D Double E

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D Double E
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Background information
Birth nameDarren Dixon
Also known asDJ Dan
Born (1980-01-19) 19 January 1980 (age 40)
OriginForest Gate, London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • MC
  • DJ
  • record producer
Years active1998–present
Labels
Associated acts

Darren Dixon (born 19 January 1980), known professionally as D Double E, is a British grime MC, DJ and record producer from Forest Gate, East London.[1] He performs both as a solo artist and as a member of the grime duo Newham Generals.[2]

Career[edit]

D Double E has been active for over 20 years, beginning his career in jungle and UK garage music.[3] In the mid-1990s, he was a DJ and went by the name DJ Dan. D Double was at the time in a crew called Bass Inject, alongside Terror Danjah and DJ Tempo.[4] In 1998, Terror and D Double E went on to form the drum and bass collective the Reckless Crew which played sets on Rinse FM.[5] RWD,[6][7][8] He was a member of the early grime collective N.A.S.T.Y Crew, until leaving after a dispute in 2004.[9] He then founded the group Newham Generals together with Monkstar and Footsie.[10][additional citation(s) needed] The group remains active as a duo consisting of D Double E and Footsie.[11][12] He and the Newham Generals signed to Dizzee Rascal's Dirtee Stank label.

As a solo artist, D Double E's releases include "Street Fighter Riddim", "Bluku, Bluku", "Bad 2 tha Bone", "Lovely Jubbly", and "Wolly".[11] In 2017, he released "How I Like It" on his Bluku Music label in preparation for his debut studio album.[citation needed]"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.[13] D Double also started his own label in 2018.

He is known for using vocalisations such as "bud-a-bup-bup" and "it's mree, mree".[14] 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.[15][11]

IKEA invited D Double E to create a special soundtrack for a Christmas 2019 campaign,[16] marking the first time the grime music genre was used in seasonal advertising.[17]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[18]
Jackuum! 61
D.O.N
  • Release: 23 October 2020[19]

Charted singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK
2004 "Pow! (Forward)"
(Lethal Bizzle featuring Fumin, D Double E, Napper, Jamakabi, Neeko, Flowdan, Ozzie B, Forcer, and Demon)
11
2010 "Street Fighter Riddim" 145[20]
2016 "Ladies Hit Squad"
(Skepta featuring D Double E and ASAP Nast)
89

References[edit]

  1. ^ Savage, Mark (5 September 2018). "Grime pioneer D Double E finally gets his moment". BBC News. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  2. ^ "D Double E - Credits". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ Collins, Hattie (18 November 2014). "the records that changed d double e's life". i-D. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  4. ^ Collins, Hattie (2016). This Is Grime. Hodder & Stoughton. p. 9. ISBN 9781473639270. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  5. ^ D Double E: History - From 1996 Onwards On Pirate Radio [1] Archived 26 September 2020 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "D Double E - RWD". Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  7. ^ "D Double E - Complex UK". Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  8. ^ Joshi, Tara (15 September 2016). "This is Grime – book review: A behind-the-scenes look at the musical revolution that defines a generation". Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Tales From The Grime Generation: D Double E Interviewed". Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  10. ^ "D Double E announces new project, 'D.O.N.', shares single with Kano". DJ Mag. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  11. ^ a b c MacPherson, Frederick (20 November 2014). "Your Favourite MC's Favourite MC: D Double E". Noisey. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Then And Now: Newham Generals' Footsie Interviewed". Clash. 1 September 2016. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  13. ^ Pritchard, Will. "D Double E - Jackuum!". Clash Music. Archived from the original on 1 March 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  14. ^ Martin, Felicity (18 January 2019). "D Double E cemented his legacy as your favourite MC's favourite MC at XOYO last night". Dummy Magazine. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  15. ^ Hancox, Dan (10 September 2018). "D Double E, grime's nearly man: 'I haven't been able to prove myself'". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  16. ^ Somos, Christy (8 November 2019). "Here's why Ikea and a grime music star are trending in the U.K." CTV News. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  17. ^ Bruce-Jones, Henry (8 November 2019). "D Double E is the unlikely star of the IKEA Christmas advert". Fact. Archived from the original on 8 November 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 September 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ Murray, Robin (3 September 2020). "D Double E, Kano Spit Pure Fire On New Single 'Tell Me A Ting'". Clash. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  20. ^ http://zobbel.de/cluk/CLUK_D.HTM

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