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Digging In The Crates: Dizzee Rascal & Wiley B2B

Digging In The Crates: Dizzee Rascal & Wiley B2B


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Boys in the corner rolling deep

Dizzee was about 17 when this was recorded, and Wiley 22. I should warn you now that the sound quality is pretty grainy, but for those who remember hearing and seeing 'I Luv U' for the first time wide-eyed on Channel U, it don't matter none.

Long before his respective careers as an Olympic ambassador, political pundit, and TV show panelist, Dizzee Rascal (born Dylan Mills) was making waves in and around the locus of E3 on pirate radio shows, oft with Roll Deep, including the mad-hatted godfather of Grime – Richard Cowie aka Wiley. Wiley is perhaps the most prolific MC/producer we have on these shores, and whilst Diz has, let's say 'diversified' his output in recent years (still paying some kind of lip service to the scene that spawned him), Wiley has stuck to his unlicensed firearms and maintained an outspoken and uncensored persona when it comes to the production and promotion of his music – a persona which is revered by the UK underground for exactly that. Wiley is a lunatic, but he’s our lunatic. He's had a couple of songs that have charted in the top ten mind you, but trails a bit behind Dizzee in that respect.

I’ve fantasized about the idea of a Wiley and Dizzee collaboration being the British response to Watch The Throne before. Imagining both these guys going head to head as they once did, now with a wealth of experience and resources at their fingers, is only a few degrees less exciting than thinking about my first expenditure upon winning the lottery. That shit would indeed be cray. I doubt it’ll happen any time soon, with the last reported hint of reconciliation earlier this year, wherein Dizzee was denied entry to Wiley’s Eskimo Dance by security or some bullshit, and any form of collaboration was put to bed. Again.

Aired originally on Rinse FM, the session below, at the very least, demonstrates their chemistry and oddly has Dizzee (as appose to Wiley) brazenly courting beef with Heartless Crew. Well, not beef, but a couple slices of salted pastrami maybe. To those who have played ‘Boy In The Corner’ over and over throughout the last decade (it came out almost 10 years ago, fuck!) will listen to most of Dizzee’s bars with a knowing grin. Wryly so when Dizzee exclaims he'll 'back Wiley 'til the end', and overtly when he asserts Heartless Crew's love for Kylie Minogue.

As for that elusive collaboration, one can only dream. If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?

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