizzee Rascal - real name Dylan Mills - is an 18-year-old MC whose distinctive sound has made him this year's biggest thing.

Like The Streets and Ms Dynamite rose from underground fame to chart success in 2002, Dizzee is tipped to do the same a year later.

Like those artists his first album In Da Corner has been rewarded with a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize.

His debut track - which he made when he was just 16 - was called I Luv U, and quickly became a massive underground smash.

Dizzee Rascal has already worked with some massive names
Dizzee Rascal has already worked with some massive names
Since then Dizzee's recorded that first album, and worked with huge artists like Ashanti, The Streets, More Fire Crew and most recently Basement Jaxx.

Along with fellow Roll Deep crew member Wiley, Dizzee has also supported US rap superstar Jay-Z.

Much like Ms Dynamite and The Streets, Dizzee raps about his life growing up in a rough area, including tough topics like gun crime and politics.

He grew up in Bow in east London, and got in trouble a lot at school, kicked out a few times for misbehaving.

But then a music teacher saw his potential, and let him use the music classroom when he was excluded from other lessons, ensuring he didn't waste his talent.

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