Posts tagged "Dizzee Rascal"

Calvin Harris: The 5 Best Songs By Rihanna’s “We Found Love” Pal

Yesterday, Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ collaborative “We Found Love” single premiered, setting off a frenzied flutter of buzz for the first offering from RiRi’s sixth studio album (out November 21). But while Harris’ two albums  — I Created Disco (2007) and Ready For The Weekend (2009) — were distributed in the States and he’s often hit up these shores for club gigs, the Scottish DJ/producer/pop star, who has racked up seven Top 10 hits in his home country of the UK, has remained pretty much an unknown entity in the US. Get to know him a little better below.
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Listen To Shakira Live La Vida “Loca” On Her New Single

Shakira has moved on from her lupine album She Wolf and her World Cup anthem duties, and is readying upcoming bilingual album Sale El Sol. We’ve already seen snaps of the Colombian diva on the Barcelona set of her “Loca” music video—now we’ve got the song itself. Head below.

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“Zombieland” Gives Item-Desperate Blogger An Excellent Reason To Post Two Really Awesome Songs

I’m quite looking forward to Zombieland, the (89% fresh!) Woody Harrelson-starring flick about a forthcoming zombie apocalypse that opens today. Why a post about a movie that doesn’t even have an official soundtrack out yet? Well, the man who directed Zombieland, Ruben Fleisher, has a music-video connection; early in his career, he was behind the camera for a bunch of videos by the likes of the Dismemberment Plan and Kid Sister, as well as two clips attached to fairly big singles of the oughts. Peep the videos for two of my favorite tracks of the decade (NB: they ranked No. 34 and No. 110, respectively, on Pitchfork’s big list) after the jump. (What better way to start off a Friday morning, etc.)

M.I.A., “Galang”

Dizzee Rascal, “Fix Up Look Sharp”

(This would also be a good time to note that I’ve been trying to write about Dizzee’s new album Tongue N’ Cheek, which came out in the UK last week, for a couple of days now, but its beats are so crazy that they make me feel intoxicated about three songs in. I saw him play last week in Dublin and he was fantastic, even if he didn’t do his music-criterati breakthrough “I Luv U.” Here is one of the singles from his new album, the Armand Van Helden-assisted “Bonkers,” which went to No. 1 on the singles chart across the pond:

See what I mean about the beats? Maybe it’s because I’m listening to it on headphones. )

Ruben Fleisher [Official site]
M.I.A. – Galang [Dailymotion]
Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp [Dailymotion]

MTV’s UK Web Site Resorts To Internet Trolling

Sure, when a Web site makes a big stink about counting down a Greatest Whatever Of Ever List, there’s bound to be some quibbling; these sorts of lists, of course, were pretty much designed to hold up weakly premised cable clip shows and stoke lots of link-assisted commenter arguing from the Internet’s various peanut galleries. But MTV UK’s search for the Greatest Ever Album not only has a distinct bias toward albums hyped by the NME over the past nine years and the potential to really fire up older music-fan types by including two albums by Oasis and none by Blur in its 26-album shortlist, it has a curious No. 2 behind Thriller:

1. Michael Jackson, Thriller
2. Craig David, Born to Do It
3. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
4. Radiohead, OK Computer
5. Nirvana, Nevermind
6. Oasis, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
7. Oasis, Definitely Maybe
8. U2, The Joshua Tree
9. Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
10. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
11. The Strokes, Is This It
12. Kanye West, The College Dropout
13. The Stone Roses
14. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP
15. The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead
16. Rage Against the Machine
17. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain
18. REM, Automatic for the People
19. Usher, 8701
20. Pixies, Doolittle
21. The Notorious B.I.G, Ready to Die
22. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
23. Human League, Dare
24. Jay-Z, Blueprint
25. Dizzee Rascal, Boy in da Corner
26. Mary J Blige, What’s the 411?

I’m thinking this placement is an outgrowth of misguided homerism, but really? Craig David? Was Born To Do It a watershed achievement that we missed over here because we were too busy worrying about A.J. McLean’s trip to rehab?

