Boy In Da Corner - Dizzee Rascal
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  • Summary: This is the debut disc for the 18-year-old London-based rapper (born Dylan Mills), who has been heralded by (among others) Uncut magazine as "good as any MC currently active on Earth."
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    Corner's gutter low ends, amphetamine drum programming, and Dizzee's cockney slang-spitting place this record among rap's paradigmatic moments.
  2. The most original and exciting artist to emerge from dance music in a decade.
  3. Dizzee's despairing wail, focused anger, and cutting sonics places him on the front lines in the battle against a stultifying Britain, just as Pete Townshend, Johnny Rotten, and Morrissey have been in the past.
  4. It all makes for a bleak spread, but Rascal rises up as a singular musical presence too brimming and perceptive to let the coarse world around him pass by untouched.
  5. One of the most refreshing hip-hop records in quite some time.
  6. 80
    His hard-edged, dance-inflected debut makes East London sound like the new Dirty South. [Jan 2004, p.108]
  7. [A] strikingly stark and innovative debut. [Sep 2003, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 108
  1. Jan 6, 2012
    I have been lucky enough to listen and enjoy a lot of music from almost every era and genre. "Boy In Da Corner" remains without a doubt my favourite album. Perhaps it's because I'm biased, being British like Dizzee Rascal, the MC, himself. I strongly feel that his much discussed accent and lyrical delivery should not act as barrier for potential new listeners. The album is at first intimidating. Hostile beeps, eerie muttery voices and the atmospheric sounds of sprawling metropolises punctuate his music along with the ominous, bone shaking groans of bass that reverberate throughout his debut album. Many critics have noted how the album has a truly unique sound, which is no mean feat considering the lengths and breadths artists take to avoid producing derivative records in the 21st century. Dizzee Rascal exemplifies imagination and his wondrous creative output is not just limited to his actual music. His delivery, a kind of MC'ing Dizzee himself coined as "spitting", stands out, in my humble opinion, as some of the most electrifying lyricism in the history of song-writing. Dizzee Rascal spills out breathtaking poetry at a breakneck pace. He accomplishes this with such a panicked intensity you could almost believe that both Tupac Shakur and William Shakespeare stood alongside him in the studio with guns pointing to his head, baying him to reach the momentous heights of their respective talents. But Dizzee Rascal, AKA Dylan Mills, is not at all a crude amalgamation of the figures I just mentioned. He stands entirely on his own as an artist who has pioneered a ground-breaking form of music and as a songwriter who captured the toils of British inner city life in such vividness that he deserves all the credit he receives and infinitely more. Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2013
    The perfect grime album! Intelligent lyrics, sick flow and perfect beats. This album gives British hip hop a good name and is a must buy! If you love British hip hop and grime, then you will love this album. Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2012
    The best album i have ever heard. Tells many different stories which rappers seem to lack. The sound is just great and would recommend to any rap fan especially UK rap fans. Expand

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