The Fifth (Dizzee Rascal album)

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The Fifth
Dizzee Rascal - The Fifth.jpg
Studio album by
Released30 September 2013
RecordedSeptember 2011—April 2013[1]
Genre
Length47:21
LabelDirtee Stank, Island
ProducerA-Trak, Tim Anderson, Nick Cage (also exec.), Dizzee Rascal (exec.), DJ Corbett, Free School, Hi-Tek, J-Man, Jimmy Joker, Jonas Jeberg, Oligee, RedOne, Eric Sanicola, Teddy Sky, will.i.am
Dizzee Rascal chronology
Tongue n' Cheek
(2009)
The Fifth
(2013)
Raskit
(2017)
Singles from The Fifth
  1. "Bassline Junkie"
    Released: 1 January 2013
  2. "H-Town"
    Released: 1 May 2013
  3. "Goin' Crazy"
    Released: 16 June 2013
  4. "I Don't Need a Reason"
    Released: 11 July 2013
  5. "Something Really Bad"
    Released: 29 September 2013
  6. "Love This Town"
    Released: 28 November 2013
  7. "Bang Bang"
    Released: 16 December 2013

The Fifth is the fifth studio album by English rapper Dizzee Rascal, released on 30 September 2013 under Dirtee Stank Recordings and Island Records. The Fifth is Dizzee Rascal's first release since he signed with Universal. It succeeds his fourth studio album Tongue n' Cheek (2009) and features production from RedOne, Jonas Jeberg, M.J. Cole, Baptiste, Goldstein, Andrew "Pop" Wansel and Teddy Sky, among others. The album features guest appearances from singers Jessie J, Robbie Williams, Sean Kingston, Angel, and rappers Tinie Tempah, Bun B, Trae tha Truth, and Will.i.am.[2] The album's track listing was confirmed when it was made available to pre-order via the iTunes Store.[3]

Background[edit]

Dizzee commented on the album: "It's the best-produced album I've done so far. If my last record was dipping my foot into the swimming pool of happiness, this one is fully going for a swim - backstroke, butterfly, in every way... not just doggy paddle". The majority of the album was produced in Los Angeles between 2011-2013 and follows the same experimental genre of Rascal's previous studio album, Tongue n' Cheek (2009).[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic51/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]
Clash3/10[7]
Fact2/5 stars[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
Mojo2/5 stars[10]
musicOMH2/5 stars[11]
NME5/10[12]
Q2/5 stars[13]
RapReviews4.5/10[14]
The Telegraph3/5 stars[15]

The Fifth received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 51 based on 11 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[16]

Singles[edit]

  • "Goin' Crazy", featuring Robbie Williams, was as the official lead single from the album on 16 June 2013. The music video premiered on 14 May 2013, and features Dizzee and Robbie leading a gang, whilst driving hyped-up mobility scooters. The single was released physically in Germany accompanied by the instrumental version. The single peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the most successful from the album yet.
  • "Something Really Bad", featuring will.i.am and produced by Jonas Jeberg, will be released as the second official single from the album on 29 September 2013. The music video premiered on 2 September 2013, and features will.i.am on a video screen performing his verses, while Dizzee is in-studio dancing with a number of female dancers surrounding him.
  • "Love This Town", featuring Teddy Sky, was released as third single from the album on 28 November 2013.

Promotional singles[edit]

