Showtime Explicit Lyrics, CD+DVD
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There was much speculation that Showtime, the second LP from 2003 Mercury Music Prize winner Dizzee Rascal would see this UK Garage prodigy turn his back on the Hackney estates and tighten ties with the American hip-hop fraternity. Thankfully, this is a good a time as any to say 'You can take the boy out of Bow but you can't take the Bow out of the boy', for Showtimepresents a Dizzee bolder, 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 ("I'm 5'10", chocolate skin/ I'll punch you in your nostril, I'll punch you in your shin," goes "Everywhere"), and frequent flashes of lunatic humour that elevate Dizzee above his UK Garage peers: take "Dreams", which uses a sample of Captain Sensible's "Happy Talk" to bemusing and hilarious effect. Sober reflection remains part of the Rascal worldview, as on "Imagine" - a truly fragile wisp of synth and strings reminiscent of Aphex Twin's ambient moments. But balance is crucial, and that comes with stone-cold playa anthem 'Girls', performed alongside curiously high-pitched Dizzee affiliate Marga Man: "So much gash, no time to rest" --Louis PattisonSee all Product description
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So obviously I awaited the release of "Showtime" with quite a lot of excitement, I booked the day off work to listen to it and was very impressed, it has been out for just 4 days now and I have fallen in love with a number of tracks already and I know that the others will all grow on me. The lyrics are untouchable, never have I known somebody to be so positive and so uplifting, I would seriously compare Dizzee Rascal to 2pac who is in my opinion the greatest artist of all time, Dizzee talks about how hard things can be and talks about the struggle but he is filled with positivity and hope, he has proven that anyone can be a success from any background & he suggests time & time again throughout the album that with hard work anything is possible. The beats & Bass lines are awesome in some of the tracks and the dashes of comedy are what I have come to expect from him. My favourite tracks at the moment are "Get By" again a song of hop, "Imagine" is also an excellent thought provoking song. I am also a big fan of "face" "respect me" and "stand up tall"
Excellent album, excellent artist, excellent example
There are some tunes where at the first listen you can't catch the beat. But listen again. Dizzee puts some really heavy lyrics down, which make sense and aren't just about general grimey life, when Dizzee speaks he stories its not fake. it sounds truthful, unlike people like some U.S rappers e.g. Fabolous, Fat Joe, Ja Rule.
Anyways back to Dizzee Rasacal. Great jumping tunes on the album of course there's 'Stand Up Tall' (10/10), 'Learn' (8/10), 'Girls'(8/10), Dream (8/10) and 'Hype Talk' (10/10).
Then there are tunes which you can bounce your head to: 'Respect Me' (9/10), 'Face'(7/10), 'IMAGINE' (10/10), 'Flyin'(8/10)
By far there are definatly gems on the album, of course Stand up and dream. But I'm hoping Dizzee Rascal releases IMAGINE, its about what it would be like to be white and middle class. And re-accounting the things that would make a person leave the hassle that is London. The Lyrics are great but also the melody tops this songs off. Its like a tune that you'd hear on a film after someone has just just died or something properly bad has happened. It brings everything back into perspective.
Get this album and listen to this album three times and don't judge it before you've caught the beat on every track. Because it will come and then it will be heavy!
(Bonus DVD with videos of Fix Up, Look Sharp, Jus A Rascal, I Luv U and Stand Up Tall - Excellent)
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