Thursday, September 24, 2009

967. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner (2003)

Track Listing

1. Sittin' Here
2. Stop Dat
3. I Luv U
4. Brand New Day
5. 2 Far
6. Fix Up, Look Sharp
7. Cut 'em Off
8. Hold Ya Mouf (Feat. God's Gift)
9. Round We Go (Ain't No Love)
10. Jus' A Rascal
11. Wot U On?
12. Jezebel
13. Seems 2 Be
14. Live O
15. Do It!


A really good and hard to categorise album by Dizzee Rascal here. If there is anything wrong with it, it is the fact that it is a really dark album. At times the whole thing is almost oppressive. But the music's mix of UK Garage, Hip-hop, Electronica, rock and jungle make it all too interesting to dislike.

The music is appropriately aggressive and dark, almost assaulting you with its beats, the lyrics are pretty interesting as well, even with the traditional hip-hop posturing in them they end up often being pretty sensitive pieces.

The whole thing sounds primal and fascinating and innovative and smart. It received the very deserved Mercury Award for this year and it is a truly fascinating album, highly recommended.

Track Highlights

1. Wot U On?
2. Fix Up, Look Sharp
3. I Luv U
4. Jezebel

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Boy in da Corner won Dizzee Rascal the 2003 Mercury Prize, becoming the first rapper to win the award. On Metacritic, the album received an aggregate score of 92/100, indicating "universal acclaim". In 2009, it was voted the sixth greatest album of all time by MTV Base. The record peaked at number twenty-three on the UK Albums Chart. It has sold over 58,000 units in the U.S.and over 250,000 copies worldwide.

Fix Up Look Look Sharp:


Anonymous said...

A doubt I just had... I was reading the albums list and I saw this...

Libertines – Libertines (1st Album)

Shouldnt it be the 2002 album ?

Anonymous said...


Francisco Silva said...

Somehow my 9 ended up upside down. Fixed.