Dizzee Rascal released 'diss track' rap criticising the judge on day he was convicted

Dizzee Rascal released 'diss track' rap criticising the judge on day he was convicted - Jamie Lorriman for The Telegraph
Dizzee Rascal released 'diss track' rap criticising the judge on day he was convicted - Jamie Lorriman for The Telegraph

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

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

In court on Friday, Ms Jones detailed the incident which resulted in Mills being given a community order and described how he had reduced her "allowance" from £2,000 to £1,800 when she was "badly behaved".

When it was suggested the only reduction had come as a result of a loss of bookings due to the Coivd-19 pandemic, she said: "He is a multi-millionaire.

"He's just bought a second Ferrari for himself. He's a very wealthy man, he raps about it all the time.

"I haven't sold any stories to the Press for financial gain. He's a very, very wealthy man who made £870,000 during the pandemic.

"He released a diss track, at 38 years old, the day he was convicted. 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.

Commonly, 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 .

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

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

Giving evidence from behind a screen on Friday, Ms Jones told how Mills "barged" into her south London home before "smashing" his head against the fridge "out of frustration".

Ms Jones said she "stumbled to the ground" after Mills - known for chart-topping singles Bonkers and Dance Wiv Me - "pushed his forehead into my forehead and pushed me around the room".

"He reached his red mist where he just doesn't care," she said.

But Sallie Bennett-Jenkins KC suggested her client was "perfectly calm" when he arrived and it was Ms Jones who "has a temper" and is "abusive" towards him.

"What happened is quite the reverse of what you have said - that you were upset and concerned about your financial position, that that developed into an argument in which you in fact pushed Dylan and scratched his arm," she said.

Ms Jones replied: "Are you actually being serious?"

The barrister said: "There was a verbal argument which resulted in you losing your temper, pushing Dylan, scratching his left arm and there was no physical aggression from him to you."

The alleged victim said: "That's entirely untrue and he knows that's untrue and it's disgusting you can even allow me to be in this position, Dylan. This is horrendous."

Ms Jones had two children with Mills before they split in February 2021.

Mills's community order included a 24-week curfew and 12-month restraining order banning him from contacting his former partner, as well as being ordered to pay £2,190 in costs and a £95 surcharge.

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

The case has been adjourned to Jan 27.