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Dizzee Rascal – Don’t Gas Me: EP Review

Dizzee feels like he’s 10 years younger on this EP, which leads me to raise the point that Dizzee is only 33 years old. Should he continue this amazing form for the next few projects, Dizzee is easily in upper echelon of musicians.

Track one is named after the EP itself and is quite the throwback to the Dizzee haydays. This garage based bop is the perfect opener to this new Dizzee project. It brings elements of Dizzee’s monster success a decade and a half ago whilst maintaining a freshness and a quality vibe. Instantly Rascal feels rejuvenated in his opener here leaving the doors open for an amazing EP.

Track two, Quality, is an uptempo track but a different style to it’s predecessor. It’s something Rascal mentioned in his interview on Beats 1. “It’s five banging tracks that are completely different.” That appears to be the case early doors with the first two tracks being incredible in their own unique way, whether that be through fun garage vibes or a cold flow.

Speaking of cold flow, track three is without question the coldest and highest point of this EP. Money Right is the only track on the EP not produced by Dizzee, that’s because it’s produced by the tracks feature, Skepta. Having Skepta and Dizzee on a track together is monumental for grime and for rap as a whole. Arguably the two biggest faces in grime, certainly my two favourites of all time, it’s a dream collab that doesn’t disappoint. It’s viscous, cold and furious as both men deliver some of their best bars over a hard beat that’s much more aggressive than the tracks prior to it.

The aggressiveness continues through to track four, Spin Ya, featuring C Cane and P Money. Dizzee steals the show here with an insanely fast flow that once more furthers Rascals claim that every track is different. C Cane and P Money both do their jobs well as they aim to smash the glass ceiling the music industry places over them in the grime genre. C Cane in particular was a welcome female vocal that’s always lacking in rap.

The EP’s final track, Patterning Vibez, is just another fun yet ferocious track in a long list of Dizzee tracks. Afronaut Zu brings a completely different vibe to the EP that we ever got before it, giving us singing vocals rather than Dizzee’s killer rap flow.

All in all this is a quality comeback for Dizzee, some of his best work this decade with ease. It’s largely self produced which always gets bonus points for me. Dizzee feels like he’s 10 years younger on this EP, which leads me to raise the point that Dizzee is only 33 years old. Should he continue this amazing form for the next few projects, Dizzee is easily in upper echelon of musicians. He’s incredibly underrated in the grand scheme of things, he’s not just one of grimes greats, he’s one of the UKs very best ever.

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