Bassline Junkie

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"Bassline Junkie"
Dizzee Rascal - "Bassline Junkie" (Promotional single).jpg
Promotional single by Dizzee Rascal
from the album The Fifth
Released 1 January 2013
Recorded 2012
Length 3:22
Label Dirtee Stank
Songwriter(s) Dizzee Rascal
Producer(s) M. J. Cole

"Bassline Junkie" is a song by British rapper Dizzee Rascal from his mixtape Dirtee – The Mixtape EP, Vol.2 (2013). The song was produced by M. J. Cole and managed to peak at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart without being officially released as a single. The track also appeared on The Fifth, Dizzee's 2013 album, and was one of the few UK urban tracks on the album, with most tracks continuing his move away from grime and garage to other genres.

Music video[edit]

The video was released on YouTube on 31 December 2012. It follows Rascal and his friend (played by comedian Eric Lampaert) preaching "the way of the bassline". They first visit a block of flats, where Rascal aggressively threatens a small boy after he turns off the large speakers that the song is playing through. From there, Rascal and his friend get in a taxi (1965 Ford Zodiac MkIII) and use a PA system to blast the song to the public. They then visit a prison, where they show the prisoners a public service announcement-type video and "cleanse" the prisoners. They also cleanse a man in a pub. Rascal and his friend then visit a church, with Rascal dressed like a priest giving a sermon and his friend playing an organ with all its keys taped off apart from the bass notes. This sends the churchgoers into a frenzy, dancing wildly and tearing off their clothes. Rascal finally uses "the way of the bassline" to set a man on fire before the video ends.

Track listing[edit]

UK promotional single
  1. "Bassline Junkie" — 3:22

Commercial performance[edit]

"Bassline Junkie" debuted at number 72 in the UK Singles Chart on 13 January 2013. It entered the top 40 the following week at number 38, soon climbing up to number 14. The single peaked at number 10 in its fifth week. In the Scottish Singles Chart, "Bassline Junkie" debuted at number 32 on 27 January 2013, going on to peak at number 14 in its third week in the chart.



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Silver 200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 1 January 2013 Dirtee Stank


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