Essential info: Which Grammy winner's biggest hit is based on gang slang?

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Here at PopWatch we’re committed to keeping you informed about the things you may not need to know, but that you want to know. So, yes, go ahead and guess which Grammy winner, famous for achingly vulnerable performances, has street cred (and a violent streak).

The answer is Adele. In her March cover story for Vogue, the angel-voiced chanteuse explained, “There’s a gang phrase in the U.K., roll deep, that basically means having someone have your back so you are never on your own if you come into trouble. It’s a real gangster thing, but I think it’s really beautiful. So I just turned it into ‘Rolling in the Deep.’”

“Chasing Pavements,” her biggest hit off 19, was also borne out of violence — she wrote it after punching her then-boyfriend in a pub and running away from security guards on London’s famous Oxford Street. When it comes to following up 21, the six-time Grammy winning 2012 Best Album of the Year, Adele promises, “I am never writing a breakup record again, by the way. I’m done with being a bitter witch.”

Other points of interest…

-She joking calls herself “Delly From the Block” (an homage to her rough childhood neighborhood and Jennifer “Jenny From the Block” Lopez)

-She has a massive crush on Alec Baldwin in It’s Complicated and “Al Pac” (a.k.a. Al Pacino)

-She gave up drinking after her last birthday, May 5

-Her first name was going to be Blue (like her hero Beyoncé’s baby girl), but mother Penny changed her mind at the last minute and put Adele up front

-She performed a stirring performance of “Someone Like You” at last September’s VMAs despite being “a bit bitter” that she was missing her best friend’s bachelorette party

-She has a miniature dachsund named Louis Armstrong

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