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Boy In Da Corner

Dizzee Rascal

2003

Boy In Da Corner

Album Summary

Boy in da Corner is the debut studio album by English rapper and producer Dizzee Rascal. It was first released on 21 July 2003 by XL Recordings in the United Kingdom before being released the following year in the United States. A widespread critical success, Boy in da Corner became one of the most acclaimed records of 2003 and went on to win the Mercury Prize for best album from the UK and Ireland. It also peaked at number 23 on the British albums chart and sold over 250,000 copies worldwide by 2004. With the album's success, Dizzee Rascal gave mainstream exposure to grime music while becoming the UK's first internationally recognised rap star.

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Rating

2.69

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4612

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Sat Jun 05 2021
1

Really stupid shit. It's hard to believe that people want to listen to this and harder to believe that someone paid for it to be made

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

This album sounded like it came from another planet in 2003 despite actually coming from a 15 year old kid mucking about in his school music rooms in Bow. 18 years later those beats still sound like nothing else that has come before or since.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

Great flow and delivery, cool beats and sampling. Feels very ahead of its time.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

An East London rapper named Dizzee Rascal sounds exactly how you might imagine. Once you get past the novelty of the accent (TIL that a Cockney accent with Jamaican and West African influences is called Jafaican) and the slang (not the "road toad frog" kind, the "call your friends 'blood'" kind), it's actually really fun and really clever. Gangsta rap is an American export, no doubt, but Rascal has fully absorbed it and turned it into an expression of life in East London. Super fascinating stuff. Best track: Hold Ya Mouf

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

This was a pleasant surprise. Has that exotic factor due to English/afro Carribbean accent, the electronic beats are versatile and catchy, the lyrics are fun and weird

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

While I'm not normally a fan of this genre of electronic hip hop (grime, I guess it's called?), I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this album overall. There's a terrific energy and drive to most of the songs, and Dizzee's rap prowess is impressive.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

hit me in the heart

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

I found the tracks to be very interesting, however rap isn't my favorite. I really enjoyed it though.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Tempted to just give this 5 stars and move on. One of the albums that got me into hip-hop, and it doesn't sound like anything before or since. Dizzee Rascal gets annoyed with people saying Wiley is the godfather of grime music, because he was producing/co-producing this music first. Whatever the case, the production on some of these tracks is really unique and instantly recognisable. His vocal style is completely idosyncratic too. And it's worth remembering that Dizzee was 17/18 years old when this was recorded, I believe? Some of the lyrics are stupid sex & violence style rap - but others are strikingly insightful and honest. The feature by God's Gift is mediocre, and there are one or two weaker tracks musically. SO on reflection, 4*.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Considered entry level by some grime fans, Boy in da Corner is one of the most consistently good albums in a genre more focused on singles. This is easily one of the most consistently good UK hip-hop albums in general. It's a shame none of Dizzee Rascal's subsequent albums were able to live up to it, but it set the bar pretty high.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

When this came out I was struck by how off the wall it was. Such good grooves and clever nasty lyrics. I remember dance floors getting filled when tracks from Boy In Da Corner got dropped. Listening to it again after many years I was surprised by a possible Sparks influence on track. Dizzee Rascal made an intelligent album that never took itself too seriously while still being important

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Remember reciting all of Fix Up, Look Sharp on the school field at lunch time? Me too.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

