Grime pioneer D Double E has inspired the likes of Kano, Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and Skepta, but how much do you know about this MC that helped instigate an entire music genre?
Born in east London, D Double E was part of the infamous Nasty Crew (along with the likes of big names such as Kano, Stormin and Ghetts). He then went on to form the Newham Generals and signed to Dizzee's 'Dirtee Stank' record label.
Before grime was even a thing, he was MC'ing during the era of garage and jungle but helped initiate the grime movement, alongside the likes of Wiley, performing at house parties in east London in the 90s.
Often described as the the MCs’ MC - Skepta recently referred to him as "the greatest of all time" and Dizzee Rascal has stated that D Double E is one of the reasons he ever picked up a mic - he has never reached the same level of mainstream fame as some of his music pals but this started to change last year when he stepped out from collaborating with others and he released his first full solo album 'Jackuum!' which features collabs with Wiley, Skepta, AJ Tracey and Littlez.
Known for his funny one-liners (I mean, we can all agree that lyrics such as "Dem man come like Ian Beale / Us man move like Grant and Phil" are genius) and incredible ad-libs, we can't wait to see his set this summer at NASS. We think it’s time for one of grime’s underground legends to show everybody how it’s done!
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