IT’S the day earlier than the information breaks that Dizzee Rascal is to be awarded an MBE for providers to music – however he’s already in celebratory temper.
“It’s positivity, it’s motivating. That’s this album,” says the affable rapper on our video name. “I’ve all the time tried to make a motivational album and this one is that. I take heed to the way in which I sound on each track. Like full projection, I say the whole lot from my chest.”
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E3 AF is Dizzee Rascal again to his grime roots. The title is a reference to the place he grew up in East London, in addition to “a derogatory time period for African folks” Dizzee says was “banter when (he) was a child”.
The tracks had been recorded over the previous two and a half years in Miami and South East London — not too removed from the studio the place he made his first album, 2003’s Mercury Prize winner Boy In Da Nook.
He says: “Each single on the document has its personal vibe. The time it took helped with that.
“It took two and a half years, just about, so over time, it’s actual occasions of actual time and house. It may need sounded completely different if I’d simply booked a studio and stayed in there for a month.”
With 20 years within the sport, Dizzee is seen because the elder statesman of grime.
Does he really feel pleased with that legacy — and of grime’s affect on mainstream music?
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“Yeah,” he says, “it’s regular now — to the purpose now the place you’ve obtained the drill stuff too.
“The factor that has come after grime has form of settled. Once more, that’s one other proud factor — to be part of one thing. However on the identical time, fortunate as effectively. I used to be born on the proper time.
“I grew up in the fitting space, rolling with the punches of circumstance.”
‘BANGING MY CHEST’
That is an album of energetic tracks and altering types that may earn the person born Dylan Mills loads of credit score when it’s launched right now.
Dizzee, 36, says: “Individuals have all the time liked that facet of my work. I imply, that’s what has obtained folks by way of sh*t.
“Individuals inform me my album obtained them by way of their childhood or coming from jail and stuff like that. So there’s that, however I’ve managed to get the good-vibe stuff as effectively.
Dizzee Rascal’s new album E3 AF is ‘positivity’
“Physique Unfastened and Act Like You Know, these tunes are just like the achievements of this album. It’s not that huge of an achievement to me to make tunes like Vacation and Dance Wiv Me as a result of they had been so blissful.
“I used to be in an excellent place and I used to be capable of make tunes which might be right here eternally that folks simply really feel good to.
“Individuals always remember good instances. On E3 you’ve obtained some sections the place it’s simply me form of banging my chest, simply typical rap sh*t. After which I’ve managed to place in private stuff like going by way of laborious instances or my very own private sh*t.”
Like his earlier album, 2017s Raskit, this continues a return to his grime roots and Dizzee making beats once more.
He had began working with mainstream producers following his third album, 2007’s Maths + English, and gave up producing duties, saying he was having fun with working with others and lacked the endurance to do it himself. However that modified in 2017.
He says: “I met up with (producer buddy) J Mike to take him to an Arsenal sport and once I was driving, he was making beats within the automotive.
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“After that I went and purchased (manufacturing software program) Ableton and began making beats once more. It was all Serum, Splice and Ableton. I’d heard of Ableton however I by no means used it.
“And that’s the place the Don’t Fuel Me EP (from 2018) come from — as a result of that’s all my manufacturing. Off the again of that’s when the start of this album got here to be. So that’s how I obtained again into making beats once more.”
E3 AF is Dizzee at his most collaborative, teaming up with a number of British rappers: P Cash on God Is aware of; Chip on L.L.L.L. (Love Life Dwell Giant); Ghetts and Kano on Eastside; Frisco on That’s Too A lot; and Ocean Knowledge on Don’t Be Dumb.
‘REAL INTENSE PERIOD’
Dizzee says: “I’ve been within the sport lengthy, innit. So by default there are a great deal of those that have listened to my music earlier than they had been established artists. That’s form of the way it goes.
“It’s good to have the ability to work with somebody like Ocean Knowledge. I obtained everybody to come back to the studio. With Ghetts and Kano, I’ve recognized them since I used to be, like, 15.”
A shock collaboration that got here after ending the album was with Oasis mastermind Noel Gallagher.
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Dizzee says: “I used to name Noel, normally for recommendation on enterprise and sh*t like that. The monitor happened within the first couple of weeks of the lockdown. I’d actually obtained caught in with making beats and it was that actual intense interval.
“I had nothing to do as a result of the album was executed, so I known as up MJ Cole — I labored with him earlier than we made (2013 monitor) Bassline Junkie. I requested him if he had had something he didn’t use for his classical music album (this 12 months’s MJ Cole Presents Madrugada) that I may pattern, so he despatched me one thing.
“Then I despatched it to Noel Gallagher and a month later or one thing, he despatched it again. I used to be shocked. I listened to it and I assumed, ‘Wow!’ It didn’t even sound like him.
“I did a track with DJ Contemporary, How Love Begins, and Noel texted me saying he liked the tune. He wasn’t simply born with guitar music in his head.
“Doing that with Noel gave me such a thrill as a result of I’ve all the time needed to have somebody huge on a beat I’ve made. I liked Oasis. I like each Noel and Liam. I liked Liam’s documentary. They’re legends.”
Dizzee, who hopes to work with Lianne La Havas subsequent, says of his collaborations: “Normally it’s me leaping on it, or another grime MC like P Cash.
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“However Lianne was in the identical studio I used to be working in. She’d simply completed her album and I despatched her a bunch of beats. So I feel that’ll be good as effectively.
“And whoever, man! It’s by no means gonna be no easy factor. Even my poppiest albums didn’t simply have pop on. That’s what I got down to do with each album — see how a lot I can get away with.
“I used to say it was all about being profitable but it surely’s all the time been about making diversified music and this album, I’ve executed it very effectively.”
E3 AF showcase Dizzee’s dry humour in addition to his quick-fire supply. TV stars Danny Dyer, Phillip Schofield and Matthew Kelly are all name-checked.
“Come on, you keep in mind Stars In Their Eyes with Matthew presenting?” he laughs. “It was Britain’s Bought Expertise, mainly. I needed to get him on there. Legend.”
Piers Morgan received’t be getting a point out after their run-in on Good Morning Britain in June, when Dizzee refused to be drawn right into a dialogue on Black Lives Matter.
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“It wasn’t a bust-up,” he says. “I simply didn’t need to discuss it.” Dizzee has come a great distance because the Mercury Prize in 2003, when he grew to become its youngest winner at 19 after beating albums by Coldplay and Radiohead.
“I went on The One Present to do some piece on the way it felt to win,” he says. “I didn’t know the way huge a deal it was. I’d solely heard of it as a result of Ms Dynamite received the 12 months earlier than. That’s the way it obtained my consideration. And she or he ended up giving it to me the following 12 months.
“In any case these years of going around the globe being requested about it, I clocked it was a giant deal. And man, I’m so pleased with it. I’ve been nominated 3 times and received it as soon as. It’s good.”
With an MBE within the bag and 17 years on the high, what ambitions does he nonetheless maintain?
Dizzee says: “It simply makes me need to hold doing extra. I have a look at the grades and I have a look at the folks which were in it for longer. Take a look at Paul McCartney — he’s been in music greater than 50 years. He’s 78 and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down.
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“He’s been a serious pop star, then they made some actually experimental cool stuff in The Beatles. Then along with his solo profession he’s executed a lot. He’s with Stevie Surprise one minute, then he’s doing Rupert And The Frog Music.
“The vary is loopy. And he’s nonetheless right here. Everybody nonetheless is aware of who he’s. That’s the aim.”
- The album E3 AF is out right now
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