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UK Urban Family Tree
While it is often assumed that the biggest in braggadocious rap stars and smooth soul singers hail from America, the UK has its own rich heritage. Also, whereas US musical genres are often closed categories, over here there's been a far greater integration of styles and influences, as Hip Hop Connection magazine's roll-call testifies ...


2000 - 2004 1990 - 1999 1980 - 1989

Dizzee Rascal   Dizzee Rascal
Emerged 2003
Influence Combining traditional hip hop bravado and arrogance with a forward-looking approach, Dizzee is the gloriously unselfconscious future of domestic rap.
Fact! Dizzee's debut album Boy In Da Corner has sold over 50,000 copies in the US.

Ms Dynamite   Ms Dynamite
Emerged 2001
Influence After breaking through on the UK garage hit 'Booo!', Ms Dynamite tempered her style to that of a more conservative American R&B sound, scoring chart hits 'It Takes More' and 'Dy-Na-Mi-Tee' in the process.
Fact! Female comedy troop Smack the Pony perform a take-off of 'Dy-Na-Mi-Tee' which includes the chorus 'li-ttle don-key'.

    Craig David
Emerged 2000
Influence For a time, Southampton's Craig David was the archetypal modern urban artist, fusing a hip hop sensibility with the smoothed-out vocal style of American R&B.
Fact! Craig David is frequently mocked on TV show Bo Selecta.



 
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