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Okay so I was all ready to let this entire project slip out largely unanticipated and ignored on ILM but the single, Spaces, is considerably better than I would have dared hope for and suggests that this album might... actually be good?



01. ‘Focus’
02. ‘Wot U Gonna Do’
03. ‘Space’
04. ‘I Ain’t Even Gonna Lie’
05. ‘How Bad Do You Want It’
06. ‘Make It Last’
07. ‘Ghost’
08. ‘Business Man’
09. ‘Bop n Keep It Dippin’
10. ‘She Knows What She Wants’
11. ‘Dummy’
12. ‘Everything Must Go’
13. ‘Slow Your Roll’
14. ‘Sicka Dis Shit’
15. ‘Way I Am’
16. ‘Man of the Hour’

Matt DC, Friday, 16 June 2017 15:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

Just came in here to post that on the grime thread :)

paolo, Friday, 16 June 2017 15:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

Quality track by the way. Gets bonus points for using the word 'shitcunts'

paolo, Friday, 16 June 2017 15:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

Jesus died, he nailed himself into the cross
Still couldn't please these backwards shitcunts

Matt DC, Friday, 16 June 2017 15:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

At first I thought he was doing a totally rote triplet flow trap rip and the second verse just got increasingly unhinged.

Matt DC, Friday, 16 June 2017 15:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...


This album's going to be great. There aren't many MCs around at this level

paolo, Friday, 7 July 2017 16:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

I don't think he's even doing grime anymore, it's too fast and the beats are more like rap beats. So I don't know what it is

paolo, Friday, 7 July 2017 16:02 (seven months ago) Permalink


It's like this but with beats that were made to fit around his flow

paolo, Friday, 7 July 2017 16:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

love the new one. the synths and horns feel very grime-y to me, and it's only like 4 bpm faster than standard grime tempo.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 7 July 2017 16:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Really? I thought it was about 150 :s

paolo, Friday, 7 July 2017 17:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

my favorite tap tempo tool says 144 :)

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 7 July 2017 17:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

Hahaha wow how did this record end up so good? Like he's just furiously determined in his absolute refusal to sit down and accept the washed-up status that was about to be bestowed upon him. I love how the first half will have all the earnest thinkpiece writers pontificating about grime and googling ancient internecine beefs and then he just whacks out the g-funk and the Pac references as if to underline quite how far past it all he's going.

Love the artwork as well, the same rancid yellow, the literal boy in the corner.

Matt DC, Friday, 21 July 2017 08:42 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah this is excellent

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 21 July 2017 14:26 (six months ago) Permalink

At least until you get to 'She Knows What She Wants'.

Btw I've been wondering why Maths & English isn't available for streaming or download...guess it's because Def Jux released it in the U.S.?

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:43 (six months ago) Permalink

This is brilliant! I'd given up on the guy for years

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Monday, 24 July 2017 01:06 (six months ago) Permalink

Yep, this is terrific. His best work since BIDC without a doubt. I read his Guardian interview last week (like the middle class grime fan that I am) and he said that he didn't want to just make another grime album, he wanted to move beyond all that. You've got to say mission accomplished but I wish he'd made something like this years ago. Too busy with pop music I guess

I can't listen to this without comparing and contrasting with Godfather and Gang Signs And Prayer. Godfather was basically an album that was made to celebrate the whole scene with veteran MCs on almost every track and producers who have been established for a while. GSAP was more like Raskit in that Stormzy's trying to grow out of the whole grime scene, he could have quite easily made a straight up grime album but it seems like he's doing what Dizzee did years ago and using the grime scene as a launchpad for something bigger (I really hope he doesn't come out with the type of garbage that Dizzee made after Maths and English though). Wiley's trying to single-handedly lift the grime scene out of the underground and doing a damn fine job of it

paolo, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 17:27 (six months ago) Permalink

So good to see three really strong albums coming out of the grime scene in one year

paolo, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 17:32 (six months ago) Permalink

The level of MCing in grime right now is just as good as it's ever been (even though Raskit isn't really grime)

paolo, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 17:34 (six months ago) Permalink

aoty so far imo

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Monday, 31 July 2017 21:02 (six months ago) Permalink

mixed feelings on this. dizzee sounds incredible. technically hes fantastic. nothing to argue with there. but these beats arent... boring, but theyre not exactly teeming with personality. theres nothing wrong with them per se, but they sound 3rd rate. theres also something weirdly cocooned about the album. its more like roots manuva, individual british rap from a one off maverick, than anything remotely connected to road rap/grime. like it exists purely in relation to dizzee, than anything outside of him. i guess thats not a bad thing, its expected really after this long, but it makes the album sound ultimately inconsequential, for all its technical excellence. i dont wanna be one of these 'why isnt he making grime anymore?' people but i do find it dissapointing that he is STILL trying to discard that part of his history/music.

StillAdvance, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 12:02 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...


You were locked in a room and beaten half to death for fucking with your DJs 14 year old sister. They made Tinchy watch he was crying. https://t.co/37WuelAINF

— Dizzee Rascal (@DizzeeRascal) October 1, 2017

Strong stuff for a Sunday.

Matt DC, Sunday, 1 October 2017 12:57 (four months ago) Permalink

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