I remember greatly enjoying this album when it first came out, so when I saw it in my backlog I jumped straight to it. What I got was an album of two halves - the first half (more of a third, really) showed why grime music in general and this album in particular was so great, songs about hopelessness and boredom rapped over discordant beats in a style that still stands out. The remainder was much more the kind of bravado I can never take seriously when it's delivered with anything other than an American accent. Fix Up, Look Sharp, Jus' a Rascal and I Luv U were stand out tracks, but ultimately this album was just a little bit too lacking for me to give it a rating of an album I'd be keen to buy.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Very energetic. Never really listened to British rap before, but I believe this is the seminal Grime album. Impressive flow and witty lyricism. I'd go back and listen to this.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Grime is a uniquely British genre intersecting hip hop and EDM, utilizing syncopated breakbeat samples to create an aggressive, energetic beat for rapping over. Boy In Da Corner is one of the foundational albums of the grime genre, winning the 2003 Mercury Music Prize and thus earning the new sound some legitimacy. Stylistically, this raw production style and MCing reminds me of the east-coast Definitive Jux production on the other side of the pond, though Dizzee Rascal is certainly a lot less abstract in his lyrics. I'll be honest, I have a certain bias against UK hip hop. I find the accent to be more irritating than anything, which leaves a lot to be desires when that's the majority of the album. I like the production otherwise though, it's unique enough to stand out.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Despite being an unabashed fan of hip-hop, I'm never gonna be a grime head, I guess. I keep giving it a try and I just can't get into it. That said, somewhere around track 5, I started to actually understand what Dizzee, and by extension the genre, is trying to do/be. Dizzee may be rapping but this isn't hip-hop and that's a game-changing realization. It's more akin to dance genres like garage or jungle. When approached with that understanding, grime makes so much more sense. I was able to move through the rest of the album and... kind of enjoy it. I'm still not into grime, mind you. But I went from actively disliking it to respecting and appreciating it. That's worth a few stars for the boy in da corner.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

Unimpressed. Not bad production quality but repetitive and annoying. Some songs In the middle were a bit better but not great

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

I don’t like rap. Is the guy decently talented? Yeh. I don’t have other British rap to compare against and I won’t seek it out.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Rap with electronic beats... Why?

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Mon May 24 2021
1

fuck outta here with that BWOSHET

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Thu Jul 22 2021
1

If Dizzee Rascal's intent was to make an album that would make the listener want to blow his or her brains out, then I say well done sir! I tried, but I hated it. I did make it all the way through, but just barely. 1 star.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
1

Garbage

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Mon Mar 15 2021
1

Not my taste of music or genre. Found the vocal delivery and most of the music abrasive

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Wed Jul 07 2021
1

Not for me

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Fri May 07 2021
1

🥴

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Thu Jul 22 2021
1

Wut? Terrible beats under some British dude.

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Sat May 15 2021
1

So much no

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Wed Dec 22 2021
1

I hate this.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
1

Just so, so, so not my thing. I gave it a try but couldn't get through it.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
1

Absolute and utter dross. Honestly, why this sort of abject shite gets hyped up by swathes of actual grown adults is beyond me. Yobbish, dumb and painfully monotonous.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
1

