Dizzee Rascal is back hungrier and heavier than ever on new EP, ‘Don’t Gas Me’

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Dizzee Rascal is back hungrier and heavier than ever on new EP, ‘Don’t Gas Me’Dizee Rascal Dont Gas Me Ep

Dizzee Rascal has returned with five new heaters on his brand new Don’t Gas Me EP. The project sees the rapper trying on a diverse, high-octane array of instrumental styles ranging from oozing trap to bombastic bass house. The lead single teased top-dog form from the UK icon as he swapped bars with fellow heavyweight Skepta on “Money Right,” and the full dose of fresh Dizzee lives up to the hype.

The music world is well aware the artist can crank out hits alongside Calvin Harris and Armand Van Helden, but here, the rapper sounds hungry to flex mixtape form with every verse. The one-two punch of Rascal and Skepta remains a standout, but the brash bass house of title track “Don’t Gas Me” matches the aforementioned cut’s firepower. The energy never lets up as Dizzee demolishes the breakbeat posse cut “Spin Ya” and siren-laden grooves on “Quality” with equal ferocity. Any haters still questioning the MC’s undisputed rep can be pointed towards the EP’s production credits – a whopping five of the six beats were crafted by Dizzee Rascal himself.

Armand Hammer’s Paraffin Is A Disorienting Rap Masterpiece

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Armand-Hammer-Paraffin“Service weapon in my face, all I could see was his lips chapped.” That’s billy woods, one half of the New York rap duo Armand Hammer, on “Dettol,” a song from their new album Paraffin. He’s rapping, in hard and dense clusters, over a staggered loop of strings and pianos, the kind you might hear … More »

Dizzee Rascal and Skepta unite for heavyweight collab cut ‘Money Right’

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Dizzee Rascal and Skepta unite for heavyweight collab cut ‘Money Right’Dizzee Rascal Skepta Money Right

Dizzee Rascal and Skepta have combined forces for a trap-powered new single called “Money Right.” The grime kings trade rapid bars about methods of money management – at least according to two of the most successful UK rappers of all time. The beat is a prime playground for the stars, serving deep south subs and hard piano licks. Each verse is deft and effortless, and by the halfway point, it’s easy to assume the two have been making monster tracks together for years.

The collab arrives as the lead single from Dizzee’s recently announced EP, Don’t Gas Me. Speaking to Julie Adenuga on Apple Music’s Beats 1 show, Dizzee Rascal dished details on the collaboration’s genesis from a night the rappers happened to be making music in the same building.

“[Skepta] showed me the instrumental for this and I stood up,” Dizzee Rascal said. “I said, ‘Nah, we have to do this.’ I understood it. It’s one of them ones that everyone our age or above would think, ‘Why didn’t I do that?’”

Dizzee Rascal – “Money Right” (Feat. Skepta)

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Dizzee-Rascal-Money-RightDizzee Rascal and Skepta are barely in their mid-thirties, but they’ve both been staples of the UK’s grime scene for upwards of 15 years. They were there when the whole thing started, when it was just London teenagers rapping frantically over beats that they made on their PlayStations. And at various points since that first … More »

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 »