Lethal Bizzle

Lethal Bizzle
Release date
01 January 1970
Lethal Bizzle
01 January 1970 |

In 2000, Lethal Bizzle formed the grime collective More Fire Crew, consisting of himself, Neeko and Ozzie B as MCs. Their debut single, “Oi!”, was released in 2002 and charted at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. It was one of the first grime songs to chart in the top 10 and remains one of the most highest-charting grime singles to be released. Their sole studio album, More Fire Crew C.V., was released the following year. Their follow-up single, “Back Then”, peaked at number 45, while their third single “What’s the Point?” did not chart. Soon after, the crew disbanded and Lethal Bizzle pursued a solo career. In early July 2005, Lethal Bizzle appeared on stage at the final Live 8 concert in Edinburgh.

In December 2004, he released the single “Pow (Forward)”, also known as “Forward Riddim” which was banned from airplay by some mainstream radio stations because it contained some lyrics about gun culture. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 11 in its first week on the chart in 2005, 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”.

Following the success of “Pow (Forward)”, Bizzle released the follow-up singles “Uh Oh (I’m Back)”, “Fire” and “What We Do” with Kray Twinz, Twista and Gappy Ranks, the latter two which peaked at number 34 and number 23 respectively. Bizzle’s debut album, Against All Oddz (2005), was released on 15 August 2005. The album peaked at number 89 on the UK Albums Chart.

In 2007, the single “Police on My Back” charted at number 37, and was included on Bizzle’s second studio album, Back to Bizznizz (2007), released on 23 July 2007. The album peaked at number 86 on the UK Albums Chart.

After releasing no singles for two years, Lethal Bizzle returned with “Go Hard” featuring Donae’o, as the lead single off his third album Go Hard (2009). The album was released on 5 October 2009.

It was announced by Lethal Bizzle on Twitter that he would be re-releasing “Pow!” on 13 December 2010, to try to get the Christmas number 1 in the UK Singles Chart, like many people were trying to do by using Facebook campaigns. On 18 November 2010, Lethal was interviewed by Grime Daily. Bizzle revealed: “The whole Pow 2011 thing started as a joke. I was on Twitter one day and I said ‘You know what? Pow for Christmas number 1’. And bare people retweeted it and someone was like ‘Bizz you should do an updated version to go with it.'” Lethal (saying to another source) said: “I felt the original was still relevant, 6 years on it’s still one of the biggest club tunes, so it was kind of a no brainer. I was messing around on Twitter about doing a new POW and getting it to the top of the charts- and the reaction was so crazy I thought wow I actually have to make this happen…” Upon release, “Pow 2011” entered and peaked at number 33 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Bizzle’s fifth top 40 entry as a solo entry and sixth overall.

The single was included on Bizzle’s first compilation album, Best of Bizzle (2011), which was released on 27 February 2011.

From 2013, Lethal Bizzle began experimented with musical genres, particularly with dance, dubstep and house music. Bizzle released a string of non-album singles without releasing a full-length project. He released the single “Not a Saint” with Dutch DJ & producer Vato Gonzalez and frequent collaborator Donae’o, which peaked at number 20. This was followed by “Party Right” featuring Ruby Goe, which peaked in the top 30. The grime-dubstep song “They Got It Wrong” featuring Wiley peaked in the top 80, and was later remixed featuring Krept and Konan, Kano and Squeeks. In 2014, “The Drop” featuring Cherri Voncelle also peaked in the top 20.

In late 2014, the single “Rari WorkOut” featuring Jme and Tempa T received notable attention due to the popularity of Bizzle’s Snapchat posts of working out in the gym. The single became tied with “Pow (Forward)” as Bizzle’s highest-charting single as a solo artist, peaking at number 11. In 2015, the popular dance-inspired single “Fester Skank” also charted at number 11, giving Bizzle three top 15 chart entries and three peaking at number 11.

The singles “Going to the Gym”, considered a sequel to “Rari WorkOut”, “Playground” featuring Shakka, “Dude” featuring Stormzy and “Box” featuring Jme and Face were also released, three of which entered the top 100.

2017–present: Lennox Rd and You’ll Never Make a Million from Grime EP
In late 2016, Lethal Bizzle announced he would be releasing his first album after eight years, following his third studio album Go Hard (2009). The album was revealed to be titled Lennox Rd in December 2016, following a teaser for the lead single off the album. The lead single, “Round Here” featuring Giggs and Flowdan was released on 10 January 2017.

In early April 2017, Bizzle abruptly preceded the release of Lennox Rd with the announcement of an EP titled You’ll Never Make a Million from Grime, featuring a guest appearance from Skepta. The seven-track EP was released 5 May 2017, charting at number 79 on the UK Albums Chart. It became Bizzle’s highest-charting album release. The second single released from the EP was “Hold You” featuring Mostack.