Good looking out for Dizzee Rascal, though.

MTV’s Greatest Album Ever – The Results [MTV UK]

Dizzee Rascal, David Byrne, And Fatboy Slim Tragically Together At Last

Fatboy Slim’s new project, the Brighton Port Authority, have released a queasy video full of black bars over boobs to promote their new single “Toe Jam.” David Byrne (who should have hung it up twenty years ago) handles the vocals and Dizzee Rascal offers a guest rap. I’m trying to think of who would have done the rap in 1998, back when this song could have plausibly been popular. Shaggy? [MySpace]

Dizzee Rascal Flexes His Video Budget

Five years later, I still love Dizzee Rascal more than any of his grimy contemporaries, and continue to persist in my pipe dream that he will one day “break” America. (Hey, anything’s now possible in a world where Daft Punk are commonplace sample fodder.) Even as his music’s gotten slicker, there’s always something charming about Diz’s videos–and the Pop Idol/American Idol gags in “Flex” are no different–but if anyone deserves/needs a noirish, high-gloss Hype Williams clip, it’s this guy.

Dizzee Rascal – “Flex” [YouTube]

75977589%283%29.jpgAmy Winehouse, displaying the customary poise and gracious wit we’ve come to expect during her acceptance speech for “Best Female Artist” at the U.K. Music of Black Origin Awards: “Chewing gum, she said ‘thank you’ twice before giving the microphone back to host Jamelia and leaving the stage.” The evening’s other big winners were Dizzee Rascal for “Best Male Artist,” and then a bunch of Americans. Because, you know, we invented this shit. [BBC]

Liner Notes: The Verve Continue To Vex

ashy.jpg- The Verve is reuniting, with a few catches: Guitarist Simon Tong will not be performing, and on select dates, Richard Ashcroft will be replaced by John Ashcroft. [NME]
- Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal and members of both Klaxons and Arctic Monkeys have joined up to form a supergroup, tentatively named Temple Of The Snog. [MTV UK]
- “Squirrel Nut Zippers Mulling Reunion Album.” Stop mulling! For God’s sake, STOP MULLING! [Billboard]

Tomorrow’s New Releases Revealed Today

fabolous.jpgWelcome to On The Shelf, where we look at a few of the releases hitting store shelves–both physical and virtual–on Tuesday. This week, we have new releases from Fabolous, Queens Of the Stone Age, Paramore, and Dizzee Rascal.

Fabolous, From Nothin’ To Somethin’
The artist: Brooklyn rapper whose album has been pushed back five times, dating back to December ’06.
The sound: You will know each song’s sound by its guest star–the roster includes Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Lloyd, and Jay-Z.
The first in line: The very, very, very patient.

Queens Of The Stone Age, Era Vulgaris
The artist: Throwback hard rockers and their bulby little pal.
The sound: Chugging riffs, bitter words.
The first in line: Beer-guzzling rock fans who are craving a new feel-good hit for this summer.

Paramore, Riot!
The artist: Perhaps the grrrliest band on Fuse right now. (We know, that isn’t saying much.)
The sound: Teenage kicks and hooks that stay up all night.
The first in line: Older sisters who want the kids to know that being sassy can change their lives.

Dizzee Rascal, Maths And English
The artist: British rapper who achieved blogstar notoriety in the old days … of 2003
The sound: He’s brushing off his grime, with help from Lily Allen and the Arctic Monkeys.
The first in line: UKrazy types with Net connections–it’s only available via digital outlets.

On The CD Front [Pause & Play]

Leak Of The Day: Dizzee Takes Two

dizzee.jpgToday, Diplo posted “Pussyhole,” a new, pretty NSFW track from the UK spitter Dizzee Rascal, on Mad Decent; we headed over to Dizzee’s MySpace page to see if there was any more info on new material from the rapper, and there we found “GHETTO,” which uses some of the gnarliest-sounding horns we’ve heard in a while and is allegedly going to be on his forthcoming album Maths And English:

Dizzee Rascal – Pussyhole [MP3, link removed; via Mad Decent]
Dizzee Rascal [MySpace]