Trash

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Wed Feb 16 2022
1

Repetitive and annoying with zero edge. Get to Fuck. 1/5

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Thu Oct 29 2020
5

Cmon

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Fri Oct 02 2020
5

CLASSIC

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

5/5. Legendary

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Sun May 23 2021
5

Great album

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Boy in da Corner is the debut studio album by English rapper and producer Dizzee Rascal. It was first released on 21 July 2003 by XL Recordings in the United Kingdom before being released the following year in the United States. Per Wikipedia (as above), this album falls under the "grime" genre of electric music. My interest is piqued... Tracklist: Sittin’ Here Stop Dat I Luv U Brand New Day 2 Far Fix Up, Look Sharp Cut ’Em Off Hold Ya Mouf Round We Go Jus’ A Rascal Wot U On Jezebel Seems 2 Be Live O Do It! Vexed "Sittin' Here" introduces Dizzee Rascal with cool beats and bass tunes. This is a solid hip hop track with clever lyrics ("same old story" "it was only yesterday). It's relatable, and it sounds very cool. "Stop Dat" is another grime track with deep bass synth chords (I'm probably butchering this terminology, bit it sounds bassy!). I dig this song, and it's giving me major Blackout vibes ("Freakshow" comes to mind). Track 3, "I Luv U," opens with a woman saying the titular line over and over as if her voice is solely activated by the push of a key. This song features a battle between two loves (with his and her vocals!) and it's very fun, and the grimey instrumentation is very addictive. "Brand New Day" features jingle-bell keys and a grimey beat. Dizz sings about his life, losing his friends, making plans for the future. It's personal. It's good. "2 Far" features Wiley and opens with funny Alvin and the Chipmunks distorted vocals that lead to a consistent "uh uh" and violins while Dizzee sings about how someone pushed him... too far. The next track, "Fix Up, Look Sharp" opens with a fun drum beat that samples "The Big Beat by Billy Squier. It's fun and semi sarcastic. "Cut 'Em Off" features more bass and a steady beat. It's dark and his vocals are echoey and it's a little spooky! "Hold Ya Mouf" features God's Gift and a synth that reminds me of Saria's Song from Ocarina of Time. Dizz sings about karma and bettering yourself. It's catchy! "Round We Go" has more "hey hey" backing vocal/sounds and more fun synthy tunes. This track sounds like a breakup song and it's pretty great! "Jus' a Rascal" opens with people chanting "he's just a rascal" that leads to Dizzee and electric guitars mixed over a cool ambient electric tune. This track sounds like Dizzee's introduction song. "Wot U On?" has bassy beats and a robo/harmonizing lady vocals in the background. I sense another breakup song! "You're looking at your jewelry thinking you're a dapper" Ahhh, a gold digger song. This song is VERY fun. "Jezebel" opens with plucking strings and some hip hop beats. This track is dark and the titular Jeze is in some deep shit. "Seems 2 Be" is more grimey synth track that opens with an iconic monologue from a woman that features this poetry: "To be honest I’m totally and completely on his dick" This track is quite outrageous and I'm all for it. He does compare Britney and Christina to Teletubbies at one point, which I simply love. "Live O" opens with claps and an automated operator ordering you to "leave a message." Dizzee mentions Perrier in this song, and I really appreciate it. The final track on the original pressing, "Do It!" opens with Dizzee reflecting on his life and planning for his future. This track features more of the same grimey instrumentation that I've come to appreciate on this album, and it's very good! Favorite track: Wot U On? Honorable mention: I Luv U

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

La prima volta che ho sentito questo disco anni fa quando vivevo a Londra mi è esplosa la testa e sentirlo anche oggi mi fa lo stesso effetto. Dizzie ha uno stile unico e ha influenzato me e tantissima musica che mi piace, gran disco. Non ho altro da dire.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

I love this album and always have and for me all but one track are really strong 2 far is a track I dont remember with any fondness and i dont think it has improved but that is one track of an album of great tracks with some real stand out classics of the genre

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

It says a lot about how good this album is that it managed to break into my indie centric world back when it was released. It got more play than a lot of the music that is now known as landfill indie, which is a disingenuous name as every genre has forgettable music that doesn't stand the test of time. Anyway, yeah this album stands the test of time. It's just mental.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Already listened before, instant classic. Can't beat it

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Need to revisit, but interesting mix of rap with some English downtempo elements.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Un rap rafraichissant tres tres bon qui m’a secoue par rapport a ce que je connaissais. 5

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Mon May 30 2022
5

classic

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Wow, this album was fucking fantastic. Love love love love.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Grime rap, indflydelsesrigt, hårdt, tempofyldt, britisk, wagwan

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Liked this quite a bit! Very aggressive, old school UK rap. "I Luv U" was great. Will put this into the rotation.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

This goes so hard at times!! Fire.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Yes! Yes! Yes! Minus one star for the line “Lyrical clientele but I ain't a bocat, I don't like the smell”

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Did not expect the heavy dub. I don't mind the strong reggaeton vibes, but would actually love to hear an instrumental version of this album as a personal preference. Where my Skream heads at??

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Sun May 16 2021
4

so, it turns out i like grime a lot more than i thought i would. pretty nice.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Rap. Straight down danzable and catchy. Good enought, not perfect, repetivive on times.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Braggadocious, at times dated in it's slang, but overall an enjoyable delve into the early evolutions of London's grime scene

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

false

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Very Good Album

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Pretty good.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

This works way better than it has any right to

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Un album de très très grande qualité que j'ai beaucoup apprécié. On notera cependant la présence excessive de morceaux intitulés "Dizzee Rascal Type Beat".

