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Showtime

Dizzee RascalAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Pretty much everyone in Britain can tell you where they were the night of the 2012 Olympics’ opening ceremony. But only one person can say they were onstage in a specially-made ‘E3’ baseball jacket singing “Bonkers” to a TV audience estimated at nine hundred million.

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • ASIN: B000283OA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There was much speculation that Showtime, the second release from 2003 Mercury Music Prize winner Dizzee Rascal, would find this UK garage prodigy turning his back on the Hackney estates and tightening ties with the American hip-hop fraternity. Thankfully, the album presents a Dizzee that's bolder and brassier, but no less indebted to his grimy past. It's all here--lo-tech video game production ("Stand Up Tall"), bizarre threats of violence ("Everywhere"), and frequent flashes of lunatic humor that elevate Dizzee above his garage peers. "Dreams," for example, uses a sample of Captain Sensible's 1982 hit "Happy Talk" to hilarious effect. Sober reflection remains part of the Rascal worldview too, as on "Imagine," a truly fragile wisp of synth and strings reminiscent of Aphex Twin's ambient moments. But balance is crucial, and that's provided by the stone-cold "playa" anthem "Girls," performed alongside curiously high-pitched Dizzee affiliate Marga Man. --Louis Pattison

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Now comes the new chapter, the new album Showtime. Showtime is a bigger-sounding album than Boy: funny, sonically-staggering, a 14 track volcanic ride of crazy wordplay, ghetto techno and bottom-heavy bass. The album is finished. Dizzee Rascal quite clearly hasn't.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Change is Gonna Come September 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is what I call the "playing devil's advocate" review.

The UK garage scene is dramatically different to the North American hip hop scene. Yes, the two are similar in that they boast MCs and sampled beats and whatnot, but let me assure you that Dizzee Rascal is like nothing you have ever heard or seen in your life.

First of all, the UK garage scene started out as a movement, not a genre. It began with guys like Wiley and Mike Skinner (The Streets) acting as guerilla DJs hijacking radio waves and playing their own music to get exposure. It was completely illegal, yet it became so popular that these DJs (and MCs) became underground gods. The whole scene blew up and it is now probably the biggest thing to hit the UK music scene since the Spice Girls. Now it's crossing the pond. We all know The Streets, and Eskimo and Wiley and them lot will be emerging soon enough right next to our boy Dizzee at an American CD store near you.

