Boy in da Corner

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Boy in da Corner
Dizee Rascal Album Boy in da Corner.jpg
Studio album by Dizzee Rascal
Released 21 July 2003 (2003-07-21)
Genre Grime
Length 57:21
Label XL
Producer Dizzee Rascal, Mr. Cage, Chubby Dread, Taz, Vanguard, Moulders
Dizzee Rascal chronology
Boy in da Corner
(2003)
Showtime
(2004)
Singles from Boy in da Corner
  1. "I Luv U"
    Released: 26 May 2003
  2. "Fix Up, Look Sharp"
    Released: 18 August 2003
  3. "Jus' a Rascal"
    Released: 24 October 2003

Boy in da Corner is the debut album by English rapper and producer Dizzee Rascal. It was first released in 2003 by XL Recordings in the United Kingdom before being released the following year in the United States. Dizzee Rascal was 18 years old when the album was released.[citation needed]

A widespread critical success, Boy in da Corner became one of the most acclaimed records of 2003 and went on to win the Mercury Prize for best album from the UK and Ireland. It also peaked at number 23 on the British albums chart and sold over 250,000 copies worldwide by 2004. With the album's success, Dizzee Rascal gave mainstream exposure to grime music while becoming the UK's first internationally recognized rap star.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[4]
Mojo 5/5 stars[5]
NME 9/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 9.4/10[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Spin A−[9]
The Village Voice A−[10]

Boy in Da Corner was released on 21 July 2003 in the United Kingdom by XL Recordings and 20 January 2004 in the United States by Matador Records.[11] In the UK, it reached number twenty-three on the British albums chart[12] and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), having shipped 100,000 copies there.[13] By 2004, it had sold over 250,000 copies worldwide,[14] and over 58,000 copies in the US by 2007.[15]

Boy in da Corner received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, the album received an aggregate score of 92 out of 100, based on 28 reviews.[16] AllMusic called it "Startling, tirelessly powerful, and full of unlimited dimensions, nothing could truly weigh down this debut".[1] In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau wrote that "[as] someone who mocked the minimal means of U.K. garage and considered the Streets barely music at all, I was captivated by Dizzee's sound the moment I heard the import".[10] Fellow Village Voice critic Jeff Chang stated, "When Dizzee thinks very deeply--worrying about growing up, about those around him who won't grow up, about dying before he grows up--he sounds like, what else can we call it, the real thing".[17] Entertainment Weekly stated, "Combining U.K. garage beats and a distinctly British sensibility, Rascal spits out phrases with the energy and finesse of a championship boxer".[3] Rolling Stone wrote, "If you want a vision of the future of hip-hop and techno, get this record".[8] NME called it "one of the most assured debut albums of the last five years".[6] Pitchfork Media's Scott Plagenhoef stated, "Dizzee's despairing wail, focused anger, and cutting sonics places him on the front lines in the battle against a stultifying Britain, just as Pete Townshend, Johnny Rotten, and Morrissey have been in the past".[7] Stylus Magazine stated, "Most of Boy in Da Corner's most compelling moments come from this uneasy interaction between irrational youth and ultra-rational mechanized society".[18] Alexis Petridis from The Guardian called Dizzee "the most original and exciting artist to emerge from dance music in a decade".[4]

According to Acclaimed Music, Boy in da Corner was the third most ranked record on critics' year-end lists of the year's best albums and eventually the 298th most ranked on subsequent all-time lists.[19] It won Dizzee Rascal the 2003 Mercury Prize--an annual music award for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland--making him the second rapper to win the award.[20] In 2009, it was voted the sixth greatest album of all time by MTV Base.[21] The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[22] According to B.J. Steiner from Complex, "Boy in Da Corner brought grime—an influential subgenre of hip-hop birthed from the endless creativity of a bunch of kids from the United Kingdom—to the rest of the world and made a young Dizzee Rascal, his country's first international rap superstar."[23]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were produced by Dizzee Rascal, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sittin' Here"   Dylan Mills 4:05
2. "Stop Dat"   Mills 3:40
3. "I Luv U"   Mills 4:05
4. "Brand New Day"   Mills 4:00
5. "2 Far" (featuring Wiley) Richard Cowie, Mills 3:07
6. "Fix Up, Look Sharp"   Nick Detnon, Mills, Billy Squier 3:44
7. "Cut 'Em Off"   Mills 3:53
8. "Hold Ya Mouf" (featuring God’s Gift) Jerome Dow, Mills 2:55
9. "Round We Go" (co-produced by Chubby Dread) Hector, Mills 4:13
10. "Jus' a Rascal" (featuring Taz) (co-produced by Taz & Vanguard) Mills, Tesmond Rowe, Vanguard Vardoen 3:39
11. "Wot U On?" (featuring Caramel) Mills 4:50
12. "Jezebel"   Mills 3:36
13. "Seems 2 Be"   Mills 3:46
14. "Live O"   Mills 3:35
15. "Do It!"   Mills 4:06

Personnel[edit]

The album's credits are adapted from AllMusic.[24]

  • Armour – background vocals
  • Gareth Bayliss – sleeve design assistant
  • Caramel – vocals
  • Dean Chalkley – sleeve photo
  • Chubby Dread – producer
  • Claire Cottrell – vocals
  • Nick Detnon – A&R
  • Ben Drury – cover design, logo design
  • God's Gift – performer
  • Nick Huggett – artist coordination
  • Dylan Mills – composer
  • Tesmond Rowe – composer
  • Vanguard Vardoen – composer
  • Wiley - performer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003–04) Peak
position
American Heatseekers Albums Chart[25] 16
American Independent Albums Chart[25] 14
British Albums Chart[12] 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Boy in da Corner – Dizzee Rascal". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Dizzee Rascal". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0857125958. 
  3. ^ a b Browne, David (16 January 2004). "Boy in da Corner". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis (18 July 2003). "Dizzee Rascal: Boy in da Corner". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Dizzee Rascal: Boy in da Corner". Mojo (London) (117): 106. August 2003. 
  6. ^ a b Pattison, Louis. "Dizzee Rascal : Boy In Da Corner". NME. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Plagenhoef, Scott (6 July 2003). "Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Blashill, Pat (5 February 2004). "Dizzee Rascal: Boy In Da Corner". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2008. 
  9. ^ Hermes, Will (February 2004). "Speaking in Tongues". Spin 20 (2): 95–96. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (10 February 2004). "Consumer Guide: Parts of the Elephunk". The Village Voice. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Morris, David (24 October 2003). "Dizzee Rascal: The End of Garage's Beginning". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Dizzee Rascal, Boy In Da Corner". The Observer. 20 June 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "BPI > Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  14. ^ Weiner, Jonah (7 September 2004). "Parallel Universe". The Village Voice. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Martens, Todd (23 May 2007). "New Dizzee Rascal Goes Digital-Only In U.S.". Billboard. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Reviews for Boy In Da Corner by Dizzee Rascal". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  17. ^ Chang, Jeff (13 January 2004). "Future Shock". The Village Voice. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  18. ^ Mueller, Gavin (1 September 2003). "Dizzee Rascal – Boy in Da Corner – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Dizzee Rascal". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Rapper Rascal wins Mercury Prize". BBC News. 9 September 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  21. ^ "MTV Base - Greatest Albums Ever". MTV. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  22. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  23. ^ Steiner, B.J. (6 May 2016). "The Boy in Da Corner Grown Up: An Interview With Dizzee Rascal". Complex. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  24. ^ "Boy in da Corner - Dizzee Rascal: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  25. ^ a b "Boy in da Corner - Dizzee Rascal". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 

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