The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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It’s not a music video, but the thing I saw this week that left the deepest impression was the introduction to the 2011 CMT Music Awards, a galactically dumb comedy bit that happens to star Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Kid Rock, and, in a bone-chilling cameo, Donald Trump. I’m a bit worried that Kenny … More »

Dizzee Rascal – “Bop N Keep It Dippin” Video

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Back in July, grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal returned with the strong new album Raskit. And after a pair of no-frills videos for “Space” and “Wot U Gonna Do?,” he’s finally made another great video, this one for the memory-lane trip “Bop N Keep It Dippin.” Director Romain Chassaing has channeled … More »

Dizzee Rascal’s Pissed Over British Rappers’ Snubs At Glastonbury

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Dizzee Rascal returns to re-affirm his place in the expanding grime universe with new album Raskit

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Long before the UK grime scene was credited for almost getting Jeremy Corbyn elected

…Way before Stormzy self released one of the most popular albums this year and maybe wrote the grime equivalent of Nirvana’s Nevermind

…Far, far away in the dark ages at the dawn of this century, the legendary Dizzee Rascal was spitting out some of the most impressive grime rhymes (grhymes?) imaginable, single-handedly laying the grand foundations of the genre, and, well, and pretty much being generally awesome.

And although his pioneering spirit never actually, physically took him anywhere (except on Holiday with Calvin Harris) Fact Mag recently pointed out that Mr. Rascal has just announced his first album in four years and promised that it will constitute something of a return to form: “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.”

Said-album is called Raskit and will be out 21 July via Dizzee’s own rascally Dirtee Stank Recordings label (you can pre-order it there right now). The album’s lead single is called “Space” and certainly delivers on his promise to be more rap-oriented. Listen to it down below (and check out the full-album tracklisting down there too). But please; out of respect for Dizzee’s intentions, try keep your hands flat on the the table, desk, or genital-region in front of you at all times while listening. Mr. Rascal thanks you in advance.

Raskit tracklisting:

01. Focus
02. Wot U Gonna Do
03. Space
04. I Ain’t Even Gonna Lie
05. How Bad Do You Want It
06. Make It Last
07. Ghost
08. Business Man
09. Bop n Keep It Dippin
10. She Knows What She Wants
11. Dummy
12. Everything Must Go
13. Slow Your Roll
14. Sicka Dis Shit
15. Way I Am
16. Man of the Hour

NBA YoungBoy Could Be A Huge Rap Star If He Can Stay Out Of Prison

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NBA YoungBoyNBA YoungBoy is in jail right now, and he might not come out for the next decade or two. A few weeks ago, Austin police raided the club where YoungBoy was booked to perform that night, taking him out in handcuffs and sending him home to Baton Rouge. There, he’s being held on a $200,000 … More »