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Lethal Bizzle is the most prolific, exciting rapper to emerge from the UK underground scene.Previously a member of More Fire Crew, and with a UK No. 7 chart hit with ‘Oi’, Lethal foundhimself back at square one when they were dropped by the record company, after the labelwent bust. After two years of live gigs, pirate radio airings and general hard graft, Bizzle gotback on his feet, forming his own Lethal Bizzle Records imprint in 2004. At the end of theyear, he released the comeback single “Pow! (Forward),” also known as “Forward Riddim.”Produced by Dexplicit, it entered at 11 on the U.K. pop charts and earned him a MOBOaward for Best Single (he was also nominated for Best Newcomer).
Pow (Forward) became the anthem of the underground music scene- an accolade it stillholds. However its popularity in clubs and the energy it caused led to it being banned bymany major radio outlets, and clubs up and down the country banned Lethal from performingit. Lethal’s only outlet to perform was at indie clubs and dingy bars in the UK, where he couldslip on the bill unnoticed. He embarked on a Club NME tour in 2006 and won over toughindie audiences with his high paced energetic live performance. Lethal found that the indiecrowds were as intense if not more than he saw at urban gigs, and he was quoted recently ina cover feature Time Out story as saying “when white kids jump around it’s called moshing,when black kids do it’s called a riot”.
Bizzle was swiftly signed to V2 Music to release his solo grime debut album Against All Oddz,released in mid-2005. His next set of singles, including “Uh Oh! (I’m Back),” and “Fire” alsomade it onto the UK charts and paved the way for his solo debut, establishing him as one ofthe UK’s most popular underground artists.
In 2006, while recording his 2nd album, Bizzle engaged in a verbal war with ConservativeParty leader and MP David Cameron, after he attacked rap music. Lethal approachedCameron to meet him to discuss ways to use himself as a role model to the youth in the UKand try to get them interested in politics in the UK, and what goes on in the country.Unphased by the attack from the Tory leader, Bizzle had a lot of media support to get hismessage across including a two page feature in the Independent, along with pieces in TheGuardian, Times, and an appearance on BBC2’s Newsnight
.His second album Back to Bizznizz established him as a solid live touring artist throughout2007/08, going out on the road with Jack Penate, Gallows, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, TheEnemy and The Wombats, and playing summer festivals with packed out performances at Reading/ Leeds festival and Wireless O2.
Quoted in the Guardian as the ‘best known rapper in the indie scene’, Lethal has beenembraced by rock’s elite- working with Babyshambles and Gallows in the studio. Currentlyworking on finishing off his brand new album, with producers including Donaeo, MarkRonson, Dexplicit, Youngstar and Gallows.
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