On July 21, 2003 (thirteen years ago today) ‘Boy In Da Corner’ the debut album of British grime MC Dizzee Rascal, released by XL Recordings in the United Kingdom and Matador Records in the United States.
The album shifted the landscape of British music, easily being one of the most important albums in the UK in last 20 years, exposing underbelly of inner London life, of gangs, drugs, and teenaged relationships, over sparse, stripped-down, raw-production. Combining elements of Hip-hop, Garage, Drum & Bass, and Dancehall to popularise a sound known as Grime.
Wiley is considered by most to be ‘The Godfather of Grime‘, so it would be only fair to call Dizzee Rascal the ‘Poster Boy of Grime‘, possessing the ‘X-factor’, which made him the most appropriate artist to be the face of the then emerging genre.
The album received positive reviews across the board, resulting in Dizzee Rascal winning a Mercury Award, which is a massive achievement for piece of work that was crafted by a teenager.
The album ‘Boy In Da Corner’ was a critical and commercial success achieving BPI certified Gold status on September 26, 2013, selling excess of 100,000 units in the UK (Source: BPI Website). It reached its peak position in the UK album charts when it went to No. #23 in the chart week commencing August 2, 2003.
Dizzee’s The lead single ‘I Luv U’ peaked in the UK singles chart at No #29, with subsequent singles ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’, and ‘Jus A Rascal’ peaking at No #17 and No. #30 respectively.
Dizzee Rascal‘s debut album ‘Boy In Da Corner’ is the first for so many different areas for Grime, and encapsulated sonically an eclectic mix of British underground music to create a British rap album unlike none before it. In our opinion Dizzee Rascal‘s ‘Boy In Da Corner’ is the best Grime album released to date.
Dizzee Rascal we salute you!
All tracks were produced by Dizzee Rascal, excepted where noted.
|1.||“Sittin’ Here”||Dylan Mills||4:05|
|3.||“I Luv U” (feat. Jeanine Jacques)||Mills||4:05|
|4.||“Brand New Day”||Mills||4:00|
|5.||“2 Far” (feat. Wiley)||Richard Cowie, Mills||3:07|
|6.||“Fix Up, Look Sharp“||Nick Detnon, Mills, Billy Squier||3:44|
|7.||“Cut ‘Em Off”||Mills||3:53|
|8.||“Hold Ya Mouf” (feat. God’s Gift)||Jerome Dow, Mills||2:55|
|9.||“Round We Go” (co-produced by Chubby Dread)||Hector, Mills||4:13|
|10.||“Jus’ a Rascal” (feat. Taz) (co-produced by Taz & Vanguard)||Mills, Tesmond Rowe, Vanguard Vardoen||3:39|
|11.||“Wot U On?” (feat. Caramel)||Mills||4:50|
|13.||“Seems 2 Be”||Mills||3:46|