The only reason why most American's know what grime is, has returned. Yes, Dizzee has returned and he's back with his best album yet. Maths and English releases last year in his native UK has finally found it's way to these shores and we should all be thankful that it has because it quite possibly one of the best albums you'll hear all year.See Also:
While the British grime/rap/hip hop community is often looked down upon in this country, for whatever reason, Dizzee is out to change that and Maths and English should definitely aid in changing that perception. Far more open minded than most American rap artists, Dizzee isn't afraid to call in friends help from everywhere, whether it be drum and bass, pop, indie or whatever else he likes, he'll use it. For example Lily Allen, Shy FX, and the Arctic Monkeys make appearances here and it only further proves how out of the box this guy thinks.
Utilizing angry rhymes with more British slang than the average American has ever heard, listening to Maths and English for most will be like experiencing a whole new world that's filled with the danger and frustration of city life in the United Kingdom. The guy clearly has a way with words and he spits out them out at such a rapid rate its almost impossible to keep up. This is the sound of the dark side of Britain that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown don't even know exist.
Whether he's being political or having a laugh there's a reason why Dizzee is at the top in the UK and you can hear it all over Maths and English. Whether it's the panicked "Sirens," with its guitars cranked to 11 and grinding away, the smart-alecky talking back of "Wanna Be," or the more dirty south than the dirty south anthem, "Where Da G's," the dirty scuzzy beats, rough British accents, and violent feel make Maths and English an absolute killer album and demonstrate why grime is the sound of urban Britain.
This is the sort of record that American rap artists need to study, because Maths and English is a blueprint for how rap should be. It's a focused, sharp, and intelligent effort while being equally ill-tempered and passionate and that's something many American rap albums simply aren't.
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