Boomkat Product Review:
Dizzee does Dizzee on his 6th studio album, entitled Raskit in tribute to an early moniker and studio name he used circa Boy In Da Corner. While that reference may sound (good) alarm bells, we assure you it’s no Man In Da Corner, but, thanks to an absence of PR company-appointed ‘guests’ , it is a much firmer follow-up to the americanised commercialism of The Fifth, with Dizzee front and centre flanked by hip hop and pop-wise US producers such as The Arcade, Salva, and Cardo, and highlights from Israeli artist Dan Farber, and UKG+F legend Donae’o.
It’s not strictly grime and it’s not really hip hop, or even road rap, but it’s definitely not electro-house a la Bonkers. Instead, Raskit hits somewhere between grime and hip hop, paced and spaced to his dextrous cadence and rhyme style in a way that should appeal to anyone who’s appreciated his lines since the start. As you might expect, there’s a lot of talk about being a celebrity in the ‘hood and how that affects his relationship with pretty much everyone, from other MCs to going on dates, but it’s delivered with a wry humour and f**k-it attitude that treads the right side of the confident/arrogant dichotomy.
If you’re after straight up bangerz, Donae’o’s got your sorted on the grime/UKF beat for Sick A Dis, and in case you haven’t listened to radio for the last few months, then Wot U Gonna Do is also up there, while the cheekiest moments come up in two beats by Borgore affiliate, Dan Farber, namely the rude skank of Ghost and Business Man’s sparky grind.