It's the one we have all been waiting for. It's been 5 years since we received a Dizzee Rascal project, and 14 years since the infamous 'Boy In Da Corner' changed the UK scene forever. Back in June, the East London talent started teasing us with the idea of an album and a tour. As we come towards the end of July, here we have it...'Raskit', available on all major outlets right now.
2. Wot U Gonna Do?
4. I Ain’t Even Gonna Lie
5. The Other Side
6. Make It Last
8. Business Man
9. Bop N Keep It Dippin
10. She Knows What She Wants
11. Dummy (16 For the Juice)
12. Everything Must Go
13. Slow Your Roll
14. Sick a Dis
15. Way I Am
16. Man of the Hour
It is safe to say that Dizzee has moved away from the pop scene and culture that influenced his music during the period that he spent away from the grime scene. With the resurgence of grime, it was only right that Dizzee came back to his roots. The E3 man has marked his return, and he has done so with real power and force. We have been blessed with a 16 track album, with a variety of producers. 'Raskit' see's Dizzee himself, Cardo, Darkness, Deputy, Dan Farber, Donae'o, Salva ,Teddy Samba ,The Arcade, The HeavyTrackerz, Wilfred Kouassi and Valentino Khan all feature as producers on the album, with Dizzee standing as executive producer. There are no featuring verses, and Dizzee makes sure that he is the only voice to be heard as he addresses a whole range of topics.
As you may all be aware, there was rumours flying around that Dizzee had a whole diss track lined up for Wiley, and the 'The Godfather' didn't take too kindly to these rumours, and immeditately said that there is a 10 minute dub ready for Dizzee. The track in question is 'The Other Side', where he blatantly name drops the Wiley. Check out the bars below:
'Why's the Godfather touchin' on the kids?
Why you actin' like you never knew and he's movin' new again?
There ain't ever gonna be another crew again
So tell Willy that I don't need a pen pal
Stop writin' me these letters cos I don't know what to do with them
It ain't ever gonna be '03 or '02 they don't do it how I did it
Somebody tell me what I've gotta prove again'
I suppose that doesn't warrant a 10 minute dub, but these bars set the theme for the whole of the project. It seems like Dizzee is answering a lot of questions, and addressing the scene. From his time away, it was definitely needed, and it is good to see Dizzee back on some raw grime beats.
If you haven't done so already, make sure you check out the whole album below.