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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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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 morePublished 19 months ago by William The S
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 morePublished on May 1, 2006 by game cat
If you get this album thinking your going to hear rap somewhat like Slick Rick's then you are very far from it. Read morePublished on January 7, 2006 by Keith A. Jones
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 morePublished on August 25, 2005 by Bryan
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 morePublished on August 12, 2005 by Mickey Collins
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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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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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 morePublished on October 22, 2004 by Kindle Customer