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Jebote šta je ovaj album zanimljiv. Znam za ovaj album, za njega, al nikad nisam poslušao baš u cijelosti album i mog reći da me je zateklo. Stvarno odlično kreiranih pjesama, bass udara ko blesav, agresivan album. U nekima ima manjka melodičnosti, ali opet to nekako daje taj štih na pjesmu. Pa tako i cijeli album.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

So talented! Every song sounds like a blueprint for Bonkers, but without its overexposure and catchiness.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Flames. Shockingly modern.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Interesting hip hop.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Wagman ma roadman tis album was peng blud don't Eva trust a wasteman innit 4/5

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Ooooooi Some massive tracks on here. He’s got his own style and is doing his thing but I was never too into grime. Fix up still sounds huge and I’ll always turn that up as loud as I can go.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

Opening the book on the UK Grime scene with humour social commentary and a cast of diverse characters. Accessible and interesting to non-fans of the genre, especially hearing Grime emerge from DnB.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Classic grime album. I haven't listened to this in a hot minute but it's so nostalgic for me.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

I only knew Dizzee from that one Basement Jaxx song, so this was a real treat!

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

V v cool.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Damn, this is still so cool

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

This album goes HARD. Most of the tracks on here just slap and are a great time and luckily there are some switch-ups so it's not too overwhelming. Really good bars, from what I could understand of them as well. 8/10

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Sittin here, I luv u, Fix up look sharp, Jus a rascal

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

I'm usually not much into music like this, but I can vibe with this album very well. Especially the vocals are done skillfully and have me bopping my head a lot.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Oy, it's the boy in da corner, innit? Been waiting for a reason to check out Dizzee Rascal, glad to see this pop up on here. Some really fantastic tracks on here. I'm pretty sure this was one of the first big breakout albums from the grime scene, and it's crazy to hear how much this style still influences acts today, like Skepta. I hear a throughline from this to Konnichiwa for sure. Obsessed with the Billy Squier flip on "Fix Up Look Sharp," took me right back to that XXL freshman cypher with Kendrick and Lil B. Give me more grime! Favorite tracks: Fix Up Look Sharp, I Luv U, Stop Dat, Hold Ya Mouf. Album art: He really is a boy in da corner. Font, colors, even his pose is cool. Really like this one. 4/5

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

This slays from beginning to end

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Dizzee’s underground grime album made it to the overground and inspired plenty of think pieces in left leaning newspapers marvelling at his wordplay, real outlook on urban life and raw stripped back electro beats. I can’t really blame them - it’s a powerful Debut, he was just a kid and who had heard music like this before if you weren’t on the scene?

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Wed Sep 09 2020
3

Good album although not 100% my thing. The famous tracks I knew already and really like ie Fix Up Look Sharp. A couple of the tracks felt a bit too busy.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Dizzee's energy and skills are to be commended heavily here. My only complaints are that a) some of the beats haven't aged super well and b) this project is at least 15 minutes too long. Solid 3.5 star. Favorite tracks: "Fix Up, Look Sharp", "Hold Ya Mouf", "I Luv U"

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Bizarre beats that never really work for me but it truly is unique

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Fri Sep 25 2020
3

Amazing production on this album

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Fri Oct 02 2020
3

Production is not really my style. Dizzee is great though.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Not really for me, but did enjoy it.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

I'm not the biggest grime guy in the world, so I'm not over the moon for this. But there are some big tunes on here, and overall it's good.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

its dizzee.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

He's good. A later album played after this one. He got better.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Didn't come dance with me :(

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Minimalistischer Rap

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Some I liked, some I didn't so much

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

I want Dizzee Rascal to call me a Jezebel

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

It's okay. Not what I wanted to listen to today.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Chaotic

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

I can respect the talent it takes to carve out a sound like this. It's extremely difficult to listen to while doing something else, I found. Every track sounds super busy and attention grabbing. It's a little vertigo inducing, which is kinda fun in itself! Fave track -"Stop Dat", I think. I'm not doing a second play through to be sure, though...

