Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 19/04/2011 23:49:25
A unique and highly influential album. One of the first grime full-lengths and one that sounds way ahead of it's time even on the grime scale. Dizzee Rascal took the eskibeat sound of Wiley and crafted something much more cold and atmospheric from it, showing the bleak reality of life for British youths. Almost gets depressing at points, with deep and truthful tracks like Sittin' Here, Round We Go and the stunning Jezebel. Dizzee doesn't really preach, he just shows what he knows and I'd say he makes a great representation of the UK streets. There's upbeat stuff too of course - I Luv U and Fix Up, Look Sharp are big, bouncy, grimey tracks that are still ridiculously underrated despite being urban classics. Dizzee produces near enough the whole thing and goes solo on nearly all tracks besides two small featurings of Wiley and Gods Gift. It isn't a perfect album and sometimes some tracks stretch on a bit too long, but what Dizzee achieved here is impeccable and this is an essential album for any grimeheads.
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Dizzee's Best Album
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 21/12/2009 15:45:45
The first time i listened to this album i was a bit annoyed at the songs the way the beats go on on and on repeatedly but the lyrics is really where the strong point is. But the more you listen to this album the more you will love it. I got this cd on release day and stuck it in and this album is fantastic lyrically dizzee rascal does a really good job putting in funny, understanding, and believable lyrics. He is definitley one of the most succesful grime artists out there. I reccomend you buy it only if your a fan.
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One of the best albums ever made
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 27/02/2009 06:55:56
Alot of people dismiss dizzee rascal without giving him a chance, because his name 'dizzee rascal' does sound abit childish.. however this album is far from that.
When Dizzee wrote this album, he was MCing with Roll Deep, robbing people for money, living in a council estate in a rough part of East London, and living the street life. This album brings that through, with lyrics that make Dizzee sound asif he's dancing over a hard grime beat. Which, lets face it, commercially wasn't known until this album blasted its way out of the underground.
Classic bangers like Fix up look sharp, about fixing your mind up and looking the part, or I Luv U, about girls who get about with different boys too much, or Jus A Rascal, pure MCing with that hard dancing type of lyric that runs over the beat, they're all in this album.
Aside from these, he brings tunes like Sittin Ere, just about sitting and thinking about life in general, or Brand New Day, about challenging yourself to do what you're doing, or Do It, along the same lines you can't deny Dizzee hasn't got talent.
It's Dizzee's flow, the way in which he speaks over the beat, and the lyrics hes saying not just on stabbing shooting, smashing somebodys head in, or how you will get lyrically killed if you go against him, Dizzee does, say alot more than that in this album, and that's what seperates him from alot of Grime artists who have remained 'underground', which, lets face it just means poor, and not making the amount of money they'd like to from Grime.
Like the artist Crazy Titch, whos now spending life in prison for spraying somebody with bullets from a Tec9, in London, had 'beef' with Dizzee, before this album was out. Getting into these situations, but having the intelligence and articulation to be able to charismatically put down in lyrics your thoughts without letting things like that effect you, is the fire in these songs which got Dizzee where he is now, forget about Wiley, although Dizzee is alot more commercial, hes still the pioneer, and king of grime.
Don't bother with Dizzee's seccond album Showtime, which in that album you can feel hes felt the money change his mind, and thus the lyrics. Or even Maths and English, where it seems as though he's just lost the love for what he does, so tries to make club tunes, or ego trip tunes.
It's all about Boy in the corner, which in its self, standing in the corner of a room with defensive body language, feeling uncomfortable, spitting harsh bars with fellow Grime MC's like Crazy Titch is where this album came from.
But like anything, once it's been done, it can't be done again, commercialisation has killed Dizzees mind frame, he has money now, and this will go down as a classic in British music.
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one of the best grime albums!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 10/05/2008 21:50:46
This is possibly the best grime album ever made!. i luv u and just a rascal are brilliant songs that really stand out. Its much better than his new album maths and english (which is hip hop) you dont have to be a grime fan to enjoy it grime fan or not you will be listening to this over and over again and for £5.99 its a must have, worth every penny!
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One Of The Best CDs I Have Ever Listend To!!!!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 15/07/2007 09:20:15
This cd is fantastic the beat to the songs are good!!! a must buy cd!! 2 of my best songs in the cd are fix up look sharp and jus a rascal!!!
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