January 27, 2023

Grime artist Dizzee Rascal released a rap on the day he was found guilty of assaulting his ex-fiancée criticizing the judge in the case, a court has heard.

The 38-year-old musician, whose real name is Dylan Mills, is appealing against his conviction for assaulting Cassandra Jones on June 8 last year at Inner London Crown Court.

In court on Friday, Ms Jones described the incident that led to Mills receiving community service, describing how he had reduced her “benefit” from £2,000 to £1,800 when she “behaved badly”.

When it was suggested that the only reduction was due to the loss of bookings due to the Coivd-19 pandemic, she said: “He is a multi-millionaire.

“He just bought himself a second Ferrari. He’s a very rich man, he raps about it all the time.

“I have not sold stories to the press for financial gain. He is a very, very rich man who made £870,000 during the pandemic.

“He released a diss track, at the age of 38, the day he was sentenced. He rapped about the judge.”

A diss track is a song in which the primary purpose is to verbally attack someone else, usually another artist.

Usually, diss tracks are often the result of an existing or escalating feud between the two rappers who may be members of rival labels or gangs.

Famous in the 1990s, 2Pac – the de facto leader of the West Coast hip-hop scene – took aim at Notorious B.I.G. and the East Coast gang with his song Hit Em Up.

More recently, Jay Z, Eminem, and Drake have all released diss tracks.

Ms Jones gave evidence from behind a screen on Friday, telling how Mills “bursts into” her south London home before banging his head on the fridge “out of frustration”.

Ms Jones said she “fell to the floor” after Mills – of chart-topper Bonkers and Dance Wiv Me fame – “pushed his forehead against my forehead and pushed me across the room”.

“He reached his red fog where he just doesn’t care,” she said.

But Sallie Bennett-Jenkins KC suggested that her client was “perfectly calm” when he arrived and that it was Ms Jones who is “hot-tempered” and “abusive” to him.

“What happened is the exact opposite of what you said – that you were upset and worried about your financial position, that that turned into an argument where you basically pushed Dylan and scratched his arm,” she said.

Mrs. Jones replied, “Are you really serious?”

The lawyer said: “There was a verbal argument that made you lose your temper, Dylan shoved, scratched his left arm and there was no physical aggression from him to you.”

The alleged victim said, “That’s not true at all and he knows that’s not true and it’s disgusting that you can even put me in this position, Dylan. This is horrific.”

Mrs. Jones had two children with Mills before they separated in February 2021.

Mills’ community decision included a 24-week curfew and a 12-month restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his former partner, as well as a £2,190 fine and a £95 surcharge.

Mills, who released his debut album Boy In Da Corner in 2003, was awarded an MBE for services to music in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The case has been postponed to January 27.

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