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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Often teetering on the brink of either cracking a smile or bursting into tears while delivering his boastful, wistful, and dread-filled rhymes, the hormonally charged voice of East London's Dizzee Rascal can be instantly singled out after the first introduction. Birthed by U.K. garage and seasoned through pirate radio, the terrain Dizzee carves out remains worlds apart from that of Ms. Dynamite and the Streets, two MCs who have come from a fractious-as-ever scene -- one that Dizzee's apart from as much as he's a part of -- with similar fanfare. And despite comparisons to 2Pac and 50 Cent that won't cease at any point in the foreseeable future, the parallels drawn to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Often teetering on the brink of either cracking a smile or bursting into tears while delivering his boastful, wistful, and dread-filled rhymes, the hormonally charged voice of East London's Dizzee Rascal can be instantly singled out after the first introduction. Birthed by U.K. garage and seasoned through pirate radio, the terrain Dizzee carves out remains worlds apart from that of Ms. Dynamite and the Streets, two MCs who have come from a fractious-as-ever scene -- one that Dizzee's apart from as much as he's a part of -- with similar fanfare. And despite comparisons to 2Pac and 50 Cent that won't cease at any point in the foreseeable future, the parallels drawn to stateside rappers haven't often looked beneath the surface. If he were misplaced in a pool of U.S. MCs, there'd be few comparisons that would make full sense. The fact that Dizzee's from England is an obvious factor; his accent and own cultural slang will be an instant deal-breaker for most of those who have hunted for Makaveli bootlegs. From a production standpoint, we're talking about splayed-out beats and deflated basslines that, heard through a state-of-the-art stereo, might as well be blaring from the ravaged stock system of a 1974 Dodge Dart. If there are any likenesses, the dense production work -- carried out mostly by the MC on his own -- is somewhat akin to prime Bomb Squad, if only because no level of familiarity can acclimate the ears completely. Get lost in the swaying chime melody of "Brand New Day," the low-slung industrial-punk grind of "Jus a Rascal," or the stunted gait of "Do It," and risk missing out on all of the deeply hidden inflections that help make the whole album so unique. Despite the grime, the violence, the conflicted romantic entanglements, and the jagged productions that characterize the album, the moment that hits hardest is also the most fragile: "Do It," with a resigned line that goes "If I had the guts to end it all, believe -- I would," begs for misinterpretation, so it should be pointed out that it and the album as well draws to a close with "You can do anything," an encouragement that holds much weight in its context. Startling, tirelessly powerful, and full of unlimited dimensions, nothing could truly weigh down this debut -- not even a Mercury Prize. [The U.S. version, released through Matador half a year after the original XL U.K. release, wisely added the B-side "Vexed."]
Rolling Stone - Pat Blashill
If you want a vision of the future of hip-hop and techno, get this record.
Spin Magazine - Will Hermes
The hottest and strangest hip-hop import to bubble up since the Streets changed British rap from a punch line to a genre. (A-)
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
Winner last year of England's coveted Mercury Prize...the music is a low-tech, digestible version of the computerized funk Missy Elliott and Timbaland have perfected on Elliott's albums. [B]
Blender - Nick Duerden
A pile-driving record revolving around furious bass frequencies, minimalist beats and Rascal's nervy, twitching delivery.... Like Tricky at his most abrasive, it's not an easy listen, but it is riveting.

The hottest and strangest hip-hop import to bubble up since the Streets changed British rap from a punch line to a genre. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861060024
  • Catalog Number: 10600
  • Sales rank: 75,241

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sittin' Here (4:05)
  2. 2 Stop Dat (3:40)
  3. 3 I Luv U (4:05)
  4. 4 Brand New Day (4:00)
  5. 5 2 Far (3:08)
  6. 6 Fix Up, Look Sharp (3:45)
  7. 7 Cut 'Em Off (3:55)
  8. 8 Hold Ya Mouf - GodsGift (2:54)
  9. 9 Round We Go - GodsGift (4:14)
  10. 10 Jus a Rascal - GodsGift (3:28)
  11. 11 Wot U On - GodsGift (4:50)
  12. 12 Jezebel (3:37)
  13. 13 Seems 2 Be (3:46)
  14. 14 Live O (3:35)
  15. 15 Do It (4:06)
  16. 16 Vexed (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dizzee Rascal Primary Artist
Caramel Vocals
Claire Cottrell Vocals
GodsGift Track Performer
Armour Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ben Drury Cover Design, Logo Design
T. Rowe Composer
Gareth Bayiss Sleeve Design Assistant
Dean Chalkley Sleeve Photo
V. Vardoen Composer
Dylan Mills Composer
Chubby Dread Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is amazing

    No, not a funny album. This is a seriously good album. Dizzee Rascal has changed the face of hip-hop music. Stylistically, and lyrically. If you pick this album up "just for comedy" you will be seriously dissapointed. If you pick it up for insight, or just to be astounded, you will be pleased. It is insulting to say, "hey, haha, he has a funny accent, haha.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HAHAHAHAHHAAA

    I'm not into rap or whatever you want to call this genre AT ALL. My friend found the cd on this site and ordered it, and i heard him on MTV one day, and i thought it was histerical. I was laughing so hard when i heard some of the lyrics on Fix Up, Look Sharp with his accent, and the crazy part in another song when that british lady says, "I LOVE YOU!" haha... its so funny! get it, its great for comedy... just dont listen to it too much, it can get sickening with the techno. but the content is SOOOO FUNNY!! hes jus a rascal.....

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