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

I can appreciate the influence and legacy, and I love his rapping voice, but I simply didn’t react to the album as positively as I expected.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Good album, 3.75

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

This is a fun album and it seems Dizzee doesn't take himself too seriously.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

In its day this was pretty fresh. A combination of raw jagged beats and Dizzee squawking about uniquely British things (like Happy Shopper). It wore pretty thin pretty quickly, and then Dizzee released "Holiday"

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Don't know much about Grime Rap, but this is enjoyable for a while. Good lyrics.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Nice voice and delivery. The beats did not age well.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

it was okay, not really into it except one song love u or something like that

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

High energy, almost aggressive at times. Not really my style. Super creative. Favorite track is probably Do It!

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

In conclusione: Sarà che ormai ci sto facendo il callo, sarà che mancano le tracce coi pompini o 15 pezzi sulle bitches e quanto ce l'hai lungo, sarà per le basi un po' frizzantelle elettroniche, però a me sto disco m'è piaciuto. Quando ho visto la copertina so partito subito di eye-rolling e invece poi m'ha divertito e ogni tanto sono anche andato a vedere come si chiamava il pezzo perché mi aveva stupito. Diciamo che questo è quello che per il genere è andato più vicino alla possibilità di essere ascoltato di nuovo.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Different beats, different flow than I've heard before. Good record.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Great grime music. I like the beats on the first song. The lyrics/rap aren't my thing, though.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

Grime is one of the most interesting subgenres of hip-hop and this album is grime at its purest.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Fun album

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

His debut album comes out the blocks fighting. Harsh electronic production, London rhymes. Solid debut. Best Tracks: I Luv U; Fix Up, Look Sharp; Jus' A Rascal;

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Rap modert

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Pretty darn good. Not sure I can take a whole grime album, but this is good stuff.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Cet album de Dizee Rascal était très agréable, mais parasité par un nombre beaucoup trop important de Dizee Rascal Type Beats. Ils y sont absolument tous passés !

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

3.5

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

Kind of just sounds samey after a while, but I like the early dubstep feel here. I had heard Fix Up, Look Sharp in some video game or somewhere years ago, so it was fun to discover that again. Honestly this would be higher if the samples and sound effects weren't so annoying. The beats are good and Dizzy has good flow.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

Fine

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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

Turns out I prefer my rappers who have a British accent. This album's somewhat of a blast. Like most rap albums, it's probably 3 songs too long. But that probably says more about me than it does the album, since rap is a tough genre for me.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

Didn't appreciate the grimy production at first but it grew on me over the course of the album

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Grime not my particular taste but I like this album and see it's merits. Brand New Day A favourite.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

2+2=4 4-1=3

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

This whole album I kept jumping back and forth between "what the hell is this crap" and "oh shit this is pretty good". Perfect example of a three star album then.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Inventive, original, but long and a bit boring

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Better than most rap. Never heard of this guy before. His use of the Billy Squire song is good.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

I'm giving this a 3 out of respect for it's role in the formation of grime, but otherwise there are so many other albums that do it better.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

Buen disco

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Well the lyrics are uninspired but the beats a really cool.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Would've got a 4 if a few filler songs were dropped from it

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Oi! 'Fix Up, Look Sharp' is sweet as a nut. The rest of the album is mostly ok.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

3.7

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Good, some rough tracks, some bangers.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Not Dizzee's best tbh

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

DIDNT FINISH, DIDNT WANT TO

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

This album is fun. It drones on a little bit in spots but the hits are all great. Sittin' Here is an all time great album opener.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

The lyrics are far less interesting than the atmosphere created by the confused and noisy arrangements. (6/10) FT: I Luv U, Fix Up, Look Sharp

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Not gonna lie... I had to listen to this album with lyric subtitles... Not 100% sure how I feel about it but I know I didn't hate it.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Actually good

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

It's alright

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Helppo nähdä, miks tää on ollut kova juttu 2003. Muutama biisi toimii tosi hyvin edelleen, vaikka soundit ei oo kyl kauheen hyvin ikääntyneet. Ehkä ansaitsee silti just ja just 3/5, nautin jollain kierolla tavalla.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

