British rapper Dizzee Rascal has emphasised his 'street' credentials by revealing he was near death after being stabbed in Cypriot dance resort Ayia Napa this summer (03).

The FIX UP, LOOK SHARP star - whose debut album BOY IN DA CORNER secured the prestigious MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE - was knifed five times in a mystery attack, although some members of UK Garage collective So Solid Crew were questioned and later released by police.

He says of the incident, "It wasn't an ambulance job where I was laying on the floor in a pool of blood like people are saying. Someone took me to hospital on a moped. There was a chance I could have died.

"I was in hospital coughing up blood all night. That's real. You understand?"

17/10/2003 13:39