One of the most relevant artist during the international Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art Sonar 2011 in Barcelona is the Londoner Dizzee Rascal. This rapper, songwriter and record producer´s music is a blend of hip hop, grime, garage, ragga and electronic music.

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Dizzee Rascal performing

Dizzee Rascal, born as Dylan Kwabena Arthur Mills on 1 Oct 1985) is the son of Ghanaian immigrants. His father died when he Dylan was young. This is has not been an easy period for him and certainly not for his mother. He was disruptive and violent and was therefore kicked from several schools.

At one point he showed his musical talent to his former music teacher. From this moment on he didn´t need to attend music lectures anymore and instead he made his own music on the computer.

When he was 16 years old, he began as an amateur DJ and released his first self-produced single “I Luv U ‘. Then, in 2002, he formed a garage group together with former schoolfriends. This group was called the Roll Deep Crew.

Being Solo

In 2002 he received a Sidewinder award for best newcomer MC. In July 2003, his single “I Luv U’ got re-recorded and re-produced by Jacob Freitt. This time the single made it into the top 30 chart.

In 2003, Dizzee’s first solo album called ‘Boy in da Corner’ came out. In the same year he got in the news because he was stabbed in the Cypriot resort of Ayia Napa.

A year later he won the NME Award for innovation and in September he released his second album Showtime which made it to the number 8 position in the UK album chart.

In June 2007 he released his third album Maths + English in which he would refer to the beats, money, and producing and writing lyrics in English. His last album so far is Tongue N ‘Cheek from 2009. It contains the famous songs like “Dance Wiv Me”, “Dirtee Disco,” “Bonkers” and “Holiday”

Besides his musical activities Dizze designed sneakers for Nike and he did something similar to a cap for New Era.

Dizzee Rascal is performing at Sonar by Night on Friday the 17th of June. If you come to see his performance and many other artist, you might be interested in accommodation for Sonar 2011 in Barcelona.

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