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Boy In Da Corner [VINYL]

Dizzee Rascal Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (21 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B00009WVWT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sittiní Here
2. Stop Dat
3. I Luv U
4. Brand New Day
5. 2 Far (Feat. Wiley)
6. Fix Up, Look Sharp
7. Cut ĎEm Off
8. Hold Ya Mouf (feat. Godís Gift)
9. Round We Go (Ainít No Love)
10. Jusí A Rascal
11. Wot U On?
12. Jezebel
13. Seems 2 Be
14. Live O
15. Do It

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the year 25 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
Anytime an album like ‘Boy In Da Corner’ arrives it seems to cause no end of consternation amongst the music press. Always happy to pigeonhole artists for the sake of marketing, hacks seem to struggle when credible UK ‘urban’ music arrives. It happened with The Streets and now Dizzee Rascal looks set to suffer the same ‘Garage’ tag. Make no mistake; this is no garage album (whatever that means anyway). Like Mike Skinner before him, 18-year-old Dylan Mills has taken the basics of a genre that is currently laying face down in the water and transformed it into something far, far more intriguing. Where Skinner took games of darts and the midnight munchies as his inspiration so Mills takes estate violence and teenage pregnancies as his.
This is a far darker proposition than ‘Original Pirate Material’ though. Dizzee sees himself as an outsider; the opening track makes this abundantly clear. On the opening line of the opening track, ‘Sittin Here’ Dizzee tells us, “I’m sitting here, I ain’t saying much, I just think / and my eyes don’t move left or right, they just blink.” For 18 years, Mills sounds remarkably mature, and sounds almost like an elder statesman of the streets when he whispers memories of playing football in the streets, before he yields to the feeling that there will be, “no positive change.” This feeling of hopelessness rears its ugly head again on ‘Brand New Day’. Over a dizzying wind chime sample, Dizzee reminisces, “We used to fight with kids from other estates / now eight millimetres settle debates.”
Though just shy of an hour in length, Dizzee manages to cram in a huge assortment of topics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a debut to be reckoned with 10 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
It's nearly been 10 years since Dizzee Rascal burst on to the scene and his newer material is being met with grim faces and even grimmer comments from his fans. His own style of pop with an urban twist, aided by production from some of the biggest DJs and producers around at the moment, comes as a stark contrast to this gritty, discomforting debut which originally propelled Dizzee and the entire grime genre into the limelight.

The urban scene of the UK has changed massively in the UK, and the music has too. It is rare to hear such an edgy commentary of council estate life and times from an artist with unashamedly brazen stories of violence, crime and sex. It's easy to dismiss these topics as the vile thoughts of an out-of-sync teen but you would be dismissing these at your own peril. The early grime painted a clear picture of the social issues in those times and Boy In Da Corner steps out farther than most by covering a wide spectrum viewed through youthful eyes. But it's not only the lyrics but also the production that make sure that you can never sit comfortably in your seat when you're listening to this.

It's the fact that what you're listening to is real, true and still happening that sends tingles down your spine and encourage you to listen on. Despite the social changes we've seen and the changes in the type of music we're now seeing coming from the same sort of areas Dizzee grew up in, this album still acts as an accurate periscope, peering over the wall into a way of life that has very much been swept under the rug and out of view by society.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live O!! 14 July 2003
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Format:Audio CD
When I first heard the name Dizzee Rascal, i believed it would be the name of a musical disaster! After hearing 'I Luv U' almost a year ago, I was completely blown away.
On his debut LP, Dizzee Rascal 'spits' his hard,and raw lyrics over standard uk garage beats, and the mixture fits together well. His style is very unique, as i have never heard anyone use a squeaky teenage voice to describe such real to life situations.
"If that girl know where u stay that's poor/Some wh**e bangin on your door, wot for?/Pregnant? Wot you talkin bout? Be sure/ 15 she's underage that's raw!" -I Luv U
Boy In Da Corner, from start to finish, is a great example of how the British music industry is evolving. the only question left is, how is Dizzee Rascal going to top this nex time round?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FRESH! 26 April 2004
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Format:Audio CD
As a huge garage lover since about 1995 I've seen the scene change forbetter and worse. This change to a so called 'grimey garage'had thepotential to kill off what was fast becoming a commercial scene. As alover of hip hop as well I've found parallels between the two scenes andthat parallel is Dizzee Rascal. It's not hip hop and not garage but thegreat thing about garage is it's not a genre it's sub sections inside agenre best summed up by Wiley in his track 'what do u call it'. This albumis fantastic, sometimes very simple but creative and I think a lot ofAmercians have started to over complicate their music and their lyricshave become predictable as in they're from the ghetto etc. We know thatbut what dizzee does here is not tell people of his background but roleplays with situations that make you realise where he's from. I was bornand lived in the East End (Bow) and this sound is the London sound, the UKsound that is unique. Dizzee's work shows flair and genius, his word playand beats all compliment each other. 'I luv u' shows awareness ofsituation and a word play that is ingenius. The album is entertaining,thoughtful and his style and he will be huge in the US because they arecrying out for a change, whereas here we are always changing and dizzee isthe forerunner. What do you call it? I call it Dizzee.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BITC [US version]
Brilliant debut album - harsh, grimey beats and Dylan's unique flow skyrocketed him into international recognition. What's to add there? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mariusz
5.0 out of 5 stars boom
best cd ever made they dont make them like this anymore, this is probably the last decent album that dizzy rascal made
Published 3 months ago by gareth baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy in Da Corner is wicked!
This CD is really good. "He's just a rascal" is the best song on the CD. It's mint. Dizzee has his own style, he's a sick guy.
I'm really happy with the price I paid. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2011 by leroy
4.0 out of 5 stars great albumn
Brilliant albumn far better than his next 2, Jezzabel is the best track in my opinion.
Published on 12 July 2010 by stokwisz88
5.0 out of 5 stars J.BURNHAM
Once again another top album from the kid,i have all now,and,can't wait for the next.
Great!!
Published on 22 April 2010 by J. Burnham
3.0 out of 5 stars Dizzie Rascal
This Album was too hard core Rap for me, have only played it a couple of times and couldnt get in to it.
Published on 7 Mar 2010 by hackermack
5.0 out of 5 stars Fix up, look sharp and sounds great!
I bought this album when it first came out because there was a good buzz about Dizzee then and I have come back to it again and again. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2009 by Hatch82
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute crapp!
Only 'Fix Up, Look Sharp' saves this album from being the worst, most cringe-worthy piece of music I have ever heard. Whats all the fuss about??
Published on 17 Jun 2009 by Ms. Ml Cane
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have CD.
What can I say? It's a brilliant album in every way. Sounds just as good today as it did when it was first released.
Love it!
Published on 14 July 2008 by LD
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have CD
This album is one that I will gladly label as a personal favourite, and I'd probably throw the term classic in there as well. It is fresh, it is unique and it is real. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2008 by K. Roycroft
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