It’s their first song together for four years
It’s the pair’s first song together since Dizzee featured on ‘Here 2 China’ from Harris’ 2012 album ’18 Months’.
Although Harris released eight singles from ’18 Months’, ‘Here 2 China’ – which also featured Dillon Francis – wasn’t among them.
The pair first worked together in 2008, when Harris featured on ‘Dance Wiv Me’, Dizzee’s first No 1 single. Their next pairing, ‘Holiday’, didn’t feature Harris singing but was produced by him. Also taken from Dizzee’s album ‘Tongue N’ Cheek’, ‘Holiday’ was initially written by Harris for The Saturdays, but they rejected the song.
Since his album ‘The Fifth’ in 2013, Dizzee has mainly focused on releasing low-key singles, with Halloween-themed song ‘Couple Of Stacks’ in 2014 returning to his underground roots.
‘Hype’ is Harris’ second new single since his 2014 album ‘Motion’, following Rihanna collaboration ‘This Is What You Came For’. ‘Hype’ had been previewed by Harris and Dizzee with identical tweets reading “Friday” yesterday (June 23) which previewed the single’s sleeve.
After recovering from a cut face sustained in a car crash in Los Angeles in May, Harris headlines Wireless Festival on July 8 and T In The Park the day after, followed by Creamfields on August 25. The shows come in between his residencies at Las Vegas clubs Hakkasan, Wet Republic and Omnia, which finish on September 16.
Dizzee plays at Blissfields, Shrewsbury Fields Forever, On The Pitch, Tramlines, SW4 and Sundown festivals.