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Lethal Bizzle

Background information
Birth name Maxwell Ansah
Also known as Lethal B
Born 14 September 1982 (1982-09-14) (age 27)
Walthamstow, East London, England
Genres Grime
hip-hop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels Relentless (2004)
V2 Records (2005–present)
Website LethalBizzle.co.uk

Lethal Bizzle (also known as Lethal B) (born Maxwell Ansah, 14 September 1982, Walthamstow, East London, England) is an English rapper of Ghanaian descent. In December 2004, he released the single "Pow (Forward)", also known as "Forward Riddim",[1] which was banned from airplay by some mainstream radio stations.[2] It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 11 in its first week on the chart in 2005,[3] and it reached number one on the UK Dance Chart. He won a MOBO for "Pow (Forward)" as 'best single', and was nominated at the same awards as 'best newcomer'.[1]

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Career

Earlier he was a part of the group More Fire Crew. In 2002, their track "Oi!" reached the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart.[4] In early July 2005, Lethal Bizzle appeared on stage at the final Live 8 concert in Edinburgh.[5] He was a part of the NME Rock N Roll Riot Tour 2007, which took place during September and October, along with The Wombats, and headliners The Enemy.

He was number five in the NME Cool list 2007/2008 beating Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty and Alex Turner

Lethal Bizzle was signed to V2 Records, on which he released the album, Against All Oddz, in August 2005.[citation needed] The first single from it, entitled "Uh Oh! (I'm Back)", was released in the same month. He released a song with Twista, Gappy Ranks and the Kray Twinz called "What We Do", which reached 23.

In 2006, one of his songs, Kickback was into the soundtrack of the videogame FIFA Street 2.

He is known for his rap rivalry with Roll Deep Crew founder Wiley However, in the final track, "Til Next Time", on his album, Against All Oddz, Lethal Bizzle calls for an end to this rivalry. In Wiley's new album, Da 2nd Phaze, Wiley has added More Fire Crew's hit "Oi!" as a bonus track, as a sign showing that their feud is finished.

Bizzle has his second album titled, Back To Bizznizz, released on V2 Records. The first double A-side single "Bizzle Bizzle" (produced by Bizzle) and "Babylon's Burning The Ghetto" (produced by Akira The Don) was released on 16 July 2007.

He will also be releasing a mix tape titled Greatest Hits Vol. Dount. Lethal Bizzle's new group, Fire Camp, are going to release their debut album sometime in the summer. Fire Camp are documented on the television programme Lethal B TV on Channel U TV.

His song "Reflecting" on the album "Back to Bizznizz" features his mother.

He has also recently featured on the Print Is Dead Vol 1 album by Newcastle five-piece band yourcodenameis:milo, along with various other artists. Lethal Bizzle recorded a song entitled "I Got a .45", which samples "Don't Mug Yourself" by The Streets.

He performed with Pete Doherty and Kate Moss at the Hackney Empire for "An Evening With Pete Doherty" and again at Glastonbury Festival 2007. As a result of this, Babyshambles featured on Back To Bizznizz.

On 16 March 2007 (dubbed Red Nose Day by the Comic Relief) he was briefly featured as a live musical guest on the Top Gear special for Comic Relief entitled Top Gear of the Pops.

On 28 September 2007 Bizzle teamed up with the UK hardcore punk band, Gallows to perform a cover on T4's Transmission programme from Cambridge. Bizzle and Gallows performed The Ruts "Staring At The Rude Boys".

In June 2008, Bizzle performed at the Download Festival at Donington Park. In July he performed at the Kendal Music Festival, and at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. He also performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the Orange Rockcorps Campaign 2008 with Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, John Legend and Feeder.

On 25 February 2009 the first single, "Go Hard" featuring Donaeo, from Bizzle's forthcoming third album, was debuted on Kiss 100.

He played the NME stage at Reading Festival and Leeds Festival in August 2009.

Bizzle revealed himself to be a fan of Arsenal football club and to be a little disappointed with their recent form, while being interviewed on SKY tv's Soccer AM on Sat. 12th September 2009.

Discography

Albums

  • Against All Oddz (2005)
  • Back To Bizznizz (2007) 86# UK Albums Chart
  • Go Hard (5th October 2009)

Mixs C.D's

  • Da Bizzle Mixtape
  • SKvibemakers Presents The Best Of The Bizzle

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[6][7]
2004 "Pow (Forward)"
11
Non-album single
2005 "Uh Oh (I'm Back)"
47
Against All Oddz
"Fire"
34
"What We Do"
(Kray Twinz featuring Twista, Lethal B & Gappy Ranks)
23
2006 "Mind Your Head" (limited edition 7" vinyl single)
-
2007 "Mr."
-
Back to Bizznizz
"Bizzle Bizzle" / "Babylon Burning the Ghetto"
21
"Police on My Back"
37
2009 "Go Hard" (featuring Donaeo)
20
Go Hard
"Going Out Tonight"
-
"—" denotes that the release failed to chart or was not released in that territory

References

  1. ^ a b "Biography by Cyril Cordor". Allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=LETHAL. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Cashcowrecords.co.uk
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 318. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 378. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Live 8
  6. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com
  7. ^ Jhme.co.uk

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