3.0

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Thu May 05 2022
3

A great debut from Dizzee, it definitely brought the UK grime movement to the mainstream masses. This album seems more raw and unpolished in comparison to his later works, but doesn't suffer from it's "green-ness". There are pockets in the album where his flow is not quite there, but there are gems where you can see he's taken that flow and honed it. Best: I Luv U Worst: 2 Far 3.5 Stars

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

highlights: -stop dat -luv u mid

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

J’ai de la difficulté à évaluer ce genre de musique, parce que je n’en ai pas un gros baggage. Je me fie donc à mes repères généraux d’appréciation. Cet album n’est pas plate. Ça bouge beaucoup et ça va dans plusieurs directions. Je suis content de l’avoir écouté, mais ça ne figurera pas dans mes meilleurs album hip-hop/rap.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

This reminded me a bit of "the batty man" rapper. I don't remember his name but Stevie would. This felt unique especially in 2003, but in the latter half of the album I was skipping a lot of songs. One that stood out and I thought was awesome was Fix Up, Look Sharp which I think had the guy who sings The Stroke.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

Heard this once before. Not bad. Three good tracks and the might take more time to get to know better. 3.5/5.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Not what I usually listen to, but nice beats.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

So far I'm about it. British, cool. From the sound of Stop Dat, I can't help but guess Dizzee Rascal ventured into/influenced dubstep? I can't keep up with the lyrics, but damn, this shit goes hard. I Luv U is one of the most British things I've ever heard. God damn he went after the queen on 2 Far, and he's MBE. Sick. Alright, on to the most listened track, what'll it be like? He kinda gives me ODB at times. I like it, but I don't think it's the best track that I've heard on the album. That always kinda bums me out, because it makes me think the other, better tracks might have been overlooked a little. Oh, Danny Brown too. Jus' a Rascal kinda slaps. Hmm, not big on Jezebel, big slut shaming anthem I guess.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

I’m still not into hip hop but this album was certainly interesting. I would almost call it Industrial Hip Hop. Hard mechanical abrasive beats. Kudos to him for pushing the envelope and not sounding like all the other mainstream hip hop artists.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

The music critics lived this one. That says I’ll never fulfill my dream of being a music critic.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

Look, this was a tough listen. Sometimes the instrumentals were cool, but ultimately, grime just isn't it for me.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

its a unique sound but im not a fan perse

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

I thought the first 3 songs were not so bad, but then it went downhill verrrrrrrrry fast.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Meh, not my style at all, I didn't enjoy

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Don’t get it, don’t like it, but certainly unique.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

solide 2

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Sun May 23 2021
2

Better than I expected I suppose

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

not for me broooooooooo

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Sat Jan 30 2021
2

Good lyrics but most tracks are complete shite

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Just noise.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Me door dit album moeten worstelen. Een 2-3-tal nummers waren wel oké

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Not my genre but still very decent.

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Tue May 25 2021
2

2

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Sat Jun 05 2021
2

I’ve listened to Dizzie Rascal a few times and one or two songs are good and I would listen to again the rest weren’t enjoyable and not my kind of music

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Not my style

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

:(

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

Fun album, easy too what it has lead to in the current rap industry, but also has some boring themes and downright bad music, imo

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

One great track, Fix Up, Look Sharp - It's great because of the Billy Squire samples. Couple other pretty good songs. The rest is ok. 2.5/5.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

Interesting and bombastic backing tracks, and really started off like something I'd like, but got pretty annoyingly repetitive after a while. Barely finished this one.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
2

nah

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

No

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Mon Oct 25 2021
2

Grime, something I have a tendency to like but I have big issues with the mixing. Vocals have a tendency to not pop out from the instrumentals making it hard to follow the lyrics, which is not for the best. The songs sound disconnected and only Jus’ a Rascal popped out as a good bop.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
2

Anton Newcombe has listened to this a lot. Yeah, fuck you Stormzy, this is real UK grime. I can appreciate that this started off a scene, but it's not something I care for.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

