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Rascal teams up with Scottish publisher

One of Britain’s biggest rap artists, Dizzee Rascal, is to have his first book published by one of Scotland’s leading publishers, Canongate Books.

Yesterday Canongate announced a joint venture with Dirtee Books, the newly formed publishing arm of Rascal’s Dirtee Stank Recordings label.

The first release, entitled The Dizzee Rascal Story, will be published this October.

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Rascal has been showered with plaudits since he emerged on the music scene with his debut album, Boy In Da Corner, which won the Mercury Music Prize in 2003.

His following two albums were both bestsellers and his latest release, Tongue ’n’ Cheek, has also been a success.

He recently became the first British solo artist ever to attain three consecutive number one records on his own independent label.

Canongate and Dirtee Stank will co-publish the first book as an illustrated hardback with original photography in October 2010 and as a paperback in summer 2011.

An audio book and a digital edition are also planned.

Among the titles published by Canongate is Dreams From My Father, the memoir by US President Barack Obama.

Nick Davies, editorial director at Canongate, said: “Not only is Dizzee one of the most talented and innovative musicians alive today, he is one of the most articulate and opinionated – as his lyrics testify. It promises to be a genuinely groundbreaking book.”

Nicholas Detnon, director of Dirtee Books, said: “It has been an incredible journey, not only for Dizzee but for Dirtee Stank Recordings as a label and now as a publisher.”

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