Lethal Bizzle at Download: 'I Did it!'
Grime star defies bottles to conquer the metal fest
Photographer: Shirlaine Forrest15 June 2008
The grime star was one of the most controversial bookings for the heavy rock and metal festival, but he managed to draw a
large crowd on the second stage.
Wearing big sunglasses and with his hoodie up Bizzle was bottled from the moment he appeared from behind the curtain. "Alright, alright save some for the set," he declared as the crowd continued to pelt him.
"I ain't scared of you motherfuckers," the rapper said before telling the crowd to put their middle fingers up and shout 'fuck you Bizzle.'
With a DJ and another MC, Bizzle, real name Maxwell Ansah, pumped out an energetic set that included 'Bizzle Bizzle' and 'Police On My Back' as well as snippets of Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Dead Prez.
In keeping with the festival's tradition Bizzle asked the crowd for a mosh pit, which was greeted with boos. "Am I going to have to start one myself?" He screamed at the crowd before jumping down into the front row.
As the onslaught on throwing continues the rapper pulled out a bottle of vodka. "I've got a bottle too, a glass bottle," he told the audience before swigging the drink neat.
It was reworking of House Of Pain's 'Jump Around' that got the crowd on his side though with Bizzle getting the mosh pit he'd asked for.
The grime star even had time to volley flying bottle back into the crowd and catch a Frisbee during 'Pow (Forward)' before ending on an acapella version of The Ruts' 'Staring At The Rude Bois', which he recorded with Gallows last year.
"I fucking did it," declared the rapper as her left the stage to cheers of "We want more."