Boy in Da Corner by Dizzee Rascal (2003) If you’re tired of standard East Coast/West Coast hip hop, Dizzee Rascal offers a little variety. His Ghanaian/British accent and idiosyncratic background sounds are arresting. On the other hand, this debut outing is lacking in the production quality of mainstream American rap/hip hop. And his unalloyed meanness is unconvincing, clothed in a significant amount of sonic goofiness (e.g., “Hold Ya Mouf”). His compositions include flavorings from the Far East, Africa, 20th century European choral music, and a heavy dose of urban America. It’s really a wild display, by a young and conflicted soul. Rascal’s voice lacks menace and power, but he displays sufficient rhythmic sense to carry the songs in the absence of dominant beats. He seems to have discovered that overpowering percussion sometimes gets in the way of vocal performance. This is a plus. In the hypersonic “Jus’ a Rascal”, his athletic diction is given a full workout. Many American rappers could learn from him in the “percussive consonants” unit of Elocution 101. On the other hand, his vowels, blends, and diphthongs are frequently lost at sea somewhere between the English Channel and the Cape of Good Hope. “2 Far” is an interesting techno/hip hop fusion piece, rationalizing antisocial behavior while being accompanied by what sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or grab my .45 and inventory my family members. Interesting, but not enduring. 2/5

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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

Eh. Not for me.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

multi-layered yet minimal, disorientating, futuristic - but it is 18 years old! well done but not a record I will want to listen to again anytime soon

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

Rap isn't my favorite, and this album was kinda weird. But pretty impressive that we was only 16 at the time.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

Didn't listen to it again, this is the score from original listen on solo list.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

Contextualitzat en els primers anys del mil.leni, com un dels primers i millors exemples de grime, rap anglés urbà i amb temàtiques del dia a dia, encaixava força bé. Però no em sembla gaire destacable musicalment, i amb els anys ha perdut l'interés que en algun moment va poder tenir

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

A ver. Quiero que me guste esta mierda lógicamente, pero más allá de lo adelantado a su tiempo que está los sonidos están ridículamente anticuados (normal por otro lado) me saca un poco entre eso y el delivery del jambo, pero esas son las únicas críticas. No está mal. Es un estilo que no me encanta particularmente pero si esto es el del 2003 se ve la influencia fácilmente. MAD BANTER GOOD CHAT THIS BLOKE'S GOT THE PROPER FLOW INNIT.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

No acabé de escucharlo, de lo que he escuchado no he entendido nada pero me ha resultado bastante interesante y me gustan algunos temas. Una review muy vaga porque lo que escuche lo hice mientras iba a clase. Supongo que deberia haberme puesto los lyrics. Mmm yo que se.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

Undoubtedly creative, and undoubtedly not for me.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

Seemed as if he was in too much of a hurry 'to spit'. Did not leave enough time to tell the story....

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

I don't do a lot of british hip hop. It's okay, but I'm not going to be seeking this album out

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

A noisy ride. Had some moments I liked but overall not my vibe

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

I generally don't like rap, but do think that Dizzee Rascal is definitely among the better rappers I've heard. I liked the no frills electronic accompaniment as well and also the rather dark sound of the music. That said, it's still a style of music I generally dislike. Additionally, the nervousness and angstiness of the music made a couple of the tracks really hard to listen to. The album was also very long, which led me to skip a couple of tracks, especially around the middle of the album. 2.5 stars rounded down because I did quite a bit of skipping.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
2

Ihan coolit soundit mut en oo koskaan juurikaan välittänyt grimesta, aika tylsää musaa. 2/5.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
2

Tää genre ei oo kyllä mua varten. Varmaan siis klassikko alallaan mut tän kuuntelu ei oo mulle erityisen mielyttävää. 2/5

