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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the British rapper features guest appearances from Chip, D Double E, Frisco, Ghetts, Alicaì Harley, Kano, P Money, Ocean Wisdom, Rob Jones TV, Smoke Boys, and Steel Banglez.
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  1. Nov 2, 2020
    80
    Sure, there’s a few lyrical clunkers on show, but taken as whole ‘E3 AF’ finds Dizzee Rascal navigating the perilous landscape of 2020 with remarkable assurance. Few other UK rappers can genuinely say they’re making some of their best work 20 years in the game.
  2. 80
    E3 AF marks his growth into an elder statesman of rap. Perhaps he sounds so assured because he’s embedding himself again in the sound that he helped to pioneer.
  3. Nov 5, 2020
    80
    Dizzee has accomplished a lot in two decades, from pioneering a genre as a hotly tipped teenage prodigy to collaborating with pop stars on chart-topping hits, but his dedication to his craft has never been stronger, and E3 AF is proof of his lasting vitality.
  4. Nov 2, 2020
    72
    Brief and assured at 10 tracks, E3 AF is the first time since 2007’s Maths + English that Dizzee has managed to tread the extremes of both his underground and mainstream iterations convincingly on a single album.
  5. 70
    Although it’s not as vital as his early work, it’s a fun and confident return from one of the kings of grime. Long may he reign.
  6. Nov 5, 2020
    70
    Generally it seems Dizzee fares better when bouncing off others’ contributions. This makes E3 AF a step in the right direction, and while it doesn’t quite display the finesse of his first three albums it’s a welcome trip down memory lane.
  7. Jan 25, 2021
    70
    “E3 AF” certainly has its moments. The filthy Grime collaborations are brilliant and overshadow everything else, for better and worse.

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