Dylan Kwabena Mills better known as Dizzee Rascal has evolved from cutting-edge grime and UK hip hop pioneer into one of Britains biggest pop stars. And hes done it without compromising one iota of his startlingly original vision and unique persona. In Bonkers Paul Lester traces Dizzees development as the East London rapper songwriter and record producer of Ghanaian and Nigerian descent forged a career first as a pirate radio DJ aged 16 then as a member of grime collective the Roll Deep Crew and finally as a solo artist. It also reveals how Dizzees distinctive style a hybrid of garage rap grime ragga dancehall and electronica - and skewed observations of low-rent city life helped him become at 19 the youngest person ever to win the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2003 with his extraordinary debut album Boy In Da Corner. In this no-holds-barred account read about Dizzees stabbing in Ayia Napa his gradual infiltration of the mainstream: rapping on Band Aid 20s Do They Know Its Christmas? in 2004 his three Number 1 singles with Dance Wiv Me Bonkers and Holiday and unlikely appearance on BBC2s Newsnight where he was grilled about politics by Jeremy Paxman and joked that he could one day be Prime Minister. Stranger things have happened and theyre all in Bonkers: The Story of Dizzee Rascal. Paul Lester is the author of acclaimed biographies of post punk legends Gang Of Four and Wire and pop superstar Pink all published by Omnibus Press. He also contributes to The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
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