After a four year hiatus from releasing any material, Dizzee Rascal returns and proves his rightful place within the current grime scene taking the UK by storm. The phenomenal rise of grime has seen new and young rappers hitting the ground running, so in response, the OGs and dinosaurs dust off their mics to show how it’s done, with Dizzee displaying himself as the finest of examples. While most know the rapper for his mainstream hits such as ‘Bonkers’, ‘Holiday’, ‘Dance Wiv Me’ and of course not forgetting his live collaboration with Florence Welch (of the Machine) for a rework of ‘You’ve Got the Love’, his new project Raskit offers a more serious sound of dirtier garage skank style beats combined with his showcase of lyrical savage. With an ‘explicit’ tag on each song, Raskit isn’t an album for the faint hearted, and many may be shocked by the stark contrast from his radio friendly Tongue’N’Cheek days, but the emcee is only returning to his roots, as he tells in the single ‘Ghost’, “Talk about grime like I ain’t the staple, I was on the mic when you was in play school”.
Whatever you opinion is on Dizzee Rascal’s return, there’s no denying that Raskit is reaching the peak of the mainstream grime movement. It hits a number of topics and while addressing long time beef for those grime historians to feast on, which can be heard in ‘Sick A Dis’, "sick of forced banter, sick of being nice when I think you’re a complete w*nker" Rascal is still able to offer social and political commentary about the gentrification of the UK’s capital within the same album - shown in the mournful track ‘Slow Your Roll’, “Futures bleak, they keep the heat in their palms, compete and beef for postcodes and streets they don't even own yards, best believe they go hard”.
Dizzee Rascal heads out on a UK tour this winter, to perform live renditions of Raskit as well as songs from his extensive back catalogue. He’ll be hitting Liverpool’s O2 Academy on Monday, October 2nd and O2 Academy Leeds on Saturday, 7th October.