The trio received a great deal of encouragement from Dino's father Byron, who had played bass guitar in Mungo Jerry.While Dino and Richard chose to take the stage names Dappy and Fazer, Tulisa decided to keep her first name.As an only child, she turned to her wider family for solace, spending time with her cousin Dino and their friend Richard Rawson.Growing up on the same Camden estate, they soon created hip-hop group N-Dubz while just 12 and 13 years old.Born in Camden on 13 July 1988, Tulisa came from musical stock; her mother having been a member of 1980s band Jeep, while her uncle was in English rock group Mungo Jerry.
From this point, they enjoyed an upwards trajectory, with their first album, ‘Uncle B’ – named in tribute to Byron, who died of a heart attack before its release – reaching number 11 in the UK charts. Tulisa and co won Best UK Act and Best Album for ‘Uncle B’ at the MOBO Awards in 2009, and picked up an award at the 2010 show for Best Song with ‘Playing with Fire’.
"It was never a fallout, we took a break when we were at the peak.
We’d literally just finished an arena tour, so we thought, 'let’s do it while we’re on a high'." Dappy, Tulisa and Fazer have remained best friends ever since they stepped away from the limelight – they even spend Christmas with one another. Dappy was at my house Christmas day, I left Christmas day and four or five days later I ring my mum like, ‘alright mum, how you feeling?
Tulisa again showed her cutting-edge credentials by starring in ‘Dubplate Drama’, Channel 4's interactive programme that let viewers vote on the plot.
She played the role of a cocaine-addicted pop star.