Last week the mysterious CCTV video that for the past week had been streaming live at revealed the return of the multi-platinum-selling, multiple-award winning hip hop star Dizzee Rascal. Holed up in a bunker in Bow, east London, Dizzee was seen writing down what turns out to be the track listing for his forthcoming new album, RASKIT, before debuting a snip of the video for his new track Space.

RASKIT, Dizzee’s sixth album and first in four years, returns the compliment of Drake’s recent grime-flavoured mixtape, and with interest. It teams precision-tooled beats from a stellar array of US producers (Valentino Khan, Cardo and Paul Salva among them) with the sound of Britain’s finest MC bar none, in a field of his own, champion of a league of one – “rapping my arse off”. The result is a spiralling sub-bass vortex of introspective jeep-beats which takes the man Jeremy Paxman called Mr Rascal right back to his roots, but with a hip-hop twist Jay-Z or E40 would be proud of.

“The idea of trying to be my 17 year old self again just because everyone thinks grime’s landed in their lap this week didn’t satisfy me”, Dizzee explains. “I wanted to use what I’ve learned to make the best rap album I could, with no hands in the air moments, just using as much English slang as I could over the best beats I could find”.



Date Venue
Mon 2nd O2 Academy Liverpool
Tue 3rd O2 Academy Glasgow
Thu 5th O2 Academy Newcastle
Fri 6th O2 Academy Sheffield
Sat 7th O2 Academy Leeds
Mon 9th UEA Norwich
Thu 12th O2 Academy Brixton
Fri 13th Corn Exchange Cambridge
Sat 14th Academy Manchester
Mon 16th O2 Academy Bristol
Tue 17th Rock City Nottingham
Thu 19th Cliffs Pavilion Southend
Fri 20th O2 Academy Birmingham
Sat 21st Dome Brighton

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