Dizzee Rascal- ‘E3 AF’
East London Grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal set about to prove to the scene that he’s far from done, as he releases his seventh studio album in the form of ‘E3 AF’.
The recently made MBE, has kept busy throughout the pandemic, working in his home quarters to deliver food parcels to those facing hardship, a charitable endeavour from the legendary rap star. All the while, we see him raise the bar further as he serves up ‘E3 AF’, an ode to his East London and African origins. A humble, reflective collection of tracks, on one fresh new project set to perk the ears of fans and critics.
An icon on the scene since the beginning, Dizzee boats a portfolio of achievements and success that most would only dream of. From number one singles to a Mercury prize, the ‘Dance Wiv Me’ MC has taken the music scene by storm.
Over his years in the profession, we’ve witnessed him work with some of the UK’s very finest artists, this time around we’ve been indulged in an iconic lineup of guest features. The likes of P Money, Frisco, D Double E, Chip, Ghetts, Kano, Smoke Boys, Ocean Wisdom and more join forces to offer up some solid verses to compliment the greatly anticipated project.
Album opener ‘God Knows’ comes in the form of a declaration. A gritty, hard hitting recital of powerful bars, laced seamlessly over a self produced, bass fuelled beat. The feature of P Money just seems to right. It fits so perfectly as the duo just bounce off eachother, two great energies on one ground breaking riddim.
Following on, another 8 dynamic tracks, a road trip of bars and melodies. Some trips down memory lane as we watch the London barrer visit his old skool grime routes on ‘That’s Too Much’ and ‘Eastside’. A nostalgic reminder of the raw talent possessed by the East London MC. It’s pretty evident throughout, the versatility of Dizzee as an artist, with the essence of garage vibes, demonstrated on ‘Body Loose’ and ‘You Don’t Know’. Both upbeat and playful, packed with vibrant wordplay and bars.
Consistency is key to creating a successful project in todays scene, Dizzee carries the ethos of the album throughout, right up until closing track ‘Be Incredible’. A solemn ending to a phenomenal project. A rhythmic, ballad type track. A very fitting way to wind down such an energetic collection of music.
Dizzee was intent on proving the grime scene is still alive and kicking, perfectly demonstrated by the grime icon himself.
Shan Selena @Seljw99
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