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About Devlin

Following in the footsteps of Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Strider, and Tinie Tempah, Devlin broke through from London's underground grime scene to achieve mainstream success. Born in Dagenham, Essex in 1989, James Devlin grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, and the Supremes, but developed a love of hip-hop after buying Nas' It Was Written album. In 2006 he released his debut mixtape, Songs from the Crypt, and two years later received worldwide attention when Kanye West posted a video of him freestyling on his blog. Thanks to his appearance on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2010 short list, Devlin signed to Island/Universal Records and began work on his debut album, Bud, Sweat & Beers. Moving Picture arrived in 2013. ~ Jon O'Brien

Dagenham, Essex, England