Dizzee Rascal

Maths + English (Definitive Jux / XL)

Phases & Stages

Dizzee Rascal

Maths + English (Definitive Jux/XL)

Emmanuel Jal

Warchild (Sonic360)
Phases & Stages

East London's Dizzee Rascal rushes the "World Outside" with third LP Maths + English, cold grime bodied up by the genre's pioneer. "Young, black, rich, and ruthless," boasts Dizzee on psychotic diss track "Pussy'ole" to a cut up of Rob Base's "It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right," while reeling in UGK's Pimp and Bun for cross-genre anthem "Where's Da G's." Beatmaker Shy FX reaches dizzying speeds on summertime jam "Da Feelin'," Maths adding up to an all out "Flex" of muscle and clout. One of music's most inspirational stories via a 2008 documentary bearing the same name, Warchild, aka Sudan's Emmanuel Jal, beats up on "50 Cent" and paints a vivid picture of a war-jacked childhood. Though Jal's still coming along lyrically, Warchild survives on moving backup band the Reborn Warriors and Jal's haunting tale. The eye-opening "Forced to Sin" tells it best: "Left home at the age of 7. One year later, leave with an AK-47." Some real talk. (Dizzee Rascal flips off Emo's Monday, July 21.)

(Maths + English) ***.5

(Warchild) **.5

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