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Dizzee Rascal: Boy In Da Corner

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    Often teetering on the brink of either cracking a smile or bursting into tears while delivering his boastful, wistful, and dread-filled rhymes, the hormonally charged voice of East London's Dizzee Rascal can be instantly singled out after the first introduction. Birthed by U.K. garage and seasoned through pirate radio, the terrain Dizzee carves out remains worlds apart from that of Ms. Dynamite and the Streets, two MCs who have come from a fractious- as-ever scene -- one that Dizzee's apart from as much as he's a part of -- with similar fanfare. And despite comparisons to 2Pac and 50 Cent that won't cease at any point in the foreseeable future, the parallels drawn to stateside rappers haven't often looked beneath the surface. If he were (mis)placed in a pool of U.S. MCs, there'd be few comparisons that would make full sense. The fact that Dizzee's from England is an obvious factor; his accent and own cultural slang will be an instant deal-breaker for most of those who have hunted for Makaveli bootlegs. From a production standpoint, we're talking about splayed-out beats and deflated basslines that, heard through a state-of-the-art stereo, might as well be blaring from the ravaged stock system of a 1974 Dodge Dart. If there are any likenesses, the dense production work -- carried out mostly by the MC on his own -- is somewhat akin to prime Bomb Squad, if only because no level of familiarity can acclimate the ears completely. Get lost in the swaying chime melody of "Brand New Day," the low-slung industrial-punk grind of "Jus a Rascal," or the stunted gait of "Do It," and risk missing out on all of the deeply hidden inflections that help make the whole album so unique. Despite the grime, the violence, the conflicted romantic entanglements, and the jagged productions that characterize the album, the moment that hits hardest is also the most fragile: "Do It," with a resigned line that goes "If I had the guts to end it all, believe -- I would," begs for misinterpretation, so it should be pointed out that it (and the album as well) draws to a close with "You can do anything," an encouragement that holds much weight in its context. Startling, tirelessly powerful, and full of unlimited dimensions, nothing could truly weigh down this debut -- not even a Mercury Prize. This version wisely adds the B-side "Vexed."

    Track Listing

    1. Sittin' Here
    2. Stop Dat
    3. I Luv You
    4. Brand New Day
    5. 2 Far
    featuring Wiley
    6. Fix Up, Look Sharp
    7. Cut 'Em Off
    8. Hold Ya Mouf
    featuring God's Gift
    9. Round We Go
    10. Jus A Rascal
    11. Wot U On
    12. Jezebel
    13. Seems 2 Be
    14. Live O
    15. Do It
    16. Vexed

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    Total Comments: 6
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/23/2012 2:34:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: Da Hood, USA
    Comment: fuck yall who gave it 1 star this cd is a certified classic 5 ***** / 5 *****
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/16/2012 11:26:00 PM; Partial IP: 129.114.14)
    Location: Athens
    Comment: Fix Up,Look Sharp!!
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 2/5/2012 8:26:00 AM; Partial IP: .44.60.195)
    Location: London
    Comment: What is this doing on an underground hip hop site?? Just because this guy raps doesnt make him a hip hop artist. This is commercial pop trash, garbage music !! This guy is being compared to 2pac and 50 ?? hahaaa .... what a joke
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 1/23/2012 5:08:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: London Town
    Comment: This is fucking shit.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 1/17/2012 8:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 40.137.122)
    Location: melb
    Comment: old cd Release Date:1/17/2012 my ass where u get that from been out for 6 years already....dizzy anuspipe
    Name: (Posted: 12/27/2011 2:03:00 PM; Partial IP: 147.87.172)
    Location: atlanta
    Comment: how does this cr@p find it's way into an UNDERGROUND HIP HIP site?
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