Sometimes I just have to hear what all the hubbub is about.
So it went with Dizzee Rascal, the undisputed buzz champ of '03. I had to see if this 18 year old kid could really live up to the hype. Did he? For me, not really. Don't get me wrong, this is a great record, and a quite original one at that. But, come on, chopping up Billy Squier's "The Big Beat" is nothing new. And really, some of the beats here, while cool sounding at first, are just too sparse to have a really lasting effect.
What Dizzee's got going for him is a great voice and an outstanding knack for abstract rhythm that solely drives the majority of these cuts. Songs like "Hold Ya Mouf" and "Jus' A Rascal" wouldn't be shit without him going fucking tongue-twisty nuts all over the top of 'em. So, the kid's not to be written off. Would people love him as much if he didn't have that dope voice coupled with that thick-as-shit accent? Maybe, but it'd be a tougher sell.
I still listen to this record, and I still enjoy it. Do I ever rock it from front to back anymore? Not bloody likely.
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