Monday, June 4, 2007

Dizzee Rascal

"Where's Da G's (Ft. UGK)"

Never did I imagine Dizzee Rascal scoring a collaboration with Texas legends Bun B and Pimp C. Nevertheless, here it is. And what should be an awkward meeting between the two actually turns out to be one the stronger tracks on Dizzee’s Maths & English (due 6/12). After catching us up to speed on the gritty ghetto life in England (something some of us may have never knew existed) on Boy In Da Corner and defending his credibility during his rise to popularity on Showtime, Maths + English is Dizzee’s plea for viability. It’s his ‘street’ album, if there ever was such a thing, and getting UGK on this track may add some credibility to his claims. Here, Dizzee eschews the skittering beats characteristic of most grime records and shoots straight for the bounce. While the track could have made the cut on a UGK album (and the boys ride it like it belonged to them first), the hollow synth line and glassy arpeggios keep it close enough to home to where it doesn’t sound out of place on this album. If you hadn’t before, maybe now is the time to start taking Dizzee seriously.

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