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James Devlin (born 7 May 1989), better known mononymously as Devlin, is an English rapper from Dagenham, East London. He attended the Brittons Academy in Rainham, East London. He was signed to Island Records from 2010-2015. Part of grime collective 'O.T Crew' with Dogzilla, Deeperman, M. Eye, Benson, Kozy, Syer Bars, Shotz, Meshie, Props and Daze.[2] Devlin was also a member of the Movement, consisting of himself, Wretch 32, Scorcher, Ghetts, Lightning, Mercston and DJ Unique but has since left.

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Devlin performing in Little Malvern in 2011
Background information
Birth nameJames Devlin[1]
Born7 May 1989 (1989-05-07) (age 30)
Dagenham, London, England
Years active2006–present
Associated acts




Devlin was born in Bermondsey and grew up on a housing estate in Dagenham. His mother was a council worker while his father was a forklift driver.[3] Devlin released his second solo mixtape The Art of Rolling[4] in 2008.

He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC.[5]

2010–11: Bud, Sweat and BeersEdit

His debut album, Bud, Sweat and Beers was released on Island Records in 2010. The first single from the album was "Brainwashed", which was released on 8 August 2010 in the UK and debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 31, and number 11 on the UK R&B Chart. The second single, "Runaway", was released on 24 October 2010, where it debuted at number 15, marking Devlin's most successful single to date. The single was succeeded by the release of the debut album, Bud, Sweat and Beers, which was released on 1 November 2010 and debuted at number 21 on the UK Albums Chart. "London City" entered the UK chart at number 181 following strong digital downloads from the album.[6] The third single released from the album was "Let It Go" featuring British producer Labrinth. The track, which was released on 31 January 2011,[7] charted at number 59 in the UK based on downloads alone.


Studio albums


  1. ^ "Devlin on Apple Music". Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. ^ "". 22 January 2009.
  3. ^ Charlotte Cripps (19 November 2010). "Devlin: After eight years, conclusive proof that grime does pay..." The Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  4. ^ "iTunes – Music – Art of Rolling by Devlin". 21 July 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Brit rapper Devlin says 'favourite' player Defoe not given fair chance by Spurs". Yahoo! News. Asia News International. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  6. ^ "UK Singles Chart - New Entries - Week Ending: 13 November 2010". Zobbel/de. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Devlin Ft Labrinth 'Let It Go' (Island)". 18 August 2011.

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