In my opinion, the difference between garage and hip hop is that garage involves a greater emotional investment. Now don't get all huffy on me, hip hop heads, I know there is a great deal of passion invested in hip hop too, but you have to look at the garage scene as if you were looking at hip hop twenty years ago. Back in the 80s hip hop was a movement, just as garage is now. With the commercialization of the garage scene it will probably lose its soul, just as hip hop has done over the years (and don't even try to argue that point with me). For the mean time though it is pure, raw energy oozing out of the speakers and into your virgin ears, just like how hip hop did back when you first listened to EMPD or Boogie Down Productions.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UnKnown star December 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It is rare that an artist can put out two albums in such a short span and still show evidence of growth, but this cat did it easily. Many complained that Boy in the Corner's bleeps and beeps made it less accessible to the average american audience but they will find little to complain about with this album. Showtime isn't a blatant grab for stateside appeal, but Dizzee succeeds in culling together a more tuneful collection of tracks while still adhereing to his "Garage" roots. "Stand Up Tall" and "Learn" are two standout tracks and even the annoying "Girls" grows on you after a few listens. If you liked the first album you will crap your shorts when you get this one. OY!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear up October 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am from the uk and love this stuff. I am amazed how much you like this, so if you like "Grimey UK G" as its kown over here please check out Wiley, Shystie, DJ EZ, More Fire Crew, or anything with sidewinder on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Grime will grow on you! September 26, 2005
By Will J.
Format:Audio CD
If you were coming here looking for a rap album turn around right now unless you have an open mind when it comes to music. Dizzee makes what they call Grime music over their across the pond. It is an interesting amalgam of rap, garage, & house. Lyrically Dizzee is a trip. He has a lot to say and the fact that he can flow to these beats is really impressive. His accent adds that extra touch to his songs that make them sound good. He addresses a lot of topics ranging from partying to growing up in the hood's in London (the LD as he calls it). While he is rapping, his beats are like nothing you have heard over here, unless you are a major techno fan. They definitely have the electronic edge to them. While I enjoy the sounds I find it hard to listen to at times because they are so sporadic and jumpy. There are the mellow tracks which are a nice break but overall this album is a straight up party from start to finish so if you are wanted to just chill throw something else on, but if you want to get wild then let Dizzee Rascal pump out of your speakers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rapid-fire but very accurate machine gun delivery!!!! October 1, 2004
By Nitrixx
Format:Audio CD
Rascal's beats are original but sometimes sparse. But it's his lyrical talent and delivery shines through here. Lyrically as good as "boy in da corner" although his talent seems less astonishing this time around. There are some standout songs such as "Stand Up Tall" and "Graftin". Mainly its daring and innovative. Rascal will one day take his place among the rapid-fire legends.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Showtime is a good album March 30, 2005
By Miss D
Format:Audio CD
Showtime is a good uk grime album. Many people who do not understand the UK grime scene need to be educated about it before they say that its just Hip-Hop that is sped up, because it is not the case. As you listen to the album you can see that Dizzie's talent increases and that his music is nowhere near hip-hop. However if you are not used to listening to this music or you are narrow minded then this album is not for you. If u are willing to to listen to it with an open mind, then you will abe able to appriciate the talent that Dizzie has and the sound of something that is truly BRITISH. Dizzie is the trend setter for bringing UK grime overseas and his album justifys why he has a cross over appeal to the americans and the British. However there are many Grime artists that will be following in the footsteps of Dizzie. Artists such as KANO will be making it big! In conclusion Grime is British music, for too long the Brits have been trying to do what the americans do e.g. hip-hop, but now its time 4 da U.S. to stand up and take notice of the Grime scene! All of da UK STAND UP TALL!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dizzee is Dizzee
I love this album. Plain and simple. I bought it used, with Amazon fulfillment, it was a great experience. I love Dizzee Rascal, especially his first two albums. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William The S
5.0 out of 5 stars If ur new 2 grime-
This is a revew for people in the U.S. (or anywhere else) who are new to grime or who have the album and want to get their hands on some similer stuff. Read more
Published on May 1, 2006 by game cat
5.0 out of 5 stars A new type of Hip hop
If you get this album thinking your going to hear rap somewhat like Slick Rick's then you are very far from it. Read more
Published on January 7, 2006 by Keith A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars He Does It Again!!!Amazing!!!
After listening to it several times through on a car ride, I can honostly say that this is one of the best rap albums I have ever listened to. Read more
Published on August 25, 2005 by Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Proud To British
The pure britishness of this album makes me proud to come from England. Dizzee comes out of the UK grime scene leaving artists like Kano and Crazy Titch only hoping to one day and... Read more
Published on August 12, 2005 by Mickey Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Showtime
This is Dizee's second album released last year and i bought it soona after it came out, it is a dope album with some sick production and tight lyrics

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Published on February 2, 2005 by Low-Ko187
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album Rascal
1. Showtime - 4

2. Stand Up Tall - 5

3. Everywhere - 5

4. Graftin' - 3.5

5. Learn - 4

6. Hype Talk - 5

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Published on December 5, 2004 by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars One of UK's top MC's ripping the mic
This album isn't as shocking as the first, but it's just as good, if not better. His production is very different from anything you will hear from US hip-hop and that's what makes... Read more
Published on October 22, 2004 by Neo Knuckles
4.0 out of 5 stars UK's hottest MC brings severe damage.
Imagine dirty beats and rapid fire flows. That's an approximation of what this album sounds like. Building upon the lexicon of soundscapes first explored on his debut album,... Read more
Published on October 20, 2004 by Dominic Cicere
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