  • "Bassline Junkie", which was also included on Rascal's mixtape DirteeTV.com - The Mixtape, Vol. 2, was released on 1 January 2013 as a promotional single from the album. It was released to support to mixtape after it impacted the top 100 on the UK Singles Chart. The song peaked at number 10 with the help of radio airplay, and thus was selected for inclusion as a bonus track on the album following its chart success.
  • "H-Town", featuring Bun B and Trae tha Truth, was released as the second promotional single from the album on 1 May 2013. It achieved little airplay on radio, and failed to impact the UK Singles Chart, and was quickly succeeded by the release of the first official single from the album.[17]
  • "I Don't Need a Reason" was released as the third promotional single from the album on 11 July 2013. Initially planned as the second official single, a music video was filmed and released on to YouTube on 18 August 2013, which depicts Dizzee as an Edwardian gent, and uses camera effects to distort eye movements, although again due to very little airplay and no promotion, the single failed to impact the UK Singles Chart and was demoted to a promotional single, and a second official single quickly succeeded it.
  • "Bang Bang" was released as the fourth promotional single from the album to support the Deluxe Edition of the album. A music video was filmed and released on to YouTube on 16 December 2013.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Superman"Dylan Mills, Jean Baptiste, Ryan Buendia, Michael McHenryFree School4:31
2."I Don't Need a Reason"Mills, Baptiste, Buendia, McHenryFree School3:17
3."We Don't Play Around" (featuring Jessie J)Mills, Jessica Cornish, Teddy Sky, Jimmy Joker, RedOneRedOne, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky3:08
4."Good" (featuring Angel)Mills, Tony Cottrell, Bryant WalkerDJ Corbett, Hi-Tek4:01
5."Spend Some Money" (featuring Tinie Tempah)Mills, Patrick Okogwu, Baptiste, Buendia, McHenryFree School3:33
6."Arse Like That" (featuring Sean Kingston)Mills, Teddy Sky, Björn Djupström, RedOne, Jimmy JokerRedOne, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky3:54
7."Something Really Bad" (featuring will.i.am)Mills, Baptiste, William Adams, Jonas JebergJeberg3:40
8."Goin' Crazy" (featuring Robbie Williams)Mills, Robbie Williams, Tim Anderson, Jamin WilcoxAnderson, J-Man, Nick Cage (add.)3:24
9."Love This Town" (featuring Teddy Sky)Mills, Teddy Sky, RedOne, Jimmy Joker, Eric SanicolaRedOne, Teddy Sky, Jimmy Joker, Sanicola4:00
10."H-Town" (featuring Bun B and Trae tha Truth)Mills, Bernard Freeman, Frazier Thompson, Alain Macklovitch, Oliver GoldsteinA-Trak, Oligee3:39
11."Heart of a Warrior" (featuring Teddy Sky)Mills, Teddy Sky, RedOne, Jimmy JokerRedOne, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky3:14
12."Life Keeps Moving On" (featuring Pop Wansel)Mills, Anderson, WilcoxAnderson, J-Man3:53
13."Bassline Junkie" (bonus track)Mills, M.J. ColeCole3:24
Total length:47:40

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 33
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dizzee Rascal – The Fifth (Album Cover, Tracklist & Release Date)". RadioKingOnline. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  2. ^ Drewett, Meg (10 June 2013). "Dizzee Rascal reveals new album 'The Fifth' tracklisting". Digital Spy. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Fifth by Dizzee Rascal". iTunes. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Dizzee Rascal announces release date for The Fifth". Newsbeat. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  5. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/the-fifth/dizzee-rascal
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-fifth-mw0002548889
  7. ^ http://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/dizzee-rascal-the-fifth
  8. ^ http://www.factmag.com/2013/10/02/dizzee-rascal-the-fifth/
  9. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/sep/26/dizzee-rascal-the-fifth-review
  10. ^ http://www.anydecentmusic.com/review/5884/Dizzee-Rascal-The-Fifth.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.musicomh.com/reviews/albums/dizzee-rascal-fifth
  12. ^ http://www.nme.com/reviews/dizzee-rascal/14834
  13. ^ http://www.anydecentmusic.com/review/5884/Dizzee-Rascal-The-Fifth.aspx
  14. ^ http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2013_10_dizzee-fifth.html
  15. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/cdreviews/10350413/Dizzee-Rascal-The-Fifth-review.html
  16. ^ "The Fifth". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - H-Town (feat. Bun B & Trae tha Truth) - Single by Dizzee Rascal". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  18. ^ [1] ARIA Report 1232. Retrieved 2013-10-28
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.