D Double E

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D Double E
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Background information
Birth nameDarren Dixon
Also known asD Double, DEE
Born (1980-01-19) 19 January 1980 (age 39)
OriginForest Gate, London, England
GenresGrime, UK Garage, Jungle
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active1998–present
LabelsBluku Music, Dirtee Stank
Associated actsWiley, Skepta, Giggs, Ghetts, Kano, Jme, Jammer, P Money, Dizzee Rascal

Darren Dixon (born 19 January 1980), known professionally as D Double E, is an English Grime MC from Forest Gate, East London. He is well known as a member of the group Newham Generals.[1][2]

Career[edit]

D Double E has been active for over 20 years, beginning his career in jungle and UK garage music.[3] RWD,[4][5][6] He was a member of the early grime collective N.A.S.T.Y Crew, until leaving after a dispute in 2004.[7] He then founded the group Newham Generals together with Monkstar and Footsie. The group remains active as a duo consisting of D Double E and Footsie.[8][9] He and the Newham Generals signed to Dizzee Rascal's Dirtee Stank label.[10]

As a solo artist D Double E's releases include "Street Fighter Riddim", "Bluku, Bluku", "Bad 2 Tha Bone", "Lovely Jubbly", and "Wolly".[8] In 2017 he released "How I Like It" on his Bluku Music label in preparation for his debut studio album.[1] "Better Than The Rest" featuring Wiley was released as a single in early 2018. The album was announced to be called Jackuum! which was originally set to be released in April 2018 but was pushed back and eventually ended up being released at the end of August 2018.[11] D Double also started his own label in 2018.

He is known for his ad-libs such as “bud-a-bup-bup” and “it’s mree, mree” and is highly regarded in the Grime scene. Fellow MC Skepta once named him as the "greatest of all time", and Dizzee Rascal said he was one of the artists who inspired him to start MCing.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[12]
Jackuum! 61

Credits[edit]

  • Big ED featuring D Double E "Frontline" (After Shock) ASF004 2003
  • Jammer and D Double E "Birds In The Sky" (Jahmek The World) JP009 2003
  • Shola Ama featuring D Double E "So Contagious" (After Shock) ASF010 2004
  • J Sweet featuring D Double E "Burning Up" (Sweet Beetz Recordings) SBR011 2004
  • P Jam featuring D Double E "Anger Management" (Dice Recordings) DR-009 2005
  • Footsie & D Double E "War Wid" (Braindead Entertainment) 2005
  • D Double E & Footsie "Prang Man" (Braindead Entertainment) 2005
  • Mr Hudson featuring Lethal Bizzle, D Double E, & Footsie "Too Late" (Mercury) 2006
  • D Double E Bluku Bluku EP (Dirtee Stank Recordings) Stank016CD 2011
  • Teddy Music featuring D Double E "Ice" (Teddy Music) 2013
  • D Double E "Wolly" (Bluku Music) 2014
  • D Double E "Street Fighter Riddim" (Bluku Music) 2015
  • D Double E "That's How I Like It" (Bluku Music) 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "D Double E". Primary Talent International.
  2. ^ "D Double E - Credits". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "D Double E - i-D".
  4. ^ "D Double E - RWD".
  5. ^ "D Double E - Complex UK".
  6. ^ Joshi, Tara (15 September 2016). "This is Grime – book review: A behind-the-scenes look at the musical revolution that defines a generation".
  7. ^ "Tales From The Grime Generation: D Double E Interviewed".
  8. ^ a b c "Your Favourite MC's Favourite MC: D Double E". Noisey.
  9. ^ "Then And Now: Newham Generals' Footsie Interviewed".
  10. ^ "Monkstar's the father, the hardest grafter, I can rep the place that i created myself, if you think thats a mess just wait for the birth after".
  11. ^ Pritchard, Will. "D Double E - Jackuum!". Clash Music. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  12. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/19158/d-double-e/

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