Showtime - Dizzee Rascal
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  • Summary: The UK rapper follows his Mercury Music Prize-winning debut 'Boy In The Corner' with this sophomore release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    What Dizzee Rascal has done with this record is find his own - profoundly satisfying - balance between grime's digital vortex of ringtones and car alarms and an older more contemplative electronic tradition. [Oct 2004, p.104]
  2. 91
    At its core, Showtime is a classic sophomore album in the hip-hop sense: puffy with bluster, brimming with indignation. [Nov 2004, p.107]
  3. Beyond his trademark agitated yelp and panic-attack rhythms are all manner of surprising and compelling sonic twists.
  4. This is hip-hop for another era, one that makes the present day commercial U.S. material seem even more flat than it already is.
  5. Significantly altering the sound that won him critical praise and sold a quarter of a million albums takes some nerve. And that's what Showtime is about: Dizzee's newfound confidence.
  6. 80
    [A] solid sophomore effort. [Nov 2004, p.98]
  7. Showtime’s length dilutes the bursts of exotic spice and flavor laced throughout.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. AndyS
    Aug 8, 2006
    u cant stop dis boi is gotta phat voice and e's beats so catchy get em sme gd tunes 2 roll deep 2
  2. JamieK
    Feb 24, 2005
    Very heavy fucking phat beats nuffin can stop dis man blad has been able to rise out of the grime to becom a wel nown mc big up to him
  3. SGold
    Mar 24, 2005
    Best rap album of 2004, no question. All people can talk about is Mike Skinner but Dizzee is twice as talented and this album is as good as his debut if not better. Expand
  4. Logan"3Gs"CaptainAhabDirtyBirdEsq
    Sep 14, 2004
    Boy in the Corner is still his best, but Showtime is still a very strong album, & one of the best of the year. Dizzee's flow is fantastic, & there are plenty of excellent songs. Expand
  5. arogers
    Nov 3, 2004
    i fink diz cd iz heavy n dizzee rascal iz sooooo sexy n he has an amazin voice
  6. jammabamma
    Sep 26, 2004
    A little more main stream, but it still doesn't mean that people that don't get it think its crazy shit. This album seems to be influenced a little bit by his appearance on Basement Jaxx's "Lucky Star" (which isn't all that bad, by the way), with new things like scratching, more foot tapping samples, and singing. Don't worry, Rascit is wicked strange, but he's not doing the singing. The only complaint I have with this album is that I can't tell if Rascal is changing his sound a bit to keep it fresh, or he's just becoming more mainstream. Oh well, for now its still great, but his third effort will tell if he isn't losing his freshness from "Boy in Da Corner". Expand
  7. AntoineD
    Sep 16, 2004
    no good

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