Review of Bassline Junkie by Dizzee Rascal
Oh my god! Or should that be of my Dizzee (watch the video and all will become apparent)? Dizzee Rascal is definitely the Midas of the UK Hip Hop scene, everything he touches turns to gold. Its been a long time coming and we have been waiting with ridiculously big anticipation, but its here now. Dizzee Rascal is back. We aren’t talking about any mixtape, although he does have a new one of them too, we are talking a new single.
The opening track has a speaker busting bassline. Then Dizzee kicks in to his repetitive chorus. “Big, dirty, stinking bass” then on to a bit of an anthemic sound of “I don’t need no speed, I don’t need no heroin, I don’t want no coke, you can keep your ketamine, I’m a Bassline Junkie”. Whilst this carries some really positive messages, it doesn’t preach. It does though send out a signal to kids and clubbers that you don’t need to have drugs to have a good time. Just take the bassline and live it.
Don’t get me wrong, this track isn’t an anti-drugs single like ‘Just Say No’ by Zammo and his Grange Hill chums in the 80s, but it does deliver that in a credible way that you want to listen to. Whilst the track we listened to and is featured in this post does contain quite a bit of adult language, the track is produced so that it could easily cross over to mainstream.
Dizzee Rascal delivers his trademark rhyming style on ‘Bassline Junkie’ but he adds a lot of extra. He creates a real momentum to the track as it unfolds and blends different genres of music in the one track. Unlike some of his peers, he manages to pull this off. ‘Bassline Junkie’ will appeal to UK hip hop fans, fans of grime, fans of mainstream clubbing and also is so good, it should make a dent on the pop charts.
So the single is good. Dizzee spits some great rhymes in only the way he can. The production on the single is first class. Then there is a bonus. The video is one of the best I have seen. It begins with Dizzee going door to door to send his message. He goes along some London council flats with massive oversize white speakers. Think Daz doorstep challenge, but rather than trying to get your whites white, he wants to make your beats dirtee.
I don’t know who cast the video, but it is inspired. The strange lanky, nerdy looking white dude following Dizzee on his story of eulogy is brilliant. He pulls some of the funniest expressions. I get the sense I should know him, but I don’t. Dizzee does pull a bit of a Michael Jackson at the end when he pulls off him being a bit of a messiah and curing people with his bass. Lets hope Jarvis Cocker doesn’t try to get up and smack him.
We were a bit worried that we had waited so long for new Dizzee material that it may not work. Could he stay relevant? Would he lose his edge? Well you know what? We should never have doubted it. Dizzee Rascal is back and he is ready to kick a massive Dirtee Stank mark all over the UK hip hop scene. All the pretenders out there need to take note and raise their game. Dizzee is back to reclaim his place at the head of the table.
Simply, we love Dizzee Rascal and ‘Bassline Junkie’ is the best UK urban track I have heard in a good number of years. I can’t stop playing it. Was meant to be reviewing loads and this is just on repeat. Dizzee you are the king!
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