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 (one year ago) Permalink
Yeah this is excellent
― change display name (Jordan), Friday, 21 July 2017 14:26 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink
aoty so far imo
― Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Monday, 31 July 2017 21:02 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink
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 (ten months ago) Permalink