Finally living up to the music side of this page! This is Dizzee Rascal’s first studio album, Boy In Da Corner. It was released in 2003 and sold over 100,000 copies before the release of his second album only a year later, which he mentions on the song “Dream”. I really enjoy the production and beats on this album, more than on any of his other grime projects because it is so raw. Dizzee made all the beats himself, adding to my appreciation of this project. Some songs you may know off of this Album are “I Luv U”, “Jus’ A Rascal” and “Fix Up, Look Sharp” the last of which was in a Guitar Hero game I believe. Some personal favorites are the album opener “Sittin’ Here”, “I Luv U”, and the last two tracks “Live O” & “Do It”. I can really tell how much passion was put into these songs. The lyrics feel real, unlike most of Dizzee’s 3rd project, M4ths & 3ngl1sh most of which seems rushed. (He really wanted out of that contract huh?) Another very interesting part of this, is all of the Roll Deep branding on this album. Roll Deep being Wiley’s crew, who Dizzee fell out with in Napa while this project was launched. Wiley features on “2 Far” which tbh is quite a good feature, even though I dislike Wiley. It is amazing how Dizzee goes from saying “I love you like a brother” on print in his album, to a few year later writing a song called “Pussyole” on the same bloke! The beef still continues on both Wiley and Dizzee’s more recent works. It’s incredible to see how distant they have grown. Being able to look back on this piece of grime history, when these two giants of the game were so close, is incredible to have. I will cherish this iconic album for the rest of my useless existence... thanks for the classic Dizzee, 9/10.
Oh also if you want a laugh, check out Crazy Titch’s version of “Jus’ A Rascal” called “Jus’ An Arsehole”, a diss track towards Dizzee, which I rather like... sorry Dylan 😬
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