|Birth name||Carl Dobson|
31 January 1983 |
Plaistow, London, England
|Labels||Lock Down Records|
|Associated acts||Durrty Goodz, Trim, Ghetts, Boyz In Da Hood|
Carl Dobson (born 31 January 1983), better known by his stage name Crazy Titch, is an English Grime MC who is currently serving a life sentence for murder. One of the most successful and best known grime MCs during his active period Crazy Titch remains an influential and controversial figure in the UK grime scene.
Dobson is Black British and was born in Plaistow, East London. As a teenager Dobson spent five years in Aylesbury Young Offender Institution and Feltham Young Offender Institution for robbery, handling stolen goods, theft, burglary and criminal damage; On his release in 2003 Dobson turned his attention to grime music. Dobson became estranged from his brother Durrty Goodz during his childhood, but they rediscovered each other through music to become friends and collaborators.
He gained underground fame due to his membership of grime collective Boyz In Da Hood, which included various artists including half-brother Durrty Goodz. Amongst his better known work was "Sing Along" (2004) and "Gully" on which he collaborated with Sugababes' Keisha Buchanan. He also produced a mixtape entitled Crazy Times Vol.1, and appeared on the grime DVD Practice Hours. In 2006 he made an appearance as himself along with many other MCs on the Channel 4 show Dubplate Drama. Crazy Titch had a reputation for violence during his time in the grime scene, notorious footage exists of a heated argument between Crazy Titch and Dizzee Rascal and of Crazy Titch allegedly kidnapping a rival and dumping them naked in the countryside.
Dobson and his stepfather Anthony Green were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 21 year old Richard Holmes on the Chingford Hall estate in Chingford in November 2005. Possibility for parole was set at a minimum of 30 years by which time he will be in his fifties. Durrty Goodz was acquitted in the same trial and released a song about its events entitled Letter 2 Titch in 2007. The MAC-10 submachine gun used in the murder was found four years after the killing; in February 2009 a local drug dealer was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for its possession. In prison Dobson is considered to be a high profile prisoner and has been able to use prison facilities to record material and hold interviews with outside media. In 2010 he released his second mixtape, a sequel to 2005's Crazy Times, with the material having been recorded while incarcerated.
- 2005: Crazy Times, Vol. 1
- 2010: Crazy Times, Vol. 2
- Two jailed over rap lyrics murder, BBC News, last accessed 14 October 2007.
- Kennard, Julia Drug dealer's Mac-10 machine gun was one of arsenal of converted weapons, thisislocallondon.co.uk, retrieved, 30 July 2009
- Rapper Raking in Cash From Prison Album, Daily Star, last accessed 20 May 2013.
- Crazy Times Vol. 2, Discogs, last accessed 20 May 2013.