Alot of people dismiss dizzee rascal without giving him a chance, because his name 'dizzee rascal' does sound abit childish.. however this album is far from that.
When Dizzee wrote this album, he was MCing with Roll Deep, robbing people for money, living in a council estate in a rough part of East London, and living the street life. This album brings that through, with lyrics that make Dizzee sound asif he's dancing over a hard grime beat. Which, lets face it, commercially wasn't known until this album blasted its way out of the underground.
Classic bangers like Fix up look sharp, about fixing your mind up and looking the part, or I Luv U, about girls who get about with different boys too much, or Jus A Rascal, pure MCing with that hard dancing type of lyric that runs over the beat, they're all in this album.
Aside from these, he brings tunes like Sittin Ere, just about sitting and thinking about life in general, or Brand New Day, about challenging yourself to do what you're doing, or Do It, along the same lines you can't deny Dizzee hasn't got talent.
It's Dizzee's flow, the way in which he speaks over the beat, and the lyrics hes saying not just on stabbing shooting, smashing somebodys head in, or how you will get lyrically killed if you go against him, Dizzee does, say alot more than that in this album, and that's what seperates him from alot of Grime artists who have remained 'underground', which, lets face it just means poor, and not making the amount of money they'd like to from Grime.
Like the artist Crazy Titch, whos now spending life in prison for spraying somebody with bullets from a Tec9, in London, had 'beef' with Dizzee, before this album was out. Getting into these situations, but having the intelligence and articulation to be able to charismatically put down in lyrics your thoughts without letting things like that effect you, is the fire in these songs which got Dizzee where he is now, forget about Wiley, although Dizzee is alot more commercial, hes still the pioneer, and king of grime.
Don't bother with Dizzee's seccond album Showtime, which in that album you can feel hes felt the money change his mind, and thus the lyrics. Or even Maths and English, where it seems as though he's just lost the love for what he does, so tries to make club tunes, or ego trip tunes.
It's all about Boy in the corner, which in its self, standing in the corner of a room with defensive body language, feeling uncomfortable, spitting harsh bars with fellow Grime MC's like Crazy Titch is where this album came from.
But like anything, once it's been done, it can't be done again, commercialisation has killed Dizzees mind frame, he has money now, and this will go down as a classic in British music.