Tag: Dizzee Rascal

  • 2003 Pazz & Jop: Reasons to Bother

    How laughable, cracked wiseacres in re the 30th or 31st Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll, for hopefuls in this nation’s other flawed, fragmented democratic exercise to claim hip-hop — Howard Dean enlisting Wyclef Jean, Dennis Kucinich employing a campaign rap called “Go Go Dennis” (sounds great, huh?), and, drop the bomb, Wesley Clark quoting “Hey […]

  • The Decade in Music Genre Hype

    If Spin was right to name “Your Hard Drive” the best album of 2000, we’d like to formally nominate “The Internet” as Most Unforgiving Asshole of the 2000s. As of ’09, bands have an official life span of about nine months dating from the launch of their MySpace pages, thanks to the comically accelerated, DSL-enhanced […]

  • GRIME TIME

    A few years ago, UK grime star Dizzee Rascal began public life as an inscrutable live performer with tremendous songs. Over the years, he’s matured into a commanding stage presence, even if his latest material lacks the urgency of his debut. On last year’s Maths & English (mysteriously released in material form this year by […]

  • Nick Cave: Still Venting

    Nick Cave looks a little embarrassed. He’s onstage at the Plug Independent Music Awards, held early last month at Terminal 5, holding an obeliskoid statuette that host Patton Oswalt has just likened to a butt plug. “Thanks a lot,” Cave says weakly, before hurrying off to prepare for a headlining set with his longtime band, […]

  • Live: Dizzee Rascal Tears Down Southpaw

    Money money money girls girls cash cash Dizzee Rascal + Game Rebellion Southpaw March 11, 2008 I miss grime. A couple of years ago, that jittery London dance-rap shit was supposed to take over the world, but it never happened since almost nobody involved could string together more than a couple of good songs. My […]

  • Why?’s Alopecia

    Jangle-rap? Pop ‘n’ roll? Rock-hop? Whatever the label, Why?, the delightfully subversive trio led by Yoni Wolf, raises the bar for innovation yet again with Alopecia. The follow-up to 2005’s Elephant Eyelash, it finds Wolf and company (joined this time around by Andrew Broder and Mark Erickson of Fog) armed with a new batch of […]

  • Status Ain’t Hood Interviews Dizzee Rascal

    I’m a free man born of the U.S.A. (This guy’s not, though.) I met Dizzee at the Def Jux offices on Friday afternoon. They’d set him up in an office with a box full of Maths + English liner notes so he could autograph all of them. When I got done interviewing him, as I […]

  • Boys in Slightly Darker Corners

    Since it burst out from the council estates of London’s East End in the early part of the decade, grime remains the first and only authentically British MC culture. A jackknifing collision of rasping U.K. garage beats, local slang, U.S. street rap, and Jamaican dancehall, it was as visceral and exhilarating as anything you’re likely […]

  • Track 18 Wins Again

    Shop Boyz “Rollin’” From Rockstar Mentality (Universal Republic) A catchphrase that somehow became a band, the Shop Boyz (those “Party Like a Rockstar” guys) should’ve turned their novelty fluke into a crunk-rock blueprint: 13 equally irresistible riffs/ringtones ready for Kids’ Choice Awards bumpers and Guitar Hero IV. Instead, there’s not nearly enough crunk or rock […]

  • Angry local rap-rocking poet rages at the blood on our hands

    Hip-hop is dead. Rock ‘n’ roll is dead. Hell, genre itself is dead. As dead as democracy in America. This is the premise of Saul Williams’s second album, and after approximately 50 listens, I’m still trying to figure out what, exactly, the local poet-actor-activist-rapper-rocker thinks we should do about it. Apparently it involves getting rid […]