Dizzee Rascal – real name Dylan Mills – was brought up in the UK Garage Music environment, with an emphasis on the dance floor. Dizzee was an active and enthusiastic participant at raves from the age of 15, as well as mixing on pirate radio stations. Dizzee’s distinctive style of rapping overlays a mixture of garage and hip-hop beats and rhythms and contains elements of garage, rap and raga, metal guitars, pop and dance.
His first album, Boy in Da Corner, was critically acclaimed on its release in 2003. It has since been considered a grime classic and earned him the 2003 Mercury Prize. Follow-up albums Showtime, Maths + English, and Tongue n' Cheek have been critically praised and certified platinum, with Tongue n' Cheek going platinum for sales exceeding 300,000 units in the United Kingdom. He has scored the number-one hits "Dance wiv Me", "Bonkers", "Holiday", "Dirtee Disco", "Shout". In 2017 Dizzee Rascal announced his sixth studio album, titled Raskit.