Lethal Bizzle

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Lethal Bizzle
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Background information
Birth name Maxwell Ansah
Also known as Lethal B
Born (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 30)
Walthamstow, London, England, UK
Genres Grime, British hip hop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels

Relentless (2004)
V2 Records (2005–2007)

Search & Destroy (2009-present) 360 Records (2011–present)
Associated acts More Fire Crew, Gallows, Donae'o, Twista, Fire Camp, Vato Gonzalez
Website LethalBizzle.co.uk

Maxwell Ansah (born 14 September 1984), known by his stage name Lethal Bizzle, is an English Grime musician and actor. He was born to African parents from Ghana.

Career[edit]

In December 2004, he released the single "Pow (Forward)", also known as "Forward Riddim"[1] which was banned from airplay by some mainstream radio stations.[2] It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 11 in its first week on the chart in 2005,[3] and it reached number one on the UK Dance Chart. He won a MOBO for "Pow (Forward)" as 'Best Single', and was nominated at the same awards as 'Best Newcomer'.[4]

Earlier he was a part of the group More Fire Crew.[5] In 2002, their track "Oi!" reached the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart.[6] In early July 2005, Lethal Bizzle appeared on stage at the final Live 8 concert in Edinburgh.[7] In 2011, he had a cameo in the Adam Deacon film Anuvahood, knocking him out in the opening scene.[8] He had a feud with N-Dubz over intellectual property rights citing emails of hooks he had sent Tulisa.[9] N Dubz members Tulisa and Dappy responded with foul-mouthed attacks.[10] Bizzle later started a successful T-shirt business with his cousin and footballer Emmanuel Frimpong, featuring his catchphrase "Dench". Since then he has been very successful branching out to his fans on Snapchat, that has led him to create the hit song 'Rari Workout'.[11] In 2012, he appeared in the BBC Three comedy drama, Bad Education in which he competed in a rap battle with the headmaster.[12]

On 20 October 2013, Lethal B appeared on BBC's Match of the Day 2; after being hired to deliver a one-off report on the Arsenal Premier League match against Norwich City.[13] On 17 April 2014, Bizzle made a guest appearance on ITV's Celebrity Juice.[14]

On 22 September 2014, Lethal Bizzle along with DJ Semtex, DJ Target, and A.Dot, took part in a special BBC iPlayer version of the classic quiz show Mastermind titled Hip Hop Mastermind, presented by host John Humphrys, which Semtex went on to win.[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[16]
Against All Oddz
Back to Bizznizz 86
Go Hard
  • Released: 5 October 2009
  • Label: Search & Destroy Records Ltd
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[16]
Best of Bizzle

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Da Bizzle Mixtape
  • SKvibemakers Presents The Best Of The Bizzle

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK UK
R&B
"Oi!"
(with More Fire Crew)
2002 7 1 More Fire Crew C.V.
"Pow (Forward)"
(featuring Fumin, D Double E, Nappa, Jamakabi, Neeko, Flowdan, Ozzie B, Forcer & Demon)
2004 11 5 Non-album single
"Uh Oh (I'm Back)" 2005 47 9 Against All Oddz
"Fire" 34 9
"What We Do"
(with Kray Twinz, Twista & Gappy Ranks)
23
"Mind Your Head"
(limited edition 7" vinyl single)
2006
"Mr."
(featuring Face)
2007 Back to Bizznizz
"Bizzle Bizzle" /
"Babylon Burning the Ghetto"
99 28
"Police on My Back" 37 11
"Go Hard"
(featuring Donae'o)
2009 79 23 Go Hard
"Going Out Tonight"
"Go Go Go!"
(featuring Luciana)
2010 6 Best of Bizzle
"Pow 2011"
(featuring JME, Wiley, Chipmunk, 2Face, P Money, Ghetts & Kano)
2011 33 10
"Mind Spinning" 73 21 TBA
"Look Up to the Sky"
(featuring Jamal Hadaway)
31
"Leave It Yeah"
(featuring JME & Fire Camp)
"Not a Saint"
(Vato Gonzalez vs. Lethal Bizzle & Donae'o)
2013 20
"They Got It Wrong"
(featuring Wiley)
74
"Party Right"
(featuring Ruby Goe)
29 5
"The Drop"
(featuring Cherri Voncelle)
2014 20 3
"Rari WorkOut"
(featuring JME & Tempa T)
11 2
"—" denotes that the release failed to chart or was not released in that territory

Other songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK UK
R&B
"Leave It Yeah (Remix)"
(featuring Emmanuel Frimpong, JME, Scrufizzer, 2Face, Frisco & Flowdan)
2012 Non-album singles
"Not a Saint"
(featuring Donae'o)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography by Cyril Cordor". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Hislop, Rachel (9 August 2012). "UK artist Lethal B said Jay-Z performed over his beat better than he did!". GlobalGrind.com. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 318. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "2005: Lauryn Hill, Damian Marley and Lemar | MOBO Awards". Mobo.com. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Music - More Fire Crew". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 378. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "Live 8". Rwdmag.com. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  8. ^ Annika Allen. "Lethal Bizzle talks movies and music". Flavourmag. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  9. ^ "N-Dubz have foul-mouthed row with Lethal Bizzle at Soccer Six charity tournament". Mirror.co.uk. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Emmanuel Frimpong and Lethal Bizzle release range of Judi Dench clothing". talkSPORT. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  12. ^ "Lethal B tweets about being on 'A Bad Education'". Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lethal B On MOTD2'". What's Good? Online. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  14. ^ http://primetime.unrealitytv.co.uk/celebrity-juice-lethal-bizzle-jamie-laing-talk-sausages-dirty-drizzle-seal-video/
  15. ^ "BBC Radio 1Xtra - Hip Hop Mastermind". BBC 1Xtra. BBC. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Lethal Bizzle at chartstats.com". Archive.is. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 

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