Release date: July 21st 2003
From an artist widely regarded as a Grime founder, to say that Dizzee’s ‘Boy in da corner’ album was a good album is an understatement.
This album was so great that it was responsible for catapulting Dizzee’s career making him, what was referred to by hip hop source Complex, UK’s first international rap superstar.
Dizzee was born and raised in London to a Nigerian father and a Ghanaian mother.
Upon its release, ‘Boy in da Corner’ garnered an impressive number of sales getting certified Gold and went on to win over critics like Metacritic who scored it at a 92 out of 100 (based on 28 reviews).
The album whose content revolved around (as Fellow Village Voice critic Jeff Chang put it) “worrying about growing up, about those around him (Dizzy) that won’t grow up and about dying before he grows up”, was a 15 track album whose iconic moment was when it won the coveted Mercury Prize for best album from the UK and Ireland, a major feat for a Grime artist to achieve.
As great a moment as that was for Dizzy, the success of this album was pivotal as it gave mainstream exposure to grime music.
Hear it in its entirety tonight from midnight.
The 15 tracks included: