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On Dylan Mills’ fifth album, he’s trying to do what UK rap has never quite managed: make it big across the pond. Artists like Professor Green, Plan B and Tinie…

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Yeah: RUNNING! Yeah: JUMPING! Yeah: THROWING! Yeah: CYCLING! This is Dizzee’s Olympics song, which talks about “gold” and being a “champion” and stuff. It’s rubbish, like all the Olympics songs.…

Alot of people have been waiting for this moment for a long time. The moment the only true superstar to have emerged from the UK’s grime scene gets back onstage…

Dizze Rascal, The Forum, London. 22nd November 2008.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to think about Dizzee Rascal’s inexorable rise to fame. What, exactly, is he up to? See, for all the cringeworthy T4 On The Beach…

Here’s how it works. You get to the door. You get patted down. You then pass through a metal detector. You then get patted down again. Just for luck. Welcome…

There are many reasons to hate this. One: Calvin Harris, singing like he’s reading the disclaimer on a direct debit mandate. Two: the middle-eight, where Dizzee tells his quarry she…

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So, after three critic-creaming albums, each enhancing his reputation as the UK’s foremost hip-hop/rap/grime/urban (whatever the frig you want to call it) artist, how does Dizzee Rascal up the game?…

An ode to the noble art of shaking one’s behind, ‘Flex’ sees Dizzee deciding to get all jazzy on our ass. It’s a two-step samba that would work just as…

Presumably the “Old Skool” bit refers to the practice of building a song around a sample from Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s ’80s rap classic “It Takes Two”, rather…

Trilby manufacturers are worried. Lost in the Babyshambles boom of 2005, the silly milliners bought a house and put their kids into private education. Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t look like…

The boy in da corner moves rap forward, with a little help from Alex Turner With the grime scene less ascendant in the mainstream than it once threatened to be,…

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Young Dylan Mills once recommended you respect him even if it killed you. A tall order, frankly, but Dizzee Rascal’s done much since to become, well, respectable. He sampled…

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In 2002, UK Garage’s bid for popularity crashed and burned. Acts like More Fire Crew turned out bullish garage-rap LPs with barrels of braggadocio but precious little substance. The likes…

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