Disclaimer: I haven’t been to a hip-hop show in quite some time. My expectations of live versus studio may be unrealistic.
Got to the show around 11:15, about 2/3 of the way through the Dizzee Rascal set. Kind of surprised – thought he was headlining. Perhaps they are flipping on alternate shows. What I saw of the set was ok. I’ve always been a fan of his beats more than his rhymes and the set didn’t really do them justice. Its funny: I heard Dizzee first with his breakout single, Fix Up Look Sharp, and associated him with other grime artists like The Streets and Lady Sovereign. Hadn’t heard him awhile. Missed him at Coachella, Finally picked up a copy of his last album Maths + English. Again, the rhymes were fairly broadbrushed and generic, but the beats were great. At this year’s Coachella, Scroobius Pip kinda railed into him, so it just piqued my interest even more. If we take the commandments in “Thou Shalt Always Kill”, Dizzee Rascal broke all of them:
Thou shalt not scream if you wanna go faster. Thou shalt not move to the sound of the wickedness. Thou shalt not make some noise for Detroit. When I say “Hey” thou shalt not say “Ho.” When I say “Hip” thou shalt not say “Hop.” When I say, he say, she say, we say, make some noise – kill me.
Yep – every cliche in the book was unleashed with a fury. So after closing with Fix Up Look Sharp, I was looking forward to El-P.
Confession time. Up until the moment he went on, I was thinking that it was going to be Busy P. The second the generic angry rap music came out I realized I had made a mistake. I tried to tough it out but after 4 songs that were all roughly the same, and breaking the commandments within the first two, I was out.
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