Dean Blunt

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Dean Blunt
OriginHackney, London, England, UK[1]
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
Associated acts

Dean Blunt is a British musician, record producer, singer-songwriter, writer, director, and artist.[6] He is best known for both his solo work, as part of avant-garde group Hype Williams (featuring himself and Inga Copeland) and more recently, the groups Babyfather and Blue Iverson. Blunt was also the founder of London rock band Graffiti Island.[1][7] He has been described as "a prolific, category-rejecting artist"[1] and "an art-pop provocateur."[2]

Life and career[edit]

Blunt embarked his solo career in 2011, releasing a set of albums as well as several EPs and singles. His full-length studio albums, The Narcissist II (2012), The Redeemer (2013), and Black Metal (2014), received attention and praise from various music publications.[1][8][9] BBF Hosted By DJ Escrow, his first album as Babyfather, was named the best album of 2016 by Tiny Mix Tapes and Resident Advisor. In October 2017, Blunt also debuted Inna, an opera directed by himself with music from Mica Levi, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.[10]

Blunt is also known for his playfulness and obfuscation. In 2015, he sent his bodyguard to accept his Philip Hall Radar Award at the NME Awards.[11] In 2016, he listed a toy Foxtons estate agents Mini Cooper filled with marijuana on eBay.[12] At a New York concert, in March 2016, media guests were asked to check in under aliases that they had received with their ticket confirmations.[13]

Solo discography[edit]

  • Jill Scott Herring OST (2011)
  • The Narcissist (mixtape) (2011)
  • The Narcissist II (2012)
  • The Redeemer (2013)
  • Каменный Остров (Stone Island) (mixtape) (2013)
  • Skin Fade (mixtape) (2014)
  • Black Metal (2014)
  • Babyfather (mixtape) (2015)
  • Soul on Fire (mixtape) (2018)
  • ZUSHI (2019)

Babyfather discography[edit]

  • UK2UK (mixtape) (2015)
  • Platinum Tears (mixtape) (2016)
  • BBF Hosted By DJ Escrow (2016)
  • 419 (mixtape) (2016)
  • Cypher (mixtape) (2017)

Other discography[edit]

  • Black Is Beautiful (with Inga Copeland) (2012)
  • Wahalla (with Joanne Robertson) (2017)
  • Hotep (as part of Blue Iverson) (2017)
  • Muggy Vol.1 (producer of a compilation on Dean Blunt's World Music imprint) (2018)

Hype Williams discography[edit]

See Hype Williams

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Result
2015 NME Award Philip Hall Radar Award [Best New Act][11] Winner


  1. ^ a b c d Kellman, Andy. "Dean Blunt". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b Joyce, Colin (20 October 2015). "Dean Blunt Goes on a Trip for 'On Wine, Hashish & Molly' Version of Archangel's 'Julia'". Spin. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  3. ^ Scott Barron, Michael (18 February 2016). "Dean Blunt's Babyfather Project Announced an Album with the Most Incredible Art – Thump". Vice. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  4. ^ David Laderman, Laurel Westrup (2014). Sampling Media. OPU USA. p. 109.
  5. ^ Joyce, Colin (17 November 2014). "Dean Blunt: Black Metal". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Dean Blunt's art show was just a stock photo". Fact. 28 January 2016.
  7. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (5 April 2012). "Hype Williams: do they ever speak the truth?". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  8. ^ Milton, Jamie (6 November 2014). "Dean Blunt – Black Metal". DIY. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  9. ^ Joyce, Colin (17 November 2014). "Dean Blunt: Black Metal". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Inna". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  11. ^ a b Zadeh, Joe (19 February 2015). "Dean Blunt Pranked the NME Awards Last Night – Noisey". Vice. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  12. ^ Monroe, Jazz (14 January 2016). "Dean Blunt Is Selling a Toy Car Stuffed With Weed on eBay". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  13. ^ Trammell, Matthew (19 September 2016). "Dean Blunt's Agit Rap". The New Yorker. Retrieved 27 January 2017.

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