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Fri Apr 08 2022
2

2/5 nope

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Fri Apr 22 2022
2

Hey chums, it's the latest case of personal-iniquity-shredding-a-musician's-reputation! I don't wish to talk about the current nastiness surrounding Dizzie Rascal. Not least, I favour death-of-the-author, and have no probs separating the work from the artist. Anyway, in 2003 Dizzie Rascal was carried everywhere on a sedan chair held aloft by slavering critics, becoming that rarity of a respected UK rapper and symbolising the transition from garage to grime. I had the album myself, but in honesty I can't say I played it too much beyond the singles. In 2022, perhaps I can manage a more studied take. Firstly, Fix Up Look Sharp is an indestructible song, properly manic and banging, with this great playground sense of kids sharing yo mamma jokes. And Boy In Da Corner is at its best when it exhibits a childlike charm, when he's bragging about his trainers. But, gangsta posturing was surely passé by 2003, or at least it should have been? It dilutes the album's appeal considerably. Another point is the attitude to women. When does a cynical stance become a noxious one? A few times it appears to accuse young women of ensnaring unthinking men (and their money) by calculated pregnancy, and the title of the song Jezebel is as shrill a warning siren as one may require. This is where immaturity festers into misogyny. In retrospect, the initial appeal of Dizzie Rascal was partly the shock of the new. Audiences had already concluded that garage wasn't especially tantalising, and any step from that felt like the right one. But the actual slab we have hear is overlong, inelegant and not sufficiently charismatic. Later albums are an improvement, but it's slightly baffling to contemporary ears how this became the critics' champion all those years ago.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

Edge and energized and I suppose distinctive (I've certainly heard little like it, especially with the thickly accented rapping), but I find it also pretty annoying and not very relatable. He sure rhymes fast. Must be something the kids like.

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Fri May 13 2022
2

Hip hop. Coñazo

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Fri Jun 03 2022
2

I dub this album Beats Machine 1.0 programmed by Beats Technician 1.0. The amateurish beats are off kilter like two middle schoolers stepping all over each others’ feet at a dance. It’s hard to get into body bouncing rhythm Fix Up, Look Sharp was my favorite track.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
2

I recognized the name Dizzie Rascal from his 15 minutes of fame in 2003. I vaguely recalled finding him interesting, and thus looked forward to listening to “Boy in Da Corner” nearly 20 years later. And it was, no doubt, interesting. It felt fresh and different, for either 2003 or 2022. The grime style is one I want to like. But uniqueness aside, I just couldn’t get into it. “Fix Up, Look Sharp” is the track I remember, and I do think that refrain is the coolest thing on the album. But while I’m glad grime exists, I think it’s just not for me.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
2

Fine for what it is - and a banger is a banger, but not enough bangers here for me

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

Would I like this with headphones on, maybe if I smoked a bong. Would I like this in my living room, only if I was high on shrooms. Do I care about these songs, to pretend I like them would be wrong. Are these songs considered really essential, there's not much chance of that potential. I do not like this in a car. I do not like this in a bar. I do not like this in a house. I do not like this with my spouse. I do not like this here or there. I do not like this anywhere. I do not like Boy In Da Corner. I do not like this performer! Nope

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

I had high hopes at the outset because the opener hits pretty hard. Then it got a bit formulaic for me.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
2

I appreciate that this album probably had some role in making Man's Not Hot happen

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Thu Jul 28 2022
2

Some interesting beats, but overall didn't hold my attention

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

Overall far too busy for my taste.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

2/15, 13%

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

I don't know. I started out liking it, but this just isn't my thing for a whole album's worth.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

He can stay in that corner.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Look, it ain't my thing.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

1. Can't believe this is almost 20 years old. 2. Losing the will to live a couple of songs in. 3. I think 20 years ago, I was too old for this. 4. 20 years later, I'm still too old for this.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

Very repetitive without any personality, didn't like it that much

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Sun Oct 16 2022
2

I have surprised by the fact that I have enjoyed a lot of the rap albums on the list, sadly this is not one of them. I do need some semblance of musicality in my music some melody perhaps. This album is more rapping over nonsense noises. I can't derive any listening pleasure and so the rapping no matter how honest or funny or poignant or righteously indignant can't make it through to me because the music has no redeeming qualities. 2.5 stars

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